Legendary Rhine & Moselle

Cologne and the Rhine at night
14 Days from $4,949 per person

Revel in the UNESCO-designated Rhine River Valley, with its vine-covered slopes and castle-dotted shores, and the mesmerizing Moselle, the Rhine’s breathtaking tributary. Explore the delights of five nations and savor the best these regions have to offer. 

Discover Amsterdam’s rich legacy in art at either the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. Step into the pages of fairytales as you walk through the cobblestone streets of postcard-perfect towns such as Cochem, Riquewihr, Rüdesheim and Colmar, and as you cruise along the historic canals of picturesque Strasbourg. Learn the time-honored traditions of Villeroy & Boch at the baroque Benedictine Old Abbey in Mettlach. Take in the grand landmarks of Cologne, Trier and Luxembourg. “Go Active” with a hike to the 12th-century Thurant Castle and cycle along the Moselle, past steep vineyards and through picturesque wine villages.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and be transferred to the ship.

    meal(s):Dinner
  3. Experience the magic and beauty of Amsterdam via a canal cruise, before visiting either the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. Cap the day off with a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  4. You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city’s iconic UNESCO-listed Gothic Cologne Cathedral. If you prefer to embark on an exciting journey through the world of fragrance and the birthplace of eau de Cologne, then visit Farina House. For beer connoisseurs, you’ll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won’t want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. Watch the waters of the Moselle meld with the Rhine’s as you stand at the German Corner of medieval Koblenz during your discovery tour. For those who want more active exploration, hike up to Thurant Castle in the Alken. Meet the keeper and tour the castle and then hike back to the village through the terraced vineyards.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. History comes to life in Cochem as you tour Reichsburg Castle. If you prefer a more active outing, hike the steepest vineyard in Europe, the Calmont Steig, offering breathtaking views of the Moselle. Later, travel to the picturesque wine village of Ediger-Eller, where you’ll meet the mayor, who will escort you through his town to an organ recital at St. Martin’s Church—with one of the most ornate steeples—and to a wine tasting.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. After scenic cruising along the Moselle, WWll history buffs will want to tour the city of Luxembourg, site of the WWII cemetery where U.S. Army General George Patton is buried. For those who prefer art history, visit Mettlach’s Benedictine Abbey, where Villeroy & Boch has been producing exquisite porcelain since 1803.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Trier— once known as the “second Rome”—as no other German city has as many monuments dating from ancient Roman times.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. Historic vineyards provide the perfect setting for the Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate. Hear the legends of the estate and sample its delicious Rieslings. If you prefer cycling, join your guide for a bike trip along Moselle through picturesque wine villages.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  10. Your day’s bookends will be Boppard, where you’ll enjoy a village stroll, and Rüdesheim, where you’ll see a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments at Siegfried’s. Between the two cities, you’ll cruise the legendary 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine, a UNESCO-designated Cultural Landscape.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  11. A local expert will lead you through Speyer’s Old Town to the city’s cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, for a different spin on the Palatinate wine region, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made from wine vinegars.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  12. Located on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg offers a unique blend of these nations’ traditional culinary and architectural styles. Take an enlightening tour of multicultural Strasbourg via its historic canals through the Petite France district. If you wish to do as the locals do, opt for an Old Town walking tour with stops for pastries and coffee.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  13. Colmar has been called one of the prettiest towns in the world with its winding streets, medieval city center and pink-stone church. For those who wish to experience more idyllic wine villages, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr are a perfect choice. Join a festive evening at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  14. Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home, or extend your stay in Basel.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • All Meals All Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships

Taste

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

Travel

  • 12-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the regal River Queen
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

  • 5 countries
  • 11 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Go Active," “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Experience

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Roman Empire along the Rhine and Moselle”
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
hashtag 20 Apr 17 3 May 17 $5549pp
$5,549 pp
asteriskhashtag 2 May 17 15 May 17 $5749pp
$5,749 pp
11 Jun 17 24 Jun 17 $5849pp
$5,849 pp
asteriskhashtag 23 Jun 17 6 Jul 17 $6449pp
$6,449 pp
5 Jul 17 18 Jul 17 $6149pp
$6,149 pp
asteriskhashtag 17 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 $6149pp
$6,149 pp
hashtag 29 Jul 17 11 Aug 17 $6149pp
$6,149 pp
asteriskhashtag 10 Aug 17 23 Aug 17 $6249pp
$6,249 pp
hashtag 22 Aug 17 4 Sep 17 $6449pp
$6,449 pp
asterisk 3 Sep 17 16 Sep 17 $6249pp
$6,249 pp
15 Sep 17 28 Sep 17 $6249pp
$6,249 pp
asteriskhashtag 27 Sep 17 10 Oct 17 $5949pp
$5,949 pp
9 Oct 17 22 Oct 17 $5849pp
$5,849 pp
asteriskhashtag 21 Oct 17 3 Nov 17 $5349pp
$5,349 pp
asteriskhashtag 2 Nov 17 15 Nov 17 $4949pp
$4,949 pp

* These departures operate in reverse.

# Solo Friendly Departures. Single Supplement waived on these dates. Call for details. 

NOTE: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom and cruise in category 5 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port Charges included.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.

 

Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 128 / Staff: 41

Suite: 4 (215 sq ft) / Staterooms: 60 (151 sq ft) / Rivers: Rhine River, Danube River, Moselle River, Main River

One of the most unique ships cruising Europe’s waterways, the River Queen has an exterior resembling the steamships of the 1930s and an elegant Art Deco interior. Decorated in richly textured blue and white fabrics—with marble bathrooms and inspiring artwork—River Queen is a sublime floating hotel designed with your every comfort in mind. River Queen was rated the #1 ship in the entire cruise industry (both river and ocean) in the 2012 Conde´ Nast Traveler Readers' Cruise Poll.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (215 sq ft - 20 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Additional special amenities and services

Category 1-5

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

Our meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views. 

Reception

Main Lounge

Captain's Lounge

Lounge

Restaurant

Lounge

  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Netherlands Germany, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Luxembourg is the Euro (€).The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). Please note that Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, however many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros to help travelers compare prices. Some Swiss merchants may accept euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back will most likely be in Swiss francs.

    While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We recommend packing layers to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Friday, August 26, 2016
Legendary Rhine & Moselle
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : We have uses GET for two previous bus tours. This was our first river cruise. Although the initial cruise was set up through GET, Uniworld was the tour provider. Their ship was excellent and the crew magnificent. All travel connections were made by GET and worked perfectly.
Vacation : This was our first river cruise. We found it outstanding and very relaxing, will definitely take a river cruise again in about 5 years.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Legendary Rhine & Moselle
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : It was a very enjoyable cruise. There were some issues with high water in the Rhine. The captain handled the problem as well as he could and the tour director made all the accommodations necessary to bus us to the locations we could not walk off the ship to see. This was our second cruise with Uniworld. Loved the lectures on board both from the captain and a historian. The chef's demonstrations were also fun. Loved the access to the Roman Germanic museum when it was closed to the public.
Vacation : When comparing our first cruise on the river Beatrice to this last cruise on the river queen, I would say the overall service was not as good.

Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:

Basel & Lake Lucerne

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Basel walking discovery tour
  • Lucerne walking discovery tour with Lake Lucerne boat ride
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

From $1,099 per person (single supplement $429)
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Basel.

Amsterdam

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Amsterdam walking tour
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

From $829 per person (single supplement $399)
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Amsterdam.

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