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9 Day Rhine River Cruise - Amsterdam to Basel (Diamond)


River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Amsterdam, Basel-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights Deluxe river cruise on MS Amadeus Diamond (Category C) outside cabin
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers & port fees
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Wireless audio system for excursions

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Unlimited wine with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for the Netherlands
Depart for the Netherlands. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Amsterdam
Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to the port located near the Amsterdam Passenger Terminal. Embarkation begins at 4 pm. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner on board
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Morning in Amsterdam, Afternoon in Volendam
This morning enjoy free time in Amsterdam, known for its many cultural sites, art museums, entertainment and of course its scenic canals. Depart at 2:30 pm. This afternoon the ship will make a brief stop in Utrecht to pick up passengers returning from the optional shore excursion
Optional: Amsterdam City Tour with Canal Cruise
Optional: Holland Waterland Excursion
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Afternoon in Cologne
Relax on board this morning as you sail the scenic Rhine River to Cologne, one of Germany's largest cities and the Capital of the Rhineland. This afternoon, arrive and enjoy a walking tour of the city. Best known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. Enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure before setting sail at 10 pm
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Afternoon in Cochem
This afternoon, arrive in Cochem, a quaint German town known best for its late-Gothic castle and restored timber-framed houses. The charming town has a beautiful setting amid vine-clad hills, and is best known for its cozy wine taverns and colorful riverside promenades. The town has three fortified gates, quaint narrow alleys and beautiful half timbered houses. Set sail this evening at 7:30 pm
Optional: Cochem City Tour and Wine Tasting
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Morning in Koblenz, Evening in Rüdesheim
This morning, arrive in Koblenz and enjoy a walking city tour of the site where the Mosel River flows into the Rhine River. The city has many great examples of Romanesque design, imposing defensive towers and the impressive Castle of the Electors. Set sail for Rüdesheim at 11:00 am and relax on board this afternoon as the ship cruises past beautiful stretches of scenery and miniature castles perched on lofty cliffs. In the early evening, arrive to Rüdesheim, a lively wine village located in the heart of the Rhine River area. Set sail at 10 pm
Optional: Rudesheim City Walk(PM)
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Morning in Mannheim, Afternoon in Speyer
This morning arrive to Mannheim located at the meeting point of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers. Mannheim is full of streets lined with Baroque architecture. The most famous sight in the city is the red sandstone Schloss, Germany's largest Baroque palace. The water tower is the civic symbol of this city and is located just east of the city center. The city also boasts one of the loveliest parks in Europe, the Luisenpark. The park contains numerous rose arboretums, the picturesque Chinese Tea House and the 675-foot tall Telecommunications Tower. Sail to Speyer at 1:00 pm. Originally inhabited by the Celts around 500 B.C., the city is most famous for its beautiful red sandstone Cathedral, which remains a fine example of Romanesque architecture and is undoubtedly the city's most prized landmark as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, set sail for Strasbourg at 7:30 pm
Optional: Mannheim City Walk (AM)*
Optional: Heidelberg City Tour (AM)*
Optional: Speyer City Walk
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Morning in Strasbourg
This morning is free to discover Strasbourg on your own. Straddling French and German culture, the entire city center of Strasbourg has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of special note is the staggering Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture. For over 200 years the Cathedral stood as the world's tallest building, and it currently houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. There are many other medieval churches to be seen here, as well as the former town hall set in the German renaissance style. Set sail for Basel at 1 pm
Optional: Strasbourg City Tour
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Depart France
This morning, disembark in Basel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

*Excursions operate at the same time.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Amsterdam City Tour with Canal Cruise

    Day #3 22 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $55
    Enjoy a city tour of Amsterdam. Today, the city has one of the largest historic centers in Europe with about 7,000 registered historic building. View the Royal Palace, National Monument, Skinny Bridge and Albert Cuyp market. Also, enjoy a cruise on one of the scenic canals.

    Excursion to Holland Waterland

    Day #3 22 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $48
    Your tour begins with a short stroll through the old Dutch fishing village of Volendam where you will see Holland’s iconic windmills and residents who still wear traditional Dutch clogs, aprons and bonnets. Afterwards, drive to the countryside to tour a local cheese farm and learn about how the product is made. Then, continue to the quaint village of Edam, known for its world-famous cheese. Enjoy a walk through town before returning to the ship

    Cochem City Tour & Wine Tasting

    Day #5 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $45
    Tour picturesque Cochem, best known for its Gothic castle rising dramatically above the town. The charming town is set amid vine-clad hills with narrow cobbled alleys, cozy wine taverns and colorful riverside promenades. Your tour will include a guided visit of the Reichsburg Castle which was restored in the 19th century. End you tour with an opportunity for wine tasting.

    Rudesheim City Walk

    Day #6 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $27
    The walking tour in Rudesheim, a lively wine village in the heart of the Rhine, takes us past quaint wine taverns that line the city's streets. Continue onto Siegfried's Musical Museum, where you may view various mechanical instruments including barrel organs and music boxes from the 18th - 20th centuries.

    *Tours in December will include a visit to the Christmas Market

    Heidelberg City Tour

    Day #7 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $55
    Heidelberg is one of Germany's most scenic cities. For hundreds of years the city's medieval splendor has inspired some of the world's greatest artists and authors. This tour takes you through the city, with views of the historic Old Town, the expansive ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and the Neckar River. Fortunately, the city was spared from destruction during the Second World War, leaving buildings dating to the Middle Ages completely intact, and making it the only city of its size to emerge from the conflict unscathed. With an intellectual heritage dating back to the 1300s, the city remains a bustling, vibrant center for education and the arts, seamlessly blending the modern and the traditional.

    *When the Heidelberg City Tour and the Mannheim City Walk are both offered as optional excursions, the tours will operate simultaneously.

    Mannheim City Walk

    Day #7 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $39
    Enjoy a walk through Mannheim, located at the meeting point of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers. During the 18th century, the city was home to one of the best orchestras in Europe and was widely known as a gathering place for classical composers. Today, visitors can step back in time as they stroll the streets lined with Baroque architecture or view the massive Electoral Palace and Chapel. The city also boasts one of the loveliest parks in Europe, the Luisenpark. The park contains numerous rose arboretums, the picturesque Chinese Tea House and the 675-foot tall Telecommunications Tower.

    *When the Heidelberg City Tour and the Mannheim City Walk are both offered as optional excursions, the tours will operate simultaneously.

    Speyer City Walk

    Day #7 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $19
    Enjoy a walking tour of Speyer, one of the oldest cities in Germany founded by the Romans. This picturesque city is characterized by winding alleyways, romantic squares and impressive facades. Your tour includes visits to the Altportel, or Old Speyer City Gate, and the ritual Jewish Baths.

    Strasbourg City Tour

    Day #8 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $54
    Straddling French and German culture, the entire city center of Strasbourg has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This panoramic tour will take you past all of the major sites of the Alsace capital. Of special note is the staggering Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture. For over 200 years the Cathedral stood as the world's tallest building, and it currently houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence.

    *Tours in December will include a visit to the Christmas Market

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    Additional Information:
    Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passengers returning from Basel on Day 9 should select flights that depart no earlier than 12:00 pm.

    Please note, singles cannot be booked in a Suite.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    Language: This itinerary is a multi-lingual cruise. Announcements and shore excursions may be conducted in another language, and an English translator will be provided.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.


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