Rhine River Christmas Market Cruise

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A Rhine River Christmas Market Cruise had been on our bucket list for a long time. In December 2012, Alan and I cruised on AmaWaterways Amacello from Amsterdam to Basel with a land extension in Lucerne and Zurich. As we publish posts, you’ll see them here.

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AMA Waterways Christmas market cruise itinerary

We arrived in Amsterdam via Lufthansa a day early to rest up from jet lag. Accommodations were at the Amsterdam Marriott.  

After boarding the Amacello on a Thursday afternoon, with an overnight in Amsterdam, we started the next morning with a choice of an Amsterdam Canal Cruise and city tour or visiting the Jordaan area of Amsterdam.Then, the real fun began with stops in Germany, France and Switzerland including:

  • Cologne: Cologne walking tour and cathedral visit plus Christmas markets
  • Koblenz: Overnight
  • Rudesheim: Siegried’s Music Museum, wine tasting, Christmas markets
  • Speyer: Speyer walking tour or Heidelberg excursion, Christmas markets
  • Strasbourg: Strasbourg city tour, Strasbourg canal cruise, Christmas markets
  • Breisach: Colmar excursion or Black Forest excursion
  • Basel: Basel city tour

After disembarking in Basel, we continued on an AMA Waterways Christmas cruise land extension to Lucerne and Zurich. In Lucerne we stayed at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne. Activities included Lucerene walking tour, Christmas markets, optional Swiss Mountain tour and Lucerne Lake cruise.


Unfortunately, this is where the trip took a wrong turn for me and I ended up in a hospital. Luckily, Alan and I have a Medjet Assist membership which brought me home. Read about it in my Medjet Assist review.

The tour continued to Zurich without us with a Zurich city tour and Christmas markets visit. There was also an optional tour to Rhine Falls.

A Snowy Walking Tour in Amsterdam

We didn’t expect such a snowy welcome to Amsterdam. But those white flakes didn’t keep us from exploring the city’s picturesque Jordaan District. Read more about our experience by clicking on A Snowy Walking Tour in Amsterdam.

A Foggy View at Riekermolen

After touring Amsterdam, we stopped by a Dutch windmill before meeting up with the Amacello. To read more about it, click on A Foggy View at Riekermolen.

Cologne Walking Tour

On a Cologne Walking Tour, Alan and I experience our first Christmas market as Amacello makes her first stop on the Rhine River. Click on Cologne Walking Tour to read about our experience.

Winter on the Rhine

As our ship winds through the Rhine Gorge where medieval castles and vineyards compete for attention above scenic river banks, Alan and I vowed to cruise the Rhine once again. To read more about it, click on Winter on the Rhine.

Rudesheim Christmas Market

The Christmas market in Rudesheim met our expectations of a charming German village celebrating Christmas. Read more about our experience by clicking on Rudesheim Christmas Market.

Strasbourg, the Capital of Christmas

There’s a reason Strasbourg is known as the Capital of Christmas. To find out why, click on Strasbourg, the Capital of Christmas.

The Lion of Lucerne

We toured the Lion of Lucerne on a land extension with AmaWaterways. Unfortunately, this is all we saw of the lovely Swiss city due to Donna’s back injury. To read more, click on The Lion of Lucerne.

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