Create family memories on our special Rhine River multi-generational cruise! With your children or grandchildren, listen to Rhine River legends as you scan the hillsides for fairy-tale castles, learn about the Middle Ages as you explore German Heidelberg and French Strasbourg, and take in the Dutch way of life with your kids during a bicycle trip outside Amsterdam. 

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 Taking a bike ride together  Spending time together   Amadeus ship on the Rhine River  Typical scene in Amsterdam  Self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh. Credit: Netherlands Tourism Bureau  Vermeer's <i>The Milkmaid</i> in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. Credit: Frans Lemmens/Alamy  View of Cologne along the Rhine River  City of Cologne, showcasing the High Gothic cathedral   Hilltop medieval castle overlooking the Rhine River near Oberwesel  The idyllic Rhine River, near Kaub  The Rhine River Valley  The medieval town of Rüdesheim, located along the Rhine  The German university town of Heidelberg, along the Neckar River  The French city of Strasbourg  The delightful Alsatian city of Strasbourg, France  Half-timbered houses of Strasbourg

Cruising the Rhine and Moselle: A Family Voyage

From Basel to Amsterdam

9 days from $4,190

Create family memories on our special Rhine River multi-generational cruise! With your children or grandchildren, listen to Rhine River legends as you scan the hillsides for fairy-tale castles, learn about the Middle Ages as you explore German Heidelberg and French Strasbourg, and take in the Dutch way of life with your kids during a bicycle trip outside Amsterdam. 

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Save $250 per person when you book by September 25, 2020!

No single supplement offer for solo travelers!

Special savings of $1,000 off for children ages 7 -16 sharing a cabin with an adult (guests under 18 years of age must share a cabin with an adult.)  Limited availability, book now!

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. Visit the Tour Details tab and click on "Special Air Rates/Services" drop down. 


Create family memories during our popular Rhine River cruise! With your children or grandchildren, listen to Rhine River legends as you scan the hillsides for fairy-tale castles, learn about the Middle Ages as you explore the university town of Heidelberg, and take in the Dutch way of life with your kids during a bicycle trip outside Amsterdam. Enjoy a choice of family or adult excursions, as well as onboard programming for young people while adults attend special lectures.

Highlights Include

  • France: In Strasbourg, enjoy a canal cruise and walking tour of the Petite France district, a World Heritage site, or choose a historical walking tour or Alsatian culinary excursion.
  • Germany: In Heidelberg, explore the medieval castle and town or enjoy a hike along the “Philosopher’s Way” for stunning views. In Rüdesheim, take a walking tour that concludes with either a wine tasting or a visit to a mechanical musical instrument museum. Be on deck as you cruise through the Rhine Gorge, one of the most beautiful sections of the river with the legendary Lorelei Rock. During a family excursion to Cochem, learn about the town’s legends during a walking tour and visit to Reichsburg Castle. And in Cologne, tour the Old Town and the magnificent Gothic cathedral while the kids explore the Chocolate Museum.
  • The Netherlands: Introduce your kids to the Dutch Masters in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum; learn about the historic Jordaan district during a walking and culinary tour; or experience the traditional Dutch way of life during a family bike ride. Later, take a scenic canal cruise showcasing the city’s architecture and waterways..
  • Small Ship Experience: Enjoy cruising with your children and grandchildren aboard an upscale small river ship that features comfortable staterooms and public spaces, superb amenities, excellent cuisine, and an informal ambiance. See more information on the Tour Details page. This voyage will also host other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience.

This trip is designed for adults accompanied by children ages 7 and older.


Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S. for Zurich, Switzerland

Smithsonian Journeys Travelers depart the U.S. on a transatlantic flight to Zurich. Arrive at Zurich’s Kloten International Airport and transfer to Basel to embark the ship. Upon arrival on board, each adult and each child will receive a customized Welcome Package containing general information about the river route, as well as a basic map of the Rhine River. Your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be on board to answer questions and help with suggestions for independent activities.

