2018 : Paris to the Swiss Alps - Zurich to Paris

Explore Paris & sail the Rhine
Pay your respects at the Luxembourg American Cemetery. Discover ancient Roman Trier. Taste exquisite Moselle Rieslings and visit the wine town of Bernkastel-Kues. Catch breathtaking views of the Rhine from the vantage point of Lorelei Rock. Visit Heidelberg, renowned for its university, and Worms, site of a dramatic Protestant Reformation event. Vineyard-flanked slopes and historic cities, along with hotel stays in Paris and Zurich, make this 12-day cruisetour irresistible.

Paris to the Swiss Alps
Explore four fascinating countries, with hotel stays in Paris and Zurich and a cruise along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Zurich, Switzerland

Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland's largest city and often cited as one of Europe's most livable places. Transfer from the Zurich 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 Zurich 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. You will see the twin-spired Grossmunster church, founded by Charlemagne, with its stained-glass windows by Augusto Giacometti. Across the Limatt River, admire the Fraumunster, 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 Zurich. (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 cafe 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 this stunning medieval town and its millennium-old Reichsburg Castle perched on a hill. You will also visit 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, 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, Luxembourg

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 Musee d'Orsay. You will also drive along the Champs-Elysees 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)

Viking Inclusive Value

Your included features and services:

  • 7 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Aquavit Terrace® and the most al fresco dining on Europe's Rivers
  • All port taxes and fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program

    Your experience:

  • 8-days; 1 country; 6 ports
  • Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum®: taste French cheeses; learn how to create your own tarte au citron; attend lectures on Jeanne d'Arc & French Impressionists; learn to say a few words en Français
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Organic herb garden
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests

    Your stateroom:

  • Riverview stateroom
  • Room steward & twice daily housekeeping service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV & complimentary Movies on Demand
  • Refrigerator, security safe, hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries, bathrobe & slippers (upon request)

    Pre & Post Cruise Extensions

    More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Maximize the value of your overseas flight and enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.
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    Cruise Line
    Viking River Cruises
    Offer valid through 3/31/2018
    12 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Viking Alsvin

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    Day 1Zurich  
    Day 2Zurich  
    Day 3Basel  
    Day 4Strasbourg  
    Day 5Speyer  
    Day 6Mainz  
    Day 7Sankt Goar  
    Day 8Cochem  
    Day 9Bernkastel  
    Day 10Luxembourg City  
    Day 11Paris  
    Day 12Paris  

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