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Rhine River Cruise - Switzerland to Amsterdam

Explore the Rhine River, one of the most spellbinding river systems in Europe, from our luxurious Amadeus Imperial ship. Begin in Lucerne, Switzerland where we tour the medieval city, take a cog railway ride up to the top of Mount Rigi, and have a delightful Swiss Chocolate Adventure. Next we board our ship for a seven-night cruise along the Rhine River with ports of call in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Disembark in Amsterdam and visit the Zaanse Schans open-air museum and Holland’s largest art museum, the Rijksmuseum. Cruise Holland’s largest lake and enjoy a celebratory Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner. All meals are included aboard ship!

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Normandy & Paris Extension:

4 Days ~ August 6 – 9, 2022

Continue the excitement following our incredible Rhine River cruise with a rare opportunity to explore World War II sites on France’s Normandy coast and one night in the sparkling City of Light, Paris.

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Hosted By: Rusty Garrett

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Airfare Included
Airfare Included
Exceptional Accommodations with Baggage Handling
Exceptional Accommodations with Baggage Handling
Premier Attractions
Premier Attractions
Professional Tour Directors
Professional Tour Directors
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Day 1 : Overnight Flight to Europe

Our journey begins with an overnight flight to Switzerland.

Day 2 : Mount Rigi

Our flight lands in Zurich, then we transfer to Lucerne, a city known for its medieval architecture and mountain landscapes. We glide across beautiful blue Lake Lucerne on an afternoon cruise to Vitznau. Once there, we board a special cogwheel train that takes us up Mount Rigi. Breathtaking panoramic views of Swiss Mittelland appear when reaching Rigi Kulm, the highest point. We then descend by cable car and return to Lucerne to experience the Swiss Chocolate Adventure, a multimedia journey that tells a chocolate ‘origin story’ including the manufacturing and transporting of our favorite Swiss confection. Next, we check in at our Lucerne area hotel. Enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers at a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.


Day 3 : Lucerne

Start the day with a walking tour of Lucerne known for its covered wooden foot bridge decorated with interior paintings. Later we board the luxurious Amadeus Imperial. Once settled, enjoy a reception and dinner onboard the ship.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Strasbourg

Located on the French border with Germany, Strasbourg is a gorgeous city rich in historic architecture and other preserved pieces of local heritage for visitors to admire. Also the home of the European Parliament, Strasbourg’s historic city center, the Grande Île, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We return to the ship for lunch. Relax on the sun deck or treat yourself to a massage while we sail to Germany.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Speyer & Heidelberg

We dock in the handsome town of Speyer. The Speyer Cathedral dominates this city’s setting with its grand structure and beauty.

The ship arrives in Mannheim this afternoon. We take a short drive to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest and most famous university town. Heidelberg is known for its Baroque narrow streets, picturesque red roof tiled houses, beautiful 18th-century bridges, and a breathtaking half-ruined castle.

This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Gala dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Middle Rhine

In the morning visit Rudesheim, located in the heart of the Reingau wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site especially known for its Rieslings. Be amazed at Siegfried’s Mechanical Cabinet, boasting a large collection of historic self-playing instruments spanning three centuries.

Next, head to the top deck as our vessel cruises 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.

Later in the day we arrive at 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 of times gone by as we explore the area.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Moselle River & Cochem

Discover the charming town of Cochem, known for its traditional half-timbered houses and medieval castle rebuilt in a fairytale style. As we stroll through the old town we sample regional wines and experience gracious hospitality.

Cruise the Moselle River on an excursion to visit one of Germany’s most beautiful river valleys. View vineyards covering the rolling hillsides, castles, and ruins dotting the hilltops above villages and towns along the riverbanks.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Cologne

Today’s port of call is 2,000-year-old Cologne. This cultural hub is a landmark of High Gothic architecture, starting 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 numerous museums and art galleries. Afterward, enjoy a tasting of the famous beer of Cologne called Kölsch.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Volendam & Edam

Have a fascinating guided tour of Amsterdam this morning.

Then enjoy an afternoon excursion in the charming fishing villages of Volendam and Edam.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 : Rijksmuseum

This morning is packed with the fine arts as we embark on a guided tour of the country’s largest museum, Rijksmuseum. Stroll the halls decorated with 16th and 17th-century art including works by Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt. We also have a delightful cruise on Amsterdam's signature canals. Our accommodations are at a charming hotel just outside the city.


Day 11 : Zaanse Schans & Haarlem

Step back in time at Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum that brings Dutch heritage to life. Traditional buildings and restored windmills show signs of the villages that once dotted the land. Visit the museum, wander through the village, explore the working mills, and watch artisans make cheese, clogs, and other traditional crafts.

We celebrate our travels with a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 : Return 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 Lucerne area
  • 2 nights in the Amsterdam area

Attractions & Highlights

  • Mt. Rigi cog railway
  • The Swiss Chocolate Adventure
  • Lucerne walking tour
  • Strasbourg city tour
  • Speyer walking tour
  • Heidelberg walking tour
  • Rudescheim walking tour feat. the Music Museum
  • The Middle Rhine
  • Koblenz walking tour
  • Cochem walking tour with wine tasting
  • Moselle River scenic cruise
  • Cologne walking tour with Kölsch tasting
  • Amsterdam city tour
  • Excursion to Volendam and Edam
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Amsterdam canal cruise
  • Zaanse Schans

26 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Lucerne
  • Folklore lunch at Hotel Stadtkeller
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits

  • 7 nights aboard the Amadeus Imperial
  • All meals included aboard ship
  • Captain’s Gala dinner aboard ship
  • Ports of Call:
  • Strasbourg, France
  • Speyer, Germany
  • Mannheim, Germany
  • Rudesheim, Germany
  • Koblenz, Germany
  • Cochem, Germany
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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*Double Normandy & Paris Extension


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Double Strauss Staterm Fwd


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Double Mozart Suite


*Single Normandy & Paris Extension


Single Haydn Staterm


Single Strauss Staterm Fwd


Single Mozart Staterm


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Final Payment Date: 04/22/2022

Departure Cities

KWTX TV Pickup Locations:

Killeen, TX - Shilo Inn Suites Hotel

Dallas, TX - Dallas-Ft Worth International Airport

Temple, TX - Hilton Garden Inn

Waco, TX - KWTX-TV News 10 Station

Rusty Garrett

Rusty served as chief weather anchor for KWTX-TV until retiring in 2019. During his 30-year career at News 10 he supervised the most sophisticated forecast center in Central Texas.

A native Texan, Rusty began his television career in his hometown of Victoria in the early 1980s.

Rusty’s community involvement has made him one of the most recognized and beloved personalities in the area. He has served on the board of directors for the United Way and the American Red Cross. For 30 years, he spearheaded a 16-county school weather safety program called “Project Tornado.” In this role he spoke to tens of thousands of children. He continues to serve as local chairman for the Salvation Army and Marine Corp Reserve’s “Toys-For-Tots” Christmas drive.

Rusty and his wife, Ann, have hosted numerous Holiday Vacations tours and invite you to join them on this fabulous trip.