Christmas on the Rhine

Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam onboard the AmaPrima

8 Days  |  Dec 7-15, 2018

Starting At $500 Below Catalog
Experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year. Cologne’s Christmas Market with its impressive Gothic cathedral backdrop; the "Capital of Noël," Strasbourg, with its magnificent great Christmas tree; and Heidelberg’s Christmas Market nestled idyllically amongst the historic squares of the Old Town; are all timeless traditions handed down through the centuries. Cherish all the glory of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Rhine.

Christmas on the Rhine

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Your AMAWaterways Cruise Includes:

  • Seven Nights Luxury Accommodations
    • in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Visit the Countries of:
    • France
    • Germany
    • Netherlands
    • Switzerland
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
U.S. Tours Special Features:

  • Port Charges & Fees
  • Pre-paid Shipboard Gratuities
  • 1 Free Double with Every 5 Paid (Limit of 3)
  • No Single Supplement
  •  $250 Off for everyone deposited by Jan 31

Pre-Cruise Packages and Airfare are extra costs.

Prices Per Person

Cat E . . . Fixed Window . . . . $2,649 Double

Cat D . . . French Balcony . . . $2,949 Double

Cat CB . . . French Balcony . . . $3,249 Double

No Single Surcharge!  Single price same as Double.

$250 Early Booking Discount with deposit by Jan 31, 2018

 

Day 1 – Basel, Switzerland – Embarkation

Embark the ship in Basel. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers on board. (D)

Day 2 – Breisach, Germany

Visit the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr beautifully dressed in her holiday finery with twinkling decorations and a lively Christmas Market. On your walking tour, admire historical 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 Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone; you’ll also visit its enchanting Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

Day 3 – Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is even more alluring during the season of Advent. The Christkindelsmärik dates back to 1570, making it the oldest Christmas Market in France. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour that takes you past the Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, walk through the historic town center on the Grande Île, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through the lovely “La Petite France” district, where you will see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock and then visit the town’s famous Christmas Market. You can also choose to explore Strasbourg’s different districts by bicycle. During the afternoon, visit Gengenbach Christmas Market where every year the locals countdown to Christmas with a 24-day, larger-than-life Advent calendar. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Mannheim, Germany

You have the choice to explore two of Germany’s historically rich cities, along with their festive Christmas Markets. Visit Heidelberg, a city that will capture your heart with its mighty castle and historic university. While here, wander along one of Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping streets, the Hauptstrasse, soaking up the Yuletide celebrations at the town’s Christmas Markets. Alternatively, you can explore one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have time to visit its Christmas Market in front of the “Old Mint” (Alten Münze) in the famous Maximilianstrasse, with a view of the romantic imperial cathedral (Kaiserdom). (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Rudesheim – Rhine Gorge

Wine connoisseurs will want to go to a wine cellar for a wine tasting of the Rheingau Rieslings. Those who wish to soar high above the vineyards can take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. Or, for a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour through the town and along the Rhine River. During the afternoon, you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, home to a remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee. You’ll also have plenty of time to enjoy Christmas traditions from all over the world at Rüdesheim Christmas Market. Later in the day, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Cologne

Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town. Explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral and then visit one of Europe’s largest and most renowned Christmas Markets located in front of the cathedral. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten; or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne’s traditional Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with apple sauce. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Amsterdam

Begin your discovery of Amsterdam with a scenic canal cruise, followed by a walking tour to the Begijnhof, known for its historic Middle Ages building and concluding with a panoramic city tour that includes the Royal Palace and Westerkerk. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Disembarkation – Depart Amsterdam

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

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