EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: September 13, 2017 - September 30, 2017

SWITZERLAND LAND TOUR INCLUDING 7-NIGHT ENCHANTING RHINE RIVER CRUISE/TOUR
18 Day – First Class Package Cruise aboard AMAKristina
September 13 – 30, 2017

Switzerland AMA map

 

Depart CANADA
Zurich, SWITZERLAND                Hotel Overnight
Zurich, SWITZERLAND                Hotel Overnight
Lucerne, SWITZERLAND              Hotel Overnight
Lucerne, SWITZERLAND              Hotel Overnight
Zermatt, SWITZERLAND              Hotel Overnight
Zermatt, SWITZERLAND              Hotel Overnight
Montreux, SWITZERLAND            Hotel Overnight
Berne, SWITZERLAND                 Hotel Overnight
Berne, SWITZERLAND                 Hotel Overnight
Basel, SWITZERLAND                 Embark Boat
Colmar, FRANCE                         River Cruise
Freiburg, GERMANY                     River Cruise
Strasbourg, FRANCE                    River Cruise
Heidelberg, GERMANY                 River Cruise
Mannheim, GERMANY                  River Cruise
Rudesheim, GERMANY                 River Cruise
Koblenz, GERMANY                      River Cruise
Cologne, GERMANY                      River Cruise
Amsterdam, HOLLAND                  River Cruise
Amsterdam, HOLLAND                  Disembark Boat
Depart for CANADA

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES:                           SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
Outside Cat. “E”       $10,995                                             Outside Cat. “E”      $14,195
Outside Cat. “D”       $11.395                                             Outside Cat. “D”      $14,795

Balcony Cat. “C”      $12,195                                             Balcony Cat. “C”      $15,895
Balcony Cat. “BB”    $12,795
Initial deposit of $1,000 per person is required.  Final payment is due by:  June 1, 2017.

ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS AND INCLUDE:
Return airfare from TORONTO for departures OTTAWA and MONTREAL  add $100 per person (other cities available upon request)

8-Day river cruise aboard AMAWaterways with all your meals with wine,beer, and soft-drinks, entertainment, and fully guided shore excursions.
2-Nights first class hotel stays in: ZURICH, LUCERNE, ZERMATT, and BERNE
1-Night first class hotel stay in MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND.
Guided local tours as per the itinerary.
All your shipboard gratuities on your river boat as well as for our local guides and drivers during our land tour.
All your port and departure taxes.
Hosted by Expo Cruises and Tours Staff
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DAY 1 – DEPART CANADA
Evening departure to Zurich, Switzerland.  (In-flight Meals)

DAY 2 – ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
On arrival, you will be met at the airport and taken for a panoramic city tour of Zurich. Visit the Permanent Exhibition of the Swiss National Museum with your tour escort. Zurich as a “metropolis of experiences” by the water, with a magnificent view of the snow-capped Alps on the horizon, Zürich Downtown Switzerland offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zürich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Recreational activities range from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city, to hikes on the Uetliberg mountain.  Following your tour, you will transfer to your hotel.  Balance of the day is at leisure.  Tonight, dinner will be at a local restaurant.   ZURICH ASCOT HOTEL or similar – 2 nights.  (In-flight Meals, D)

DAY 3 – ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Breakfast at the hotel.  Today’s half day excursion will bring you to the Rhine Falls and Stein Am Rhein in Schaffhausen where you will enjoy a panoramic tour with leisure time at the falls.  Return to Zurich with free afternoon at your leisure.  Dinner will be at a local restaurant.   (B, D)

DAY 4 – ZURICH – LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
Breakfast at the hotel. Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland.  On arrival, you will do an afternoon guided walking city tour of Lucerne.  Dinner will be at a local restaurant.  RENAISSANCE LUCERNE HOTEL or similar – 2 nights.    (B, D)

DAY 5 – LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
Breakfast at the hotel.  This morning you will board your coach for your Mt. Pilatus excursion which includes a boat trip from Lucerne to Alpnachstad.  Return to Lucerne in the afternoon.  Dinner will be at a local restaurant.  (B, D)

DAY 6 – LUCERNE – ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND
The Valais-resort of Zermatt in the Matt valley is one of Switzerland’s most famous holiday resorts and a center of attraction for many international guests. Thirty-eight, four-thousand-meter peaks, dominated by the world-renowned Matterhorn, the world’s most-photographed summit, rise to the heavens around the village.  Today we transfer from Lucerne to Interlaken for a panoramic tour followed by some free time.  And then, transfer to Taesch train station to board your train to Zermatt.  (Your luggage will be picked up from Taesch and transferred to your hotel in Zermatt: 1 piece per person).  Dinner will be at the hotel.   SCHWEIZERHOF HOTEL or similar – 2 nights.    (B, D)

DAY 7 – ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND
Breakfast at the hotel.  Today you will enjoy a half-day Gornergrat excursion by train.  Tonight, dinner will be at a local restaurant.   (B, D)

DAY 8 – ZERMATT – MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND
Breakfast at the hotel.  Take the train from Zermatt to Taesch train station.  Your luggage will be picked up from hotel in Zermatt and transferred to Taesch: 1 piece per person.  Proceed towards the town of Montreux where on arrival you will be given a guided city tour of the Château Chillon followed by a lunch at local restaurant.  After we will transfer to your hotel.  Afternoon is at your leisure.  SUISSE MAJESTIC HOTEL or similar – 1 night.    (B, L)

