Rhine River Cruise - Switzerland to Amsterdam

Explore the Rhine River, one of the most spellbinding river systems in Europe, from our luxurious Amadeus Cruises ship. We begin our getaway in Lucerne, Switzerland for a tour of the medieval city, a scenic cog railway ride to the top of Mount Rigi, and 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, Holland’s largest art museum the Rijksmuseum, cruise Holland’s largest lake, and enjoy a celebratory Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner before we return home. All meals are included aboard ship!

Hosted By: Rusty Garrett

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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare
  • Guaranteed prices & low deposit
  • All cruise port charges, government fees, taxes and fuel surcharges (minimum value of $165 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Baggage handling at hotels & aboard ship
  • Hotel and cruise ship transfers
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour
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Day 1 : Overnight flight to Europe

Our journey begins with an overnight flight to Switzerland.

Day 2 : Mount Rigi

Arrive in Lucerne, a delightful city well known for its medieval architecture and mountain landscapes.

We’ll glide across cobalt-blue Lake Lucerne on an afternoon boat cruise to Vitznau.

Once there, board a special cogwheel train to transport us up Mount Rigi. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Swiss Mittelland greet us when reaching Rigi Kulm, the highest point.

We 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.

Next, check-in to our Lucerne-area hotel.

Enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers at a Holiday Vacations Welcome dinner.


Day 3 : Lucerne

Begin with an orientation tour of Lucerne, known for its covered wooden foot bridge decorated with interior paintings.

Delight in traditional Swiss music and entertainment at the Stadtkeller Folklore Restaurant.

Later, board the luxurious Amadeus Silver III.

Once settled in, enjoy a reception and wonderful dinner onboard the ship.


Day 4 : Strasbourg

Located on the French 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 to a massage while we sail to Germany.


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.

Later, the ship arrives in Mannheim this afternoon 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.

This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Gala dinner.


Day 6 : Middle Rhine

In the morning visit Rudesheim, located in the heart of the Reingau wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is especially known for its superior Rieslings. We’ll 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 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.


Day 7 : Moselle River & Cochem

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’ll sample regional wines and experience the area’s 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 river banks.


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, whose twin spires dominate 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.


Day 9 : IJsselmeer Cruise

Today we cruise Holland’s largest lake, IJsselmeer Lake. The lake is fed by several rivers including the Rhine.

Next we enjoy an interesting guided tour of Amsterdam. Afterwards, take an excursion to the Hoorn area which includes time in charming Volendam, an area known for its vintage fishing boats.


Day 10 : Amsterdam

This morning we disembark our ship.

Go on a guided tour of the country’s largest museum, The Rijksmuseum. Stroll the halls packed with 16th and 17th century art including works by Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt.

Our accommodations for the evening are at a charming hotel just outside of Amsterdam.


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 demonstrate the villages that once dotted the land. Visit the museum, wander the village, explore the working mills, and watch artisans make cheese, clogs, and other traditional crafts.

This evening, enjoy an included Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.


Day 12 : Return Home

We fly home with lifelong memories of our incredible European getaway.


Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • Guaranteed prices & low deposit
  • All cruise port charges, government fees, taxes and fuel surcharges (minimum value of $165 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Baggage handling at hotels & aboard ship
  • Hotel and cruise ship transfers
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

All Accommodations Featuring

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

Attractions & Highlights

  • Mt. Rigi cog railway
  • 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
  • IJsselmeer Lake cruise
  • Amsterdam city tour
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Zaanse Schans

26 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Folk lunch at the Stadtkeller Restaurant in Lucerne
  • All meals included aboard ship
  • Captain's Gala dinner aboard ship
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits

  • 6 nights aboard the Amadeus Silver III
  • Ports of Call:
  • Strasbourg, France
  • Speyer, Germany
  • Mannheim, Germany
  • Rudesheim, Germany
  • Koblenz, Germany
  • Cochem, Germany
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tour Dates & Pricing

August 16th, 2020 - August 27th, 2020

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double Haydn Staterm


Double Mozart Staterm


Double Mozart Suite


Double Strauss Staterm Aft


Double Strauss Staterm Fwd


Single Haydn Staterm


Single Mozart Staterm


Single Mozart Suite


Single Strauss Staterm Aft


Single Strauss Staterm Fwd


Final Payment Date: 05/13/2020

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Departure Cities

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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 Garrett has been 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, Texas in the early 1980s. Before coming to News 10 he headed up weather departments in Longview/Tyler and Lufkin/Nacogdoches.

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 has tirelessly spearheaded a 16-county school weather safety program called Project Tornado. In this role he speaks 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 of a lifetime.