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Enchantment Along the Moselle River: Castles, Vineyards and Art

Set sail on a voyage fit for a fairytale as you follow the winding Moselle River along medieval villages, hilltop castles and rolling vineyards.
Program No. 23807RJ
Length
12 days
Starts at
7,749
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Netherlands/Germany

Enchantment Along the Moselle River: Castles, Vineyards and Art

Set sail on a voyage fit for a fairytale as you follow the winding Moselle River along medieval villages, hilltop castles and rolling vineyards.
Length
12 days
Starts at
7,749
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 23807 RJ
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A larger cabin, often with separate sleeping and living areas; the largest class of stateroom.
Sep 22 - Oct 3, 2021
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Ship Suite 7,749
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Suite
Details
Accommodation Details
A larger cabin, often with separate sleeping and living areas; the largest class of stateroom.
Sep 22 - Oct 3, 2021
SOLD OUT
Ship Suite 11,949
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 for free air from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

At a Glance

Entrancing scenery and historic gems wait around every bend of the Moselle River, a winding branch of the Rhine that unfolds along some of Germany’s most spectacular vistas. After studying the dazzling works in Amsterdam’s world-renowned Rijksmuseum, your intimate riverboat will take you on a learning adventure from history-filled Dusseldorf to Germany’s oldest town, Trier. After a full day exploring the medieval center of Luxembourg, a small but enchanting country tucked between Germany, France and Belgium, your riverboat will sail back along the castles of Cochem and cathedrals of Cologne, ending with time to experience the masterpieces of Arnhem. Join us for an enchanting river journey that captures the rich history and culture behind the locales that line the picturesque Moselle.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
You must be able to walk and stand for 2 hours per day. Many days include 2 miles of walking, but on some days, you must walk up to 4 miles, as noted in the day by day. There are unavoidable stairs, uneven surfaces, and cobblestones.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Set out to explore the enchanting medieval center of Luxembourg, a UNESCO-listed city home to the European Union headquarters, the Philharmonie Luxembourg Concert Hall and more.
  • Enjoy a local wine tasting at a castle in Bernkastel, followed by a string quartet performance at a former monastery.
  • Discover artistic treasures on a guided walk through Dusseldorf's historic center, including a variety of local galleries and museums.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Amsterdam, A History of the World's Most Liberal City
by Russell Shorto
Russell Shorto opens this delightful ode to an adopted city with his daily journey, by bike of course, through his neighborhood to drop off his toddler son. He spins a tale of a diverse city wrestled from the sea, its coffee shops, canals and its personalities and politics, with panache.
In the City of Bikes
by Pete Jordan
Pedaling around the city on a "lumbering and sluggish" single-speed bicycle named Brownie, American expat and bike nut Pete Jordan turns his love of Amsterdam -- and of bicycles -- into an acutely observed cultural history of the city.
Travels in Vermeer, A Memoir
by Michael White
In the wake of a vengeful divorce, an American poet travels to Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft, London, Washington and New York to find solace and inspiration in the paintings of Johannes Vermeer.
Eyewitness Guide Germany
by Eyewitness Guides
Featuring color photography, excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
The Germans
by Gordon A. Craig
A gifted historian, Craig explores the paradoxes of German identity in this masterful portrait of German life, past and present, with chapters on religion, money, Jews, women, literature and society, Berlin and language.
The Anatomy Lesson
by Nina Siegal
A fictionalized account of the events surrounding Rembrandt’s first commissioned piece, the Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp. Well-researched and vivid with period details that transport the reader back to 1600s Amsterdam at the height of Dutch artistic vigor.
