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zThe Enchanting Rhine - Cruise Only

8 days

8 Day European River Cruise & Tour

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 Only itinerary. Click here for a Cruise & Tour program.

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Day
1

Welcome aboard in Amsterdam!

Your elegant river ship awaits you here in charming Amsterdam. This evening, gather with your fellow passengers for a Welcome Dinner onboard. Meals D

Day
2

Canal cruise and city sightseeing

After breakfast, admire beautiful 17th-century homes, charming churches and picturesque bridges on a guided canal boat tour. Then take a motor coach tour of Amsterdam, including a photo stop at one of the city’s iconic windmills followed by free time in Amsterdam. Return to ship and enjoy dinner as you cruise towards Germany. Meals B,L,D

Day
3

Düsseldorf and Cologne, Germany

Arrive in Düsseldorf this morning and take a motor coach to Venlo, where you will have the unique opportunity to visit the Floriade World Horticultural Expo. Bringing together more than 100 exhibitors from dozens of countries, the Floriade Expo grounds will feature five themed zones connected by wooded areas. Each of the zones contains its own horticultural exhibits, cultural attractions, activities, restaurants, music, dance and theatrical performances. Rejoin the ship for lunch, which is now docked in Cologne. Enjoy a guided walking tour through the city’s splendid Old Town and visit the city’s celebrated 13th-century gothic cathedral, one of the finest in Europe. As an alternative to a walking tour, take a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). Late tonight, your ship sets sail for Rüdesheim. Meals B,L,D

Day
4

Explore Rüdesheim

This morning, sail through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, passing castle after castle and the legendary Lorelei Rock. This afternoon, arrive in Rüdesheim, where you will enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. During your free time, you can explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with inviting wine taverns and restaurants. This evening, visit the historic Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, housing a remarkable collection of robotic and self-playing musical instruments from the 18th to 20th centuries. Meals B,L,D

Day
5

Speyer and Heidelberg

This afternoon, arrive in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities - known for the Speyer Cathedral, many churches and the Altpörtel (old gate) with a 13th-century gate tower. Choose either a city tour of medieval Speyer or a half day excursion to Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled Castle with its Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask, and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and Heidelberg below. As an alternative, a guided bike tour is also available in Speyer (capacity controlled). Late this afternoon, the ship sails to Strasbourg, France. Meals B,L,D

Day
6

Ashore in Strasbourg, France

Capital and principal city of the Alsace region, 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 charming timber-framed buildings, covered bridges and medieval watchtowers. Then take a walking tour along the town’s narrow cobbled streets and see the sandstone gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. In the afternoon, a guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled) will take you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament, and Place de la République. The ship moors here in Strasbourg overnight. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

Colmar, France or Germany’s Black Forest

Today you can choose between a city tour of Colmar, France, or an excursion through the storied Black Forest region of Germany. On the Black Forest tour, enjoy your drive through a scenic forested area where you will encounter a number of lakes as well as charming examples of rural architecture. Your tour will include a stop at a cuckoo clock factory. As an alternative choose to travel to medieval Colmar, situated along the Alsatian Wine Route and the self-proclaimed “Capital of Alsatian Wine.” During your city tour, you will see remarkable half-timbered framed houses; the German influenced old quarter filled with streets of unexpected twists and turns; canals and the Launch River. You will also enjoy a wine cellar visit and wine tasting. Late tonight, the ship set sails for Basel, Switzerland. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

Disembark in Basel

Your cruise vacation comes to an end this morning when you disembark here in Basel following breakfast. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

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

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

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Jewish Heritage Cruises  

Jewish Heritage Cruises highlight ancient culture and traditions, modern museums and monuments dedicated to conserving Europe's rich Jewish legacy. Complimentary guided Jewish Heritage tours will include visits to synagogues, Jewish districts and landmarks. Jewish Heritage tours are offered in addition to regularly scheduled shore excursions.
2 Departures in 2015

In Celebration of Wine Cruises  

These special sailings feature renowned hosts and include complimentary lectures, wine tastings and excursions to historic vineyards and cellars. Passengers will learn about the regions' centuries-old wine traditions and sample award-winning vintages, and enjoy exclusive wine-themed excursions. AmaWaterways executives will accompany each cruise, in addition to celebrity wine hosts from some of the top wineries in the U.S.
4 Departures in 2015

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.

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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