Grand cities blend in perfect harmony with their historic past and their progressive future. Zurich’s medieval houses, narrow lanes and town halls from the Renaissance period offer a striking backdrop to its trendy and ultra-modern metropolis. And Amsterdam’s Golden Age melds seamlessly with its lively cafés, exciting nightlife and glorious museums. Inspirational towns have given way to great stories, poetry and music—Heidelberg, where Mark Twain wrote “A Tramp Abroad.” Timeless traditions remain intact—from the making of Kölsch, Cologne’s legendary brew to the making of Rüdesheimer Coffee. Take a front-row seat on an enchanting journey that takes you along the Rhine and through its designated-UNESCO World Heritage Site with its 40 castles strung like pearls on its river banks and to magnificent cities and charming villages alike.
Celebrate spring in the Netherlands and Belgium when the Keukenhof Gardens and Floralia come alive. Experience Amsterdam’s colorful canals, the whimsical Kinderdijk windmills and the art of Rubens and Michelangelo. Discover the timeless traditions of Delft porcelain and revel in the medieval architectural treasures of Bruges, Middelburg and Ghent. Throughout your journey indulge in Belgian chocolates, warm waffles and delicious cheeses—all while savoring the storybook atmosphere of the region.
Begin your splendid journey along two of Europe’s most alluring rivers, the Rhine and Moselle. Expand your imagination in fairytale villages, such as Cochem, Bernkastel and Riquewihr, where folklore and history come alive in every street. Whimsical fantasies also come to life at Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum and at Schwetzingen Gardens. Encounter fascinating Roman ruins, medieval towns with colorful half-timbered houses and enchanting castles as you cruise along two of Europe’s most captivating rivers.
This perfect journey combines three beautiful rivers, the Rhine, Main and Moselle, into one grand adventure. Cruise past historic vineyards and imposing hilltop castles. Discover how everything in Zell centers on the “Black Cat” and how it relates to wine, and learn the secrets of Trier’s Porta Nigra. Let the storybook villages of Rüdesheim, Wertheim, Bernkastel and Cochem captivate you. All along the way, enjoy Europe at its most picturesque.
Experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year. Cologne’s Christmas Market with its impressive Gothic cathedral backdrop; the “Capital of Noël,” Strasbourg, with its magnificent great Christmas tree; and Heidelberg’s Christmas Market nestled idyllically amongst the historic squares of the Old Town; are all timeless traditions handed down through the centuries. Cherish all the glory of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Rhine.
Starting from Basel, experience the romantic Rhine and peaceful Main rivers. Ancient castles, grand palaces and medieval towns are yours to enjoy. Revel in the architectural gems on display—the Würzburg Residenz and Mannheim Baroque Palace. Visit the Alsatian capital of France, Strasbourg and the metropolitan capital of Germany, Frankfurt. Discover the many medieval treasures on this unforgettable journey.
Few events are awaited with as much anticipation as Europe’s Christmas Markets. Be spellbound by Nuremberg and Regensburg’s Christmas Markets. In Linz, marvel at the small clay figurines representing the people of a typical village—the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker; and while in Vienna, visit four Christmas Markets. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany and Austria where many Christmas traditions began on this magical journey through time.
MSC is the leader in Mediterranean Cruises. Cruise to part of the world famed for perfect sun, beautiful countryside and fascinating cultures. The Mediterranean is a unique sea, a maze of endless passages and remarkable stories.
MSC Cruise is the No 1 Cruise Line in the Mediterranean, with a 100 years of history and a timeless vision of elegance. Their Western Med itineraries sail from Barcelona and Genoa, visit Italian, French and Spanish ports such as Rome, Palermo, Messina, Naples and Venice; plus Marseille, Cannes, Barcelona, Mallorca and Malta. Below is just one of the many itineraries available.
A great tour for first-timers who want a short intro to The Emerald Isle. This is a well paced motorcoach tour that includes the Dingle Peninsula and a scenic cruise on Dingle Bay, plus Taylor’s Three Rock Pub, a lively medieval castle banquet and a visit to Dublin and Trinity College.