September 20 - October 2, 2024

Enchanting Rhine

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Escorted By: Daniel Benson

13 Days

27 Meals


CT Rating

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Lüftner Cruises • ms Amadeus Star

Throughout European history, people settled near its rivers, which served as vital trade and commerce routes. As we navigate along the mighty Rhine, we pass by legendary castles, majestic cathedrals, and explore age-old marketplaces. Our voyage takes us through Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, all while maintaining a luxurious standard. We seamlessly blend breathtaking scenery with cultural enrichment, ensuring your every comfort is met. Designed with the epitome of river cruising in mind, we travel at a relaxed pace, allowing you to explore historic sites and cities. You'll enjoy comfortable staterooms, delectable cuisine, and wine included with dinners. 

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Excursions and land arrangements include some extensive walks, often over rough surfaces. Cobblestones are used in many European cities, making walking more difficult. Access to
some decks and to shore in some ports may involve steep steps. Members should be in good physical condition, and able to walk a kilometre or more without assistance to fully enjoy this cruise.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a Shanty Choir performance during the welcome dinner
  • Cruise on the Ijsselmeer, one of Holland's largest freshwater lakes
  • Discover Cologne's historic Old Town, iconic Cathedral, and Kölsch beer
  • Visit a local winery in Germany's 5th largest wine region
  • Experience the stunning Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO site known for its vineyard-covered riverbanks and picturesque castles
  • Tour the beautiful Heidelberg Castle
  • Explore Strasbourg by canal boat featuring the Grand Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Meet your local guide for a walking tour of Basel, Switzerland's second-largest city
  • Get your camera ready for a walking tour of the charming medieval lakeside town of Lucerne
  • Be inspired during the boat ride to the rock at Rhine Falls, where you'll witness the incredible force of about 600,000 liters of water per second rushing down the falls

Inclusive Features

  • Return economy airfare from Canadian cities listed
  • 7-night cruise on ms Amadeus Star
  • All meals during the cruise and quality European wines with every dinner
  • Coffee & tea available on board 24 hours a day
  • Cocktail reception, Welcome & Captain Gala dinners
  • Escorted shore excursions in each port including audio headsets
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Baggage handling at hotels and shipside
  • 4-nights first class hotel accommodations in Lucerne and Zurich as indicated or similar with breakfast daily
  • Scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne
  • All gratuities and taxes for included services
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with the purchase of group airfare
  • Services of your journey leader and/or cruise director
  • Swiss folklore dinner show in Lucerne


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Have any questions? Contact Roselle at rking [at] or call 1-800-387-8890

Lüftner Cruises

ms Amadeus Star

Joining the fleet in 2019, The beautiful AMADEUS Star retains the design essence found throughout the AMADEUS line. Spacious personal accommodations, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows in every cabin, and choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding).

Purpose-built to sail the safe scenic waters of Europe’s rivers, she has three decks with cabins and public rooms plus a spacious Sun Deck for viewing the countryside.

When the sun lowers in the Western skies, slip into your favorite evening clothes and wander into the elegant wine bar. Soft voices fill the air as new friends gather to enjoy a four-course dinner as the AMADEUS Star’s attentive staff anticipates your every request.

Stateroom Upgrades Available

Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

C-1 Deluxe Twin (Haydn - panoramic window)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

B-4* Deluxe Twin (Strauss - drop down panoramic window)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

B-1* Deluxe Twin (Strauss - drop down panoramic window)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

A-1* Deluxe Twin (Mozart - drop down panoramic window)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

Suite Amadeus Suite (Mozart - walk out exterior balcony)



Double / Twin


Cruise & Air Cost in CAD Per Person

Cruise / Tour Only
Ottawa / Montreal
St. John’s / Fredericton
Halifax / Winnipeg / Thunder Bay
Regina / Saskatoon
Calgary / Edmonton / Vancouver
Single Supplement Cat C-4 Outside (panoramic window) on Haydn Deck

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Final payment is due June 12, 2024. Deposit is $1,200 per stateroom.

*Cabins have a drop-down panoramic window that extends across the entire width of the cabin and can open to make the stateroom become its own balcony.

Rates are per person based on sharing a Cat C-4 Outside Twin (panoramic window) on Haydn Deck. Cruise/Tour only costs exclude airfares and airport transfers. Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Airfares and air carrier are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to final payment. Refer to inclusive features for details. 

Stateroom categories are subject to availability at the time of booking - book early for the best choice. See the deck plan for full details on various categories available. Singles are extremely limited, please enquire for rates or visit our website. River cruise price is based on sharing a twin-bedded stateroom with a private bathroom. Prices are based on a minimum of 20 members and on rates, taxes, and fees effective October 2023, and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control. This river cruise will be escorted with a minimum of 20 travellers.

Insurance is NOT INCLUDED but is highly recommended. Premiums are calculated based on the individual’s age, destination (country), trip length, and trip booking window –please contact our staff to receive a quote. Your coverage starts on the effective date of your confirmation of coverage. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Refer to terms and conditions for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Check out some of our frequently asked questions before booking your journey.

What are Craig Journeys all about?

Our goal is to offer meaningful authentic experiences that inspire a deeper understanding of the world we inhabit. Through immersive sightseeing and engaging interactions with local people and cultural sites, we strive to foster a greater appreciation of our global community.

We go to great lengths to ensure the physical comfort of our members, providing excellent accommodations, delicious cuisine, comfortable transportation, and more. At the same time, we encourage them to embrace and engage with local customs.

Why should I book with Craig Travel?

All of our tours are carefully planned to provide a comfortable pace, quality accommodations, in-depth sightseeing, and fully inclusive pricing. We encourage you to compare our offerings with other tours available. Check to see exactly what is included and what extras you may be required to pay.

What do you mean by 'Fully Inclusive' pricing?

Almost all Craig Tours and Cruises include all prepaid costs, encompassing airfare and related taxes, hotel accommodations and/or cruise expenses with taxes and service fees, most meals as described for each departure, sightseeing with entrance fees, gratuities for included services (such as guides, drivers, hotel staff, porters), and even airport transfers. For those residing in southern Ontario, we provide transfers between your home and the airport in most areas, while other passengers receive a special credit or an overnight stay at an airport hotel, depending on the circumstances.

Not included in the published prices are personal services and items such as laundry, telephone calls, room service, and beverages with meals or otherwise (according to local customs; for example, beverages like water, tea, and coffee are typically not included in Europe except during breakfast). Shore excursions on ocean cruises are not included unless specified.

While taxes and fees are included in our prices, they always remain subject to change. Consequently, we may need to collect supplements to cover tax and fee increases that cannot be absorbed.