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Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps ~ AmaWaterways River Cruise - 8 Days


July 4, 2022 - July 11, 2022 $3,899
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Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps ~ AmaWaterways River Cruise

Contoured by vineyard-clad hills and castles from yesteryear, the legendary Rhine captivates. Experience the allure of France’s Alsace region in its welcoming capital, Strasbourg, and its priceless gem, Riquewihr. Visit Freiburg, one of Germany’s sunniest cities and gateway to Black Forest. Fabled towns lost in time present you with the chance to taste local flavors—Rüdesheimer coffee and Kölsch beer—and to touch history up close with guided hikes and bike rides. Featured on this tour is Floriade 2022 – a rare horticultural exhibition that only happens every 10 years. While in Almere, right outside of Amsterdam, you will have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the flourishing gardens, explore the innovative sustainable gardening exhibits, and learn what a green future could look like. From Amsterdam’s colorful canals to the majestic Swiss Alps, journey into the heart of the destinations you visit.

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Highlights & Inclusions:

  • Visit France, Germany, Netherlands & Switzerland
  • 7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodations
  • 162 Passenger Vessel
  • Choice of Dining Venues
  • Unlimited Complimentary beer, wine & soft drinks with lunch & dinner on board
  • Sip & Sail Complimentary Cocktail Hour
  • Heated Pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Included Guided Shore Excursions in Every Port
  • Onboard Live Entertainment, Cooking Demos & more
  • Professionally Trained Tour Manager
Please note: Airfare, Travel Protection (highly recommended), $210 pp port charges are not included.

Day 1
July 4, 2022

EMBARKATION – BASEL, SWITZERLAND Embark your ship in Basel for your Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps cruise. (D)

Day 2
July 5, 2022

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. Or, choose a full-day excursion in Lucerne, known for 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 3
July 6, 2022

STRASBOURG, FRANCE 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 4
July 7, 2022

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – RÜDESHEIM 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. Later in the day, cruise to the charming village of Rüdesheim and 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
July 8, 2022

RÜDESHEIM Join a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town’s iconic vineyards and 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, cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching Lahnstein, where you will enjoy a unique evening visit at Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)

Day 6
July 9, 2022

COLOGNE, GERMANY 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, the Overstolzenhaus, and the Festival Hall. 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 7
July 10, 2022

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Or opt for a rare experience with a journey into the Netherland’s Floriade Expo in Almere – very close to Amsterdam – which will feature stunning gardens, innovative sustainable gardening exhibits, live entertainment, souvenirs and food stalls. Alternatively, get a taste of local flavor, passing iconic canals, gabled houses, narrow bridges and house boats while tasting Dutch specialties at one of Amsterdam’s grand cafes. (B,L,D)

Day 8
July 11, 2022

AMSTERDAM – DISEMBARKATION Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Trip Facts

  • July 4-11, 2022
  • $3899
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