Enchanting Rhine onboard AmaSonata sailing from Basel, 22 April 2018
The AmaWaterways ships are inspired by luxury yachts and designed specifically to maximise every aspect of your cruise experience. You will notice the difference the minute you step on board and are welcomed in the beautiful lobby. From then on, you will be treated to an array of unique and luxurious features as you journey along in your floating hotel. relax and delight in stunning views in the spacious staterooms, many of which feature twin balconies, a French balcony and an outside balcony. Enjoy exclusive amenities like massage services, a fitness room and a pool while onboard. Indulge in award winning cuisine at a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant.
Included in the fares of AmaWaterways river cruises are
- Shore excursions in every port of call with gentle, active or late riser tour options
- Fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Sip & Sail daily Cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beers, spirits and soft drinks
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant;
- All on board dining in a variety or venues
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- La Chaine des Rotisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Luxury accommodation in a stateroom with window or balcony/twin balcony
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Internet access and Wi-Fi
- Bicycles that you can use to explore on your own or join the guided bike tours
- Sun deck pool with swim up bar and walking track
- Fitness room
- Main Lounge with panoramic windows and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
An AmaWaterways river cruise is about more than the destination – it’s the journey. We invite you to take one of our European river cruises, and see the world in luxury and comfort. River cruising Europe with AmaWaterways is an excellent way to explore a destination. Discover local culture and sights on included tours, and then hop back on your luxurious river cruise ship and sail to the next stunning city or charming town.
Your cruise with AmaWaterways will be a luxurious experience from start to finish. No matter how you choose to spend your time, you will have an unforgettable river cruise.
Your River Cruise Vessel, the AmaSonata
The AmaSonata i features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. Our exclusive Twin Balconies are available in most staterooms, which measure a spacious 210-235 sq. feet, with four suites measuring 300 sq. feet. Passengers will enjoy gourmet dining with free-flowing fine wines at multiple onboard dining venues; a heated sun deck swimming pool with a ‘swim-up’ bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary ship-wide Wi-Fi and in-room Internet and entertainment on demand; and a fleet of bicycles carried onboard for passengers to enjoy on their own or on guided bike tours.
Award Winning Dining – Savor exquisite cuisine at a variety of dining venues, like the Main Restaurant and The Chef’s Table. You can also order delicious tapas between meals in the Main Lounge.
Public Spaces – With fewer passengers on board, guests can enjoy the luxury of space – the public areas, like lounges and restaurants, never get overcrowded.
Onboard Entertainment – Whether it’s traditional music to the area, a local quartet or modern piano favourites, there is an eclectic schedule of entertainment on board.
Sun Deck Pool – Soak up the rays or take a dip in the refreshing pool with a swim-up bar as you pass by centuries-old castles, charming villages and other breathtaking scenery.
Twin Balconies – Enjoy panoramic views and plenty of fresh air in the lavish twin balcony staterooms that feature both a French balcony and an outside balcony.
Embark the ship. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
You have three exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town renowned for its historic architecture and its Riesling wines. A second option is a walking tour of the beautiful towns of Breisach and Freiburg, where you will visit the historical city center and Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Or for a more active option join a bike tour of Breisach. (B,L,D)
The capital city of France’s Alsace region, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. Here you will enjoy either a panoramic bus tour that will take you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, explore on foot with a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood, where you will see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. As an alternate choose from one of two active tours; an Old Town bike tour or a Strasbourg hike. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish. The ship departs tonight for Mannheim. (B,L,D)
Arrive in Mannheim, where you have a choice of one of three excursions this afternoon. Your first option is a half-day excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. Or, for your second option, enjoy a hike up the Philosopher’s Path up to a panoramic view point of Heidelberg. Your third option is a city tour of Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate). Continue on to Rüdesheim, where tonight you can choose from either a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum or a Rüdesheimer Coffee excursion. (B,L,D)
Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues this morning with your choice of one of three excursions: a gondola ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue followed by a wine tasting with a local vintner; a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany’s best wine regions; or a guided hike to Ehrenfel’s Castle. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns. Late risers can skip the gondola ride and still participate in the wine tasting if they’d like. This afternoon, your ship departs for Koblenz and cruises through the Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, with hillsides dotted with fairy-tale castles. After arriving in Koblenz, your Cruise Manager will take you on a walking tour through this charming town. The ship moors here overnight. (B,L,D)
The ship cruises to Cologne today, where you will have a choice of tours. The first is an afternoon walking tour that includes the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the city’s majestic Gothic cathedral. The second option is a Kolsch Beer and local specialties tasting, and the third is a guided bike tour of the city. The ship departs this evening for Amsterdam. (B,L,D)
After arriving this afternoon, your discovery of Amsterdam begins with a panoramic city tour of famed landmarks and photo opportunity at a Dutch windmill, followed by a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous house where Anne Frank once lived in hiding during WWII. Afterwards you’ll walk to Begijnhof, known for its historic buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and have some free time to explore. Alternatively, you could opt for a tour of the Jordaan District, or join an Amsterdam Jewish Heritage excursion. The ship moors here overnight. (B,L,D)
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)