Classical Rhine and Switzerland Extension
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Classical Rhine and Switzerland Extension


AmsterdamLucerne

10 Days

Follow Father Rhine to the heart of Lucerne

Journey 500 miles along the Rhine, one of Europe’s principal rivers referred to as “Father Rhine”. From Amsterdam, you’ll cruise through Germany and France to Basel. Each day brings a new wonder: the Dutch Ijsselmeer, the vineyards along the Moselle River, and the fabled castles of the Middle Rhine Valley. Vibrant cities like Cologne and Strasbourg contrast with quaint wine villages or Speyer, one of the oldest German cities.

At our final destination, Basel, choose to extend your journey for two nights into the heart of the Swiss Alps and Lucerne. Explore famous Lake Lucerne and Lucerne’s charming town center filled with historic landmarks. A ride up Mount Pilatus on the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, will take your breath away as you climb closer to where the mountain meets the sky. 

Please note: The minimum number of participants for the land program is 15.

Itinerary

This afternoon, embark and unpack. Enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner. Enjoy a rousing Shanty Choir performance to end the evening. The vessel remains in Amsterdam overnight.

Stay Amsterdam

Over Night

Excursions

Choose to spend the morning exploring Amsterdam with a relaxing canal cruise. You will be back on board for lunch and set off with us from Utrecht upstream to Cologne.

Stay Amsterdam

Departure at 8:30am

Excursions

Stay Utrecht

12:30pm - 1:00pm

After breakfast, view our arrival at the beautiful cathedral city of Cologne. Explore the historic Old Town with its High Gothic architecture, the famous twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, and sample the famous Kölsch beer brewed in Cologne.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon or venture farther afield for a more active excursion to Siebengebirge National Park and the remains of Castle "Drachenfels" (Dragon Rock). After a wonderful day in Cologne, enjoy dinner on board as the vessel continues cruising the Rhine River.

Stay Cologne

10:30am - 8:00pm

Excursions

This morning our AMADEUS vessel takes a special trip down the romantic Moselle River, the largest tributary of the Rhine. This area is the 5th largest German wine region with some of the steepest, terraced vineyards along the river.

After lunch, your vessel will arrive in Cochem. Explore the town which is filled with narrow streets, twisting alleys, medieval town gates, churches and walls on your own, or discover the beauty of Cochem and visit the stunning Reichsburg Castle on a guided tour. After dinner on board, join a visit to a local winery and sample some of the spectacular wines produced in this region. Before midnight, the vessel continues toward Koblenz.

Stay Cochem

2:00pm - 9:45pm

Excursions

Early this morning, arrive in Koblenz, ideally situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle Rivers. Join this morning's tour exploring the town of Koblenz on foot. 

This afternoon, spend time on deck as we cruise the most beautiful section of the river - the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. This area is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its dramatic riverbanks dotted with vineyards and picturesque castles. Late afternoon, arrive in the winegrowers town of Rüdesheim. Choose a walking tour of the town, with a visit to the unique Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum's private collection of self-playing instruments. Or visit a local vineyard for a tasting of the local wines and a walk through the famous Drosselgasse with its wine taverns, garden restaurants, beer bars and live music venues. Back on board, your AMADEUS crew awaits with a delicious dinner.

Stay Koblenz

6:00am - 11:00am

Excursions

Stay Ruedesheim

5:00pm - 10:00pm

Excursions

Before breakfast, your vessel docks in the bustling town of Mannheim, your gate to an excursion to nearby Heidelberg, another old university city with its beautiful Heidelberg Castle.

This afternoon's call is at Speyer, a city known for its cathedral where eight Roman emperors and German kings are interred. Join us for a guided tour of one of the oldest cities in Germany and discover the secrets of the Speyer Brezel, one of Germany’s staple snacks and famously celebrated at the annual Pretzel Festival in Speyer. At night, your floating luxury hotel sets sail to Strasbourg.

