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Cruise the Rhine River

Join us September 29 – October 7, 2024, for an unforgettable Sunroc Signature trip on a cruise aboard the award-winning Amamora River Cruise Ship through the Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam!

Sunroc has secured a trip through the Rhine River to sail through several countries in Europe with a curated tour that represents the finest destinations and experiences the continent has to offer. You and a guest will enjoy resplendent riverside views from your own private suite balcony. Aboard the Amamora, you will take advantage of locally sourced cuisine, an all-day tapas menu, relaxation in the pool, spa, or on the sun deck, Entertainment-On-Demand, and full-day excursions to enhance your time in Europe. Every Sunroc Signature trip provides never to be forgotten experiences and adventure.

Mark Elder
President
Sunroc

 

 

DAY 1
BASEL, SWITZERLAND – EMBARKATION

Embark your ship in Basel for your Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps cruise. (D)

 

DAY 2
BASEL – LAKE LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND

Enjoy getting to know Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city. Long an important university, banking and trade center, Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval town hall, richly decorated market square and exquisite 18th-century patrician homes. Tour the city by foot or on a guided bike tour that takes you through three countries: Switzerland, France and Germany. Alternatively, go on a full-day excursion to Lake Lucerne, or opt for one of the morning excursions and visit Lake Lucerne in the afternoon. With either Lake Lucerne excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to see its Lion Monument – the figure of a dying lion carved into a hillside in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792 – which Mark Twain described as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You’ll also see Lake Lucerne’s spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century.

 

DAY 3
STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Strasbourg offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through charming streets past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie.

 

DAY 4
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – RÜDESHEIM

Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of four 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, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and enjoy 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 Old Gate, Altpörtel. Or pedal along the river Neckar to the picturesque medieval city center of Ladenburg and enjoy some free time to explore the shops. Later in the day, cruise to the charming village of Rüdesheim and let Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream.

 

DAY 5
RÜDESHEIM

Join a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town’s iconic vineyards and drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching Lahnstein, where you will enjoy a unique evening visit at Lahneck Castle.

 

DAY 6
COLOGNE, GERMANY

Enjoy cruising to Cologne. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus, and the Festival Hall. For a different view, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten.

 

DAY 7
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Alternatively, get a taste of local flavor, passing iconic canals, gabled houses, narrow bridges and houseboats while tasting Dutch specialties at one of Amsterdam’s grand cafes. Please note: tour depends upon docking location and may be replaced with Jordaan District Walking Tour.

 

 

DAY 8
AMSTERDAM – DISEMBARKATION

Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight.

Day 1 – Basel, Switzerland
Flight arrival: Shuttle to the port for embarkation

Board ship: 3:00 PM

Day 2 –  Basel, Switzerland

Excursions:

    • Full-Day Tour Lake Lucerne Tour
    • OR “City of Art” tour
    • OR “Three Countries” bike tour
    • Lucerne Half-Day Tour

Day 3 – Strasbourg

Excursions:

    • “The Gem of Alsace” tour
    • OR Strasbourg bike tour

Day 4 – Ludwigshafen

Excursions:

    • “Romantic Heidelberg” excursion
    • OR Heidelberg Philosopher’s hike
    • OR “Secrets of Speyer” tour
    • OR Ladenburg bike tour

Day 5 (Morning) – Rhine Gorge 

    • Castles along the Rhine scenic cruising

Day 5 (Afternoon)  Rüdesheim

Excursions:

    • Wine tasting
    • OR Gondola ride
    • OR Vineyard hike
    • OR Guided bike tour of the RheingauSiegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
    • OR Rüdesheimer Coffee

Day 6 – Cologne

Excursions:

    • “Holy City” walking tour and cathedral visit
    • OR Kölsch beer
    • OR Cologne bike tour

Day 7 – Amsterdam

Excursions:

    • Canal cruise
    • Scenic cruising

Day 7 – Amsterdam

Disembark and transfer to the airport to fly to your final destination airport.

Our ship is an incredible twin-balcony ship with generous personal space, multiple dining choices and exceptional stateroom comfort. On board, you will find an all-day tapas menu and afternoon tea, as well as a 24-hour coffee station, in addition to AmaWaterways’ signature exquisite, locally sourced cuisine in the Main Restaurant and at The Chef’s Table. Active leisure amenities include a sun-deck walking track, pool with swim-up bar, fitness room and bicycles for in-port exploration. Staterooms are equipped with everything you need for a relaxing vacation, including Entertainment-On-Demand with free high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi. And should you treat yourself to a suite, you’ll enjoy a larger sitting area and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower, as well as a bed facing the river, so you can wake up and fall asleep to magnificent views.

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