Christmas Market Cruise on the Rhine

from BASEL TO AMSTERDAM WITH STAY IN ZURICH 

2017  and  2018
12days 11nights

CC #5

rhine cruises

Celebrate Christmas on the Rhine, Europe's largest river. We start our journey on land in Zurich, Switzerland's elegant capital and continue to charming Lucerne. During your festive river journey we will take you to glittering Christmas markets, romantic medieval towns while you can enjoy Switzerland's wintertime Alpine views. We begin our sailing at the port town of Basel from where we venture north to the legendary Black Forest region, the medieval town of Strasbourg, the university town of Heidelberg, and historic Cologne, the ancient Roman settlement famous for its majestic Cathedral, bustling Christmas market and winter carnival. End your winter voyage in colorful Amsterdam, with its many canals and gingerbread-like houses


CRUISE SPECIAL - $ 750 per person off on 2017 and 2018 DEPARTURES

ITINERARY  

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Arrive in Zurich and optional transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free for you to start exploring this beautiful town. Perhaps visit the Old Town or shop along the Bahnhofstrasse and Niederdorf. (B)

Day 2 ZURICH
Your morning walking tour of Zurich show you the Grossmunster Abbey, St. Peter church with the largest church clock in the world, the old town, Town Hall and Fraumnster, which offers an exceptional 360 panoramic view of Zurich. The afternoon and evening is free for you to explore on your own or visit Europes largest indoor Christmas Market located in the towns main railway station or the markets on the Bahnhofstrasse and in the city center. You will also have the opportunity to join an optional tour to the Rhine Falls. (B)

Day 3 ZURICH - LUCERNE
Morning free in Zurich then driving along the scenic route near Lake Lucerne arrival at the city of Lucerne, one of the loveliest places in Switzerland. The looming mountains surrounding the lake provide a breathtaking view. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the town on your own or visit the enchanting Christmas Market located at the train station. (B)

Day 4 LUCERNE
Situated on Lake Lucerne, the city is a medieval jewel. After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour that will explore some of the citys cobblestone streets, monuments, fountain-embellished public squares, covered bridges and colorful frescoed buildings. The afternoon brings free time to shop for watches, knives and world-famous chocolates. Or, you can join the optional tour and cable car ride to the top of Mount Pilatus, the highest peak in the area and return back to the town  via the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. (B)

Day 5 LUCERNE - BASEL - EMBARKATION
After breakfast we leave Lucerne, by coach stopping at the Lion Monument and drive to Basel followed by a city tour. Switzerland’s second largest city at the border with Switzerland, France and Germany, an important university town, banking and trade center. Walk around its medieval center with the Town Hall and exquisite 18th- century patrician homes. Embarkation to your 5 star ship, then welcome dinner. Dinner. The ship moors in Basel overnight. (B,D)

Day 6 BREISACH  FREIBURG, GERMANY
Today you have two options for shore excursions. The first is a visit to Riquewihr in the Alsace region of France listed among the most beautiful villages of France. At the foothills of the Vosges mountains and on the wine route, it looks like stepping back to the Middle Ages with half timbered house dating back the 15th century. A second option is a walking tour of Breisach and Freiburg. On the Black Forest tour, you will drive through a scenic forested area where you will encounter a number of lakes as well as charming examples of rural architecture. Walk through the historical Freiburg city center and Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburgs Munster, a gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Breisach is a beautiful town to explore; Rejoin the ship in Breisach, where we moor overnight. (B,L,D) 

Day 7 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Capital and principal city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the Ill River, where it flows into the Rhine on the border with Germany. Take a walking tour around picturesque town, known for its black and white timber-framed buildings, covered bridges and medieval watch towers. See the European Parliament and visit the La Petite France district, where you will see the sandstone gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. You will also visit Strasbourgs famous Christmas market. A guided bicycle tour is also available (capacity controlled). The ship moors overnight in Strasbourg. (B,L,D)

Day 8 SPEYER - HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
Early this morning, cruise to Speyer, one of Germanys oldest cities, known for the Speyer Cathedral, many churches and the Altprtel (old gate) with a 13th-century gate tower. Arrive after lunch time and choose either a city tour of medieval Speyer or an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany's first university town where you will visit the red-walled Castle, with its Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 18th century wine cask. Enjoy spectacular views of the Neckar river and Valley and the town of Heidelberg below. Heidelberg also contains what is said to be the longest pedestrian shopping street in Germany, the Haupstrasse, where you can enjoy free time to explore the festive Christmas Markets. (B,L,D)

Day 9 RUDESHEIM - RHINE CASTLES - KOBLENZ
This morning, arrive in Rdesheim and visit Siegfrieds Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants before wine tasting at a local vintner. You will also visit the Christmas Markets with more than 120 stands from 12 nations. This afternoon, your ship departs for Koblenz. You will cruise through the Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the river, passing castle after castle and the famous Loreley rock where the mesmerizing songs of the golden hair mermaid sent sailors to their demise. Arrive in Koblenz late afternoon, a former old Roman settlement and now a  lively city the confluence of three rivers where we will have a walking tour through the charming old part.(B,L,D)

