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Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps River Cruise on Ama Waterways
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 its off to Germany, where youll discover not only the grand city of Cologne but charming villages like the winemaking hamlet of Rüdesheim and the university town of Heidelberg. Enjoy cruising through the UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, where 40 castles are strung like pearls along the riverbanks. Cross the border into Frances 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.
$750 per person discount ( If booked by Dec 31st after that it will be only $250 pp discount}
Pricing is for 7 night cruise only as well as port taxes. Air is additional! Space is first come for cabins and additional upgraded rooms are also available! Rates include port charges and a additional $750 discount will be taken if booked by Dec 31st!
Fixed Rates Per Person E
conomy Air: $899 Premium Economy Air: $2,299 Business Class Air: $4,299
Itinerary is with the three night Lake Como extension! Date departing for 3 night Lake Como portion is June 7th.
3 night land extension in Lake Como for an additional $1,440 per person.
Land pricing includes breakfast, city tours, the cruise manager with them, and the transfer to and from the ship.
Ask pricing for Insurance upon booking!
ARRIVE IN LAKE COMO, ITALY. Arrive in Lake Como and check into your hotel.
LAKE COMO. Be treated to a walking tour of Lake Como, a former glacial lake and popular resort area
for the rich and famous since Roman times. Gaze at the azure waters and impressive villas that line the lakeside from the hills above and perhaps recognize the scenery from such Hollywood blockbusters as Ocean’s Twelve and Casino Royale
LAKE COMO BELLAGIO. Let the wind tousle your hair as you board your boat for a scenic ride
along Lake Como to its stunning pearl, Bellagio. This intimate village offers postcard-perfect views whether you choose to stroll along the lakeside or venture up hill to its cobbled streets. Browse the shops or sample the local fare at Bellagio’s restaurants before returning to the boat.
LAKE COMO BELLINZONA BASEL, SWITZERLAND. Check out of your Lake Como hotel
and, en route to Basel, be treated to a Bellinzona orientation tour. Once you arrive in Basel, embark your ship for your Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps cruise.
BASEL LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND. 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. ternatively, 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.
, 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
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY. 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 18thcentury, 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.
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
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, plus see other historic sites. 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.
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS. 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. *Please note: A Taste of Amsterdam tour depends upon docking location and may be replaced with Jordaan District Walking
AMSTERDAM DISEMBARKATION. Bid farewell to Amsterdam as you prepare for your return
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
RHINE CASTLES AND SWISS ALPS RIVER CRUISE WITH AMA WATERWAYS
10 NIGHTS 3 NIGHTS LAKE COMO, ITALY, 7-NIGHT BASEL, SWITZERLAND TO AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS CRUISE
DAY DESTINATION ACTIVITIES 1 Lake Como Hotel check-in 2 Lake Como Walking tour 3 Lake Como Lake Como boat excursion to the Pearl of Lake Como, Bellagio 4 Lake Como Transfer to Basel with Bellinzona tour EMBARKATION
5 Basel City of Art tour OR Three countries bike tour OR Full-Day Lucerne Excursion Lucerne Half-Day Tour
6 Strasbourg The Gem of Alsace tour OR Strasbourg bike tour
7 Ludwigshafen Romantic Heidelberg excursion OR Secrets of Speyer tour OR Heidelberg Philosophers Path hike OR Ladenburg bike tour Rüdesheim Siegfrieds Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum OR Rüdesheimer coffee 8 Rüdesheim Rüdesheim Gondola Ride and Wine Tasting OR Vineyard hike OR Guided bike tour of the Rheingau Rhine Gorge Castles along the Rhine scenic cruising Lahnstein Burg Lahneck tour
9 Cologne Holy City walking tour and cathedral visit OR Kölsch beer and local specialties tasting OR Cologne bike tour.
10 Amsterdam Canal cruise tour OR A Taste of Amsterdam
11 Amsterdam DISEMBARKATION
*May be replaced with Jordaan District Walking Tour based on docking location
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
| Philadelphia International Airport