Christmas Markets on the Rhine (Amsterdam to Basel) Cruise Only 2019

Christmas Markets on the Rhine (Amsterdam to Basel) Cruise Only 2019

Operator: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaStella
Starts: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Sun, Dec 15, 2019
Ends: Basel, Switzerland on Sun, Dec 22, 2019

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

2 nights in Amsterdam, 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to bBasel, 2 nights in Lucerne and 2 nights in Z''rich

Day 1 (Sun, Dec 15, 2019):

ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS ''' EMBARKATION. Board the ship in Amsterdam for your Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruise. (D)

Day 2 (Mon, Dec 16, 2019):

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 (Tue, Dec 17, 2019):

COLOGNE, GERMANY. Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany'''s most revered Gothicmasterpieces, 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 infront of the cathedral. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne'''s traditionalK''lsch beer and reibekuchen mit apfelmus'''potato pancakes served with applesauce. (B,L,D)

Day 4 (Wed, Dec 18, 2019):

RHINE GORGE ''' R''DESHEIM. Cruise through the castle-laden Rhine River Gorge before reaching the winemaking town of R''desheim. Once in R''desheim, 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 visitSiegfried'''s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or taste one of the town'''s special delights, R''desheimercoffee. You'''ll also have plenty of time to enjoy Christmas traditions from all over the world at R''desheim Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

Day 5 (Thu, Dec 19, 2019):

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. 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 M''nze) in the famous Maximilianstrasse, with a view of the romantic Imperial cathedral (Kaiserdom). (B,L,D)

Day 6 (Fri, Dec 20, 2019):

STRASBOURG, FRANCE. Strasbourg is even more alluring during the season of Advent. The Christkindelsm''rik 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 ''le, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through the lovely '''La Petite France''' district, where you will see the Cath''drale de N''tre Dame with its famous astronomical clock and then visit the town'''s famous Christmas Market. You can also choose to exploreStrasbourg'''s different districts by bicycle. During the afternoon, visit Gengenbach Christmas Market where, everyyear, the locals count down to Christmas with a 24-day, larger-than-life Advent calendar. (B,L,D)

Day 7 (Sat, Dec 21, 2019):

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 M''nster, 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 (Sun, Dec 22, 2019):

BASEL ''' DISEMBARKATION. Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Basel as you prepare for your return flight home. (B)

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Inclusions

  • SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef'''s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Land Program
  • 2 nights hotel in Amsterdam at the Barbizon Palaceor Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky (or similar), includingwalking tour, Zaanse Schans visit and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the ship in Basel to Lucerne with Baselcity highlights tour en route
  • 2 nights hotel in Lucerne at the Hotel SchweizerhofLucerne (or similar), including walking tour, LionMonument,Christmas Market and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel in Lucerne to Zurich with scenicLake Lucerne cruise en route
  • 2 nights hotel in Zurich at the Zurich Marriott Hotel(or similar) including city tour, Christmas Marketand daily breakfast

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Ship Information

AmaStella


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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