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Rhine and Moselle Fairytales

11-night cruise Amsterdam to Basel, 3 nights hotel in Zurich

In 2019: 3 nights hotel in Amsterdam, 11-night cruise Amsterdam to Basel, 2 nights hotel in Lucerne, and 2 nights hotel in Zurich

Rhine and Moselle Splendor
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2018 & 2019 Departure Dates & Pricing

Amsterdam to Zurich - 15 days

In 2019: Amsterdam to Zurich - 18 days

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Ship - Amaprima, Amaserena

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2018 Detailed Itinerary:

Skip to 2019 itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam (Embarkation Day)

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

Day 2: Amsterdam

The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour beginning with a scenic canal cruise. Tall narrow homes along the water, the beautiful wooden Skinny Bridge and the Anne Frank House are a few of the highlights you will see. You’ll then walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings and followed by panoramic city tour. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam (B,L,D)

Day 3: Cologne

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. 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 4: Lahnstein

Because of its strategic importance on the Rhine, Lahnstein was heavily fortified. Many old gates and towers still demonstrate its importance in the Middle Ages. You’ll discover this is a common theme throughout the region. You have a choice to visit one of the region’s medieval castles; or alternatively, you can take a cable car across the Rhine where you can discover Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, overlooking the Rhine and Moselle rivers. For those seeking a more active adventure, explore the area on the "Two rivers bike tour," which takes you along both the Rhine and Moselle rivers; or go on hike around Lahnstein. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Cochem

Spend the morning taking in the beauty of the Moselle on this scenic stretch of the river before reaching Cochem with its half-timbered houses and Reichsburg Castle. Join a guided tour through the castle, situated high above the town, and then walk through its Old Town. For those wishing to have a more active exploration of the area, you can go on a guided hike to the castle. Or for a different adventure, explore the Bundesbank Bunker to get a closer look at this mysterious Cold War era bank vault. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Trier

In Trier, Germany’s oldest city, you will discover such sights as the old Roman amphitheater, Roman Baths and Basilica of Constantine. 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. Hear the history, secrets and stories of the bishops and barbarians who have crossed through this famed gate that dates back to 180 A.D. You also have the choice to go on a bike tour through the historic city center and along the Moselle River. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Bernkastel

Bernkastel, located in the middle of the Moselle Valley’s wine-producing region, an area which has been cultivating wine for over 500 years, will enchant you. Walk through its colorful Old Town center and past many medieval and Renaissance buildings on a guided tour that also includes a winery visit. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Rhine Gorge

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. 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, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Ludwigshafen

Discover a grand Baroque palace, one of Mark Twain’s favorite European towns or one of the most whimsical gardens in the Europe on choice of excursions. Relieve a bygone era on an excursion to the Mannheim Baroque Palace, one of Europe’s largest. Prefer to fall in love with one of Mark Twain's favorite towns, then join a tour to perfectly preserved Heidelberg. For those who love a bit of whimsy, visit Schwetzingen Palace Gardens, a cultural heritage site of European significance. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, enchants offering 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, 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 the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Breisach

Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr. Having survived WWII without being damaged, this charming medieval hamlet looks almost the same as 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 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 12: Basel (Disembarkation Day) - transfer to Zurich

Disembark the ship and board a motorcoach to Zurich. En route, you'll stop in Lucerne where you will visit the Lion Monument and go on a walking tour before taking a leisurely cruise across Lake Lucerne to Vitznau. You'll then board a motorcoach for a scenic drive through the countryside before arriving in Zurich and checking into your hotel. (B)

Day 13: Zurich

Set alongside a gleaming lake and framed by the alps, Zurich seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour. See Grossmünster Abbey; St. Peter, which boasts the world’s largest church clock face; Old Town and Town Hall. (B)

Day 14: Zurich

Spend the day at leisure exploring this beautiful, cosmopolitan city. (B)

Day 15: Zurich

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

Departures & Pricing

2019 Detailed Itinerary:

Skip to 2018 itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam

Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.

