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Classic Rhine Cruise: Amsterdam to Basel

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,133

A leisurely way to explore Germany and Holland cruising along the scenic Rhine River. From colourful Amsterdam, visit the fishing village of Volendam, the cathedral city of Cologne, romantic Koblenz, picturesque Rudesheim, charming Heidelberg, and historic Strasbourg in France before arriving in Basel.


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Board your Rhine River cruise in Amsterdam. Begin with a tour to the old fishing village of Volendam where some of its residents still wear traditional Dutch costumes. Continue to a cheese farm and learn how to make Dutch cheese after which return to Amsterdam with time to explore this beautiful city and its attractive canals. 

Set sail up the Rhine and arrive at Cologne where you will enjoy a walking tour.  Discover the old parts of the city with their characteristic cobble-stone streets and also visit the exceptional Cologne Cathedral, one of the most visited sites in Germany. 

Next day sail to Cochem which is actually on the Moselle River and known for its narrow winding streets and restored old houses. Then continue to the Imperial Reichsburg Castle which is located on a rocky promontory high above the town affording wonderful views of Cochem and the surrounding countryside.  Later enjoy sampling some Moselle wines.

Arrive the next morning in the picturesque town of Rudesheim. Start your day with a visit to the unique “Siegfried Mechanical Music Cabinet” for a musical adventure with historical self-playing musical instruments.  Afterwards, explore the town with its wine houses, garden taverns and quaint narrow laneways. (Optional tour today to Koblenz, one of the most beautiful and oldest towns in Germany).

The following day you arrive at Heidelberg, the splendid and famous University City. During a tour here, you will visit the castle where from the Grand Terrace, you will have panoramic views of Heidelberg. (There is an optional tour today to the town of Speyer with its ancient Roman sites).

Your next port of call is Strasbourg in France, home to the European Parliament. Enjoy a walking tour including the historic lovely old part of the city. Also visit the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. Afterwards continue to “Petite France” a medieval quarter with colourful covered bridged and half-timbered houses. 

On arrival at Basel, your cruise comes to an end. 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,133

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Day 1

Amsterdam

Please make your own way to the boat and arrive in time for the 4:00pm check in. Ensure you arrive at least 1 hour before the departure time. Embarkation takes place in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam where the Amadeus team are ready and waiting! You can use the afternoon to get to know your new surroundings, and there's lots to explore on board! In the evening your cruise director will invite you to enjoy an exclusive welcome cocktail before you're treated to an elegant welcome dinner in the panorama restaurant during your first evening on board. You can enjoy the evening in the panorama bar listening to relaxing live music and get in the mood for an adventure-packed week of unforgettable experiences! The vessel will remain in Amsterdam overnight.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Day 2

Amsterdam and Volendam

After enjoying a generous breakfast buffet you have the option to enjoy the combined 'Amsterdam and North Holland' trip in the morning. First there's the optional tour of some of the main sights in this Dutch harbour city before you set off on a canal tour of some of Amsterdam's most romantic canals. The second part of the excursion takes you by coach to the dreamy fishing town of Volendam where you can take a stroll around the picturesque town and visit a local cheese dairy to find out more about the traditional methods of cheese production in Holland. Your Amadeus vessel will be ready and waiting for you at midday in Volendam and will take you on to the south from here. In the afternoon you can choose to savour fascinating views of Germany's most important waterway and enjoy the varied riverscapes along the river while your vessel sails for Germany's Rhineland metropolis, Cologne.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Cologne

Today you arrive in Cologne, Germany's fourth largest city, around midday. The favourable mooring point enables you to explore the city with ease, but those who wish can also opt to take a guided tour in the afternoon with a chance to explore the 2000-year history of this former Roman colony. A visit to the world-famous Cologne Cathedral, Germany's most-visited site, is a must, as is a walk along the romantic alleyways of the old town and to the Dionysus mosaic in the city's Romano-Germanic Museum. Your vessel sets sail from Cologne in the evening and travels southwards overnight towards Cochem on the River Mosel, where you arrive the next morning.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Cochem

On the fourth day of your trip your vessel will leave the Rhine briefly and take a detour along its largest tributary, the Mosel. After lunch you arrive in the small romantic town of Cochem in the Mosel Valley. The landscapes here are shaped by thousands of years of winegrowing and, in cultural terms, Germany's second smallest district town has a lot to offer. Cochem is best explored by taking the optional tour of the town, taking you into the historic centre with its beautifully restored half-timbered buildings. As part of the tour there's a chance to sample the world-famous Mosel wines - a real treat. After returning to the vessel, you depart from the beautiful Mosel region in the evening and continue to Koblenz.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Koblenz and Ruedesheim

