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OPTIONAL: 2 NIGHT PRE-CRUISE TOUR OF AMSTERDAM

Saturday, March 21 – Monday, March 23, 2020

Day 1: Saturday, March 21

ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM

Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.

Day 2: Sunday, March 22

AMSTERDAM

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)

Day 3: Monday, March 23

AMSTERDAM AT LEISURE – EMBARKATION

Check out of your hotel and, before transferring to your ship, 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,D)

Captivating Rhine Cruise

Monday, March 23 – Monday, March 30, 2020

Day 1: Monday, March 23

AMSTERDAM: EMBARKATION

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

Day 2: Tuesday, March 24

AMSTERDAM

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: Wednesday, March 25

COLOGNE, GERMANY

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: Thursday, March 26

RHINE GORGE – RÜDESHEIM

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: Friday, March 27

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. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Saturday, March 28

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 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, the active adventurer can take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Sunday, March 29

BREISACH, GERMANY

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)

Day 8: Monday, March 30

BASEL – DISEMBARKATION

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

OPTIONAL: 4 NIGHT POST-CRUISE TOUR IN SWITZERLAND

Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 3, 2020

Day 1: Monday, March 30

BASEL TO LUCERNE

Disembark the AmaStella 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 afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour along Lucerne’s famous cobblestone streets to see monuments, fountains, public squares, covered bridges and colorful frescoed buildings. (B)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL CONTINENTAL-PARK (2 nights)

Day 2: Tuesday, March 31

LUCERNE & ALPINE VILLAGES

After breakfast,you will leave Luceren by coach and drive along the lake of Lucerne and across the Bruenig Pass into the Bernese Oberland, a region of high alps with glaciers and lakes. Stop at the beautiful woodcarvers village of Brienz. Continue along lake Brienz to Interlaken, the center of Bernese Oberland. Time at leisure.
Interlaken, between two magnificent lakes. As the name implies, Interlaken is situated between two magnificent lakes. The location of Interlaken is ideal. Tucked between the Lakes of Thun and Brienz, surrounded by the unparalleled scenery of worldfamous, snowcovered 4000 meter mountains, Interlaken not only offers the most beautiful backdrop for a window shopping tour but it also provides ideal conditions for a tour of the surrounding landscape.
After a lunch in Interlaken, you will head in direction of Lake Thun. The St. Beatus Caves, which are located on the northeastern shore of Lake Thun, near Interlaken, lead deep into the interior of the immense Niederhorn Massif. Electrically lighted, easily hiked trails that delve up to 1000 meters into the depths, lead past roaring subterranean waterfalls, through narrow passages
and to grottos with stalagtite and stalagmite formations. A prehistoric settlement as well as the cell of St. Beatus can also be viewed in the caves. Visitors should plan on having enough time to visit the cave museum at the entrance to the St. Beatus Grotto. The cave museum informs visitors about cave research and surveying. Return to Lucerne in the late afternoon. (B,L)

Day 3: Wednesday, April 1

LUCERNE TO ZURICH

After breakfast, leave Lucerne by coach in direction Zurich. Enjoy the sights of old and modern Zurich: the historical guild houses and medieval churches on the banks of the Limmat river, the lake with its parks and harbors, the elegant shopping area of the Bahnhofstrasse and the banking and university district. View the Famous Chagall windows at Fraumunster church and stop at “Rigiblick”, a balcony overlooking the city and the alps.(B)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL ZUCHERHOF (2 nights)

Day 4: Thursday, April 2

ZURICH

This morning is at leisure to enjoy the charms of Zurich. This afternoon we have a delightful diversion, an optional chocolate making workshop.Tonight our Farewell Dinner is a classic Swiss Fondue menu at the traditional Wallisserkanne restaurant, adjacent to our hotel. (B,D)

Day 5: Friday, April 3

DEPART ZURICH

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

PLEASE NOTE:

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.