Stained Glass Along The Enchanting Rhine

let-there-be-light Explore both medieval and modern stained-glass installations along the Rhine River with an expert in the field.

An award-winning artist and hands-on conservator at Clerkin Higgins Stained Glass, NYC, Mary Clerkin Higgins has conserved stained glass from the 12th century to the present for numerous museums and institutions across the United States. Her new work has been selected for Corning’s annual New Glass Review and she continues to write and lecture frequently on stained glass. Higgins is also a founder and past president of the American Glass Guild, which recently presented her with a lifetime-achievement award.

Higgins appears in the documentary, “Let There Be Light” created by filmmaker, Peter Swanson. Currently airing on PBS, the film follows three grand masters of stained glass as they make their last window for the Washington National Cathedral. Told with stunningly beautiful images, its aim is to inspire and ignite that inner creative light that is within all of us.

Join grandmaster Mary Clerkin Higgins from November 10 -17, 2018 as she takes to the river, exploring stained glass installations at some of the most notable landmarks along the Enchanting Rhine. The AmaPrima – your luxurious home-away-from-home, provides a destination in itself – offering incredibly spacious riverview staterooms, luxurious amenities, critically acclaimed dining, best-in-class service and much, much more.

Plus, here are some additional special perks, just for you:

  • A celebratory champagne Welcome Reception with Mary and “Let There Be Light” filmmaker Peter Swanson.
  • Join Mary as she delves into the nuances of the stained-glass installations of Freiburg Cathedral, Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Strasbourg and the famous Cologne Cathedral, home to works by Gerhard Richter.
  • Special promotional savings of up to $1,500* per stateroom on the November 10, 2018 sailing when booked by December 31, 2017.
  • And a few more surprises!

Space is filling quickly - submit your request for more information using our form, or call our Personal River Cruise Planners at 888-626-0993.

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Overview Enchanting Rhine

CRUISE YEAR
2018
7-NIGHT CRUISE
CRUISE FROM : Basel to Amsterdam
Grand cities blend in perfect harmony with their historic past and progressive future in Cologne and Amsterdam. Inspirational towns have given way to great stories, such as Heidelberg, where Mark Twain wrote “A Tramp Abroad.” Timeless traditions still remain intact—from the making of Cologne’s Kölsch beer to the making of Rüdesheimer Coffee. Take a front-row seat on this enchanting journey along the Rhine to magnificent cities and charming villages alike.
COUNTRIES: France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
RIVERS: Rhine

At A Glance

On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
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Included Features

7-NIGHT CRUISE

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

Detailed Itinerary

7-NIGHT CRUISE
Day 1
EMBARKATION – BASEL, SWITZERLAND
Embark the ship. Tonight, gather on board and meet your fellow passengers. (D)

Day 2
BREISACH, GERMANY
Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” (B,L,D)

Breisach
Day 3
STRASBOURG, FRANCE
One of the most enchanting cities in Europe and home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Grand Île, Strasbourg will captivate you. Discover its many treasures with a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République. You'll then walk through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Prefer to enjoy the city more actively, then join a guided bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

Strasbourg
Day 4
MANNHEIM, GERMANY – RÜDESHEIM
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 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. Later in the day, set sail to Rüdesheim, where you'll have the opportunity to visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or enjoy a tasting of Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. (B,L,D)

Mannheim
Day 5
RÜDESHEIM – RHINE GORGE – KOBLENZ
Spend the morning in Rüdesheim and enjoy a tasting of Riesling wines after a lovely gondola ride soaring high above the vineyards en route to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. Alternatively, opt for a hike that takes you through the vineyards to Ehrenfels Castle, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Rhine. A third choice is cycling along the Rhine and through this scenic town. Later in the day, the ship sails through the enchanting UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching Koblenz, where you will enjoy a guided walk through the lovely Old Town. (B,L,D)

Rüdesheim
Day 6
KOBLENZ – COLOGNE
Home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000 year-old city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. 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. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. Or visit a local tavern to taste Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with apple sauce. (B,L,D)

Cologne
Day 7
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Eclectic Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you have three choices as to how you wish to explore it. The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour beginning with a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, you can join the Jordaan District walking tour or the Jewish Heritage tour. The Jordaan District tour begins at the Westerchurch and takes you past the Noordermarkt, the Karthuizerhof and the “9 streets”; afterwards, you’ll stop in a local café for a hot beverage and Dutch apple pie. The Jewish Heritage tour begins with a visit to the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum chronicling the history of the Jews in Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Amsterdam
Day 8
AMSTERDAM – DISEMBARKATION
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Dates & Prices

EMBARK November 10
7-NIGHT CRUISEBaselAmsterdam
Save $750 Per Person
PRICES ARE PER PERSON
ADD 2 NIGHTS ZURICH, 2 NIGHTS LUCERNE PRE-CRUISE
Notes:
ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges not included in cruise price$168 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.

Single Supplement for Land$640 per person.

BeddingPlease select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

Terms & Conditions:

All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40.

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