Dates: May 6 - May 19, 2019
Total Duration: 14 days
Cost: From $6,995 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Yale School of Music
Vehicle: Royal Crown
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: Western Europe
Cruise along the Rhine and Moselle rivers aboard the privately chartered 90-passenger Royal Crown riverboat for an exploration of ancient Roman heritage and 20th-century military history. From Basel to Amsterdam, enjoy classic highlights such as Strasbourg, Mainz, and the fairytale castles of the romantic Rhine; explore a variety of well-preserved ancient Roman cities; and visit important sites from World War II, including General Patton's famous Third Army crossing in Oppenheim and Operation Market Garden at Arnhem.
Participants are invited to customize this itinerary to best suit their interests by mixing and matching their choice of activities from two tracks. One track explores ancient Rome's impact on the region, including Augusta Raurica, an archaeological site and open-air museum relating to the oldest known Roman colony on the Rhine; the Roman ruins at Trier, including the well-preserved Porta Nigra city gate, the 4th-century Basilica of Constantine (Aula Palatina); and a 2nd-century A.D. Roman bridge still in use; Xanten archaeological park and open-air museum built on the site of the Roman settlement of Colonia Ulpia Traiana; and Kalkreise, site of the Germanic/Roman Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. The other track delves into World War II history along the Rhine and Moselle rivers, from Arnhem's Airborne Museum and Nijmegen's Overloon Museum to the Oversteek Bridge where American soldiers fought for the liberation of Holland. Everyone will enjoy gorgeous scenery, dining in a historic castle, visiting vineyard estates to taste regional wines, and sampling local craft brews. An optional two-night pre-cruise extension in the Swiss Alps in Interlaken, Switzerland, and an optional two-night post-cruise extension in Holland, are also available.