2022 ENCHANTING RHINE GOLF CRUISE
Golf Ahoy Travel’s new European River golf cruises from 2022 take groups of intrepid golfers on a seven-day Rhine cruise on an AmaWaterways riverboat; AmaLucia, AmaPrima, or AmaSeina, from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands.
This Enchanting Rhine River Golf Cruise is offered weekly, between March and December each year.
Group departure Embarkation September 1, 2022. The AmaLucia.
The AmaLucia Overview. Sister ship to the award-winning AmaLea, the elegant 156-passenger AmaLucia is a warm, inviting ship offering plenty of space for guests to unwind. From comfortable staterooms with twin balconies to the sunny Main Lounge, where delicious tapas will be served throughout the day. If an active adventurous mood strikes après your golf round, there’s the sun-deck walking track, pool with a swim-up bar, fitness room, and complimentary fleet of bikes.
Floriade: Exclusive for 2022. In Amsterdam journey into the Netherlands for an included experience, Floriade 2022 - a rare horticultural exhibition that only happens every 10 years. In Almere, right outside of Amsterdam, you will have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the flourishing gardens, explore the innovative sustainable gardening exhibits, and learn what a green future could look like. As part of the International Horticultural Expo, Floriade opens from April 14 to October 9, 2022. Right outside Amsterdam, this rare experience calls for its visitors to “explore, touch and change” as part of their journey into Floriade – which is set to feature stunning gardens, innovative sustainable gardening exhibits, live entertainment, talk shows, souvenirs, and food stalls.
Golf Ahoy Travel has optional pre-cruise and post-cruise hotel and tour add-on packages in Zurich, Lucerne, and Amsterdam.
2022 ENCHANTING RHINE GOLF CRUISE 7 NIGHT CRUISE
Grand cities blend in perfect harmony with their historic past and their progressive future. Inspirational towns have given way to great stories, poetry, and music, like Heidelberg, where Mark Twain wrote A Tramp Abroad. Timeless traditions remain intact—from the making of Kölsch, Cologne’s legendary brew, to the making of Rüdesheimer coffee. Take a front-row seat on an enchanting journey that takes you along the Rhine and through its designated UNESCO World Heritage Site with its 40 castles strung like pearls on its river banks and to magnificent cities and charming villages alike.
OVERVIEW: DAY, DESTINATION ACTIVITIES, FOR NON-GOLFING TRAVEL COMPANIONS
1 BASEL EMBARKATION
2 BREISACH Riquewihr excursion OR Freiburg excursion OR Black Forest excursion OR Breisach wine country bike tour
3 STRASBOURG “The Gem of Alsace” tour OR Strasbourg bike tour
4 LUDWIGSHAFEN “Romantic Heidelberg” excursion OR Heidelberg Philosopher’s hike, OR “Secrets of Speyer” tour OR Ladenburg bike tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum OR Rüdesheimer Coffee
5 RÜDESHEIM Gondola ride and wine tasting OR Vineyard hike OR Guided bike tour of the Rheingau Castles along the Rhine scenic cruising Lahneck Castle Visit
6 COLOGNE “Holy City” walking tour and cathedral visit OR Kölsch Beer tasting OR Cologne bike tour
7 AMSTERDAM Canal cruise tour OR A Taste of Amsterdam OR Floriade**
8 AMSTERDAM DISEMBARKATION
ITINERARY DAILY SIGHTSEEING DETAILS:
Day 1, BASEL. Board the ship in Basel for your Enchanting Rhine cruise. (D)
Day 2, BREISACH. 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 to 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 the year. Please refer to your final documents for details.
