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A floating festival through four countries with Performance Today ®

SOLD OUT! Along The Rhine with Performance Today

You are cordially invited to celebrate the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven and composers of the region with Performance Today ® host Fred Child. Designed for lovers of nature, culture and, of course, classical music, this customized adventure of food, music, art and sheer fun will thrill you. Enjoy live performances in special event spaces and venues. As we cruise the Rhine River through Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland on our privately chartered river ship, we’ll enjoy intimate classical music “Perf Chats” with PT Artists in Residence violinist Blake Pouliot and pianist Aleksandra Kasman. Stroll through festive village streets and sip delicious wines with the locals in Germany’s Rhine region and in Alsace, France. Enjoy lakeside café views of the towering Alps in Switzerland. Your journey ends on a high note in the High Alps of Switzerland on the shore of beautiful Lake Lucerne.

Performance Today Host and Young Artists In Residence

Fred Child, Host

Fred Child is the host of American Public Media’s Performance Today®, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America. Fred is also the commentator and announcer for Live from Lincoln Center, the only live performing arts series on television. In recent years, Fred has hosted a series of unique live national concert broadcasts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s opening concerts from Walt Disney Hall, Gustavo Dudamel’s debut with the LA Philharmonic, season-opening concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic live at Carnegie Hall, the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall in London, New Year’s concerts by the New York Philharmonic, Seiji Ozawa’s final concert with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, and the ground-breaking “Spring for Music” concerts from Carnegie Hall. He has given concert talks for Lincoln Center, the Aspen Festival and Summerfest La Jolla; his CD reviews have appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered; and his music reports have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. He’s been a contributor to Billboard magazine and a commentator for BBC Radio 3. While growing up in Portland, Oregon, Fred studied classical piano. He also dabbles in guitar, percussion and bagpipes. Fred loves baseball (throws right, bats left) and is an avid hiker, climber, skier, cyclist and runner and a licensed private pilot. This will be the sixth Performance Today tour Fred has hosted. Fred and his wife Wang Jie live in New York City.

Blake Pouliot, violin

Blake Pouliot is a Canadian-born professional classical violinist. He studied at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the Colburn School in Los Angeles. His debut CD was nominated for a 2019 Canadian Classical Music Juno Award. Described as “immaculate, at once refined and impassioned,” (ArtsAtlanta) he has anchored himself among the ranks of classical phenoms. His 2021/22 season includes debuts with the Boise Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Plano Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra and Winnipeg Symphony; return engagements with the symphony orchestras of Vancouver, Naples, Nova Scotia, and Tallahassee; recitals in Sarasota, Miami and his Philadelphia debut; as returning PT Artist-in-Residence on this Rhine cruise.

Aleksandra Kasman, piano

Russian-American pianist Aleksandra Kasman is rapidly establishing an international solo career with engagements across the USA, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, France, and Japan and this special Rhine cruise as PT Young Artist In Residence. She is the First Prize and Audience Award winner of the 2017 Premio Roberto Melini International Competition, and has won first prizes at the NFMC National Collegiate Piano Competition, High Point University Inaugural Piano Competition, and IKIF’s 2015 Dorothy Mackenzie Awards. Ms. Kasman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, an M.M. degree from Juilliard and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Michigan.


Day 0 - May 19 - Depart the USA for Amsterdam

Remember you'll need to depart the States no later than today. Optional group flights from select U.S. cities will be offered. Details TBA.

Day 1 - May 20 - Your Journey Officially Begins

Goedemorgen, welkom in Holland! Our classical music journey through Holland and Germany begins in the historic heart of Amsterdam as we board the elegant MS Amadeus Silver III. This evening enjoy a welcome aboard dinner with your Performance Today hosts, captain, guides and fellow travelers. Sleep on board (D)

Day 2 - May 21 - Koln and Offenbach

After a morning of cruising or exploring we arrive in Köln (Cologne), the oldest city in Germany. This is the birthplace of Offenbach. A guided walking tour of city sights includes a visit to twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, one of Europe’s most beloved Gothic cathedrals. You’ll have some free time to wander through Cathedral Square and the Hohe Strasse pedestrian area in the afternoon. This evening we attend a performance. Sleep on board (B, L, D)

Day 3- May 22 - Beethoven's Bonn

This morning we arrive in Beethoven's birthplace, the city of Bonn. We’ll have a morning to exploring this charming city including Beethoven's house that is now a memorial site and museum. This afternoon enjoy a concert at the celebrated Beethoven House. Sleep on board (B, L, D)

Day 4 - May 23 - Moselle River Excursion

Today our Amadeus vessel takes a special trip down the romantic Moselle River, the largest tributary of the Rhine, and docks at the old town of Cochem. The scenery in the Moselle Valley has been dominated by vineyards for millennia. Cochem itself has narrow streets, twisting alleys and medieval town gates, churches and walls. Discover the beauty of Cochem and perhaps sample some of the Riesling wines produced in this region. This evening we set off towards Koblenz. Sleep on board (B, L, D)

