9 Day Rhine River Cruise

June 3, 2018 - June 11, 2018

The Rhine River, from Amsterdam to Basel, has been central to European history since the times of the Romans. Later, as a trade route, the river became the lifeblood of the growth of central Europe and its feudal system. In more modern times, the Rhine River and its valley have provided the flashpoints in a series of wars, particularly between Germany and France, which have helped define modern Europe and, most recently, the European Union.

Today, all that history provides a magnificent tapestry for river travelers. Please join Bismarck State College Alumni and Foundation friends and me as we cruise the Rhine River and enjoy the history, culture, cuisine and beauty of that tapestry.


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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

June 3, 2018

Fly overnight from the United States to Amsterdam


Day 2: Arrive in Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Embarkation

June 4, 2018

Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. (D)


Day 3: Amsterdam

June 5, 2018

Get acquainted with Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise, where you will see the beautiful wooden Skinny Bridge and Anne Frank's House. Continue on with a walk to the Begijnhof and be charmed by its Middle Age buildings followed by a city tour that includes the Royal Palace and Westerkerk. Later in the day, enjoy scenic cruising. (B,L,D)


Day 4: Cologne, Germany - Koblenz

June 6, 2018

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi—are believed to rest. Continue on and discover the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. Or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne’s traditional Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with apple sauce. (B,L,D)e


Day 5: Rhine Gorge - RÜDESHEIM

June 7, 2018

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Wine connoisseurs will want to go on a walking tour through the vineyards where you’ll stop to sample wines at three different tasting stations. Or choose to drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. For a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. 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 6: Mannheim

June 8, 2018

You'll have 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 7: Strasbourg, France

June 9, 2018

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, has flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location, which you'll get to discover. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République followed by a walking tour through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. You'll also see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. The active adventurer can join a guided bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)t


Day 8: Breisach, Germany

June 10, 2018

Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr. Having survived WWII without being badly damaged, this charming medieval hamlet looks much like it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture and surrounding vineyards as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the countryside. (B,L,D)ei


Day 9: Basel, Switzerland - Disembarkation

June 11, 2018

Disembark after breakfast. (B)

Pricing and Information

Cruise Inclusions:

On board AmaWaterways’ river cruise itineraries, you will have unique opportunities to not only see the sights, but to also be immersed in the destination you are visiting. Excursions are carefully crafted to place guests amidst the rich and colorful culture of the local inhabitants. You can be adventurers by day and return to your beautiful floating hotel by night. These are truly journeys of a lifetime.

  • Accommodation during the cruise 
  • All gourmet meals onboard: Early Riser Coffee and Croissants, a Rich Buffet Breakfast, a Festive Lunch Buffet, Afternoon Tea & Coffee with Cake, Cookies & Sandwiches and a Multi-Course Dinner 
  • Free Flowing Red and White Wine from the local regions, Beer or Soft Drinks for lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary Happy Hour each night before dinner
  • Choice of dining options at no additional cost including the main dining salon and an intimate Chef’s Table Restaurant where the Chef prepares the meal in person
  • Captain’s Welcome Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner and Captains Farewell Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner plus several Theme Dinners
  • Use of the Heated Swimming Pool on the Sun Deck and the Wellness Center inside including Fitness equipment
  • Use of the Bicycles and helmets onboard free of charge
  • Complimentary use of the internet onboard (via flat-screen TV & keyboard in each stateroom and wireless in our two lounges)
  • Elevator on board operating between 4 different levels: Restaurant (Level 1), Staterooms (Level 2), Lobby and Panorama Lounge (Level 3) and Staterooms (Level 4); (elevator does not go to the lowest deck or Sun deck)
  • Our daily shore excursion program during the cruise with English speaking guides. Use of our Quiet vox headsets is also included at no additional cost.
  • Services of our professional English Speaking Cruise Director

 

Pricing Per Person (SAVE $100 per person before November 15th)

Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy. Single, triple & quad rates available.
Pricing includes the cruise, transfers between the airport and ship, taxes, and roundtrip flights from Bismarck.

Cabin   Category   Double
Fixed Window Stateroom
  Category D
  $4,599
French Balcony Stateroom, Cello Deck
  Category CA
  $4,999
French & Outside Balcony Stateroom
  Category BB
  $5,299
French & Outside Balcony Stateroom   Category BA   $5,399
French & Outside Balcony Stateroom   Category AB  

$5,499

French & Outside Balcony Stateroom   Category AA  

$5,599

 

Additional Information
 

Deposit: $750/person + optional insurance due at time of booking

Final payment Due: February 4, 2018
 

Airfare rates from cities other than Bismarck available at time of booking. Total price will be adjusted accordingly.
 

Cancellation Fees: A $50.00 per person administrative fee will apply to all cancellations made after first deposit. Please see cruise line brochure for cruise line cancellation policies.