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Rhine River Cruise

8 Days / 7 Nights
Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer, Rudesheim, Cologne, Amsterdam

Discover 6 destinations in 4 countries on the all-inclusive Adventures by Disney Rhine River Cruise! Enjoy exclusive sailings with AmaWaterways, a leader in luxury river cruising. Customize your trip to make each member of your family happy—choosing from a variety of great activities offered at ports along the Rhine River and onboard each day.

 

A special adults-only itinerary is now being planned as an extension of Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The Rhine Food & Wine River Cruise will set sail on October 21, 2017 and will feature onboard cooking demonstrations and talks from Brian Koziol, Disney master sommelier, and John Slate, Disneyland culinary director. 

Trip Highlights Include:

  • Ride a Toboggan, Hike and Zipline on a Fun-Filled Day Exploring the Black Forest

    Visit the forest in the hills of southern Germany that inspired the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Choose from either tobogganing and visiting an open-air museum or hiking near the Triberg Waterfalls and ziplining.

  • Thrill to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Park Activities

    Visit Germany's first indoor ski hall—Jever Fun Skihalle in Neuss—and enjoy curling, snow biking and tubing in its remarkable indoor facilities. Outdoors, go ziplining or climbing on a wall measuring 105 feet (32 meters) in height and be challenged by a high rope course.

  • Visit the Famous Storybook Heidelberg Castle

    Take a privately guided tour through this dramatic castle, perched on a hilltop and surrounded by terraces of green woods. Led by a period-clad guide through beautiful rooms and evocative ruins, learn the castle's fascinating history—and why it has inspired poets throughout the centuries!

  • Explore the Alsace Region on a Canoe Trip and by Horseback Riding

    See the old city of Strasbourg along the Ill River on an Alsace canoe trip. And take in the beauty of the Alsace region on a guided horseback ride at an esteemed riding school.

  • Chocolate Museum and Chocolate-Making Workshop

    Learn about the history of chocolate at the Chocolate Museum and learn how it's made in a special workshop. Enjoy tasting some delicious chocolate along the way!

  • See Windmills in Holland and Learn the Art of Clog-Painting and Cheese-Making

    Visit the storybook village of Zaanse Schans with its iconic wooden windmills. To complete your Dutch experience, decorate clogs and see a cheese-making demonstration.

 

Adventure Dates

  • 2017
    • Apr 8-Apr 15, 2017 (DVC exclusive)
    • June 17-June 24, 2017
    • July 1-July 8, 2017
    • July 15-July 22, 2017
    • July 29-Aug 5, 2017
    • Oct 21, 2017
    • Dec 23-Dec 30, 2017 (special holiday itinerary)

Day One - Basel, Switzerland

Transfer from Basel Airport (BSL) to the AmaKristina Ship
Be escorted from Basel Airport to your new home for the next 8 days, the luxurious AmaKristina Ship.

Check Into Your Stateroom
Your Adventure Guides help with the check-in as you familiarize yourself with your well-appointed stateroom. Look around the ship and discover its many fantastic amenities, such as the heated pool, fitness center, massage and hair salon, giant chessboard, library, sun deck and lounge.

Special Welcome Reception in Basel: Swiss Fondue
Enjoy a taste of Switzerland at a special welcome event that features delicious Swiss fondue!

Captain's Welcome Cocktail & Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina
Meet the Captain and your fellow Adventurers as you enjoy your first scrumptious dinner onboard.

Evening Entertainment – A Festive Swiss Performance
Enjoy a festive Swiss performance, bringing to life the sounds of the Alps.

Meal Included: Dinner

 

Rhine Food & Wine River Cruise - will include Swiss cheese and wine welcome reception


Day Two - Strasbourg, France

Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina
Start your day with a hearty breakfast with your fellow Adventurers.

Full-Day Activity – Choose One of These Options:

OPTION A:

Tour the Black Forest, Take a Toboggan Run and Visit a Museum with Wood Work Tour the Black Forest and view the beautiful highlands, pastoral farms, grassy fields and woods up close.

Thrill to an alpine toboggan run.

Attend a museum workshop and learn from an expert how to create wooden components including a cuckoo pipe that's iconic to the Black Forest.

