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Christmas & New Year on the Rhine & Moselle

From £3,112 pp

Pages from fairytales come to life as you find inspiration along the castle-laden Rhine and its breathtaking tributary, the Moselle.

From Basel, located exactly between the corners of three countries—Germany, France and Switzerland—to Strasbourg, the “Crossroads of Europe,” and finally Amsterdam on New Years Eve, experience past and present Europe up close.

Throughout your journey, wander through postcard-perfect towns such as Cochem, Trier, Bernkastel and Rüdesheim.

Let your inner adventurer out as you hike through vineyards and bike along the rivers. And all along the way, savor distinctive wines, sampling the best these regions have to offer.

What’s Included:

  • 11 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies)
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Award-winning onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Christmas and New Year Celebrations on board
  • Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Guided hikes, Special Interest Tours
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
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Petit France in Snow, Strasbourg
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Moselle - Historic House facades Main Market Trier
Day 1 - Embarkation Basel, Switzerland

Today you’ll embark your ship in Basel, Switzerland and indulge in a Welcome Dinner later this evening

Dinner

Day 2 - Breisach, Germany

Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century.

On your walking tour, admire festively decorated historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate, and visit the quaint Christmas Markets.

Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the scenic countryside.

Day 2 - Breisach, Germany

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 (Christmas Eve) - Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location.

Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République. Then walk through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock.

Alternatively, the active adventurer can take a guided bike ride through this captivating city and Parc de l’Orangerie.

Day 3 (Christmas Eve) - Strasbourg, France

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 (Christmas Day) - Ludwigshafen, Germany - Rüdesheim

Visit the town Mark Twain wrote about in “A Tramp Abroad,” then join a tour to perfectly preserved Heidelberg and enjoy the Kornmarkt Christmas Markets, spread out across seven different locations in the old quarter. Find the inner courtyard of the castle to see Heidelberg’s renowned Advent calendar.

Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy.

Day 4 (Christmas Day) - Ludwigshafen, Germany - Rüdesheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge

Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Head to Siegfried’s whimsical Mechanical Music Museum and afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines.

Alternatively, you can join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River; or hike to Ehrenfels Castle, idyllically situated in the midst of the vineyards. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles

Day 5 - Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Bernkastel

Delight in a morning of scenic cruising along the beautiful Moselle River. Later in the day, leave the ship for Bernkastel. Located in the middle of the Moselle Valley’s wine-producing region, an area that’s been cultivating wine for over 500 years, Bernkastel will enchant you.

Walk through its colorful Old Town center and past many medieval and Renaissance buildings on a guided tour. Cycling enthusiasts can choose to join a bike tour along the shores of the Moselle River; and hikers can opt to trek up to the ruins of Landshut Castle, which dates all the way back to the 9th century.

Afterward, visit a local winery for a special tasting.

Day 6 - Bernkastel

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Trier

In Trier, Germany’s oldest city, discover such sights as the old Roman amphitheater, Roman Baths and Basilica of Constantine on a city tour.

Alternatively, go in search of the secrets of the Porta Nigra Gate on a tour that takes you back to a time when Rome ruled the world from the Emperor’s seat in Trier.

You also have the choice of a bike tour through the historic city center and along the Moselle River, or a hike up to the lookout point at Petrisberg above the Roman Amphitheater. During the afternoon, enjoy scenic sailing along the Moselle.

Day 7 - Trier

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Cochem - Lahnstein

Visit the Reichsburg Castle, an integral part of the town’s history followed by a walking tour along Cochem’s narrow cobblestone streets lined with medieval houses. For a more active excursion, go on a biking tour along the Moselle River.

As an alternative excursion, you can visit one of Europe’s oldest working mustard mills where you will sample Cochem’s famous mustard.

Later in the day, sail to the AmaWaterways-owned port of Lahnstein, where you’ll enjoy an evening tour of the 13th-century Lahneck Castle.

Day 8 -  Cochem - Lahnstein

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Cologne

Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral.

Continue on to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and Reibekuchen, potato pancakes typically served with apple sauce.

Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten.

Day 9 - Cologne

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 (New Year's Eve) - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

View Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings.

For a different view of the city, join the Jewish Heritage tour. The Jewish Heritage tour begins with a visit to the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum chronicling the history of the Jewish community in Amsterdam.

Enjoy a New Year’s celebration party on board tonight.  Later you might wish to watch Amsterdam’s amazing new year fireworks, or even venture out into the city to extend your evening.

Day 10 (New Year's Eve) - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Amsterdam

Enjoy the day at your leisure in Amsterdam and take advantage of AmaWaterways complimentary extra night on board.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Amsterdam - Disembark

Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight

Breakfast

AmaWaterways AmaPrima Ship

With design inspired by classic ocean yachts, AMA Waterways’ revolutionary Concerto Class vessels provide the most delightful river cruise experience.  Accommodating 162 passengers in spacious staterooms, many incorporating the exclusive Twin Balcony concept.

Relax in comfortable and inviting public areas or take a dip in the heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a swim-up bar; enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations in five dining venues.

The ships also features a Fitness Center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; plus a fleet of bicycles to enhance your river cruise experience.

AmaPrima Chefs Table

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Multiple outdoor decks offering unimpeded panoramic views
  • Sundecks with lounge chairs and retractable roof
  • Varied fine dining venues
  • Main Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor
  • Wine Bar
  • Heated pool with swim up bar and whirlpool
  • 24-hour speciality coffee and tea station
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Fitness Room
  • Massage and Hair Salon*
  • Gift Shop and Fireside Library
  • Glass Elevator
  • Walking track
  • Laundry service*

*Payable Locally

Accommodation & Amenities

81 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and Suites range in size from 160-300 sq. ft.  Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads.

Suites

300 ft² – Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower with multi-jet shower heads
  • Enhanced sitting area features a sofa and two chairs
  • Mini bar fridge
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways AmaPrima Cat AA

Cat. AA + Cat. AB Staterooms

235 ft² -Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a separate shower with multi-jet showerheads
  • Enhanced sitting area features a sofa and two chairs
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. BA & Cat. BB Staterooms

210 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways AmaPrima Cat BA
AmaWaterways AmaPrima Cat C

Cat. C  Staterooms

170 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to Ceiling French Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Cat. D & Cat. E Staterooms

160 ft² – Piano (Lower) Deck – Fixed Window

  • Fixed window with river views
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways AmaPrima Cat D
AmaWaterways AmaPrima Deck Plan

Why Choose This Cruise?

AMAWaterways are rated as having the 10 best ships on the rivers by Berlitz river cruise guide.

AMA’s included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small group tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights.  Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is already included in  the cost of your cruise.

A high standard of cuisine is guaranteed due to their membership of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society.  Relaxed private dining on board is also available to book during your cruise.

Fares displayed are cruise only, please call or enquire online for flights.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 22AmaPrimaBasel£3112Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£3112  
Middle DeckCat C170 ft², French Balcony£3692  
Middle DeckCat BB210 ft², Twin Balcony£4159  
Upper DeckCat BA210 ft², Twin Balcony£4359  
Middle DeckCat AB235 ft², Twin Balcony£4559  
Upper DeckCat AA235 ft², Twin Balcony£4759  
Upper DeckSuite300 ft², Twin Balcony£5959  


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