Dramatic rivers yielding to fairytale towns and iconic cities all come alive as you discover four countries along the storied Rhine and Moselle. From Basel to the colorful canals of Amsterdam, delve deeply into history, legends and culture. Throughout your journey, wander through postcard-perfect towns, let your inner adventurer out as you hike through vineyards and bike along rivers, and be enchanted by fairytale castles and a plethora of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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


December 22, 2018
AmaPrima • Cat D Outside Balcony

$3068 CAD pp ($300 tax included)
2-FOR-1 CRUISE FARE

Prices quoted are per person, reflect the 2 for 1 savings, are cruise only & based on double occupancy. Airfare extra.

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DAY 1 Basel
EMBARKATION
Embark your ship in Basel, Switzerland and meet your fellow passengers on board. (D)


DAY 2 Breisach
Riquewihr walking tour
OR Freiburg excursion
OR Breisach tour


Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the scenic countryside. (B,L,D)


DAY 3 Strasbourg
City tour
OR Old Town bike tour


Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, 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. Then walk through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, the active adventurer can take a guided bike ride through this captivating city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)


DAY 4 Ludwigshafen, Rudesheim
Mannheim Baroque Palace
OR Heidelberg excursion
OR Schwetzingen Gardens
Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum
OR Rüdesheimer Coffee


You have several choices of morning excursions. Explore the glorious Mannheim Baroque Palace, one of Europe’s largest. Prefer to visit the town Mark Twain wrote about in “A Tramp Abroad,” then join a tour to perfectly preserved Heidelberg. Alternatively, visit Schwetzingen Palace Gardens, a cultural heritage site of European significance. Wander through the gardens with more than 100 sculptures and admire an assortment of whimsical buildings. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 Rudesheim, Rhine George
Gondola ride and wine tasting
OR Rheingau bike tour
OR Ehrenfels Castle hike
Castles along the Rhine scenic cruising


Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. Alternatively, you can join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River; or hike to Ehrenfels Castle, idyllically situated in the midst of the vineyards. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles. (B,L,D)


DAY 6 Trier, Moselle Valley, Bernkastel
"Rome of the North" tour
OR “Ancient Tales of the Porta Negra”
OR Trier Bike tour
OR Petrisberg hike
Scenic cruising
Wine tasting


In Trier, Germany’s oldest city, discover such sights as the old Roman amphitheater, Roman Baths and Basilica of Constantine on a city tour. Alternatively, go in search of the secrets of the Porta Nigra Gate on a tour that takes you back to a time when Rome ruled the world from the Emperor’s seat in Trier. You also have the choice of a bike tour through the historic city center and along the Moselle River. Later in the day, set sail along the scenic Moselle en route to Bernkastel, where you’ll visit a local winery for a special tasting. (B,L,D)


DAY 7 Bernkastel
Walking tour
OR Moselle bike tour
OR Landshut Castle ruins hike
Scenic cruising


Located in the middle of the Moselle Valley’s wine-producing region, an area that’s been cultivating wine for over 500 years, Bernkastel will enchant you. Walk through its colorful Old Town center and past many medieval and Renaissance buildings on a guided tour. Cycling enthusiasts can choose to join a bike tour along the shores of the Moselle River; and hikers can opt to trek up to the ruins of Landshut Castle, which dates all the way back to the 9th century. During the afternoon, enjoy scenic sailing along the Moselle. (B,L,D)


DAY 8 Cochem, Lahnstein
Reichsburg Castle and walking tour
OR Cochem Mustard Mill
OR Cochem bike tour
Evening Lahneck Castle Visit

Visit the Reichsburg Castle, an integral part of the town’s history followed by a walking tour along Cochem’s narrow cobblestone streets lined with medieval houses. For a more active excursion, go on a biking tour along the Moselle River. As an alternative excursion, you can visit one of Europe’s oldest working mustard mills where you will sample Cochem’s famous mustard. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 Cologne
Walking tour and Cologne Cathedral
OR Kölsch beer tasting
OR Bike tour

Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue on to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and Reibekuchen, potato pancakes typically served with apple sauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 Amsterdam
Canal cruise and city tour
OR Jewish heritage tour

View Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, join the Jewish Heritage tour. The Jewish Heritage tour begins with a visit to the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum chronicling the history of the Jewish community in Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 Amsterdam
DISEMBARKATION

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

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WHATS INCLUDED

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
10 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
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 Daily 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, reflect the 2 for 1 savings, are cruise only & based on double occupancy. Airfare extra. Limited time offer - Book by September 30,, 2018. Private Sales are deep discounts and are not combinable with any other promotions. Other restrictions apply. Offers are based on double occupancy and are valid on select sailings only for new FIT bookings. 2-for-1 offer is based on double occupancy for cruise only and is not applicable to Suites. Solo travelers receive single supplement waived on applicable departures, excluding A+, AA+ and Suites. Offers are not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, consortia programs, are limited to availability, are capacity controlled and are subject to change or termination without notice. Other restrictions apply. Land programs, visas, roundtrip airfare and gratuities are additional. 

 

Breisach
Riquewihr walking tour
 
OR Freiburg excursion
 
OR Breisach tour
Canal cruise and city tour
 
OR Jewish heritage tour
DISEMBARKATION