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Christmas on the Rhine

From £1,562 pp

Experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year. Your enchanting 7-night Rhine River cruise that takes you through the fabled Black Forest region and the Alsace region

Cologne’s with its impressive Gothic Cathedral backdrop.  The “Capital of Noel”, Strasbourg, with its magnificent great Christmas tree, and Heidelberg’s historic squares of the Old Town, cherish all the glory of the season in Grand European style as you cruise along the Rhine, conclude your winter adventure in Amsterdam, amidst the city’s legendary canals and colorful holiday surroundings.

What’s Included:

  • 7 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
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Award-winning onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • 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
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Day 1 - Embarkation Amsterdam, Netherlands

Arrive in charming Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship.

Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner.

Dinner

Day 2 - Amsterdam

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.

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Cologne, Germany

The ship arrives in Cologne around lunchtime.

You will have a guided tour of the city, strolling through the Old Town and Cathedral Square, and visiting the fabled Gothic cathedral.

The ship cruises overnight.

Day 3 - Cologne, Germany

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim

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, or a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany’s best wine regions.

Later you’ll have free time to shop at the Drosselgasse, the town’s most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns.

This evening, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument 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.

Day 4 - Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Mannheim

Arrive in Mannheim, where you have a choice between 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.

You can also opt to visit the Mannheim Baroque Palace, intended to be the second largest Baroque palace complex in Europe. It was designed to highlight the important role of the Palatine Prince Electors in the Holy Roman Empire.

As a third option you can enjoy a tour of Speyer one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate).

This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France

Day 5 - Mannheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Strasbourg, France

Capital city of France’s Alsace region, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy one of three excursions.

The first option is a panoramic tour that will take you past the Orangery, the European Parliament and the Place de Republique.

Afterwards, 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, and have a chance to visit Strasbourg’s famous Christmas Market – said to be the oldest and best in all of France. Your other options are a bike tour to the Old Town, or a hike that starts at the Orangery and makes its way to the cathedral.

The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish.

The ship moors in Strasbourg overnight.

Day 6 - Strasbourg, France

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Breisach, Germany

You have two exciting excursions to choose from today.

The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town renowned for its historic architecture and for its Riesling wines, followed by time at the town’s Christmas Market.

A second option is a walking 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. You will also visit Christmas Markets here.

Your third option is guided bike tour of Breisach that takes you through the Rheinau woods.

Tonight, the ship cruises towards Switzerland.

Day 7 - Breisach, Germany

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Disembarkation - Depart Basel

Disembark the ship and prepare for your homeward flight.

Breakfast

AmaWaterways Amakristina Ship

AmaKristina, built in 2017, provides a distinctive river cruise experience, with design inspired by classic ocean yachts, AMAWaterways’ revolutionary Concerto Class vessels provide the most delightful river cruise experience.  Accommodating 156 passengers in spacious staterooms, select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. 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 Chaine 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.

AmaKristina Dining Room

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Sundecks with lounge chairs and retractable roof
  • Multiple outdoor decks offering unimpeded panoramic views
  • Varied fine dining venues
  • Main Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor
  • Wine Bar
  • Heated pool with swim up bar and whirlpool
  • 24-hour specialty 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

78 Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 155-235 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the 4 suites at 350 sq. ft. Select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. 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.

Suite

350 ft² – Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower with multi-jet showerheads
  • Enhanced sitting area features a sofa and two chairs
  • Mini-bar
  • 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 Amakristina Cat AA

Cat. AA + Cat. AB  Staterooms

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

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Triple occupance available in selected staterooms
  • 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

Category BA & 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 Amakristina Cat BA
AmaWaterways Amakristina CAt CA

Cat. CA  & Cat. CB Staterooms

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

CB 155 ft² Violin (Upper) 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 AmaKristina Deck Plan

AmaStella, built in 2016, provides a distinctive river cruise experience, with design inspired by classic ocean yachts, AMA Waterways’ revolutionary Concerto Class vessels provide the most delightful river cruise experience. Accommodating 156 passengers in spacious staterooms, select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. many incorpoating 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 Chaine 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.

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 specialty 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

78 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 155-235 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the 4 suites at 350 sq. ft.  Select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple occupancy to accommodate the needs of families.  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.

