SWITZERLAND & RHINE CHRISTMAS MARKETS RIVER CRUISE - NEW!
Special Event! • 1 night Lucerne • 6 nights onboard the NEW Amadeus Imperial • Shop the famed European Christmas Markets

9 Days - Tour Dates: November 30 - December 8, 2021
18 Meals Included

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Activity Level:

Activity Level 3: Moderately Active Pace - Active walking daily, some hiking, uneven terrain, hills, and steps. Less rest options available. Active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, and significant travel times possible.

Price Per Person:

From $3599.00 per person, double occupancy

Cash Early Booking Discount
SAVE $200 - First 1-10 Clients
SAVE $150 - 11-20 Clients
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Upgrade Offer
ONE Cabin Category Upgrade
SAVE from $200-$400 pp
Book by Oct 31, 2021
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Single Supplement Discount
First TWO Singles to Book a C or B Cabin, get 50% off the Single Supplement
 

Prices include airfare from SAN/LAX. Please call or refer to our catalog for prices from your home city.

Tour Highlights:

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Round Trip Home Pick-up*
  • Round Trip Airfare
  • 1 Night Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 6 Night Cruise onboard the NEW Amadeus Imperial in Outside Cabin
  • 18 Meals: 7-Breakfasts, 5-Lunches, 6-Dinners
  • Lucerne Walking Tour
  • Strasbourg City Tour & Christmas Market
  • Speyer WalkingTtour & Christmas Market
  • Rudesheim & Christmas Market
  • Koblenz Walking Tour & Christmas Market
  • Cochem Walking Tour & Christmas Market
  • Cologne Walking Tour & Christmas Market
  • Strasbourg & Cologne afternoons at Leisure                            
  • Wine / Beer included with dinners onboard
  • Included WiFi / English Speaking Ship Staff
  • AFC Tour Manager Leslie Winkel
  • Ship Transfers & Baggage at Ship
VALID PASSPORT REQUIRED

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1 - Tuesday, 11/30/2021 - European Christmas Markets
Enjoy this magical time of year as Europe’s countries hold steadfastly to Old World holiday tradition and transform into fairy-tale Christmas settings. The sights and sensations of the holiday season are everywhere: locals and guests savor the tastes of chocolate covered Lebkuchen (gingerbread), sizzling grilled sausages, and spiced hot “Gluehwein” (mulled wine).  Delight in the festively decorated markets and shopping for ornaments, crafts, candles, nutcrackers, winter hats, roasted nuts, and other traditional items.

To Zurich
Home Pick-up and overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.
Day 2 - Wednesday, 12/1/2021 - To Lucerne
Arrive in Zurich, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to Lucerne for your overnight stay. Enjoy a Welcome Drink at the hotel this evening.
Day 3 - Thursday, 12/2/2021 - Lucerne / Strasbourg
On your Lucerne walking tour, see the city’s medieval cobblestone streets, monuments, fountains, public squares, covered bridges, colorful frescoed buildings, and the iconic 14th c. Chapel Bridge. Transfer to Strasbourg, France via motorcoach and your ship, the elegant Amadeus Imperial. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight onboard. - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 4 - Friday, 12/3/2021 - Strasbourg
On your Strasbourg city tour, see Orangerie, the town’s oldest park, European Parliament, and  Place de la Republique. Take a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood and see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. Then stroll Strasbourg’s Christmas Market, one of Europe’s oldest. Your afternoon is at leisure or join the Alsace optional. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Saturday, 12/4/2021 - Speyer / Mannheim
Arrive in one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for its cathedral, numerous churches, and the 13th c. Altpörtel (“Old Gate”). Explore the city on your Speyer walking tour. Later cruise to Mannheim and maybe take an optional excursion to historic Heidelberg to visit the red-walled castle and get beautiful views of the Neckar Valley. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Sunday, 12/5/2021 - Rüdesheim / Koblenz
Arrive in Rüdesheim and explore on your own the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants. If you prefer, join an optional Rüdesheim walking tour including a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.  Later the ship departs to cruise through the Rhine River Gorge, a UNESCO Heritage Site and the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river with hillsides dotted with fairy-tale castles, historic towns, and vineyards. Later arrive in Germany’s oldest city, Koblenz, a charming town at the confluence of the Rhine & Moselle Rivers.  Enjoy a Koblenz walking tour and the popular Christmas Market. See the famous Advent Calendar at the baroque Town Hall. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Monday, 12/6/2021 - Cochem
The ship makes a detour along the Moselle River to the little town of Cochem. Magnificent Reichsburg castle is situated high above the town, dominating the landscape. Down in the village, its narrow streets, half timbered houses, and numerous restaurants create an ideal setting to taste the wines of the region. Enjoy a Cochem walking tour and the quaint Christmas Market. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Tuesday, 12/7/2021 - Cologne
Cologne is Germany’s 4th largest city, located on both sides of the Rhine.  Enjoy a Cologne walking tour featuring the old part of the city and a visit to the fabled 13th c. Gothic cathedral. Explore dock side taverns, cafes, shops, and the famous Christmas Market in front of the cathedral. Your afternoon is at leisure in Cologne. Enjoy a Gala Farewell Dinner onboard this evening. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - In-Flight Meal
Day 9 - Wednesday, 12/8/2021 - Return Home
Transfer to the Frankfurt Airport and fly home to the USA. - Breakfast - In-Flight Meal

