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Captivating Rhine Cruise 2021

9 days
France, Germany, Switzerland & The Netherlands
Starting from $3298*

Join us on this Captivating Rhine Cruise 2021 aboard AmaWaterway's AmaSerena. This tour departs on November 5, 2021 and returns on November 13, 2021. On this cruise, you will see the sites in Amsterdam, Strasbourg, Basel and much more! This cruise starts at $3,298* for a fixed window stateroom.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount and are based on double occupancy.

What’s Included

  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Deluxe Cruise Accommodations

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 NOVEMBER 5: DEPART USA

Board your overnight flight to Switzerland.

Day 2 NOVEMBER 6: ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – EMBARKATION

Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. (D)

Day 3 NOVEMBER 7: AMSTERDAM

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

Day 4 NOVEMBER 8: COLOGNE, GERMANY

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and Reibekuchen, 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 5 NOVEMBER 9: 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. Drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue and afterwards be treated to a wine tasting. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Music 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 6 NOVEMBER 10: LUDWIGSHAFEN

Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three 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 be rewarded with 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 Altpörtel, Old Gate. (B, L, D)

Day 7 NOVEMBER 11: 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 before walking through its iconic “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. Alternatively, the active adventurer can take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B, L, D)

Day 8 NOVEMBER 12: BREISACH, GERMANY

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. 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 and famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, head 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 countryside, or hike in the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions. (B, L, D)

Day 9 NOVEMBER 13: BASEL, SWITZERLAND – DISEMBARKATION

Disembark after breakfast. (B)

Enhance Your Journey

AMSTERDAM PRE-TOUR Starting from $700

NOVEMBER 3: DEPART USA

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.

NOVEMBER 4: ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Arrive in Amsterdam and check in to your hotel.

NOVEMBER 5: AMSTERDAM

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

NOVEMBER 6: 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)

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion. 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

SWITZERLAND POST-TOUR Starting from $1580

NOVEMBER 13: BASEL, SWITZERLAND – DISEMBARKATION – LUCERNE

Disembark the ship and, before transferring to Lucerne, go on a highlights tour of Basel. Once in Lucerne, visit the iconic Lion Monument, sculpted in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution. Later, check in to your hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening. (B)

NOVEMBER 14: LUCERNE

Discover Lucerne’s unrivaled beauty on a walking tour that includes the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. There are a total of nine towers, including one featuring the oldest clock in the city. (B)

NOVEMBER 15: LUCERNE – ZURICH

Check out of your hotel and transfer via motorcoach to Zurich, traveling past scenic landscapes and Alpine lakes. Once in Zurich, enjoy a scenic lake cruise before checking in to your hotel. (B)

NOVEMBER 16: ZURICH

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. (B)

NOVEMBER 17: DEPART ZURICH

After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (B)


Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion. 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

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