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.
Fly overnight from the United States to Amsterdam
Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. (D)
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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
Disembark after breakfast. (B)
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.
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.
|Fixed Window Stateroom
|French Balcony Stateroom, Cello Deck
|French & Outside Balcony Stateroom
|French & Outside Balcony Stateroom||Category BA||$5,399|
|French & Outside Balcony Stateroom||Category AB||
|French & Outside Balcony Stateroom||Category AA||
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.