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Sunday, March 21 – Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Day 1: Sunday, March 21


Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.

Day 2: Monday, March 22


Enjoy a panoramic tour of Amsterdam, taking in some of the iconic bridges, canals and cobblestone streets for which it is renowned. Afterwards, enjoy leisure time exploring the Museumplein and perhaps visit one of its prestigious museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Kitchen Maid. (B)

OVERNIGHT: NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky or similar (2 nights)

Day 3: Tuesday, March 23


Visit Zaanse Schans, where you can observe life as it used to be lived in the Netherlands. Authentic windmills, houses, and shops were relocated to this picturesque area, creating a typical 17th to 18th-century village. (B,D)

Captivating Rhine Cruise

Tuesday, March 23 – Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Day 1: Tuesday, March 23


Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship, the M/S AmaPrima. (D)

Day 2: Wednesday, March 24


There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Thursday, March 25


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. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Friday, March 26


Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Drink up the stunning views by soaring 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. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Saturday, March 27


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. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. Or join a guided bike tour along the River Neckear to picturesque Ladenburg. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Sunday, March 28


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 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Monday, March 29


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 Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions. (B,L,D)

* NOTE: The Black Forest hike is weather dependent and may only operate at certain times of year. Please refer to your final documents for details.

Day 8: Tuesday, March 30


Cruise only passengers disembark after breakfast. Those purchasing the 4-night post cruise Switzerland tour depart 9am for Lucerne. (B)


Tuesday, March 30 – Saturday, April 3, 2021

Day 1: Tuesday, March 30


Disembark the AmaPrima after breakfast. Board your coach for a city tour of cosmopolitan Basel, a longtime center for banking, commerce and trade, and now a hub city for Europe’s pharmaceutical industry. Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval Town Hall and exquisite old homes. Depart later for postcard-perfect lakeside city of Lucerne. Visit the Lion Monument en route, a dramatic sculpture that honors the Swiss Guards who once protected the French kings. This evening is at leisure. (B)


Day 2: Wednesday, March 31


Lucerne’s unrivaled beauty is on display this morning. The Chapel Bridge, medieval walls, nine towers and splendid churches here date back to the 13th century. (B,L)

Day 3: Thursday, April 1


At midday depart for a short journey to Zurich past scenic Swiss landscapes and alpine lakes. This afternoon enjoy a Zurichsee lake cruise. This evening is at leisure.(B)


Day 4: Friday, April 2


This morning join a guided tour of Switzerland’s largest city. Visit Grossmünster Abbey (with exceptional views of Zurich), St. Peter Church which boasts the world’s largest church clock face, Old Town, Town Hall and Fraumünster Abbey, home to five world-famous Chagall windows. See James Joyce Corner. Zurich was home to the famous Irish writer for many years. (B)

Day 5: Saturday, April 3


Bid “Auf Weidersehen” to Switzerland. Transfers to Zurich International Airport are arranged for your onward flights. (B)


A reasonable degree of mobility is required for all passengers on this program. Most of the guided tours provided on your cruise are walking tours. Many historic villages in Europe are located on hilltops, where it is necessary to walk up and down hilly, cobblestone streets that may have narrow passageways. Ships docked in port are often rafted side-by-side to another river ship. Passengers are then required to ascend and descend flights of 12 or more stairs to walk up to observation deck, down to gang planks to enter or exit the rafted ships. To participate in tours and get on and off the ship, travelers must be able to walk unaccompanied.

Disabilities and Wheelchairs
Persons with a walking disability or an injury, or who require a wheelchair/scooter or other mobility device, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push etc. The ship’s crew and other cruise guests are not available to assist persons with limited mobility. On customized pre or post cruise land programs, the Expanding Horizons tour manager is authorized to remove, or ask to leave from the tour, any traveler incapable of, unwilling to, or impeding the overall movement and progress of the tour group.