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December 12th - 25th, 2023
Amsterdam (Netherlands), Cologne (Germany), Rudesheim (Germany), Ludwigshafen (Germany), Strasbourg (France), Breisach (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland), 

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December 12th, 2023

Amsterdam

Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.

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December 13th, 2023

Amsterdam

Visit Zaanse Schans, where you can observe life as it used to be lived in the Netherlands. Authentic windmills, houses, and shops were relocated to this picturesque area, creating a typical 17th- to 18th century village. (B)

Non-Stop to Amsterdam

December 14th, 2023

 

Amsterdam

Check out of your hotel and, before transferring to your ship, enjoy a panoramic tour of Netherlands’ largest city, Amsterdam, boasting history, art, architecture, bridges, canals, cobblestone streets, world-class museums, bicycles and narrow alleys on a city tour. Afterwards, enjoy leisure time in the Museumplein, perhaps visiting one of the prestigious museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” and Vermeer’s “The Kitchen Maid.” (B,D)

Amsterdam Light Festival

December 15th, 2023

Amsterdam

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

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December 16th, 2023

Cologne

 

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)

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December 17th, 2023

Rhine George, Rüdesheim

Cruise through the castle-laden Rhine River Gorge before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Once in Rüdesheim, you will have three choices of morning excursions. Wine connoisseurs will want to go to a wine cellar for a wine tasting or go on a hike through the vineyards. You may also opt to join a guided bike tour through the town and along the Rhine River. Later in the day, you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee. You’ll also have plenty of time to enjoy Christmas traditions from all over the world at Rüdesheim Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

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December 18th, 2023

Ludwigshafen

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. Alternatively, you can 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)

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December 19th, 2023

Strasbourg, Gengenbach

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. During the afternoon, visit Gengenbach Christmas Market where, every year, the locals count down to Christmas with a 24-day, larger-than-life Advent calendar. (B,L,D)

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December 20th, 2023

Breisach

 

Visit the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, beautifully dressed in her holiday finery with twinkling decorations and a lively Christmas Market. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture, as well as famous sights such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone, as well as its enchanting Christmas Market. Those wishing a more active excursion will want to cycle through the scenic countryside. (B,L,D)

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December 21st, 2023

Basel, Lucerne

 

After disembarking your ship, you’ll go on a highlights tour of Basel before being transferred to Lucerne. Once in Lucerne, get acquainted with the city on a walking tour along with a visit to the Christmas Market before checking into your hotel. (B)

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December 22nd, 2023

Lucerne

The iconic Lion Monument, which you’ll visit, was sculpted in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. It has captured the hearts and minds of visitors for centuries. You’ll also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. Afterwards, soak up the festive atmosphere of this medieval gem while wandering through its Christmas Market, located at the Franziskanerplatz, and enjoy a mug of holiday cheer, glühwein. (B)

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December 23rd, 2023

Lucerne, Vitznau, Zurich

Check out of your hotel, and then take a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. While cruising, enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery, marked by steep Alpine peaks, sloped forests and fertile meadows and valleys beyond. Once in Vitznau, you will board a motorcoach for a scenic drive through the countryside to Zurich. (B)

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December 24th, 2023

Zurich

 

Join a walking tour of Zurich and experience the magic of the city dressed in her holiday best. You’ll visit Zurich’s Christmas Markets, including the largest indoor Christmas Market in Europe located in Zurich’s Main Train Station. An absolute highlight is a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree decorated with thousands of sparkling Swarovski crystals. (B)

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December 25th, 2023

Zurich

 

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

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TRIP NOTES

NUMBER OF NIGHTS: 13

TRIP BEGINS/ENDS:

Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel Switzerland

 

PASSPORT REQUIRED:

Yes

CRUISE DATE:

December 12th to 25th, 2023

GROUP SIZE:

No Limit

DEPOSIT PER PERSON:

$400

FINAL PAYMENT DUE:

September 15th, 2023

INTERPRETERS: 

Heart Cruises LLC will provide ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreters for this trip.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

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

  • Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.

  • 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, massage services and hair salon

  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar

  • 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 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

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare

  • Airport transfers not mentioned

  • Phone, fax and other incidentals

  • Medical attention

  • Water Bottle(s)

  • Travel insurance

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Category D - Piano Deck - Fixed Window

Starting at: $4198 per person based on double occupancy

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Category CB - Violin Deck - French Balcony

Starting at $4698 per person based on double occupancy.

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Category CA - Violin & Cello Deck - French Balcony

Starting at $4998 per person based on double occupancy.

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Category BB - Cello Deck - French Balcony and Outside Balcony

Starting at: $5598 per person based on double occupancy.

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Category BA - Violin Deck - French Balcony and Outside Balcony

Starting at: $5798 per person based on double occupancy.

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Category AB - Cello Deck - French Balcony and Outside Balcony

Starting at: $5998 per person based on double occupancy.

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Category AA - Violin Deck Deck - French Balcony and Outside Balcony

Starting at: $6198 per person based on double occupancy.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Heart Cruises, LLC  recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most coverage. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more

All itineraries and prices are subject to change without notice.