OPTION B:

Tour the Black Forest, Go Ziplining* and Take a Leisurely Stroll to the Triberg Waterfalls Tour the Black Forest and view the beautiful highlands, pastoral farms, grassy fields and woods up close.

Soar above the trees of the Black Forest on the Black Forest zipline.

Enjoy a pleasant stroll for an up-close view of Germany's highest waterfalls—the breathtaking Triberg Waterfalls.

OPTION C:

Enjoy an Excursion to Riquewihr and a Guided Horseback Ride** Discover one of the most beautiful villages in France—the medieval town of Riquewihr—as well as a variety of landscapes in this region, ranging from Alsatian vineyards to the Vosges Mountains.

Savor the legendary beauty of the Alsace region on a guided horseback ride.

Lunch During Your Excursion
Enjoy a delicious lunch served during your excursion.

Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina
Return to the AmaKristina for a delectable evening meal.

After Dinner Evening Activity – Choose One of These Options:

OPTION A:

Take an Evening Walking Tour of Strasbourg, Visit St. Thomas Church for a Private Organ Concert Enjoy an evening walking tour of Strasbourg and learn more about this exciting city.

Experience the rare pleasure of attending a private organ concert at St. Thomas Church, world-famous for its beautiful and historically significant organs—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played on one of them!

OPTION B:

Enjoy Karaoke Onboard the Ship Delight in karaoke entertainment.

* Minimum age is 10 years old, with a minimum weight requirement of 88 lbs. (40 kg) and a maximum weight restriction of 253 lbs. (115 kg).
** Minimum age is 8 years old, with a maximum weight restriction of 220 lbs. (99 kg).

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Rhine Food & Wine River Cruise will include:

  • Riquewihr Walking Tour
  • Riquewihr culinary tasting of sausage and coconut macaroons
  • Tour, Tasting, & Blending - Local winery visit or presentation onboard
  • Tart flambe class and wine pairing with beer and Alsatian wine
  • On your own time in Riquewihr or Strasbourg

Day Three - Strasbourg, France

Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina

Begin your day of exciting activities with a good breakfast.

Half-Day Activities, Choose One Option for Morning and One for Afternoon

Morning Activity – Choose One of These Options:

OPTION A:

Take an Alsace Canoe Trip, Enjoy a Strasbourg Walking Tour and Visit the Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre Dame Take an Alsace canoe trip through the center of old Strasbourg.

Enjoy a Strasbourg walking tour and explore this fascinating city—the capital of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region and the seat of the European Parliament.

Visit Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre Dame, built in 1439 in the grand Gothic style, with Renaissance-era stained-glass windows and a famous astronomical clock created in 1843.

OPTION B:

Take a River Boat Trip, Enjoy a Strasbourg Walking Tour and Visit the Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre Dame Take a Strasbourg city tour on the Batorama River Boat and pass by this city's main attractions—including towers, covered bridges and the Vauban dam—and through this city's various districts such as the renowned Petite France.

Enjoy a Strasbourg walking tour and explore this fascinating city—the capital of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region and the seat of the European Parliament.

Visit Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre Dame, built in 1439 in the grand Gothic style, with Renaissance-era stained-glass windows and a famous astronomical clock created in 1843.

Lunch Aboard the AmaKristina

Savor lunch onboard highlighting Strasbourg's unique cuisine influenced by both the French and German cultures. Refuel to be ready for the afternoon activities!

Afternoon Activity – Choose One of These Options:

OPTION A:

Enjoy the Alsatian Countryside Bike Tour Bike through the fertile wine region and take in the natural splendor of the Alsatian countryside.

OPTION B:

Take a French Macaron Baking Class Learn how to make delicious French macarons from a respected local chef.

OPTION C:

Explore the Wine Caves of Cave Historique Des Hospices Discover wine caves in the medieval basements of Cave Historique Des Hospices, a hospital found in 1395. In its wine museum, 40 ancient wine barrels mark the history of the region—one containing wine from 1472.

Enjoy wine tasting the fine Alsatian varieties that have been more recently put in barrels and then bottled right there in the caves.

Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina

Return to the AmaKristina for a delectable evening meal.

After Dinner Evening Activity – Choose One of These Options:

OPTION A:

Visit a Beer and Wine Hall in Strasbourg Feel as if you live in Strasbourg by enjoying a festive drink at a local beer and wine hall. Mingle with residents of this lively city and discover the Strasbourg spirit.

