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Ralph Grizzle's Dream Cruise 2024

Cruise For Up To 18 Nights On Three Wonderful Waterways

My Favorite Rivers During My Favorite Time Of Year To Cruise Them

What’s a Dream Cruise? It’s river cruise that pulls together the best of Europe. For me, that’s traveling in comfort along enchanting waterways, with multiple opportunities for destination immersion, cultural encounters, pedaling and hiking – and sharing the experience with others who are passionate about travel.

It’s also a river cruise of the proper duration. As our readers know, seven nights is just too short for a fully satisfying experience. My Dream Cruise spans 18 nights, with optional pre- and post-cruise extensions. If that’s too long for you, opt for 11 nights.

Our floating boutique hotel will be AmaWaterways’ AmaPrima. When she debuted in 2013, I wrote a piece called 12 Things To Like About The New AmaPrima. The lovely AmaPrima features 82 cabins and accommodation for 164 guests. 

Pushing Water AmaPrima
Our ship for this thrilling adventure will be AmaPrima. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

All staterooms have river views and more than half feature AmaWaterways’ unique twin balconies, comprised of a French balcony plus a walkout balcony. I enjoyed the white marble bathrooms with glass-enclosed, multi-jet showers and granite countertops.

AmaWaterways' twin balcony stateroom features both a French balcony and a step-out balcony. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

The ship features two restaurants: the Main Restaurant and The Chef’s Table, which features regionally inspired menus. You have the option to dine at the reservations-only Chef’s Table at least two times during our 18-night Dream Cruise. There is no additional charge for dining in this aft-situated upscale restaurant. The Chef’s Table is surrounded by windows and offers spectacular views of the rivers.

AmaPrima also features a fitness room and Sun Deck, heated pool.

But as nice as AmaPrima is, the ship is not the star of the show. The stars are the three rivers, the destinations along them and the activities available to us each day. The Main and Moselle rank among my favorite rivers in all of Europe. In one post, I called the Moselle: Europe’s Most Beautiful River – At Least During The Fall. The Main is equally as charming.

While I prefer active excursions (and there will be plenty of those for us), you need not be at a high fitness level to enjoy the Dream Cruise. We’ll have excursions and tours for any level of fitness, whether you’re mobility challenged or fit as a fiddle.

Why Travel With Me?

Well, for starters, it’s my “Dream Cruise.” No one else is offering such a cruise. Plus, I’ve cruised a lot on these rivers and will not only share my knowledge along the way but also participate in many of the activities. And I will help you find “secret” jewels along the way that other tourists fail to discover. To give you one example, when we’re in Amsterdam, one of the things I like to do is take a bike from the ship, board the free ferries across from Amsterdam’s Central Station and pedal into the region known as Waterland. It’s a region of fishing villages and picturesque countryside. As I’ve done before, I’ll find a small restaurant where I can enjoy mussels and fries (along with a beer) as I gaze out over a gorgeous landscape. I’d love to take a small group out on this adventure during the Dream Cruise.

What's The Cost?

For the full cruise, spanning 18 nights, rates begin at US$10,898 per person for fixed window staterooms to US$14,246 per person for French balcony staterooms to $15,796 per person for twin balcony staterooms. Or, for those who have less time to spare, you can still join us for just 7 nights or 11 nights. Rates for the shorter durations are published below. There is no reason to miss out on the fun.

Unpack Only Once And Enjoy 18 Nights On This Incredible Journey

Pricing | 18 Nights | Nuremberg To Basel | September 25, 2024 - October 13, 2024

Dream Cruise 2024 - Nuremberg > Amsterdam > Basel

CategoryConfigurationSquare FeetPer Person# Available
EFixed Window160$10,8985
DFixed Window160$11,69611
CFrench Balcony170$14,24616
BBTwin Balcony210$15,79615
BATwin Balcony210$16,29610
ABTwin Balcony235$16,84610
AATwin Balcony235$17,39610
AA+Twin Balcony290$18,8961
SSTwin Balcony300$20,6963
USD per person in double occupancy (cruise only). Port charges are an additional $576 per person

Ready to join me next autumn? Complete the form below and I’ll reach out to you with more information. 