Day 2: Amsterdam

Get acquainted with the Netherlands’ largest city, Amsterdam, boasting history, art, architecture, bridges, canals, cobblestone streets, world-class museums, bicycles and narrow alleys on a city tour. Afterwards, enjoy leisure time exploring the city even more; perhaps visit one of its many prestigious museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Kitchen Maid. (B)

Day 3: Amsterdam (Embarkation Day)

Check out of your hotel and, before transferring to your ship, visit Zaanse Schans, where you can observe life as it used to be lived in the Netherlands. Authentic windmills, houses, and shops were relocated to this picturesque area, creating a typical 17th- to 18th-century village. (B,D)

Day 4: Amsterdam

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Cologne

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCOdesignated cathedral. Continue 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 applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Lahnstein

You have a choice to visit Burg Lahneck, a medieval 13th-century castle, located in the city of Lahnstein; or you can go to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress to take the aerial cable car over the Rhine to Koblenz, which boasts a rich history spanning more than 2,000 years. For those seeking a more active adventure, explore the area on the “Two Rivers Bike Tour,” which takes you along both the Rhine and Moselle rivers; or go on a hike around Lahnstein to Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Moselle Valley - Cochem

Spend the morning taking in the beauty of the Moselle on this scenic stretch of the river before reaching Cochem with its half-timbered houses and Reichsburg Castle. Join a guided tour through the castle and then walk through its Old Town. For those wishing to have a more active exploration of the area, you can go on a guided hike to the castle. Or for a different adventure, explore the Bundesbank Bunker to get a closer look at this mysterious Cold War-era bank vault. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Trier

Set sail for Trier, Germany’s oldest city, where you can discover on a city tour why it has been called the “Rome of the North” as it has impressive Roman relics and nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 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; or hike high above Trier to Petrisberg. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Brenkastel

Enjoy a scenic cruise to Bernkastel that will enchant you. Walk through its colorful Old Town center and past many medieval and Renaissance buildings on a guided tour that also includes a winery visit and tasting. Cycling enthusiasts can choose to join a bike tour and hikers can opt to trek up to the ruins of Landshut Castle, which dates all the way back to the 9th century. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, before reaching Rüdesheim. Drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, and afterwards, be treated to a wine tasting. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Ludwigshafen

nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Alternatively, relive a bygone era on an excursion to the glorious Schwetzingen Baroque Palace. Tour this splendid palace furnished with over 800 exhibits. Or, you may decide to visit Schwetzingen Palace Gardens with more than 100 sculptures and admire an assortment of whimsical buildings. The Apollotempel houses a statue of AmaWaterways – Marketing Detailed Itinerary May 8, 2018 the ancient Greek god of light and the arts, playing the lyre; and the most spectacular, the Türkischer Garten with a mosque, are a few of the many highlights you will see. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Strasbourg

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 before walking 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 the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Breisach

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions, depending on your interests. 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, or go on a hike in the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Basel (Disembarkation Day) - transfer to Lucerne

Disembark the ship and before transferring to Lucerne, go on a highlights tour of Basel. One of Switzerland’s most cosmopolitan cities, Basel is home to 40 museums (the highest concentration in the nation), a picturesque Old Town and richly decorated Market Square, a 500-year-old Rathaus (town hall) and Switzerland’s oldest zoo (built in 1870 and home to 600 animal species and exotic flora). Once in Lucerne, you’ll discover the unrivalled beauty and charm of this pristine city on a walking tour. Stroll along Chapel Bridge, admiring the stunning gable paintings above. The mighty mountains of Mount Pilatus and Rigi overlook the swans that glide along the scenic lake and are part of Lucerne’s everlasting allure. Afterwards, check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening. (B)

Day 15: Lucerne

The iconic Lion Monument, which you’ll visit, was sculpted in memory for the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. It has captured the hearts and minds of visitors for centuries, including Mark Twain who praised it as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You’ll also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. Located around the Musegg Wall area, the towers rise high over the city, giving great panoramic views of Lucerne, the Reuss River and the surrounding mountain scenery. There are a total of nine towers, including one featuring the oldest clock in the city. (B)