OPTION B:

Enjoy Onboard Entertainment with Karaoke Delight in karaoke entertainment.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Rhine Food & Wine River Cruise - will include Patisserie Class


Day Four - Speyer, Germany

Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina

Say hello to your fellow Adventurers as you get ready for the day ahead with a tasty breakfast.

Full-Day Activity – One Option is Available:

Porsche Museum and Mercedes-Benz Museum with Beer Garden Lunch Take excursions to the Porsche Museum and Mercedes-Benz Museum and learn the history of these 2 legendary automobile companies. Both museums house a variety of extraordinary cars, offer insights into how the autos were designed and introduce concept cars that might inspire future models.

Between museum visits, enjoy lunch at a local beer garden.

Or …

Half-Day Activity – Choose One Activity for the Morning and the Other for the Afternoon:

OPTION A:

Tour Heidelberg and the Famous Heidelberg Castle Visit Heidelberg Castle with a costumed guide telling you the fascinating history of this fortress and home of royalty, built in 1614 and considered an important Renaissance structure.

Take a walking tour through Heidelberg, Germany's oldest and most renowned university town.

Spend time on your own in Heidelberg, exploring the baroque buildings, shops and beautiful waterfronts.

OPTION B:

Speyer Walking Tour with a Costumed Guide and On Your Own Either Visit the Technik Museum or Bike Ride Around Speyer Take a medieval crime-walking tour with a costumed guide on a special Speyer walking tour. Visit the Crypt at the Speyer Cathedral and the Clock Tower at the west end of Speyer.

Choose to participate in one of these 2 activities on your own:

Visit the Technik Museum, featuring Europe's largest space exhibition, the inner workings of a submarine, the interior of the first jumbo jet and much more.

Ride a bike around Speyer and see up-close one of Germany's oldest cities.

Lunch Onboard the AmaKristina

For those who didn't choose to participate in the full-day activity, enjoy lunch onboard the AmaKristina between your morning and afternoon activities.

Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina

Return from a fun-filled day for a tasty dinner onboard the AmaKristina. Share stories of your experiences with your fellow Adventurers.

Evening Entertainment – Fontanella Spaghetti Ice Cream Tasting & Demonstration Watch the famous Fontanella "spaghetti" ice being made—and then delight in tasting this spectacular ice cream dessert! Created by Dario Fontanella in the 1960s, this scrumptious spaghetti-lookalike is made first by reimagining the pasta. Watch vanilla ice cream as it's pressed through a potato ricer to resemble spaghetti and then placed on a bed of whipped cream, with strawberry sauce poured over it to represent tomato sauce and almonds or shaved white chocolate sprinkled on top to look like parmesan cheese. Delizioso!

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Rhine Food & Wine River Cruise - This sailing will stop in Mannheim, Germany instead. More details about this port will be announced later.


Day Five - Rudesheim, Germany

Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina

Wake up to a delightful breakfast with fellow Adventurers.

Choose one of the activity options in the morning and one of the options in the afternoon.

Morning Activity – Choose One of These Options:

OPTION A:

Bike Tour of the Wine Countryside Beginning at Eberbach Abbey and Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum Take a guided bike tour through the pastoral countryside of the beautiful Rheingau, a distinguished German wine region.

Begin your tour of this area at Eberbach Abbey—a large, former monastery with impressive Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

Continue your tour at Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum, which contains one of the largest collections of beautiful mechanical music boxes, giant pianos and other automated instruments, dating from the 18th to the 20th century.

OPTION B:

Rüdesheim Gondola Ride to Niederwald Monument, Tour Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet and Weingut Adolf Störzel Wine Tasting Be thrilled by the Rüdesheim Gondola Ride to Niederwald Monument, a famous Germania monument that offers panoramic views of the old town, wine country and Rhine River.

Tour Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum containing one of the largest collections of beautiful mechanical music boxes, giant pianos and other automated instruments, dating from the 18th to the 20th century.

Enjoy wine tasting accompanied by cheese and pretzels at Weingut Adolf Störzel inside the Bassenheimer Hof's cellar.

Lunch Onboard the AmaKristina

Take a break between your morning and afternoon activities with a refreshing lunch onboard.

