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Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps Cruise Land Forward

From Amsterdam, Netherlands to Lake Como, Italy
Length: 13 Days - Departs: Sat, May 11, 2024
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Departure
May 11, 2024
Arrival
May 23, 2024

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Complimentary Land Package

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Complimentary Land Package

Complimentary Land Package

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For a limited time, receive a complimentary 2-, 3-, or 4-night land package before or after select 2024 and 2025 Europe river cruises. With more than 20 different land packages available with this offer, you have a variety of ways to extend your vacation. Plus, this offer is combinable with special AirPlus fixed rates on airfare – a great value on your entire journey. (Not all packages are applicable, contact your Travel Consultant for details.)
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Complimentary Land Package offer is valid on new FIT and Group reservations made between January 1 through June 30, 2024; applies to select 2024 and 2025 Europe sailings and is based on double occupancy. Tour Operators are eligible; additional restrictions apply. Certain sailings and/or land packages may not be available due to special local events. Not all advertised Land Packages are eligible for this offer – details advised at time of booking. Additional land packages associated with mentioned itineraries are also available at an additional cost. Complimentary Land is only valid with the purchase of a participating cruise at full fare. Hotel to/from ship transfer is included with eligible complimentary land package. Airport arrival and departures transfers are not included but may be purchased at an additional cost. Offer is combinable with AirPlus Rates, Combination Cruise Savings, Past Guest Savings and Future Cruise Benefit Program. Solo Travelers must pay full cruise fare, inclusive of full fare single supplement rates, in order to receive complimentary land on eligible land packages. Offer is not applicable to travel advisors and does not apply to industry rates or other offers deemed by AmaWaterways. We will seek to use hotels listed (if any) on your confirmation. Changes may be necessary; therefore, hotel brand name listed on invoice is not guaranteed. An effort will be made to substitute similar hotels, but the level of similarity may vary. When possible, AmaWaterways will book guests traveling together on conjunction bookings in the same hotel if the requests are made. All requests are subject to availability. AmaWaterways will provide the confirmed details for the hotel after the promotion ends. Must request promo code FREELAND-PRE or FREELAND-POST at time of booking for double occupancy; Single occupancy bookings must request promo code LANDSOLO-PRE or LANDSOLO-POST. Port charges, other optional land packages, visas, airfares and gratuities are additional. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. AmaWaterways reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions at any time. Other restrictions apply.

Solo Traveler Savings

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Solo Traveler Savings

Solo Traveler Savings

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With a variety of itineraries in fascinating destinations, you have every reason to take advantage of special savings reserved exclusively for solo travelers. Solo travelers have three easy ways to save; enjoy waived single supplement on select 2024 Europe sailings, 25% single supplement is available on fixed window staterooms on all Europe sailings as well as category C staterooms on all Mekong sailings or waived single supplements on select ships in Europe that offer a limited number of specially designed single occupancy staterooms with French balconies. (Not all sailings are applicable, contact your Travel Consultant for full details.)
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Single Supplement Waived offer is valid on new FIT and Group reservations made between November 30, 2023 - June 30, 2024; applicable to select 2024 Europe sailings; excludes A+, AA+, Suites, Grand Suites, and Owner’s Suites. Must mention promo code SOLOWAIVED at time of reservation in order to receive. 25% Single Supplement is available on fixed window staterooms on all Europe sailings and category C staterooms on all Mekong sailings. Must mention promo code SOLO25 at time of reservation in order to receive. Single Supplement offers are applicable to solo travelers only. Offers apply to cruise only and do not apply to land packages; guests must pay standard single supplement rate. Upgrades, port charges, transfers, land packages, gratuities and airfare are additional. Offers are combinable with Loyalty Benefits, Future Cruise Benefit Program, and AirPlus promotions; not combinable with any other offers. Tour Operators are eligible to receive Single Supplement offers; restrictions apply. Offers are limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change without notice. AmaWaterways reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions at any time. Other restrictions apply


River Cruise Itinerary

2 nights Amsterdam, 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, 2 nights in Lake Lucerne and 2 nights in Zurich