Day 16: Zurich

Check out of your hotel and board a boat for a scenic cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, to Vitznau. Once in Vitznau, you’ll transfer via motorcoach to Zurich, traveling past scenic landscapes and Alpine lakes. Once in Zurich, you’ll check into your hotel. (B)

Day 17: Zurich

Set alongside a glistening 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. One of the top experiences in Zurich is a visit to Old Town where you will find yourself amongst medieval houses, churches and the modern Bahnhofstrasse, a mile-long street featuring exclusive fashion boutiques, stores and street cafés. (B)

Day 18: Zurich

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

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • Guided bicycle tours are capacity controlled.
2018 and 2019 Departures

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Amsterdam
Program Start Day

Cruise Embarkation Day

Ship
Cat. E - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows
Cat. D - Lower Deck w/ fixed windows
Cat. C - Middle Deck aft & Upper Deck aft w/ french balcony
Cat. BB - Middle Deck w/ twin balconies
Cat. BA -Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Cat. AB - Middle Deck w/ twin balconies
Cat. AA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Cat. A+ Upper Deck w/twin balconies
Suite - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Jul 7, 2019
Jul 7, 2019
Amaprima
$6,259
$6,728
$7,658
$8,458
$8,758
$9,058
$9,458
$10,358
$11,458
Aug 25, 2019
Aug 25, 2019
Amaprima
$6,659
$7,128
$8,058
$8,858
$9,158
$9,458
$9,858
$10,758
$11,858
Oct 13, 2019
Oct 13, 2019
Amaprima
6,559
$7,028
$7,958
$8,758
$9,058
$9,358
$9,758
$10,658
$11,758
Apr 19, 2019
Apr 21, 2019
Amaserena
$6,999
$7,468
$8,398
$9,198
$9,498
$9,798
$10,198
$11,032
$12,198
Jun 20, 2019
Jun 22, 2019
Amaprima
$7,599
$8,068
$8,998
$9,798
$10,098
$10,398
$10,798
$11,698
$12,798
Aug 22, 2019
Aug 24, 2019
Amaprima
$7,699
$8,168
$9,098
$9,898
$10,198
$10,498
$10,898
$11,798
$12,898
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 12, 2019
Amaprima
$7,699
$8,168
$9,098
$9,898
$10,198
$10,498
$10,898
$11,798
$12,898
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: Additional $264 per person (2018 departures); Additional $286 per person (2019 departures).
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin, suite 100% of twin; Single Supplement for Land: $480 per person (2018 departures); For 2019 departures, please call for pricing.
Transfers from Start/End of Program are available for purchase. Please call for details.
Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A - Two twin beds; Choice B - One large bed (larger than queen size)

Prices Include:

▪ 11 nights deluxe cruise accomodation in riverview stateroom or suite - most staterooms offer twin balconies
▪ Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
▪ "Sip and Sail" Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks

▪ Cocktail Reception and Captain's Gala Dinner

▪ Complimentary Wi-Fi accs on board
▪ Guided shore excursions in every port including Limited Edition Tours
▪ Live entertainment, cooking demonstration and more
▪ Complimentary bicycles
▪ Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay
▪ An all English-speaking staff on board
▪ Transfer from the ship in Basel to Lucerne and onto Zurich
▪ 3 nights hotel in Zurich at th eHotel Schweizerhof Zurich (or similar) including daily buffet breakfast

▪ In 2019: 2 nights hotel in Amsterdam at Amsterdam Intercontinental Hotel (or similar), includig wlaking tour, Zaanse Schans visit and daily breakfast; transfer from Basel to Kucerne with Basel high-lights tour en route; 2 nights hotel in Lucerne at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne (or similar), including wlaking tour, Lion Monument and daily breakfast; Transfer to Zurich via scene Lake Lucerne cruise, 2 nights hotel in Zurich at Steigenberger Zurich (or similar) including city tour and daily breakfast

▪ All English Language onboard in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
▪ All local Taxes 

Prices Do Not Include:

▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Gratuities
▪ Personal Expenses

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