Paris to The Swiss Alps (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Varies by Departure
Zurich, Switzerland to Paris, France
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
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 two-night stay. After check-in, enjoy free time to explore this exciting lakeside city.

Zurich, Switzerland

Discover Zürich 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 Grossmünster church, founded by Charlemagne, with its stained-glass windows by Augusto Giacometti. Across the Limmat 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)

Zurich, Switzerland
Cruise starts
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)

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)

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)

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. The collection includes many beautiful books and fascinating printing technologies, including a replica of Gutenberg's workshop. (B,L,D)

Koblenz, Germany

Sail along the Middle Rhine today and enjoy scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape. Explore historic Koblenz and stroll through the romantic town as you witness where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet. Pass the sleepy town of Sankt Goar, home to Rhinefels Castle, the largest fortress on the Rhine, and see Lorelei Rock, named after the fabled figure who once lured sailors to her shores. (B,L,D)

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)

Bernkastel-kues, Germany
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 Church of Our Lady. You will remain docked here this evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
Trier, Germany
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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 Musée d'Orsay. You will also drive along the Champs-Élysées and 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)

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