Day 5 - May 24 - Koblenz on the Rhine

This morning we arrive in Koblenz, ideally situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle rivers. The Romans, the Franks, the Holy Roman Empire, the French, and the Germans have all had a hand in this strategic city’s 2000 year history. St. Castor Basilica, the Church of our Beloved Lady, and the Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm’s memorial at the German Corner, are just a few of the sites which reflect the history of the area. This afternoon, spend time on deck as we cruise the most beautiful section of the river – the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Later this afternoon, the vessel arrives in Rüdesheim, a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge. Discover the region’s rich history of winemaking with a visit to the local museum. Return to the ship for a delicious dinner. Sleep on board (B, L, D)

Day 6 - May 25 - A Day in Heidelberg and Speyer

After breakfast, explore Heidelberg, a charming, old university city. This afternoon’s call is at Speyer, a city known for its cathedral where eight Roman Emperors and German Kings are interred. The Old Town Gate, Memorial Church, and Transportation Museum are all highlights of this beautiful city. Sleep on board (B, L, D)

Day 7 - May 26 - Strasbourg, France

After breakfast, the ship arrives in Strasbourg, the ancient capital of Alsace and one of Europe’s most attractive cities. During a city tour you’ll see the outside of the European Parliament building and have a guided tour of the inside of the city’s vast and famous cathedral. The cathedral features numerous carvings as delicate as lace! Because of the richness and sheer density of Strasbourg’s historic buildings, the entire city center is being adopted as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ship casts off again as our journey continues towards Switzerland. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Gala Farewell Dinner after your exciting day. Sleep on board (B, L, D)

Day 8 - May 27 - Disembark in Basel, Switzerland and continue on to Lucerne

After breakfast we disembark our ship and drive deep into the heart of Switzerland to Lucerne, our base for the next three nights. We will be stopping for lunch in Interlaken withtime for folks to go up the gondola to the top of Schlitihorn. Sleep in Lucerne (B)

Day 9 - May 28- A Private Cruise on Lake Lucerne

After a brief orientation, you'll have the day to explore lovely Lucerene. Sleep in Lucerne (B)

Day 10 - May 29 - Lucerne or Explore the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Mountains

Morning is free to explore and afternoon we set off for a boat excursion and farewell luncheon on beautiful Lake Lucerne. Sleep in Lucerne (B, L)

Day 11 - May 30 – Your Performance Today Adventure Concludes

Auf Wiedersehen! Your guide will accompany you to the Zurich airport this morning. Return home with a lifetime of happy memories. Gute Reise! (B)


  • With Performance Today ® Host Fred Child
  • With a Performance Today ® Artists in Residence violinist Blake Pouliot and pianist Aleksandra Kasman
  • Guided by Earthbound Expeditions founder Matthew Brumley
  • Wine and cheese tastings in Germany and France
  • Alsace and the UNESCO city of Strasbourg
  • A private cruise on Lake Lucerne
  • Like-minded public radio listeners who share your passion for classical music

Pricing and Terms

12/Days/11 nights (when including optional group air) Optional Group Flights depart May 19, 2022 (group air from select U.S. Cities TBA) Trip begins Amsterdam, The Netherlands on May 20, 2022 Trip ends Lucerne, Switzerland on May 30, 2022 Not included: Travel insurance, port fees of $200, gratuities for the ship crew, air tickets to/from Europe, any items not mentioned in your Performance Today Rhine itinerary. Savings: $100 discount applies for all Minnesota Public Radio, Public Radio Custom Travel or Earthbound Travel alum. If your deposit is made by October 1, 2019 and/or you make your final payment by check, you will receive the additional discounts. See additional discounts on the pricing page of the brochure.
Brahams Deck- Stateroom: $5,099 per person price before discount(s), $800 single supplementBach Deck- Stateroom: $5,799 per person price before discount(s), $1,350 single supplementBeethoven Deck- Stateroom: $6,599 per person price before discounts(s), $1,350 single supplementBeethoven Deck- Suite: $7,499 per person price before discount(s), call for single supplement details

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Note: Valid US passport required. Port taxes, charges & fees currently $199 and are additional. Schedule subject to change.

Not included: Gratuities for ship staff, travel insurance and any items not mentioned in your itinerary.

Savings: All Alumni of MPR Custom Travel and Earthbound Expeditions Travel will receive $100 the published journey price. If your deposit is made by May 1, 2021 and/or you make your final payment by check, you will receive the additional discounts.

Advanced, cancelled or delayed sailing for cruises: Please note that cruise schedules and tour activities can be subject to change due to changes in water levels, port accessibility, weather, labor disputes or for any other reason whatsoever. The Owner or Operator of the cruise vessel may, at any time, cancel, advance or postpone any scheduled tour and may, but is not obliged to, substitute another vessel or itinerary, and it shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to passengers by reason of any such cancellation, advancement or postponement.

Exclusive air rate is in economy class and allows for no deviations or upgrades. Seat assignments are subject to the discretion of the airline. Specific requests cannot be guaranteed.


