Basel → Amsterdam
Immerse yourself in all that the romantic Rhine River and the intricate Dutch & Belgian Waterways has to offer. Make your way along the Rhine river, beginning in Basel, Switzerland, and experience a variety of cultures, unique architecture, and remarkable wine firsthand as you enter the alluring Alsace region in the South of France. Relax onboard your contemporary floating hotel between stops to historic and enchanting destinations like Strasbourg, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Cochem, and Cologne.
As the vessel transitions from the Rhine to the Dutch and Belgian Waterways, an elaborate system of canals that spreads across the Netherlands like a fine lace, you’ll find yourself in a wonderland of windmills, Dutch heritage, cobblestone streets, and rich fall foliage. Traverse through four countries and visit seven destinations in only six days on this quick getaway that will make for a lifetime of memories.
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.
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.
Two charming stops await you today. In the morning, arrive in Rüdesheim, a town well known for its winemaking, especially Riesling 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.
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.
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.
Your vessel will arrive in Amsterdam late in the morning. After breakfast we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Last Minute Savings:
Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.
|Cruise Highlights||Unit Price||A||B|
|City Tour of Strasbourg||£ 49.00|
|Alsace and wine excursion||£ 51.00|
|Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum||£ 21.00|
|Koblenz walking tour||£ 15.00|
|Cochem walking tour with wine tasting||£ 35.00|
|Cologne walking tour||£ 20.00|
|Onboard Booking Price||£ 125.00||£ 191.00|
|Prices for packages booked in advance||£ 107.00||£ 163.00|