Kathie Snyders

A Happy Place Travel

AmaWaterways Ancestry Rhine Cruise

Nov 2, 2023 to Nov 9, 2023
Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland

HERITAGE ON THE RIVER:

YOUR PERSONALIZED ANCESTRY EXPERIENCE

Have you ever wondered what your ancestors’ lives were like in Europe at the turn of the century? Or imagined how it would feel to follow in their footsteps, walking the same paths they did in your ancestral village? A Happy Place Travel, AmaWaterways and Ancestry® are delighted to offer you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to uncover your family history while sailing along the Rhine River through multiple countries in Europe on the AmaLucia.  Note:  The sooner you book this cruise, the better choice of stateroom you will have!
 
This is on the Captivating Rhine with AmaWaterways (the cruise line with the most included excursions) departing Nov 2, 2023. 
 
What is AmaWaterways?  Here is a great video introduction.
 
Now through March 31, 2023 you have a choice of promotions (for double occupancy only)!
 
OPTION 1:
$1000 off per person!!
 
OR
 
OPTION 2:
Complimentary Land Package!!  Either the pre-cruise 2 Nights Amsterdam ($750 pp) OR post-cruise 2 Nights Lake Lucerne & 2 Nights Zurich ($1,680 pp)*
 
Obviously the post-cruise land package is the best deal if you have the time to stay 4 extra nights.  Otherwise, the $1000 per person is a fantastic deal!
 
 
* Restrictions apply.  Not applicable to single guests.  Solo travelers will receive a 50% discount off the total land package price. Promotion is not combinable with the reduced single supplement in cat. D and E.  Free Land Package offer is not applicable to travel advisors and does not apply to industry rates or other offers deemed by AmaWaterways.  It is only valid with the purchase of a participating cruise at full fare.  All requests are subject to availability and hotels are subject to change. Promotions are valid to new bookings only and must be booked and deposited by March 31, 2023. Other restrictions apply. 
 
 

High-Level Itinerary:

 

DAY

DESTINATION

ACTIVITIES

 

1
  1. Amsterdam

EMBARKATION

 


2
  1. Amsterdam

Canal cruise tour, Scenic cruising out of Amsterdam

3
  1. Cologne
“Holy City” walking tour and cathedral visit
OR Kölsch beer tasting
OR Cologne bike tour

4
  1. Rhine Gorge, Rüdesheim
Castles along the Rhine scenic cruising.
Rüdesheim wine tasting
OR Gondola ride
OR Vineyard hike
OR Guided bike tour of the Rheingau
 
AND later in the day
Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
OR Rüdesheimer coffee

5
  1. Ludwigshafen

“Romantic Heidelberg” excursion
OR “Secrets of Speyer” tour
OR Heidelberg Philosopher’s Path hike
OR Ladenburg bike tour


6
  1. Strasbourg

“The Gem of Alsace” tour
OR Strasbourg bike tour


7
  1. Breisach
Riquewihr walking tour
OR Freiburg excursion
OR Black Forest hike
OR Breisach wine country bike tour

8
  1. Basel

DISEMBARKATION

 

Click here for the detailed itinerary and cancellation policy.  


Passport and Visas

A valid passport is required for each participant . For travel to Europe, at time of publication US Passport holders do not require a visa to travel. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months after the scheduled return date to your home country, unless stated otherwise.

 

 


Available Packages

French Balcony - Category CA
Available until March 31, 2023

$3,908.00
Deposit: $400.00

French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.   Price is per person based on double occupancy.
Includes the $1000 discount for Option 1 and the port charges of $210 per person.

Note: here are some pictures of the different types of staterooms. 

The French Balcony has sliding glass windows with a seating area inside.  The French & Outside Balcony has an area to sit inside plus an area to sit outside. 

French Balcony - Category CB
Available until March 31, 2023

$3,608.00
Deposit: $400.00

French Balcony, 155 sq. ft.   Price is per person based on double occupancy.
Includes the $1000 discount for Option 1 and the port charges of $210 per person.

French & Outside Balcony - Category BA
Available until March 31, 2023

$4,708.00
Deposit: $400.00

French & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft   Price is per person based on double occupancy.
Includes the $1000 discount for Option 1 and the port charges of $210 per person.

French & Outside Balcony - Category BB
Available until March 31, 2023

$4,508.00
Deposit: $400.00

French & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft. Price is per person based on double occupancy.
Includes the $1000 discount for Option 1 and the port charges of $210 per person.

