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OPTIONAL: 2 NIGHT PRE-CRUISE TOUR OF AMSTERDAM

Tuesday, March 30 – Thursday, April 1, 2021

Day 1: Tuesday, March 30

ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM

Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.

Day 2: Wednesday, March 31

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: Thursday, Thursday, April 1

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)

Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps Cruise

Thursday, Thursday, April 1 – Thursday, April 8, 2021

Day 1: Thursday, April 1

AMSTERDAM: EMBARKATION

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

Day 2: Friday, April 2

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: Saturday, April 3

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: Sunday, April 4

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: Monday, April 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. 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: Tuesday, April 6

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: Wednesday, April 7

BASEL / LUCERNE SWITZERLAND

Get to know Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city. Long an important university, banking and trade center, the city’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval town hall, richly decorated market square and exquisite 18th-century patrician homes. Tour the city by foot or on a guided bike tour that takes you through three countries: Switzerland, France and Germany. Alternatively, venture off on a full-day guided excursion to Lucerne, known for its Lion Monument – the figure of a dying lion carved into a hillside in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. Mark Twain described this sculpture as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” See Lucerne’s spectacular 13th century medieval walls and towers, and the iconic Chapel Bridge. Also on offer today is a half day afternoon tour of Lucerne, or a wine-themed tasting excursion to Weingut Röschard, a family owned Swiss winery. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Thursday, April 8

BASEL – DISEMBARKATION

Disembark the ship after breakfast and transfer to Basel Airport or train station for onward destinations (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.