OPTIONAL: 2 NIGHT PRE-CRUISE TOUR IN AMSTERDAM
Tuesday, April 25 – Thursday, April 27, 2023 — Operated by AmaWaterways
Day 1: Tuesday, April 25
ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM
Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Grand Hotel Kranpolsky or similar (2 nights)
Day 2: Wednesday, April 26
Follow your guide through the charming capital of the Netherlands, with its iconic meandering canals, bridges and distinctive architecture. (B)
Day 3: Thursday, April 27
AMSTERDAM, ZAANSE SCHANS – EMBARKATION
Check out of your hotel and, before transferring to your ship, visit Zaanse Schans, observing 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
Thursday, April 27 – Thursday, May 4, 2023
Day 1: Thursday, April 27
ARRIVE AMSTERDAM – EMBARKATION
Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship, the M/S AmaSiena. (D)
Planning Your Travel:
- Transportation from the AmsterdamAirport (AMS) to the cruise ship is available through AmaWaterways.
If booking your own flights:
- For those arriving in Amsterdam on the same day as embarkation, AmaWaterways offer coach transportation to the port of embarkation. Cost is $30 per person and must be booked with Expanding Horizons at time of final payment.
- Private Car Transportation:BlackLane Global Chauffeur Services.
- Services subject to change without notice.
Day 2: Friday, April 28
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 29
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 30
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, May 1
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, May 2
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, May 3
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 operates subject to weather conditions. Refer to final documents for details.
Day 8: Thursday, May 4
BASEL – DISEMBARKATION
Cruise only passengers disembark after breakfast.Those purchasing the 4-night post cruise Switzerland tour depart 9am for Lucerne. (B)
Planning Your Travel:
- Transportation to the Basel Airport (BSL) for onward flights can be arranged on board your cruise ship it the cruise manager. Cost is $60 per person.
- Services subject to change without notice.
OPTIONAL: 4 NIGHT POST-CRUISE TOUR IN SWITZERLAND
Thursday, May 4 – Monday, May 8, 2023 — Operated by AmaWaterways
Day 1: Thursday, May 4
BASEL TO LUCERNE
Disembark the ship and, before transferring to Lucerne, go on a highlights tour of Basel. Once in Lucerne, discover the unrivaled beauty and charm of this pristine city on a walking tour. Check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening. (B)
OVERNIGHT: Astoria Hotel Lucerne or similar (2 nights)
Day 2: Friday, May 5
Today, stop at the iconic Lion Monument, sculpted in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution. You’ll also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. (B)
Day 3: Saturday, May 6
LUCERNE TO ZURICH
Check out of your hotel and before your transfer via motorcoach to Zurich, enjoy a scenic lake cruise. Later, check into your Zurich hotel. (B)
OVERNIGHT: HOTEL – TBD (2 nights)
Day 4: Sunday, May 7
Switzerland’s largest city seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour. One of the top experiences in Zurich is a visit to Old Town where you will find yourself amongst medieval houses, churches and the modern Bahnhofstrasse. (B)
Day 5: Monday, May 8
After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (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.