We did Medieval Treasures which was a brand new itinerary on the AMA Dante May 2018. It was a great. One of the excursions was in Strasbourg, France which we loved. It was our first stop and we booked the Strasbourg City Tour (Tour A). If I was doing this trip again, I would take my own transportation into the town and go directly to Petite-France. We did a lot of walking to get to this area, which was a highlight for us. The ship's excursion spent a lot of time walking through the business district and Parliament buildings. The park, Orangerie which is the town's oldest park, was nice but we really would have liked to have more time in Petite-France. We found our time here very limited after doing the long walk to get here. The Strasbourg Cathedral is worth seeing with the famous astronomical clock. If you were doing this tour on your own, you would have much more time in these areas that what is allowed on the ships tour. On our ship, they brought a great entertainer on board to sing and play. Enrico Novi, a one man band who sang/played all songs that many of us knew. A great highlight of our trip.
Rudesheim is a wonderful stop. The wine tasting at night is great and interesting. We stayed on the ship in this port overnight so the next day we took the Rudesheim Gondola Ride. Very scenic. We happened to have a local guide who was passionate and knowledgeable but also talked way too long on each subject. We left the tour to go back down on the Gondola and spend some time in town enjoying a Rudesheim coffee. I'm sure if you didn't want a guided tour, you could take the Gondola yourself and allow yourself much more time to enjoy the attractions in the town area.
When we got to Miltenburg, we had a short stop to let off the people on the tours. 3 of us in our group decided to stay on the boat and cruise with it. We ended up having the most wonderful relaxing afternoon up on deck enjoying the scenery and going through all the locks. It was one of the most scenic parts of our cruise. This is a great itinerary and it was AMADante's first time on the Main River.
We flew into Zurich overnight and took the train to Lucerne. We spent 3 days here touring around and it was great. Our hotel was two blocks from the train station. It was called Hotel Central Lucerne. Nice hot breakfast and comfortable rooms for a reasonable price. You could walk all over Lucerne and your hotel gives you a pass for the bus system. We also took the tour up to Mount Pilatus which included the boat trip on Lake Lucerne back to town. Well worth our time here. We then took the train to Basel. We picked up a taxi at the train station and went across the river to our hotel which was called Hotel Restaurant Resslirytti. It was very close to the bus system and the hotel again gives you free passes for this transportation which is so easy to use. Hotel has a wonderful Italian Restaurant on site. No breakfast included but you can purchase with your stay. Very convenient location for walking along the river. We actually could walk across the bridge to get to restaurants. Taxi to ship on morning of embarkation. Our Medieval Treasures cruise and our stay in Switzerland was one of the best trips we have ever had. If I can be of any assistance on what we did to help you with your planning, please let me know. I hope you enjoy this river cruise as much as we did.