Day 3, STRASBOURG. 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. Then walk through its iconic UNESCO World Heritage “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. For the active adventurer, you can take a guided bike ride through this captivating city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)
Day 4, LUDWIGSHAFEN RÜDESHEIM. Ludwigshafen is your gateway to 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 18thcentury 49,000gallon 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. Or ride along the river Neckar to the medieval town of Ladenburg where you’ll have some free time to explore the shops and quaint Marktplatz. 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. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. (B,L,D)
Day 5, RÜDESHEIM RHINE GORGE LAHNSTEIN. Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterward, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. If you prefer a more active adventure, hike through Rüdesheim’s vineyards, taking in views of the town, the Roman Bridge, and Bromersburg Castle. Or join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles to Lahnstein where you’ll enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)
Day 6, COLOGNE. Home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000yearold city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCOdesignated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi— are believed to rest. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten; or visit a local tavern to taste Kölsch beer and reibekuchen mit apfelmus—potato pancakes served with applesauce. (B,L,D)
Day 7, AMSTERDAM. Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you have a choice as to how you wish to explore it. The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour beginning with a scenic canal cruise. Or opt for a rare experience with a journey into the Netherland’s Floriade Expo** in Almere – very close to Amsterdam – which will feature stunning gardens, innovative sustainable gardening exhibits, live entertainment, souvenirs, and food stalls. If you prefer exploring the world with your taste buds, stroll past traditional canals, gabled houses, narrow bridges, and houseboats to taste Dutch specialties at a grand Amsterdam café. (B,L,D)
Day 8, AMSTERDAM. Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight or post-cruise add-on hotel nights. (B)
THE GOLF COURSES OFFERED ON THIS CRUISE (not necessarily in order of play).
HILVERSUMSCHE GOLF CLUB
Championship Course, Hilversum, Netherlands. The host of the KLM Open this club is one of the most exclusive in the Netherlands and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. In recent years, the course, located in the Kievitsdal, has been renovated by architect Kyle Philips, with the original landscape and aspects of the former architect Harry S. Colt being retained wherever possible.
In 2010, all renovations were completed for the Hilversumsche Golf Club to host the KLM Dutch Open for the 25th time. Ranked 49th in Europe, the heathland course of the Hilversumsche last hosted the Dutch Open from 2010 - 2012 with Martin Kaymer, Simon Dyson, and Peter Hanson each triumphant over the beautiful Phillips and Colt designs.
GOLF SOCIETEE LAGE VUURSCHE
Championship Course, Den Dolder, Netherlands. Kyle Phillips Design. The Golfsociëteit De Lage Vuursche layout was fashioned by Kyle Phillips and it opened for play in the year 2000.
This was an ambitious restoration project which aimed to revert flat farmland back to its former glory of rolling terrain flanked by woodland. The result is that Lage Vuursche has found its level as one of Holland’s premier courses that stretches out beyond 6,900 yards from the tips.
Serpentine shaped canals and a number of lakes come into play on twelve holes with adroit and sometimes raised bunkering waiting to catch the errant shot. The large greens should be easy to find but it takes courage to block so many prominent hazards from your mind. Newly planted trees naturally require time to mature but already they are adding to the challenge and the appeal of Lage Vuursche.
MAINZER GOLF CLUB
Championship Course, Budenheim, Germany. This hidden masterpiece is quickly climbing up the rankings of rated golf courses in Germany, to our dismay as we liked the fact that it was a secret. The course is massively underrated and a design genius. Effectively 2 loops of 9, called Canyon and Panorama. The front 9, Canyon offers 9 brilliantly designed holes on the site of a former quarry, while the back 9 Panorama offers beautiful views of the Rheingau wine region. Exemplary service and maintenance round up an extremely pleasurable round of golf.
GOLF CLUB LE KEMPFERHOF
Championship Course, Plobsheim, France. Ranked 49th in continental Europe, this 1990 Robert von Hagge design is one of the most beautiful courses in the Alsace region. Situated in a beautiful 85 Hectare park, the 19th-century former hunting lodge doubles as the Golf Club. Plenty of water and bold bunkering typify this very challenging golf course. Situated just a few miles south of the capital city of Europe, Strasbourg, the course is the perfect complement to the region.
CLUB GOLF BASEL
Championship Course, Folgensbourg, France. Measuring 6,800 meters from its longest tees, this 18-hole par 72 championship course shows its tournament class. Thanks to 5 strongly staggered tee boxes, the course also offers recreational golfers the chance to enjoy a relaxed round from the front tees.
Every hole has its own unmistakable character and associated strategy. The large, decisive water hazards and bunkers guarantee an exciting round of golf in the former fruit garden of the Cistercian monks who built the monastery in the 12th century.
GOLF AHOY EXCLUSIVE
GOLF CLUB COLOGNE - Links Course, Cologne, Germany.
An exclusive inclusion only for Golf Ahoy guests. The Köln Golf Club is a mere 8000 meters from the river as the crow flies and boasts 3 golf courses, The Championship Course, the Links short course, and a par 3 course. Our exclusive Golf Ahoy outing will head to the 18 hole links course. It's only a par 63, but its mixture of holes will challenge you to play well to beat your handicap. undulating greens and fairways give this wonderful course its links feeling and are perfect for our short stay in Cologne. Designed by Germany’s Heinz Fehring, the club is already ranked 22nd in Germany and offers players of all abilities to test their skills.
