Tours

Enchanting Rhine River Cruise with Guest Speaker Brian Kneser | Oct 16, 2024

9 days
Switzerland & The Netherlands
Starting from $4498*

Join us for an Enchanting Rhine River Cruise aboard AmaWaterways AmaSiena with Guest Speaker Brian Kneser starting at $4498 from Switzerland on October 16, 2024. You will see Basel, Breisach, Strasbourg, Ludwigshafen, Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge, Lahnstein, Cologne, and more.

Register Early and Save
$150 Register by July 16, 2023
$100 Register by October 16, 2023
Full deposit required. Savings are deducted from the balance. 

Special Airfare Pricing from Select Cities (See attached brochure)

What’s Included

  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks
  • Daily Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary
  • Terry Bathrobes and White-on-white plush bedding in all Staterooms
  • Beer & soft drinks with every dinner
  • Bottled Water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Folklore Dances, Lectures, Theme Dinners
  • Use of Bicycles to explore on your own
  • *Rates are per person, based on double occupancy
  • Other meals as indicated
  • Administrative Fees

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 October 16 - DEPART THE USA

Depart the USA.

Day 2 October 17 - EMBARKATION – BASEL

Board the ship in Basel for your Enchanting Rhine cruise. (D)

Day 3 October 18 - BREISACH

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 on a hike to the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions. (B,L,D)

*Please Note: Black forest hike is weather dependent and may only operate at certain times of year. Please refer to your final documents for details.

Day 4 October 19 - STRASBOURG

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. For the active adventurer, you can take a guided bike ride through this captivating city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

Day 5 October 20 - LUDWIGSHAFEN - RUDESHEIM

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. Or ride along the river Neckar to the medieval town of Ladenburg where you’ll have some free time to explore the shops and quaint Marktplatz. 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. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. (B,L,D)

Day 6 October 21 - RUDENSHEIM - RHINE GORGE - LAHNSTEIN

Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterward, indulge your taste buds by sampling Riesling wines in the vineyards. If you prefer a more active adventure, hike through Rüdesheim’s vineyards, taking in views of the town, the Roman Bridge, and Bromersburg Castle. Or join a guided bike ride along the town and the Rhine River. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles to Lahnstein, where you’ll visit Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D) 

Day 7 October 22 - 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 mit apfelmus—potato pancakes served with applesauce. (B,L,D)

Day 8 October 23 - AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you can choose how you wish to explore it. The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour, beginning with a scenic canal cruise. If you prefer exploring the world with your taste buds, stroll past traditional canals, gabled houses, narrow bridges, and house boats to taste Dutch specialties at a grand Amsterdam café. (B,L,D) 

Day 9 October 24 - AMSTERDAM

Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Enhance Your Journey

Switzerland Pre Cruise Starting from $1680

Starting at $1,680* October 12 - 17, 2024

OCT 12 (SAT) DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Zurich.

OCT 13 (SUN) ZURICH
Arrive in Zurich and check in to your hotel. 

OCT 14 (MON) ZURICH
Zurich seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour. (B) 

OCT 15 (TUE) ZURICH - LAKE LUCERNE
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Lake Lucerne, where you’ll enjoy a cruise across its tranquil waters. (B) 

OCT 16 (WED) LAKE LUCERNE
Discover Lake Lucerne's unrivaled beauty on a walking tour that includes the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. (B) 

OCT 17 (THU) LAKE LUCERNE - BASEL - EMBARKATION
Check out of your hotel and visit the iconic Lion Monument, sculpted in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution. Later, head to Basel. Upon arrival in Basel, enjoy a highlights tour of 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 and exquisite 18th century patrician homes. Then enjoy free time for lunch on your own before the drive to the ship. (B,D) 

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.

Departure Dates

  1. Wednesday, October 16, 2024
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*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.