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Historic Zurich with River Limmat, Switzerland

The Enchanting Rhine

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard MS Amastella
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Discover the wonders of the Rhine River on this magnificent 8-day cruise. Start with a city tour of picturesque Zürich, followed by two nights in this magical city, then enjoy a scenic drive to Vitznau on Lake Lucerne for a second two-night stay. Board the MS Amastella and visit Strasbourg in Alsace and the historic university town of Heidelberg before sailing the stunning Rhine River Gorge, lined with ruins of medieval castles and fortresses. After experiencing Cologne and its majestic Gothic cathedral, conclude your cruise in the grand capital of Amsterdam.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive In Zurich, Switzerland
Day 2 : Zurich
Day 3 : Zurich | Lucerne
Day 4 : Lucerne
Day 5 : Basel, Switzerland | Embark
Day 6 : Riquewihr, France | Freiburg, Germany
Day 7 : Strasbourg, France
Day 8 : Ludwigshafen, Germany | Rüdesheim
Day 9 : Rüdesheim | Rhine Gorge
Day 10 : Cologne, Germany
Day 11 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 12 : Amsterdam, Netherlands | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit St. Peter, which boasts the world’s largest church clock face
  • Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr
  • Bike along Strasbourg and stop at the Parc de l’Orangerie
  • Admire beautiful 17th-century homes and charming churches in Amsterdam

Ship

MS Amastella

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Historic Zurich with River Limmat, Switzerland Wooden bridge over river in Lucerne Strasbourg at dusk Vineyard underneath the Niederwald Monument, Rudesheim, Germany Explore the inspiring Amsterdam Cochem Strasbourg Heidelberg

Day 1 Arrive In Zurich, Switzerland

Arrive in Zürich and check-in to your hotel. The day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2 Zurich

Set alongside a glistening lake and framed by the Alps, Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which are on full display during your city tour. One of the top experiences in Zurich is a visit to Old Town where you can find yourself amongst medieval houses, churches and the modern Bahnhofstrasse, a mile-long street featuring exclusive fashion boutiques, stores and street cafés. 

Day 3 Zurich | Lucerne

Check out of your hotel and head off on a scenic drive past Alpine lakes before reaching Vitznau. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. Lucerne’s beauty and charm is unrivaled. Discover this beauty on a walking tour. Stroll along Chapel Bridge, admiring the stunning gable paintings above. The mighty mountains of Mount Pilatus and Rigi overlook the swans that glide along the scenic lake and are part of Lucerne’s everlasting allure. Afterwards, you check into your hotel. 

Day 4 Lucerne

The iconic Lion Monument, sculpted in memory for the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. It has captured the hearts and minds of visitors for centuries, including Mark Twain who praised it as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You can also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. Located around the Musegg Wall area, the towers rise high over the city, giving great panoramic views of Lucerne, the Reuss River and the surrounding mountain scenery. There are a total of nine towers, including one featuring the oldest clock in the city.

Day 5 Basel, Switzerland | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Visit the iconic Lion Monument before transferring to Basel where you enjoy some free time for lunch before embarking on your ship.

Wine-themed Cruise:
Visit the iconic Lion Monument before transferring to Basel where you enjoy some free time for lunch before embarking on your ship. Later in the evening, enjoy a welcome aboard wine toast.

Day 6 Riquewihr, France | Freiburg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” 

Wine-themed Cruise:
Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. While there, enjoy a visit to a winery for a tasting of locally produced Alsatian wines. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Visit a winery where you have the opportunity to taste their locally produced wines, and then continue on with a walking tour. 

Day 7 Strasbourg, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the most enchanting cities in Europe and home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Grand Île, Strasbourg is a captivating destination. Discover its many treasures with a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République. Walk through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Prefer to enjoy the city more actively, then join a guided bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l’Orangerie.

Wine-themed Cruise:
One of the most enchanting cities in Europe and home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Grand Île, Strasbourg is a captivating destination. Discover its many treasures with a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République. Walk through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Prefer to enjoy the city more actively, then join a guided bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l’Orangerie. Later in the afternoon, be treated to a special Alsatian wine tasting of some of the region’s most delicious and notable wine. Discover how the Vosges Mountains provide the Alsace with ideal winemaking conditions, and as such, Alsatian wines are not only delightful on the palate, but they’re also highly praised for their fragrant aromas, ranging from bright and fruity to crisp and spicy.

Day 8 Ludwigshafen, Germany | Rüdesheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher's Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy.

Day 9 Rüdesheim | Rhine Gorge

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. If you prefer a more active adventure, you can join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg or hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles to Lahnstein where you can enjoy an exclusive festive celebration. 

Day 10 Cologne, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000-year-old city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi— are believed to rest. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. Or visit a local tavern to taste Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with applesauce. 

Day 11 Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Eclectic Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you have three choices as to how you wish to explore it. The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour beginning with a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, you can join the Jordaan District walking tour or the Jewish Heritage tour. The Jordaan District tour begins at the Westerchurch and takes you past the Noordermarkt, the Karthuizerhof and the “9 streets”; afterward, stop in a local café for a hot beverage and Dutch apple pie. The Jewish Heritage tour begins with a visit to the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum chronicling the history of the Jews in Amsterdam.

Day 12 Amsterdam, Netherlands | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. 

MS Amastella

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Zurich

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Piano Deck Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
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Violin Deck French Balcony, 155 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, 350 sq. ft.

Notes

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

Included Features:
- 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
- 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
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- 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 Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- 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 the expedition company
- Land Program
- 2 nights hotel in Zurich at the Marriott Zurich (or similar), includingcity tour and daily breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel in Zurich to Lucerne withscenic Lake Lucerne cruise and walking tour
- 2 nights hotel in Lucerne at the Hotel SchweizerhofLucerne (or similar), including Lion Monument anddaily breakfast
- Transfer from hotel in Lucerne to ship in Basel withhighlights tour
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