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Rhine River Cruise - Amsterdam to Switzerland

Explore the Rhine River, one of the most spellbinding river systems in Europe, from our luxurious Amadeus Cruises ship. We begin our getaway in Amsterdam and visit the Zaanse Schans open-air museum and the Rijksmuseum, Holland’s largest art museum. Next we board our ship for a seven-night cruise along the Rhine River with eight ports of call in Germany, France, and Switzerland. All meals are included aboard ship! After our cruise, tour the medieval city of Lucerne, take a cog railway to the top of Mount Rigi, and enjoy a celebratory Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner before we return home.

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Day 1 : Overnight Flight to Europe

Our journey begins with an overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Day 2 : Amsterdam

We arrive in Amsterdam and meet our European guide and driver. Step back in time at Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum that brings Dutch heritage to life. Traditional buildings and restored windmills are reminiscent of the villages that once dotted the land.


Day 3 : Rijksmuseum

Begin the day with a guided tour of the country’s largest museum, The Rijksmuseum. Stroll the halls filled with 16th and 17th-century art including works by Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt. Explore Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam's one-of-a-kind floating flower market. Later, we board the luxurious Amadeus Cara. Once settled, enjoy a wonderful reception and dinner onboard the ship.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 : Volendam, Edam

We drive through the Dutch Polder landscape to the old fishing village of Volendam, stroll through the old village and see people still dressed in traditional costumes. En route to the ship, we visit the quaint village of Edam, famous for its cheese. We see the cheese weighing house and the Dam with its 18th-century town hall.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Cologne

Today’s port of call is 2,000-year-old Cologne. This cultural hub is a landmark of High Gothic architecture, beginning with the extraordinary cathedral, its twin spires dominating the skyline. After the bombing of Cologne during World War II, the city was rebuilt and has become a major area boasting multiple museums and art galleries. While in Cologne, enjoy a tasting of the famous beer called Kölsch.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Moselle River & Cochem

Cruise the Moselle River to visit one of Germany’s most beautiful river valleys. View vineyards covering the rolling hillsides and castles dotting the hilltops along the river banks. Then explore the charming town of Cochem, noted for its traditional half-timbered houses and medieval castle rebuilt in a fairytale style. As we stroll through the old town we stop to sample regional wines and experience the area’s gracious hospitality.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Middle Rhine

In the morning, visit Koblenz, one of the oldest and most diverse cities in Germany, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. The architecture of churches, castles and palaces tell stories of times-gone-by as we explore the area. Later in the day we head to the top deck as we cruise the scenic Middle Rhine through the Rhine Gorge. As the Rhine carves its way through steep hills there is always at least one castle in sight. Watch for The Lorelei in the narrowest gorge on the Rhine. Our port of call, Rudesheim, is located in the heart of the Rheingau wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known especially for its Rieslings. Here we have a walking tour including a stop at the music museum which features one of Europe’s biggest collections of mechanical musical instruments.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Heidelberg

We dock in Mannheim this morning and take a short drive to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest and most famous university town. Heidelberg is also known for its Baroque old town narrow streets, picturesque red roof tiled houses, beautiful 18th-century bridge, and breathtaking half-ruined castle. We return to the ship for lunch. Later, the ship departs for the handsome town of Speyer. The Speyer Cathedral dominates the city’s setting with its grand structure and beauty. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Gala dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Strasbourg

Located on France's border with Germany, Strasbourg is a gorgeous city rich in architectural and historical heritage for visitors to admire. It is also the home of the European Parliament. Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Île, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We return to the ship for lunch. Then, relax on the Sun Deck or pamper yourself with a massage while we sail to Basel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 : Disembark for Lucerne

This morning we disembark the ship in Basel for a short drive to Lucerne. Enjoy an included lunch with music and folklore show at the cozy country Stadtkeller restaurant. Then embark on a walking tour of this gorgeous city known for its covered wooden foot bridge decorated with interior paintings. After checking in to the hotel for a two-night stay, the afternoon and evening are free to explore this delightful town.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 : Mount Rigi

Today experience Mount Rigi! First glide across vividly blue Lake Lucerne on a cruise to Vitznau. There we disembark and board a special cogwheel train to transport us up the mountain. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Swiss Mittelland greet us when reaching Rigi Kulm, the highest point. We descend the mountain by aerial cable car to return to Lucerne and explore the Swiss Chocolate Adventure. This multimedia journey introduces us to the origin, manufacturing, and transport of our favorite Swiss confection. This evening, enjoy an included Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 : Fly Home


Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, cruise port charges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night in the Amsterdam area
  • 2 nights in Lucerne

Attractions & Highlights

  • Zaanse Schans
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Canal Cruise
  • Amsterdam walking tour
  • Volendam and Edam quaint villages
  • Cologne walking tour with Kölsch tasting
  • Moselle River scenic cruise
  • Cochem walking tour with wine tasting
  • Koblenz walking tour
  • The Middle Rhine
  • Rudesheim walking tour featuring music museum
  • Heidelberg walking tour
  • Speyer walking tour
  • Strasbourg city tour
  • Lucerne walking tour
  • Swiss Chocolate Adventure

26 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Amsterdam
  • Lunch with folklore, music and show at Stadtkeller restaurant
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits

  • Included daily shore excursions (minimum value of $375 per person)
  • 7 nights aboard the Amadeus Cara
  • Ferry to Vitznau
  • Mt. Rigi cog railway
  • Aerial cable car ride
  • All meals, beverage package & Wi-Fi included aboard ship
  • Captain’s Gala dinner aboard ship
  • Ports of Call:
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Cochem, Germany
  • Koblenz, Germany
  • Rudesheim, Germany
  • Mannheim, Germany
  • Speyer, Germany
  • Strasbourg, France
  • Basel, Switzerland

Tour Dates & Pricing


Price Per Person

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Final Payment Date: 06/15/2023

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Departure Cities

TCJM Pickup Locations:

Jackson, MS - Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport

Walt Grayson

Walt Grayson grew up in Greenville where he started his broadcasting career in high school at a local radio station. He moved from radio to television in 1984 when he became a weather anchor and occasional feature reporter for Jackson’s WLBT-TV. That job flip-flopped into him being an occasional weatherman and full-time feature reporter. Walt has made a move up and is now the full-time lifestyle and feature reporter for WJTV, channel 12 in Jackson.

He has written four books about his travels around Mississippi and writes a monthly column for the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi newspaper. He is the host and a segment producer for Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Mississippi Roads.

He is married to his junior high school sweetheart, Jo. Between them they have 7 grandchildren.

Join Walt on this spectacular vacation!