Tours

Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps River Cruise with Guest Speaker Daniel V. Speckhard | Oct. 19, 2025

9 days
Netherlands & Switzerland
Starting from $3598*

Join Guest Speaker Daniel V. Speckhard for a Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps River Cruise aboard AmaWaterways AmaSerena from Switzerland on October 19, 2025, starting at $3598. You will see Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Rhine Gorge, Rüdesheim, Ludwigshafen, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel, and much more at very special pricing.

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$150 Register by July 19, 2024
$100 Register by October 19, 2024
Full deposit required. Savings are deducted from the balance.

What’s Included

  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • *Rates are per person, based on double occupancy
  • Administrative Fee
  • Cruise Taxes

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 OCTOBER 19 - DEPART THE USA

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Day 2 OCTOBER 20 - EMBARKATION – AMSTERDAM

Board the ship in Amsterdam for your Captivating Rhine cruise. (D)

Day 3 OCTOBER 21 - 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 OCTOBER 22 – COLOGNE

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, then join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town, where you will see sites such as the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall; the Fishmarket, which dates back to the 12th century and the Great St. Martin Church. End your city tour with a visit to a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer. As an alternative, examine the historic architectural styles on display throughout the Cologne Cathedral during a guided tour. This 13th-century Gothic marvel and UNESCO World Heritage Site was the tallest building in the world at the time of its completion, and the church withstood 14 hits from aerial bombs during World War II. Active guests will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B, L, D)

Day 5 OCTOBER 23 - RHINE GORGE - RUDESHEIM

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Join a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town’s iconic vineyards. Or drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. 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. (B, L, D)

Day 6 OCTOBER 24 - 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 18thcentury, 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 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. Or pedal along the river Neckar to the picturesque medieval city center of Ladenburg and enjoy some free time to explore the shops. (B, L, D)

Day 7 OCTOBER 25 - 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, lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through charming streets past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B, L, D)

Day 8 OCTOBER 26 – BASEL

Enjoy getting to know Basel, Switzerland’s thirdlargest 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. Alternatively, go on a full-day excursion to Lucerne, or opt for one of the morning excursions and visit Lucerne in the afternoon. With either Lucerne excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to see 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. (B, L, D)

Day 9 OCTOBER 27 - BASEL

Bid farewell to Basel and prepare for your flight home. (B)

Enhance Your Journey

Amsterdam Pre Tour Starting from $830

October 17-20, 2025 • $830*

OCTOBER 17 - DEPART THE USA
Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.

OCTOBER 18 - ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.

OCTOBER 19 - AMSTERDAM
Follow your guide through the charming capital of the Netherlands with its iconic meandering canals, bridges and distinctive architecture. (B)

OCTOBER 20 - 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.
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.

SWITZERLAND Post- Tour Starting from $1650

October 27-30, 2025 • $1650*

OCTOBER 27 – DISEMBARKATION - BELLINZONA - LAKE COMO
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. (B)

OCTOBER 28 - 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. (B)

OCTOBER 29 - LAKE COMO – BELLAGIO
Let the wind tousle your hair as you board your boat for a scenic ride along Lake Como to its stunning pearl, Bellagio. This intimate village offers postcard-perfect views whether you choose to stroll along the lakeside or venture uphill to its cobbled streets. Browse the shops or sample the local fare at Bellagio’s restaurants before returning to the boat. (B)

OCTOBER 30 - LAKE COMO – RETURN FLIGHT
Bid farewell to Lake Como and prepare for your flight home. (B)

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. Sunday, October 19, 2025
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*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.