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Introduction

Experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year. From the iconic canals of Amsterdam to Switzerland’s glittery cities, Lucerne and Zurich, get caught up in the magic of the holidays with visits to some of the world’s most timeless Christmas Markets. Warm up with a mug of steamy glühwein while at the Cologne Christmas Market located in front of its UNESCO-designated Gothic cathedral. Let the "Capital of Noël," Strasbourg, the oldest and largest Christmas Market in France, captivate you the way it has for so many others for centuries. Meander through Heidelberg’s majestic Christmas Market nestled idyllically amongst the historic squares of the Old Town. And while in Gengenbach, marvel at the world’s largest Advent calendar, where every evening at 6:00 PM, the brightly lit windows of the neo-classical town hall open and behind each one is a picture by a famous artist, such as Andy Warhol. Cherish all the glory of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Rhine.

The Ship
With AmaWaterways’ Co-Founder Kristin Karst serving as AmaKristina’s Godmother, you know you’ll have a distinctive experience aboard this phenomenal, award-winning river ship. Both a French and outside balcony in most staterooms allow you to enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, cozy robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaKristina also includes a massage and hair salon, gift shop, specialty coffee station, heated pool with swim-up bar, fitness center, sun-deck walking track and a fleet of onboard bikes. Her Main Restaurant is a taste of the outdoors, with vines and branches infused in the décor, and expert chefs preparing our signature exquisite cuisine with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients—both in the Main Restaurant and at The Chef’s Table.

Transport & Accommodation

  • Return flights from Dublin
  • 7 nights accommodation with Luxury Category E stateroom on a twin share basis
  • Airport Transfers

Accommodation

  • 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

Tours & Excursions

  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides

Fun & Entertainment

  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

Ports of Call

  • Embark Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Cologne (Germany)
  • Rhine Gorge (Germany)
  • Ludwigshafen (Germany)
  • Strasbourg (France)
  • Breisach (Germany)
  • Disembark Basel (Switzerland)

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day1 Amsterdam
    Embarkation

  • Day 2 Amsterdam
    Canal cruise and scenic cruising out of Amsterdam

  • Day 3 Cologne
    “Holy City” tour with cathedral and Christmas Market OR Cologne bike tour OR Kölsch beer tasting

  • Day 4 Rhine Gorge
    Castles along the Rhine scenic cruising Rüdesheim Wine tasting OR Schloss Johannisberg bike tour or Vineyard hike. Enjoy the Christmas Market. Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum or Rüdesheimer coffee

  • Day 5 Ludwigshafen
    “Romantic Heidelberg” excursion and Christmas Market OR “Secrets of Speyer” tour and Christmas Market

  • Day 6 Strasbourg
    “The Gem of the Alsace” tour and Christmas Market OR Strasbourg bike tour. Enjoy Gengenbach Christmas Market and Advent calendar

  • Day 7 Breisach
    Riquewihr walking tour and Christmas Market OR Freiburg excursion with Christmas Market OR Breisach wine country bike tour

  • Day 8 Basel
    Disembarkation

Inclusions

  • 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 Chaine des Rotisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch & dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and freshly squeezed juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits & soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks & refreshments served daily in the main lounge
  • Choice of immersive tours in each of the destinations listed
  • Onboard live entertainment
  • Inclusive of tax with excluding port taxes and fees

Optional

  • Travel insurance

Notes

  • Price based on two adults sharing a luxury CAT E stateroom on board AmaKristina
  • Flights and airport transfers are included
  • Full payment is required at the time of confirmation
  • 20kg of luggage per person is included in price
  • Port taxes & fees are not included
  • Inclusive of tax with excluding port taxes and fees
  • Itinerary may be subject to change; E&OE
  • Licenced by the Commission for Aviation Regulation, TO 052 and TA 0689 in compliance with the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangement Package Regulation 2018.
  • Subject to availability at the time of the booking