Europe & Baltic
Experience Switzerland & Holland with your private guide before you relax on a Rhine Cruise, Begin your relaxing cruise of the enchanting Rhine River in vibrant Amsterdam, 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.
Cruise Departure Dates (2013):
2014 Amsterdam-Basel: Mar 25,27, Apr 10, May 8,22, Jun 5,23, Jul 3,31, Aug 18,28, Sep 25, Oct 13,23, Nov 9,17
2014 Basel-Amsterdam: Apr 1,17, May 15, Jun 26,30, Jul 24, Aug 21,25, Sep 4,18, Oct 16,20,30, Nov 13,16
*Please note, cruise itinerary may slightly alter depending on seasonality.
Enjoy a transfer in a private vehicle with a driver provided from the airport to your hotel.
The Best Western Hotel Glockenhof (4*) Is a city hotel with Zurich tradition, located just a few steps from the famous Bahnhofstrasse and in easy walking distance of Lake Zurich and the main station. Hotel has two restaurants which you can choose from. The hotel also provides you with a complimentary newspaper, a concierge, multilingual staff and foreign currency exchange. Rooms feature remote control 16-inch cable television with CNN, mini-bar and data-ports.
Enjoy a half day city tour with a private vehicle and an English speaking guide to Lucerne.This excursion leads you to Central Switzerland and its most impressive landmarks: Lucerne and the proud rock pyramid of Mt. Pilatus! On your way enjoy your drive through the Sihl Valley to Zug and alongside the pretty Lake of Zug. At the quaint town of Küssnacht you reach the beautiful Lake of Lucerne, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Reflect on the history of Lucerne, which celebrated its 800th anniversary in 1978, as you walk through the 14th century Chapel Bridge, or as you visit the Musegg Town Walls and the Lion Monument. Before returning to Zurich, take some time to explore the storybook old City of Lucerne on your own. (Note: the Lion Monument will not be visible from mid April until mid May as it will be covered for clean up).
Enjoy a train station transfer in a private vehicle with a driver.
Enjoy a train ride from Zurich to Basel.
Meet your English-speaking driver for a private train station transfer with vehicle.
Hotel Muenchnerhof (3*) Situated in front of the exhibition centre Messe Basel. The hotel has 12 single rooms, 20 double or twin room and 3 Junior Suites which are all renovated with en-suite bathroom, telephone, radio, safe, hairdryer and TV. Underground-parking is available for hotel guests. Breakfast is available to guests each morning. Guests are invited to serve themselves from the breakfast buffet. At lunchtime and in the evenings, guests may select dishes from an à la carte menu.
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.
A transfer between the port and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Meet your private driver and guide at your hotel for your half-day tour to the Zaanse Schans. The Zaanse Schans is a delightful old hamlet on the banks of the river Zaan with characteristic green wooden houses, charming stylized gardens, small hump-backed bridges, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills and charming little shops. This enchanting hamlet gives an excellent impression of how a typical Zaanse village must have looked like in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Apart from the cluster of windmills and houses there are also several museums, restaurants and a visitors' centre to be found. The Zaanse Schans has become one of the top tourist destinations in the Netherlands. Return to hotel.
The luxurious NH Amsterdam Centre Hotel (4*) is conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam. It is right across from the lively Leidse Square in the fashion and museum district, an area brimming with entertainment, dining, and nightlife options. Amsterdam’s characteristic canals and the city’s top museums are just a short stroll from the hotel, as is the exclusive “PC Hooft” shopping street and the Vondelpark, a sprawling urban green space.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
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