Announcing our next Joe Sixpack Beer Themed River Cruise

Enchanting Rhine & Beer River Cruise

Sailing from Basel to Amsterdam

October 28 – November 4, 2021


Our host Don Russell (aka Joe Sixpack) & his amazing wife Theresa

Cruise the Rhine River for our next Joe Sixpack Beer Trip.  This private group features an amazing price at our highest level of luxury, yet. Travel with a fun group of fellow beer enthusiasts led by Don Russell, aka Joe Sixpack, our host and beer expert.

 

Click on the tabs below to learn more or call Susan Wolfson at 610-398-2444 to reserve your spot.

  • Enchanting Rhine & Beer River Cruise

    Go Astro Travel, LLC is offering our seventh Joe Sixpack beer-themed trip.  We will start in lovely Basel Switzerland, enjoy freshly served Kolsch in Cologne, explore the German-inspired beer scene of Strasbourg, France, and even sample some great dry white wines along the way. Plus, we’ll indulge in the unique attractions of beer heaven, Amsterdam. As always, we’ll visit world-class breweries, sample new flavors during on-board bottle shares, and enjoy other beer-themed activities/excursions.


     Features:

    • Best Available cabins at the entry level price – an amazing deal!
    • Several beer themed excursions/events just for our private group
    • Search out new varieties of beer and wine not exported to the US
    • Compare notes with Don Russell, acclaimed beer expert
    • AmaWaterways –  top rated service and food
    • All Excursions are included
    • Opportunities for bicycle excursions, wine tastings and world class scenery

     

     


    Click here to read our blog from our last Joe Sixpack River Cruise


    See what our host had to say about our last beer trip


     

  • Enchanting Rhine*

    This itinerary is one of the most popular river cruises in Europe.  It features the world class cities of Amsterdam and Strasbourg and a gorge lined with iconic castles.  We overnight in Strasbourg, Rüdesheim well as Amsterdam to allow you to explore the regions fully.

     

     

    DAY 1
    EMBARKATION – BASEL, SWITZERLAND

    Embark the ship. Tonight, gather on board and meet your fellow passengers. (D)

    DAY 2
    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 to the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions. (B,L,D)
    DAY 3
    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. 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, GERMANY – 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 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. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. (B,L,D)
    DAY 5
    RÜDESHEIM – RHINE GORGE

    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. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. If you prefer a more active adventure, you can join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg or hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards. 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, GERMANY

    Home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000 year-old city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. 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. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten; or visit a local tavern to taste Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with apple sauce. (B,L,D)

    DAY 7
    AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
    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 followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, you can join the Jordaan tour. (B,L,D)
    DAY 8
    AMSTERDAM – DISEMBARKATION
    Bid farewell to the Rhine valley and prepare for your flight home. (B)
    *Itinerary description subject to change and will be updated as soon as AmaWaterways releases their 2021 sailings to the public.
  • Top 10 Reasons Why AmaWaterways Outshines Other River Cruise Lines:

    1. Ships are built with lower draft and less weight – This allows them to sail in more extreme water conditions.  A common problem in river cruising is high and low water situations.  AmaWaterways ships are less susceptible to these issues
    2. More Excursions Included – AmaWaterways offers an excursion in every port and a lot more choices – many lines only offer 1 excursion per day with limited choices. 
    3. Bikes onboard – AmaWaterways not only has bikes onboard but they also offer bike excursions
    4. Local Wines – When in Austria enjoy Austrian wines, Budapest enjoy Hungarian wines.  Other lines give you house wines or charge you a fee for an upgraded wine package.
    5. Chef’s Table Restaurant – Watch the chef prepare an amazing meal right before your eyes.  This wonderful experience is included for all guests. 
    6. Dining Room Oversized – No rush to be seated for dinner, there is plenty of room for everyone
    7. Less Passengers – AmaWaterways twin balcony ships are the same physical size as other ships but the Ama ships carry about 30 less passengers.  When other lines have to bring out folding chairs for entertainment and informational sessions Ama can comfortably fit every passenger.
    8. A deposit of $400 per person is all that is required to confirm a reservation.  Final payment is not due until 90 days prior to departure.
    9. Single Supplement Waived for categories D & E on Most Sailings (subject to availability)
    10. Family owned and operated
  • Ship Information – AmaSiena

     

    Sister ship to the award-winning AmaLea and AmaKristina, the elegant 156-passenger AmaSiena will be a warm, inviting ship offering plenty of space for guests to unwind when she debuts in 2020. From comfortable staterooms with twin balconies that keep guests well-connected via Entertainment-On-Demand, free high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi, to the sunny Main Lounge, where delicious tapas will be served throughout the day, guests will have everything they need to enjoy their time spent on board. If an active mood strikes, the sun-deck walking track, pool with swim-up bar, fitness room and complimentary fleet of bikes will be available. Or you can take an invigorating class led by the professionally trained onboard Wellness Host. And, of course, the exquisite cuisine served in the Main Restaurant and at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant will satisfy your every craving aboard AmaSiena.