Today you will arrive in Koblenz in the morning. After breakfast you have the chance to take a guided tour to explore this famous city in the 'German Corner' area. The tour takes you to the Church of our Lady, the St. Kastor Basilica and the water fountain at the town hall, a real landmark feature. Also a must is a visit to the Kaiser Wilhelm monument in the 'German Corner' where the Rhine and Mosel rivers meet. After your trip the vessel passes along the most beautiful section of the Rhine on this trip, the legendary Middle Rhine Valley and its imposing Loreley cliffs, which are the subject of a song. You finally arrive in Rudesheim around the evening and before dinner there's plenty of time to take a tour of this small picturesque town. Pay a visit to 'Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett' with its curious self-playing musical instruments and visit the world-famous Drosselgasse before the vessel departs from Rudesheim again in the late evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Mannheim and Speyer

You arrive in Mannheim before breakfast and a special highlight of the cruise awaits here. In the morning you can choose to enjoy a trip to the beautiful medieval city of Heidelberg which was particularly significant during the romantic period. A comfortable coach will take you on to Heidelberg's Castle ruins, still regarded as some of the most important Renaissance buildings to the north of the Alps. Heidelberg's old town is particularly charming in cultural terms because it was largely spared during the Second World War and its baroque old town survived unscathed. After the trip you'll be taken back to the vessel which departs from Mannheim around midday and arrives in Speyer a few hours later. This former Roman settlement is one of the oldest in Germany and is home to numerous cultural treasures and magnificent buildings which you can visit during the optional tour of the town. There is, for example, the 55 metre high 'Altportel' which was once the town's western gateway and the Mikwe, the town's Jewish baths which were built in 1128. In the evening your captain will invite you to enjoy a festive gala dinner and afterwards you'll have the chance to while away the evening in the elegant panorama bar on board while the vessel sails for France overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Strasbourg

You arrive in Strasbourg in Alsace in the early morning. A comprehensive tour of the city is offered for those who wish to join. This tour takes you to some of Europe's most important institutions such as the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. Afterwards you can enjoy a stroll through the romantic old town of this Alsatian metropolis and pay a visit to the historic 'Petite France' quarter and Strasbourg Cathedral, the landmark of the city. Those who wish can take a comfortable boat trip along some of Strasbourg's many picturesque canals after the trip. Finally it's time to return to the vessel which sails from Strasbourg around midday. In the afternoon, a visit to the sun deck or some time out in the Amadeus Club where you can savour views of the beautiful Rhineland landscapes in a relaxed and cosy ambience is recommended.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Basel

In the morning you arrive in Basel, a metropolis between the 3 countries of Switzerland, Germany and France. After an exciting week, four countries and more than 900 of kilometres sailed, it's time to say goodbye to the crew and set off back home. Your cruise manager will be on hand to help you with disembarkation.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

MS Amadeus Princess

2017: July 20; October 26

MS Amadeus Silver II

2017: June 13, 27; July 11

MS Amadeus Silver III

2017: September 5, 19; October 3, 17, 31; November 7.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions are free-flowing and complimentary with every dinner on board.
  • Superb dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee & tea, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating.
  • 24 hour coffee station.
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner and crew show.
  • Daily music performances by our on-board musicians.
  • Complimentary bicycles on board.
  • Wireless Amadeus-Audio-Guide for all excursions.
  • English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking allowed only on the Sun Deck).
  • Services of an experienced cruise director throughout the cruise.
  • 7-night cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom and all port taxes included.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All other meals and beverages
  • Additional excursions
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

OTHER INFORMATION:

You have the option to upgrade your excursion package to the following:

Package A: City Tour Amsterdam with canal cruise & Holland Waterland, City Walk Cologne, City Tour Heidelber, and a City Tour Strasbourg.

Package B: City Tour Amsterdam with canal cruise & Holland Waterland, City Walk Cologne, City Walk Cochem with wine tasting, City Walk Ruedesheim with Music Museum, City Tour Heidelber, and a City Tour Strasbourg.

Package C: City Tour Amsterdam with canal cruise & Holland Waterland, City Walk Cologne, City Walk Cochem with wine tasting, City Walk Koblenz, City Walk Ruedesheim with Music Museum, City Tour Heidelber, City Walk Speyer, and a City Tour Strasbourg.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

TB LUFTNERAMS15CR: CRABP C4H
26 Oct 2017
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