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Begin your European river cruise on the MS Amaprima 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 an excursion to the legendary Black Forest region. Conclude your journey in the midst of Switzerland’s stunning scenery and world-famous cities, enjoying lakeside excursions and alpine vistas.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Amsterdam, Holland | Embark
Day 2 : Amsterdam, Holland
Day 3 : Cologne | Koblenz, Germany
Day 4 : Rüdesheim, Germany
Day 5 : Mannheim | Heidelberg, Germany
Day 6 : Strasbourg, France
Day 7 : Breisach, Germany
Day 8 : Basel | Disembark | Lucerne, Switzerland
Day 9 : Lucerne, Switzerland
Day 10 : Lucerne | Zurich, Switzerland
Day 11 : Zurich, Switzerland
Day 12 : Zurich, Switzerland

Highlights

  • Cruise the intertwining canals of Amsterdam
  • Visit with a local vintner and enjoy a wine tasting in Rudesheim
  • Explore the red-walled castle of Heidelberg and its Great Vat
  • Take a cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus for great views of Lucerne

Ship

MS Amaprima

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A cathedral at sunset from the Rhine in Cologne Vineyard underneath the Niederwald Monument, Rudesheim, Germany View of Strasbourg city View from the harbour of Basel, Switzerland Wooden bridge over river in Lucerne

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland | Embark

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

Day 2 Amsterdam, Holland

  • 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 | Koblenz, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a guided tour of Cologne this morning, which takes you to the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the city’s majestic 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Afterwards, have free time to visit some of the local shops or enjoy coffee at a quaint café. Late tonight, the ship cruises to Koblenz and moors overnight. 

Day 4 Rüdesheim, Germany

  • 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 enjoy some 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 join us for some Rüdesheimer Coffee. The ship sails overnight.

* Wine-themed cruise: This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim and enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. Or, take a gondola ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. Later enjoy some 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 Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments. The ship sails overnight. 

Day 5 Mannheim | Heidelberg, Germany

  • 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, known for its cathedral, numerous churches, and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate). This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France.

* Wine-themed cruise: Arrive around noon in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches, and the 13th-century Altpörtel (“Old Gate”). Choose either a city tour of Speyer or a half-day excursion to historic Heidelberg, visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask), and see beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. 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.

* Wine-themed cruise: Capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour that takes you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament, and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, take a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood and observe the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish. The ship moors overnight. 

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.

* Wine-themed cruise: You have two exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of 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 that houses one of Europe’s largest wine cellars. In Freiburg, visit the historical city center and the Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Tonight, the ship cruises to Switzerland.

Day 8 Basel | Disembark | Lucerne, Switzerland

Disembark after breakfast for a city tour of cosmopolitan Basel. Long an important center for banking, commerce, and trade, Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval Town Hall and exquisite 18th-century homes. After free time for lunch on your own, depart for Lucerne. Visit the Lion Monument en route, a dramatic sculpture that honors the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution. Arrive in Lucerne mid-afternoon and check into your hotel.

Day 9 Lucerne, Switzerland

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of this medieval gem. See some of the city’s lovely cobblestone streets, monuments, fountains, public squares, covered bridges, and colorful frescoed buildings. The afternoon offers free time to shop for Swiss-made watches, knives, and delicious chocolates.

* Wine-themed cruise: After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of this medieval gem. Observe some of the city’s lovely cobblestone streets, monuments, fountains, public squares, covered bridges and colorful frescoed buildings. The afternoon offers free time to shop for Swiss-made watches, knives and delicious chocolates. Or, if you prefer, join the optional tour and cable car ride to the top of a Swiss mountain with incredible views of the surrounding area (seasonal availability).

Day 10 Lucerne | Zurich, Switzerland

This morning, take a leisurely cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne to Vitznau and board a motor coach for a scenic drive through the countryside, passing alpine lakes and small villages. Stop in one, Brunnen, where you have a chance to explore and try local cuisine. Later arrive in Zurich, check into your hotel, and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 11 Zurich, Switzerland

Your morning city tour of Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, includes Grossmünster Abbey (which offers exceptional views of Zurich), St. Peter (which boasts the world’s largest church clock face), Old Town, Town Hall, and Fraumünster Abbey, home to five world-famous Chagall windows. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the town on your own.

* Wine-themed cruise: Your morning walking tour of picturesque Zurich includes Grossmünster Abbey, St.Peter (with the world’s largest church clock face), Old Town, Town Hall, and Fraumünster, which was fully renovated in 2004 and now offers an exceptional 360° panoramic view of Zurich. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the town on your own, or you may take an optional excursion to see the Rhine Falls.

Day 12 Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home.

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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 system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- 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
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and 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
- 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
- Limited Edition Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
- Land Program
- Transfer from the ship in Basel to Lucerne
- 2 nights hotel in Lucerne at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne (or similar), includingdaily buffet breakfast
- Transfer from hotel in Lucerne to Zurich
- 2 nights hotel in Zurich at the Hotel Schweizerhof Zurich (or similar), includingdaily buffet breakfast.

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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