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Classic Rhine River Cruise: Basel to Amsterdam

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,014

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


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Board your Rhine River cruise in Basel and sail overnight to Strasbourg in France. The next morning explore Strasbourg, 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. (Optional tour available to the Alsace wine Region with wine tasting).

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).

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).

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.

Continue sailing 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. 

Finally arrive 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. 

After an overnight stop in Amsterdam, your Rhine cruise comes to an end.

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,014

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Day 1

Basel

Please make your own way to the boat and ensure you arrive at least 1 hour before the 4:00pm check in. The boat will be departing at 5:00pm. Welcome on board! Embarkation takes place in Basel, a metropolis between the three countries of Switzerland, Germany and France. 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 while away the evening in the panorama bar listening to relaxing live music and get in the mood for an adventure-packed week of unforgettable experiences!

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

Amadeus Princess

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    Amadeus Princess


    With its remarkable sense of style, elegance and grace, the AMADEUS Princess beckons you to travel on a sophisticated and luxurious journey. The bright and airy cabins and suites offer splendid views of the passing scenery. Guests may also enjoy the outstanding wellness area with ...

    With its remarkable sense of style, elegance and grace, the AMADEUS Princess beckons you to travel on a sophisticated and luxurious journey. The bright and airy cabins and suites offer splendid views of the passing scenery. Guests may also enjoy the outstanding wellness area with a fitness room and Vital Club.

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    • Bar
    • Fitness Rooms
    • Hair Salon
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Strasbourg

You arrive in Strasbourg today in Alsace in the early morning. You have the option of taking a comprehensive tour of the city is offered for those who wish to join us. 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. In the afternoon you can take part in the optional excursion "Alsace and Wine". This excursion takes you on a discovery tour through the Alsace. You will drive through a picturesque landscape, romantic wine villages and parts of the famous wine route. The first stop will be in the beautiful village Obernai. This Alsatian town's charm is built on its ramparts, its traditional, half-timbered houses, its Belfry and its town centre, all steeped in history.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Speyer and Mannheim

Today you arrive in Speyer before breakfast. 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 a 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. After the optional city walking tour, you will be taken back to the vessel which departs from Speyer around midday and arrives in Mannheim a few hours later. In the afternoon a special highlight of the cruise awaits here: enjoy an optional 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. The vessel departs Mannheim during the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Ruedesheim and Koblenz

You arrive in Rudesheim in the morning. After breakfast you have the option to take a guided 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. 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 Koblenz in the afternoon, where you can explore this famous city in the 'German Corner' area. You can choose tale the tour, which goes 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. The vessel is moored overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Cochem

On the fifth day of your trip your Amadeus vessel will leave the Rhine briefly and take a detour along its largest tributary, the Mosel. During 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 with the optional tour of the town, taking you into the historic centre with its beautifully restored half-timbered buildings. After the tour there's an optional chance to sample the world-famous Mosel wines - a real must. After returning to the vessel, you depart from the beautiful Mosel region in the evening and continue to Cologne.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Cologne

You arrive in Cologne, Germany's fourth largest city, in the morning. The favourable mooring point enables you to explore the city with ease but those who wish can choose 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 afternoon and travels overnight towards to Volendam in Holland, where you will arrive the next day. In the evening the captain will invite you to enjoy an exclusive gala dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Amsterdam and Volendam

After lunch you have the option to enjoy the combined 'Amsterdam and North Holland' trip. This 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. During the second part of the trip you see some of the main sights in Amsterdam before you set off on a canal tour of some of Amsterdam's most romantic canals. Your Amadeus vessel will be ready and waiting for you at midday in Amsterdam.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Departure

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. The Amadeus team wish you a safe onward journey!

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DEPARTURES:

MS Amadeus Princess

2017: March 30*; April 6; July 13, 20; August 10, 17.

MS Amadeus Silver

2017: June 20; July 18

MS Amadeus Silver II

2017: June 8, 30; September 16

MS Amadeus Silver III

2017: April 6; August  29; September 26; October 10

* Lead in pricing applies to this departure

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7-night cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom and all port taxes included.
  • Quality red & 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.
  • Included features as specified in the itineraries (incl.).
  • 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.

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:

* Shore excursion packages should be purchased in advanced in order to ensure availability. They can be purchased onboard once sailing at a higher price (prices and availability subject to vary).

Package A: City Tour Strasbourg, City Tour Heidelber, City Walk Cologne, and Excursion Holland Waterland and city tour Amsterdam with canal cruise.

Package B: City Tour Strasbourg, City tour Heidelberg, City tour Ruedesheim with Music Museum, City walk Cochem with wine tasting, City walk Cologne, and Excursion Holland Waterland and city tour Amsterdam with canal cruise.

Package C: City Tour Strasbourg, Excursion Alsace and wine, City walk Speyer, City tour Heidelberg, City tour Ruedesheim with Music Museum, City walk Koblenz, City walk Cochem with wine tasting, City walk Cologne, and Excursion Holland Waterland and city tour Amsterdam with canal cruise.

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.

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