No Obligation | Initially Limited To 15 Cabins | Do One Or Both Trips

After you submit, I will reach out to you via email with more information. You are under no obligation to purchase.

Join The Entire Cruise | Or Opt For 7 Or 11 Nights

TREASURES OF THE MAIN & RHINE
Nuremberg to Amsterdam | 7 Nights | September 25, 2024 - October 2, 2024

Treasures of the Main & Rhine Pricing | 7 Nights | Starting from $4,199 Per Person

15
Cabins Remaining

Dream Cruise 2024 Nuremberg > Amsterdam

CategoryConfigurationSquare FeetPer Person# Available
EFixed Window160$4,2995
DFixed Window160$4,59811
CFrench Balcony170$5,59816
BBTwin Balcony210$6,19815
BATwin Balcony210$6,39810
ABTwin Balcony235$6,59810
AATwin Balcony235$6,79810
AA+Twin Balcony290$7,3981
SSTwin Balcony300$8,0983
USD per person in double occupancy (cruise only). Port charges are an additional $224 per person

NOTES:

Important Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges not included in cruise price $224 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise 50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for Land A single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please contact me for pricing details.

Bedding Please let me know bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply.

RHINE & MOSELLE FAIRYTALES
Amsterdam to Basel | 11 Nights | October 2, 2024 - October 13, 2024

Rhine & Moselle Fairytales Pricing | 11 Nights | Starting from $6,599 Per Person​

15
Cabins Remaining

Dream Cruise 2024 Amsterdam > Basel

CategoryConfigurationSquare FeetPer Person# Available
EFixed Window160$6,5995
DFixed Window160$7,09811
CFrench Balcony170$8,64816
BBTwin Balcony210$9,59815
BATwin Balcony210$9,89810
ABTwin Balcony235$10,24810
AATwin Balcony235$10,59810
AA+Twin Balcony290$11,4981
SSTwin Balcony300$12,5983
USD per person in double occupancy (cruise only). Port charges are an additional $352 per person

NOTES:

Important Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges not included in cruise price $352 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise 50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for Land A single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.

Bedding Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price.

Itinerary & Tours

September 25, 2024 | NUREMBERG, GERMANY – EMBARKATION

Embark the ship in Nuremberg for your Treasures of the Main & Rhine cruise.

September 26, 2024 | BAMBERG

Explore enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in one of three ways. Join a guided walking tour of this medieval gem to see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions followed by a tasting of the city’s famous smoked beer. Or indulge in the local flavors by sampling smoked beer, licorice root and Hornla pastry, a local favorite whose recipe dates back to 1427. And for those wishing to explore the town more actively, hop on a bike for a guided bike tour along the Main River and to its quirky quarters beyond the town center. In the evening, sail to the Bavarian town of Volkach, where you’ll enjoy a free evening strolling along the streets and visiting shops and cafes.

Bamberg

      • UNESCO city walking tour and smoked beer tasting
      • OR Bamberg Specialties tasting
      • OR Bamberg bike tour


    Volkach

      • Free evening

September 27, 2024 | WÜRZBURG

Visit Würzburg, nestled along the “Romantic Road” in the middle of Germany’s largest wine producing region. Join a walking tour of this beautiful city bursting with Baroque splendor. Or admire its crown jewel, the Baroque Residenz Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features an opulent interior, including a grand fresco by Tiepolo. As an alternative, hike up to Marienberg Fortress, dating back to the 13th century, and overlooking the Main. You may also head to picturesque Rothenburg on the “Romantic Road,” known for its well-preserved medieval Old Town. 

