Europe & Baltic
Experience Switzerland, Holland & the Rhine River on this legendary cruise, enjoying her legendary canals and colorful surroundings. Visit the majestic Cologne Cathedral, the historic university town of Heidelberg, the charming medieval town of Strasbourg, and enjoy an excursion to the legendary Black Forest region. Conclude your journey amidst Switzerland’s stunning scenery and world-famous cities, enjoying lake-side excursions and Alpine vistas.
Special Cruise Offer: $1,000 savings & $200 onboard credit per stateroom, plus cabin upgrade. Select dates. Limited time offer, based on availability.
Cruise Offer Departure Dates:
2013 Basel-Amsterdam: Nov 5
2013 Amsterdam-Basel: Oct 29, Nov 22
*Please note, cruise itinerary may slightly alter depending on seasonality.
A private car with an English-speaking driver will transfer you to the Basel city port.
Arrive in charming Basel and embark your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner.
Port charges are included in your multi-day itinerary.
The MS AmaCello, AmaDolce and AmaLyra debuted in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The vessels set new standards in European river cruising and offer a number of features, which no other European river cruise ship can match. The vessels carry 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and are staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service.
Today, choose between a city tour of Colmar or a tour through the famous 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, where you will enjoy several different wines, presented along with bread, knowledgeable hosts, and plenty of laughter.
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 of this picturesque town, known for its black and white timber-framed buildings, covered bridges and medieval watchtowers. Then take a walking tour through this charming town lined with narrow cobbled streets. See the European Parliament and visit the “La Petite France” district, where you will 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 Republique.
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 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 beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and Heidelberg below. As an alternative, a guided bike tour is also available in Speyer (capacity controlled).
Today you'll arrive in Rudesheim, where you will enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. Explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants during your free time. You'll also get to visit the historic Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum today, housing a remarkable collection of robotic and self-playing musical instruments from the 18th to 20th centuries.
Upon arrival in Cologne, enjoy a guided walking tour through the old part of the city and a visit to the fabled 13th-century gothic cathedral. As an alternative to a walking tour, take a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). Later on, the ship will cruise to Duesseldorf.
After breakfast, your tour of Amsterdam begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous Anne Frank House. Then, enjoy a panoramic city tour, where you will see the great landmarks of Amsterdam including a photo stop at a Windmill. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore Amsterdam before returning to the ship.
Disembark your ship this morning, completing your cruise journey in Amsterdam.
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