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14 Days- 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel plus pre & post cruise tours of Amsterdam, Lucerne and Zurich

Nov 27 to Dec 10, 2022

Enjoy Christmas Markets in Europe
Book with Clarkson Travel, enjoy Pre-Paid Gratuities and other amenities.

Let us treat you to a private limo ride to Pearson Airport on departure, or enjoy $70 credit

7-night cruise fares start at C$4,316 pp in double occupancy, Category E – AFTER savings!


2 nights Amsterdam pre cruise – C$990 PP in double occupancy

2 nights Lucerne amd 2 nights Zurich post cruise – $2,112 PP in double occupancy

All of this is included:

  • Amsterdam optional pre-cruise: 2 nights with city tour, Haarlem excursion visit and daily breakfast
  • AmaCerto 7-night Rhine river cruise w incl. shorex’s
  • Wine and beer with lunch and dinner, plus sip-and-sail cocktail hour before dinner
  • Guided shore excursions in every port of call
  • Lucerne and Zurich post cruise includes:
    • 2 nights hotel in Lucerne & 2 nights nights hotel in Zurich at 4*+ hotels with daily breakfast
    • Visits to Christmas Markets in both cities
    • Guided Tours
    • Services of one of our wonderful Cruise Managers – unique in the industry

Why we think you will like it!

  • A memorable experience of dressed-up Cities all ready for St. Nick
  • The places you visit and history learnings from your guides
  • Wondrous architectural creations requiring multi-Century construction projects
  • A Foodie’s delight with traditional dishes and excellent wines
  • The mountains and scenery of Lucerne
  • And finally, Zurich, Switzerland’s capital city

“…years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So, sail away from the safe harbour. Explore. Dream.”

Mark Twain

2022 Christmas Mkts Rhine


Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.

Day 2
Follow your guide through the charming capital of the Netherlands, with its iconic meandering canals, bridges and distinctive architecture. (B)

Day 3 EMBARKATION; Day 4 – Canal Cruise

Amsterdam City of Canals

Day 5
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. Explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral and then visit one of Europe’s largest and most renowned Christmas Markets located in front of the cathedral. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne’s traditional Kölsch beer and reibekuchen mit apfelmus—potato pancakes served with applesauce. (B,L,D)

Day 6
Cruise through the castle-laden Rhine River Gorge before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Once in Rüdesheim, you will have four choices of morning excursions. Wine connoisseurs will want to go to a wine cellar for a wine tasting followed by a Christmas Market visit to enjoy holiday traditions from around the world. Or go on a hike through the vineyards. Alternatively, you can take a peaceful ride over the vineyards on Rüdesheim’s gondola followed by a visit to the Christmas Market. You may also opt to join a guided bike tour through the town and along the Rhine River before visiting the Christmas Market. Later in the day, you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee. (B,L,D)

Day 7

You have the choice to explore two of Germany’s historically rich cities, along with their festive Christmas Markets. Visit Heidelberg, a city that will capture your heart with its mighty castle and historic university. While here, wander along one of Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping streets, the Hauptstrasse, soaking up the Yuletide celebrations at the town’s Christmas Markets. Or hike along the Neckar River on the historic Philosopher’s Path followed by free time to enjoy the Christmas Markets. Alternatively, you can bike along the Neckar River to the medieval town of Ladenburg and visit its Marktplatz, or explore one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have time to visit its Christmas Market in front of the “Old Mint” (Alten Münze) in the famous Maximilianstrasse, with a view of the romantic Imperial cathedral (Kaiserdom). (B,L,D)

Day 8

Strasbourg is even more alluring during the season of Advent. The Christkindelsmärik dates back to 1570, making it the oldest Christmas Market in France. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour that takes you past the Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, walk through the historic town center on the Grande Île, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through the lovely “La Petite France” district, where you will see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock and then visit the town’s famous Christmas Market. You can also choose to explore Strasbourg’s different districts by bicycle. Later in the day, opt to visit Gengenbach’s Christmas Markets and the town’s famous illuminated town hall Advent calendar. (B,L,D)

Day 9
Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. 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 and famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate, followed by a visit to its charming Christmas Markets. Alternatively, head to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Then enjoy free time at the Freiburg Christmas Markets. Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through Breisach’s countryside. (B,L,D

Day 10
Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Basel as you prepare for your return flight home or continue on your 4-night tour of Lucerne and Zurich. (B)

Day 10 Continued
Disembark the ship and, before transferring to Lucerne, go on a highlights tour of Basel. Once in Lucerne, go on a walking tour along its cobblestone streets, spotting the Chapel Bridge, one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe. Later, check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening. (B)

Day 11
LUCERNE – Lion Monument and Medieval City Walls
Discover Lucerne’s unrivaled beauty on a walking tour that includes the Lion Monument, beautifully carved into rock in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution. (B)

Lucerne bridge

Day 12
Check out of your hotel and, before transfer via motorcoach to Zurich, enjoy a scenic lake cruise. Once in Zurich, check into your hotel. (B)

Day 13
Switzerland’s largest city seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour. One of the top experiences in Zurich is a visit to Old Town where you will find yourself amongst medieval houses, churches and the modern Bahnhofstrasse. (B)

Day 14 ZURICH – Return flight home

After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (B)

Why We Love AmaWaterways!

“The trip itself was both spectacular and amazing! I cannot say enough about AMA, it is a first class operation and we felt more like honored guests than passengers. Everything went smoothly, especially transfers, and even when it didn’t, it was handled so fast and professionally that it did not matter at all.

Rachel, our Cruise Director was a big part of that, she was not only so much fun and so energetic and upbeat, she was also truly an amazing person, and any cruise she is on don’t hesitate to recommend, as she is the ‘secret sauce’! The wines were good to excellent and the food was excellent to gourmet, far above a standard cruise. Service was awesome. The crew was great. Truly for us it was the “trip of a lifetime” kind of thing, that trip would be a really, really hard one to top.”

– John and Debby M.

About AmaWaterways with Co-owner Kristin Karst

Europe's Magical Christmas Markets

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