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Rhine River Food & Wine Cruise 2018

8 days with Adventures by Disney  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 BASEL, SWITZERLAND
Transfer from Basel Airport (BSL) to the AmaKristina Ship
Be escorted from Basel Airport to your new home for the next 8 days, the luxurious AmaKristina Ship.
 
Check Into Your Stateroom
Your Adventure Guides help with the check-in as you familiarize yourself with your well-appointed stateroom. Look around the ship and discover its many fantastic amenities including the heated pool, fitness center, massage and hair salon, giant chessboard, library, sun deck and lounge.
 
Special Welcome Reception in Basel: Swiss Cheese & Wine
Enjoy a taste of Switzerland at a special welcome event that features delicious Swiss cheese and wine!
 
Captain's Welcome Cocktail & Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina
Meet the Captain and your fellow Adventurers as you enjoy your first scrumptious dinner, featuring local beer and wine,
onboard.
 
Evening Entertainment – A Festive Swiss Performance
Enjoy a festive Swiss performance, bringing to life the sounds of the Alps. (D)
 
Day 2 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina
Start your day with a hearty breakfast with your fellow Adventurers.

Half-Day Activity—Guests can choose whether to participate in the excursion in the morning or afternoon.
Riquewihr Walking & Tasting Tour and Alsatian Wine Tasting and Vineyard Visit
  • Traverse the cobblestone streets of this quaint medieval town.
  • Satisfy your hunger with some local food flavors of this lush region.
  • Get a taste of the great wines produced in the village, including the Riesling, which Riquewihr is known for.
  • Explore the vineyards that produce some of the most noted wines in the world.
Lunch During Your Excursion
Enjoy a delicious lunch served during your excursion, featuring local beer and wine.
 
Half-Day Activity—Guests can choose whether to participate in the excursion in the morning or afternoon.
Riquewihr Walking & Tasting Tour and Alsatian Wine Tasting and Vineyard Visit
  • Traverse the cobblestone streets of this quaint medieval town.
  • Satisfy your hunger with some local food flavors of this lush region.
  • Get at taste of the great wines produced in the village, including the Riesling, which Riquewihr is known for.
  • Explore the vineyards that produce some of the most noted wines in the world.
Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina
Return to the AmaKristina for a delectable evening meal, featuring local beer and wine.
 
After Dinner Evening Activity—Choose One of These Options:
OPTION A: Visit a Beer and Wine Tavern in Strasbourg
Feel right at home in Strasbourg by enjoying a festive drink at a local beer and wine tavern. Mingle with residents of this lively city and discover the Strasbourg spirit.
 
OPTION B: Enjoy Karaoke Onboard the Ship
Delight in karaoke entertainment. (B,L,D)
 
Day 3 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina
Begin your day of exciting activities with a good breakfast.
 
Morning Activity
Take a Canal Boat Trip, Enjoy a Strasbourg Walking Tour and Visit the Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre Dame
  • Take a Strasbourg city tour on the Batorama Canal Boat and pass by this city’s main attractions—including towers,
  • covered bridges and the Vauban dam—and through this city’s various districts such as the renowned Petite France.
  • Enjoy a Strasbourg walking tour and explore this fascinating city—the capital of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-
  • Lorraine region and the seat of the European Parliament.
  • Visit Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre Dame, built in 1439 in the grand Gothic style, with Renaissance-era stainedglass
  • windows and a famous astronomical clock created in 1843.
  • Explore and discover the beauty of a truly marvelous city with some On Your Own time in Strasbourg.
Lunch Aboard the AmaKristina
Savor lunch onboard highlighting Strasbourg’s unique cuisine influenced by both the French and German cultures. Local
beer and wine is also included. Refuel to be ready for the afternoon activities!
 
Afternoon Activity—Choose One of These Options for Half-Day Activities in the Afternoon:
OPTION A: Enjoy the Alsatian Countryside Bike Tour*
Bike through the fertile wine region and take in the natural splendor of the Alsatian countryside.
 
OPTION B: Take a French Macaron Baking Class
Learn how to make delicious French macarons from a respected local chef.
 
