Captivating Rhine River

2018 AAA Oregon/Idaho President's Cruise

AAA President’s Cruise

Join AAA Oregon/Idaho President and CEO Tim Morgan and his wife, Missi, on this enchanting European river cruise. Start your voyage in the legendary city of Amsterdam with its colorful canals, and journey along the Rhine River through the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland. Contoured by vineyard-clad hills and castles from yesteryear, the Rhine River completely captivates those who sail upon it.

 

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EXCLUSIVE MEMBER BENEFITS**

  • AAA Welcome Reception
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • $150 per person savings (reflected in the above fare)
  • AAA Private Wine Tasting in Strasbourg

 

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Cruise accommodations
  • All onboard dining, as well as unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner
  • A selection of shore excursions in every port of call
  • Bicycles and active tour options
  • Onboard entertainment nightly
  • Complimentary internet access and Wi-Fi

 

ITINERARY

Day One:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship, the new AmaKristina. Unpack, get settled, and explore the ship that will be your home away from home for the next seven days.

 

Day Two:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Get acquainted with Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise, where you will see the beautiful wooden Skinny Bridge and Anne Frank’s House. Continue on with a walk to the Begijnhof to admire the charming Middle Age buildings, followed by a city tour that includes the Royal Palace and Westerkerk. Later in the day, enjoy scenic cruising.

 

Day Three:
Cologne, Germany

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces – the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the bewitching Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings – known as the Magi – are believed to rest. Continue on and discover the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, as well as the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine through the historic Stadtgarten, or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne’s traditional Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen –  potato pancakes served with apple sauce.

 

Day Four:
Rhine Gorge and Rudesheim

Cruise through the awe-inspiring Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most stunningly-beautiful stretch of the river, before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Wine connoisseurs can take a walking tour through the vineyards to sample wines at three different tasting stations. If you’d prefer, drink in the stunning views instead, soaring high above the vineyards on 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. Be sure to taste one of the town’s specialties called Rüdesheimer Coffee, which is ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee, and whipped cream.

 

Day Five:
Mannheim, Germany

Today, 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, and discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask. If you’d prefer a more active adventure in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, for panoramic views of the city. Your third option is to visit Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities,  known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe – another UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the medieval Altpörtel, or Old Gate.

 

 

Day Six:
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, has flavors of both France and Germany because of its border location. Discover both influences on 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 the 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 and its famous astronomical clock. The active adventurer can opt to see the sites on a guided bike tour, which also travels through the Parc de l’Orangerie.

 

Day Seven:
Breisach, Germany

Step back in time with a visit to the beguiling Alsatian town of Riquewihr. This medieval hamlet was relatively undamaged in World War II and looks much like it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture and surrounding vineyards as well as famous sights like the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, choose to visit Freiburg, which was founded in 1120 and is 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.

 

Day Eight:
Basel, Switzerland

Disembark after breakfast. If time allows, explore Basel’s red-sandstone Town Hall or 12th-century Gothic cathedral before catching your flight to return home.

 

 

EXTEND YOUR VACATION

Ask your AAA Travel Consultant about additional travel packages before and after the cruise.

* Rates shown are per person, cruise only, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Port charges are an additional $168. Airfare is additional. Restrictions may apply.

** Prepaid gratuities are included in the above price, as is the $150 per person savings.