  1. Day 1
    Sat, May 11, 2024
    ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS. Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.
  2. Day 2
    Sun, May 12, 2024
    AMSTERDAM. Follow your guide through the charming capital of the Netherlands, with its iconic meandering canals, bridges and distinctive architecture. (B)
  3. Day 3
    Mon, May 13, 2024
    AMSTERDAM ''' EMBARKATION. Check out of your hotel and, before transferring to your ship, visit Zaanse Schans, observing life as it used to be lived in the Netherlands. Authentic windmills, houses and shops were relocated to this picturesque area, creating a typical 17th- to 18th-century village. (B,D)
  4. Day 4
    Tue, May 14, 2024
    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS. 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)
  5. Day 5
    Wed, May 15, 2024
    COLOGNE, GERMANY. Enjoy cruising to Cologne, then join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town, where you will see sites such as the Cologne Rathaus, Germany'''s oldest town hall; the Fishmarkt, which dates back to the 12th century and the Great St. Martin Church. End your city tour with a visit to a local tavern to taste its famous K''lsch beer. As an alternative, examine the historic architectural styles on display throughout the Cologne Cathedral during a guided tour. This 13th-century Gothic marvel and UNESCO World Heritage Site was the tallest building in the world at the time of its completion, and the church withstood 14 hits from aerial bombs during World War II. Active guests will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)
  6. Day 6
    Thu, May 16, 2024
    RHINE GORGE - R''DESHEIM. Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of R''desheim. 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 Instrument Cabinet charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town'''s special delights, R''desheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)
  7. Day 7
    Fri, May 17, 2024
    LUDWIGSHAFEN, 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, Altp''rtel. 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)
  8. Day 8
    Sat, May 18, 2024
    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 R''publique before walking through its iconic '''La Petite France''' district, lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through charming streets past the Cath''drale de N''tre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l'''Orangerie. (B,L,D)
  9. Day 9
    Sun, May 19, 2024
    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). . *Not combinable with other tours on this day.
  10. Day 10
    Mon, May 20, 2024
    BASEL ''' DISEMBARKATION ''' BELLINZONA ''' LAKE COMO, ITALY. Disembark the ship and transfer to Lake Como, Italy, stopping in Bellinzona, 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)
  11. Day 11
    Tue, May 21, 2024
    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)
  12. Day 12
    Wed, May 22, 2024
    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)
  13. Day 13
    Thu, May 23, 2024
    LAKE COMO ''' RETURN FLIGHT. Bid farewell to Lake Como and prepare for your flight home. (B)

Countries Visited

France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Rhine

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Inclusions

  • SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land packages
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun Deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef'''s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special interest tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Land Program
  • 2 nights hotel in Amsterdam at the Barbizon Palace or Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Hotels (or similar), including walking tour, Zaanse Schans visit and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the ship in Basel to Lucerne with Basel city tour en route
  • 3 nights hotel in Como at the Hilton Lake Como (or similar), including city tour, cruise to Bellagio and daily breakfast
  • Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land program; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.5
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.4
Value for Money
4.3

Ratings based off 19 reviews - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

The staff was wonderful, always courteous and helpful. Loved all of the different foods served on board. The Chef's Table was a wonderful way of tasting new foods! The sites we saw were unbelievable! So much to learn and experience. I was a bit surprised with our cabin, I was expecting an outdoor balcony, we had a full length window instead. In the end it really did not matter, we were still able to see all of the beautiful views from our cabin and the sun deck.

we traveled with another river cruise line several years ago and much prefer ama waterways.

Our cruise was excellent. A perfect choice for us.

This trip with AMAWaterways was beyond outstanding from start to finish. The ship, crew, meals, and excursions were all excellent and exceeded my expectations. I loved it.

We were very well pleased with AmaWaterways, so much so that we made a deposit on a future trip with them. The ship was beautifully decorated for the Christmas market cruise. The tour manager and the ship's crew were highly professional and friendly. There were daily activities both off and on the ship to keep us entertained. The food and drink were wonderful. The itinerary was exactly as described.

AMA Waterways is indeed a first class operator. The shipboard staff were consistantly very helpful and courteous. The food was outstanding, plentiful and with many alternative dishes. Everything was very clean. The activities for the ports/cities visited were well planned with alternatives depending on whether one wanted a routine walking tour, agressive tour or biking tours. We enjoyed concerts, local entertainment, and scenic tours with local guides that were very knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. We cannot say enough about the experience on the AMA Waterways ship. Every situation was anticipated and accommodated. We look forward to the oppportunity to take another cruise on AMA Waterways.

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