Tours

Christmas Markets on the Rhine along with Guest Speaker Dr. David Maier 2022

9 days
Germany & The Netherlands
Starting from $3498*

Join us along with Guest Speaker Dr. David Maier on a 9 day Christmas Markets on the Rhine River Cruise aboard the AmaWaterways AmaCerto, starting at $3,498* departing on November 28, 2022. Journey to places such as Amsterdam, Cologne, Basel, Ludwigshafen, and much more!

 

*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount and does not include flights.

What’s Included

  • Cruise
  • Guided Tours
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 November 28: DEPART USA

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Day 2 November 29: ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM - EMBARKATION

Board the ship in Amsterdam for your Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruise. (D)

Day 3 November 30: AMSTERDAM

Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 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 December 1: COLOGNE

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town. Explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral and then visit one of Europe’s largest and most renowned Christmas Markets located in front of the cathedral. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne’s traditional Kölsch beer and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, also known as potato pancakes served with applesauce. (B,L,D)

Day 5 December 2: RHINE GORGE – RÜDESHEIM

Cruise through the castle-laden Rhine River Gorge before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Once in Rudesheim, choose between four options for morning excursions: visit a wine cellar for wine tasting, hike through the vineyards, ride a gondola for a peaceful view of the vineyards, or join a guided bike tour through the town and along the Rhine River. After this, enjoy holiday traditions from around the world at their Christmas Market. Later in the day, you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee. (B,L,D)

Day 6 December 3: LUDWIGSHAFEN

Choose to explore one of two of Germany’s historically rich cities, along with their festive Christmas Markets. Visit Heidelberg, a city that will capture your heart with its mighty castle and historic university. While here, wander along one of Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping streets, the Hauptstrasse, soaking up the Yuletide celebrations at the town’s Christmas Markets. Or hike along the Neckar River on the historic Philosopher’s Path followed by free time to enjoy the Christmas Markets. Alternatively, you can bike along the Neckar River to the medieval town of Ladenburg and visit its Marktplatz, or explore one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have time to visit its Christmas Market in front of the “Old Mint” (Alten Münze) in the famous Maximilianstrasse, with a view of the romantic Imperial cathedral (Kaiserdom). (B,L,D)

Day 7 December 4: STRASBOURG

Strasbourg is even more alluring during the season of Advent. The Christkindelsmärik dates back to 1570, making it the oldest Christmas Market in France. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour that takes you past the Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Afterward, walk through the historic town center on the Grande Ile, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and through the lovely “La Petite France” district. Here, you will see the Cathedrale de Norte Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Later, visit the town’s famous Christmas Market. You can also choose to explore Strasbourg’s different districts by bicycle. Later in the day, opt to visit Gengenbach’s Christmas Markets and the town’s famous illuminated town hall Advent calendar. (B,L,D)

Day 8 December 5: BREISACH

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, followed by a visit to its charming Christmas Markets. 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.” Then, enjoy free time at the Freiburg Christmas Markets. Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through Breisach’s countryside. (B,L,D)

Day 9 December 6: BASEL - DISEMBARKATION

Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Basel as you prepare for your return flight home. (B)

Enhance Your Journey

Amsterdam Pre-Tour Starting from $750

NOVEMBER 26 - 29, 2022

NOVEMBER 26: DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.
NOVEMBER 27: ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.
NOVEMBER 28: AMSTERDAM
Follow your guide through the charming capital of the Netherlands with its iconic meandering canals, bridges and distinctive architecture. (B)
NOVEMBER 29: AMSTERDAM – EMBARKATION

Check out of your hotel and, before transferring to your ship, visit Zaanse Schans to observe life as it used to be in the Netherlands. Authentic windmills, houses and ships 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.

Swiss Post-Tour Starting from $1600

DECEMBER 6 - 10, 2022

DECEMBER 6 - BASEL, SWITZERLAND – DISEMBARKATION – LUCERNE
Disembark the ship and, before transferring to Lucerne, go on a highlights tour of Basel. Once in Lucerne, go on a walking tour along its cobblestone streets, spotting the Chapel Bridge, one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe. Later, check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening. (B)
DECEMBER 7 - LUCERNE
Discover Lucerne’s unrivaled beauty on a walking tour that includes the Lion Monument, beautifully carved into rock in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution. (B)
DECEMBER 8 - LUCERNE - ZURICH
Check out of your hotel and, before transferring via motorcoach to Zurich, enjoy a scenic lake cruise. Once in Zurich, check into your hotel. (B)
DECEMBER 9 - ZURICH
Switzerland’s largest city 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)
DECEMBER 10 - 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.

Departure Dates

  1. Monday, November 28, 2022
    From $3498* Register Now!
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount