Captivating Rhine : 2018 - 7-Night Cruise with 4 Nights Post Cruise : Amsterdam to Zurich : ms AmaStella
CRUISE FROM : Amsterdam to Basel
Contoured by vineyard-clad hills and castles from yesteryear, the legendary Rhine captivates. Experience the allure of France's Alsace region in its welcoming capital, Strasbourg, and its priceless gem, Riquewihr. Fabled towns lost in time present you with the chance to taste local flavors - Rudesheimer coffee and Kölsch beer-and to touch history up close with guided hikes and bike rides. From Amsterdam's colorful canals to the majestic Swiss Alps, journey into the heart of the destinations you visit.
COUNTRIES: France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
At A Glance
On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Day 1 : ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. (D)
Day 2 : AMSTERDAM
Get acquainted with Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise, where you will see the beautiful wooden Skinny Bridge and Anne Frank's House. Continue on with a walk to the Begijnhof and be charmed by its Middle Age buildings followed by a city tour that includes the Royal Palace and Westerkerk. Later in the day, enjoy scenic cruising. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : COLOGNE, GERMANY
Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany's most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings-the Magi-are believed to rest. Continue on and discover the Cologne Rathaus, Germany's oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. Or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne's traditional Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen-potato pancakes served with apple sauce. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : RHINE GORGE - RÜDESHEIM
Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rudesheim. Wine connoisseurs will want to go on a walking tour through the vineyards where you'll stop to sample wines at three different tasting stations. Or choose to drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. For a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, let Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town's special delights, Rudesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : MANNHEIM
You'll have a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany's Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher's Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany's oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe-a UNESCO World Heritage Site-and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, has flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location, which you'll get to discover. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour past the stunning Parc de l'Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République followed by a walking tour through its iconic "La Petite France" district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. You'll also see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. The active adventurer can join a guided bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l'Orangerie. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : BREISACH, GERMANY
Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr. Having survived WWII without being badly damaged, this charming medieval hamlet looks much like it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture and surrounding vineyards as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg Munster, a Gothic cathedral said to have "the most beautiful spire on earth." Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the countryside. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : BASEL, SWITZERLAND - DISEMBARKATION - LUCERNE
Disembark the ship in the morning and transfer via motorcoach to Lucerne, where you will be taken to the Lion Monument followed by a walking tour. Afterwards, enjoy some free time before checking into your hotel. (B)
Day 9 : LUCERNE
Spend the day discovering even more of this breathtaking city adorned with covered bridges, candy-colored houses and a well-preserved medieval Old Town. (B)
Day 10 : LUCERNE - ZURICH
Take a leisurely cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne to Vitznau, where you will board a motorcoach for a scenic drive through the countryside, passing Alpine lakes and small villages en route to Zurich where you'll check into your hotel. (B)
Day 11 : ZURICH
Set alongside a gleaming lake and framed by the Alps, Switzerland's largest city, Zurich, seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future-all of which will be on full display during your city tour. See Grossmunster Abbey; St. Peter, which boasts the world's largest church clock face; Old Town; Town Hall; and Fraumunster Abbey. (B)
Day 12 : DEPART ZURICH
After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (B)
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2018
- 12 Days
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- ms AmaStella
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Port Charges not included in cruise price$168 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; AA+ & Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
Single Supplement for Land$640 per person.
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