Suite

350 ft² – Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower with multi-jet showerheads
  • Enhanced sitting area features a sofa and two chairs
  • Mini-bar
  • 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 AmaStella Suite
AmaWaterways AmaStella Cat AA

Cat. AA + Cat. AB  Staterooms

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

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Triple occupance available in selected staterooms
  • 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. 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 AmaStella CatBA
AmaStella Cat CB Stateroom

Cat. CA  & Cat. CB Staterooms

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

CB 155 ft² Violin (Upper) 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 AmaStella Cat D
AmaWaterways AmaStella Deck Plan

Why Choose This Cruise?

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

Included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small groups tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights.  Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is in the cost of your cruise.

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

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 24AmaStellaBasel£2045Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed Windows£2045  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£2244  
Middle DeckCat CB155 ft², French Balcony£2444  
Middle DeckCat CA170 ft², French Balcony£2644  
Middle DeckCat BB210 ft², Twin Balcony£2978  
Upper DeckCat BA210 ft², Twin Balcony£3111  
Middle DeckCat AB235 ft², Twin Balcony£3244  
Upper DeckCat AA235 ft², Twin Balcony£3378  
Upper DeckSuite350 ft², Twin Balcony£4244  
Dec 24AmaKristinaAmsterdam£2244Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed WindowsSold Out  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£2244  
Middle DeckCat CB155 ft², French Balcony£2444  
Middle DeckCat CA170 ft², French Balcony£2644  
Middle DeckCat BB210 ft², Twin Balcony£2978  
Upper DeckCat BA210 ft², Twin Balcony£3111  
Middle DeckCat AB235 ft², Twin Balcony£3244  
Upper DeckCat AA235 ft², Twin Balcony£3378  
Upper DeckSuite350 ft², Twin Balcony£4244  
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 21AmaMoraAmsterdam£1960SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed Windows£1960  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£2171  
Middle DeckCat CB155 ft², French Balcony£2382  
Middle DeckCat CA170 ft², French Balcony£2593  
Middle DeckCat BB210 ft², Twin Balcony£2945  
Upper DeckCat BA210 ft², Twin Balcony£3086  
Middle DeckCat AB235 ft², Twin Balcony£3227  
Upper DeckCat AA235 ft², Twin Balcony£3368  
Upper DeckSuite350 ft², Twin Balcony£4283  
Dec 22AmaPrimaBasel£1960SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed Windows£1960  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£2171  
Middle DeckCat C170 ft², French Balcony£2593  
Middle DeckCat BB210 ft², Twin Balcony£2945  
Upper DeckCat BA210 ft², Twin Balcony£3086  
Middle DeckCat AB235 ft², Twin Balcony£3227  
Upper DeckCat AA235 ft², Twin Balcony£3368  
Upper DeckSuite300 ft², Twin Balcony£4283  
Dec 22AmaSerenaAmsterdam£1960SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed Windows£1960  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£2171  
Middle DeckCat C170 ft², French Balcony£2593  
Middle DeckCat BB210 ft², Twin Balcony£2945  
Upper DeckCat BA210 ft², Twin Balcony£3086  
Middle DeckCat AB235 ft², Twin Balcony£3227  
Upper DeckCat AA235 ft², Twin Balcony£3368  
Upper DeckSuite300 ft², Twin Balcony£4283  
Dec 23AmaMoraBasel£1960SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed Windows£1960  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£2171  
Middle DeckCat CB155 ft², French Balcony£2382  
Middle DeckCat CA170 ft², French Balcony£2593  
Middle DeckCat BB210 ft², Twin Balcony£2945  
Upper DeckCat BA210 ft², Twin Balcony£3086  
Middle DeckCat AB235 ft², Twin Balcony£3227  
Upper DeckCat AA235 ft², Twin Balcony£3368  
Upper DeckSuite350 ft², Twin Balcony£4283  
Dec 23AmaKristinaAmsterdam£1960SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed Windows£1960  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£2171  
Middle DeckCat CB155 ft², French Balcony£2382  
Middle DeckCat CA170 ft², French Balcony£2593  
Middle DeckCat BB210 ft², Twin Balcony£2945  
Upper DeckCat BA210 ft², Twin Balcony£3086  
Middle DeckCat AB235 ft², Twin Balcony£3227  
Upper DeckCat AA235 ft², Twin Balcony£3368  
Upper DeckSuite350 ft², Twin Balcony£4283  


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