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zChristmas on the Rhine - Cruise & Tour

12 days

12 Day Small Group Tour and European River Cruise

Note: Shore excursions and sightseeing tours on this program are offered by Ama Waterways and are not limited to 16 guests.
This is a Cruise & Tour itinerary. Click here for a Cruise Only program.

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Day
1

Welcome to Zürich

Check in to your hotel and enjoy the balance of your day free to relax or explore on your own. You can visit the Old Town or shop along the Bahnhofstrasse and Niederdorf.

Day
2

Walking tour of Zürich

This morning’s guided walking tour of Zurich will showcase the highlights of Old Town, including Town Hall and St. Peter’s, famous for its enormous clock. From the historic Fraumünster Abbey, you’ll enjoy an exceptional 360° panoramic view of Zurich. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore on your own, a delightful opportunity to discover Europe’s largest indoor Christmas Market - located in the town’s main railway station. You’ll find other festive holiday markets along the Bahnhofstrasse and in the city center. Meals B

Day
3

Travel to Lucerne

Depart your hotel after breakfast and travel to Vitznau for a scenic cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. The looming mountains surrounding the lake provide a breathtaking backdrop for this unforgettable excursion. After checking in to your hotel in Lucerne, the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy as you wish. You certainly might wish to visit the town’s enchanting Christmas Market located at the train station. Meals B

Day
4

Explore Lucerne

Situated on Lake Lucerne, the city is a medieval jewel. After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour that will explore some of the city’s 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. Meals B

Day
5

Welcome aboard in Basel

This morning, depart from Lucerne and visit the famous Lion Monument en route to Basel. Arrive in Basel for a city tour before embarking your luxurious river cruise ship. Switzerland’s second largest city is ideally located at the crossroads of Switzerland, France and Germany. After settling into your stateroom this afternoon, you may wish to visit Basel’s Christmas Market on Barfsserplatz. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. Meals B,D

Day
6

Your choice of excursion: Colmar or the Black Forest

Today you’ll be able to enjoy the included excursion of your choice: Our Black Forest Tour explores one of Germany’s most scenic regions. Driving through these forested landscapes, you will encounter a number of lakes as well as charming examples of rural architecture. Visit the historic Freiburg city center and Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburg’s Münster, a gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Your tour will also include the Christmas Markets of Freiburg. Our Colmar Excursion takes you along the Alsatian Wine Route in France to the “Capital of Alsatian Wine.” During your city tour of medieval Colmar, you will see half-timbered framed houses, the German- influenced Old Quarter and the Launch River. You will also enjoy a wine tasting. Colmar is beautifully decorated with stunning illuminations during the Advent period and offers several festive Christmas Markets. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

Discover charming Strasbourg

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. Enjoy a canal cruise in this picturesque town, known for its black and white timber-framed buildings, covered bridges and medieval watch towers. On your guided walking tour through town, you’ll explore the charming Petite France district and marvel at the town’s handsome gothic cathedral, home to one of Europe’s oldest Christmas Markets. A guided bicycle tour is also available (capacity controlled). The ship moors overnight in Strasbourg. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

A choice of sightseeing… Speyer or Heidelberg

Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising to Speyer. This is one of Germany’s oldest cities and it’s known for its imposing Cathedral, many churches and the Altpörtel, a 13th-century gate tower. Arriving after lunch, you’ll have your choice of either a city tour of medieval Speyer or an excursion to Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled Castle, with its Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 18th century wine cask, and beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and 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. Meals B,L,D

Day
9

Through the Rhine Gorge from Rüdesheim to Koblenz

This morning, arrive in Rüdesheim and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Explore the Drosselgasse, a charming alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local vintner and visit the Christmas Markets where you will find more than 120 stands from 12 nations. This afternoon, your ship departs for Koblenz. Navigating through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the river, you will be awed by the scenery, dotted with castles and laced with vineyards. Arrive in Koblenz late this afternoon. Your Cruise Manager will lead a walking tour through this charming town. Meals B,L,D

Day
10

Ashore in Cologne

This afternoon, the ship cruises to Cologne where you will enjoy a walking tour through the historic heart of the city and a visit to Cologne’s impressive 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. Meals B,L,D

Day
11

Amsterdam by water and land

Admire beautiful 17th-century homes, charming churches and splendidly preserved merchant houses on this morning’s guided boat tour along the iconic canals of Amsterdam. Then enjoy a motor coach tour of the city, 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. Meals B,L,D

Day
12

Depart Amsterdam

Your holiday Rhine cruise comes to an end this morning upon your disembarkation here in Amsterdam. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

A Delightful Stay in London

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 3 nights in your choice of city-center hotel, private airport transfers, daily breakfast, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing with a Thames River Cruise, ticket for the London Eye and 3-day London Travel Card

Rome

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 3 nights in your choice of city-center hotel, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own private guide

Berlin

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide

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Note: Shore excursions and sightseeing tours on this program are offered by AmaWaterways and are not limited to 16 guests.


2016 Port charges: $168 per person
2015 Port charges: $168 per person

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

2016 Prices are per person double occupancy in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
D – Piano Deck – Window – $299
C – Cello Deck – French Balcony – $899
BB - Cello (AmaCerto/Amaverde) - French/Outside Balcony - $1,399
BA - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1,599
AB - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1,799
AA - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1,999
AA+ – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2,599
SS - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $3,199

2015 Prices are per person double occupancy in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
D – Piano Deck – Window – $299
C – Cello Deck – French Balcony – $799
B – Cello Deck – French Balcony – $999
A – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $1099
BB - Cello - French/Outside Balcony - $1299
BA - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1499
AB - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1699
AA - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1899
A+ – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2099
AA+ – Violin Deck - French Balcony & Outside Balcony – $2499
S – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2299
SS - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $2999

Note: 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)

Ask about international air service on Lufthansa. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.

French/Outside Balcony - $1,399
BA - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1,599
AB - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1,799
AA - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1,999
AA+ – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2,599
SS - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $3,199

2015 Prices are per person double occupancy in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
D – Piano Deck – Window – $299
C – Cello Deck – French Balcony – $799
B – Cello Deck – French Balcony – $999
A – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $1099
BB - Cello - French/Outside Balcony - $1299
BA - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1499
AB - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1699
AA - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1899
A+ – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2099
AA+ – Violin Deck - French Balcony & Outside Balcony – $2499
S – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2299
SS - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $2999

Note: 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)

Ask about international air service on Lufthansa. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.

Lucerne Hotel Accommodation: Radisson Blu (or similar)

2013 Prices are per person in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person:

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
D ˗ Piano ˗ Window ˗ $199 C ˗ Violin & Cello ˗ French Balcony ˗ $579 B ˗ Violin & Cello ˗ French Balcony ˗ $779 A ˗ Violin ˗ French Balcony ˗ $889 S ˗ Violin ˗ French Balcony ˗ $1,899
2014 Prices are per person in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person:

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
D ˗ Piano ˗ Window ˗ $249 C ˗ Violin & Cello ˗ French Balcony ˗ $649 B ˗ Violin & Cello ˗ French Balcony ˗ $849 A ˗ Violin ˗ French Balcony ˗ $979 BB ˗ Violin ˗ French Balcony ˗ $1,149 BA ˗ Violin ˗ French Balcony ˗ $1,249 AB ˗ Violin ˗ French Balcony ˗ $1,449 AA ˗ Violin ˗ French Balcony ˗ $1,649 S ˗ Violin ˗ French Balcony ˗ $1,999 SS ˗ Violin ˗ French Balcony ˗ $2,649

Note: 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)

Ask about international air service on Lufthansa. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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