Day 10 KOBLENZ - COLOGNE
This afternoon, the ship cruises to Cologne for a walking tour through the old part of the city and visit to the fabled 13th-century gothic cathedral. During your free time, return to the cathedral square to browse through the city's most impressive Christmas Market or explore the city on your own. The ship departs tonight for Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 11 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Admire beautiful 17th century homes, charming churches and 16th-century merchant houses on a guided canal boat tour. Then enjoy a motor coach tour of Amsterdam, including a photo stop at a windmill, followed by free time in Amsterdam. This evening, bid farewell to your fellow passengers at the Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 12 AMSTERDAM - DISEMBARKATION
Optional Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)
 

Itinerary outline:

1 Zurich Hotel check-in
2 Zurich Walking tour
    Visit Christmas Markets
3 Lucerne Lake Cruise
    Hotel check-in
4 Lucerne Walking tour
    Visit Christmas Markets, optional cable car tour
5 Lucerne Lion Monument
  Basel City tour
    EMBARKATION
    Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
6 Breisach Riquewihr excursion
    OR Breisach & Freiburg excursion
    Visit Christmas Markets
7 Strasbourg Walking tour & canal cruise
    Visit Christmas Markets
8 Speyer Heidelberg OR Speyer excursion
9 Rüdesheim Siegfrieds Music Museum
    Wine tasting
    Visit Christmas Markets
  Koblenz Evening walk
10 Cologne City tour & Cathedral visit
    Visit Christmas Markets
11 Amsterdam Canal Cruise & City Tour
12 Amsterdam DISEMBARKATION


Included features
  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Lucerne including daily Buffet Breakfast
  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Zürich including daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Transfer from the Hotel in Zürich to ship in Basel
  • 7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodation in an Outside Stateroom - 82% of the Staterooms with large French Balconies
  • Daily Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary included.
  • Info entrainment System in all Staterooms with Free Internet, Hit Movies, Music Library and English Language TV Stations
  • Terry Bathrobes and White-on-white plush Bedding in all Staterooms
  • Superb Dining with all Meals included during your Cruise
  • Free-flowing Red & White Wines from Europe's great Wine Regions, beer and soft drinks with every Dinner on board the Ship
  • Bottled Water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Special Highlights including Lectures, Theme Dinners, Cooking Demonstration, onboard Music Performances and afternoon & evening Piano Music
  • Use of Bicycles to explore on your own
  • Services of Professional Cruise Manager
  • All English Language on board in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All local Taxes

 
2017 and 2018 Departure dates and prices US$. Rates per person of category E cabins on Piano deck
Departure
Dates in 2017
Start
City
Ship Name Cruise
Only
Cruise
& Land
19 Nov 2017 Zurich AmaPrima $2799 $4479
21 Nov 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $2899 $4579
25 Nov 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $2899 $4579
28 Nov 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $2899 $4579
30 Nov 2017 Amsterdam AmaPrima $2899 $4579
02 Dec 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $2899 $4579
03 Dec 2017 Zurich AmaPrima $2899 $4579
05 Dec 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $2899 $4579
09 Dec 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $2899 $4579
12 Dec 2017 Zurich AmaKristina $2899 $4579
14 Dec 2017 Amsterdam AmaPrima $2899 $4579
16 Dec 2017 Amsterdam AmaSonata $2899 $4579
17 Dec 2017 Zurich AmaPrima $2899 $4579
19 Dec 2017 Zurich AmaSonata $2899 $4579
Departure
Dates in 2018
Start
City
Ship Name Cruise
Only
Cruise
& Land
20 Nov 2018 Zurich AmaPrima $2899 $4579
22 Nov 2018 Zurich AmaStella $2899 $4579
26 Nov 2017 Amsterdam AmaKristina $2899 $4579
29 Nov 2018 Zurich AmaKristina $2899 $4579
01 Dec 2018 Amsterdam AmaPrima $2899 $4579
03 Dec 2018 Amsterdam AmaStella $2899 $4579
04 Dec 2018 Zurich AmaPrima $2899 $4579
06 Dec 2018 Zurich AmaStella $2899 $4579
10 Dec 2018 Amsterdam AmaKristina $2899 $4579
13 Dec 2018 Zurich AmaKristina $2899 $4579
15 Dec 2018 Amsterdam AmaPrima $2899 $4579
17 Dec 2018 Amsterdam AmaStella $2899 $4579
24 Dec 2018 Amsterdam AmaKristina $2899 $4579

 Port Charges:  $168 per person in 2017 and 2018

Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Jr. Suites 100% of twin price.

Single supplement for Land: $640 per person in 2017 and 2018.

To upgrade to higher cabin categories add the following supplements!
 

Cat.
Deck
STATEROOM
Prices in 2017 Prices in 2018
D
Piano
Window
$299 $299
CB Violin/Cello French Balcony - $599
C
Violin/Cello
French Balcony
$899 $899
BB
Cello
French and outside balcony
$1399 $1399
BA
Violin
French and outside balcony $1599 $1599
AB Cello French and outside balcony $1799 $1799
AA
Violin
French and outside balcony $1999 $1999
AA+
Violin
French and outside balcony $2599 $2599
SS
Violin
French and outside balcony $3199 $3299

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