The Enchanting Rhine (Wine Themed) : 2017 - Basel to Amsterdam : ms AmaSonata (Cruise Only)

OVERVIEW

Begin in the legendary city of Amsterdam, with its myriad canals and distinctive architecture. Visit the majestic Gothic cathedral in Cologne, the German university town of Heidelberg and medieval Strasbourg. Conclude your journey amidst Switzerland's snow-capped vistas, with a scenic lake cruise and souvenir shopping in two cosmopolitan cities, Lucerne and Zurich.

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • Special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars
  • Learn about winemaking in renowned vineyards
  • Onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine
  • A wine expert that leads tastings and discussions
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Transfer from Basel to Lucerne
  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Lucerne at the Radisson Blu including daily Buffet Breakfast
  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Zurich Hotel Continental including daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1 : BASEL, SWITZERLAND - EMBARKATION
    Embark the ship. Tonight, gather on board for a "Welcome Aboard" Wine Toast as you commence your wine-themed itinerary through some of Europe's most enchanting and historic wine regions. (D)

    Day 2 : BREISACH, GERMANY
    This morning, enjoy a wine lecture and tasting during a scenic cruise to Breisach, Germany. This afternoon, you have your choice of excursions: a scenic tour of the villages of Breisach and Freiburg, or a visit to the wine village of Riquewihr. Both excursions include a special wine tasting opportunity. The ship moors overnight in Breisach. (B,L,D)

    Day 3 : STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    Alsace's principal city is situated on the Ill River where it flows into the Rhine at the German border. This morning, take a tour through this charming town lined with narrow cobblestone streets. See the European Parliament and visit the "La Petite France" district, where you will see the sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, timber-framed buildings, covered bridges and medieval watchtowers. As an alternative, take a guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled) past the Orangery, the town's oldest park, the European Parliament, and Place de la Republique. In the afternoon, you will travel down the fabled "Alsace Wine Road" to visit Obernai, where you will sample Riesling, Gewurztraminer and other famous wines of this region. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 : SPEYER - HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
    Depart this morning for Speyer, enjoying an onboard wine lecture and tasting en route. You may take a guided tour of Speyer, or join a half-day excursion to Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled Castle, with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask) and beautiful views. This evening, enjoy a sumptuous Chaine Des Rotisseurs Dinner with wine pairing. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 : RUDESHEIM - RHINE CASTLES - KOBLENZ
    This morning, arrive in Rudesheim and visit Siegfried's Mechanical Instrument Museum, followed by a wine tasting at a local winery. Depart after lunch for Koblenz. You will cruise through the scenic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the river, famous for its forts, castles and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Koblenz, a wine town at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel rivers, where you will take an evening walking tour. The ship moors in Koblenz overnight. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : KOBLENZ - COLOGNE
    This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as the ship cruises to Cologne, famous for its university and legendary 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Upon arrival, you will take a walking tour through the old part of the city and visit the cathedral. This evening, head to a local brewery for a dinner of regional specialties and Kolsch, a distinctive yellow-hued beer brewed only in Cologne. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
    Arrive in Amsterdam at mid-day. Admire beautiful 17th-century homes, charming churches and 16th-century merchant houses on a guided canal boat cruise. Later, take a motor coach tour of Amsterdam, exploring the city's most notable sights, followed by free time in Amsterdam. This evening, enjoy one last night with your fellow passengers at the Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : AMSTERDAM -DISEMBARKATION
    Bid Farewell to Amsterdam as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Duration
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaSonata

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Basel  
    Day 2Breisach  
    Day 3Strasbourg  
    Day 4Speyer  
    Day 5Rudesheim  
    Day 6Cologne  
    Day 7Amsterdam  
    Day 8Amsterdam  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    11/11/2017$2,799.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
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    Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges: $168 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.

    Single Supplement for Land: $640 per person.

    Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

    Terms & Conditions: All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom, unless stated otherwise. Total savings are per stateroom based on double occupancy and are applicable to cruise only fare; not combinable with any other offer or discount. Other restrictions apply. Offer is capacity-controlled and subject to modification, reduction or withdrawal without notice. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California

      
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