Pre-cruise and post-cruise Golf Ahoy GROUP headquarters hotels.
SOFITEL THE GRAND AMSTERDAM, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Located between two gentle canals in the heart of the city, The Grand boasts a rich history; from a 15th-century convent to royal lodgings, to the headquarters of the Admiralty to the City Hall of Amsterdam. The hotel offers five-star luxury in a unique ambiance, furnished with French elegance and grandeur. The spacious accommodations, the exceptional food and beverage proposition, the historic meeting/event venues, and the indulgent Sofitel SPA captivate and seduce everyone into visiting this hotel.
The 179 rooms including 52 suites offer a harmonious blend of historic and modern stylistic elements of the hotel and are equipped with the advanced technology expected by today’s travelers. The spacious Superior Room is filled with delicate reminders of the history of Amsterdam, the exquisite Sofitel MyBed, climate control, walk-in rainfall shower with Hermès bath amenities, Complimentary WIFI, Nespresso facilities, and HD TV.
THE SAVOY, Zürich, Switzerland.
“A timeless and personalized experience”
Since 1838, the legendary Savoy Baur en Ville, right at Paradeplatz, has risen as a solid rock in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the busy Bahnhofstrasse. The first Grand Hotel in Zurich charismatically overlooks Zurich’s old town and the pulsating business center of the city. No matter if it’s an important business meeting, a shopping spree on Bahnhofstrasse: everything is just a stone’s throw away from the Savoy hotel in the old town of Zurich.
Towards the evening, when the streets get quieter, listen to the live pianist whilst enjoying a cold drink at the Savoy Bar on our new terrace and forget the challenges of everyday life.
Dream with open eyes: A warm play on colors and exquisite furniture welcome you to your private hideaway. The Savoy Experience begins, a night of restful sleep is guaranteed. Although, with so much wonderful ambiance, so much optical splendor - wouldn’t you rather stay awake? The luxuriously appointed rooms at the Savoy are fitted with the finest linens and furnishings reflecting aspects of European culture.
Mercedes V Class Vans. Concierge Driver.
Our transportation takes place in Mercedes V Class vans to ensure a comfortable transfer throughout your trip. The van and chauffeur stay with you throughout the trip, and your luggage and golf clubs go “hands-free”, meaning that for the duration of the trip we take care of your luggage and golf clubs. On transfer days, your luggage will be sent ahead with our luggage team to the next hotel, so that when you check-in, it will already be waiting in your room.
MICHELIN STAR WELCOME DINNER | GOLF AHOY EXCLUSIVE
Enjoy a welcome dinner at one of the best restaurants in Amsterdam or Basel. In a Golf Ahoy Amsterdam exclusive, enjoy the pleasure of a 6-course tasting menu at the Vermeer Restaurant.
While you are teased with 6 exquisite courses from the chef’s celebrated tasting menu, you are may choose a wine to accompany your meal or a different one for each course - it's left to your discretion.
Should the restaurant be unavailable on your date, we have several other Michelin starred restaurants available and the restaurant will be confirmed in your Golf Ahoy Itinerary upon final payment.
THE CAPTIVATING RHINE GOLF CRUISE INCLUSIONS
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
- A computer for internet access
- Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news, and music
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
- Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques.
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
- Fitness room, massage services, and hair salon
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues with regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant with a La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- Unlimited fine wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner as well as Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks, and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active, and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes and Special Interest Tours
- Personal headset for easy exploration
LAND AND GOLF PROGRAM
- 1 round of golf at each of the listed venues per golfer
- luxury transportation in Mercedes V Class vans with LGT Golf Concierge services from ship to golf club and return
- 2 nights’ accommodation in a Superior Category Room at The Grand, Amsterdam, a Sofitel Hotel including breakfast
- 1 Night accommodation at the Savoy Hotel Zürich including breakfast
- 1 Michelin Star Tasting Menu Welcome Dinner in Amsterdam. Drinks are not included
- Transfer from Basel to Zurich
CAT\BB BA AB AA SUITE
€9,362 €9,536 €9,710 €9,884 €11,102
Prices are per person in Euro for the entire trip. Prices do not include Gratuities. €650 Deposit required at time of booking. Final Payment is due 100 days prior to departure.