Ama Waterways River Cruises

Enchanting Rhine River Cruise

Journey on the Rhine River

7 night Amsterdam to Basel
and 4 nights land tour of Switzerland

 


Begin in vibrant Amsterdam, enjoying her legendary canals and colorful surroundings. Visit the majestic Cologne Cathedral, the historic university town of Heidelberg, the charming medieval town of Strasbourg and discover the legendary Black Forest region. Conclude your journey amidst Switzerland’s stunning scenery and world-famous cities, enjoying lake-side excursions and Alpine vistas

 

Day 1 ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND - EMBARKATION

Arrive in charming Amsterdam and embark 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 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 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY

Enjoy a guided tour of Cologne this morning, which will take you to the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the city's majestic 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Afterwards, you'll have free time to visit some of the local shops or have a coffee at a quaint cafe. Late tonight, the ship cruises to Koblenz and moors overnight. (B,L,D)


Day 4 RÜDESHEIM

This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in the winemaking town of Rudesheim where you will enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. Or, take a Gondola Ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. Later 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. This evening, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments. The ship sails overnight.(B,L,D)


Day 5 SPEYER - HEIDELBERG

Arrive around noon in Speyer, one of Germany's oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the 13th-century Altportel ("Old Gate"). Choose either a city tour of Speyer or a half-day excursion to historic Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask) and see beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France (B,L,D)


Day 6 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour that will take you past the Orangery, the town's oldest park, the European Parliament, and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, take 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 moors overnight. (B,L,D)


Day 7 BREISACH

You have two exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town that looks much as it did back in the 16th century. A second option is 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 Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburg's Munster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Tonight, the ship cruises to Switzerland. (B,L,D)


Day 8 BASEL, SWITZERLAND - DISEMBARKATION - LUCERNE

Disembark after breakfast for a city tour of cosmopolitan Basel. Long an important center for banking, commerce and trade, Basel's glorious past is still evident in its medieval Town Hall and exquisite 18th-century homes. After free time for lunch on your own, depart for Lucerne. You will visit the Lion Monument en route, a dramatic sculpture that honors the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution. Arrive in Lucerne mid-afternoon and check into your hotel. (B)


Day 9 LUCERNE

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of this medieval gem. You will see some of the city's lovely cobblestone streets, monuments, fountains, public squares, covered bridges and colorful frescoed buildings. The afternoon offers free time to shop for Swiss-made watches, knives and delicious chocolates. Or, if you prefer, join the optional tour and cable car ride to the top of a Swiss mountain with incredible views of the surrounding area (seasonal availability). (B)


Day 10 LUCERNE - ZURICH

Enjoy a free morning in Lucerne before checking out of your hotel. Enjoy a leisurely cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne to Vitznau, where you will board a motorcoach for a scenic drive to Zurich. Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (B)


Day 11 ZURICH

Your morning walking tour of picturesque Zurich will include Grossmunster Abbey, St.Peter (with the world's largest church clock face), Old Town, Town Hall and Fraumunster, which was fully renovated in 2004 and now offers an exceptional 360 panoramic view of Zurich. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the town on your own, or you may take an optional excursion to see the Rhine Falls. (B)


Day 12 DEPART ZURICH

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

 

 

7 night Basel to Amsterdam

 

 

Amsterdam to Basel Itinerary Map

 

 

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Arrive in Zurich and transfer to your hotel. Spend your day exploring this beautiful town. (B)


Day 2 ZURICH

Your morning walking tour of Switzerland's largest city, Zurich, includes Grossmunster Abbey, St. Peter (which boasts the world's largest church clock face), Old Town, Town Hall and Fraumunster Abbey. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the town on your own. Or, if you prefer, you may take an optional excursion to see the Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe, and also visit Stein am Rhine, a town with a well-preserved medieval center and buildings painted with beautiful frescoes. (B)


Day 3 ZURICH - LUCERNE

After a free morning in Zurich, check out of your hotel and head off on a scenic drive around the lake before reaching Lucerne. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. (B)


Day 4 LUCERNE

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of this medieval gem. You will see some of the city's lovely cobblestone streets, monuments, fountains, public squares, covered bridges and colorful frescoed buildings. The afternoon offers free time to shop for Swiss-made watches, knives and delicious chocolates. Or, if you prefer, join the optional tour and cable car ride to the top of a Swiss mountain with incredible views of the surrounding area (seasonal availability). (B)


Day 5 LUCERNE - BASEL - EMBARKATION

This morning, depart from Lucerne, visiting the Lion Monument en route to Basel. Arrive in Basel for a city tour before embarking your luxurious river cruise ship. Switzerland's second largest city is ideally located at the crossroads of Switzerland, France and Germany. Long an important university, banking and trade center, Basel's glorious past is still evident in its medieval Town Hall and exquisite 18th- century patrician homes. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. The ship moors in Basel overnight. (B,D)


