Rhine River Cruise 2018
From Amsterdam to Basel and Zurich

With cable car to Mount Pilatus and cruise on Lake Lucerne

12 Days 11 nights

Book by Feb 14, 2018 and receive discount on 2018 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.  

Individual arrival in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

On selected dates cruise discount

Dates in 2018
Cruise Only Rates
Category E
Cruise ad Land Rates
Category E
24 Mar 2018* Amsterdam AmaPrima $2499 $4179
26 Mar 2087* Amsterdam AmaStella $2499 $4179
1 Apr 2018 Amsterdam AmaSonata $2699 $4379
Mar 27 2018* Zurich AmaPrima $2599 $4279
Mar 29 2018* Zurich AmaStella $2699 $4379
4 Apr 2018 Zurich AmaSonata $2799 $4479
9 Apr, 19 Nov 2018 Amsterdam AmaStella $2799 $4479
15 Apr Amsterdam AmaSonata $2999 $4679
12 Apr Zurich AmaStella $2999 $4679
15 Apr Zurich AmaDante $2999 $4679
18 Apr Zurich AmaSonata $3099 $4779
26 Apr Zurich AmaStella $3199 $4879
23 Apr, 22 Oct Amsterdam AmaStella $3199 $4879
26 Apr Amsterdam AmaDante $3199 $4879
29 Apr Amsterdam AmaSonata $3199 $4879
30 Apr Amsterdam AmaKristina $3199 $4879
2 May Zurich AmaSonata $3299 $4979
3 May Zurich AmaKristina $3299 $4979
8 May Zurich AmaPrima $3399 $5079
10 May, 24 May, 7 May Zurich AmaStella $3399 $5079
16 May Zurich AmaSonata $3399 $5079
17 May, 31 May Zurich AmaKristina $3399 $5079
5 May Amsterdam AmaPrima $3299 $4979
7 May Amsterdam AmaStella $3299 $4979
13 May Amsterdam AmaSonata $3399 $5079
14 May, 28 May, 11 June, 25 June Amsterdam AmaKristina $3399 $5079
21 May, 4 June, 18 June 2018 Amsterdam AmaStella $3399 $5079
2 July, 16 July, 30 July, 13 Aug 2018 Amsterdam AmaStella $3299 $4979
9 July, 23 July, 6 Aug, 15 Oct Amsterdam AmaKristina $3299 $4979
9 Aug Zurich AmaKristina $3299 $4979
16 Aug Zurich AmaStella $3499 $5179
23 Aug Zurich AmaKristina $3499 $5179
30 Aug, 13 Sep, 27 Sep Zurich AmaStella $3599 $5279
20 Aug Amsterdam AmaKristina $3499 $5179
27 Aug, 8 Oct Amsterdam AmaStella $3499 $5179
6 Sep Zurich AmaKristina $3599 $5279
18 Sep Zurich AmaPrima $3599 $5279
3 Sep, 17 Sep, 1 Oct 2018 Amsterdam AmaKristina $3599 $5279
10 Sep, 24 Sep, 2018 Amsterdam AmaStella $3599 $5279
15 Sep, 29 Sep 2018 Amsterdam AmaPrima $3599 $5279
2 Oct Zurich AmaPrima $3499 $5179
11 Oct Zurich AmaStella $3299 $4979
18 Oct Zurich AmaKristina $3199 $4879
25 Oct Zurich AmaStella $3099 $4779
29 Oct Amsterdam AmaKristina $3099 $4779
3 Nov Amsterdam AmaPrima $2999 $4679
1 Nov 2018* Zurich AmaKristina $2899 $4579
6 Nov Zurich AmaPrima $2799 $4479
8 Nov 2018* Zurich AmaStella $2799 $4479
15 Nov 2018* Zurich AmaKristina $2799 $4479
15 Nov 2018* Amsterdam AmaStella $2899 $4579
12 Nov Amsterdam AmaKristina $2799 $4479
17 Nov 2018* Amsterdam AmaPrima $2799 $4479
26 Dec 2018** Prague AmaSerena $2699 $3219

* Wine cruises.
** New Years Cruise

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


Supplements for higher than category E in 2018
Supplement per person
Piano Deck
CB Violin/Cello Deck French Balcony $599
Violin/Cello Deck
French Balcony
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 $3299

 Port Charges: $168 per person for 2018

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

Single Supplement for Land: U$$ 640 per person in 2018.

Cruise ship descriptions      MS AmaCerto     MS AmaPrima   Ms AmaLira


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