Afternoon Excursion – Choose One of These Options:

OPTION A:

Bike Tour of the Wine Countryside Beginning at Eberbach Abbey Take a guided bike tour through the pastoral countryside of the beautiful Rheingau, a distinguished German wine region. The excursion begins at Eberbach Abbey—a large, former monastery with impressive Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

OPTION B:

Rüdesheim Gondola Ride to Niederwald Monument, Weingut Adolf Störzel Wine Tasting Be thrilled by the Rüdesheim Gondola Ride to Niederwald Monument, a famous Germania monument that offers panoramic views of the old town, wine country and Rhine River.

Enjoy wine tasting accompanied by cheese and pretzels at Weingut Adolf Störzel inside the Bassenheimer Hof's cellar.

If time permits, experience more adventures at your own leisure.

On Your Own Options – Choose One of the Following:

OPTION A:

Alsatian Countryside Bike Tour Enjoy a 3-hour biking tour highlighting the natural history of the Alsace region. A local guide will share the historic influence that this border region had over both France and Germany.

OPTION B:

Biking Around Rüdesheim Enjoy biking on your own through the quaint town of Rüdesheim and the surrounding wine country that is the birthplace of acclaimed pinot noir and Riesling wines.

OPTION C:

Coffee-Tasting at Rüdesheimer Schloss Explore Rüdesheim and stop to savor a cup of the famous local coffee: Rüdesheimer Schloss Kaffe.

Iconic Castle Cruise Through the Rhine Gorge Behold 22 castles in all their magnificence! Sail through the Rhine Gorge, with the AmaKristina's Cruise Manager commenting on the castles' fascinating history and offering insights about the area. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage, the beautiful Upper Middle Rhine Valley along the shoreline is splendid to behold. Also, participate in a Rüdesheimer coffee demonstration and tasting on the sun deck.

Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina

Enjoy another excellent dinner, delivered with flare by the ship's outstanding Chef and staff.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Rhine Food & Wine River Cruise will include:

  • Georg Beuer Vineyard or Adolf Storzel Vineyard wine tasting
  • Tour of Georg Beuer Vineyard and Estate or Adolf Storzel Vineyard
  • Food & Wine Tasting of the Rhine with demonstrations

Day Six - Cologne, Germany

Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina

Enjoy an early morning breakfast onboard with fellow Adventurers.

Early Morning Bike Ride

If you're in the mood, take a guided bike ride with your Adventure Guides. Ride alongside the Rhine River and across the Hohenzollern Bridge.

Choose either a full day of activities or choose one of the half-day options.

Full-Day Activity (Until 2:00 PM) – One Option is Available:

Indoor Winter-Themed Park Visit Jever Fun Skihalle in Neuss to experience winter park games and outdoor fun. Go curling, snow biking, tubing, ziplining and take the ropes course.

Or …

Half-Day Activities – Choose One of These Morning Options:

OPTION A:

Cologne Walking Tour, Private Tour of Cologne Cathedral and Eau de Cologne Workshop Take a Cologne walking tour and explore this incredible 2,000-year old city, restored with Gothic architecture and abounding with churches, museums and galleries.

Enjoy a privately guided tour with local experts of the famous Cologne Cathedral, designated a World Heritage Site.

Attend the Cologne Workshop at House 4711*, and see how traditional German eau de cologne is made.

OPTION B:

Cologne Walking Tour, Private Tour of Cologne Cathedral and Chocolate-Making Class** Take a Cologne walking tour and explore this incredible 2,000-year old city, restored with Gothic architecture and abounding with churches, museums and galleries.

Enjoy a privately guided tour with local experts of the famous Cologne Cathedral, designated a World Heritage Site.

Discover how chocolate is made when you attend a special chocolate workshop.

Half-Day Activities – Choose One of These Late- Morning Options:

OPTION A:

Chocolate Museum Visit & Tasting Learn about the history and culture of chocolate at the Chocolate Museum—and enjoy tasting some amazing chocolate!

OPTION B:

Cologne Pub Tour Take the Cologne Pub Tour and explore the fine beers of the region.

Lunch Onboard AmaKristina and Depart for Amsterdam

Tapas are available beginning at noon for your enjoyment between excursions. A late lunch is served around 2:30 PM as the ship departs. Say goodbye to Cologne and head towards Amsterdam, continuing your picturesque voyage down the Rhine River.

