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Rhine River Cruise: Food & Wine

8 days with Adventures by Disney  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 BASEL, SWITZERLAND
TRANSFER FROM BASEL AIRPORT (BSL) TO THE AMAMORA SHIP
Be escorted from Basel Airport to your new home for the next 8 days, the luxurious AmaMora 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 ON BOARD THE SHIP
Meet the Captain and your fellow Adventurers as you enjoy your first scrumptious dinner, featuring local beer and wine, onboard. (Dinner)
 
DAY 2 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
BREAKFAST ON BOARD THE AMAMORA
Start your day with a hearty breakfast with your fellow Adventurers.
 
HALF-DAY ACTIVITY OPTIONS—THESE EXCURSION ARE OFFERED IN THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON.
 
OPTION A: RIQUEWIHR FOOD & WINE TASTING TOUR
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.
 
OPTION B: ON YOUR OWN IN STRASBOURG
Explore the capital city of the Grand Est region with its German and French influenced architecture, including the Gothic Strasbourg Cathédrale and its astronomical clock and sweeping views of the the Rhine River from its spire. You can also discover the many museums, as well as a host of shops and cafés throughout this magnificent city.
 
LUNCH DURING YOUR EXCURSION
Enjoy a delicious lunch served during your excursion, featuring local beer and wine.
 
HALF-DAY ACTIVITY — SEE ABOVE EXCURSIONS, WHICH ARE OFFERED IN THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON.
DINNER ON BOARD THE SHIP
Return to the ship for a delectable evening meal, featuring local beer and wine.
 
AFTER DINNER EVENING ACTIVITY: ENJOY KARAOKE ON BOARD THE SHIP
Delight in karaoke entertainment. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
DAY 3 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
BREAKFAST ON BOARD THE SHIP
Begin your day of exciting activities with a good breakfast.
 
MORNING ACTIVITY OPTIONS
 
OPTION A: CANAL BOAT TOUR AND LEISURE VISIT TO THE STRASBOURG CATHÉDRAL 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.
 
Explore this fascinating city—the capital of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region and the seat of the European Parliament.
 
Enjoy an "at your leisure visit" to Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre Dame, built in 1439 in the grand Gothic style, with Renaissance-era stained-glass 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.
 
OPTION B: ALSACE CANOE TRIP
Enjoy a scenic canoe trip paddling on the Alsace waterways through the enchanting landscapes of this scenic region.
 
LUNCH ON BOARD THE SHIP
Savor lunch 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: TAKE A FRENCH MACARON BAKING CLASS
Learn how to make delicious French macarons from the respected local chef on board the ship.
 
OPTION B: 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 ON BOARD THE SHIP
Return to the ship for a delectable evening meal, featuring local beer and wine. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
DAY 4 MANNHEIM, GERMANY
BREAKFAST ON BOARD THE SHIP
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 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 amongst the locals with a view of the largest square in Stuttgart, Schlossplatz.
 
OR …
 
HALF-DAY ACTIVITY
 
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.
 
Explore 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 ON BOARD THE SHIP OR ON YOUR OWN TIME IN HEIDELBERG
For those who didn’t choose to participate in the full-day activity, enjoy lunch on board the ship, which features local beer and wine or On Your Own time in Heidelberg.
 
DINNER ON BOARD THE SHIP
Return from a fun-filled day for a tasty dinner, featuring local beer and wine. 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! (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
DAY 5 RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY
BREAKFAST ON BOARD THE SHIP
Wake up to a delightful breakfast with fellow Adventurers.
 
SIEGFRIED'S MECHANICAL MUSIC CABINET MUSEUM
Visit 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.
 
MORNING ACTIVITY OPTIONS
 
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: ADOLF STÖRZEL VINEYARDS WALK AND WINE TASTING
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. Then, enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by soft pretzels inside the Bassenheimer Hof’s cellar.
 
LUNCH ON BOARD THE SHIP
Take a break between your morning and afternoon activities with a refreshing lunch, featuring local beer and wine.
 
AFTERNOON ACTIVITY OPTIONS
 
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: ADOLF STÖRZEL VINEYARDS WALK AND WINE TASTING
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. Then, enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by soft pretzels inside the Bassenheimer Hof’s cellar.
 
ON YOUR OWN ACTIVITY OPTIONS
 
OPTION A: RÜDESHEIM GONDOLA RIDE TO NIEDERWALD MONUMENT
Be thrilled as you travel by gondola up to Niederwald Monument, a famous Germania monument that offers panoramic views of the Old Town, wine country and Rhine River.
 
