Christmas Markets on the Rhine - 7-NIGHT CRUISE


Day 1 :
ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – EMBARKATION
Board the ship in Amsterdam for your Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruise. (D)
Day 2 :
AMSTERDAM
There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)
Day 3 :
COLOGNE, GERMANY
Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. 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 or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne’s traditional Kölsch beer and reibekuchen mit apfelmus—potato pancakes served with applesauce. (B,L,D)
Day 4 :
RHINE GORGE – RÜDESHEIM
Cruise through the castle-laden Rhine River Gorge before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Once in Rüdesheim, you will have three choices of morning excursions. Wine connoisseurs will want to go to a wine cellar for a wine tasting or go on a hike through the vineyards. You may also opt to join a guided bike tour through the town and along the Rhine River. Later in the day, you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, 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. (B,L,D)
Day 5 :
LUDWIGSHAFEN
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. Or hike along the Neckar River on the historic Philosopher’s Path. 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 6 :
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 count down to Christmas with a 24-day, larger-than-life Advent calendar. (B,L,D)
Day 7 :
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 historic architecture, as well as famous sights such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone, as well as its enchanting Christmas Market. Those wishing a more active excursion will want to cycle through the scenic countryside. (B,L,D)
Day 8 :
BASEL – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Basel as you prepare for your return flight home. (B)
(B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)

TOUR PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES:

2019 SAILINGS
EMBARK DATE EMBARKATION CITY DISEMBARKATION CITY SHIP NAME PRICES
November 23 Basel Amsterdam AmaPrima $2,999
November 24 Amsterdam Basel AmaSerena $3,099
November 25 Amsterdam Basel AmaKristina $3,099
November 30 Amsterdam Basel AmaPrima $3,099
December 1 Amsterdam Basel AmaStella $3,099
December 2 Amsterdam Basel AmaMora $3,099
December 7 Basel Amsterdam AmaPrima $3,099
December 8 Amsterdam Basel AmaSerena $3,099
December 9 Amsterdam Basel AmaKristina $3,099
December 14 Amsterdam Basel AmaPrima $3,099
December 15 Amsterdam Basel AmaStella $3,099
December 16 Amsterdam Basel AmaMora $3,099
December 21 Basel Amsterdam AmaPrima $3,099
December 22 Amsterdam Basel AmaSerena $3,099
December 23 Amsterdam Basel AmaKristina $3,099
2020 SAILINGS
EMBARK DATE EMBARKATION CITY DISEMBARKATION CITY SHIP NAME PRICES
November 22 Amsterdam Basel AmaMora $3,099
November 23 Amsterdam Basel AmaKristina $3,099
November 25 Basel Amsterdam AmaSiena $3,199
November 29 Basel Amsterdam AmaMora $3,199
November 30 Amsterdam Basel AmaStella $3,299
December 6 Amsterdam Basel AmaMora $3,299
December 7 Amsterdam Basel AmaKristina $3,299
December 13 Basel Amsterdam AmaMora $3,299
December 14 Amsterdam Basel AmaStella $3,299
December 16 Amsterdam Basel AmaSiena $3,299
December 20 Amsterdam Basel AmaMora $3,299
December 21 Amsterdam Basel AmaKristina $3,299

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Terms & Conditions:
AMA-WATERWAYS