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Treasures of the Main & Rhine - Cruise Only

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Amastella
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Embark upon your luxurious river cruise ship in historic Nuremberg and cruise through the Main-Danube Canal to Bamberg. Cruise the beautiful Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stopping along the way to visit charming Rüdesheim and Koblenz. In Cologne, you will visit the city’s magnificent Cathedral before concluding your vacation in Amsterdam, one of Europe’s liveliest capitals.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Nuremberg, Germany | Embarkation
Day 2 : Nuremberg | Bamberg
Day 3 : Kitzingen-Wurzburg
Day 4 : Wertheim
Day 5 : Rudesheim-koblenz
Day 6 : Koblenz-Cologne
Day 7 : Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Day 8 : Amsterdam | Disembarkation


  • Enjoy optional excursions, such as wine tastings and guided tours
  • See Wertheim's charming medieval architecture
  • Tour Cologne's old city and Gothic cathedral
  • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam on a guided boat tour


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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

A cathedral at sunset from the Rhine in Cologne Bicycles on a bridge over the canal. Vineyard by the river A building sits in the middle of the river Castle surrounded by vineyards.

Day 1 Nuremberg, Germany | Embarkation

Board your cruise in Nuremberg. Tonight, gather on board your ship for a Welcome Dinner. The ship moors overnight in Nuremberg. 

Day 2 Nuremberg | Bamberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast as you cruise through the engineering marvel known as the Main-Danube Canal, which traverses the Alps via 16 locks. Arrive in Bamberg and enjoy a walking tour of this medieval gem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark for a guided walking tour and see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions. Alternatively, you may choose to sample some of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer or enjoy a guided bike tour along the Main River. The ship departs this evening and cruises overnight. 

Day 3 Kitzingen-Wurzburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning arrive in Kitzingen for a walking tour. See the famous Leaning Tower, built during the 13th century, the Old Main Bridge, Kitzingen Church and the Renaissance Town Hall. Later, the Aulic Council and Wine Queen welcome you to Germany’s oldest wine cellar, where you can taste several different wines and learn about the history of wine production in the region. This afternoon’s guided tour of Würzburg shows you all of the city’s major sights, or you may prefer to visit the Residenz Palace and gardens, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cruise overnight tonight to Wertheim. 

Day 4 Wertheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Wertheim, a quaint German town known for its intricate glassworks and charming medieval architecture. You have your choice of one of three excursions today. You have your option of enjoying a guided walking tour of the historic city center, a guided bike tour along the Main River, or a visit to local bakery for a Pretzel tasting. After lunch, the ship cruises towards Mainz. 

Day 5 Rudesheim-koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock. This afternoon arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim where you have the option to take one of three excursions: wine tasting with a local vintner, a Gondola Ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, or a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany's best wine regions. Afterwards, you have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns. Later this morning, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments. This afternoon, your ship departs for Koblenz and cruises through the Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, with hillsides dotted with fairy-tale castles. After arriving in Koblenz this evening, your Cruise Manager takes you on a walking tour through this charming town. The ship moors here overnight. 

Day 6 Koblenz-Cologne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship cruises to Cologne today, where you have an afternoon walking tour of the old part of the city and visit the fabled 13th-century gothic cathedral. You have some free time to explore on your own. The ship departs this evening for Amsterdam. 

Day 7 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a leisurely cruise this morning to Amsterdam, arriving after lunch. You have a guided canal cruise, a city tour of all the top sights, a photo stop at an iconic Dutch windmill and free time to explore this vibrant and colorful city our own.

Day 8 Amsterdam | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise comes to an end as you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. 

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Piano Deck Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
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Violin & Cello Deck French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.
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Cello Deck French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.
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Cello Deck French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft.
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Violin Deck French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft.
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Violin Deck French Balcony, 155 sq. ft.


Single supplement is 50%, except for Suites which are 100%.

Included Features:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French Balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
- Life-enriching tours daily with personal headset included
- “Limited Edition Tours"
- Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
- Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Multiple dining venues
- Unlimited red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
- Services of a professional Cruise Manager
- All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- Airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
- All local taxes


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