OPTION C: Explore the Wine Caves of Cave Historique Des Hospices
  • Discover wine caves in the medieval basements of Cave Historique Des Hospices, a hospital founded in 1395. In its
  • wine museum, 40 ancient wine barrels mark the history of the region—one containing wine from 1472.
  • Enjoy wine tasting the fine Alsatian varieties that have been more recently put in barrels and then bottled right
  • there in the caves.
Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina
Return to the AmaKristina for a delectable evening meal, featuring local beer and wine.
 
After Dinner Evening Activity—Choose One of These Options:
OPTION A: Visit a Beer and Wine Tavern in Strasbourg
Feel right at home in Strasbourg by enjoying a festive drink at a local beer and wine tavern. Mingle with residents of this
lively city and discover the Strasbourg spirit.
 
OPTION B: Enjoy Karaoke Onboard the Ship
Delight in karaoke entertainment. (B,L,D)
 
Day 4 SPEYER, GERMANY
Choose either the full-day activity or the half-day activity.
 
Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina
Say hello to your fellow Adventurers as you get ready for the day ahead with a tasty breakfast.
 
Full-Day Activity
Porsche Museum and Mercedes-Benz Museum with Beer Garden Lunch
  • Take excursions to the Porsche Museum and Mercedes-Benz Museum and learn the history of these 2 legendary automobile companies. Both museums house a variety of extraordinary automobiles, offer insights into how they were designed and introduce concept cars that might inspire future models.
  • Between museum visits, enjoy lunch at a local beer garden.
Or …
 
Half-Day Activity — Choose One of These Options in the Morning or Afternoon:
 
OPTION A: Tour Heidelberg and the Famous Heidelberg Castle
  • Visit Heidelberg Castle with a costumed guide telling you the fascinating history of this fortress and home of royalty, built in 1614 and considered an important Renaissance structure.
  • Take a walking tour through Heidelberg, Germany's oldest and most renowned university town.
  • Spend time on your own in Heidelberg, exploring the baroque buildings, shops and beautiful waterfronts.
OPTION B: On Your Own Time in Mannheim
Take your time and explore this modern city located where the Rhine and Neckar meet. Mannheim is nicknamed “die
Quadratestadt,” or “city of the squares,” because it is laid out in a grid pattern. It is the home to the world’s first bicycle
and motorcar, as well as some beautiful parks.
 
Lunch Onboard the AmaKristina
For those who didn't choose to participate in the full-day activity, enjoy lunch onboard the AmaKristina, which features
local beer and wine.
 
Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina
Return from a fun-filled day for a tasty dinner, featuring local beer and wine, onboard the AmaKristina. Share stories of
your experiences with your fellow Adventurers.
 
Evening Entertainment—Spaghetti Ice Cream
Watch the famous “spaghetti” ice being made—and then delight in tasting this spectacular ice cream dessert! Created in
the 1960s, this scrumptious spaghetti-lookalike is made first by reimagining the pasta. Watch vanilla ice cream as it’s
pressed through a potato ricer to resemble spaghetti and then placed on a bed of whipped cream, with strawberry sauce
poured over it to represent tomato sauce and almonds or shaved white chocolate sprinkled on top to look like parmesan
cheese. Delizioso! (B,L,D)
 
Day 5 RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY
Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina
Wake up to a delightful breakfast with fellow Adventurers.
 
Choose one of the options for half-day activities in the morning:
 