French & Outside Balcony - Category AA
Available until March 31, 2023

$5,108.00
Deposit: $400.00

French & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft. Price is per person based on double occupancy.
Includes the $1000 discount for Option 1 and the port charges of $210 per person.

French & Outside Balcony - Category AB
Available until March 31, 2023

$4,908.00
Deposit: $400.00

French & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft Price is per person based on double occupancy.
Includes the $1000 discount for Option 1 and the port charges of $210 per person.

Fixed Upper Window - Category D
Available until March 31, 2023

$3,108.00
Deposit: $400.00

Fixed Window, 160 sq. ft. Price is per person based on double occupancy.
Includes the $1000 discount for Option 1 and the port charges of $210 per person.

Fixed Upper Window - Category E
Available until March 31, 2023

$2,809.00
Deposit: $400.00

Fixed Window, 160 sq. ft. Price is per person based on double occupancy.
Includes the $1000 discount for Option 1 and the port charges of $210 per person.

Suite French & Outside Balcony - Category SS
Available until March 31, 2023

$6,408.00
Deposit: $400.00

Suite - French & Outside Balcony, 350 sq. ft. Price is per person based on double occupancy.
Includes the $1000 discount for Option 1 and the port charges of $210 per person.

Extra Options

Ancestry Feature (price is per person)
Available until August 31, 2023

$1,500.00
Deposit: $750.00

What's included in the Ancestry add on:

  • Complimentary AncestryDNA® Kit sent prior to your river cruise
  • Pre-journey welcome call, plus a 5-hour consultation and introductory research with your expert genealogist as well as a summary of their findings
  • The services of an expert genealogist throughout your entire river cruise experience
  • Two historical and genealogical presentations on board
  • One private consultation to review your family tree on board
  • Exclusive Ancestry excursion with your genealogist to the historic Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium for Captivating Rhine sailing; exclusive Ancestry enhancements to Budapest and Vienna city tours on Legendary Danube sailing
  • One hosted lunch or dinner with the genealogist
  • The opportunity to accompany your genealogist on select AmaWaterways excursions
 
This is all in addition to what is included on every AmaWaterways river cruise: fine dining in multiple venues, complimentary local wines, daily Sip & Sail cocktail hour, a variety of included excursions each day, high-quality Wi-Fi, fabulous coffee and so much more.
 
There is also an extra deposit required if this feature is added.  This additional deposit is immediately non-refundable because the Ancestry Experience starts immediately and the ancestry expert will reach out within 30 days to start the process.

Pre-cruise 2 Nights Amsterdam (price is per person)
Available until July 21, 2023

$750.00

Day 1, ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS. Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.

Day 2, AMSTERDAM. Follow your guide through the charming capital of the Netherlands, with its iconic meandering canals, bridges and distinctive architecture. (B)

Day 3, AMSTERDAM. Check out of your hotel and, before transferring to your ship, visit Zaanse Schans, observing life as it used to be lived in the Netherlands. Authentic windmills, houses and shops were relocated to this picturesque area, creating a typical 17th- to 18th-century village.  EMBARKATION. (B,D)

Land pricing includes breakfast, city tours, the cruise manager with them, and the transfer to and from the ship.

Post-cruise 2 Nights Lake Lucerne & 2 Nights Zurich (price is per person)
Available until July 21, 2023

$1,680.00

Day 1, BASEL, SWITZERLAND – DISEMBARKATION – LUCERNE. Disembark the ship and, before transferring to Lucerne, go on a highlights tour of Basel. Once in Lucerne, discover the unrivaled beauty and charm of this pristine city on a walking tour. Check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening. (B)

Day 2, LUCERNE. Today, stop at the iconic Lion Monument, sculpted in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution. You’ll also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. (B)

Day 3, LUCERNE – ZURICH. Check out of your hotel and before your transfer via motorcoach to Zurich, enjoy a scenic lake cruise. Later, check into your Zurich hotel. (B)

Day 4, ZURICH. Switzerland’s largest city seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour. One of the top experiences in Zurich is a visit to Old Town where you will find yourself amongst medieval houses, churches and the modern Bahnhofstrasse. (B)

Day 5, DEPART ZURICH. After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (B)

Land pricing includes breakfast, city tours, the cruise manager with them, and the transfer to and from the ship.

Option 2: Free Land Package for post-cruise (per person)
Available until July 21, 2023

-$680.00

Must be selected with post-cruse option.  Since the cruise is already reduced by $1000 for Option 1 and you cannot combine option 1 and option 2, the remainder is a $680 reduction off of the cruise sale price with the post-cruise.