 

Würzburg

  • City tour
  • OR Residenz Palace tour
  • OR Marienberg Fortress hike (led by Ralph Grizzle)
  • OR Rothenburg excursion

September 28, 2024 | WERTHEIM

Wertheim’s old town center still features half-timbered houses and the Gothic architecture of the Stiftskirche, its oldest Protestant church. You may either join a guided walking tour through the historic city center or learn the art of pretzel making with a visit to a local bakery. For those seeking a more active adventure, take a scenic bike ride through the Main River Valley. Alternatively, enjoy a guided walking tour through the medieval town of Miltenberg where you’ll see you will see the Schnatterloch (old market square) and one of the oldest inns in Germany, the Hotel Zum Reisen. Or, opt for a hike up into the surrounding hills to Miltenberg Castle.

Wertheim

  • Walking tour
  • OR Pretzel bakery visit and tasting
  • OR Main River bike tour (led by Ralph Grizzle)
  • OR “The Pearl of the Main” walking tour
  • OR Miltenberg Castle hike

September 29, 2024 | RUDESHEIM

Cruise from the meandering Main River to the captivating Rhine River en route to the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Once there, you will have a choice of two excursions. Take a peaceful ride over the vineyards on Rüdesheim’s gondola. Afterwards, wine connoisseurs will want to go on a wine tasting with a local vintner. Alternatively, visit hike through a Rüdesheim vineyard or take a bike ride through the Rheingau wine region. 

Rüdesheim

  • Gondola Ride and wine tasting
  • OR Vineyard hike
  • OR Rheingau bike tour (led by Ralph Grizzle)
     
    Rhine Gorge
  • Castles scenic cruising
      
    Lahnstein
  • Unique Lahneck Castle visit

September 30, 2024 | COLOGNE

Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue on to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Heumarkt and the Alter Markt. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine

Cologne

  • Holy City” tour and cathedral visit
  • OR Kölsch beer tasting
  • OR Cologne bike tour (led by Ralph Grizzle)

October 1, 2024 | AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

View Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise, taking in the magic of its iconic bridges. If you prefer exploring the world with your taste buds, stroll past traditional canals, gabled houses, narrow bridges and house boats to taste Dutch specialties at a grand Amsterdam café. 

*Depending on docking location, A Taste of Amsterdam may not operate; therefore, an alternative tour will operate instead.

Amsterdam

  • Canal cruise
  • OR A Taste of Amsterdam*

October 2, 2024 AMSTERDAM

Continue on the Rhine & Moselle Fairytales cruise. 

Amsterdam

Join me for bike tour to “Waterland,” only a ferry ride away and home to fishing villages, picturesque countryside and cozy restaurants (I’m going for the mussels and fries!)

October 3, 2024 | AMSTERDAM

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. 

Amsterdam

Free morning to explore before we sail away.

October 4, 2024 | COLOGNE, GERMANY

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. You’ll also pass by the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, and other local sights. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine. 

Cologne

  • Holy City” tour and cathedral visit
  • OR Kölsch beer tasting
  • OR Cologne bike tour (different from our last time here, led by Ralph Grizzle)

October 5, 2024 | LAHNSTEIN

You have a choice to visit Burg Lahneck, a medieval 13th-century castle, located in the city of Lahnstein; or you can go to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress to take the aerial cable car over the Rhine to Koblenz, which boasts a rich history spanning more than 2,000 years. For those seeking a more active adventure, explore the area on the “Two Rivers Bike Tour,” which takes you along both the Rhine and Moselle rivers; or go on a hike around Lahnstein to Lahneck Castle.

Lahnstein

  • Unique Lahneck Castle visit
  • OR Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and cable car ride to Koblenz
  • OR Lahneck Castle hike
  • OR “Two Rivers” bike tour (led by Ralph Grizzle)

October 6, 2024 | COCHEM

Spend the morning taking in the beauty of the Moselle on this scenic stretch of the river before reaching Cochem with its half-timbered houses and Reichsburg Castle. Join a guided tour through the castle and then walk through its Old Town. For those wishing to have a more active exploration of the area, you can go on a guided hike to the castle or a bike tour through Cochem. Or for a different adventure, follow your palate to one of Europe’s oldest mustard mills in Cochem for a taste of its finest mustard recipe.

