Christmas Markets on the Rhine : 2018 - Amsterdam to Basel : ms AmaStella (Cruise Only)

OVERVIEW

Begin your journey in Amsterdam, amidst the city's iconic canals, unique Dutch architecture and vibrant winter atmosphere. Embark upon an enchanting Rhine River cruise that takes you to Heidelberg and Cologne, famous for its majestic cathedral and magical Christmas markets. Explore historic Strasbourg and other scenic regions with holiday traditions all their own. You will also visit two of Switzerland's loveliest and most cosmopolitan cities, Lucerne and Zurich, where you enjoy a lake excursion, bustling Christmas Markets and pristine Alpine vistas.n board as you cruise the stunning Rhine River Gorge, lined with ruins of medieval castles and fortresses. Next you'll experience the university town of Heidelberg before wandering the streets and famed Christmas Market of Strasbourg in Alsace. You will also visit two of Switzerland's loveliest and most cosmopolitan cities, Lucerne and Zurich, where you enjoy a lake excursion, bustling Christmas Markets and pristine Alpine vistas.

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in riverview stateroom or suite - most staterooms offer twin balconies
  • Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • "Sip & Sail" Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Cocktail Reception and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Guided shore excursions in every port including Limited Edition Tours
  • Live entertainment, cooking demonstration and more
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay
  • An all English-speaking staff on board
  • 2 nights hotel in Lucerne at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel in Lucerne to Zurich
  • 2 nights hotel in Zurich at the Hotel Schweizeriof Zurich (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1 : ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - EMBARKATION
    Arrive in charming Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

    Day 2 : AMSTERDAM
    The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour. Begin with a scenic canal cruise and 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. Next, you'll walk to Begijnhof, known for its historic buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and have some free time to explore. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour on which you'll see the Royal Palace, Westerkerk and stop for photos at a Dutch windmill before returning to the ship. This afternoon depart for Germany. (B,L,D)

    Day 3 : COLOGNE, GERMANY
    The ship arrives in Cologne around lunchtime. You will have a guided tour of the city, strolling through the Old Town and Cathedral Square, and visiting the fabled Gothic cathedral. This evening, you will experience the elaborate Christmas Market in Cathedral Square, one of Europe's largest and most renowned. The ship cruises overnight. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 : RÜDESHEIM
    This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock. This afternoon you will arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim where you will have the option to take one of three excursions: wine tasting with a local vintner, a gondola ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, or a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany's best wine regions. Later you'll have free time to shop at the town's Christmas Market and explore the Drosselgasse, the town's most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns. This evening, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments, or join us for some Rüdesheimer Coffee. The ship sails overnight. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 : MANNHEIM - HEIDELBERG
    Arrive in Mannheim, where you have a choice between three excursions this afternoon. Your first option is a half-day excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. You can also opt to visit the Mannheim Baroque Palace, intended to be the second largest Baroque palace complex in Europe. It was designed to highlight the important role of the Palatine Prince Electors in the Holy Roman Empire. As a third option you can enjoy a tour of Speyer one of Germany's oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate). You will have time later to visit the local Christmas Markets. This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    Capital city of France's Alsace region, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy one of three excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour that will take you past the Orangery, the European Parliament and the Place de Republique. Afterwards, explore on foot with a walking tour of the lovely "La Petite France" neighborhood, where you will see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, and have a chance to visit Strasbourg's famous Christmas Market - said to be the oldest and best in all of France. Your other options are a bike tour to the Old Town, or a hike that starts at the Orangery and makes its way to the cathedral. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish. The ship moors in Strasbourg 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 renowned for its historic architecture and for its Riesling wines, followed by time at the town's Christmas Market. A second option is a walking tour of the beautiful towns of Breisach and Freiburg, where you will visit the historical city center and Freiburg's Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. You will also visit Christmas Markets here. Your third option is guided bike tour of Breisach that takes you through the Rheinau woods. Tonight, the ship cruises towards Switzerland. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : BASEL - DISEMBARKATION
    Disembark your cruise in Basel. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2017
    Duration
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaStella

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Amsterdam  
    Day 2Amsterdam  
    Day 3Cologne  
    Day 4Rüdesheim  
    Day 5Mannheim  
    Day 6Strasbourg  
    Day 7Breisach  
    Day 8Basel  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    12/03/2018$2,899.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    12/17/2018$2,899.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    Disclaimer

    Notes:

    Christmas Markets Notice: Note: Most Christmas Markets open during the last week of November and remain open until approximately Dec. 22. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.

    Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges: $168 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price. Single supplement waived on D and E categories. Please check at time of booking as offer is capacity controlled.

    Single Supplement for Land: $640 per person.

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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