The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815-2000
by Mark Cioc, William Cronon (Introduction)
A scholarly, well-researched environmental history of the Rhine, particularly its role in European economic and German national history over the past 200 years.
The German Way
by Hyde Flippo
A slim volume on the German-speaking world's cultural psyche, this is a great resource for anyone seeking insight into why the Germans do what they do.
An Island in Time, The Biography of a Village
by Geert Mak
Mak returns to Jorwerd, the small Netherlands village of his childhood, to spend time with the villagers and learn both the pleasures and contemporary challenges of small town life.
A Worldly Art
by Mariet Westermann
This appreciative analysis of Dutch art in its Golden Age (1585-1718) features 100 exemplary illustrations by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, Frans Hals and other Old Masters.
Benelux Map
by Michelin Travel Publications
Covering the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:400,000.
The Embarrassment of Riches
by Simon Schama
An engaging cultural history and much more, this book is a study of the Dutch in the 17th century and their surprising challenge to Spanish rule.
A Time of Gifts
by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy.
Fodor's Amsterdam with the Best of the Netherlands
by Fodors
The up-to-date Fodor's guide features invaluable recommendations on where to stay and eat and what to do throughout the Netherlands. Compact and portable, it's ideal for either a weekend trip or an extended visit.
The Burgermeister's Daughter, Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town
by Steven Ozment
Meticulously researched and absorbing, this narrative by a Harvard historian traces the legal battle of the daughter of a well-to-do family who was thrown out of her home and disinherited in 1525.
Why the Dutch are Different
by Ben Coates
Mingling history with travelogue, Coates speaks to why the Netherlands is such fascinating country. He explains the significance of milk, beer and the color orange in the lives of the Dutch, their world-famous culture of tolerance and much more.
Rembrandt, Master of the Portrait
by Pascal Bonafoux
With over 200 illustrations, this pocket-size encyclopedia traces the life and career of artist Rembrandt von Rijn. It offers insight into his influence on the art of the portrait -- an illuminating companion for any visit to Amsterdam and its museums.
The Undutchables
by Colin White
A laugh-out-loud, irreverent guide to Dutch character and habits, including how to drink coffee and why you shouldn't even think about haggling over prices.
The Autumn of the Middle Ages
by Johan Huizinga
A pioneering work of social and cultural history, this well translated classic is a richly detailed portrait of life, thought and art in 14th- and 15th-century France and the Netherlands.
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer
by David Winner
A British journalist, Winner interviews football stars -- along with architects, political scientists and novelists -- in this insightful, humorous look at the transformation of Dutch society since the 1970s.
The Blue Flower
by Penelope Fitzgerald
Set in the Age of Goethe, this exquisitely written short novel is a fictional account of the life of the Romantic poet Novalis. It paints a vivid picture of German intellectual and mercantile life in the late 1700s.
The Netherlands in a Nutshell
by Frits Van Oostrom
With information on the Dutch East India Company, Huygens, Spinoza, Van Gogh, the Great Flood, the Dutch overseas colonies and much more, Van Oostrom's popular primer covers the essential highlights of Dutch history.
Girl in Hyacinth Blue
by Susan Vreeland
This finely-crafted novel tells the story of the girl in an imagined, undiscovered portrait by Vermeer. Created in the 17th century, the painting passes through a number of people's hands, providing a series of tales that reflect the history and character of Holland and Europe through the years.
The Moselle
by Jean Cermakian
An historical look at one of the main arteries of European Communication and transportation, used for centuries. Professor Cermakian focuses on the historical, political and geographical factors in the use and canalization of this international river.
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12 days
11 nights
27 meals
10 B 7 L 10 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrivals, Welcome Reception, Program Introduction
Amsterdam
D
Crystal Bach

