Join FAMTrips.travel and discover why AmaWaterways has become the most acclaimed river cruise line in Europe. Experience the excellence of AmaWaterways with their highly regarded personal service from an award winning staff, wonderful cuisine of highest quality, and daily inclusions of so many offered tours and lovely choices of complimentary local wines and beer during your dining hours each day. Begin this romantic itinerary, the “Enchanting Rhine,” in Basel Switzerland, or you can even arrive earlier for an optional pre stay in both Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland, as well. From there, we will explore the Black Forest region near Breisach, medieval Strasbourg, Heidelberg, the many enchanting castles along the famous Rhine River, as well as Cologne with its majestic cathedral and WW II history, before we arrive in Amsterdam, an amazing city with its legendary canals and distinctive culture and architecture.
Agents can also book additional staterooms for friends, family or group leaders who you want to experience an AmaWaterways river cruise, through FAMTrips.travel at a special discounted “FRIENDS AND FAMILY RATE” which will allow you to bring other friends, family or clients such as group leaders at a very special price in separate staterooms.
DAY 1: Embarkation in Basel Switzerland
If you have elected to enjoy the optional 4 night pre stay in Zurich and Lucerne, you will be transferred to the ship in Basel today! If you are arriving on your own, we look forward to welcoming you onboard also! Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel also has suburbs in France and Germany. The city is known for its many internationally renowned museums, ranging from the Kunstmuseum, the first collection of art accessible to the public in Europe (1661) and the largest museum of art in the whole of Switzerland. Today the city of Basel, together with Zürich and Geneva, is counted among the cities with the highest standards of living in the entire world.
DAY 2: Breisach, Germany
Today you enjoy a very unique region of Germany! Breisach is the entrance to the Black Forest! The Black Forest is a large forested mountain range in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany. It is bounded by the Rhine valley to the west and south. You have two exciting excursions to choose from today, including a lovely tour of Riquewihr, renowned for its historic architecture and its Riesling and sparkling wines! The second option is a tour of the beautiful towns of Breisach and Freiburg, where you will visit Frieburg’s Munster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone and many other historical sites to explore. This evening, our FAMTrips.travel group will enjoy a special private dinner at The Chef’s Table which is the alternate dining experience onboard all AmaWaterways ships! We look forward to meeting you all and getting to spend a very lovely dining experience together!
DAY 3: Strasbourg, France
The capital city of France’s Alsace region, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. Strasbourg is the seat of several European institutions, such as the Council of Europe (with its European Court of Human Rights, its European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and its European Audiovisual Observatory) and the Eurocorps, as well as the European Parliament and the European Ombudsman of the European Union. The city is also the seat of the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine and the International Institute of Human Rights. Today, you will enjoy either a panoramic bus 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. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish. The ship departs tonight for Mannheim. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Mannheim, Germany – Heidelberg-Rudesheim
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 up to a panoramic view point of Heidelberg. Heidelberg is a popular tourist destination due to its romantic cityscape, including Heidelberg Castle, the Philosophers’ Walk, and the baroque style Old Town. Mark Twain, Victor Hugo, J.M.W. Turner and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe are among the many artists and poets who took inspiration from Heidelberg Castle. Heidelberg University, founded in 1386, is also Germany’s oldest and one of Europe’s most reputable universities. Your third option is a city tour of Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel -Old Gate. Continue on to lovely village of Rüdesheim, where tonight you can choose from either a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum or enjoy a Rüdesheimer Coffee excursion.
DAY 5: Rudesheim – Rhine Castles – Koblenz
Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues this morning with your choice of one of three excursions: a gondola ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue followed by a wine tasting with a local vintner; a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany’s best wine regions; or a guided hike to Ehrenfel’s Castle. Afterwards, 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. Late risers can skip the gondola ride and still participate in the wine tasting if they’d like. This afternoon, your ship departs for Koblenz and cruises through the Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, with hillsides dotted with fairy-tale castles. The Rhine Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage site and stretches south for more than 60km to Rudesheim. We will enjoy the many castles, wineries and picturesque little towns along the way, with Koblenz as our ending point. After arriving in Koblenz, your Cruise Manager will take you on a walking tour through this charming town. The ship moors here overnight.
DAY 6: Kobelnz – Cologne
The ship cruises to Cologne, the fourth largest city in Germany today. Cologne was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Germany during World War II, with the Royal Air Force dropping over 35,000 tons of bombs on the city. The bombing reduced the population by 95%, mainly due to evacuation, and destroyed almost the entire city. With the intention of restoring as many historic buildings as possible, the successful postwar rebuilding has resulted in a very mixed and unique cityscape. Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River, near Germany’s borders with Belgium and the Netherlands. The first tour available today is an afternoon walking tour that includes the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the city’s majestic Gothic cathedral. The second option is a Kolsch Beer and local specialties tasting, and the third is a guided bike tour of the city. The ship departs this evening for Amsterdam.
DAY 7: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
After arriving this afternoon, your discovery of Amsterdam begins with a panoramic city tour of famed landmarks and photo opportunity at a Dutch windmill, followed by a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour. See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous house where Anne Frank once lived in hiding during WWII. Afterwards you’ll walk to Begijnhof, known for its historic buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and have some free time to explore. Alternatively, you could opt for a tour of the Jordaan District, or join an Amsterdam Jewish Heritage excursion. The ship moors here overnight. (B,L,D)
DAY 8: Amsterdam- Disembarkation
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight or stay and enjoy this amazing commercial capital and city of culture ! Amsterdam’s main attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Museum, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops draw more than 5 million international visitors annually. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world, is located in the city center. It is also the world’s most multicultural city with at least 177 nationalities represented.
SPECIAL AGENT RATES
Agent Rates per person for “Enchanting Rhine” itinerary:
(Guest in your stateroom pays same rate)
Category D (Stateroom with picture window only) $1395
Category C French Balcony pp $1595
Category B French Balcony pp $1695
Category A French Balcony pp $1795
Port Taxes are $168 pp additional
Special Friends and Family Rate
(For additional guest staterooms on the same cruise as long as agent is also booked through FAMTrips.travel)
Category D Stateroom with Picture Window $1495
Category C French Balcony pp $1795
Category B French Balcony pp $1895
Category A French Balcony pp $1995
Port taxes $168 pp additional
• This will save your friends and family approx. $1500 per person to join you!
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