Join FAMTrips.travel and AmaWaterways for the special “ Rhine and Moselle Splendors” river cruise itinerary on the AmaDante as you sail from Luxembourg to Basel, Switzerland! Begin your splendid journey along two of Europe’s most alluring rivers, the Rhine and Moselle. Expand your imagination in fairytale villages, such as Cochem and Bernkastel, where folklore and history come alive in every street. Whimsical fantasies also come to life at Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum and at Schwetzingen Gardens. Encounter fascinating Roman ruins, medieval towns with colorful half-timbered houses and enchanting castles as you cruise along two of Europe’s most captivating rivers.As you visit the countries of France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland on the AmaWaterways Amadante, you will realize why this amazing river cruise company delights its passengers with their special brand of service as you enjoy their excellent cruise staff, delightful cuisine, and their wonderfully organized touring program throughout the week! It will be a magical voyage on these two special rivers of Europe, the lovely Rhine and Moselle. 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 Special Interest Tours. AmaWaterways always includes a large variety of complimentary tour activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your FAMTrips.travel fam experience will be full of discovery and wonder. AmaWaterways includes so many excellent amenities throughout your cruise such as special complimentary regional wines and beers at both lunch and dinner, most all complimentary tours throughout the program, free wi-fi, and so much more! It is no wonder that AmaWaterways is the recipient of so many distinguished industry awards!
Agents can also take part in the optional pre 3-night stay in Paris and get acquainted with some of its many iconic sites, including Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower on a city tour. You would also have a full day of free time during that pre stay. On your final day during the optional pre stay in Paris, you will board your TGV high-speed train that will whisk you away to Luxembourg, one of Europe’s last independent duchies. Enjoy a guided walking tour as well as a stop at the American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place of General George Patton, before boarding your luxury ship. An optional post 3-night stay in Zurich, Switzerland also follows this itinerary. However, if you would love to stay onboard the lovely AmaDante for a 2nd week, you could set sail for the amazing Medieval Treasures itinerary and sail the following day back from Basel, Switzerland down to Nuremberg, Germany the following week from Aug 2-9! This 2nd week “Medieval Treasures” itinerary from Aug 2-9 could also include a post stay in Prague from Aug 9-12.
Day 1: July 26 – EMBARKATION – LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG
If you are interested in the 3-night pre stay in Paris, “the city of lights,” you can contact FAMTrips.travel and we can arrange that wonderful 3-night stay which would begin on July 23-26 through AmaWaterways, as well. However if you just join us for this amazing cruise, you will arrive on your own to Luxembourg and embark your ship, the AmaDante in Luxembourg. Tonight, we’ll gather on board and meet your fellow passengers. The ship departs very late tonight for Germany. You’ll meet your wonderful cruise staff and set sail very late for Germany. A lovely dinner in the main dining room will be served and we can mingle and meet afterwards in the main lounge.
Day 2: July 27 – TRIER, GERMANY – BERNKASTEL
Trier, Germany’s oldest city, has often been referred to as the second Rome. Be guided to the Roman Imperial Baths, the Porta Nigra and Emperor Constantine’s Throne Room. During the afternoon, sail the Moselle River to Bernkastel, strategically located in the middle of the Moselle Valley’s wine-producing region. Walk through the colorful Old Town center and past many medieval buildings before enjoying a wine tasting at a local winery. Tonight our group will have a group dinner in the lovely alternative dining room, The Chef’s Table, a very unique dining experience! Later in the week, we will also have an agent networking session while we are relaxing onboard so that we might share some of our AmaWaterways river cruise expertise and experiences! (B,L,D)
Day 3: July 28 – COCHEM – LAHNSTEIN
History comes to life in Cochem with its half-timbered houses and Reichsburg Castle. Join a guided tour through the castle, situated high above the town, and then walk through its Old Town. For those wishing to have a more active exploration of the area, you can go on a guided hike to the castle. Or for a different adventure, explore the Bundesbank Bunker to get a closer look at this mysterious Cold War era bank vault. Later in the day, sail along the Moselle taking in the fascinating scenery of Europe’s steepest vineyards before arriving in the AmaWaterways-owned port of Lahnstein where you can enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)
Day 4: July 29 – RHINE GORGE – RÜDESHEIM
Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône lies Vienne with a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. Take a walking tour to see the amazingly well-preserved Augustus and Livia Temple, the Saint Maurice Cathedral, a Gothic church that took more than 500 years to build, and St. Pierre Abbey—one of the oldest surviving churches in France, and now an Archaeological Museum. For those wishing to be more active, you can either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. (B,L,D)
Day 5: July 30 – LUDWIGSHAFEN
Discover a grand Baroque palace, one of Mark Twain’s favorite European towns or one of the most whimsical gardens in the Europe on choice of excursions. Relive a bygone era on an excursion to the glorious Mannheim Baroque Palace. Tour this splendid palace furnished with over 800 exhibits, including 21 large tapestries, ornate furniture, priceless paintings, valuable porcelain and costly silverware. Prefer to visit the town Mark Twain fell in love with, then join on a tour to Heidelberg, a perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. You’ll see the red-walled castle with its Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask and the old city. Alternatively, visit Schwetzingen Palace Gardens, a cultural heritage site of European significance. Wander through the gardens with more than 100 sculptures and admire an assortment of whimsical buildings. The Apollotempel, houses a statue of the ancient Greek god of light and the arts, playing the lyre; the Badehaus, a summerhouse modelled on an Italian villa; and the most spectacular, the Türkischer Garten with a mosque designed by Nicolas de Pigage, the largest structure of its kind in a German garden— are a few of the many highlights you will see. (B,L,D)
Day 6: July 31- STRASBOURG, FRANCE
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 Old Town bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)
Day 7: August 1 – BREISACH,GERMANY – BASEL, SWITZERLAND
Step back in time with a visit to Riquewihr, a charming medieval hamlet that looks almost the same as 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 go 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 scenic countryside. Later in the day, sail to Basel where you will have leisure time to explore the city. (B,L,D)
Day 8: August 2 – BASEL – DISEMBARKATION
We will either disembark on our own in Basel or if you are interested, you can take part in the Zurich 3-night post stay. You other wonderful option would be to set sail for one more week on the lovely AmaDante to sail from Basel to Nuremberg, Germany on a 2nd fam with FAMTrips.travel. This 2nd fam will sail back to only a few of the same ports including Strasbourg, Ludwigshafen, and Rudesheim, but then it travels to Frankfurt, Miltenberg, Wruzburg and world heritage site, Bamberg before ending in Nuremberg. There is an option for a post stay in Prague at the end of the Aug 2-9 Medieval Treasures cruise.
Price per Agent:
Category D: $1695 pp
Category C French Balcony: $1795 pp
Category B French Balcony: $1895 pp
Category A French Balcony: $1995 pp
Port taxes $168 pp
Non Industry Guests: Add $300 to each rate
(These rates are all more than 50% off)
Based upon availability, Agents can also request additional staterooms
for “Friends and Family” at special discounted rates, as well!
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