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Captivating Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

7-day River Cruise

Summary

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Amsterdam
  • 1 Night Cologne
  • 1 Night Rüdesheim
  • 1 Night Ludwigshafen
  • 1 Night Breisach
  • 1 Night Basel

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All-inclusive | Food & wine | History & culture | River cruise

Contoured by vineyard-clad hills and historic castles, the legendary Rhine captivates. Sailing south from Amsterdam, you'll experience the allure of France’s Alsace region in its welcoming capital, Strasbourg, and its priceless gem, Riquewihr. Explore centuries-old riverside towns and experience the best of the local food and drink as guided hikes and scenic bike rides bring you deep into the region's spectacular alpine countryside.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
Amsterdam

Fly to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to the ship for your seven night Rhine Cruise.

On the second day, enjoy an included canal cruise and city tour.

Stay: AmaPrima


Meals: B L D

Day 3
Cologne

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. 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. Continue on and discover the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. Or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne’s traditional Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with apple sauce.

Stay: AmaPrima

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Rhine Gorge and Rüdesheim

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Wine connoisseurs will want to go on a walking tour through the vineyards where you’ll stop to sample wines at three different tasting stations. Or choose to drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. For a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream.

Stay: AmaPrima

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Ludwigshafen

You'll have 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.

Stay: AmaPrima

Meals: B L D

Days 6
Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, has flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location, which you'll get to discover. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République followed by a walking tour through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. You'll also see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. The active adventurer can join a guided bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l’Orangerie.

Stay: AmaPrima

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Breisach

Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr. Having survived WWII without being badly damaged, this charming medieval hamlet looks much like it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture and surrounding vineyards as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the countryside.

Stay: AmaPrima

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Basel

Debark the ship and take your included shared transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals: B

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