Activity note: Embarkation is at 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: After checking into your room, take some time to relax and get familiar with the ship before Orientation. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Breakfasts will typically be European-style buffets with cold cuts, cheeses, cereals, yogurt, fruit, breads, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water. Unless otherwise noted, lunches are 2-course plated meals, and dinners are typically 3 or 4-course plated meals. Wine, champagne, premium spirits, and specialty coffees included at all meals. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. In addition to Road Scholar exclusive lectures, field trips, and activities, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events offered by the cruise line that are separate from Road Scholar. Please note that routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and river conditions could require altering the itinerary and/or the progress of the vessel, making it run late and possibly miss ports if it cannot dock. The operators reserve the right to change the itinerary and the content of field trips and excursions if/as needed due to local circumstances. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line in conjunction with the local maritime authorities, and may change on short-notice. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, we’ll have our plated welcome dinner with wine, champagne, premium spirits, coffee, tea, water included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Amsterdam Canal Cruise, History of the Netherlands
Amsterdam
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; short driving transfers totaling about 1/2 hour. Walking up to 2 miles total for the day; up to 3 hours with periods of standing at the Rijksmuseum. Getting on/off riverboat and smaller canal vessel; canal boat ride is a minimum of about 1 hour, depending on canal traffic.

Breakfast: Aboard the riverboat, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as cold cuts, cheeses, cereals, yogurt, fruit, and breads, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Once off the riverboat, we’ll board a motorcoach for transfer to the world-renowned Rijksmuseum where we will spend a few hours browsing through the masterworks there. Next, we will board a smaller vessel and enjoy a canal cruise through Amsterdam, during which we will learn all about this fascinating city from a local expert, including some of Amsterdam’s history, its water management practices, iconic architecture, and details of daily life.

Lunch: Aboard the riverboat, we’ll have a 2-course plated lunch.

Afternoon: Continuing our journey, we’ll sail towards Düsseldorf as we take in a Road Scholar exclusive lecture about the history of the Netherlands given by our Group Leader.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Historical & Artistic Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Activity note: Walking about 4 miles total; 2 miles in both morning and afternoon; approximately 8 hours throughout the day; cobblestones and pavement. Getting on/off motorcoach; very short transfer to the river.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: We’ll journey back in time led by a local expert as we learn about Düsseldorf's unique history on a walk through the city's historical center, culminating in a visit to a World War II memorial site. Beginning at the Burgplatz, the city's main square on the banks of the Rhine, we’ll pass through the Old Town to reveal more of Düsseldorf's storied past.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: After a short drive heading back to the Burgplatz, we’ll retrace our steps to the Old Town, this time focusing on the artistic treasures along the way including local galleries, art displays in public spaces, museums, and works by artists such as Voss, Anette Müller, and Ludorff.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Koblenz – Germany, Jewish Life in Modern Germany
Koblenz
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles; approximately 3 hours; cobblestones and pavement.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: Directly from the riverboat, we’ll set out on an expert-led stroll through one of the oldest cities in Germany, Koblenz, as we explore of the Florinsmarkt (St. Florin's Market)—the former political and economic center of Koblenz. As we wander the winding streets of Old Town, we’ll listen to commentary to appreciate its quaint townhouses, picturesque squares and ancient churches. Continuing, we will pass by the synagogue of Koblenz to learn from a local expert about its history and gain some insight as to what Jewish life is like in Germany today.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the beautiful views and the ship's amenities as we sail.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Bernkastel – Germany, Schloss Lieser Wine Tasting
Bernkastel
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 16 miles; approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 2 miles total throughout the day; approximately 3 hours; periods of standing.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: Following a short walk from the riverboat, we’ll board an open-air vintage bus and set out on a scenic drive through the beautiful Moselle Valley as we follow an enchanting route through Bernkastel's lush landscape. From the top, we’ll marvel at the historic ruins of its hilltop castle and more.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: After a short transfer from the ship, we’ll arrive to Schloss Lieser, a picturesque restored castle overlooking the Moselle River Valley. It was initially built in 1884 by Eduard Puricelli and not long after, he began establishing vineyards for wine production. While here, we’ll learn about local wine production by a member of the family-owned Schloss Lieser winery and enjoy a tasting of several of their fine wines.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: Arriving via motorcoach, an exclusive evening awaits us at Kloster Machern, a former monastery, where the sounds of La Finesse String Quartet will perform classical music with a modern twist.