Afternoon Frühschoppen

Take a break and enjoy a beer with sausages and pretzels as your Adventure Guides tell you about what lies ahead when you disembark tomorrow morning in Amsterdam.

Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina

As you cruise towards Amsterdam, savor a delectable dinner onboard.

Evening Entertainment – Game Night

See how well you shine in a trivia game—take on all challengers!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Rhine Food & Wine River Cruise - will include Cooking and wine demonstrations


Day Seven - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast and get ready for the adventures ahead.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Panoramic City Tour

Travel by boat along one of the 165 canals that are Amsterdam's lifeline. Along the way, view this 800-year-old city's famous historical center and some of its most memorable and beautiful attractions—ancient churches, quaint canal houses, picturesque bridges, cobblestone streets and more.

Morning Activity – Choose One of These Options:

OPTION A:

Tour the Anne Frank House Tour the Anne Frank House, with its museum and famous attic where 2 Jewish families and a single man hid from the Nazis during World War II, as told in the deeply moving diary of one of the family members, teenager Anne Frank.

OPTION B:

Discover History at the Rijksmuseum* Discover the art and history of Amsterdam in The Rijksmuseum. This national museum displays nearly 8,000 pieces of art dating from the 9th to 19th centuries. Housed in over 150 rooms in an impressive, gold-leaf building, magnificent fifteenth 15th to 17th century paintings are on display—masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, among others. It also houses some outstanding 19th century works as well as a remarkable Asian collection.

OPTION C:

Visit the Van Gogh Museum and Paint Workshop* Explore The Van Gogh Museum with over 1,000 paintings, drawings and letters of Vincent Van Gogh. This museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world. Learn about Van Gogh's personal history, how conservators restored his paintings and more. Get an intimate view of some of his greatest masterpieces, including "Sunflowers" and "The Bedroom," as well as many works of his contemporaries. Then, express yourself in a painting workshop designed to bring out the artist in you!

Lunch Onboard the AmaKristina

Enjoy a relaxing lunch with your fellow Adventurers before you set off on your afternoon excursions.

Afternoon Excursion – Choose One of These Options:

OPTION A:

Visit a Fishing Village, See the Sights in Zaanse Schans and Participate in Clog-Decorating and See a Cheese-Making Demonstration Tour the classic fishing village of Volendam, located near IJsselmeer Lake just outside of Amsterdam. With its beautiful harbor home to old fishing boats and residents who still wear traditional clothing such as pointed bonnets, it represents traditional life in The Netherlands.

Take in the community of Zaanse Schans, located amidst a meadow landscape and appearing as if it's straight out of a child's storybook, with iconic wooden windmills and other structures that have been moved and reassembled here piece by piece to bring the history of this area to life. Feel welcomed by this community as you stroll past wooden houses, shops and museums.

Try your hand at clog-decorating and see a cheese-making demonstration.

OPTION B:

Visit the Royal Delft Earthenware Factory Tour the Royal Delft Earthenware Factory, which has become an artistic landmark. Founded in 1653, it creates the most famous Dutch pottery in the world. Meet the master painter, who paints the renowned blue artwork on the vases, plates and tiles. See the production process in action. View historical pieces and a Royal Delft tile version of "The Nightwatch," the painting by the famous Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. Afterward, participate in a workshop where you too can paint a design in blue!

Captain's Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner Onboard the AmaKristina

Join the Captain onboard the AmaKristina for one last cocktail party and scrumptious dinner. Say farewell to him and your fellow Adventurers and share the experiences you encountered on this magical adventure.

Evening Entertainment – Traditional Dutch Folk Dancing

The night bursts into music and dance! Delight to a performance by traditional Dutch folk dancers—providing another unforgettable memory of the time you shared with your family and newfound friends on the Rhine River Cruise!

* Minimum age is 6 years old.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Rhine Food & Wine River Cruise will include:

  • Heineken Factory Tour
  • Caramel waffles demonstration
  • House of Bols cocktail workshop

Day Eight - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Breakfast Onboard the AmaKristina

Enjoy one last breakfast on the ship as you close your incredible adventure.

Transfer to the Amsterdam Airport Schipol (AMS)

Get assistance with your luggage and be escorted to your next stop to the Amsterdam Airport Schipol (AMS).

Meal Included: Breakfast