Additional Tour Information:

FEATURED  ACCOMMODATIONS
  • Lucerne (1 night) - Astoria (or similar)
  • River Cruise (6) - Amadeus Imperial
*Please see Terms & Conditions

Round Trip Air included from LAX /SAN / SFO / DFW / IAH
Prices are per person double

Cat E   Haydn     $3,599 pp Double
Cat D   Haydn     $3,799 pp Double
Cat C   Strauss   $4,199 pp Double
Cat B   Strauss   $4,399 pp Double
Cat A   Mozart     $4,599 pp Double
Suite    Mozart     $4,999 pp Double

Single Cabins:  E & D - ADD $950
C & B - ADD $1,300 (First TWO to Book, Save 50% off the Single Supplement)
A - ADD $1,700
Suite - ADD $2,100

+ $100 pp Air Add-On: SAT / AUS / ABQ / PHX / LAS
+ $200 pp Air Add-On: SNA / SJC / OAK / SMF
+ $300 pp Air Add-On: ONT / PSP

$685 Air Taxes/Port Taxes/Fees/Transfers included
Deposit of $500 p.p. due with booking

The Ship - MS Amadeus IMPERIAL

The innovative 168-passenger Amadeus Imperial, NEW in 2020, features all the amenities of a floating 5-star hotel while offering the effortless combination of vibrant energy & intimate small ship experience.  This Premium cruise ship features the most modern furnishings that blend masterfully with the architecture of the ship and a luxurious design that is the hallmark of the Amadeus fleet. The extensive Restaurant and the Panorama Bar offer divine views of the passing riverscapes, and the glass-shielded River Terrace allows you to relax in the open air regardless of the weather. The attentive English-speaking onboard service staff will see to your comfort with typical European hospitality.  The cabin design plans are forward-thinking, bright & modern, all part of a premium focus with 72 large Staterooms & 12 Suites. The beauty of river cruising is that the most interesting destinations come to you.  This Imperial charter features English-only onboard commentary with inclusive shore excursions balanced with choice to simply relax onboard, get a spa treatment or add sightseeing with optional excursions.

Comfortable & Innovative Staterooms
After boarding, unpack once.  All staterooms are larger than traditional river cruise cabins & offer excellent river views.  The Mozart Deck features 12 Suites with Walk Out Balconies.  The other 19 Staterooms on the Mozart Deck & 35 Staterooms on the Strauss Deck feature an innovative Drop-Down Panoramic Window.  The 18 Staterooms on the Haydn Deck have a fixed window.  All staterooms are fully equipped with comfortable & modern furnishings including flat screen TV & large private bathrooms with shower.
 
Staterooms - 172 or 188 sq ft

Staterooms feature 2 twin beds that can be separated or put together, flat screen TV, private bath with shower, hair dryer, closet, phone, desk, chair, & safe. Mozart & Strauss Decks feature Drop Down Panoramic Window with 188 sq. ft. of floor space. Haydn Deck Staterooms have a fixed window with 172 sq ft floor space.

Suite - 284 sq ft with Balcony
Suites are on the Mozart Deck and have panoramic windows with exterior Walk Out Balcony, two twin beds that can be separated or put together, private sitting area, flat screen TV, mini-bar, private bath with shower, hair dryer, phone, closet, desk, chair, safe & offer 284 square feet of floor space.

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