Ama Waterways River Cruises

Rhine Castles and Swiss Alps River Cruise

Journey on the Rhine River

7 night Basel to Amsterdam
and optional 3 nights land tour of Lake Como
and optional 2 nights land tour of Amsterdam

 

 

Amsterdam to Basel Itinerary Map

 

 

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LAKE COMO, ITALY

Arrive in Lake Como and check into your hotel.

Day 2 LAKE COMO

Be treated to a walking tour of Lake Como, a former glacial lake and popular resort area for the rich and famous since Roman times. Gaze at the azure waters and impressive villas that line the lakeside from the hills above and perhaps recognize the scenery from such Hollywood blockbusters as Ocean’s Twelve and Casino Royale. (B)

Day 3 LAKE COMO - BELLAGIO

Let the wind tousle your hair as you board your boat for a scenic ride along Lake Como to its stunning pearl, Bellagio. This intimate village offers postcard-perfect views whether you choose to stroll along the lakeside or venture up hill to its cobbled streets. Browse the shops or sample the local fare at Bellagio’s restaurants before returning to the boat. (B)

Day 4 LAKE COME - LUCERNE - BASEL - EMBARKATION

Check out of your Lake Como hotel and, en route to Basel, be treated to a Lucerne orientation tour. Once you arrive in Basel, embark your ship for your Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps cruise. (B,D)

Day 5 BASEL - LUCERNE

Enjoy getting to know Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city. Long an important university, banking and trade center, Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval town hall, richly decorated market square and exquisite 18th-century patrician homes. Tour the city by foot or on a guided bike tour that takes you through three countries: Switzerland, France and Germany. Or, choose a full-day excursion in Lucerne, known for its Lion Monument – the figure of a dying lion carved into a hillside in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792 – which Mark Twain described as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You’ll also see Lucerne’s spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. (B,L,D)

Day 6 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Strasbourg offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through charming streets past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

Day 7 LUDWIGSHAFEN - HEIDELBERG - RUDESHEIM, GERMANY

Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of four excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century, 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Old Gate, Altpörtel. Or pedal along the river Neckar to the picturesque medieval city center of Ladenburg and enjoy some free time to explore the shops. Later in the day, cruise to the charming village of Rüdesheim and let Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)

Day 8 RUDESHEIM

Join a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town’s iconic vineyards and drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching Lahnstein, where you will enjoy a unique evening visit at Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)

Day 9 COLOGNE

Enjoy cruising to Cologne. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus, and the Festival Hall. For a different view, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)

Day 10 AMSTERDAM

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Alternatively, get a taste of local flavor, passing iconic canals, gabled houses, narrow bridges and house boats while tasting Dutch specialties at one of Amsterdam’s grand cafes. Please note: tour depends upon docking location and may be replaced with Jordaan District Walking Tour. (B,L,D)

Day 11 DISEMBARKATION - DEPART AMSTERDAM

Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)

 

7 night Basel to Amsterdam
and optional 2 nights land tour of Amsterdam

and optional 3 nights land tour of Lake Como

 

Day 1 ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.

Day 2 AMSTERDAM

Follow your guide through the charming capital of the Netherlands, with its iconic meandering canals, bridges and distinctive architecture. (B)

Day 3 AMSTERDAM - EMBARKATION

After breakfast, your tour of Amsterdam begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the "Venice of the North." 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. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour that will show you many key sights, including a photo stop at the windmill famously painted by Rembrandt. You'll have some free time to explore on your own before returning to the ship. The ship departs this afternoon, en route to Germany. (B,L,D)

Day 4 AMSTERDAM

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 5 COLOGNE, GERMANY

Enjoy cruising to Cologne. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, plus see other local sights. For a different view, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)

Day 6 RHINE GORGE - RÜDESHEIM

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Join a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town’s iconic vineyards. Or drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)

Day 7 LUDWIGSHAFEN

Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of four excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century, 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Old Gate, Altpörtel. Or pedal along the river Neckar to the picturesque medieval city center of Ladenburg and enjoy some free time to explore the shops. (B,L,D)

Day 8 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Strasbourg offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through charming streets past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

Day 9 BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Enjoy getting to know Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city. Long an important university, banking and trade center, Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval town hall, richly decorated market square and exquisite 18th-century patrician homes. Tour the city by foot or on a guided bike tour that takes you through three countries: Switzerland, France and Germany. Alternatively, go on a full-day excursion to Lucerne, or opt for one of the morning excursions and visit Lucerne in the afternoon. With either Lucerne excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to see its Lion Monument – the figure of a dying lion carved into a hillside in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792 – which Mark Twain described as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You’ll also see Lucerne’s spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. (B,L,D)

Day 10 BASEL, SWITZERLAND - DISEMBARKATION - LUCERNE - LAKE COMO, ITALY

Disembark the ship and transfer to Lake Como, Italy, stopping in Lucerne, Switzerland along the way, where you will enjoy a brief tour and free time for lunch. Once in breathtaking Lake Como, nestled at the foot of the Alps, check into your hotel for the evening. (B)

