DAY 1 – Depart the USA Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. DAY 2 – Amsterdam, the Netherlands Transfer to your exclusively chartered river ship, the MS Amadeus Silver III. Plan to arrive at the ship by 2:00pm. On a narrated canal cruise, view the city from a different perspective as you pass historic buildings, lovely townhomes and churches at water level. Dinner and evening snack onboard DAY 3 – Keukenhof Gardens On an included excursion to Keukenhof, you’ll discover why it’s called the "Garden of Europe.” On this amazing life enriching experience, admire gorgeous flowers at the height of tulip season! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard DAY 4 – Cologne, Germany While visiting 2,000-year-old Cologne, enjoy an included walking tour to the town center and Domplatz – home of the magnificent cathedral which serves as the symbol of the city. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard DAY 5 – Cochem, Germany Rated as one of the prettiest villages along the Mosel, Cochem is best known for its fortified gates, pastel-colored or half-timbered buildings, Baroque towers and vintages of Mosel Riesling wine. Enjoy an included guided tour of the 19th-century Reichsburg Castle. This afternoon, the ship sails on to the charming town of Boppard. A lively performance by local German entertainers takes place onboard our vessel this evening. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard DAY 6 – Boppard and Rüdesheim Enjoy free time in Boppard, located in a UNESCO World Heritage region of the Rhine. Home to the finest preserved Roman fortifications in all of Germany and fine mansions along the Rhine promenade, its small-town charm is sure to impress. This afternoon you won’t want to miss the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the “Splendor of the Rhine” – a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring St. Goar and the legendary Lorelei Rock. This afternoon, arrive in Rüdesheim, one of the Rhine’s most delightful towns. Your Mayflower Cruise Directors will walk you into town where you’ll have free time to stroll through the alleyways filled with shops. Enjoy your evening in Rüdesheim and stop in a beer hall or wine tavern along the lively Drosselgasse. Filled with music and song, it’s the perfect opportunity to sample the best of genuine Rhine hospitality! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard DAY 7 – Optional Excursion: Heidelberg A brief port call is made in Mannheim for disembarkation of the optional excursion to Heidelberg. Known as Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg is also famous for the ruins of its red-walled 16th-century castle. The ship continues to Speyer where the optional excursion will end. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard DAY 8 – Strasbourg, France Between France and Germany lies lovely Strasbourg, one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Enjoy a panoramic tour before the walking tour of the city center takes you on a stroll through the charming Old Quarter, "La Petite France" with its typical Alsatian half-timbered houses. The Main Square is
dominated by the magnificent gothic cathedral with carvings as delicate as any piece of hand-made lace. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard DAY 9 – Lucerne, Switzerland After breakfast, disembark the ship in Basel, Switzerland to begin your Swiss adventure. Depart by motorcoach to Lucerne, a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and meadows. An included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark, the famous 14thcentury Chapel Bridge that crosses the Ruess River. See the 17th-century Renaissance Town Hall and town squares, all set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Breakfast DAY 10 – Optional Excursion: Mt. Pilatus Your last day is left free of planned activities. Enjoy on your own, or join the optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This evening, get together for an included dinner at the hotel. Breakfast and Dinner DAY 11 – Lucerne / USA Bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. Breakfast
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