Rhine River Cruise 2017 and 2018
From Amsterdam to Basel and Zurich

With cable car to Mount Pilatus and cruise on Lake Lucerne

12 Days 11 nights

Book by Nov 30, 2016 and receive discount on 2017 departures!

Rhine cruises Amsterdam Basel


The Rhine, one of the most important waterways in Europe, as it has been for more than two thousand years runs though scenic vistas, medieval castles, important cities and charming wine villages. This program starts in Amsterdam, the important Dutch harbor on the Northern Sea.  Sail towards Cologne famous for its medieval spires and cross wonderful landscapes of vineyards and castles along the Rhine river via charming Strasburg to Basel. Extension by land  to Lucerne and Mt Pilatus overlooking one of Switzerland most beautiful cities and optional excursion to the Rhine falls the place where the mightily river starts from.
 

Day 1. AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND - EMBARKATION
Individual arrival in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2 AMSTERDAM
Today we take you on a city tour of Amsterdam begins with an interesting small boat canal cruise through the many channels that characterize the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the tall narrow homes lining the water, the Skinny Bridge, and the house where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding during WWII. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour that will show you many key sights, including a photo stop at the windfall famously painted by Rembrandt. You’ll have some free time to explore on your own before returning to the ship. The ship departs this afternoon, en route to Germany. (B,L,D)

Day 3. COLOGNE, GERMANY – KOBLENZ
Enjoy a guided tour of Cologne this morning, which will take you to the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the city’s majestic 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to visit some of the local shops or have a coffee at a quaint café. Or, if you prefer, take a guided bicycle tour of Cologne (capacity controlled). Late tonight, the ship cruises to Koblenz and moors overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 4 RÜDESHEIM
This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, with its castles, fortress ruins, and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Rüdesheim, where you will enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. You’ll have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants. This evening, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of centuries-old robotic and self-playing musical instruments. As an alternative, sample a glass of Rüedesheimer coffee – a local favorite – at a friendly café. The ship sails overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 5. SPEYER - HEIDELBERG
Arrive around noon in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the 13th-century Altpörtel (“Old Gate”). Choose either a city tour of Speyer or a half-day excursion to historic Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask) and see beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France. (B,L,D)

Day 6. STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour that will take you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament, and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, take a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood, where you will see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 7. BREISACH, GERMANY
You have two exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town that looks much as it did back in the 16th century. A second option is a walking tour of Breisach and Freiburg. Breisach is a beautiful town on that houses one of Europe’s largest wine cellars. In Freiburg, you will visit the historical city center and the Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Tonight, the ship cruises to Switzerland. (B,L,D)

Day 8. BASEL, SWITZERLAND - DISEMBARKATION - LUCERNE
Disembark after breakfast for a city tour of cosmopolitan Basel. Long an important center for banking, commerce and trade, Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval Town Hall and exquisite 18th-century homes. After free time for lunch on your own, depart for Lucerne. You will visit the Lion Monument en route, a dramatic sculpture that honors the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution. Arrive in Lucerne mid-afternoon and check into your hotel. (B)

Day 9. LUCERNE
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of this medieval gem. You will see some of the city’s lovely cobblestone streets, monuments, fountains, public squares, covered bridges and colorful frescoed buildings. The afternoon offers free time to shop for watches, knives and delicious Swiss chocolates. Or, if you prefer, join the optional tour and cable car ride to the top of Mount Pilatus, the mountain which dominates the city (seasonal availability). The return trip from the mountain is via the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, an excellent example of Swiss engineering at its best. (B)

Day 10. LUCERNE - ZURICH
Enjoy a free morning in Lucerne before checking out of your hotel. Enjoy a leisurely cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne to Vitznau, where you will board a motor coach for a scenic drive to Zurich. Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (B)

Day 11. ZURICH
Your morning walking tour of picturesque Zurich will include Grossmünster Abbey, St.Peter (with the world’s largest church clock face), Old Town, Town Hall and Fraumünster, which was fully renovated in 2004 and now offers an exceptional 360° panoramic view of Zurich. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the town on your own, or you may take an optional excursion to see the Rhine Falls. (B)

Day 12 DEPART ZURICH
After breakfast, end of services. Extensions and other tours in Switzerland are possible. (B)

