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8 Days Rhine Wine Tour and Cruise

  • Basel - Breisach - Strasbourg - Rüdesheim - Koblenz - Cologne - Amsterdam

Cruise and Wine Tour in Germany

Embark on a memorable adventure as you cruise the beautiful Rhine and discover the rich heritage and impressive flavors of the region's famous wines. Begin your holiday amidst Switzerland’s snow-capped vistas, in the charming city of Basel, as you make your way to Breisach, followed by medieval Strasbourg, the German university town of Heidelberg, visit the majestic Gothic cathedral in Cologne, before concluding in the legendary city of Amsterdam, with its myriad canals and distinctive architecture.

Highlights

  • Learn about winemaking in renowned vineyards
  • Special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars
  • Red and white wines, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Lectures, cooking demonstration, and on-board music performances
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Wine pairings with award-winning cuisine
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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AmaCerto

Inspired by classic ocean yachts, the AmaCerto provides the most distinctive river cruise experience. A magnificent glass elevator is one of the unique design elements found on board, as well as the exclusive “Twin Balconies”. The beautifully-decorated and spacious accommodations range in size up to 300 square feet. Once aboard this remarkable vessel, you can relax in a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar, or enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations. The ship also features a fitness center, massage, hair and beauty salon; complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; plus a fleet of bicycles to enhance your river cruise experience.

Day 1: Basel, Switzerland

Embark the ship. Tonight, gather on board for a “Welcome Aboard” wine toast as you commence your wine-themed itinerary through some of Europe’s most enchanting and historic wine regions.

Meals included: dinner.

Day 2: Breisach, Germany

This morning, enjoy a wine lecture and tasting during a scenic cruise to Breisach, Germany. In the afternoon, you have your choice of excursions: a scenic tour of the villages of Breisach and Freiburg, or a visit to the wine village of Riquewihr. Both excursions include a special wine tasting opportunity. The ship moors overnight in Breisach.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3: Strasbourg, France

Alsace’s principal city is situated on the Ill River where it flows into the Rhine at the German border. In the morning, take a tour through this charming town lined with narrow cobblestone streets. See the European Parliament and visit the “La Petite France” district, where you will see the sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, timber-framed buildings, covered bridges and medieval watchtowers. As an alternative, take a guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled) past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament, and Place de la Republique. In the afternoon, you will travel down the fabled “Alsace Wine Road” to visit Obernai, where you will sample Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and other famous wines of this region.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4: Manheim, Heidelberg, Rudesheim, Germany

This morning, enjoy a wine lecture and tasting on board. Arrive in Mannheim, where you have a choice of one of three excursions in the afternoon. Your first option is a half-day excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. Or, for your second option, enjoy a hike up the Philosopher's Path up to a panoramic view point of Heidelberg. Your third option is a city tour of Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate).

In the evening, you will enjoy a sumptuous Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs dinner with wine pairing as you cruise to Rüdesheim. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments, or enjoy a tasting of Rüdesheimer coffee, a local specialty. The ship moors overnight in Rüdesheim.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5: Rudesheim, Rhein Castle, Koblenz, Germany

This morning, you will have the option to take one of three excursions: a Gondola Ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue followed by wine tasting with a local vintner, a guided hike through the town and surrounding vineyards, or a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany's best wine regions. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns. This afternoon, your ship departs for Koblenz and cruises through the Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, with hillsides dotted with fairy-tale castles. After arriving in Koblenz in the evening, your cruise manager will take you on a walking tour through this charming town. The ship moors in Koblenz overnight.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6: Koblenz, Cologne, Germany

This morning, enjoy an on board wine lecture and tasting as the ship cruises to Cologne, famous for its university and legendary 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Upon arrival, you will take a walking tour through the old part of the city and visit the cathedral. Afterwards, head to a local pub for a tasting of Kölsch, a distinctive yellow-hued beer brewed only in Cologne.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7: Amsterdam, Holland

Arrive in Amsterdam at mid-day. Admire beautiful 17th-century homes, charming churches and 16th-century merchant houses on a guided canal boat cruise. Later, take a motor coach tour of Amsterdam, exploring the city’s most notable sights, followed by free time in Amsterdam. In the evening, enjoy one last night with your fellow passengers at the farewell dinner.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8: Amsterdam, Holland

Bid Farewell to Amsterdam as you prepare for your homeward flight.

Meals included: breakfast.

