Christmas Markets on the Rhine : 2017 - Amsterdam to Basel : ms AmaKristina (Cruise Only)
Begin your journey with a visit to two of Switzerland's loveliest cities, Zurich and Lucerne, where you will enjoy a lake excursion, magical Christmas markets and pristine Alpine vistas. In Basel, embark upon an enchanting 7-night Rhine River cruise that takes you through the fabled Black Forest region and the Alsace region. You will also visit Heidelberg and Cologne, famous for its majestic Cathedral and bustling Christmas markets. Conclude your winter adventure in Amsterdam, amidst the city's legendary canals and colorful holiday surroundings.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND - EMBARKATION
Arrive in charming Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 AMSTERDAM
After breakfast, your tour of Amsterdam begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the "Venice of the North." See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous Anne Frank House. Then enjoy a panoramic city tour, where you will see the great landmarks of Amsterdam, including the brewery windmill. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore Amsterdam on your own before returning to the ship. We depart early this afternoon for Germany. (B,L,D)
Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY
The ship arrives in Cologne around lunch time. You will have a guided tour of the city, strolling through the Old Town and Cathedral Square, and visiting the fabled 13th- century Gothic Cathedral. During your free time, browse the festive Christmas Market in Cathedral Square one of Europe's best or explore the city on your own. The ship cruises overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4 RHINE GORGE RUDESHEIM
This morning, we cruise through the fascinating Rhine Gorge, passing dozens of castles and the infamous Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Rudesheim in time to visit the historic Siegfried's Mechanical Instrument Museum and its collection of robotic and self-playing musical instruments, made during the 18th- 20th centuries. Explore the town's Christmas Market during your free time, or the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants. The ship departs very late tonight and cruises to Speyer. (B,L,D)
Day 5 SPEYER - HEIDELBERG
Arrive in Speyer around lunchtime. Speyer is one of Germany's oldest cities, known for its Cathedral, churches, and the Altportel a 13th-century gate tower. Choose either a tour of Medieval Speyer or a half day excursion to Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled Castle and its Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask, and see beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and Heidelberg below. You will have free time to wander what is said to be the longest pedestrian shopping street in Germany, the "Haupstrasse," or some of the city's colorful Christmas Markets. This evening, the ship cruises to Strasbourg, France. (B,L,D)
Day 6 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Capital of the Alsace region in France, Strasbourg is situated on the Ill River, where it flows into the Rhine on the German border. Enjoy a panoramic 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 will also visit Strasbourg's famous Christmas market said to be the oldest and best in all of France. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish. The ship moors overnight in Strasbourg. (B,L,D)
Day 7 BREISACH, GERMANY
The ship arrives in Breisach after lunch today. Choose one of two exciting excursions: A visit to Riquewihr, a picturesque town that looks much as it did back in the Middle Ages, or a walking tour of Breisach and Freiburg. Breisach is a beautiful town that houses one of Europe's largest wine cellars. In Freiburg, you will visit the historical city center and the Freiburg's Munster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Rejoin the ship in Breisach. This evening, we set sail for Basel, Switzerland. (B,L,D)
Day 8 BASEL - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Basel. (B)
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- Cruise Line
- 8 Days
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- ms AmaKristina
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Christmas Markets Notice: Note: Most Christmas Markets open during the last week of November and remain open until approximately Dec. 22. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.
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).
*Early booking discount is per stateroom based on double occupancy. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Early booking discount is not combinable with group discounts. Early booking discount is applicable to 2017 departures only. Early booking discounts are not combinable.