Morning Activity – Choose One of These Options:
OPTION A: Bike Tour of the Wine Countryside Beginning at Eberbach Abbey and Siegfried's Mechanical Music
Cabinet Museum*
  • Take a guided bike tour through the pastoral countryside of the beautiful Rheingau, a distinguished German wine region.
  • Begin your tour of this area at Eberbach Abbey—a large, former monastery with impressive Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
  • Continue your tour at Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum, which contains one of the largest collections of beautiful mechanical music boxes, giant pianos and other automated instruments, dating from the 18th to the 20th century.
OPTION B: Rüdesheim Gondola Ride to Niederwald Monument, Tour Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet and
Adolf Störzel Vineyards Walk
  • Be thrilled by the Rüdesheim Gondola Ride to Niederwald Monument, a famous Germania monument that offers panoramic views of the old town, wine country and Rhine River.
  • Tour Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum containing one of the largest collections of beautiful mechanical music boxes, giant pianos and other automated instruments, dating from the 18th to the 20th century.
  • Discover the charm and beauty of the Adolf Störzel vineyards and walk amongst the grapes that produce some of the region's most unforgettable wines.
OPTION C: Rüdesheim Gondola Ride to Niederwald Monument, Tour Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet and On Your Own Time in Rüdesheim
  • Be thrilled by the Rüdesheim Gondola Ride to Niederwald Monument, a famous Germania monument that offers panoramic views of the old town, wine country and Rhine River.
  • Tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum containing one of the largest collections of beautiful mechanical music boxes, giant pianos and other automated instruments, dating from the 18th to the 20th century.
  • Take your time and explore this quaint winemaking town that offers an array of sites, including Drosselgasse, a lovely lane filled with shops, taverns and restaurants.
If time permits, experience more adventures at your own leisure.
 
On Your Own Options—Choose One of the Following:
OPTION A: Biking Around Rüdesheim*
Enjoy biking on your own through the quaint town of Rüdesheim and the surrounding wine country that is the birthplace of
acclaimed pinot noir and Riesling wines.
 
OPTION B: Coffee-Tasting at Rüdesheim Schloss
Explore Rüdesheim and stop to savor a cup of the famous local coffee: Rüdesheimer Schloss Kaffe.
 
Lunch Onboard the AmaKristina
Take a break between your morning and afternoon activities with a refreshing lunch, featuring local beer and wine,
onboard.
 
Afternoon Excursion
Adolf Störzel Wine Tasting
Enjoy wine tasting accompanied by soft pretzels at Weingut Adolf Störzel inside the Bassenheimer Hof's cellar.
 
Iconic Castle Cruise Through the Rhine Gorge
Behold 22 castles in all their magnificence! Sail through the Rhine Gorge, with the AmaKristina's Cruise Manager
commenting on the castles' fascinating history and offering insights about the area. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage,
the beautiful Upper Middle Rhine Valley along the shoreline is splendid to behold. Also, participate in a Rüdesheimer coffee demonstration and tasting on the sun deck.
 
Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina
Enjoy another excellent dinner, delivered with flare by the ship's outstanding Chef and staff and featuring local beer and
wine. (B,L,D)
 
Day 6 COLOGNE, GERMANY
Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina
Enjoy an early morning breakfast onboard with fellow Adventurers.
 
Early Morning Bike Ride
If you're in the mood, take a guided bike ride with your Adventure Guides. Ride alongside the Rhine River and across the
Hohenzollern Bridge.
 
Choose one of the options for half-day activities in the morning.
Half-Day Activities—Choose One of These Morning Options:
 
OPTION A: Cologne Walking Tour, Private Tour of Cologne Cathedral and Fragrance Museum
  • Take a Cologne walking tour and explore this incredible 2,000-year old city, restored with Gothic architecture and abounding with churches, museums and galleries.
  • Enjoy a privately guided tour with local experts of the famous Cologne Cathedral, designated a World Heritage Site.
  • Learn about the storied history of fragrance and how traditional German eau de cologne is made on a privately guided tour.
OPTION B: Cologne Walking Tour, Private Tour of Cologne Cathedral and Chocolate-Making Class
  • Take a Cologne walking tour and explore this incredible 2,000-year old city, restored with Gothic architecture and abounding with churches, museums and galleries.
  • Enjoy a privately guided tour with local experts of the famous Cologne Cathedral, designated a World Heritage Site.
  • Discover how chocolate is made when you attend a special chocolate workshop.
OPTION C: Cologne Walking Tour, Private Tour of Cologne Cathedral and Cologne Pub Tour
  • Take a Cologne walking tour and explore this incredible 2,000-year old city, restored with Gothic architecture and abounding with churches, museums and galleries.
  • Enjoy a privately guided tour with local experts of the famous Cologne Cathedral, designated a World Heritage Site.
  • Take the Cologne Pub Tour and explore the fine beers of the region.
On Your Own Time in Cologne
Enjoy the Gothic style of this marvelous city that serves as a cultural hub for the region. For those interested in the
Chocolate Museum, tickets will be provided by Adventures by Disney.
 
