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Cruise Europe | AMAWaterways Medieval Treasures via Switzerland, France, and Germany

Sample Itinerary


Switzerland, France, Germany

Trip Duration

7 nights / 8 days

Explore Europe's most enthralling sites and engaging culture with an immersive voyage on AMAWaterways.

AMAWaterways offers spacious, twin-balcony staterooms; Gold-medal chef-crafted meals onboard, including The Chef's Table; complimentary premium wines and beers with lunch and dinner; immersive guided excursions in every destination; complimentary bicycles to explore on your own; refreshing deck pool with swim-up bar, onboard entertainment, fitness room, massage services and salon; and complimentary Internet and Wi-Fi; plus world-class service with high-staff-to-guest ratio.

Discover some of Europe's most fascinating cities as you sail along the legendary Rhine and Main Rivers. Be captivated at historic castles, distinguished palaces and stunning scenery in welcoming towns and cities on your unforgettable luxury river voyage. With many options across Europe, peruse Journese' elite portfolio for the ideal post-cruise resort stay and many activity and excursion options.

Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below, or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.


Day 1:  Basel, Switzerland |

Upon arrival in Switzerland, enjoy a private transfer to the luxurious AmaDante for embarkation. Meet your fellow travelers and the AmaDante crew tonight at a welcome reception and dinner as the ship departs for its first port.

Day 2: Strasbourg, France |

Wake up in France this morning, savoring a private breakfast in your stateroom or join your fellow sailors for your first meal of the day. Then, experience this fairytale city brimming with culture and architecture from both German and French influences with a guided walking or bike tour ashore. Explore the European Parliament and Place de la Republique, before strolling through history in the picturesque La Petite France quarter, built level with the many waterways. Marvel at the many half-timbered houses and Cathedrale de Notre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Return to the ship at any time to enjoy daily meals included onboard.

Day 3: Ludwigshafen - Rudesheim, Germany |

Begin your day with buffet-style or full-service dining in the main dining room. Then, disembark on a variety of optional excursions in the contemporary city of Ludwigshafen once demolished by World War II and located on the west bank of the Rhine River. Explore the Mannheim Baroque Palace, one of the largest in Europe; take a walking tour of Speyer, home to Europe's largest Romanesque cathedral and Old Gate; or visit the remarkable Speyer Technical Museum filled with historic marvels of space, submarines, classic cars, mechanical instruments and more. Then, head to the ship and sail to Rudesheim for a complimentary Riesling wine tasting. Relax onboard tonight with a mouthwatering made-to-order culinary experience and follow the stars in the sky as you move ahead to your next port.

Day 4: Rudesheim - Frankfurt, Germany |

After your morning coffee or workout onboard, go ashore to discover Rudesheim with a visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to a vast collection of self-playing musical instruments. Adventure seekers may choose to head to the skies and soar over the vineyards in a gondola or opt for a bike ride along the riverbanks of the Rhine. For a full-day excursion, head to the medieval city of Heidelberg, nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany's Castle Road. Then, set sail to Frankfurt for a city excursion and authentic Romerberg beer tasting before your choice of acclaimed cuisine onboard for dinner and evening entertainment.

Day 5: Miltenberg, Germany |

Known as the "Pearl of the Main River," discover centuries-old half-timbered, gabled houses, plus the famed Crooked House and Royal Inn, a working hotel since the 17th century. You may also choose to indulge in regional specialties of Franconia, go on a guided bicycle ride along the Main River or remain onboard and take advantage of the walking track and fitness center, a soothing massage or relaxation on the Sun Deck.

Gather with your new cruising friends for a special toast and dining experience in the main restaurant or The Chef's Table specialty restaurant to savor a tantalizing array of expertly prepared dishes, perfectly paired with complimentary European wines before departure to Wurzburg.

Day 6: Wurzburg, Germany |

Sip sparkling wine as you indulge in the morning buffet and French pastries or made-to-order dish before you disembark to this beautiful French-inspired city, set along the "Romantic Road" in the heart of Germany's largest wine producing region. Discover the Baroque Residenz Palace, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its opulent interior, Tiepolo-painted fresco and beautiful gardens. Or, hike up the Marienberg Fortress, the most prominent landmark on the Main River, once home to princes and bishops. In the afternoon, join a unique Franconian wine tasting at the famous wine cellars, located underneath Wurzburg.

Day 7: Bamberg, Germany |

Celebrate your final shore excursion today with a guided walking tour of Bamberg's cathedral, Old Town Hall and time-honored mansions. If you prefer, spend the day sampling centuries-old flavors featuring smoked beer, licorice root and Hornla pastry-a local favorite dating back to the 15th century; or pedal your way along the Main River and beyond on a guided bicycle experience.

This evening, don your favorite attire and raise a glass to the ship's captain with a special cocktail and farewell gala dinner. Savor tantalizing culinary masterpieces highlighting the cultures and traditions of the regions, followed by live entertainment onboard. Make a toast under the stars to a wonderful river voyage as the ship departs for its final port.

Day 8: Nuremberg, Germany |

Following breakfast this morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Until we meet again . . . Bon Voyage! With many options across Europe, peruse Journese' elite portfolio for the ideal post-cruise resort stay and many activity and excursion options.

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