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Begin your European river cruise in vibrant Amsterdam, enjoying her legendary canals and colorful surroundings. Visit the majestic Cologne Cathedral, the historic university town of Heidelberg, the Alsation capital of Strasbourg, and the legendary Black Forest region, exploring seasonal Christmas markets decked out in full display. Conclude your journey in the midst of Switzerland’s stunning scenery and world-famous cities, enjoying lake- side excursions and Alpine vistas.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland
Day 2 : Amsterdam
Day 3 : Cologne, Germany
Day 4 : Rudesheim
Day 5 : Heidelberg
Day 6 : Strasbourg, France
Day 7 : Breisach, Germany
Day 8 : Basel, Switzerland


MS Amareina


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Enjoy a carriage ride at the Christmas Market Lights brighten the evening at this bustling Christmas Market A cathedral at sunset from the Rhine in Cologne Take a ride on the ferris wheel or take a stroll through the Christmas Market Peaceful canal running through a European town

Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland

Arrive in charming Amsterdam and embark your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Cocktail Reception.

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, your tour of Amsterdam begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous Anne Frank House. Then, enjoy a panoramic city tour, where you will see the great landmarks of Amsterdam including a photo stop at a windmill. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore Amsterdam before returning to the ship. Depart early this afternoon for Germany.

Day 3 Cologne, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship arrives in Cologne around lunch time. You will have a guided tour of the city, strolling through the Old Town and Cathedral Square, and visiting the fabled 13th-century Gothic Cathedral. During your free time, browse the festive Christmas Market in Cathedral Square – one of Europe’s best – or explore the city on your own. The ship cruises overnight.

Day 4 Rudesheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, we cruise through the fascinating Rhine Gorge, passing castle after castle and the infamous Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Rüdesheim in time for an early afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. Explore the town’s Christmas Markets during your free time, or the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants. This evening, visit the historic Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and its collection of robotic and self-playing musical instruments, made during the 18th-20th centuries. The ship departs very late tonight and cruises to Speyer.

Day 5 Heidelberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Speyer around lunchtime. Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its Cathedral, churches, and the Altpörtel – a 13th-century gate tower. Choose either a tour of Medieval Speyer or a half day excursion to Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled Castle and its Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask, and see beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and Heidelberg below. You will have free time to wander what is said to be the longest pedestrian shopping street in Germany, the “Haupstrasse,” or some of the city’s colorful Christmas Markets. This evening, the ship cruises to Strasbourg, France.

Day 6 Strasbourg, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Capital of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the Ill River, where it flows into the Rhine on the German border. After arriving this morning, you will visit Strasbourg’s famous Christmas market – said to be the oldest and best of its kind in the country. You will also take a walking tour along the town’s narrow cobbled streets, see the European Parliament and visit the “La Petite France” district, with its sandstone Gothic cathedral and famous astronomical clock. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. The ship moors overnight in Strasbourg.

Day 7 Breisach, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship arrives in Breisach after lunch today. You have two exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a visit to Riquewihr, a picturesque town that looks much as it did back in the 16th century. A second option is a walking tour of Breisach and Freiburg. Breisach is a beautiful town on that houses one of Europe’s largest wine cellars. In Freiburg, you will visit the historical city center and the Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Rejoin the ship in Breisach. This evening, set sail for Basel, Switzerland.

Day 8 Basel, Switzerland

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast and connect to your return flights home.

MS Amareina

Per person starting at
Cabins Category D and E
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Cat. E
Piano Deck. Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
Cabins Category D and E
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Cat. D
Piano Deck. Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
Cabin Category C
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Cat. C
Violin & Cello Deck. French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.
Cabin Category BA and BB
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Cat. BB
Cello Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.
Cabin Category BA and BB
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Cat BA
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.
Cabins AB and AA
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Cat AB
Cello Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft
Cabin Category AB and AA
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Cat. AA
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft.
Cabin Category Suite
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Cat. AA+
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 250 sq. ft.
Stay in a luxurious suite while touring Eastern Europe aboard the AmaBella.
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Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 350 sq. ft.


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

Please note: Cruise fare does not include port charges.

Included Features:
- 7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodation in an Outside Stateroom - 82% of the Staterooms have large French Balconies
- Daily Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary
- Infotainment System in all Staterooms with Free Internet, Hit Movies, Music Library and English Language TV Stations
- Terry Bathrobes and White-on-white plush Bedding in all Staterooms
- Superb Dining with all Meals included during your Cruise
- Free-flowing Red & White Wines from Europe's great Wine Regions, beer and soft drinks with every Dinner on board the Ship
- 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
- Use of Bicycles to explore on your own
- Services of Professional Cruise Manager
- All English Language on board in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- All local Taxes


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