AmaWaterways river cruises

Combine your Switzerland holiday with a luxury river cruise renowned for excellent dining

 

An amazing opportunity to enjoy the very best in European river cruising, with a selection of itineraries starting or ending in the Swiss city of Basel.

We are able to arrange your flights between the UK and Europe as well as all accommodation & travel within Switzerland. There are then a choice of cruises which you can add to the beginning or end of your Swiss holiday. 


Find out here how to combine a river cruise with your Switzerland holiday.


We have chosen to work with luxury river cruise operator AmaWaterways for the cruise element of your holiday. AmaWaterways has an excellent reputation for providing world class service, top quality dining and a great variety of itineraries with a choice of daily excursions. You will discover comfortable staterooms, great onboard facilities and a professional crew who take great care to create a warm, family atmosphere throughout your cruise. As such, we are very happy to recommend AmaWaterways, who have also been awarded 'The Highest Rated Fleet in Europe' by Berlitz.

Please read on for details about the ships and the cruises available which call at Basel. 

When you are ready to book, don't forget to ask us about our cruise special offers. Book by 31 December for amazing discounts on 2020 departures. Save £1,000 per person March-April and November-December, save £750 per person July-August and save £400 per person May-June and September-October.



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Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com


Your choice of river cruise itineraries

There are some delightful cruises from which to choose. All itineraries are for 7 nights and offer unforgettable views and fabulous excursions. Please click on the links for itinerary details and sailing dates. 

Your choice of river cruise itineraries

There are some delightful cruises from which to choose. All itineraries are for 7 nights and offer unforgettable views and fabulous excursions. Please click on the links for itinerary details and sailing dates. 

 
The AmaWaterways fleet

The luxury AmaWaterways river cruise ships have been inspired by the most elegant ocean going yachts. The ships have been designed to maximise space, comfort and offer fantastic views through the huge picture windows and from the sun decks. The majority of the 7 ships sailing on the Switzerland itineraries were launched within the last 3 years, with the AmaMora taking her maiden voyage in 2019. There's a maximum of just 162 passengers, ensuring a warm, friendly atmosphere aboard each ship. 

The AmaWaterways fleet

The luxury AmaWaterways river cruise ships have been inspired by the most elegant ocean going yachts. The ships have been designed to maximise space, comfort and offer fantastic views through the huge picture windows and from the sun decks. The majority of the 7 ships sailing on the Switzerland itineraries were launched within the last 3 years, with the AmaMora taking her maiden voyage in 2019. There's a maximum of just 162 passengers, ensuring a warm, friendly atmosphere aboard each ship. 

 
Award-winning dining on your cruise

AmaWaterways were the first river cruise operator to be inducted into La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, a prestigious international gastronomic society dedicated to fine cuisine. All meals are included with your holiday: a sumptuous buffet breakfast, a choice of light lunch or full service menu, afternoon tea and a delectable multi-course dinner with locally inspired dishes. The Chef’s Table features a 7 course gastronomic tasting menu. Also included is wine of the highest quality, as well as beer and soft drinks during lunch & dinner. Complimentary tea & coffee are available all day.

Award-winning dining on your cruise

AmaWaterways were the first river cruise operator to be inducted into La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, a prestigious international gastronomic society dedicated to fine cuisine. All meals are included with your holiday: a sumptuous buffet breakfast, a choice of light lunch or full service menu, afternoon tea and a delectable multi-course dinner with locally inspired dishes. The Chef’s Table features a 7 course gastronomic tasting menu. Also included is wine of the highest quality, as well as beer and soft drinks during lunch & dinner. Complimentary tea & coffee are available all day.

 
Amenities and entertainment

Each ship features a spacious sundeck for enjoying the sights as you glide by, a gift shop, massage treatments and a hair salon. You may like to take a dip in the plunge pool or Whirlpool or enjoy a fitness class organised your Wellness Host. The ships carry a number of bicycles which you are welcome to use on guided cycle tours or to go exploring on your own. There is a complimentary Sip & Sail cocktail hour every evening and the convivial lounge plays host to a varied programme of live entertainment. Alternatively you can take a sunset guided tour of the local town.

Amenities and entertainment

Each ship features a spacious sundeck for enjoying the sights as you glide by, a gift shop, massage treatments and a hair salon. You may like to take a dip in the plunge pool or Whirlpool or enjoy a fitness class organised your Wellness Host. The ships carry a number of bicycles which you are welcome to use on guided cycle tours or to go exploring on your own. There is a complimentary Sip & Sail cocktail hour every evening and the convivial lounge plays host to a varied programme of live entertainment. Alternatively you can take a sunset guided tour of the local town.

