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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.

This cruise will be escorted by Carol Rowland who will act as your concierge host during the cruise.

** The first 3 staterooms reserved before March 15 will receive an extra 5% discount! 


 


Rhine River Cruise: Amsterdam to Basel Switzerland (7 nights)
Optional Extension to Lucerne and Zurich (4 nights)
Depart US: Sunday, December 2
Cruise: Monday, December 3 - Monday, December 10, 2018
Extension: Monday, December 10 - Friday, December 14, 2018
Window Stateroom, starting from $3,116/person, double occy.
Balcony Stateroom, starting from $3,716/person, double occy.

Highlights

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. 

What makes a river cruise so special? All of these are included to enhance your experience:

  • 7 Night River Cruise on the Luxurious AmaStella
  • All meals, featuring fantastic cuisine - AMA Waterways is a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, prestigious invitation-only food and wine society
  • Unlimited wine and beer at lunch and dinner
  • Daily cocktail hour with complementary wine, beer and spirits
  • Complementary shore excursions in each port
  • Coffee, tea and specialty coffees throughout the day
  • Complementary bottled water replenished daily
  • Complementary wifi
  • Arrival transfer - Airport to Port
  • Departure transfer - Port to Airport

Highlights of each port - shore excursions offered:

Amsterdam:

  • Canal Cruise and City Tour
  • Scenic cruising

Cologne:

  • City tour, cathedral and Christmas Market
  • OR Kolsch beer tasting
  • OR Cologne bike tour

Rudesheim:

  • Wine tasting
  • OR Gondola ride
  • OR Rheingau bike tour
  • Christmas Market
  • Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum
  • OR Rudesheimer Coffee

Mannheim:

  • Heidelberg excursion and Christmas Market
  • OR Medieval Speyer and Christmas Market

Strasbourg:

  • City tour and Christmas Market
  • OR Old Town bike tour
  • Gengenbach
  • Christmas Market 

 Breisach:

  • Riquewiher walking tour and Christmas Market
  • OR Freiburg excursion with Christmas Market
  • OR Breisach bike tour

Inclusions

Included in your Rhine River Cruise

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
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs 
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access 
  • Sun deck heated 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 
  • Knowledgeable guides 
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
LUCERNE & ZURICH EXCURSION INCLUSIONS LIST:  
  • Transfer from the ship in Basel to Lucerne with Lion Monument and walking tour
  • 2 nights hotel in Lucerne at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel in Lucerne to Zurich with Lake Lucerne cruise en route
  • 2 nights hotel in Zurich at the Zurich Mariott Hotel (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast

Itinerary

Sun, Dec  2 Depart United States for Amsterdam.
Mon, Dec  3 

ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – EMBARKATION

Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. (Dinner) 

Tues, Dec   4

AMSTERDAM

Begin your discovery of Amsterdam with a scenic canal cruise, followed by a walking tour to the Begijnhof, known for its historic Middle Ages building and concluding with a panoramic city tour that includes the Royal Palace and Westerkerk. Later in the day, set sail. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)  

Wed, Dec   5

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. Explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral and then visit one of Europe's largest and most renowned Christmas Markets located in front of the cathedral. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten; or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne's traditional Kolsch beer and Reibekuchen-potato pancakes served with apple sauce. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Thurs, Dec  6

RHINE GORGE – RÜDESHEIM

Cruise through the castle-laden Rhine River Gorge before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Once in Rüdesheim, you will have three choices of morning excursions. Wine connoisseurs will want to go to a wine cellar for a wine tasting. Those who wish to soar high above the vineyards can take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. Or, for a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour through the town and along the Rhine River. Later in the day, you have two more options. Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, home to a remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee. You’ll also have plenty of time to enjoy Christmas traditions from all over the world at Rüdesheim Christmas Market. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Fri, Dec   7

MANNHEIM

You have the choice to explore two of Germany's historically rich cities, along with their festive Christmas Markets. Visit Heidelberg, a city that will capture your heart with its mighty castle and historic university. While here, wander along one of Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping streets, the Hauptstrasse, soaking up the Yuletide celebrations at the town’s Christmas Markets. Alternatively, you can explore one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll also have time to visit its Christmas Market in front of the “Old Mint” (Alten Münze) in the famous Maximilianstrasse, with a view of the romantic imperial cathedral (Kaiserdom). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Sat, Dec   8

STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Strasbourg is even more alluring during the season of Advent. The Christkindelsmärik dates back to 1570, making it the oldest Christmas Market in France. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour that takes you past the Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, walk through the historic town center on the Grande Île, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through the lovely “La Petite France” district, where you will see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock and then visit the town’s famous Christmas Market. You can also choose to explore Strasbourg's different districts by bicycle. During the afternoon, visit Gengenbach Christmas Market where every year the locals countdown to Christmas with a 24-day, larger-than-life Advent calendar. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Sun, Dec   9
BREISACH, GERMANY


Visit the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr beautifully dressed in her holiday finery with twinkling decorations and a lively Christmas Market. On your walking tour, admire historical architecture, as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to two other gems. Visit Freiburg, founded in 1120, and home to Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone, as well as an enchanting Christmas Market. Those wishing a more active excursion will want to cycle through the scenic countryside. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  

Mon, Dec  10

BASEL – DISEMBARKATION

Transfer to Basel Airport for return flight home. (Breakfast) 

Mon, Dec 10

EXTENSION TO LUCERNE & ZURICH


Disembark your ship and board a motorcoach to Lucerne. Visit the Lion Monument, built to honor the Swiss Guards who fought for King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. You'll then get acquainted with the city on a walking tour along with a visit to the Christmas Market before checking into your hotel. (Breakfast)
  

Tues, Dec 11

LUCERNE


Enjoy a day at leisure soaking up the festive atmosphere of this medieval gem situated on Lake Lucerne. Wander through its Christmas Market located at the Franziskanerplatz and enjoy the festive atmosphere with a mug of holiday cheer, glühwein. (Breakfast)
 

Wed, Dec 12

LUCERNE – ZURICH


Cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne to Vitznau, where you will board a motorcoach for a scenic drive through the countryside to Zurich, which seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future. Experience the magic of Zurich dressed in her holiday best. Join a walking tour followed by a visit to the Christmas Markets, including the largest indoor Christmas Market in Europe located in Zurich's Main Train Station. An absolute highlight is a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree decorated with thousands of sparkling Swarovski crystals. (Breakfast)
  

Thurs, Dec 13

ZURICH

Spend the day exploring Switzerland’s second largest city at your leisure. (Breakfast) 

Fri, Dec 14
DEPART ZURICH


After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (Breakfast)
 

 

Stateroom Pricing

Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy

Suite:
Violin Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 350 sq. ft.
 $6,116.00
Category AA:
Violin Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft.
 $4,816.00
Category AB:
Cello Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft. 
 $4,616.00
Category BA:
Violin Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.
 $4,416.00
Category BB:
Cello Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.
 $4,216.00
Category CA:
Violin & Cello Deck, French Balcony, 170  sq. ft.
 $3,716.00
Category D:
Piano Deck, Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft. 
 $3,116.00

 

Suite - Category SS

Suites are located on the Violin Deck, with both French Balcony and Outside Balcony, 350 sq. ft.  

 Suite - Violin Deck (top deck) $6,116.00 per person, double occupancy



Category AA and AB

Category AA and AB have the same floor plan with French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft. 

 Category AA - Violin Deck (top deck)$4,816.00 per person, double occupancy
 Category AB - Cello Deck (middle deck)$4,616.00 per person, double occupancy
 

 

Category BA and BB

Category BB and BA have the same floor plan, with French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.

Category BA - Violin Deck (top deck)                      $4,416.00 per person, double occupancy
 Category BB - Cello Deck (middle deck) $4,216.00 per person, double occupancy

 

 

Category CA

Category CA is located on both the Violin and Cello Decks with French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.

Category CA - Violin or Cello Deck (top or middle deck) $3,716.00 per person, double occupancy

 

 

Category D

Category D is located on Piano Deck and has a Fixed Window, 160 sq. ft. 

Category D - Piano Deck (lower deck)  $3,116.00 per person, double occupancy