Captivating Rhine

Contoured by vineyard-clad hills and castles from yesteryear, the legendary Rhine captivates. Experience the allure of France’s Alsace region in its welcoming capital, Strasbourg, and its priceless gem, Riquewihr. Then there is Breisach, rising above the vineyards of the Rhine, and Freiburg, one of Germany’s sunniest cities and gateway to Black Forest. Fabled towns lost in time present you with the chance to taste local flavors—Rüdesheimer coffee and Kölsch beer—and to touch history up close with guided hikes and bike rides. With more than 40 storybook castles, iconic vineyards and medieval villages, AmaWaterways offers a front-row view of these Rhine River sights from the comfort of an award-winning river cruise ship. From Amsterdam’s colorful canals to the majestic Swiss Alps, journey into the heart of the destinations you visit.

 

A river cruise with AmaWaterways is a unique way to experience the rich culture, art and history of some of the world’s most legendary destinations. A recognized leader in the river cruise industry, AmaWaterways operates one of the finest fleets on the Danube, Rhine, Rhone, Seine, Douro, Main, Mosel, Garonne and Dordogne rivers in Europe, as well as an Exotic Collection featuring the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia and an African safari & wildlife cruise on the Chobe River.

We thoughtfully plan our itineraries to maximize your enjoyment of the scenery, history and atmosphere of your chosen destination. Marvel at the ever-changing views through the panoramic windows in your ship’s Main Lounge or from our expansive outdoor decks. Visit famous landmarks and explore “hidden gems.” Taste bold new flavors and delicious regional specialties, with menus designed by our revered team of classically-trained chefs. And every evening, there is onboard entertainment provided by local musicians and performers to enjoy.

 

AAA Vacations Amenity**

Save $200 per stateroom on select sailings plus receive $150 onboard credit per stateroom

AAA Member Benefit

Save $300 per stateroom on select sailings plus receive a welcome gift

Inclusions

  • A selection of fine wine and beer with lunch and dinner
  • Small group excursions with a variety of choices in every port
  • Added onboard comforts, including complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Dedicated cruise manager with you every step of the way

Sightseeing Highlights

  • The captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge
  • Beautiful vineyards on Rüdesheim
  • Stunning landmarks of Strasbourg: included the Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de Republique
  • The Cologne Cathedral

Itinerary:

DAY 1: Amsterdam

Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. (D)

DAY 2: Amsterdam – Scenic cruising out of Amsterdam

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (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 Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and Reibekuchen, potato pancakes typically served with apple sauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Rhine Gorge – Castles along the Rhine scenic cruising

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue and afterwards be treated to a wine tasting. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg. 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: Ludwigshafen

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. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Strasbourg

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 before walking through its iconic “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 Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, the active adventurer can take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: Breisach

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. 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 and famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, head 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 countryside, or hike in the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: Basel

Disembark after breakfast. (B)

 

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