During this scenic Rhine river cruise that starts in Amsterdam ad goes through Germany to Switzerland, the Rhine traverses castles and striking vistas, with nearby cities like Heidelberg, Baden Baden, and Strasbourg, all offering up a cultural fusion of medieval and cosmopolitan flair.
Few journeys can compete with the romanticism of this historic waterway, and stunning sights like the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge testify to this region’s unspoiled splendor.
This Cruise Includes
- 7 nights & 8 days on board an AmaWaterways
- Airport transfers to and from the ship
- The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
- Port taxes and charges
- All tipping and gratuities
On this river cruise, you will enjoy a long lineup of tours, and many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as
- standard tours
- bike tours
- Special Interest Tours.
You will also find 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.
Rhine River Cruise Excursions
day 1 & 2
day 1 & 2
Arrive in Amsterdam and board your ship. Meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner.
City tour and canal cruise
The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour. Begin with a scenic canal cruise and see the tall narrow homes lining the water, the Skinny Bridge, and the house where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding during WWII.
Next, you’ll walk to Begijnhof, known for its historic buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and have some free time to explore.
Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour on which you’ll see the Royal Palace, Westerkerk and stop for photos at a Dutch windmill before returning to the ship. This afternoon depart for Germany.
Cologne – City tour and Cathedral visit
– Evening walk
Your guided tour of Cologne this morning includes the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the city’s majestic Gothic cathedral. Afterward, you’ll have free time to visit some of the local shops or have a coffee at a quaint café. This afternoon the ship cruises to Koblenz and moors overnight.
Rhine Gorge ~ Cruise past Rhine castles
Rüdesheim ~ Wine tasting – Gondola ride – Rheingau bike tour
Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum – Rüdesheimer Coffee
This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock. This afternoon you will arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim where you will have the option to take one of three excursions:
- wine tasting with a local vintner
- a gondola ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue,
- a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany’s best wine regions.
Later you’ll have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns.
This evening, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments, or join us for some Rüdesheimer Coffee. The ship sails overnight.
Arrive in Mannheim, where you have a choice of one of three excursions this afternoon. Your first option is a half-day excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below.
Heidelberg Philosopher’s hike
For your second option, enjoy a hike up the Philosopher’s Path to a panoramic view point of Heidelberg.
Your third option is a city tour of Speyer one of Germany’s oldest cities, is known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate). This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France.
Old Town bike tour
Capital city of France’s Alsace region, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy either a panoramic bus tour or guided bike tour that will take you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique.
Afterward, explore on foot with a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood, where you will see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock.
You also have the option of exploring Strasbourg on a guided hike that begins at the Orangery and makes its way to the cathedral. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish before the ship departs tonight. (B,L,D)
You have three exciting excursions to choose from today.
Riquewihr walking Tour
The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town renowned for its historic architecture and for its Riesling wines.
Breisach and Freiburg Excursion
A second option is a tour of the beautiful towns of Breisach and Freiburg, where you will visit the historical city center and Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone.
Breisach bike Tour
Your third choice is guided bike tour of Breisach that takes you through the Rheinau woods.
About Booking This River Cruise
This Rhine River cruise leaves from Amsterdam on July in 2017 and 2018 for 8 days.
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