 
Tours are included with your holiday

A sightseeing tour is included in each city or town you visit, along with free time to explore on your own if you wish. The sightseeing tours are led by a qualified English-speaking local guide or your Cruise Manager. Example excursions during the itineraries on offer include a tour of the gothic masterpiece Cologne Cathedral, a trip to the picturesque winemaking town of Rüdesheim, a walking tour of medieval Bamburg or the traditional and modern delights of Strasbourg. Please click on the cruise links above for more details. 

Tours are included with your holiday

A sightseeing tour is included in each city or town you visit, along with free time to explore on your own if you wish. The sightseeing tours are led by a qualified English-speaking local guide or your Cruise Manager. Example excursions during the itineraries on offer include a tour of the gothic masterpiece Cologne Cathedral, a trip to the picturesque winemaking town of Rüdesheim, a walking tour of medieval Bamburg or the traditional and modern delights of Strasbourg. Please click on the cruise links above for more details. 

 
Your choice of stateroom

There are a number of different categories of stateroom available for your cruise. Whether you choose a smaller room with fixed windows, a larger room with twin balcony or a fabulous suite, each has deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet and a spacious bathroom with multi-jet showerheads. All rooms also feature a large wardrobe, full-length mirror, desk & chair, hairdryer, safe, telephone, flat-screen TV, Entertainment-On-Demand system, free Wi-Fi and complimentary bottled water.

Your choice of stateroom

There are a number of different categories of stateroom available for your cruise. Whether you choose a smaller room with fixed windows, a larger room with twin balcony or a fabulous suite, each has deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet and a spacious bathroom with multi-jet showerheads. All rooms also feature a large wardrobe, full-length mirror, desk & chair, hairdryer, safe, telephone, flat-screen TV, Entertainment-On-Demand system, free Wi-Fi and complimentary bottled water.

 
How it works

We arrange your river cruise including return flights and transfers.

All you need do is decide whether to start with a cruise to Basel and then enjoy a wonderful stay in Switzerland or start in Switzerland and then cruise. The choice is yours and all the arrangements are confirmed as one booking.

Click here to see some ideal lakes or mountains resorts to combine with your cruise. Please call our tailor made specialists on 0800 619 1200.

How it works

We arrange your river cruise including return flights and transfers.

All you need do is decide whether to start with a cruise to Basel and then enjoy a wonderful stay in Switzerland or start in Switzerland and then cruise. The choice is yours and all the arrangements are confirmed as one booking.

Click here to see some ideal lakes or mountains resorts to combine with your cruise. Please call our tailor made specialists on 0800 619 1200.

 

Request your holiday quotation

Speak to our team today to find out more!

Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

Included with your cruise

  • Return transfers between the airport/Basel station and the ship
  • Superb breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with meals plus tea & coffee all day
  • Sip & Sail cocktail hour
  • Daily immersive sightseeing tours
  • Live evening entertainment
  • Free WiFi and On Demand entertainment in all staterooms

AmaWaterways prices and conditions

The prices shown on these itinerary pages are for the cruise element of your holiday. Flights, hotel and rail arrangements in Switzerland are extra and we will provide a tailor made quotation. Please note the different deposit conditions for holidays with a cruise.

Planning your ski holiday

Call 0800 619 1200
  • Select your airport from around the UK
  • Choose 1st or 2nd class rail transfers
  • 3 or 4 star hotel accommodation 
  • How many nights are you staying  
  • Would like to upgrade your hotel room
  • Decide on bed & breakfast or half board
Request your ski holiday quote

Scenic rail holidays

Ask us about the Swiss scenic rail journeys - a great way of combining resorts to create your own two or multi centre holiday
Glacier Express
Bernina Express
GoldenPass Line
Gotthard Panorama Express

Planning your holiday

Call 0800 619 1200
  • Decide where you would like to stay
  • Choose your scenic journeys
  • 1st or 2nd class rail travel in Switzerland
  • How many nights in each resort
  • Decide on bed & breakfast or half board
  • 3, 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
  • Plan visits with your Half Fare Card

You may also like to consider adding a scenic river cruise at the start or end of your holiday. Please ask for details. 

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