Lunch Onboard AmaKristina and Depart for Amsterdam
Tapas are available beginning at noon for your enjoyment between excursions. A late lunch is served around 2:30 PM as
the ship departs. Local beer and wine are included. Say goodbye to Cologne and head towards Amsterdam, continuing
your picturesque voyage down the Rhine River.

Afternoon Frühschoppen
Take a break and enjoy a beer with sausages and pretzels as your Adventure Guides tell you about what lies ahead when you disembark tomorrow morning in Amsterdam.
 
Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina
As you cruise towards Amsterdam, savor a delectable dinner accompanied by local beer and wine, onboard the ship.
 
Evening Entertainment—Game Night
See how well you shine in a trivia game—take on all challengers! (B,L,D)
 
Day 7 AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast and get ready for the adventures ahead.
 
Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Panoramic City Tour
Travel by boat along one of the 165 canals that are Amsterdam's lifeline. Along the way, view this 800-year-old city's
famous historical center and some of its most memorable and beautiful attractions—ancient churches, quaint canal
houses, picturesque bridges, cobblestone streets and more.
 
Choose one of the options for half-day activities in the morning and one of the options for half-day activities in the
afternoon.
 
Morning Activity—Choose One of These Options:
OPTION A: Tour the Anne Frank House
Tour the Anne Frank House, with its museum and famous attic where 2 Jewish families and a single man hid from the Nazis during World War II, as told in the deeply moving diary of one of the family members, teenager Anne Frank.
 
OPTION B: Discover History at the Rijksmuseum
Discover the art and history of Amsterdam in The Rijksmuseum. This national museum displays nearly 8,000 pieces of art
dating from the 9th to 19th centuries. Housed in over 150 rooms in an impressive, gold-leaf building, magnificent fifteenth
15th to 17th century paintings are on display—masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, among others. It also houses some
outstanding 19th century works as well as a remarkable Asian collection.
 
OPTION C: Visit the Van Gogh Museum and Paint Workshop
Explore The Van Gogh Museum with over 1,000 paintings, drawings and letters of Vincent Van Gogh. This museum
contains the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world. Learn about Van Gogh's personal history, how
conservators restored his paintings and more. Get an intimate view of some of his greatest masterpieces, including
"Sunflowers" and "The Bedroom," as well as many works of his contemporaries. Then, express yourself in a painting
workshop designed to bring out the artist in you!
 
Lunch Onboard the AmaKristina
Enjoy a relaxing lunch, along with local beer and wine, with your fellow Adventurers before you set off on your afternoon
excursions.
 
Afternoon Excursion—Choose One of These Options:
OPTION A: Visit a Fishing Village, See the Sights in Zaanse Schans and Decorate Your Own Clog and See a
Cheese-Making Demonstration
  • Tour the classic fishing village of Volendam, located near IJsselmeer Lake just outside of Amsterdam. With its beautiful harbor home to old fishing boats and residents who still wear traditional clothing such as pointed bonnets, it represents traditional life in The Netherlands.
  • Take in the community of Zaanse Schans, located amidst a meadow landscape and appearing as if it's straight out of a child's storybook, with iconic wooden windmills and other structures that have been moved and reassembled here piece by piece to bring the history of this area to life. Feel welcomed by this community as you stroll past wooden houses, shops and museums.
  • Try your hand at clog-decorating and see a cheese-making demonstration.
OPTION B: Visit the Royal Delft Earthenware Factory
  • Tour the Royal Delft Earthenware Factory, which has become an artistic landmark. Founded in 1653, it creates the most famous Dutch pottery in the world. Meet the master painter, who paints the renowned blue artwork on the vases, plates and tiles. See the production process in action. View historical pieces and a Royal Delft tile version of "The Nightwatch," the painting by the famous Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. Afterward, participate in a workshop where you too can paint a design in blue!
OPTION C: Heineken Experience
  • Step into a beer lover’s paradise as you walk the hallowed halls of the historic Heineken Brewery. You’ll learn how the world-reknown Heineken beer is brewed as you tour this brewing facility that was built in 1867. And prepare your taste buds for the tasting following the tour.
Captain's Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina
Join the Captain onboard the AmaKristina for one last cocktail party and scrumptious dinner, featuring local beer and wine. Say farewell to him and your fellow Adventurers and share the experiences you encountered on this magical adventure.
 
