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Classic Rhine River Cruise: Basel to Amsterdam

8 Days
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US$ 1,788

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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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,788

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Day 1


Your journey begins in Basel, the third-largest city in Switzerland. After embarking, you can explore your AMADEUS ship and meet the cruise director on board at a Welcome Cocktail. Your floating hotel departs for Strasbourg shortly before the Welcome Dinner on board.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights

Amadeus Silver II

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    Amadeus Silver II

    The Amadeus Silver II is the second 135m vessel in the fleet and will continue the success of its sister vessel as well as implementing both new and familiar concepts: The public areas popular with the passengers, for example the classic 'Café Vienna' and outdoor ...

    The Amadeus Silver II is the second 135m vessel in the fleet and will continue the success of its sister vessel as well as implementing both new and familiar concepts: The public areas popular with the passengers, for example the classic 'Café Vienna' and outdoor glass-shielded 'River Terrace', have been incorporated into the planning of the new boat. The cabin design plans are a new and forward-thinking part of the premium focus: the original cabin number of 90 will be reduced to 84 in order to create more space for larger cabins and public areas. In future, the cabin bathrooms will offer more space and special luxury furnishings.


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

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Day 2


During the night, your ship left Switzerland and followed the Rhine into the Alsace region in the south of France. During breakfast, arrive in Strasbourg - a city known not only for its romantic old town, but also for the numerous important European institutions housed there. In the morning, explore the city independently, or as part of an organised tour. A detour to the countryside is highly recommended, particularly along the famous wine route, where the quaint wine-growing villages will delight wine-lovers and the general public alike. Late tonight, your ship departs for Germany.

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Day 3

Speyer and Mannheim

Before breakfast, arrive in the Rhineland-Palatinate town of Speyer, which played an important role in the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. Your ship remains here until lunchtime, offering time to explore this historic destination. Your trip continues for roughly 25 kilometers towards Mannheim, our next stop along the picturesque Rhine for the remainder of the day. This young city is best explored with an extended walk, or alternatively you can take a trip to the nearby city of Heidelberg, which boasts a beautiful Baroque old town. Late at night, your ship continues in the direction of Rudesheim.

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Day 4

Rudesheim and Koblenz

Two charming stops await you today. In the morning, arrive in Rudesheim, a town well known for its winemakng, especially Reisling wines. Nearby, Siegried's Mechanical Music Cabinet with its historic automated musical instruments is a delight. Your AMADEUS ship will depart punctually at lunchtime, to cruise the most beautiful section of the river - the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The view from the sun deck, of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei, is sure to be a highlight of your cruise. Shortly thereafter, we arrive in Koblenz, one of Germany's oldest and most beautiful towns, where you can end the day with a leisurely stroll through the city.

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Day 5


The vessel departs Koblenz in the early hours, and makes a detour along the Mosel River to the most romantic part of the valley and the little town of Cochem. The magnificent Reichsburg castle is situated high above the town, dominating the landscape. Down below, the village with its narrow streets, half timbered houses, and numerous restaurants are an ideal setting to taste the wines of the region. Back on board dinner is served as the journey continues to Cologne.

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Day 6


The morning is dedicated to the fascinating city of Cologne, which has over a million inhabitants. You can expect a young, vibrant metropolis with a rich cultural history and many world-famous sights, in particular the famous Cologne Cathedral. A city tour here is a must for everyone with a cultural bent. After lunch, your floating hotel departs Cologne. The afternoon is spent on board and in the evening, the captain invites you to a festive Gala Dinner, full of wonderful regional dishes.

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Day 7

Hoorn and Amsterdam

By lunchtime you will have crossed yet another country border to arrive in the Dutch town of Hoorn. This picturesque village is a jumping off point for the optional overland trip to the north of Holland and Amsterdam. For those remaining onboard, discover the beauty of the Dutch Watwerays as the ship glides toward the capital city of the Netherlands, where it will remain docked for the evening.

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Day 8


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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MS Amadeus Silver II

2019: Mar 29; Jul 4; Oct 24

MS Amadeus Silver III

2019: Aug 13


  • 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.


  • 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


* 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.


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.

31 Oct 2019
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