Health Matters: It is the responsibility of each guest to be aware of their physical abilities or limitations, and to be in sufficient good health to undertake the trip. To make the most of your journey and participate in the various planned group activities, you should be able to be on your feet and walk unassisted for two to three hours (often over uneven cobblestones or pathways) with frequent standing. If you have questions about the physical requirements for your journey, please email or call our travel office. Any preexisting physical, mental, or emotional disability that may require attention must be reported in writing prior to the be- ginning of the journey. Although it is not mandatory to participate in every planned and included group activity, not doing so isn’t cause for a refund. For those desiring additional exercise, our trips allow free time to explore at your own pace. On boats, planes, ships and ferries, guests will need to be able to maneuver unassisted up and down gangways, stairs and in between decks. Smokers may smoke outside and downwind of the group.

Group Size: Our cruise programs have a capacity of 120-130 passengers. We pride ourselves on providing a small, shared group experience and Earthbound Expeditions will make every effort to limit the group size on shore excursions. However, to ensure the departure of an expedition at the lowest price, Earthbound Expeditions has at times found it necessary to overbook a trip in order to anticipate the possibility of numerous last minute individual cancellations and/or a declining US dollar. Private and hosted journeys may be larger than other trips. By doing this we are able to eliminate surcharges.

Tipping: Savvy travelers know that tipping is expected in most parts of the world, though never knowing when and how much can become a source of stress. To spare our guests hassle and anxiety, Earthbound Expeditions has included all gratuities for guides, drivers, dining room servers and local specialists on nearly all of our journeys. Some travelers like to reward outstanding service with an additional tip, gift or card. Gratuities for hotel staff, boat crew and those serving you while not with the group are not included. Note: Gratuities may not be included on private or hosted trips. Please refer to your specific itinerary for details.

Travel Insurance: Earthbound Expeditions strongly encourages the purchase of Travel Insurance Coverage. We include information on trip insurance in your deposit information. It is important to check with your medical insurance provider to understand your medical benefits and coverage while traveling abroad. Please read our cancellation policy carefully in order to avoid incurring a costly penalty.

Air Travel: Taxes and fuel surcharges are subject to change until ticketed and are included in the air price quote. Please note that Earthbound Expeditions acts only as an agent for airlines and is restricted by their respective policies. A minimum of ten passengers must travel together on group flights. The industry standard deadline for securing group space is 90 days prior to departure. In some cases, when the bare minimum of ten passengers does not materialize by this deadline, Earthbound will offer a competitive alternative and will assist passengers in booking their flights. A deviation fee may apply if you have booked the group flight, but are returning on a different date. Earthbound Expeditions is not responsible for route changes and flight delays. Airline group contract rates may require payment by check and/or an additional deposit. Please read the airline deposit schedule carefully, as in most cases they are not refundable. NOTE: Earthbound Expeditions does not accept liability incurred by the purchase of individual non-refundable airline tickets. It is for this reason we strongly recommend purchasing refundable airline tickets or including the cost of the ticket in your travel insurance coverage. Earthbound staff is unable to assist travelers with mileage award tickets.

Solo Travelers and Single Accommodations: Single accommodations may be requested by paying a single supplement comfort fee; these are limited and based on availability. For those willing to share, Earthbound Expeditions will assist in finding a same-gender room- mate, and if one is found, the Single Supplement is waived. If a roommate cannot be found, guests will be asked to pay the Single Supplement comfort fee.
Discounts: All Alumni of Earthbound Expeditions will receive $100 off the published journey price (private trips may be excluded). If Earthbound Expeditions has other discounts available, participants may choose the greatest available discount. Most of our travel discounts may not be combined (see below for one exception) and are applied to the land portion only.

Traveling with Children: With the exception of our adventures to Costa Rica, Earthbound Expedition journeys have been designed for the active, mature adult. Most of our journeys include cooking classes, wine tastings, concerts and late evenings out which are not suit- able for children under 12. If you have questions about a specific journey, please telephone our travel office.

Refer a friend and Save! Refer a friend and save an additional $75 for each person new to Earthbound who travels with you on an Earthbound Expedition. “Refer a friend” discounts may be combined with alumni discounts.

Concerts and Events: If a planned concert or event is cancelled for any reason, another concert or event will be included in its place. This is not cause for refund.

Hosted Journeys: If a host or special guest is unable to attend as planned, Earthbound Expeditions will do its utmost to find another host who has similar interests, talents and expertise. The inability of a host to participate in a tour is not grounds for a full or partial refund.

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Pricing: In the event that there are fewer than the minimum participants listed in your itinerary, you will be offered a small group comfort charge to ensure that the journey departs as scheduled. Former guests have greatly appreciated the benefits of traveling with a smaller group. Earthbound staff or hosts are not included in the number of tour participants. Please refer to your detailed itinerary for pricing information specific to your journey. Although no changes in the price of your trip are expected, Earthbound reserves the right to add a supplement or to lower the trip price due to unexpected currency fluctuations of plus or minus 5% and/or spikes in fuel prices.

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