2025 : Christmas Markets on the Rhine : 7- Night Cruise With 4 Nights Pre-Cruise : Zurich to Amsterdam : ms AmaLucia

Overview

CRUISE FROM : Luxembourg to Nuremberg

From the meandering Main to the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its multitude of castles dotting its shores to the vineyard-clad hills of the Moselle, enjoy Europe at its most picturesque. Let the storybook villages-Bernkastel, Cochem and Wertheim-captivate you; and Rothenburg, located on the Romantic Road enchant you. Marvel at the world's largest ceiling fresco in the Wurzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Savor the many flavors of Germany with a chance to sample the world-famous wines of the Rheingau and the hearty smoked beer of Bamberg. All along the way, gain an intimate understanding of the history and culture of the places you visit.

COUNTRIES : Germany, Luxembourg

RIVERS : Rhine, Moselle, Main, Main-Danube Canal

On our river cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

Included Features

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
  • Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily

    AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES

  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck whirlpool with 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
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • La Chaine des Rotisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • 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

  • 2 nights hotel in Amsterdam at the Barbizon Palace or Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky (or similar), including walking tour, Zaanse Schans visit and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the ship in Basel to Lucerne with Basel city highlights tour en route
  • 2 nights hotel in Lucerne at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne (or similar), including walking tour, Lion Monument, Christmas Market and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel in Lucerne to Zurich with scenic Lake Lucerne cruise en route
  • 2 nights hotel in Zurich at the Zurich Marriott Hotel (or similar) including city tour, Christmas Market and daily breakfast

    Detailed Itinerary

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

    Day 2 : ZURICH
    Join a walking tour of Zurich and experience the magic of the city dressed in her holiday best. You'll 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 - LAKE LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
    Begin your transfer to Lake Lucerne. As part of your included excursions, you will ascend picturesque Mount Rigi, known as the 'Queen of the Mountains,' on a cable car ride. Take in breathtaking views of the city and surrounding landscape below. Then, enjoy a scenic cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. While cruising, enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery, marked by steep Alpine peaks, sloped forests and fertile meadows and valleys beyond. From there, check into your hotel. (B)

    Day 4 : LAKE LUCERNE
    Enjoy a walking tour of Lake Lucerne. Small cobblestone streets, squares with fountains and frescoed buildings typify the city. Afterwards, soak up the festive atmosphere of this medieval gem while wandering through its Christmas market, located at the Franziskanerplatz, and enjoy a mug of holiday cheer, gluhwein. (B)

    Day 5 : LAKE LUCERNE - BASEL, SWITZERLAND - EMBARKATION
    Transfer to Basel by motorcoach and then go on a highlights tour of the city before boarding your ship for your Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruise. (B)

    Day 6 : BREISACH, GERMANY
    Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. Journey into medieval Colmar, located in the enchanting Alsace region of France. Delight in the half-timbered houses lining the cobblestone streets as you take in the whimsical blend of French and German culture and the town's wonderful Christmas Markets. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to Freiburg's Munster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone, as well as its enchanting Christmas market. Those wishing a more active excursion will want to cycle through the scenic countryside. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    Strasbourg is even more alluring during the season of Advent. The Christkindelsmarik 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 Ile, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through the lovely 'La Petite France' district, where you will see the Cathedrale de Notre 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 count down to Christmas with a 24-day, larger-than-life Advent calendar. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY - RUDESHEIM, GERMANY
    You have a choice of several excursions, depending on your interest. Visit Heidelberg, a perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along German's Castle Road, followed by a visit to the Christmas markets. For those seeking a more active adventure, hike the historic Philosopher's Path or bike along the shores of the river Neckar, ultimately arriving in the medieval town of Ladenburg. Alternatively, you can discover the medieval past of Speyer and its charming Christmas markets. Later in the day, sail to the winemaking town of Rudesheim, where you can taste the village's sweet wine or its special delight, Rudesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with whipped cream and brandy. (B,L,D)

    Day 9 : RUDESHEIM - RHINE GORGE SCENIC CRUISING - LAHNSTEIN, GERMANY
    Visit Siegfried's whimsical Mechanical Instrument Cabinet, take a guided bike tour through the town and along the Rhine River, hike through the vineyards or soar high above the town by gondola and later enjoy Christmas traditions from all over the world at Rudesheim Christmas market. Later in the day, sit in the Main Lounge, out on your balcony or bundle up on the Sun Deck to enjoy a scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge, during which you will see many historic castles. Upon reaching Lahnstein, take a unique tour of Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)

    Day 10 : DUSSELDORF, GERMANY
    As a leading hub for German culture, commerce, and architecture, Dusseldorf is a must-visit city for any travelers on the Rhine. Here, you will have multiple options for the day's excursion. If you're feeling adventurous, take a brief trip to the nearby city of Cologne. 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. Plus, visit one of Europe's largest and most renowned Christmas Markets just in front of the cathedral. Alternatively, explore historic Dusseldorf on foot with a knowledgeable local tour guide. Then, be treated to a tasting of Altbier, a clean and crisp beer developed in Dusseldorf that is crafted using traditional brewing techniques. Conclude the tour with a visit to the local Christmas Market. For a more active excursion, join a guided bike tour of Dusseldorf that will take you through different sections of the city including Medienhafen and the historic old town. (B,L,D)

    Day 11 : AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
    Cruise the iconic canals of Amsterdam, considered the 'Venice of the North' and admire the historic architecture along the way. Alternatively, taste local specialties at one of Amsterdam's grand cafes. Please note that an alternative tour will depend on docking location. (B,L,D)

    *Please note an alternative tour will operate depend on docking location.

    Day 12 : AMSTERDAM - DISEMBARKATION
    Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Amsterdam as you prepare for your return flight home.

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2024
    Duration
    12 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaLucia

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Zurich  
    Day 2Zurich  
    Day 3Lake Lucerne  
    Day 4Lake Lucerne  
    Day 5Basel  
    Day 6Breisach  
    Day 7Strasbourg  
    Day 8Ludwigshafen  
    Day 9Lahnstein  
    Day 10Dusseldorf  
    Day 11Amsterdam  
    Day 12Amsterdam  
    Dates/Pricing

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    Important Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges not included in cruise price $231 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.

    Single Supplement for Land A single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.

    Bedding Please 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).

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    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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