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  • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the Rhine, Main and Moselle Rivers.
  • Explore Paris' cultural and historic significance
  • See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral.
  • See the city of Luxembourg on a guided tour, then stop for lunch before continuing on to Paris.

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Spend 10 days amidst the timeless elegance of Paris and the breathtaking scenery along the Rhine, Main and Moselle Rivers. Take a guided tour of the French capital to see some of its historic locations, then spend some time exploring its neighborhoods, museums and cafés. Scenic cruising takes you to the heart of smaller European towns like Trier, Rüdesheim and Cochem, where there is so much to discover, right through the Rhine Valley, famous for its many riverside castles. Stop in Strasbourg, the perfect marriage of French and German cultures (and cuisines), and explore the market squares of Basel’s charming Old Town area. This cruisetour is a joyful rhapsody!

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Travel Theme
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Rhine River
Ship Name
  • Viking Longship Idun

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Incredible experience August 2015

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  • Lodging 5.0
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Incredible experience sailing on the Grand European tour from Amsterdam to Budapest! Just wonderful! The tours were interesting, and most allowed for adequate free time to explore the areas visited. But the staff! Beyond compare.
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Already planning our next cruise August 2015

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We talked about doing a cruise with Viking ever since we were made aware of them back in 2008. We just arrived home yesterday and are still floating on air! The spectacular time we had is almost beyond description. First, we loved our stateroom. It was the basic 150 square foot space. This room was so well designed. We met new friends and always had someone new to share a conversation with. The gem in the hospitality crown was our Program Director, who had more energy than any five people put together. I could go on and on but I will say this: we are already planning our next cruise with Viking.
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We enjoyed the entire experience August 2015

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We enjoyed the entire experience; Normandy and Omaha Beach were especially moving. The food and service deserve praise too. This is our third Viking cruise and we'll do it again. Viking does it first rate all the way. Keep it up.
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Every bit as good as it looks January 2015

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Viking was the only European river cruise company we knew about because of their TV commercials, so we booked with them. .We were extremely pleased with our Danube cruise, especially the port excursions, then we went with them to Russia. Having done two river cruises I now know there are lots of other cruise lines, but I don't see any reason to switch at this point. One thing to mention: most of the people on board are in their 50s and 60s , so I wouldn't bring kids or grandkids along -- they won't have any companions their own age. But we did enjoy meeting the other people on board -- many of whom had responded to their TV commercials, too, we discovered!
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Day 1: Basel, Switzerland

Meals : D
Accommodation : Basel, Switzerland

Welcome to Basel, on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland. Transfer from the airport to your ship.* After boarding, enjoy time on your own getting acquainted with the city, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented. Dinner is served aboard. )

Day 2: Basel, Switzerland

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Old Town, Strasbourg, France

After breakfast, embark on a half-day city tour of Basel. Your guided tour will begin at Dreiländereck (Three Counties Corner), where you might find yourself in three places at once, as this is where the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany meet. Drive to the Art Museum to start your walking tour through Basel’s beautifully preserved Old Town. After the tour, your afternoon is free to explore Basel. Return aboard for dinner and an early evening departure. Cruise through the night.

Day 3: Strasbourg, France

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : UNESCO
Heidelberg Turret Gate, Germany

Arrive in Kehl this morning and disembark for your guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral. Free time allows you to further explore this Alsatian city’s blend of French and German cultures, resplendent churches, medieval covered bridges, verdant parks and handsome Art Nouveau and modernist architecture. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Return to your ship for dinner and departure.

Day 4: Heidelberg & Rüdesheim, Germany

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Braubach, Germany

Wake up in Mannheim and disembark for a tour of Heidelberg to see Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Then, visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle and take in the scenery of the Neckar River Valley and the city’s many red rooftops from this hilltop post. Afterward, set on a walking tour through the Old Town to Heidelberg’s renowned gates. Return to your ship for afternoon cruising. Arrive in Rüdesheim in the early evening, then spend free time in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars. Dine aboard your ship or spend more time exploring in town if you prefer. We remain docked overnight.

Day 5: Braubach & Koblenz, Germany

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : UNESCO Cochem, Germany

This morning, sail along the most scenic stretch of the Rhine, where castles overlook the river from their hilltop locations. This part of the Middle Rhine Valley is so impressive that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Midmorning, disembark for a tour of 700-year-old Marksburg Castle, the only fortress in this region that has remained untouched by turmoil. Catch sweeping views of the Rhine Valley from this castle’s vantage point. Return to your ship for lunch and a short cruise to Koblenz. Spend some time exploring this charming town at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers.

Day 6: Cochem, Germany

Meals :
Accommodation : B, L, D

Enjoy scenic morning cruising on the Moselle River, a hidden gem lined with steep vineyards, pastoral towns and stately castles. After lunch aboard your ship, arrive in the quaint town of Cochem, where you disembark for a walking tour of the city and a visit to the imposing Reichsburg Castle. Return to your ship at dinnertime before we sail through the night. (B, L, D)
Imperial Baths, Trier, Germany

Day 7: Bernkastel & Trier, Germany

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : UNESCO Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

After breakfast, an optional guided walk through the 700-year-old town of Bernkastel is available, replete with narrow cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Return to your ship for lunch and enjoy lovely unspoiled scenery as we cruise along the Moselle River toward Trier. We arrive this afternoon for a tour of Germany’s oldest city. See the wonderfully preserved Roman Porta Nigra, Trier Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady. Dine aboard your ship. We remain docked here tonight so you may wish to take an evening stroll in town. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Meals : Paris, France
Accommodation : B

Disembark in Trier this morning, then travel to Luxembourg where, at the American Cemetery, you can pay homage to the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives during the World War II Battle of the Bulge. See the city of Luxembourg on a guided tour, then stop for lunch before continuing on to Paris. When you arrive in Paris, the romantic capital of France, check in to the Le Méridien Étoile (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Your evening is free to explore and dine on your own.

Day 9: Paris, France

Meals : B
Accommodation : Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Today’s tour begins with a drive along the Champs-Élysées, past the Arc de Triomphe to the world-famous Louvre. The remainder of the day is yours to experience more of this timeless city: visit a museum, explore Montmartre or take a moonlit cruise along the Seine River. The banks of the Seine, with their graceful bridges and unrivaled city views, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ()

Day 10: Paris, France

Meals : B

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your trip with 2 additional nights in romantic Paris.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,956

Price Per Day:

$ 296 per person
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Ship Name

Viking Longship Idun

Ship Description

Sailing our most popular itineraries, our award-winning Viking Longships® showcase innovative engineering, streamlined design and understated elegance for the most comfortable river cruise experience available.

  • 95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)
  • All suites feature two rooms with a veranda off the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, and walking track
  • Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
  • The Lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
  • Library corner and onboard boutique
  • Elevator from Middle to Upper Deck only; no elevator access for categories F and E
  • Free shipwide wireless Internet service
  • Laundry service
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
  • 40" flat-panel Sony TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more
Deck & Cabin Plans

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Trip Includes
  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 2 nights at Le Méridien Étoile (or similar) in Paris
  • 8 guided tours with audio headset
  • All onboard meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner and Captain’s Farewell Dinner, plus daily breakfasts at the Paris hotel
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy a classical music performance; attend lectures on the European Union and the Rhine and Moselle Rivers; learn how to create your own Alsatian Flammkuchen & Rüdesheimer coffee
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Start City
End City

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