Cochem

  • Scenic cruising
  • Reichsburg Castle and walking tour
  • OR Cochem Mustard Mill
  • OR Cochem hike
  • OR Cochem bike tour (led by Ralph Grizzle)

October 7, 2024 | TRIER

Set sail for Trier, Germany’s oldest city, where you can discover on a city tour why it has been called the “Rome of the North” as it has impressive Roman relics and nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Alternatively, go in search of the secrets of the Porta Nigra Gate on a tour that takes you back to a time when Rome ruled the world from the Emperor’s seat in Trier. You also have the choice of a bike tour through the historic city center and along the Moselle River; or hike high above Trier to Petrisberg. 

Trier

  • Scenic cruising
  • “Rome of the North” tour
  • OR “Ancient tales of the Porta Nigra” tour
  • OR Petrisberg hike
  • OR Trier bike tour (led by Ralph Grizzle)

October 8, 2024 | BERNKASTEL

Enjoy a scenic cruise to Bernkastel that will enchant you. Walk through its colorful Old Town center and past many medieval and Renaissance buildings on a guided tour that also includes a winery visit and tasting. Cycling enthusiasts can choose to join a bike tour and hikers can opt to trek up to the ruins of Landshut Castle, which dates all the way back to the 9th century. 

Bernkastel

  • Walking tour and wine tasting
  • OR Moselle bike tour (led by Ralph Grizzle)
  • OR Landshut Castle hike

October 9, 2024 | RHINE GORGE – RÜDESHEIM

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, before reaching Rüdesheim. Drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, and afterwards, be treated to a wine tasting. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. 

Rhine Gorge

Castles along the Rhine scenic cruising

 

Rüdesheim

  • Gondola ride and Wine tasting
  • OR Vineyard hike
  • OR Schloss Johannisberg bike tour (led by Ralph Grizzle)
  • Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
  • OR Rüdesheimer coffee

October 10, 2024 | LUDWIGSHAFEN

You have a choice of several excursions, depending on your interest. Visit Heidelberg, a perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Alternatively, relive a bygone era on an excursion to the glorious Schwetzingen Baroque Palace. Tour this splendid palace furnished with over 800 exhibits. Or, you may decide to visit Schwetzingen Palace Gardens with more than 100 sculptures and admire an assortment of whimsical buildings. The Apollotempel houses a statue of the ancient Greek god of light and the arts, playing the lyre; and the most spectacular, the Türkischer Garten with a mosque, are a few of the many highlights you will see. You can also hike the historic Philosopher’s Path along the Neckar River or bike to the charming town of Ladenburg and glide past its half-timbered architecture. 

Ludwigshafen

  • “Romantic Heidelberg” excursion
  • OR Mannheim Baroque Palace
  • OR Schwetzingen Gardens
  • OR Heidleberg Philosopher’s Path hike
  • OR Ladenburg bike tour (led by Ralph Grizzle)

October 11, 2024 | STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, the active adventurer can take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. 

Strasbourg

  • “The Gem of the Alsace” tour
  • OR Strasbourg bike tour (led by Ralph Grizzle)

October 12, 2024 | BREISACH, GERMANY

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions, depending on your interests. Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the scenic countryside, or go on a hike in the Black Forest*, a magical land full of cultural traditions. (B,L,D) 

*Please Note: Black forest hike is weather dependent and may only operate at certain times of year. Please refer to your final documents for details.

Breisach

  • Riquewihr walking tour
  • OR Freiburg excursion
  • OR Black Forest hike
  • OR Breisach wine country bike tour (led by Ralph Grizzle)

October 13, 2024 | BASEL, SWITZERLAND – DISEMBARKATION

Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Switzerland as you prepare for your return flight home. (B)

I hope you can join my Dream Cruise. I'll work to make this a memorable trip for all of us. The setting could not be better: comfortable accommodations and an outstanding crew; Europe's best rivers during the perfect time to cruise them; and sharing the experience with people who are passionate about cultural immersion, destination exploration and enjoying the company of one another as we cruise through the heart of Europe.
Ralph Grizzle
River Cruise Advisor