    Public Spaces

    Deck Plan

     

     

     

    Staterooms

    All staterooms include the following amenities

    • In-room temperature control
    • Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet
    • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
    • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
    • Flat-screen TV that also works as a computer
    • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
    • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
    • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
    • Desk and chair

    Category AA or AB 235 sq ft. AA is located on the Violin deck and AB is on the Cello deck

    Category BA or BB 210 sq ft. BA is located on the Violin deck and BB is on the Cello deck

    French Balcony – Floor to ceiling window that slides open

    Category CA 170 sq ft. CA is located on the Violin deck and the Cello deck

     

    Category CB 155 sq ft located on the Violin Deck

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fixed Window

    Category D or E 160 sq ft. Located on the Piano deck

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Joe Sixpack Exclusive Pricing!   

    Book now and receive the best available category for $3195 per person including port charges! 

    Prepaid Gratuities also included!!!

    To book email  Susan@GoAstroTravel.com  or call 610-398-2444

    Double Occupancy Rates*

    Category

    Deck & Cabin Size

    Joe Sixpack Pricing*

    AA (french/outside balcony)

    Violin Deck 235 sq ft

    $3195

    AB (french /outside balcony)

    Cello Deck 235 sq ft

    $3195

    BA (french /outside balcony)

    Violin Deck 210 sq ft

    $3195

    BB (french /outside balcony)

    Cello Deck 210 sq ft

    $3195

    CA (french balcony)

    Cello or Violin Decks 170 sq ft

    $3195

    CB (french balcony)

    Violin Deck 155 sq ft

    $3195

    D (fixed window)

    Piano Deck 160 sq ft

    $3195

    E (fixed window)

    Piano Deck 160 sq ft

    $3195

    Single Occupancy Rates*

    Single supplement waived for category D & E and reduced for category CA & CB

    Category

    Deck & Cabin Size

    Joe Sixpack Pricing*

    AA (french/outside balcony)

    Violin Deck 235 sq ft

    $6194

    AB (french /outside balcony)

    Cello Deck 235 sq ft

    $6194

    BA (french /outside balcony)

    Violin Deck 210 sq ft

    $6194

    BB (french /outside balcony)

    Cello Deck 210 sq ft

    $6194

    CA (french balcony)

    Cello or Violin Decks 170 sq ft

    $3945

    CB (french balcony)

    Violin Deck 155 sq ft

    $3945

    D (fixed window)

    Piano Deck 160 sq ft

    $3195

    E (fixed window)

    Piano Deck 160 sq ft

    $3195

     

    *Port Charges of $196 per person are included in the above pricing. Prices are for the 7 night cruise and are per person based on availability.   Past AmaWaterways guests will receive their Loyalty Discounts however due to this highly discounted promotion AmaWaterways Future Cruise Benefit discounts and AmaWaterways Future Cruise Credit Certificates will not be allowed.  Airfare is not included.

    Deposits:  $400 per person $200 of which is immediately non refundable.

    Additional cancelation penalties start 120 days prior to sailing(30 days before the final payment).  Your confirmation will have the full terms & conditions

    Final payment:  July 21, 2021


     

    What’s Included?

    AmaWaterways Inclusions

    • Excursions – Small group guided tours included in every port.  Bicycle and hiking excursions also available.  You can also take a bicycle out on your own.
    • Meals – Breakfast & lunch offers you a choice of buffet or a la carte service.   Dinner is full service with several appetizer, soup, entree & dessert choices.  All ships offer an alternative restaurant which is also included
    • Beer & Wine with Lunch & Dinner – AmaWaterways is known for its wine.  Each meal is specially paired with premium local reds and whites from Europe’s renowned wine regions
    • Complimentary Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour each evening!
    • Bottled Water – One of the most expensive things to buy in Europe is bottled water.  Bottled water is great to take on excursions.  
    • Wifi – Included throughout the ship.  In addition, each stateroom has in infotainment center that offers access to the internet as well as TV & movies
    • Entertainment – An eclectic mix of local entertainment is brought on board throughout your cruise.  They also have an onboard musician for all other evenings.
    • Deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside suite – all have butlers and panoramic window balconies
    • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
    • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
    • Bottled water and drinks of your choice in every stateroom replenished daily

    Joe Sixpack Exclusives

    • Beer events/excursions designed especially for our group by Joe Sixpack
    • Beer paring dinner
    • Beer onboard just for our guests

     

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