Day 6 BREISACH, GERMANY

You have two exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town that looks much as it did back in the 16th century. A second option is a walking tour of Breisach and Freiburg. Breisach is a beautiful town on that houses one of Europe's largest wine cellars. In Freiburg, you will visit the historical city center and the Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburg's Munster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. (B,L,D)


Day 7 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Capital city of France's Alsace region, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, 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. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish. The ship moors in Strasbourg overnight (B,L,D)


Day 8 SPEYER - HEIDELBERG, GERMANY

Early this afternoon, arrive in Speyer, 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 simply relax in a cafe. The ship moors overnight in Speyer. (B,L,D)


Day 9 RÜDESHEIM - KOBLENZ

This morning, arrive in Rudesheim and visit Siegfried's Mechanical Instrument Museum. You will also have time to explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants, followed by a wine tasting at a local vintner. As an alternative to the museum, treat yourself to a tasting of Rudesheimer coffee. A third option for your Rudesheim visit is to take a Gondola Ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal StatueThis 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. After arriving in Koblenz this evening, your Cruise Manager will take you on a walking tour through this charming town. The ship moors here overnight. (B,L,D)


Day 10 COLOGNE

The ship cruises to Cologne today, where you will have an afternoon walking tour of the old part of the city and visit the fabled 13th-century gothic cathedral. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own. The ship departs this evening for Amsterdam. (B,L,D)


Day 11 AMSTERDAM

After arriving around noon, 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 house where Anne Frank once lived in hiding during WWII. You will also have a panoramic city tour of the great landmarks of Amsterdam, including a picturesque windmill. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore Amsterdam before returning to the ship, which moors here overnight. (B,L,D)


Day 12 DISEMBARKATION - DEPART AMSTERDAM

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

 


2017 Per Person Cruise Fares

 
Cruise
Departure
Ship: Amacerto, Amaverde, Amaprima
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
Violinr Deck - Cat AA w/twin balconies
Violin Deck - Suite w/twin balconies
Amsterdam to Basel
25-Mar-17
AmaSonata
$2,499
$2,799
$3,398
$3,898
$4,098
$4,298
$4,498
$5,698
01-Apr-17
AmaKristina
$2,599
$2,899
$3,498
$3,998
$4,198
$4,398
$4,598
$5,798
08-Apr-17
AmaSonata
$2,699
$2,999
$3,598
$4,098
$4,298
$4,498
$4,698
$5,898
27-Jul-17
AmaPrima
$3,299
$3,598
$4,198
$4,698
$4,898
$5,098
$5,298
$6,498
11-Nov-17
AmaKristina
$2,799
$3,098
$3,698
$4,198
$4,398
$4,598
$4,798
$5,998
18-Nov-17
AmaSonta
$2,799
$3,098
$3,698
$4,198
$4,398
$4,598
$4,798
$5,998

   

 


Cruise
Departure
Ship: Amacerto, Amaverde, Amaprima
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
Violinr Deck - Cat AA w/twin balconies
Violin Deck - Suite w/twin balconies
Basel to Amsterdam
01-Apr-17
AmaSonata
$2,599
$2,899
$3,498
$3,998
$4,198
$4,398
$4,598
$5,798
05-Aug-17
AmaSonata
$3,299
$3,598
$4,198
$4,698
$4,898
$5,098
$5,298
$6,498
09-Nov-17
AmaPrima
$2,799
$3,098
$3,698
$4,198
$4,398
$4,598
$4,798
$5,998
11-Nov-17
AmaSonta
$2,799
$3,098
$3,698
$4,198
$4,398
$4,598
$4,798
$5,998
                   
31-Mar-18
AmaPrima
$2,599
$2,899
$3,498
$3,998
$4,198
$4,398
$4,598
$5,798
02-Apr-18
AmaStella
$2,699
$2,999
$3,598
$4,098
$4,298
$4,498
$4,698
$5,898
08-Apr-18
AmaSonata
$2,799
$3,098
$3,698
$4,198
$4,398
$4,598
$4,798
$5,998
05-Nov-18
AmaKristina
$2,899
$3,198
$3,798
$4,298
$4,498
$4,698
$4,898
$6,098
12-Nov-18
AmaStella
$2,799
$3,098
$3,698
$4,198
$4,398
$4,598
$4,798
$5,998
19-Nov-18
AmaKristina
$2,799
$3,098
$3,698
$4,198
$4,398
$4,598
$4,798
$5,998

 

 

PORT FEES OF $168 for 2017/2018

4 Night land program in Switzerland - $1680 per person additional for 2017 and 2018.

Rates include: standard or SLIDING GLASS DOOR CABIN, excursions, free internet, and wine with dinner


LINK TO AMA DECK PLAN