DAY 9 – MONTREUX – BERNE, SWITZERLAND
Breakfast at the hotel.  Today’s excursion will bring you to Broc and Gruyeres.  Your visit is to the Cheese Factory La Maison du Gruyere where you will see a demonstration of cheese making and partake in cheese tasting.  Next you will visit Cailler-Nestle Chocolate Factory where you will watch an audio-visual presentation of the factory and partake in chocolate tasting.   Lunch will be at a local restaurant, after lunch we continue our drive to Berne and check-in to our hotel.  Afternoon and evening is at your leisure.  HOTEL ALLEGRO or similar – 2 nights.   (B, L)

DAY 10 – BERNE, SWITZERLAND
After breakfast, you will be given a guided city tour with a visit to the Muenster Cathedral.  Few cities have managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern, the capital of Switzerland.  The old town of Bern has been entered in the list of UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites and thanks to its 6 kilometers of arcades – the locals refer to them as ‘Lauben’ – boasts one of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.  Dinner will be at our hotel.  (B, D)

DAY 11 – BERNE – BASEL, SWITZERLAND – EMBARKATION
Breakfast at the hotel.  After check-out from our hotel we will take a shore drive to Basel, where you will have a panoramic city tour of Basel.  After the tour, you will transfer to the pier to embark our luxury river boat the AMAKRISTINA with AMAWaterways your home for the next 7 nights, visiting France, Germany and Holland during this cruise.  Tonight, we will meet for the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.   (B, D)

DAY 12 – BREISACH, GERMANY
You have two exciting excursions to choose from today.  The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town that looks much as it did back in the 16th century.  A second option is a walking tour of Breisach and Freiburg.  Breisach is a beautiful town that houses one of Europe’s largest wine cellars.  In Freiburg, you will visit the historical city center and the Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone.   (B, L, D)

DAY 13 – STRASBOURG, FRANCE
This morning, the ship cruises to the capital of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Strasbourg, a picturesque town, known for its black and white timber-framed buildings, covered bridges, and medieval watchtowers.  Here you may choose to take a walking tour along the town’s narrow cobbled streets to see the European Parliament and visit the “La Petite France” district, with its sandstone Gothic cathedral and famous astronomical clock.  Afternoon is at your leisure.  The ship moors overnight in Strasbourg.   (B, L, D)

DAY 14 – SPEYER – HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
Early this afternoon, arrive in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its Cathedral, churches, and the Altpörtel – a 13th-century gate tower.  Choose either a tour of Medieval Speyer or a half day excursion to Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled Castle and its Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask, and see beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and Heidelberg below.  You will have free time to wander what is said to be the longest pedestrian shopping street in Germany, the “Haupstrasse,” relax in a café, or take a guided bike tour of Speyer (capacity controlled).  The ship moors overnight in Speyer.    (B, L, D)

 DAY 15 – RÜDESHEIM – KOBLENZ, GERMANY
This morning, arrive in Rüdesheim and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.  You will also have time to explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants, followed by a wine tasting at a local vintner.  As an alternative to the museum, treat yourself to a tasting of Rüdesheimer coffee.  This afternoon, your ship departs for Koblenz and cruises through the Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, with hillsides dotted with fairy-tale castles.  After arriving in Koblenz this evening, your Cruise Manager will take you on a walking tour through this charming town.  The ship moors here in Koblenz for overnight.   (B, L, D)

DAY 16 –  COLOGNE, GERMANY
The ship cruises to Cologne today, where you will have an afternoon walking tour of the old part of the city and visit the fabled 13th-century gothic cathedral.  Enjoy some free time to explore on your own.  The ship departs this evening for Amsterdam.    (B, L, D)

DAY 17 – AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
After arriving around noon, your tour of Amsterdam begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North”.  See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous house where Anne Frank once lived in hiding during WWII.  You will also have a panoramic city tour of the great landmarks of Amsterdam, including a picturesque windmill.  Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore Amsterdam before returning to the ship, which moors here overnight.   (B, L, D)

DAY 18 – AMSTERDAM – CANADA
Disembark after breakfast.  Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight back to Canada.  (B, In-flights Meals)

AMA logoTHE AMAWATERWAYS RIVER CRUISE DIFFERENCE 

La Chaine des Rotisseurs AmaWaterways is proud to be the only river cruise line invited to join one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organizations founded in 1950 in Paris. Every AmaWaterways vessel cruising in Europe is an official member of La Chaine des Rotisseurs.  Membership is considered an achievement of world-class culinary acumen.
An Array of Dining Options Early Risers enjoy breakfast in the Main lounge while a full buffet breakfast with made-to-order specialties, accompanied by freshly-baked breads and pastries is served from 7am daily. At lunch, you’ll find an enticing buffet laden with fresh salads, pasta dishes, hot entrees, and desserts, as well as meals to order from the menu; a light lunch option is also available in the Main Lounge. In the afternoon, stop by the Main Lounge for tea or complimentary espresso, as well as sandwiches, pastries, and cookies. Dinner is a multi-course affair, accompanied by free-flowing wines and beer.
Wine, beer, and more wine Every lunch and dinner on board includes free-flowing regional wines as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks. In Europe, complimentary sparkling wine is also served with breakfast.  Bottled water, specialty teas and coffees are always available free of charge.