Captivating Rhine : 2018 - Amsterdam to Basel : ms AmaStella (Cruise & Land)

OVERVIEW

Starting off in vibrant Amsterdam, you'll traipse south on the path of historic legends and sail the captivating Rhine River Valley, where nature and history have left a rich heritage along its shores. Bike and hike in Heidelberg and Rüdesheim, and then indulge in the some of the region's delights, such as Rüdesheimer coff ee and Kölsch beer. Explore France's storybook towns of Riquewihr and Strasbourg, with their distinctive Alsatian culture due to their proximity with Germany, and then journey to the heart of Switzerland, Lucerne, surrounded by the majestic Swiss Alps, and Zurich with world-famous architecture and quintessential medieval Old Town.

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in riverview stateroom or suite - most staterooms offer twin balconies or French 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
  • Transfer from the ship in Basel to Lucerne
  • 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 Schweizerhof 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 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 - KOBLENZ
    Your guided tour of Cologne this morning includes the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the city's majestic Gothic cathedral. As an alternate option enjoy a Kolsch beer tasting or join a more active bike tour. Afterwards, you'll have free time to visit some of the local shops or have a coffee at a quaint café. This afternoon the ship cruises to Koblenz and moors overnight. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 : RHINE GORGE - 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 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 Music 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 of one of 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. Or, for your second option, enjoy a hike up the Philosopher's Path to a panoramic view point of Heidelberg. Your third option is a city tour of Speyer one of Germany's oldest cities, is known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate). 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 either a panoramic bus tour or guided bike tour that will take you past the Orangery, the town's oldest park, the European Parliament and the Place de la 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. You also have the option of exploring Strasbourg on a guided hike that begins at the Orangery and makes its way to the cathedral. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish before the ship departs tonight. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : BREISACH, GERMANY
    You have three 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. A second option is a 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. Your third choice 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, SWITZERLAND - DISEMBARKATION
    Disembark after breakfast. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2017
    Duration
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaStella

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

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    03/26/2018$2,499.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    04/09/2018$2,799.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    04/23/2018$3,199.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    05/07/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    05/21/2018$3,399.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    06/04/2018$3,399.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    06/18/2018$3,399.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    07/02/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    07/16/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    07/30/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    08/13/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    08/27/2018$3,499.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    09/10/2018$3,599.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    09/24/2018$3,599.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    10/08/2018$3,499.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    10/22/2018$3,199.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    11/05/2018$2,899.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    11/19/2018$2,799.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    Disclaimer

    Notes:

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

    Port Charges: $168 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; A+, 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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