On selected dates cruise discount  

$2799
Departures
Date - 2017 and 2018
Start
City
Ship
Name
Cruise Only Rates
Category E
Cruise ad Land Rates
Category E
25 Mar 2017* Amsterdam AmaSonata $2499 $4179
28 Mar 2017* Zurich AmaSonata $2599 $4279
1 Apr 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $2599 $4279
8 Apr 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $2699 $4379
11 Apr 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $2899 $4579
15 Apr 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $2899 $4579
18 Apr 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $3099 $4779
22 Apr 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3099 $4779
25 Apr 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $3199 $4879
29 Apr 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3199 $4879
 2 May 2017  Zurich AmaKristina $3199 $4879
 4 May 2017   Amsterdam AmaPrima $3199 $4879
 6 May 2017   Amsterdam AmaSonata $3199 $4879
  7 May 2017    Zurich AmaPrima $3199 $4879
  9 May 2017    Zurich AmaSonata $3399 $5079
13 May 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3399 $5079
16 May 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $3399 $5079
20 May 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3399 $5079
23 May 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $3399 $5079
27 May 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3399 $5079
30 May 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $3399 $5079
3 June 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3399 $5079
6 June 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $3399 $5079
10 June 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3399 $5079
15 June 2017 Amsterdam AmaPrima $3399 $5079
17 June 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3399 $5079
18 June 2017 Zurich AmaPrima $3399 $5079
20 June 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $3399 $5079
24 June 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3399 $5079
29 June 2017 Amsterdam AmaPrima $3399 $5079
1 July 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3299 $4979
2 July 2017 Zurich AmaPrima $3299 $4979
4 July 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $3299 $4979
8 July 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3299 $4979
13 July 2017 Amsterdam AmaPrima $3299 $4979
15 July 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3299 $4979
16 July 2017 Zurich AmaPrima $3299 $4979
18 July 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $3299 $4979
22 July 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3299 $4979
27 July 2017* Amsterdam AmaPrima $3299 $4979
29 July 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3299 $4979
30 July 2017 Zurich AmaPrima $3299 $4979
1 Aug 2017* Zurich AmaSonata $3299 $4979
5 Aug 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3299 $4979
8 Aug 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $3299 $4979
10 Aug 2017 Amsterdam AmaPrima $3299 $4979
12 Aug 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3299 $4979
13 Aug 2017 Zurich AmaPrima $3399 $5079
15 Aug 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $3399 $5079
19 Aug 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3399 $5079
22 Aug 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $3499 $5179
26 Aug 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3499 $5179
29 Aug 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $3599 $5279
 2 Sep 2017  Amsterdam AmaKristina $3599 $5279
5 Sep 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $3599 $5279
9 Sep 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3599 $5279
12 Sep 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $3599 $5279
16 Sep 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3599 $5279
19 Sep 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $3599 $5279
21 Sep 2017 Amsterdam AmaPrima $3599 $5279
23 Sep 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3599 $5279
24 Sep 2017 Zurich AmaPrima $3599 $5279
26 Sep 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $3599 $5279
30 Sep 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3599 $5279
3 Oct 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $3499 $5179
5 Oct 2017 Amsterdam AmaPrima $3599 $5279
7 Oct 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3499 $5179
8 Oct 2017 Zurich AmaPrima $3399 $5079
10 Oct 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $3399 $5079
14 Oct 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3399 $5079
17 Oct 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $3199 $4879
19 Oct 2017 Amsterdam AmaPrima $3299 $4979
21 Oct 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $3199 $4879
22 Oct 2017 Zurich AmaPrima $3099 $4779
24 Oct 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $3099 $4779
28 Oct 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3099 $4779
31 Oct 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $2999 $4679
2 Nov 2017 Amsterdam AmaPrima $2999 $4679
4 Nov 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $2999 $4679
5 Nov 2017* Zurich AmaPrima $2799 $4479
7 Nov 2017* Zurich AmaSonata $2799 $4479
11 Nov 2017* Amsterdam AmaKristina $2799 $4479
14 Nov 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $2799 $4479
16 Nov 2017 Amsterdam AmaPrima $2799 $4479
18 Nov 2017* Amsterdam AmaSonata $2799 $4479
26 Dec 2017** Zurich AmaKristina $2899 $4579
2018 rates on request!

* Wine cruises.
** New Years Cruise

WINE CRUISE SPECIALS - SAVE 1500$ PER STATEROOM (based on double occupancy)

 

Supplements for higher than category E
Cat.
Deck
STATEROOM
Supplement per person
D
Piano Deck
Window
$299
C
Violin/Cello Deck
French Balcony
$899
BB Violin and Cello  French Balcony/outside balcony $1399
BA Violin French balcony/outside balcony $1599
AB  Cello  French Balcony/outside balcony $1799
AA Violin French Balcony/outside balcony $1999
AA+ Violin Deck French Balcony/outside balcony $2599
SS Violin Deck French Balcony/outside balcony $3199

 Port Charges: $168 per person for 2016 and 2017

Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; AA+ and Suites 100% of  dbl price.

Single Supplement for Land: $560 per person in 2016 and U$$ 640 per person in 2017.

Cruise ship descriptions      MS AmaCerto     MS AmaPrima   Ms AmaLira

 

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