DAY ONE – Depart the USA Today you'll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.
DAY TWO – Zurich to Lucerne, Switzerland Upon arrival in Zurich, transfer to your hotel in Lucerne to begin your Swiss adventure. Once a simple fishermen's village, it is a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and meadows, whose name means "Alpine Splendor." The afternoon is at leisure for you to begin discovering your beautiful new surroundings. This evening, join your Mayflower Cruise Directors and traveling companions for an included dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)
DAY THREE – City Tour of Lucerne After breakfast, an included walking tour highlights the city's landmark, the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge with its paintings of heroic town events, 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 your leisure. (Breakfast)
DAY FOUR – Optional Excursion to Mt. Pilatus Before departing for your ship in Basel, the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure or join the morning optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This afternoon, travel by motorcoach to Basel, Switzerland for embarkation of the MV Emerald Sky, home for the next seven nights. (Breakfast and dinner)
DAY FIVE – Strasbourg, Capital of the Alsace Region Between France and Germany lies lovely Strasbourg, one of Europe's most attractive cities. Enjoy an included city tour of Strasbourg which was culturally influenced by both countries and is the official seat of the European Parliament. The walking tour of the city center features a stroll through the charming and fascinating Old Quarter, "La Petite France" with its typical Alsatian half-timbered houses. While in the Main Square, dominated by the magnificent gothic cathedral, be sure to notice its carvings as delicate as any piece of hand-made lace. This evening, depart for Speyer, Germany. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY SIX – Optional Excursion to Heidelberg After breakfast, the optional excursion to Heidelberg departs from Speyer. Known as Germany's oldest university town, Heidelberg is also famous for its red-walled 16th-century castle. With its picture-postcard houses and maze of roofs, Heidelberg represents the essence of German Romanticism. Later this morning, your river ship continues to Mannheim for a brief stop to re-embark the participants on the optional excursion. This evening the ship docks in Rüdesheim, one of the Rhine's most delightful towns. After dinner, enjoy your evening in port 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 SEVEN – Rüdesheim and Boppard, Picture Perfect Rhine Towns In Rüdesheim, nature and history have left a rich heritage in the wine-growing Rheingau region whose origins date back to pre-Roman times. Home to three medieval castles, the town provides a fascinating look through German history. This morning your Mayflower Cruise Directors will walk you into town where you'll have free time to stroll through the alleyways filled with shops or visit the Market Square. 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 along the river, featuring St. Goar and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Upon arrival in Boppard, located in the UNESCO World Heritage area of the upper part of the Middle Rhine, enjoy free time in this charming town. Its history dates back to the Romans and the finest preserved Roman fortifications in all of Germany can be seen. In the Middle-Ages it was an important commercial and shipping center which is reflected in the town's historic marketplace and fine mansions along the Rhine promenade. Following dinner, enjoy a special performance onboard by local German entertainers. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY EIGHT – Cochem, Cozy Wine Taverns This morning you arrive in Cochem where along the beautiful Mosel River, countless vineyards with varying shades of green and squares of grapevines unfold before your eyes. Cochem, rated one of the prettiest villages along the Mosel, 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 with its many spires and mighty brick walls that provide contrast to the surrounding lush vegetation. With a late afternoon departure, your ship continues sailing along the Mosel and Rhine Rivers. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY NINE – Cologne, One of Germany's Oldest Cities When you visit 2,000-year-old Cologne, the largest city in Germany during the Middle-Ages, you're sure to be enchanted by the blend of Romanesque churches, simple post-war buildings, and classic modern architecture. Enjoy an included walking tour to the town center and Domplatz – home of the magnificent cathedral, the largest in Germany, which serves as the symbol of the city. With a mid-afternoon departure, enjoy your last afternoon cruising as you sail to your final port of call. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY TEN – Amsterdam, Holland Known as the "Venice of the North" with its winding treeshaded canals, Amsterdam boasts ornately gabled 16th-century townhouses and hundreds of canals and bridges. Like the diamonds that make it famous, Amsterdam shines with works of the world's greatest artists. This morning, during a narrated canal cruise, you get a view of the city from a different perspective as you pass historic buildings, lovely townhomes and churches from water level. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Amsterdam as you wish. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY ELEVEN – Amsterdam / USA Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. (Breakfast)
This itinerary is approximate. The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.