DAY
7
Porta Nigra in Trier – Germany, European Union Lecture
Trier
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Activity note: Walking about 3 miles; approximately 3 hours; periods of standing; cobblestones and pavement.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: The Porta Nigra – or “Black Gate” – is a UNESCO-listed gateway built circa 180 C.E. by the Romans who settled what is now Trier, Germany’s oldest town. One of four grand gates, it is the only one still standing because it was transformed into a church after the death of the Greek monk, Simeon of Syracuse, a recluse who sequestered himself in its walls until his death in 1035. Simeon was buried inside the gate and made a saint. We’ll make our way there on foot led by a local expert.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: Joining our Group Leader, we’ll settle in for a Road Scholar exclusive overview lecture about the European Union.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Luxembourg
Trier
B,D
Crystal Bach

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 45 miles one way; approximately 1 hour one way to Luxembourg. Walking up to 4 miles; approximately 4 hours; periods of standing; cobblestones and pavement.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: Upon arrival in the enchanting country of Luxembourg, we’ll be set out on a fascinating field trip to the historic core, dramatically perched cliff side and home to the European Union headquarters. We’ll navigate the charming streets of the UNESCO-listed capital city on foot, along the riverbank to the Grand Ducal Palace, as Luxembourg is home to the Grand Duchy. Continuing, we’ll see the grand Philharmonie Luxembourg concert hall and the Place Guillaume open-air music venue.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Continuing our full-day field trip, we’ll learn more about Luxembourg’s history and culture before meeting at a predetermined time and place for transfer back to the riverboat in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Cochem – Germany, Reichsburg Cochem
Cochem
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 5 miles; approximately 1/2 hour each way. Walking up to 3 miles; approximately 3 hours; periods of standing; cobblestones and pavement, some stairs.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: This morning while aboard, we’ll attend a Road Scholar exclusive lecture given by our Group Leader focusing on varieties of iconic European architecture.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: Transferring by motorcoach with a local expert, we’ll arrive at the magnificent Reichsburg, or “Empire Castle,” known simply as Cochem Castle. This incredible castle, perched on a hill overlooking the river and vineyards, is one of the most picturesque and evocative in all of Germany, with turrets and battlements giving the impression of a fairy tale.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Cologne – Germany, City Exploration, Free Time
Bonn
B,D
Crystal Bach

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 22 miles one way; approximately 1.5 hours roundtrip. Walking about 3 miles during group activities; approximately 3 hours; cobblestones and pavement. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: Following a drive to the city of Cologne, we’ll take in the sights and sounds of Cologne during a full-day field trip. This fascinating city has varied architecture serving as signposts to a rich history. During our expert-led walk, we’ll explore the city’s vibrant boulevards and quaint lanes, encounter the Old Town and view such highlights as the Heumarkt, Alter Markt, St. Martin Church, the Fish Market, the Rhine Promenade and the Town Hall.

Lunch: On your own to sample the regional cuisine.

Afternoon: Free time. We’ll rendezvous at a predetermined time and place to board the motorcoach and ride back to the riverboat in Bonn for a mid-afternoon arrival.

Dinner: Aboard riverboat.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Arnhem – the Netherlands, Kröller-Müller Museum, Free Time
Arnhem
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 28 miles total; approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 2 miles total during group activities; approximately 3 hours; periods of standing at the museum. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat.

Morning: Depart from your river ship for a scenic drive by Crystal motor coach to the Kröller-Müller Museum, an impressive art institution situated in the heart of the Hoge Veluwe National Park, one of the Netherlands' most picturesque nature reserves. An engaging guided excursion reveals a unique collection of masterpieces mostly from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The museum is home to the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world with nearly 90 paintings and over 180 drawings.

Lunch: Aboard riverboat.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Aboard the riverboat, we’ll enjoy our farewell dinner together.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out, disembarkation, and departures in the morning.

DAY
12
Program Concludes, In Transit From Program
In Flight
B

Activity note: Disembarkation from 9:00 a.m. See your program’s Transportation Information regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Aboard riverboat. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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