OPTION B: RÜDESHEIM COFFEE-TASTING
Explore Rüdesheim and stop to savor a cup of the famous local coffee.
 
ICONIC CASTLE CRUISE THROUGH THE RHINE GORGE
Behold 30 castles in all their magnificence! Sail through the Rhine Gorge, with the AmaMora'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 ON BOARD THE SHIP
Enjoy another excellent dinner, delivered with flare by the ship's outstanding Chef and staff and featuring local beer and wine. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
DAY 6 COLOGNE, GERMANY
BREAKFAST ON BOARD THE SHIP
Enjoy an early morning breakfast on board with fellow Adventurers.
 
HALF-DAY ACTIVITIES—CHOOSE ONE OF THESE MORNING OPTIONS:
 
OPTION A: COLOGNE WALKING TOUR, LEISURE VISIT TO THE 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 an on-your-own exploration of the famous Cologne Cathedral, designated a UNESCO 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, LEISURE VISIT TO THE COLOGNE CATHEDRAL AND CHOCOLATE 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 an on-your-own exploration of the famous Cologne Cathedral, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
Learn about the history and culture of chocolate at your leisure on a self-guided tour of the Chocolate Museum. Enjoy tasting some amazing chocolate and creating your own chocolate bar.
 
COLOGNE PUB TOUR
Take the Cologne Pub Tour and explore the fine beers of the region.
 
LUNCH ON BOARD THE SHIP 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 ON BOARD THE AMAMORA
As you cruise towards Amsterdam, savor a delectable dinner accompanied by local beer and wine, on board the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
DAY 7 AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
BREAKFAST ON BOARD THE SHIP
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast and get ready for the adventures ahead.
 
AMSTERDAM CANAL CRUISE
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.
 
MORNING ACTIVITY—CHOOSE ONE OF THESE OPTIONS:
 
OPTION A: 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 B: VISIT THE VAN GOGH MUSEUM WITH PAINTING 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 ON BOARD THE SHIP
Enjoy a relaxing lunch, along with local beer and wine, with your fellow Adventurers before you set off on your afternoon excursions.
 
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: COUNTRYSIDE VISIT TO VOLENDAM, A FISHING VILLAGE
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.
 
AND SEE THE SIGHTS IN ZAANSE SCHANS, DECORATE YOUR OWN CLOG AND SEE A CHEESE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION
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.
 
CAPTAIN'S FAREWELL COCKTAIL PARTY & DINNER ON BOARD THE SHIP
Join the Captain 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. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
 
DAY 8 AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
BREAKFAST ON BOARD THE SHIP
Enjoy one last breakfast on the ship as you close your incredible adventure.
 
TRANSFER TO THE AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPOL (AMS)
Get assistance with your luggage and be escorted to your next stop to the Amsterdam Airport Schipol (AMS). (Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Riquewihr Food & Wine Tasting Tour Taste local flavors and amazing wines produced in this lovely medieval town.
  • Adolf Störzel Wine Tasting Visit the famed Bassenheimer Hof's cellar to sample the vineyard's wonderful wines.
  • French Macaron Baking Class Learn how to make this decadent French treat from the local chef aboard the ship.
  • Medieval Wine Caves Head down to the basement caves of Cave Historique Des Hospices and its ancient wine barrels.
  • Heidelberg Castle Tour Discover the history of this renowned storybook castle that dates back to 1614.
  • Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum Marvel at this massive collection of mechanical music boxes and instruments.
  • Rüdesheim Gondola Ride Take to the sky via a gondola ride to Niederwald Monument for amazing panoramic views.
  • Amsterdam Canal Cruise See this picturesque city and its remarkable attractions as you glide down one of its 165 canals.
  • Volendam Tour Visit this classic countryside fishing village and see what traditional life is like in The Netherlands.
  • Alsace Canoeing in Strasbourg Paddle a canoe on the waterways through the enchanting landscapes of this scenic region.
  • Rhine Gorge Castle Cruise Sail through the Rhine Gorge and the lovely shoreline that's populated with 30 iconic castles.
  • Porsche Museum & Mercedes-Benz Museums Rev up for visits to these museums dedicated to automotive legends.
All This Included
Discover 6 destinations in 4 countries on the adult-exclusive Rhine River Cruise: Food & Wine, an all-inclusive epicurean 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
  • Fine dining with all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) on-board the ship
  • 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 AmaMora
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Minimum Age: 18+.
  • Some activities have limited capacity and are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Please ask your Vacations to Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

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