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Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps
CRUISE FROM : BASEL TO AMSTERDAM /_uploads/images/exclusive-email/amawaterwayslogo.jpg
May 16, 2022 | 7 Night Cruise
Ship: AmaMora
Category D: Outside Stateroom
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. Then there is Breisach, rising above the vineyards of the Rhine, and Freiburg, one of Germany’s sunniest cities and gateway to Black Forest. Fabled towns lost in time present you with the chance to taste local flavors—Rüdesheimer 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.

$5,815
CAD per person ($277 taxes included)/_uploads/images/exclusive-email/LAKE-COMO-ITALY.png
INCLUDES: Complimentary 3-night Pre- or Post-River Cruise Land Package in Lake Como, Italy
 + $100 USD Onboard Spending Money per stateroom
What’s Included in Your Complimentary Pre- or Post-River Cruise Land Package:
- Stays at 4- and 5-star hotels conveniently located near the major sites
-  Daily breakfast at the hotel
-  City tours led by knowledgeable local guides
-  The services of one of our extraordinary Cruise Managers throughout your journey – unique in the industry
-  Convenient transfers to and from the ship



COUNTRIES: FRANCE, GERMANY, NETHERLANDS, SWITZERLAND
RIVERS: RHINE

 

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ITINEARY AT A GLANCE

DAY 1 Basel EMBARKATION

Embark your ship in Basel for your Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps cruise. (D)

DAY 2 Basel "City of Art" tour

OR Three countries bike tour

OR Full-Day Lucerne Excursion

Enjoy getting to know Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city. Long an important university, banking and trade center, Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval town hall, richly decorated market square and exquisite 18th-century patrician homes. Tour the city by foot or on a guided bike tour that takes you through three countries: Switzerland, France and Germany. Or, choose a full-day excursion in Lucerne, known for its Lion Monument – the figure of a dying lion carved into a hillside in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792 – which Mark Twain described as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You’ll also see Lucerne’s spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 Strasbourg “The Gem of Alsace” tour

OR Strasbourg bike tour

Strasbourg offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through charming streets past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 Ludwigshafen “Romantic Heidelberg” excursion

OR “Secrets of Speyer” tour

OR Heidelberg Philosopher’s Path hike

OR Ladenburg bike tour

Rüdesheim Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum

OR Rüdesheimer Coffee

Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of four 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 enjoy 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 Old Gate, Altpörtel. Or pedal along the river Neckar to the picturesque medieval city center of Ladenburg and enjoy some free time to explore the shops. Later in the day, cruise to the charming village of Rüdesheim and let Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 Rüdesheim Rüdesheim Gondola Ride and Wine Tasting

OR Vineyard hike

OR Guided bike tour of the Rheingau

Rhine Gorge Castles along the Rhine scenic cruising

Lahnstein Burg Lahneck tour

Join a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town’s iconic vineyards and drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching Lahnstein, where you will enjoy a unique evening visit at Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 Cologne “Holy City” walking tour and cathedral visit

OR Kölsch beer and local specialties tasting

OR Cologne bike tour

Enjoy cruising to Cologne. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus, and the Festival Hall. For a different view, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 Amsterdam Canal cruise tour

OR Floriade*

Amsterdam OR A Taste of Amsterdam**

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Or opt for a rare experience with a journey into the Netherland’s Floriade Expo* in Almere – very close to Amsterdam – which will feature stunning gardens, innovative sustainable gardening exhibits, live entertainment, souvenirs and food stalls. Alternatively, get a taste of local flavor, passing iconic canals, gabled houses, narrow bridges and house boats while tasting Dutch specialties at one of Amsterdam’s grand cafes. (B,L,D)

*Please note: The Floriade 2022 Expo opens from April 14 to October 9, 2022
**May be replaced with Jordaan District Walking Tour based on docking location

DAY 8 Amsterdam DISEMBARKATION

Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
Computer for internet access
Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
Bottled water replenished daily

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
Daily entertainment including cultural performances

AWARD-WINNING DINING
All onboard dining in a variety of venues
Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Immersive tours in every destination
Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
Bike tours and hikes
Special Interest Tours
Knowledgeable guides
Personal headset for easy exploration
Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

Terms & Conditions:
Prices quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, and reflect ALL applicable savings. Airfare extra. All rates are per person in CAD for cruise only, inclusive of port charges and based on double occupancy in a base category stateroom, and includes complimentary land package as indicated above. Additional land packages associated with mentioned itineraries are also available at an additional cost. Free Land offer is valid on select 2021 & 2022 Europe sailings. Offer is applicable to new FIT and group bookings made between December 14, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Free Land is only valid with the purchase of a participating cruise at full fare. Hotel to/from ship transfer is included with eligible complimentary land package. Offer is combinable with Back-to-Back cruise savings. Past Guest Savings and Future Cruise Benefit Program may be combined with Free Land offer and is applicable only to past guests. Free Land offer is based on double occupancy. Solo travelers may receive 50% savings off of total land package rate for single occupancy; not combinable with any other offers. Offer is not applicable to travel advisors and does not apply to industry rates or other offers deemed by AmaWaterways. Free Land offer is not eligible for the Unlimited Cruise Flexibility Program. Other optional land programs, visas, airfares and gratuities are additional. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-20 Virtuoso Amenity: Virtuoso Amenity is applicable to new 2022 FIT and group bookings. Optional tour is limited to one per passenger/cruise. When optional excursions are unavailable, guests will receive $100 onboard credit in USD per stateroom. Onboard credit is $50 USD per person ($100 USD per stateroom). Optional tours are subject to availability and itinerary and may not be offered. Subject to change and other conditions apply. Combinable with other promotions in the marketplace. Not combinable with Virtuoso Block. To redeem, must ask for Virtuoso Amenity at the time of booking. CST#2065452-40. V19APR01AD