Tours

Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps at Christmas with Rick & Diane Rusaw 2022

9 days
France, Germany, Switzerland & The Netherlands
Starting from $3498*

Join Rev. Rick & Diane Rusaw on a 9-day Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps at Christmas aboard AmaWaterways AmaSerena, starting at $3,498* departing on December 4, 2022. Journey to places such as Vasel, Amsterdam, Ludwigshafen, Cologne, and much more!

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What’s Included

  • Beverages with All Meals
  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Overseas Airport Transfers
  • Select Shore Excursions

† If air purchased through EO.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 DECEMBER 4 – DEPART THE USA

Board your overnight flight to the Netherlands

Day 2 DECEMBER 5 – AMSTERDAM – EMBARKATION

Arrive in Amsterdam. Board the ship for your Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps cruise.

Day 3 DECEMBER 6 – AMSTERDAM

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.

Day 4 DECEMBER 7 – COLOGNE

Enjoy cruising to Cologne. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus, and the Festival Hall. During your free time, browse through the city’s most impressive Christmas markets, offering 160 attractively designed wooden pavilions. For a different view, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten.

Day 5 DECEMBER 8 – 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. In the afternoon, join a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town’s iconic vineyards. Aftewrwards, enjoy free time in the town. Perhaps explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s cultural heart, and the Christmas markets. Or drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal, and spend some free time visiting the Christmas markets. 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 Musical Instrument 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.

Day 6 DECEMBER 9 – LUDWIGSHAFEN

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. Here, you can also enjoy visiting some of the festive Christmas Markets. 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, Altpörtel. In your free time, you might choose to visit the Christmas Markets or Technik Museum featuring exhibits of vintage cars, military aircraft and even a submarine!

Day 7 DECEMBER 10 – STRASBOURG

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 République before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which looks as if it’s been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through charming streets past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. During the tour, you will receive free time to visit the Christmas markets. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie.

Day 8 DECEMBER 11– BASEL

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. Later in the day, visit Lucerne, known for 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.

Day 9 DECEMBER 12 – DISEMBARKATION

Bid farewell to Basel and prepare for your flight home.

Enhance Your Journey

Amsterdam Pre-Tour Starting from $750

DECEMBER 3-5, 2022

DECEMBER 3 – DEPART THE USA

Board your overnight flight to the Netherlands.

DECEMBER 4 – AMSTERDAM

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

DECEMBER 5 – 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.

 

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

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

LAKE COMO Post-Tour Starting from $1500

DECEMBER 12-15, 2022

DECEMBER 12 – 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.

DECEMBER 13 –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.

DECEMBER 14 – LAKE COMO – BELLAGIO - 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 into your hotel.

DECEMBER 15 – ZURICH – RETURN TO THE USA

Bid farewell to Lake Como and prepare for your flight home.

 

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. Sunday, December 4, 2022
    From $3498* Register Now!
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount