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AMA WATERWAYS - 2016 Christmas On The Rhine Cruise

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Spend 2 nights in Zurich, 2 nights in Lucerne,
then enjoy a 7-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam


2016 Departures and Prices Per Person in USD
Ship
Start
Cruise
Start
City
Cruise
Cost
Cruise
+ Land
21 November
Amasterdam $2,799 $3,959
23 November
Basel $2,899 $4,059
26 November
Basel $2,899
$4,059
02 December
Amasterdam $2,899
$4,059
05 December
Amasterdam $2,899
$4,059
07 December
Basel
$2,899
$4,059
10 December
basel
$2,899
$4,059
16 December
Amasterdam
$2,899
$4,059
19 December
Amasterdam
$2,899
$4,059
21 December
Basel
$2,899
$4,059
24 December
basel
$2,899
$4,059

Please Note:* Most Christmas Markets open around November and remain open until approximately Dec. 22. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.

Click here for Cabin Upgrades

Single price: 50% of Twin price
Junior Suites:
100% of Twin price

Port charges of USD $560 per person
Single Supplement for land USD $168per person

Important: Dates, prices & itineraries for 2016 sailings are subject to change. 

Please Note: Children pay the same as adults. Children under 18 years
have to share the cabins with an adult 18 and plus, Cabins only holds 2 passengers

Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted

Cabin Upgrades per person in US Dollars
Please ask us for Cabin Upgrade Prices

The above prices are per person in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window,
To upgrade to a higher category, add the following amount per person
Category Deck Stateroom
D
Piano
Window
C
Violin & Cello
French Balcony
BB
Cello
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
BA
Violin
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
AB
Cello
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
AA Violin French Balcony & Outside Balcony
AA+ Violin French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Suite Violin French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Please Note: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking.
The choices are: Choice A: Two twin beds | Choice B: One large bed (larger than queen size)

Christmas On The Rhine Cruise Map


Included in your Amadeus Waterway Cruise

Begin your journey with a visit to two of Switzerland's most famous cities, elegant Zurich and captivating Lucerne. Enjoy lake-side excursions, magical Christmas markets and wintertime Alpine vistas. Travel on the enchanting Rhine River for a 7-night cruise beginning in cosmopolitan Basel. Discover the legendary Black Forest region, the medieval town of Strasbourg, the university city of Heidelberg, and historic Cologne, famous for its majestic Cathedral and bustling Christmas markets. Conclude your fabulous winter voyage in Amsterdam, amidst legendary canals and colorful holiday surroundings

  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Lucerne at the Radisson Blu (or surrounding area), including daily buffet breakfast
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Zurich at The Pullman (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast Transfer from the hotel in Zurich to ship in Basel
  • Transfer from the hotel in Zurich to ship in Basel
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - 82% of the staterooms with French balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every dinner on board
  • 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
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
  • All local taxes

 
DAILY PROGRAM ITINERARY

( See here for Cruise Only Daily Program )

Day 1    
Board your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.

Day 2 ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND - EMBARKATION
Arrive in charming Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 3 AMSTERDAM
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. We depart early this afternoon for Germany. (B,L,D)

Day 4 COLOGNE, GERMANY
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. (B,L,D)

Day 5 RHINE GORGE - RUDESHEIM
This morning, we cruise through the fascinating Rhine Gorge, passing castle after castle and the infamous Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Rudesheim 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 SPEYER - HEIDELBERG
Arrive in Speyer around lunchtime. Speyer is one of Germany's oldest cities, known for its Cathedral, churches, and the Altportel - 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
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. (B,L,D)

Day 8 BREISACH, GERMANY
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 Munster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Rejoin the ship in Breisach. This evening, we set sail for Basel, Switzerland. (B,L,D)

Day 9 BASEL, SWITZERLAND - DISEMBARKATION - LUCERNE
Disembark after breakfast and head off on a city tour of cosmopolitan Basel. Long an important university, banking and trade center, Basel's glorious past is still evident in its medieval Town Hall and exquisite 18th-century patrician homes. You will have free time for lunch on your own, then depart for Lucerne, stopping to visit the Lion Monument en route. After arriving mid-afternoon and checking in to your hotel, you may wish to visit Basel's fantastic Christmas Market on Barfsserplatz. (B)

Day 10 LUCERNE
Situated on Lake Lucerne, this city is truly a medieval gem. After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour that will explore some of the city's famous cobblestone streets, monuments, fountain-embellished public squares, covered bridges and colorful fresco-covered buildings. You will have free time in the afternoon to shop for watches, knives, and delicious Swiss chocolates. As an alternative, you may take an optional tour and cable car ride (seasonal) to the top of Mount Pilatus, the mountain that dominates the city. The return trip down the mountain is via the world's steepest cogwheel railway, an engineering marvel. (B)

Day 11 LUCERNE - ZURICH
Enjoy a free morning in Lucerne before checking out of your hotel. Afterwards, you will cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne to Vitznau, where you will board a motor coach for a scenic drive to Zurich. After checking into your hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the town or visit Zurich's enchanting indoor Christmas Market (located inside the city's main train station). (B) 

Day 12 ZURICH
Your morning walking tour of picturesque Zurich will include the Grossmunster and St. Peter, which has the largest church clock face in the world. You will also see the Old Town, the Town Hall and Fraumunster, which was fully renovated in 2004 and now offers an exceptional 360 degree panoramic view of Zurich. The afternoon and evening is free for you to explore on your own or visit Europe's largest indoor Christmas Market or the markets on Bahnhofstrasse and in the city center. (B)

Day 13 DEPART ZURICH
After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (B) 


CRUISE ONLY DAILY PROGRAM ITINERARY

Day 1 ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND - EMBARKATION
Arrive in charming Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2 AMSTERDAM
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. We depart early this afternoon for Germany. (B,L,D)

Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY
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. (B,L,D)

Day 4 RHINE GORGE - RUDESHEIM
This morning, we cruise through the fascinating Rhine Gorge, passing castle after castle and the infamous Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Rudesheim 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. (B,L,D)

 Day 5 SPEYER - HEIDELBERG
Arrive in Speyer around lunchtime. Speyer is one of Germany's oldest cities, known for its Cathedral, churches, and the Altportel - 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 BREISACH, GERMANY
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 Munster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Rejoin the ship in Breisach. This evening, we set sail for Basel, Switzerland. (B,L,D)

Day 8 BASEL - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Basel. (B)

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