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Enjoy a tour of Amsterdam’s legendary canals, lined with narrow buildings, cafes, and the house where Anne Frank once lived in hiding. Visit Cologne and its majestic Gothic cathedral, then relax on board as you cruise the stunning Rhine River Gorge, lined with ruins of medieval castles and fortresses. Next you’ll experience the university town of Heidelberg before wandering the streets of Strasbourg in Alsace. Disembark your luxury cruise ship in Basel, Switzerland.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive In Amsterdam, The Netherlands | Embarkation
Day 2 : Amsterdam
Day 3 : Cologne, Germany | Koblenz
Day 4 : Rüdesheim
Day 5 : Mannheim | Heidelberg
Day 6 : Strasbourg, France
Day 7 : Breisach, Germany
Day 8 : Basel, Switzerland | Disembarkation

Highlights

  • Take a scenic canal tour in the lively city of Amsterdam
  • Enjoy wine tastings and optional excursions such as bike tours and hikes
  • Hike up the Philosopher's Path to a panoramic view point of Heidelberg
  • Explore Strasbourg on an informative walking tour

Ship

MS Amakristina

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Rooftop view of a peaceful city in Europe Peaceful canal running through a European town A cathedral at sunset from the Rhine in Cologne Bicycles on a bridge over the canal. Vineyard by the river

Day 1 Arrive In Amsterdam, The Netherlands | Embarkation

Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. 

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour. Begin with a scenic canal cruise and see the tall narrow homes lining the water, the Skinny Bridge, and the house where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding during WWII. Next, walk to Begijnhof, known for its historic buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and have some free time to explore. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour on which you can see the Royal Palace, Westerkerk and stop for photos at a Dutch windmill before returning to the ship. This afternoon depart for Germany. 

Day 3 Cologne, Germany | Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your guided tour of Cologne this morning includes the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the city’s majestic Gothic cathedral. Afterwards, you have free time to visit some of the local shops or have a coffee at a quaint café. This afternoon the ship cruises to Koblenz and moors overnight. 

Day 4 Rüdesheim

  • 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. Later you have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns. This evening, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments, or enjoy some Rüdesheimer Coffee. The ship sails overnight. 

Day 5 Mannheim | Heidelberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Mannheim, where you have a choice of one of three excursions this afternoon. Your first option is a half-day excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you can visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. Or, for your second option, enjoy a hike up the Philosopher's Path to a panoramic view point of Heidelberg. Your third option is a city tour of Speyer. One of Germany’s oldest cities, it is known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate). This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France. 

Day 6 Strasbourg, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Capital city of France’s Alsace region, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy either a panoramic bus tour or guided bike tour that takes you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, explore on foot with a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood, where you can see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. You also have the option of exploring Strasbourg on a guided hike that begins at the Orangery and makes its way to the cathedral. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish before the ship departs tonight. 

Day 7 Breisach, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You have three exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town renowned for its historic architecture and for its Riesling wines. A second option is a tour of the beautiful towns of Breisach and Freiburg, where you can visit the historical city center and Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Your third choice is guided bike tour of Breisach that takes you through the Rheinau woods. Tonight, the ship cruises towards Switzerland. 

Day 8 Basel, Switzerland | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast. 

MS Amakristina

Per person starting at
$2,599
AmaKristina cabin E
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E
160 square feet. 4 cabins on Piano Deck, fixed windows.
AmaKristina cabin D
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D
160 square feet. 8 cabins on Piano Deck, fixed windows.
AmaKristina CB cabin
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CB
155 square feet. 4 cabins on Violin Deck, French balcony.
AmaKristina CA cabin
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CA
170 square feet. 14 cabins on Violin and Cello Deck, French balcony.
AmaKristina BB cabin
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BB
210 square feet. 15 cabins on Cello Deck, French balcony and outside balcony.
AmaKristina BA cabin
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BA
210 square feet. 12 cabins on Violin Deck, French balcony and outside balcony.
AmaKristina AB cabin
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AB
235 square feet. 10 cabins on Cello Deck, French balcony and outside balcony.
AmaKristina AA cabin
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AA
235 square feet. 8 cabins on Violin Deck, French balcony and outside balcony.
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Suite
350 square feet. 4 cabins on Violin Deck, French balcony and outside balcony.

Notes

Included Features:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
- Shore excursions in every port 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
- Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Unlimited red and white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
- Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
- Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
- All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
- All local taxes

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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