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Cruise Information

Grand cities blend in perfect harmony with their historic past and progressive future in Cologne and Amsterdam. Inspirational towns have given way to great stories, such as Heidelberg, where Mark Twain wrote “A Tramp Abroad.” Timeless traditions still remain intact—from the making of Cologne’s Kölsch beer to the making of Rüdesheimer Coffee. Take a front-row seat on this enchanting journey along the Rhine to magnificent cities and charming villages alike.
 

On this cruise, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
 

Pricing starts at $1,999 per person based on double occupancy. Air and recommended travel insurance are additional. Passports are required and must be valid for six months after return date.
 

Prices are wine cruise only. All specials are subject to availability and rates are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Port Charges are $168 per person. Not responsible for publishing/printing errors. Additional taxes, surcharges, and luggage fees may apply.
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Basel - Embarkation 
Embark your ship. Tonight, gather on board and meet your fellow passengers.
Meals: Dinner
 

Day 2: Breisach: Riquewihr – Freiburg – Breisach wine country bike tour or Black Forest excursion
Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions, depending on your interests. 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.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the scenic countryside; or go to the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions, as well as home to elaborate cuckoo clocks, striking half-timber houses, ruined castles and quaint towns.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 3: Strasbourg: “The Gem of Alsace” tour or Strasbourg bike tour
Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République. Then walk through its iconic UNESCO World Heritage “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathedrale de Notre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. For the active adventurer, you can take a guided bike ride through this captivating city Parc de l’Orangerie.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 4: Ludwigshafen: “Romantic Heidelberg”, Heidelberg Philosopher’s Hike or “Secret’s Mechanical Music Museum – Rüdesheim: Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum or Rüdesheim Coffee
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 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, set sail to Rüdesheim, where you'll have the opportunity to visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or enjoy a tasting of Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 5: Rüdesheim: Gondola ride & wine tasting, Schloss Johannisberg bike tour or Vineyard hike – Rhine George: Castles along the Rhine scenic cruising – Lahnstein: Lahneck Castles Visit
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’ll enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 6: Cologne: “Holy City” walking tour and cathedral visit, Kölsch Beer tasting or Cologne bike tour
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 apple sauce. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 7: Amsterdam: Canal cruise or Jewish Heritage tour
Eclectic Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you have a choice 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 the Jewish Heritage tour, beginning with a visit to the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum chronicling the history of the Jews in Amsterdam. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 8: Basel - Disembarkation
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight.
Meals: Breakfast

Ship Information

Ship: AmaStella

Inspired by luxury yachts and designed specifically to maximize the enjoyment of every guest, the 156-passenger AmaStella introduced in 2016, provides a distinctive river cruise experience. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 155-235 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the suites at 350 sq. ft. Select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. Most staterooms have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaStella offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. On the Sun Deck, you can enjoy a dip in the heated pool, as well as a refreshing beverage at the swim-up bar. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you'll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You'll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.