Travel on this River Cruise through Mayflower Tours and experience Spring along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. From the enchanting Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands to the majestic heights of Switzerland, see the countryside bloom as you sail these two historic rivers of Europe. Arrive on day two in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Transfer to the MS Emerald Sun. On a narrated canal cruise, view the city from a different perspective as you pass historic buildings, lovely townhomes and churches at water level. Day three visit Keukenhof Gardens and discover why it’s called the “Garden of Europe.” Admire gorgeous flowers at the height of tulip season. Day four visit 2,000-year-old Cologne and enjoy a walking tour to the town center and Domplatz – home of the magnificent cathedral, which serves as the symbol of the city. Day five visit Cochem, 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 Koblenz. This evening, a lively performance by local German entertainers takes place onboard the ship. Day six enjoy an included walking tour of historic Koblenz. Stroll through the narrow lanes and romantic squares of the city center past some of the cultural monuments, medieval churches and beautifully restored houses. This afternoon don’t miss the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the “Splendor of the Rhine” featuring St. Goar and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Later, arrive in Rudesheim, 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 Rudesheim and stop in a beer hall or wine tavern along the lively Drosselgasse. Day seven 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 on to Speyer where the optional excursion will end. Day eight enjoy a panoramic tour in lovely Strasbourg, France, one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Later, a 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. Day nine disembark the ship in Basel, Switzerland to begin your Swiss adventure. Depart by motorcoach to Lucerne, a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and meadows. A walking tour highlights the city’s landmark, the famous 14th century 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 afternoon is at leisure. Day ten is at leisure. You plan your own itinerary. Perhaps you will choose the optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus, a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. Day eleven the tour ends and you head home.