Join us on this 9 day Enchanting Rhine AmaWaterways cruise aboard the AmaKristina with Guest Speakers Dr. Erwin and Rebecca Lutzer starting on October 6, 2019.
Prices starts at $4,098*.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Beverages with All Meals
- Meals on Ship
- Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks
- Most Shore Excursions
Day 1 DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Switzerland.
Day 2 ARRIVE IN ZURICH - EMBARKATION IN BASEL, SWITZERLAND
Arrive in Zurich today and enjoy a brief city tour and talk about the Reformation in Switzerland before transferring to Basel. Embark the ship this afternoon. Tonight, gather on board and meet your fellow passengers. (D) EO Exclusive Tour to Zurich
Day 3 BREISACH, GERMANY
Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions, depending on your interests. Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburgs Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have the most beautiful spire on earth. Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the scenic countryside; or go to the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions, as well as home to elaborate cuckoo clocks, striking half-timber houses, ruined castles and quaint towns. (B,L,D)
Day 4 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de lOrangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République. Then walk through its iconic UNESCO World Heritage La Petite France district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. (B,L,D)
Day 5 LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY RÜDESHEIM
From Ludwigshafen journey to Worms. Explore the ancient city of Worms, site of the famous Diet of Worms where Luther refused to back down from his criticism of the church. The citys Reformation Monument features statues of major figures in the Reformation. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfrieds Mechanical Music Museum; or taste one of the towns special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. (B,L,D) EO Exclusive Tour to Worms
Day 6 RÜDESHEIM RHINE GORGE
Travel from Rüdesheim to visit the Rhine River city of Mainz where Johann Gutenberg developed the processes of moveable type which permitted printing to be done on a production scale. It was an essential tool which made the Reformation possible for it allowed the words of the reformers to be distributed to the masses. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles to Lahnstein where youll enjoy an exclusive festive celebration. (B,L,D) EO Exclusive Tour to Mainz
Day 7 COLOGNE
Home to one of Germanys most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000 year-old city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kingsthe Magi are believed to rest. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten; or visit a local tavern to taste Kölsch beer and Reibekuchenpotato pancakes served with apple sauce. (B,L,D)
Day 8 AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Eclectic Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you have a choice as to how you wish to explore it. The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour beginning with a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, you can join the Jewish Heritage tour which begins with a visit to the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum chronicling the history of the Jews in Amsterdam. (B,L,D)
Day 9 AMSTERDAM DISEMBARKATION
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Enhance Your Journey
Swiss Reformation Pre - Tour $1298
DEPART USA & ARRIVE IN GENVA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Geneva. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Geneva was the center of the Swiss Reformation movement with John Calvin as its chief theologian. We will begin the day by visiting St. Peter’s Cathedral where Calvin taught the Reformed doctrine. Under the Cathedral are the ruins of a Roman sanctuary, a 4th century basilica and a 6th century church! Calvin’s Academy is near by and is also called The Protestant Lecture Hall. John Knox also taught here for three years. Next we see the Reformation Monument which was constructed between 1909 to 1917. This impressive monument is also referred to as the "Protestant Rome".
GENEVA to ZURICH
We depart very early for Zurich, a beautiful city filled with history and ambience, framed by the breathtaking Alps. Zurich was at the center of the Swiss Reformation in the 16th century under the leadership of Ulrich Zwingli. Visit the Grossmunster Church, the mother church of the Reformation in Switzerland where Zwingli began teaching his Reform theologies. Also see the Helferei where Zwingli lived. We will visit the shore of the Limmat river where the Anabaptists were drowned.
ZURICH to BASEL
Enjoy a free morning at your hotel in Zurich before driving to Basel to embark on your journey up the Rhine river.
German Reformation Post - Tour $1498
DISEMBARK IN COLOGNE
Home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000 year-old city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town. Learn about Cologne’s Jewish history today as you wander through the town.
ERFURT & EISLEBEN
Luther was born and baptized in Eisleben and also died there. Visit his house where he was born and died. Continue on to Erfurt, the spiritual home of Martin Luther. Sights include a visit to the Augustinian Monastery where Luther served as a monk. Also visit the Franciscan church where Luther preached in 1529 and St. Mary’s Church where he was ordained as a priest. Visit the Luther House where Luther was educated from 1498- 1501. Continue to the Wartburg Castle, where Luther took shelter from the wrath of the Pope and translated the New Testament.
Today’s journey in Wittenberg recalls the life and work of Martin Luther. See the gates of the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) where he nailed his 95 Theses in 1517, then visit the Stadtkirche (City Church) where Luther and his associates preached the gospel to the common people. We will visit the Lutherhalle, an important museum where Luther lived, first as a monk and later as owner with his wife Katharina.
Drive to Berlin this morning. Our visit will begin with a city tour that showcases the three centers of Berlin: the west around Kurfuerstendamm Boulevard and the Memorial Church, then we visit the new center around Potsdamer Square and finally the eastern section around Unter Den Linden, the Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz.
Our tour of this once divided metropolis includes the restored Reichstag, the monumental Bradenburg Gate, Charlotten Palace, the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten Park and a visit to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Visit the Pergamon Museum. The Pergamon Museum is divided into three distinct sections: the Antiquity Collection, the Islamic Art Museum, and the Near East Museum.
RETURN TO USA
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount • Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
B = Breakfast D = Dinner
October 6, 2019