May 22 – June 6, 2019
River Cruise & Land Tour
Depart today from home on your overnight flight to Amsterdam.
Thursday, May 23 – Amsterdam
Upon arrival in Amsterdam, you will immediately sense the legendary Dutch “gezellig” (cozy) environment. After collecting your luggage and passing through immigration formalities, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Friday, May 24-Amsterdam
Enjoy a walking tour of Amsterdam for an overview of the city before enjoying the balance of your day at leisure. (B)
Saturday, May 25 – Amsterdam/Board AMAPrima
After breakfast this morning, you will visit the Zaanse Schanse windmills and village prior to embarking the beautiful AMAPrima, your home for the next week. You will settle into your comfortable cabin and enjoy your ship as it remains docked in Amsterdam overnight. (B,L,D)
Sunday, May 26 – Amsterdam/Sail
Get further acquainted with Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise, where you will see the beautiful wooden Skinny Bridge and Anne Frank’s House. Continue on with a walk to the Begijnhof and be charmed by its Middle Age buildings followed by a city tour that includes the Royal Palace and Westerkerk. Later in the day, enjoy scenic cruising. (B,L,D)
Monday, May 27 – Cologne, Germany
This morning, cruise to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi—are believed to rest. Continue on and discover the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. Or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne’s traditional Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with applesauce. (B,L,D)
Tuesday, May 28 – Rhine Gorge/Rudesheim
Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Wine connoisseurs will want to go on a walking tour through the vineyards where you’ll stop to sample wines at three different tasting stations. Or choose to drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. For a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)
Wednesday, May 29 – Ludwigshafen
Today you will have a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. (B,L,D)
Thursday, May 30 – Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, has flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République followed by a walking tour through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. You’ll also see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. The active adventurer can join a guided bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)
Friday, May 31 – Breisach, Germany
Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr. Having survived WWII without being badly damaged, this charming medieval hamlet looks much like it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture and surrounding vineyards as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the countryside. (B,L,D)
Saturday, Jun 1 – Basel/Zurich, Switzerland/Hamburg
After breakfast this morning you will disembark the ship and enjoy a city tour of Basel en route to Zurich. This afternoon you will fly to Hamburg, Germany, site of the 110th Rotary International Convention. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B)
Sunday, June 2 – Hamburg
This and every morning, breakfast will be served in your hotel. Prior to the opening ceremonies, discover the Hanseatic city of Hamburg on a guided tour immersing yourself in the unique atmosphere and enjoy a piece of Hamburg’s lively culture. Hamburg has a lot to offer from Jungfernstieg with its upmarket shops, the downtown lakes (the Binnenalster and the Aussenalster), the Reeperbahn (Hamburg’s entertainment district), to the largest harbour in Germany and the old Speicherstadt (warehouse district). Strolling through time you will discover the historical beauty of Hamburg’s Speicherstadt accompanied by a guide clad in the traditional robes of Hamburg’s merchants of old. This strikingly picturesque commercial and warehouse complex with its unmistakable red-brick architecture, green copper crowns, charming modest towers, bay windows and gabled roofs offers you unique views of historical urban beauty. Aromas of roasted coffee, tea and various spices from around the world fill the air. On a little hill, not far from the harbor, you will find the “Michel”, Hamburg’s landmark. It is 132 meters high and Germany’s most important protestant baroque building. The view from the platform, 82 meters high is worth the exhausting ascent of 432 stairs. (Elevator also available) A bold glass structure rises above the historic Kaispeicher A, a monumental redbrick block at the western tip of Hamburg. An architectural vision has become reality – the Elbphilharmonie concert hall is Hamburg’s new cultural landmark. The design combines tradition and modernity just where the Hanseatic city is at its most authentic: directly on the water and in the heart of the city. The Elbphilharmonie opened in January 2017 as one of the world’s finest concert halls. Join us this evening, following the Opening Ceremonies, for the now famous Hamden Rotary Club Tours Cocktail Reception. (B, CKTL)
Monday, June 3 – Hamburg
Breakfast will be available in your hotel this morning, prior to a day filled with several Plenary Sessions during the convention hours. Tonight you may wish to choose one of the many Host Committee Events available. (B)
Tuesday, June 4 – Hamburg
Breakfast will again be available in your hotel. Plenary Sessions and events of the Rotary International Convention continue. Tonight, you may wish to choose one of the optional tours available. (B)
Wednesday, June 5 – Hamburg
Again, breakfast is served in your hotel this morning. The Plenary sessions and events of the convention continue. Tonight, enjoy the unforgettable Closing Ceremonies. (B)
Thursday, June 6 – Hamburg/USA
Breakfast will be served this morning in your hotel. Based on flight schedules, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home with fond memories of your Rotary Convention experience. (B)
LAND & CRUISE ONLY PRICE
This price is based on a Standard “Category E” Cabin
Upgrades to Balcony and Suite Cabins are available upon request.
We offer International Air Fare from all major US Cities. Please ask us about Economy and Business Class airfare.