Enchanting Rhine : 2018 - 7-Night Cruise with 4 Nights Pre-Cruise : Zurich to Amsterdam : ms AmaSonata
Grand cities blend in perfect harmony with their historic past and progressive future in Cologne and Amsterdam. Inspirational towns have given way to great stories, such as Heidelberg, where Mark Twain wrote "A Tramp Abroad." Timeless traditions still remain intact-from the making of Cologne's KÃ¶lsch beer to the making of Rudesheimer Coffee. Take a front-row seat on this enchanting journey along the Rhine to magnificent cities and charming villages alike.
COUNTRIES: France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
At A Glance
On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Day 1 : ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Arrive in Zurich and check in to your hotel.
Day 2 : ZURICH
Switzerland's largest city, Zurich, seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future, which comes to life on your city tour. See Grossmunster Abbey; St. Peter, which boasts the world's largest church clock face; Old Town and Town Hall. (B)
Day 3 : ZURICH - LUCERNE
Depart Zurich for a scenic drive to Vitznau on Lake Lucerne. Admire the spectacular scenery during a lake cruise that takes you to Lucerne. Enjoy free time for lunch followed by a walking tour before being transferred to your hotel. (B)
Day 4 : LUCERNE
Spend the day at leisure taking in Lucerne's picture-postcard beauty. Explore the city's well-preserved Old Town with its candy-colored houses, architectural treasures and ancient covered wooden bridge. (B)
Day 5 : LUCERNE - BASEL - EMBARKATION
Visit the iconic Lion Monument before transferring to Basel where you will have free time for lunch before embarking on your ship. (B,D)
Day 6 : BREISACH, GERMANY
Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg's Munster, a Gothic cathedral said to have "the most beautiful spire on earth." (B,L,D)
Day 7 : STRASBOURG, FRANCE
One of the most enchanting cities in Europe and home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Grand Ã?le, Strasbourg will captivate you. Discover its many treasures with a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l'Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. You'll then walk through its iconic "La Petite France" district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Prefer to enjoy the city more actively, then join a guided bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l'Orangerie. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : MANNHEIM, GERMANY - RÃ?DESHEIM
You'll have a choice of three 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 and be rewarded with 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 AltpÃ¶rtel, Old Gate. Later in the day, set sail to Rudesheim, where you'll have the opportunity to visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or enjoy a tasting of Rudesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : RÃ?DESHEIM - RHINE GORGE - KOBLENZ
Spend the morning in Rudesheim and enjoy a tasting of Riesling wines after a lovely gondola ride soaring high above the vineyards en route to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. Alternatively, opt for a hike that takes you through the vineyards to Ehrenfels Castle, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Rhine. A third choice is cycling along the Rhine and through this scenic town. Later in the day, the ship sails through the enchanting UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching Koblenz, where you will enjoy a guided walk through the lovely Old Town. (B,L,D)
Day 10 : KOBLENZ - COLOGNE
Home to one of Germany's most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000 year-old city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings-the Magi- are believed to rest. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. Or visit a local tavern to taste KÃ¶lsch beer and Reibekuchen-potato pancakes served with apple sauce. (B,L,D)
Day 11 : AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Eclectic Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you have three choices as to how you wish to explore it. The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour beginning with a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, you can join the Jordaan District walking tour or the Jewish Heritage tour. The Jordaan District tour begins at the Westerchurch and takes you past the Noordermarkt, the Karthuizerhof and the "9 streets"; afterwards, you'll stop in a local cafe for a hot beverage and Dutch apple pie. The Jewish Heritage tour begins with a visit to the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum chronicling the history of the Jews in Amsterdam. (B,L,D)
Day 12 : AMSTERDAM - DISEMBARKATION
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
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- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 12 Days
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- ms AmaSonata
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