This evening, gather for a welcome reception and dinner aboard ship. A safety briefing and a youth welcome activity are scheduled. The ship will remain in Basel overnight. (R,D)

Day 3 — Strasbourg

A full American-style buffet breakfast will be served each morning during the cruise. Upon arrival in Strasbourg, enjoy your choice of one of the following included shore excursions.

Choice #1 - Strasbourg Panoramic Tour: This morning’s motor coach excursion showcases the principal city of France’s Alsace region and the capital of the European Union. Stop at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the museums of the Palais Rohan and St. Thomas Church. Enjoy an escorted walking tour of Strasbourg’s historic center. (All ages)

Choice #2 – Strasbourg Canal Cruise and Petite France: Visit the charming district of Strasbourg’s Grand Ile, a World Heritage site, Petite France and its canals. The district has maintained its architectural charm with its half-timber buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries. (All ages with special youth focus)

Choice #3 – Culinary Strasbourg: Join a tour that offers insight into the city’s culinary heritage. Strasbourg is renowned for its cuisine throughout France. In “winstubs,” small wine bars, typical of Strasbourg, traditional dishes can be enjoyed, as well as fine Alsatian wines. During this guided walking tour, stops will be made to sample local food specialties and wine. (All ages)

The balance of the day is at leisure to follow your own path and explore with the family. A shuttle bus will operate this afternoon to take you to and from the city center. In the early evening, gather in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner for a lively conversation about the day’s activities. For the youngsters, it’s “movie night” in the Amadeus Club. In the late evening, the ship departs for Speyer. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Speyer / Mannheim / Heidelberg

After an early morning arrival in Speyer, a choice of shore excursions will be offered:

Choice #1 – Speyer Walking Tour and the Technic Museum:  On a walking tour, see the impressive Cathedral dating from the time of the Holy Roman Empire and the burial place of German Emperors for nearly three centuries. The Cathedral is a designated World Heritage site.

Choice #2 Technic Museum in Speyer. Explore inside an original jumbo jet and inspect the inner workings of a submarine and a sea rescue boat. You’ll find the largest space flight exhibition in Europe, showcasing the Russian space shuttle BURAN, an authentic moonstone, space suits, a Soyuz landing capsule, as well as locomotives, vintage cars, fire trucks, motorcycles, and thousands of other exhibits. The youngsters will be fascinated! (All ages)

The ship will depart for Mannheim. Lunch will be served on aboard and in the early afternoon, you'll have your choice of shore excursions in Heidelberg.

Choice #1 – Heidelberg Castle and Town:  Explore historic Heidelberg and visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask. See beautiful views of the Neckar River Valley and the city below. Afterward, enjoy a short walk through the city center. (All ages)

Choice #2 – Hike Heidelberg’s Philosopher’s Way: Hike up the famous “Philosopher’s Way” for spectacular views of Heidelberg Castle and the old town. Take a rest in Philosopher’s Garden while enjoying the view along with snacks and drinks. (All ages; with special youth focus)

After returning on board for lunch, the ship will sail for Oberwesel. A youth activity featuring fairytales is scheduled. Prior to dinner, join fellow travelers in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner for an informal discussion about the day’s discoveries. This evening, the Captain will join the children to talk about the ship’s navigation. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Rudesheim

Upon arrival in Rudesheim, you’ll have a choice of included shore excursions.

Choice #1 – Wines of the Rhine: In the winemaking town of Rudesheim, walk through the town then sample the wine of a local vintner. (Ages 18 and up)

Choice #2 – A Musical Walk in Time: Take a walk along the city’s well-preserved fortification walls from the 15th century and visit the Eagle Tower. Seeing the city walls takes you back to the early days, where fortification walls were a necessity for survival against the enemy. Continue through the city center and walk through the Drosselgasse where you will find numerous wine houses and garden taverns. Conclude with a visit to the Siegfried Mechanical Music Museum for an adventure with historical self-playing instruments. (All Ages)

The ship will depart Rudesheim and lunch will be served as you cruise through the most beautiful section of the river known as the Rhine Gorge. See hilltop castles, fortresses and the Lorelei Rock, subject of a fascinating German legend. A local speaker will talk on The Castles and Legends of the Rhine.

