18 March 2021 – Rhine Castles and Swiss Alps – AMA Mora – 7 nights

Amsterdam

Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany
Cologne, Germany
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Rudesheim

Rudesheim
65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
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Ludwigshafen

Ludwigshafen
Ludwigshafen, Germany
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Strasbourg

Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
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Breisach

Breisach
Breisach, Germany
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Basel, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland
Basel, Switzerland
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Overview
 
 
CRUISE FROM : AMSTERDAM TO BASEL
Discover fairytale castles and historic vineyards as part of this spectacular Rhine River cruise fantasy. Start by exploring the canal-laden city of Amsterdam, with its neat rows of buildings and rich history. Then it’s off to Germany, where you’ll discover not only the grand city of Cologne but charming villages like the winemaking hamlet of Rudesheim and the university town of Heidelberg. Enjoy cruising through the UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, where 40 castles are strung like pearls along the river banks. Cross the border into France’s Alsace region in enchanting Strasbourg and take in spectacular panoramas of the Swiss Alps. Encompassing the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland, as well as iconic landmarks and majestic mountain landscapes, this distinctive itinerary is truly a dream come true.
COUNTRIES: FRANCE, GERMANY, NETHERLANDS, SWITZERLAND
RIVERS: RHINE
Itinerary
 
 
DAY 1 Amsterdam EMBARKATION
 
 
Board the ship for your Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps cruise. (D)
DAY 2 Amsterdam Canal cruise tour
 
 
    Scenic cruising out of Amsterdam
 
 
There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 Cologne “Holy City” walking tour and cathedral visit
 
 
    OR Kölsch beer and local specialties tasting
 
 
    OR Cologne bike tour
 
 
Enjoy cruising to Cologne. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, plus see other local sights. For a different view, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 Rhine Gorge Castles along the Rhine scenic cruising
 
 
  Rüdesheim Rüdesheim wine tasting
 
 
    OR Gondola ride
 
 
    OR Vineyard hike
 
 
    OR Guided bike tour of the Rheingau
 
 
    Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
 
 
    OR Rüdesheimer Coffee
 
 
Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Join a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town’s iconic vineyards. Or drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 Ludwigshafen “Romantic Heidelberg” excursion
 
 
    OR Heidelberg Philosopher’s hike
 
 
    OR “Secrets of Speyer” tour
 
 
    OR Ladenburg bike tour
 
 
Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of four excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century, 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Old Gate, Altpörtel. Or pedal along the river Neckar to the picturesque medieval city center of Ladenburg and enjoy some free time to explore the shops. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 Strasbourg “The Gem of Alsace” tour
 
 
    OR Strasbourg bike tour
 
 
Strasbourg offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through charming streets past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)
DAY 7 Basel “City of Art” tour
 
 
    OR Three countries bike tour
 
 
    OR Lucerne Full-Day Tour
 
 
    Lucerne Half-Day Tour
 
 
Enjoy getting to know Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city. Long an important university, banking and trade center, Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval town hall, richly decorated market square and exquisite 18th-century patrician homes. Tour the city by foot or on a guided bike tour that takes you through three countries: Switzerland, France and Germany. Alternatively, go on a full-day excursion to Lucerne, or opt for one of the morning excursions and visit Lucerne in the afternoon. With either Lucerne excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to see its Lion Monument – the figure of a dying lion carved into a hillside in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792 – which Mark Twain described as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You’ll also see Lucerne’s spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. (B,L,D)
DAY 8 Basel DISEMBARKATION
 
 
Bid farewell to Basel and prepare for your flight home. (B)
 
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Ship Details
 
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SuiteViolin DeckFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony, 350 sq. ft.
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Cruise Line  AMA Waterways
Cruise Ship   AMA Mora
Date   18 March 2021
From   Amsterdam
To   Basel
Duration    7 nights
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