Day 11 LAKE COMO

Be treated to a walking tour of Lake Como, a former glacial lake and popular resort area for the rich and famous since Roman times. Gaze at the azure waters and impressive villas that line the lakeside from the hills above and perhaps recognize the scenery from such Hollywood blockbusters as Ocean’s Twelve and Casino Royale. (B)

Day 12 LAKE COMO - BELLAGIO

Let the wind tousle your hair as you board your boat for a scenic ride along Lake Como to its stunning pearl, Bellagio. This intimate village offers postcard-perfect views whether you choose to stroll along the lakeside or venture up hill to its cobbled streets. Browse the shops or sample the local fare at Bellagio’s restaurants before returning to the boat. (B)

Day 13 DEPART LAKE COMO

Bid farewell to Lake Como and prepare for your flight home. (B)

 


 

2021 Per Person Cruise Fares

 


Cruise
Departure
Ship:
Piano Deck - Cat E w/window
Piano Deck - Cat D w/window
Violin/Cello Deck - Cat C w/ French balcony aft
Cello Deck - Cat BB w/twin balconies fwd & mid
Violin Deck - Cat BA aft w/twin balconies
Cello Deck - Cat AB w/twin balconies
Violin Deck - Cat AA w/twin balconies
Violin Deck - Suite w/twin balconies

Basel to Amsterdam

25-Mar-21 AmaMora $2,899 $3,198 $3,898 $4,498 $4,698 $4,898 $5,098 $6,498
8-Apr-21 AmaMora $3,199 $3,498 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,198 $5,398 $6,798
22-Apr-21 AmaMora $3,399 $3,698 $4,398 $4,998 $5,198 $5,398 $5,598 $6,998
8-May-21 AmaSerena $3,699 $3,998 $4,698 $5,298 $5,498 $5,698 $5,898 $7,298
22-May-21 AmaSerena $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,398
12-Jun-21 AmaSerena $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,398
26-Jun-21 AmaSerena $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,398
17-Jul-21 AmaSerena $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,398
31-Jul-21 AmaSerena $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,398
21-Aug-21 AmaSerena $3,899 $4,198 $4,898 $5,498 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $7,498
4-Sep-21 AmaSerena $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,698
25-Sep-21 AmaSerena $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,698
9-Oct-21 AmaSerena $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,598
30-Oct-21 AmaSerena $3,599 $3,898 $4,598 $5,198 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $7,198
13-Nov-21 AmaSerena $3,299 $3,598 $4,298 $4,898 $5,098 $5,298 $5,498 $6,898
25-Dec-21 AmaSerena $3,399 $3,698 $4,398 $4,998 $5,198 $5,398 $5,598 $6,998
                   

   

Cruise
Departure
Ship:
Piano Deck - Cat E w/window
Piano Deck - Cat D w/window
Violin/Cello Deck - Cat C w/ French balcony aft
Cello Deck - Cat BB w/twin balconies fwd & mid
Violin Deck - Cat BA aft w/twin balconies
Cello Deck - Cat AB w/twin balconies
Violin Deck - Cat AA w/twin balconies
Violin Deck - Suite w/twin balconies

Amsterdam to Basel

18-Mar-21 AmaMora $2,799 $3,098 $3,798 $4,398 $4,598 $4,798 $4,998 $6,398
1-Apr-21 AmaMora $3,099 $3,398 $4,098 $4,698 $4,898 $5,098 $5,298 $6,698
15-Apr-21 AmaMora $3,299 $3,598 $4,298 $4,898 $5,098 $5,298 $5,498 $6,898
1-May-21 AmaSerena $3,599 $3,898 $4,598 $5,198 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $7,198
15-May-21 AmaSerena $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,398
5-Jun-21 AmaSerena $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,398
19-Jun-21 AmaSerena $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,398
10-Jul-21 AmaSerena $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,398
24-Jul-21 AmaSerena $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,398
14-Aug-21 AmaSerena $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,398
28-Aug-21 AmaSerena $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,598
18-Sep-21 AmaSerena $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,698
2-Oct-21 AmaSerena $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,698
23-Oct-21 AmaSerena $3,699 $3,998 $4,698 $5,298 $5,498 $5,698 $5,898 $7,298
6-Nov-21 AmaSerena $3,399 $3,698 $4,398 $4,998 $5,198 $5,398 $5,598 $6,998
20-Nov-21 AmaSerena $3,099 $3,398 $4,098 $4,698 $4,898 $5,098 $5,298 $6,698
                   

 

PORT FEES OF $196 for 2021

3 Night land program in Lake Como- $1500 per person additional for 2021.
2 Night land program in Amsterdam - $750 per person additional for 2021.

Rates include: standard or SLIDING GLASS DOOR CABIN or USEABLE BALCONIES, excursions, free internet, all meals, wine with dinner and daily happy hour


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