PARIS TO THE SWISS ALPS ITS A VIKING RIVER CRUISE

  

Explore Paris & sail the Rhine on 07/11/2020


Pay your respects at the Luxembourg American Cemetery. Discover Roman  Trier. Taste Moselle Rieslings and visit the wine town of  Bernkastel-Kues. Enjoy scenic cruising past the town of Sankt Goar, home  of the Lorelei Rock, and through the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO Site. Visit  fascinating Worms and the university town of Heidelberg.  Vineyard-flanked slopes and historic cities, along with hotel stays in  Paris and Zürich, make this 12-day cruisetour irresistible.


Our ship will be The Hild – Giver of Everlasting Life
Also known as Hildr, the great and powerful Norse goddess Hild was one of the legendary Valkyries.


Day 1
Paris, France
 Arrive in Paris, the romantic capital of France. Transfer from the  Charles de Gaulle airport to your hotel for a 2-night stay. After  check-in, enjoy free time to explore this exciting city, or join our  “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.

Day 2
Paris, France
 Today’s tour begins with a drive along the Seine River, past the city’s  glorious landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the world-famous  Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. Ride along the Champs-Élysées past the Arc  de Triomphe. The remainder of the day is yours to experience more of  this timeless city: visit a museum or explore Montmartre. As always,  your Program Director can help you plan your free time.

Day 3
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
 Today, transfer to Trier, Germany. En route, see the city of Luxembourg  on a guided tour and visit the Luxembourg American Cemetery to pay  homage to the many Americans who lost their lives during the WWII Battle  of the Bulge. Continue on to Trier and embark your ship.

Day 4
Trier & Bernkastel, Germany
 Enjoy a morning tour of Trier, Germany’s oldest city, set on the banks  of the Moselle River. See the wonderfully preserved Roman Porta Nigra,  Trier Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady. Lunch is served on board as  we depart. Enjoy scenic cruising along the Moselle this afternoon. We  dock in Bernkastel around dinnertime. After your evening meal you can  take a walk through the town’s cobblestone streets, or join an optional  wine-tasting excursion in this famous wine region.

Day 5
Cochem, Germany
 Disembark in the quaint town of Cochem for a tour of this stunning  medieval town and its millennium-old Reichsburg Castle perched on a  hill. Visit the scenic Moselle wine country, where some of the finest  Rieslings in the world are produced along terraced slopes. During your  tour, delve into a wine-making history that dates back nearly 2,000  years to Roman times. Stop at a local winery for a tour and tasting  before returning to your ship for Moselle cruising this afternoon.

Day 6
Koblenz, Germany
 Sail along the Middle Rhine today and enjoy scenic cruising through the  Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore historic Koblenz and  stroll through the romantic town as you witness where the Rhine and  Moselle Rivers meet. Pass the sleepy town of Sankt Goar, home to  Rhinefels Castle, the largest fortress on the Rhine, and see Lorelei  Rock, named after the fabled figure who once lured sailors to her  shores. (B, L,

Day 7
Mainz, Germany
Arrive in Mainz today  in the heart of the Rhine wine region. Visit one of the Upper Rhine’s  most dramatic cathedrals here: Mainz Cathedral, with its six towers  reaching toward the heavens. Browse the Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to  the inventor of movable type and book printing. The collection includes  many beautiful books and fascinating printing technologies, including a  replica of Gutenberg’s workshop.

Day 8
Speyer, Germany
 Explore the quiet German town of Speyer, on the west bank of the Rhine.  Visit its stunning Romanesque imperial cathedral, considered a pivotal  structure in the evolution of European architecture. This UNESCO World  Heritage Site is the burial place of eight emperors including some of  the most famous Holy Roman Emperors. Stroll Speyer’s charming,  shop-lined main street and see the impressive clock tower of its  Altpörtel, the Old Town Gate.

Day 9
Strasbourg, France
 Visit Strasbourg today, the cultural center of France’s Alsace region.  Thanks to its location at the border of France and Germany, it boasts a  convivial mix of cultural influences. See its well-preserved Old Town,  or Petite France, enclosed on all sides by the little Ill River. Stroll  the cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered houses and intersected  by picturesque canals, pausing to visit the cathedral. Indulging in  Alsatian café culture is central to any visit here. You might join an  excursion to sample Alsatian wine.

Day 10

Basel, Switzerland
 Disembark in Basel, a fascinating blend of modern and traditional with a  thriving arts scene. Get acquainted with its Market Square of guild  houses and Gothic, Renaissance and baroque splendor. Then continue by  coach to Zürich, beautifully set on its namesake lake. The nation’s  largest city, it is often cited as one of Europe’s most livable places.

Day 11
Zürich, Switzerland
 Discover Zürich during a city walk and lake cruise. As you explore, the  distant snowcapped Alps tower across the lake and cast their reflection  in the glassy waters. See the twin-spired Grossmünster church, founded  by Charlemagne, with its stained-glass windows by Augusto Giacometti.  Across the Limatt River, admire the Fraumünster, with its distinctive  green spire. Marc Chagall created five windows of the abbey’s choir.  After your walk, embark a boat for a scenic tour on Lake Zürich.

Day 12
Zürich, Switzerland
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the Zürich airport for your return flight.

STATEROOM......CRUISE FARE
Explorer Suite (ES)
445 sq. ft......................$9,874.00

Veranda Suite (AA)
275 sq. ft......................$7,274.00

Veranda (A)
205 sq. ft......................$5,574.00

Veranda (B)
205 sq. ft......................$5,347.00

French Balcony (C)
135 sq. ft......................$5,074.00

French Balcony (D)
135 sq. ft......................$4,874.00

Standard (E)
150 sq. ft......................$3,874.00

Standard (F)
150 sq. ft......................$3,774.00

Air fare is available for $899.00 from most cities in the USA.
Rates are based on double occupancy.


EXTEND YOUR CRUISE WITH 4 NIGHTS IN ZERMATT & GENEVA


 Take in the pure mountain air of Zermatt, a car-free haven high in the  Alps at the foot of the famed Matterhorn, and explore the rich culture  and stunning setting of Geneva, home to a number of international  organizations.

ALL THIS IS INCLUDED IN YOUR FULLY ESCORTED PROGRAM:

 4 nights accommodations: 2 nights in Zermatt—Resort Hotel Alex (or  similar); 2 nights in Geneva—InterContinental Geneva (or similar)

5 meals: 4 breakfasts & 1 lunch

 4 guided tours: Cogwheel Train to the Summit of Gornergrat; Wine  Tasting at the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces; Red Cross Museum; Geneva City  Tour and Boat Cruise

Fully escorted by your Viking Tour Director

Transfers from your ship to Zermatt, including a six-hour train journey on the Glacier Express, and from Zermatt to Geneva

Total $2099.00 per person based on double occupancy.

Call Libby at 678 325 8351 to confirm your reservation.