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Join us on the Rhine River as we begin in Amsterdam and make our way to Basel, Switzerland. Start off by enjoying the legendary canals and distinctive architecture Amsterdam has to offer. Along the way we will visit the majestic cathedral in Cologne, sip wine in Rüdesheim, visit the red-walled castle in Mannheim, explore medieval Strasbourg and bike through the Rheinau woods of Breisach. Our cruise concludes in Basel, Switzerland where you can visit one of the many museums and its large market square.
On our 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 Limited Edition tours. With a large variety of activities, you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of wonder and discovery.
This cruise is "all inclusive" and features not only a selection of beer and wine for lunch and dinner but also includes bar drinks, alcohol, and liqueurs. Tips, taxes, port charges and daily shore excursions are included as well.
Don't miss out on this 5-star bucket list adventure!
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The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour. Begin with a scenic canal cruise and see the tall narrow homes lining the water, the Skinny Bridge, and the house where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding during WWII. Next, you’ll walk to Begijnhof, known for its historic buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and have some free time to explore. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour on which you’ll see the Royal Palace, Westerkerk and stop for photos at a Dutch windmill before returning to the ship. This afternoon depart for Germany. (B,L,D)
Your guided tour of Cologne this morning includes the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the city's majestic Gothic cathedral. As an alternate option enjoy a Kolsch beer tasting or join a more active bike tour. Afterwards, you'll have free time to visit some of the local shops or have a coffee at a quaint café. This afternoon the ship cruises to Koblenz and moors overnight. (B,L,D)
This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock. This afternoon you will arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim where you will have the option to take one of three excursions: wine tasting with a local vintner, a gondola ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, or a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany's best wine regions. Later you’ll have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns. This evening, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments, or join us for some Rüdesheimer Coffee. The ship sails overnight. (B,L,D)
Arrive in Mannheim, where you have a choice of one of three excursions this afternoon. Your first option is a half-day excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. Or, for your second option, enjoy a hike up the Philosopher's Path to a panoramic view point of Heidelberg. Your third option is a city tour of Speyer one of Germany's oldest cities, is known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate). This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France. (B,L,D)
Capital city of France's Alsace region, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy either a panoramic bus tour or guided bike tour that will take you past the Orangery, the town's oldest park, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, explore on foot with a walking tour of the lovely "La Petite France" neighborhood, where you will see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. You also have the option of exploring Strasbourg on a guided hike that begins at the Orangery and makes its way to the cathedral. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish before the ship departs tonight. (B,L,D)
You have three exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town renowned for its historic architecture and for its Riesling wines. A second option is a tour of the beautiful towns of Breisach and Freiburg, where you will visit the historical city center and Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Your third choice is guided bike tour of Breisach that takes you through the Rheinau woods. Tonight, the ship cruises towards Switzerland. (B,L,D)
Disembark after breakfast. (B)
Although our river cruise has come to an end, it does not mean the adventure has to end. Before you fly home, you should take time to tour the city of Basel and enjoy the picturesque corners of the Old Town or one of the many art museums. Historic landmarks of the city include the large market square with its richly decorated red sandstone town hall and the late Romanesque-Gothic cathedral.
The AmaStella, which debut in 2016, features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. The exclusive Twin Balconies are available in most staterooms, which measure a spacious 210-235 sq. feet, with four suites measuring 350 sq. feet. Passengers will enjoy gourmet dining with free-flowing fine wines at multiple onboard dining venues; a heated sun deck swimming pool with a 'swim-up' bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary ship-wide Wi-Fi and in-room Internet and entertainment on demand; and a fleet of bicycles carried onboard for passengers to enjoy on their own or on guided bike tours.
Most of the staterooms feature not just one, but two private balconies — a French balcony and a full outside balcony. Together, they provide a unique panoramic view of the beautiful sights along the river and maximize the natural light coming in. With twin balconies, you can enjoy the river however you like.
We realize that our clients have different tastes, so AmaWaterways has developed a menu of shore excursions in every port of call. In many destinations, you'll be free to choose from one of several options — all of which are included in your cruise fare. There's always a city tour designed to show you all the renowned highlights and landmarks.
Each meal is specially paired with premium local reds and whites from Europe's renowned wine regions, with new selections each night. There's also sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast, menu service during lunch, as well as delicious tapas and snacks in the Main Lounge between meals. All onboard dining, as well as unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner, is included so you can indulge whenever and however you'd like.
Relax with a massage after a day of exploring, stay in shape with our fitness room and watch castles go by while enjoying a cocktail and taking a dip in our sun deck pool with a swim-up bar.
In addition to the features listed above, Suites also include a roomy sitting area with a sofa and two chairs and marble-appointed bathroom with dual sinks, a bathtub and separate shower.
Violin Deck, 350 sq. ft., Cost: $15,180.00 per couple
Category AA: Violin Deck, 235 sq. ft., Cost: $12,234.00 per couple
Category AB: Cello Deck, 235 sq. ft., Cost: $11,781.00 per couple
Category BA: Violin Deck, 210 sq. ft., Cost: $11,327.00 per couple
Category BB: Cello Deck, 210 sq. ft., Cost: $10,875.00 per couple
Category CA: Violin & Cello Deck, 170 sq. ft., Cost: $9,742.00 per couple
Category CB: Violin Deck, 155 sq. ft., Cost: $9,288.00 per couple
Category D: Piano Deck, 160 sq. ft., Cost: $8,382.00 per couple
Category E: Piano Deck, 160 sq. ft., Cost: $7,702.00 per couple