Evening Experience—Cocktail Workshop
Muddle, stir, build and shake until you’ve created the most delicious cocktail you can imagine. This fun and informative
workshop will give you the skills to spice up your cocktails.(B,L,D)
 
Day 8 AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina
Enjoy one last breakfast on the ship as you close your incredible adventure.
 
Transfer to the Amsterdam Airport Schipol (AMS) or Continue Your Adventure
Get assistance with your luggage and be escorted to your next stop to the Amsterdam Airport Schipol (AMS). (B)
River Cruise Highlights
SWITZERLAND
  • Begin your amazing adventure with an afternoon welcome reception onboard your floating home, the AmaKristina ship, where you’ll get acquainted with your Adventure Guides while enjoying delicious wines paired with Switzerland’s most famous export: cheese! Later that evening, you’ll meet your fellow adventurers at the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail & Dinner event where you’ll enjoy traditional Swiss fare before setting sail.
FRANCE
  • Enjoy two adventure-filled days in the riverfront village of Strasbourg, where you’ll sample the region’s exquisite flavors with activities that include a walking and tasting tour of Riquewihr, an Alsatian wine tasting that includes a visit to a local vineyard and a wine tasting experience in a cave situated in a medieval basement. There is also a hands-on cooking class where you’ll learn to make French macarons.
GERMANY
  • Experience three amazing German cities and the savor the rich and delicious flavors they offer. Stroll through the region's legendary Adolf Störzel Vineyards, enjoy a wine tasting and demo of the flavors of the Rhine and get a sense of local brews with a brewery and pub tour of Cologne. Adventurers can also tantalize their taste buds with a spaghetti ice cream demonstration and tasting, as well as a divine chocolate workshop at a legendary chocolaterie.
HOLLAND
  • Explore the flavors of famed Dutch cheeses as you learn about the Volendam region’s cheese production. For those with a thirst for adventure, you won’t want to miss the Heineken Experience, where you’ll tour the famous brewery and learn about how they have brewed their famous beer for over a century.
All This Included
Discover 6 destinations in 4 countries on the adult-exclusive Rhine River Cruise: Food & Wine, an all-inclusive sailing with AmaWaterways, a leader in luxury river cruising. You'll visit world-famous breweries, award-winning wineries and local pubs, all while experiencing world-class culinary delights amid some of Europe's most scenic regions..
  • Deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom
  • Your choice of multiple excursions daily
  • Services of Adventure Guides, on-board Cruise Director, on-board staff, and many local experts
  • All Gratuities
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Unlimited local wine, beer, and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on-board
  • Select meals off the ship for added experiences with regional cuisine
  • Cocktail reception, special welcome dinner, and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • All entertainment on-board the ship such as a nightly piano lounge, baking class for kids, karaoke nights and more
  • Bottled water in all state rooms replenished daily
  • WiFi
  • Complimentary bicycles at yoru disposal in every port
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: MS AmaKristina
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • This is an adults-exclusive itinerary.
  • * For all escorted or leisure bike rides, we strongly recommend that Guests be in shape, know how to ride a bike, have ridden a bike recently, and know that the bike ride will take place on a solid surface, gravel and cobblestones, through towns, along the river, near traffic, crossing streets, etc. Bike trails are not on grass. Please Note: Guests wishing to bike on their own can visit the Cruise Manager to reserve a bicycle.
  • Please ask your Vacations to Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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