Christmas Markets on the Rhine : 2018 - 7-Night Cruise with 4 Nights Post-Cruise : Zurich to Amsterdam : ms AmaStella

CRUISE FROM : Amsterdam to Basel

Experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year. Cologne's Christmas Market with its impressive Gothic cathedral backdrop; the "Capital of Noël," Strasbourg, with its magnificent great Christmas tree; and Heidelberg's Christmas Market nestled idyllically amongst the historic squares of the Old Town; are all timeless traditions handed down through the centuries. Cherish all the glory of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Rhine.

COUNTRIES: France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

RIVERS: Rhine

Christmas Markets on the Rhine

At A Glance

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily

    AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES

  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

    AWARD-WINNING DINING

  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef's Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

    A WORLD OF EXPLORATION

  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

    Land Program

  • Transfer from the ship in Basel to Lucerne with Lion Monument and walking tour
  • 2 nights hotel in Lucerne at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel in Lucerne to Zurich with Lake Lucerne cruise en route
  • 2 nights hotel in Zurich at the Zurich Mariott Hotel (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1 : ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
    Arrive in Zurich and check-in to your hotel.

    Day 2 : ZURICH
    Set alongside a gleaming lake and framed by the Alps, Zurich seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future-all of which will be on full display during your city tour. See Grossmunster Abbey; St. Peter, which boasts the world's largest church clock face; Old Town; Town Hall; and Fraumunster Abbey. Experience the magic of Zurich dressed in her holiday best. Visit Zurich's Christmas Markets, including the largest indoor Christmas Market in Europe located in Zurich's Main Train Station. An absolute highlight is a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree decorated with thousands of sparkling Swarovski crystals. (B)

    Day 3 : ZURICH - LUCERNE
    Check out of your hotel for a scenic drive past three lakes before reaching Vitznau. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Afterwards, check into your hotel. (B)

    Day 4 : LUCERNE
    Take a walking tour of Lucerne soaking up the festive atmosphere of this medieval gem. Wander through its Christmas Market located at the Franziskanerplatz and enjoy a mug of holiday cheer, gluhwein. (B)

    Day 5 : LUCERNE - BASEL - EMBARKATION
    En route to Basel, visit the Lion Monument, built to honor the Swiss Guards who fought for King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Once in Basel, board your luxury ship. (B,D)

    Day 6 : BREISACH, GERMANY
    Visit the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr beautifully dressed in her holiday finery with twinkling decorations and a lively Christmas Market. On your walking tour, admire historical 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 Freiburg's Munster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone; you'll also visit its enchanting Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    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. Afterwards, walk through the historic town center on the Grande Île, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through the lovely "La Petite France" district, where you will see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock and then visit the town's famous Christmas Market. You can also choose to explore Strasbourg's different districts by bicycle. During the afternoon, visit Gengenbach Christmas Market where every year the locals countdown to Christmas with a 24-day, larger-than-life Advent calendar. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : MANNHEIM, GERMANY
    You have the choice to explore 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. Alternatively, you can 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 Munze) in the famous Maximilianstrasse, with a view of the romantic imperial cathedral (Kaiserdom). (B,L,D)

    Day 9 : RÜDESHEIM - RHINE GORGE
    Wine connoisseurs will want to go to a wine cellar for a wine tasting of the Rheingau Rieslings. Those who wish to soar high above the vineyards can take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. Or, for a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour through the town and along the Rhine River. During the afternoon, you can visit Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum, home to a remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town's special delights, Rudesheimer coffee. You'll also have plenty of time to enjoy Christmas traditions from all over the world at Rudesheim Christmas Market. Later in the day, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles. (B,L,D)

    Day 10 : COLOGNE
    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 and through the historic Stadtgarten; or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne's traditional Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen-potato pancakes served with apple sauce. (B,L,D)

    Day 11 : AMSTERDAM
    Begin your discovery of Amsterdam with a scenic canal cruise, followed by a walking tour to the Begijnhof, known for its historic Middle Ages building and concluding with a panoramic city tour that includes the Royal Palace and Westerkerk. (B,L,D)

    Day 12 : DISEMBARKATION - DEPART AMSTERDAM
    Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 12/31/2017
    Duration
    12 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaStella

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Zurich  
    Day 2Zurich  
    Day 3Lucerne  
    Day 4Lucerne  
    Day 5Basel  
    Day 6Breisach  
    Day 7Strasbourg  
    Day 8Mannheim  
    Day 9Rhine Gorge  
    Day 10Cologne  
    Day 11Amsterdam  
    Day 12Depart Amsterdam  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    11/22/2018$4,329.00* (USD)Quote
    12/06/2018$4,329.00* (USD)Quote
    12/20/2018$3,829.00* (USD)Quote
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    Notes:

    Christmas Markets NoticeNote: Most Christmas Markets open during the last week of November and remain open until approximately Dec. 22. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.

    ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges not included in cruise price$168 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.

    Single Supplement for Land$640 per person.

    BeddingPlease select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

    Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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