Day 1 Zurich, Switzerland
Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland’s largest city and often cited as one of Europe’s most livable places. Transfer from the Zürich airport to your hotel for a 2-night stay.* After check-in, enjoy free time to explore this exciting lakeside city.
Day 2 Zurich, Switzerland
Discover Zürich during a city walk. As you explore, the distant snowcapped Alps tower across the lake and cast their reflection in the glassy waters. You will 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. (B)
Day 3 Basel, Switzerland
Transfer to Basel this morning, 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 browse the Art Museum of Basel before embarking your ship in time for dinner. (B, D)
Day 4 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 Petit 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. (B, L, D)
Day 5 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. (B, L, D)
Day 6 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 to the heavens. You will also 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. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Sankt Goar, Germany
This morning, enjoy scenic cruising along the Middle Rhine. As you pass through the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stop in Sankt Goar. The sleepy town is overlooked by the famous 13th-century ruins of Rheinfels Castle, the largest castle on the Rhine. From here, you will ascend to the top of riverside Lorelei Rock, named for the fabled figure who once lured sailors to her shores with her siren song. Enjoy splendid views of the river and valley from its heights. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Cochem, Germany
Disembark in the quaint town of Cochem for a tour of the scenic Moselle wine country, where some of the finest Rieslings in the world are produced along terraced slopes. During your tour, you will 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. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Bernkastel & Trier, Germany
We dock in Bernkastel this morning, one of the Moselle’s most beloved medieval villages and a thriving wine center. You might join an optional wine-tasting excursion during your stay. Later, continue cruising to Trier, Germany’s oldest city, set on the banks of the Moselle River. See the wonderfully preserved Roman Porta Nigra gate, Trier Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady. You will remain docked here this evening. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Luxembourg City and Paris, France
Disembark this morning and transfer to Paris, France. 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 Paris and check into your hotel. (B)
Day 11 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. You will also drive 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. (B)
Day 12 Paris, France
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the Charles de Gaulle airport for your return flight. (B)
All This Included
Embark on this 12-day cruisetour through four fascinating countries, framed by glorious hotel stays in elegant Paris and lakeside Zürich. Cruise along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers past ancient castles and lush vineyards, explore Roman vestiges in Trier, ascend the legendary Lorelei Rock and stroll the charming medieval lanes of Cochem, Mainz and Bernkastel. You will also discover tiny Luxembourg and the canal-lined streets of Alsatian Strasbourg. At every turn, delight in Europe’s cultural and culinary riches.
8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
2 nights each at the Le Méridien Étoile Paris and Zürich Marriott (or similar)
10 guided tours with audio headset
All onboard meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner, plus hotel breakfasts
Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
Visit 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Culture Curriculum: Enjoy a classical music performance; learn how to create your own Alsatian flammkuchen; attend lectures on Germany’s current affairs & origins of Rhine River cruising
All port charges
Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
Accommodations on this Tour
Zurich: Zurich Marriott or similar
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking Longship
Paris: Le Méridien Étoile Paris or similar
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Extension: Zermatt & Geneva
From $1,199 per person / 4-night pre-extension
Experience two sides of Switzerland: a quiet alpine village and one of Europe’s most important cultural and political centers. 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, European home to the United Nations. Two nights each in the First-Class Zermatt Hotel (or similar) and the First-Class InterContinental Geneva; daily breakfasts and one lunch; cogwheel train to Gornergrat; goat cheese farm visit; wine tasting at the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; United Nations tour; city tour of Geneva with a boat cruise; and transfers from your ship to Zermatt, including a six-hour train journey on the Glacier Express, and from Zermatt to Geneva are included, along with the services of a Viking Tour Director.
From $499-$649 per person / 2-night post-extension
Become enchanted by the romance of France’s capital. Browse the art in the Louvre or stroll along the famed Champs Elysées. Ascend the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the “City of Light,” dine at a Parisian bistro or enjoy an evening at a cabaret. Two nights at the L’Hotel du Collectionneur (or similar), daily breakfasts and hotel/ship transfers are included along with the services of a Viking host.
Cabin upgrades are available.
*Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.