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2018 Romance of the Rhine & Mosel

Belgium: Antwerp • The Netherlands: Willemstad, Kinderdijk • Germany: Bonn, Cochem, Trier, Bernkastel, Boppard, Speyer • France: Strasbourg • Switzerland: Basel

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16 Days from only $3195 including international airfare

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Amsterdam and the Netherlands

Discover Amsterdam by canal, meet the locals, and delight in the Netherlands' charms alongside travel expert Rudy Maxa.

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Brussels and Belgium

Experience Belgium’s medieval elegance and modern sophistication with travel expert Rudy Maxa.

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Switzerland and the Alps

Join travel expert Rudy Maxa for a preview of Swiss customs that await on our optional Lucerne, Switzerland trip extension.

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A Famous Flower Auction Fades

Hear how globalization is threatening the Netherlands' famous Aalsmeer Flower Auction.

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Frites, not Fries

Get a taste of Belgium’s passion—and pride—for frites or traditional Belgian fries.

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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Johannes Bauer

"I cannot sing Johannes' praises enough. He was the best Program Director I've ever had the pleasure of traveling with. He took care of all the travelers well and did his job excellently. He not only explains the what—he also explains the why. He is a jewel!"

Margaret Hitchman
17-time traveler from Charleston, West Virginia

99% of travelers rated Johannes as "excellent"

Born
Augsburg, Germany
Resides
Augsburg, Germany
Languages
English, German, a little Dutch, some Japanese
Hobbies & Interests
Mountain hiking, reading
With us since
2006

Germany is not much different from the U.S. Growing up there was nice, as Germany is one of the wealthiest countries and there was neither war nor civil unrest. One difference is that I grew up when the Iron Curtain divided our country. I grew up in Western Germany and attended high school and university in my hometown of Augsburg in Bavaria, where I received my Master’s degree in modern history. Before I was a Program Director, I worked for my hometown's municipal archive and the Museum of Textile Industry, and I was a local guide there, too.

I wanted to do something different from being in a dusty office, and that's when I decided to join Grand Circle Cruise Line. My love of history, traveling, and cooking helps me connect with my travelers, and I always make sure my groups have opportunities to taste local foods. One of my favorite places to recommend trying a local dish is the butcher shop in the Oberstrasse in Boppard, Germany. It's located just off the market square, opposite the Christmas store. The shop has a street-facing window, which sells delicious hot foods like sausages in bread rolls. However, when trying to get the attention of a waiter in a restaurant in Germany, never wave with a crooked finger like many Americans do. This is considered very impolite. Just raise your hand or show your wallet.

I particularly like to share the way Germany openly discusses its past and the crimes committed by Germans, such as the war criminals of the Nuremberg Trials, whereas in many other countries, past crimes are sometimes ignored. Once, one of my travelers told me that her deceased husband, who was Jewish, would have easily come to Germany had he only known how open and honest Germans are when it comes to discussing the horrors of the Holocaust.

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