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Built around the dam of the Amstel River from which it gets its name, Amsterdam is a city alive with culture, art, and quaint architecture. Amsterdam is the gateway to the Rhine River which winds through Germany and connects with other major European rivers like the Main and Danube. Numberous canals also span the Netherlands into Belgium that are excellent for exploring charming historical cities, windmills and expansive flower farms. As the capital city of the Netherlands, it is home to several art and history museums like Zaanse Schans and the Van Gogh Museum. In the evenings, you can enjoy a leisurely tour of the city on the canals that wind their way throughout enchanting Amsterdam.  Contact one of our European river cruise specialists when you are ready to start planning your trip to Amsterdam.

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Magnificent Europe (Christmas Cruise) - Cruise Only$2000$559915RelaxedEmbark the Amastella for a 15-day cruise visiting Europe's renowned Christmas Markets on the scenic river route from Budapest to Amsterdam. This comprehensive tour crosses from the top destinations of the Danube River through the Main-Danube Canal into the Rhine River, including optional excursions like bike & walking tours and wine tastings.
The Enchanting Rhine - Cruise Only$250-$1000$25998RelaxedExperience highlights of the Rhine River on this luxurious 8-day cruise aboard the MS Amasonata from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland. You'll have opportunities to tour the ancient town of Heidelberg, visit the Black Forest, and see the Baroque & Gothic architecture that defines this part of Europe, like that of the Cologne Cathedral.
The Enchanting Rhine - Cruise Only$250-$1000$25998RelaxedBegin your 8-day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland aboard the luxurious MS Amakristina. As you tour the historic towns of France, Germany, and the Netherlands, expert guides will lead you to local wineries, on architectural tours of the Gothic style buildings that highlight the region, and on hikes and canal excursions as well.
The Enchanting Rhine - Cruise Only$250-$1000$27998RelaxedBegin your 8-day cruise in Amsterdam aboard the MS Amaprima and sail the Rhine River to Basel, Switzerland. Guided city tours and wine tasting are optional as you visit the towns of Germany and France along the way, like Strasbourg, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Cologne, and Breisach. Canal tours are another exciting part of this cruise.
Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only$750-$1000$28998RelaxedEmbark the MS Amakristina for an 8-day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, exploring the most beloved Christmas markets along Europe's Rhine River. These traditional markets are a treasure trove of culture and authentic souvenirs. You'll also have the option to hike, tour castles, and participate in wine-tasting excursions as well.
Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only$750-$1000$28998RelaxedTake an enchanting 8-day Rhine River cruise that takes you through the fabled Black Forest and Alsace regions. Visit Heidelberg and Cologne, famous for their majestic Cathedrals, Baroque architecture, and bustling Christmas markets. Conclude your winter adventure in Amsterdam, amidst the city’s legendary canals and colorful holiday surroundings.
Tulip Time Cruise$250-$750$24998RelaxedEmbark the Amacerto for an 8-day springtime cruise through Dutch and Belgian waterways, showcasing the cultural traditions and distinctive architecture of the Netherlands and Belgium. Visit the medieval cities of Antwerp & Ghent and see the modern towns of Rotterdam & Amsterdam. You'll also see the windmills of Kinderdijk and the Keukenhof Gardens.

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Highlights of Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands and is chock-full of the country's art, history, and culture. Conveniently, many river cruises of central Europe either start or end here, as neighboring Rotterdam is the mouth of the Rhine River. Even cruises that don't originate here tend to spend a few days docked here so that you'll have plenty of time to see highlights like:
  • The Royal Palace
  • 70-acre Keukenhof Gardens, where tulips bloom in stunning arrays of colors
  • The Van Gogh Museum, home to the largest collection of Van Gogh's artwork in the world
  • The ancient Red Light District neighborhood
  • Zaanse Schans, an open air museum with wooden windmills, barns, and houses
  • Canal boat tours
  • Strolling through this delightful city by night
  • “De Halve Maen,” a Dutch East India Company replica ship

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