In the late afternoon, the ship will dock at Koblenz. Established more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans as an outpost to guard the banks of the Rhine and Mosel rivers, the picturesque town of Koblenz boasts a rich history to match its charm. After dinner, a youth activity is scheduled. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Koblenz / Cochem

Today, the ship cruises through a narrow portion of the Moselle River flanked on each side by numerous vineyards and quaint villages. The morning is at leisure with onboard youth activities. The crew invites passengers to the Sun Deck mid-morning for Frühschoppen, the age-old German tradition of drinking a beer before midday along with delicious pretzels, sausage, and mustard! In early afternoon, the ship will dock in Cochem. This city of narrow, winding streets and terraced hills covered in a tangle of grapevines is dominated by a picturesque castle steeped in history. An expert guide will escort you through this lovely town and fascinate you with legends and tales that seem to spring up around every corner. The excursion concludes with an inside visit to the Reichsburg Castle that’s said to be haunted. An eerie “ghost tour” is planned for the kids. Afterward, time is available to discover more of Cochem on your own. Before dinner, join fellow travelers for an exclusive Smithsonian Journeys reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 7 — Cologne

After an early morning arrival in Cologne, personalize your sightseeing experience with a choice of shore excursions:

Choice #1 – All Ages – Cologne Tour: Enjoy a guided tour of Cologne this morning, which includes the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the city’s iconic 13th-century Dom Cathedral. Afterwards, there is free time to have a coffee at a quaint café and discover more of Cologne on your own.

Choice #2 – Youth Focused – Cologne Chocolate Museum: Join a guided tour to the Chocolate Museum to learn the process of making chocolate starting with the bitter cocoa bean. See the chocolate factory and the landmark chocolate fountain that contains warm, liquid chocolate. A tour would not be complete without trying a sample of course!

Depart Cologne for Amsterdam in the early afternoon. A youth activity will be held on deck. This evening, celebrate your journey at a farewell reception and dinner. An Awards Recognition Night or a Talent Show is planned during the reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 8 — Amsterdam

This morning youth activities will be offered on board. After your arrival in Amsterdam, take your choice of one of the following shore tours.

Choice #1 – Rijksmuseum: Enjoy a motor coach ride through Amsterdam, one of the most charming cities in Europe to see some of the city’s historic and cultural highlights. Visit the world-famous Rijksmuseum that showcases a world-famous collection of masterpieces by artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals. (All ages)

Choice #2 – Waterland Bicycle Ride: Travel to Waterland for a guided “bike hike”  through this rural setting. Half the acreage of Waterland consists of “fen”, a rural and marshy wetland. See historical villages and many officially registered monuments. A snack break is planned. Other villages seen are Zunderdorp, Ransdorp, and Durgerdam. (All ages; with special youth focus)

Choice #3 – Jordaan District Walking and Food Tour: Take off and discover the Jordaan area of Amsterdam, originally built in the 14th-century by progressive city fathers to accommodate the poor. Since then, it’s become a popular and trendy residential quarter complete with charming shops, art galleries and lively cafes. During a walking tour, you’ll stop and sample typical Dutch herring served with onions and pieces of deep-fried cod known as kibbeling. At a small restaurant, pick-up some poffertjes, small pancakes served with powdered sugar and a bit of butter. The Dutch are renown for a variety of fine cheeses. To complete the tour, you’ll taste samples accompanied by a glass of wine. (Adults and older children)

Review the current state of affairs in Europe, learn about the European Union, and discuss its future with a local expert. As a special  family event, there’s an early evening scenic cruise through the Canals of Amsterdam, that make the city “Venice of the North.” Pass under historic bridges and past the Anne Frank House where the Frank family were in and see the tall narrow historic houses lining the canals.

This evening, enjoy a festive final dinner on board the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Depart Amsterdam for the U.S.

After an early breakfast depart the ship and transfer to Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)