'Captivating Rhine' river cruise

Sail from Amsterdam to Basel with AmaWaterways

 

Contoured by vineyard-clad hills and castles from yesteryear, the legendary Rhine captivates. With a start in colourful Amsterdam, you'll cruise gently southwards through Holland, Germany and France. Fabled towns lost in time present you with the chance to taste local flavours - Rüdesheimer coffee and Kölsch beer - and to touch history up close with guided hikes and bike rides. Enjoy Cologne, Strasbourg and smaller but utterly picturesque towns such as Rüdesheim and Heidelberg. On arrival in Basel, the whole of Switzerland is your oyster, with a free choice of lakes and mountains resorts in which to stay. 

Several ships cruise the Rhine on this itinerary: AmaDante, AmaKristina, AmaMora, AmaPrima, AmaSerena, AmaStella, AmaViola. Please check with us with regard to dates if you have a particular preference. 


Starting guide prices for a Category E stateroom range from £2,029-£2,874 per person for 7 nights.

This is in addition to your flights and hotel and rail arrangements in Switzerland. We will be pleased to provide a tailor made quotation for your holiday, including cabin upgrades or single supplements. Please note, AmaWaterways have different deposit conditions, which you can view here.

We are pleased to detail below the itinerary for this cruise - these are some of the highlights, but you will actually have a choice of complimentary excursions every day.

Day 1 - Amsterdam

Transfer from Schiphol Airport and board your luxurious river cruise ship.

Settle in to your cabin, meet your fellow cruise guests and enjoy a fabulous dinner with unlimited wine, beer or soft drinks. 

Day 1 - Amsterdam

Transfer from Schiphol Airport and board your luxurious river cruise ship.

Settle in to your cabin, meet your fellow cruise guests and enjoy a fabulous dinner with unlimited wine, beer or soft drinks. 

 
Day 2 - Amsterdam

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise today. There are also plenty more things to see in Amsterdam, such as Anne Frank's House, the Rijksmuseum, or you could just sit in a waterside café with a coffee and watch the world go by. 

Later in the day, your ship sets sail out of Amsterdam on the first part of your journey deeper into Europe. Relax on board amidst your comfortable surroundings. 

Day 2 - Amsterdam

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise today. There are also plenty more things to see in Amsterdam, such as Anne Frank's House, the Rijksmuseum, or you could just sit in a waterside café with a coffee and watch the world go by. 

Later in the day, your ship sets sail out of Amsterdam on the first part of your journey deeper into Europe. Relax on board amidst your comfortable surroundings. 

 
Day 3 - Cologne

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue 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. Option to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. 

Day 3 - Cologne

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue 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. Option to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. 

 
Day 4 - Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim

Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching Rüdesheim. Soar high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue and afterwards be treated to a wine tasting. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg. Make time for one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream.

Day 4 - Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim

Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching Rüdesheim. Soar high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue and afterwards be treated to a wine tasting. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg. Make time for one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream.

 
Day 5 - Ludwigshafen

Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask. You could join a guided hike up the Philosopher's Path and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Alternatively visit the old German city of Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Altpörtel.

Day 5 - Ludwigshafen

Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask. You could join a guided hike up the Philosopher's Path and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Alternatively visit the old German city of Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Altpörtel.

 
Day 6 - Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, offers flavours of both France and Germany because of its border location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking 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, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. 

Day 6 - Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, offers flavours of both France and Germany because of its border location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking 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, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. 

 
Day 7 - Breisach

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. 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 historic architecture and famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, head 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 countryside, or hike in the magical Black Forest.

Day 7 - Breisach

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. 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 historic architecture and famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, head 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 countryside, or hike in the magical Black Forest.

 
Day 8 - Basel and beyond

Enjoy a last breakfast on board before disembarking and waving farewell to the river cruise section of your holiday. 

You will be taken to Basel station, from where you can spend a day exploring this city of the arts. Alternatively you can make your first rail connection to wherever you have chosen to stay in Switzerland. The Swiss section of your holiday can be for any duration, with a free choice of resorts. Your return flight will be from Geneva or Zurich. 

Day 8 - Basel and beyond

Enjoy a last breakfast on board before disembarking and waving farewell to the river cruise section of your holiday. 

You will be taken to Basel station, from where you can spend a day exploring this city of the arts. Alternatively you can make your first rail connection to wherever you have chosen to stay in Switzerland. The Swiss section of your holiday can be for any duration, with a free choice of resorts. Your return flight will be from Geneva or Zurich. 

 

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Map of the route & special offers


We currently have Early Booking Offers for this cruise in 2019, with savings of up to £700 per person. Book by January 31st. Please ask for details. 

2019 sailings

  • March 24
  • April 4, 18, 29
  • May 11, 12, 13, 19, 25, 26, 27
  • June 3, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
  • July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, 29
  • August 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 26
  • September 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 23, 28, 29, 30
  • October 6, 7, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
  • November 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18  

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