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Christmas Markets on the Rhine 2019 with Guest Speaker Jaime Clark-Soles

9 days
France, Germany, Switzerland & The Netherlands
Starting from $3098* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join us on this 9 day Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruise aboard the Amawaterways' AmaSerena with Guest Speaker Jaime Clark-Soles.

Prices starts at $3,098* starting on November 30, 2019.

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Beverages with All Meals
  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks
  • Most Shore Excursions

Daily Itinerary

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 Freiburg’s 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 l’Orangerie, 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 city’s Reformation Monument features statues of major figures in the Reformation. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum; or taste one of the town’s 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 you’ll enjoy an exclusive festive celebration. (B,L,D) EO Exclusive Tour to Mainz

Day 7 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 and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings—the 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 Reibekuchen—potato 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

Switzerland Pre-tour $1560

DEPART USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich.

ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Arrive in Zurich and check in to your hotel.

ZURICH

Set alongside a glistening lake and framed by the Alps, Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour. One of the top experiences in Zurich is a visit to Old Town where you will find yourself amongst medieval houses, churches and the modern Bahnhofstrasse, a mile-long street featuring exclusive fashion boutiques, stores and street cafés. (B)

ZURICH – LUCERNE

Check out of your hotel and head off on a scenic drive past Alpine lakes before reaching Vitznau. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. Lucerne’s beauty and charm is unrivalled. You’ll discover this beauty on a walking tour. Stroll along Chapel Bridge, admiring the stunning gable paintings above. The mighty mountains of Mount Pilatus and Rigi overlook the swans that glide along the scenic lake and are part of Lucerne’s everlasting allure. Afterwards, you’ll check into your hotel. (B)

LUCERNE

The iconic Lion Monument, which you’ll visit was sculpted in memory for the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. It has captured the hearts and minds of visitors for centuries, including Mark Twain who praised it as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." You’ll also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. Located around the Musegg Wall area, the towers rise high over the city, giving great panoramic views of Lucerne, the Reuss River and the surrounding mountain scenery. There are a total of nine towers, including one featuring the oldest clock in the city. (B)

LUCERNE – BASEL – EMBARKATION

Visit the iconic Lion Monument before transferring to Basel where you will have free time for lunch before embarking on your ship. (B,D)

Departure Dates

  1. November 30, 2019
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount