Grand cities blend in perfect harmony with their historic past and progressive future in Cologne and Amsterdam. Inspirational towns have given way to great stories, such as Heidelberg, where Mark Twain wrote “A Tramp Abroad.” Timeless traditions still remain intact from the making of Cologne’s Kölsch beer to the making of Rüdesheimer Coffee. Take a front-row seat on this enchanting journey along the Rhine to magnificent cities and charming villages alike.
Day 1 Depart CANADA
Day 2 Zurich, SWITZERLAND Hotel Stay
Day 3 Zurich, SWITZERLAND Hotel Stay
Day 4 Lucerne, SWITZERLAND Hotel Stay
Day 5 Lucerne, SWITZERLAND Hotel Stay
Day 6 Basel, SWITZERLAND Embark
Day 7 Breisach, GERMANY River Cruising
Day 8 Strasbourg, FRANCE River Cruising
Day 9 Ludigshafen, GERMANY River Cruising
Day 10 Rudesheim, GERMANY River Cruising
Day 11 Cologne, GERMANY River Cruising
Day 12 Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS River Cruising
Day 13 Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS Disembark
Depart for CANADA
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Day 1 – Wednesday / October 14, 2020 – DEPART CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.
Day 2 – Thursday / October 15, 2020 – ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Arrive in Zurich and check in to your hotel. Please note standard hotel check-in time is 2 pm. Accommodation: TBA (2 nights).
Day 3 – Friday / October 16, 2020 – ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Breakfast at the hotel. Zurich seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour. (B)
Day 4 – Saturday / October 17, 2020 – ZURICH – LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out. Check out of your hotel and head off on a scenic drive past Alpine lakes before reaching Vitznau. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Lucerne’s beauty and charm is unrivaled. You’ll discover this beauty on a walking tour. Afterwards, you’ll check into your hotel. (B) Accommodation: TBA (2 nights).
Day 5 – Sunday / October 18, 2020 – LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
Breakfast at the hotel. The iconic Lion Monument, which you’ll visit, was sculpted in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. You’ll also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. (B)
Day 6 – Monday / October 19, 2020 – LUCERNE – BASEL – EMBARKATION
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check out and head to Basel. Before boarding the ship, you’ll go on a highlights tour of the city. Accommodation: onboard MS AmaKristina or similar (7 nights). (B/D)
Day 7 – Tuesday / October 20, 2020 – BREISACH, GERMANY
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)
Day 8 – Wednesday / October 21, 2020 – STRASBOURG, FRANCE
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 9 – Thursday / October 22, 2020 – LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – RÜDESHEIM
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. 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 Music Museum; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. (B/L/D)
Day 10 – Friday / October 23, 2020 – RÜDESHEIM – RHINE GORGE
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. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. If you prefer a more active adventure, you can join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg or hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles to Lahnstein where you’ll enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle. (B/L/D)
Day 11 – Saturday / October 24, 2020 – COLOGNE, GERMANY
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—potato pancakes served with apple sauce. (B/L/D)
Day 12 – Sunday / October 25, 2020 – AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you have a choice as to how you wish to explore it. The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour beginning with a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, you can join the Jewish Heritage tour. (B/L/D)
Day 13 – Monday / October 26 , 2020 – AMSTERDAM – DISEMBARKATION
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
For navigational safety reasons, the cruise company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary.
All prices are in Canadian dollars (per person) and include:
Wine, beer, soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
Guided city tour in Zurich and Lucerne.
Unlimited bottled water during your cruise
All shore excursions during your cruise.
All departure and port taxes/fees.
All shipboard gratuities for the crew.
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES: SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
Outside Category “E” $7,395 Outside Category “E” $10,295
Outside Category “D” $7,695 Outside Category “D” $10,895
French Balcony Cat. “CB” Sold Out French Balcony Cat. “CB” Sold Out
French Balcony Cat. “CA” $8,550 Full Balcony Cat. “BB” $12,095
Full Balcony Cat. “BB” $9,150
Full Balcony Cat.“BA” $9,395
Deposit of $500 per person is required – Final Payment is due by JULY 10, 2020
Please Note: Cancellation penalty of $500 per perosn will apply if canceled prior to final payment due date.