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Christmas Market River Cruise on the Rhine 2020

Christmas Market River Cruise on the Rhine

Switzerland – Germany – France – The Netherlands

AMAWATERWAYS – AMASTELLA

December 3-14, 2020

deaf cruise including Certified Sign Language Interpreter Service

All of the following is included:

    • Deluxe accommodation onboard the AmaStella
    • Port charges
    • Terry bathrobes and plush bedding in all cruise cabins
    • Breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner onboard the ship
    • Unlimited wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard the ship
    • Pre-dinner cocktail hour with wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks onboard the ship
    • Bottled water in each cabin every day
    • Free espresso and cappuccino at any time during the cruise
    • Farewell Cocktail onboard the ship
    • Sightseeing, wine tastings, and bus transportation as shown in the itinerary below
    • WiFi during the cruise
    • hotel accommodation, breakfast, and sightseeing during the land tour as shown below
December 3 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Arrive in Zurich and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free.
December 4, 2020 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Set alongside a gleaming lake and framed by the Alps, Zurich seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future-all of which will be on full display during your city tour. See Grossmunster Abbey; St. Peter, which boasts the world’s largest church clock face; Old Town; Town Hall; and Fraumunster Abbey. Experience the magic of Zurich dressed in her holiday best. 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)
December 5, 2020 ZURICH – LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
Check out of your hotel for a scenic drive past three lakes before reaching Vitznau. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Afterwards, check into your hotel. (B)
December 6, 2020 LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
Take a walking tour of Lucerne soaking up the festive atmosphere of this medieval gem. The iconic Lion Monument, which you’ll visit was sculpted in memory for the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. It has captured the hearts and minds of visitors for centuries, including Mark Twain who praised it as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You’ll also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. Located around the Musegg Wall area, the towers rise high over the city, giving great panoramic views of Lucerne, the Reuss River and the surrounding mountain scenery. There are a total of nine towers, including one featuring the oldest clock in the city. Afterwards, soak up the festive atmosphere of this medieval gem wandering through its Christmas Market located at the Franziskanerplatz and enjoy the festive atmosphere with a mug of holiday cheer, Gluehwein. (B)
December 7, 2020 LUCERNE – BASEL – EMBARKATION
Check out of your hotel and head to Basel. Before boarding the ship, you’ll go on a highlights tour of the city. One of Switzerland’s most cosmopolitan cities, Basel is home to 40 museums (the highest concentration in the nation), a picturesque Old Town and richly decorated Market Square, a 500-year-old Rathaus (town hall) and Switzerland’s oldest zoo (built in 1870 and home to 600 animal species and exotic flora). (B,D)
December 8, 2020 BREISACH, GERMANY
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 historical architecture, as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. (B,L,D)
December 9, 2020 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Strasbourg is even more alluring during the season of Advent. The Christkindelsm?rik 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 Ile, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through the lovely “La Petite France” district, where you will see the Cathedrale de Notre 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 countdown to Christmas with a 24-day, larger-than-life Advent calendar. (B,L,D)
December 10, 2020 LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – RUEDESHEIM
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. Later in the day, sail to Ruedesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Ruedesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. (B,L,D)
December 11, 2020 RUEDESHEIM – RHINE GORGE, GERMANY
Your exploration of Ruedesheim continues with your choice of two excursions. Take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. Alternatively, you can join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles. (B,L,D)
December 12, 2020 COLOGNE, GERMANY
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 and through the historic Stadtgarten; or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne’s traditional Koelsch beer and Reibekuchen-potato pancakes served with apple sauce. (B,L,D)
December 13, 2020 AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Begin your discovery of Amsterdam with a scenic canal cruise, followed by a walking tour to the Begijnhof, known for its historic Middle Ages building and concluding with a panoramic city tour that includes the Royal Palace and Westerkerk. (B,L,D)
December 14, 2020 AMSTERDAM – DISEMBARKATION, THE NETHERLANDS
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
BOOK BY NOVEMBER 30, 2019 AND RECEIVE A DISCOUNT OF $250 PP DBL OCC
Land & River Cruise Category E*, Panoramic Window,
160 sq. ft.
sold out
Land & River Cruise Category D*, Panoramic Window,
160 sq. ft.
sold out
Land & River Cruise Category CB, French Balcony,
155 sq. ft.
sold out
Land & River Cruise Category CA, French Balcony,
170 sq. ft.
$6,047 per person
Land & River Cruise Category BB, French Balcony & Outside Balcony,
210 sq. ft.
$6,547 per person
Land & River Cruise Category BA, French Balcony & Outside Balcony,
210 sq. ft.
$6,747 per person
Land & River Cruise Category AB, French Balcony & Outside Balcony,
235 sq. ft.
$6,947 per person
Land & River Cruise Category AA, French Balcony & Outside Balcony,
235 sq. ft.
$7,147 per person
Land and & River Cruise Category Suite, Balcony,
350 sq. ft.
$8,447 per person
*close to the water line, steep staircase with no elevator access

All prices are based on double occupancy. Prices and itinerary are subject to change at any time without prior notification. Prices do not include travel insurance, tips, round trip air from the U.S. etc. The full deposit payment of $450 per person double occupancy is due NOW in order to make a firm reservation ($900 per cabin). Flight arrangements are offered by AMAWATERWAYS and can be booked through Kerstin’s Deaf Travel. A passport, valid for 6 months beyond the completion date of your travel is required. Appropriate physical fitness is required since the tour includes walking at each stop. Minimum group size: 20 guests, maximum group size: approx. 40 guests.

Contact Kerstin’s Deaf Travel to book your Christmas Market Land Tour & River Cruise vacation by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

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