Description

The iconic waterways of Europe are calling on this enchanting river cruise! Enjoy an exceptional voyage along "Old Father Rhine", one of Europe's most captivating waterways, from Amsterdam at the North Sea to Basel, gateway to the Swiss Alps. Join us as we travel through four of Europe's most picturesque countries – The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Explore their magnificent cities including Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, Heidelberg and beyond. Take in their diverse landscapes and impressive waterways, featuring a cruise across The Netherlands' Ijsselmeer and along the Lorelei stretch of the Rhine with its splendid wealth of mythological associations.

THE RIVERBOAT - MS AMADEUS QUEEN

Sleek, elegant and comfortable, the new MS Amadeus Queen is a beautiful river going vessel, offering one of the finest ways to discover the stunning rivers of Europe. The innovative 162 passenger vessel offers all the amenities of a floating deluxe hotel with generous public areas and spacious cabins including 12 large suites with an outdoor balcony and a cozy reading corner while the 69 standard cabins mainly have panoramic window fronts, which can be automatically lowered, and luxurious bathrooms. Across the four decks, the ship has a range of amenities available to passengers including a restaurant, a panorama-bar and a fitness room. The restaurant seats all passengers in one sitting and the experienced chefs serve both regional and international cuisines with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. A new on-board highlight is the indoor pool, the roof of which can be opened in good weather. In the evenings, this area may also be used for informative talks, functions and cinema showings. The elegant Amadeus Queen combines the luxuries of the finest boats with innovative design and the superb service provided by its dedicated crew.

Highlights

  • Pack and unpack only once
  • Deluxe accommodations
  • Gourmet cuisine
  • Riverboat experience
  • Hillside castles & storybook villages
  • Spectacular scenery & lush vineyards
  • Grand cathedrals, historic cities & medieval towns
  • Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Dutch ingenuity
  • Picture-perfect German riverside towns
  • Beautiful city of Amsterdam & canal cruise
  • Cologne, jewel of the Rhine
  • World famous Cologne Cathedral
  • Picturesque town of Cochem
  • Wine tasting
  • 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz
  • Idyllic Rüdesheim, winemaking town
  • Siegfried’s Music Museum
  • Romantic city of Heidelberg
  • Charming Speyer
  • Sophisticated & multicultural French town of Strasbourg
  • Vibrant Basel
  • Cultural & contemporary Zürich

Day By Day Itinerary

ZÜRICH EXTENSION

Upon arrival to port in Basel and after your breakfast onboard, you will be met and transferred to Zürich. Along the way, you will experience beautiful Swiss scenery before arriving at your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Zürich is known as one of the world's most livable cities. Recognized as a savvy, hard-working financial center, Switzerland's largest and wealthiest metropolis has also appeared in the 21st century as one of central Europe's trendiest destinations. Much of the ancient center, with its winding lanes and tall church steeples, has been kept lovingly intact. Yet Zürich has also enthusiastically embraced modern trends. Welcome and enjoy! (B)
After breakfast at your hotel you will explore Zürich on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the Swiss National Museum, view the Zürich Opera House and the Old Town and then take to the water for a scenic ferry crossing of Lake Zürich. Then ride uphill by cogwheel train for panoramic views over the city, before taking a short cruise on Lake Zürich. What could be more Swiss than to top off the day with a stop at Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate shop? This afternoon, enjoy some free time to shop and explore. (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will board the coach to Zürich airport for your home bound flight.(B)

Program, vessel and routing are subject to change.

Includes

  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from New York
  • DELUXE ACCOMMODATIONS - 7 nights on board the deluxe MS Amadeus Queen. All staterooms are equipped with private bathrooms, air-conditioning, direct-dial telephone and color TV with satellite channels
  • SUPERB CUISINE - Superb dining with all meals included during your cruise (buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and midnight snacks), coffee, tea, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch/dinner (including Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner)
  • WELCOME RECEPTION - Welcome Captain’s Cocktail Reception
  • DAILY ENTERTAINMENT - Daily performances on board featuring folklore programs, music performances, lectures, and theme dinners
  • GREAT PORTS OF CALL - We cruise to the fascinating and historic towns and cities of Amsterdam (overnight stay), Hoorn, Cologne, Cochem, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Mannheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, and Basel
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - For your enjoyment, we have a city tour of Amsterdam with canal cruise, North Holland excursion, city walk of Cologne, Cochem (includes wine tasting), Rüdesheim (including Music Museum), excursion to Heidelberg, and city tour of Strasbourg. Optional tours are available
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals such as folklore shows, insightful and intriguing lectures, regional themed evenings and culinary demonstrations on board and visit to a local cheese farm to learn how Dutch cheese is made
  • PROFESSIONAL CRUISE DIRECTOR - Assistance of an experienced cruise director onboard
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR GUIDE - Assistance of a professional local guide during transfers from airport/boat/airport
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport to the boat
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • PORT TAXES & FEES - All ship port taxes and fees

Optional Extension Includes

  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAMS - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: A city tour of Zürich
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

Excludes

Video

Notes

Map

OTHER PROGRAMS

Russia

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