  • City tour of Speyer
  • Cruise to Cologne
  • Excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg
  • Scenic tour of the villages of Breisach and Freiburg
  • Tour through Salzbourg
  • Visit Amsterdam
  • Visit Koblenz
  • Visit Mannheim
  • Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim
  • Visit to the wine village of Riquewihr

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are 400 kilometers of cycle paths.

Basel

Located in northwest Switzerland, and close to the country’s borders with France and Germany, Basel is a very charming city. Its medieval old town is centered around the Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Its 12th-century Gothic cathedral has city views and contains the tomb of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. The city’s university even houses some of Erasmus’ works.

Breisach

Breisach is situated along the Rhine in the Rhine Valley, in the district Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, about halfway between Freiburg and Colmar, 20 kilometers away from each, and about 60 kilometers north of Basel. A bridge leads over the Rhine to Neuf-Brisach, Alsace.

Koblenz

Koblenz is an ancient city in central Germany, and a gateway to the terraced vineyards and ruined castles of the Rhine Gorge. In the center, a monumental statue of William the Great marks the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. A cable car connects to the hilltop Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which hosts museums and cultural events. South along the river is the neo-Gothic Stolzenfels Castle with its gardens.

Rudesheim

Rudesheim lies at the foot of the Niederwald on the Rhine's right (east) bank on the southern approach to the Lorelei. The town belongs to the Frankfurt Rhine Main Region and is one of Germany's biggest tourist attractions. What makes the town worth visiting is, not only the wine or even the Old Town itself, but also the picturesque Rheingau landscape.

Strasbourg

Strasbourg is the capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France. It's the seat of the European Parliament and sits near the German border, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences. It's known for its Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame, featuring daily shows from its astronomical clock and sweeping views of the Rhine River.

Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Fitness center
  • Health club
  • Hiking nearby
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Café nearby
  • Dining area
  • In-room safe
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • River nearby
Services
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free bicycle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair salon
  • Internet access
  • Tour assistance

All meals are skillfully prepared by European chefs and consist of Continental cuisine made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Breakfast is buffet-style with selections available from the menu as well. Lunch is also buffet-style with salads, soups, and a selection of hot buffet items, hot entrees and desserts. Dinner is a multi-course meal with a choice of delicious entrees, including a vegetarian option.

A variety of dining venues

As Ama Waterways continues to design new ships, unique dining experiences are a major emphasis. Guests aboard the AmaCerto may choose from multiple dining venues, including a main restaurant and an intimate chef’s table restaurant with a tasting menu.

An array of dining options

Early risers enjoy breakfast in the main lounge while a full buffet breakfast with made-to-order specialties, accompanied by freshly-baked breads and pastries is served from 07:00 daily. At lunch, you will find an enticing buffet laden with fresh salads, pasta dishes, hot entrees, and desserts, as well as meals to order from the menu. A light lunch option is also available in the Main Lounge. In the afternoon, stop by the Main Lounge for tea or complimentary espresso, as well as sandwiches, pastries and cookies. Dinner is a multi-course affair, accompanied by free-flowing wines and beer.

Gold-medal dining

Primus Perchtold, Ama Waterways' executive chef and winner of three gold medals at the European Championship of culinary art in Nuremberg, designs exquisite menus for our passengers’ enjoyment in Europe.

La Chaine des Rotisseurs

Ama Waterways is proud to be the only river cruise line invited to join one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organizations founded in 1950 in Paris. Every Ama Waterways vessel cruising in Europe is an official member of La Chaine des Rotisseurs. Membership is considered an achievement of world-class culinary acumen.

Wine, beer, and more wine

Every lunch and dinner on board includes free-flowing regional wines as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks. In Europe, complimentary sparkling wine is also served with breakfast. Bottled water, specialty teas and coffees are always available free of charge.

  • Enjoy a massage
  • Go cycling through the cities
  • Go shopping
  • Go sightseeing
  • Relax by the pool
  • Sample the diverse cuisine
  • Work-out
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A wine expert that leads tastings and discussions
  • All local taxes
  • Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail reception, welcome dinner and captain's gala dinner
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms, featuring hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Free-flowing red and white wines, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine
  • Services of professional cruise manager
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
  • Tours and excursions daily
  • Transfer from Basel to Lucerne
  • Winemaking lessons in renowned vineyards
  • Additional food and beverages
  • Baggage fees
  • Gratuities
  • Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Meals and beverages on land
  • Optional excursions
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Port charges and fees
  • Transfers
  • Vaccinations
  • Vessel fuel surcharges

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (BSL).