Stay Mannheim

6:00am - 1:00pm

Excursions

Stay Speyer

3:30pm - 7:30pm

Excursions

This morning we arrive in the dynamic capital of Alsace. This beautiful city's sights include the famous cathedral Straßburger Münster and the Petite France quarter, a former mill and tanner district that still maintains its medieval charm. Half-timbered houses, the Ponts Couverts, the Palais de Rohan, and the Council of Europe are among the wonders that Strasbourg holds in store for you. The Grand Island, the city center, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is connected to the rest of the city by 22 stone bridges.

See Strasbourg by canal boat on this morning's guided excursion. After lunch on board, take in the views of the romantic Rhine as we move toward Switzerland, our final destination.

Stay Strasbourg

7:30am - 1:00pm

Excursions

Your adventure on the Rhine comes to a close – and you embark on a new one. This morning you will be met by your Lüftner representative who will accompany you on your scenic drive to magical Lucerne. Continue to Lucerne for check-in to your hotel located in the city center. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the area on your own before enjoying dinner in the evening.

Stay Basel

Arrival at 9:00am

Excursions

Stay Lucerne

Arrival at 4:00pm

During breakfast, you envision a vibrant new day of vacation. Experience its colorful reality firsthand on our guided tour through the Old Town of Luzern. Here, you'll stroll past Luzern's landmark – the approximately 700-year-old Chapel Bridge. This wooden viaduct leads you to the Water Tower, where water and bread were once served in its dungeon. Meanwhile, the pubs and restaurants around offer you plenty of Swiss specialties. Your local tour guide will share some hidden gems with you, which you can try for lunch.

In the afternoon, you'll broaden your horizons: Riding the steepest cogwheel railway in the world, you'll ascend to the 2,128-meter-high mountain station of Pilatus Kulm. Here, you can gaze out into the spectacular Alpine scenery. Later, you'll glide down in a cable car and panoramic gondola to the bus, which will take you back to Luzern. And in the evening, you'll sit by Lake Lucerne, letting all your experiences peacefully resonate.

Stay Lucerne

Over Night

Excursions

After breakfast, it's time to bid farewell. Before that, we'll take you to the Airport in Zurich with our transfer and wish you a cozy journey home, filled with many new memories.

Stay Lucerne

Over Night

Excursions

We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.

15% Early Booking Discount

Stated rates include 15% Early Booking Discount per person on the cruise rate for bookings made by 30 November 2024.

Terms and Conditions

Please note that the minimum number of participants for the land program is 15. The land extension can be booked until 60 days prior to the cruise departure. 

Dates & Prices

Comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom, walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.

Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.

Comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom, walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.

Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.

Inclusions

Land Extension Lucerne

  • Transfer from the ship in Basel to Lucerne
  • 2 nights in a 4-5 star hotel in Lucerne including breakfast, welcome dinner and porterage
  • Lucerne walking tour
  • Excursion to Mount Pilatus with the steepest cogwheel railway
  • Departure transfer from the hotel in Lucerne to Zurich Airport

Suites & Staterooms

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Windows
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
  • Bottled water in cabin

Gourmet Dining (valid for the cruise only)

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner, coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

An Array of Amenities

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director 
  • AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions 
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare 

Excursions and excursion packages

Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

Package A | for only £ 270 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Amsterdam & iconic canal cruise
  • Cologne walking tour and Kölsch tasting
  • Cochem walking tour & Reichsburg Castle
  • Koblenz walking tour
  • Romantic Heidelberg with castle ruins
  • Speyer walking tour
  • Strasbourg with canal boat tour

Package B | for only £ 310 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Amsterdam & iconic canal cruise
  • Cologne walking tour and Kölsch tasting
  • Cochem walking tour & Reichsburg Castle
  • AMADEUS Taste: Tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery
  • Koblenz walking tour
  • Rüdesheim with Music Cabinet Museum
  • Romantic Heidelberg with castle ruins
  • Speyer walking tour
  • Strasbourg with canal boat tour

Package C | for only £ 386 per person

  • Amsterdam & iconic canal cruise
  • Cologne walking tour and Kölsch tasting
  • Siebengebirge and Drachenfels castle ruins
  • Cochem walking tour & Reichsburg Castle
  • AMADEUS Taste: Tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery
  • Koblenz walking tour
  • AMADEUS Taste: Rüdesheim wine tasting & Drosselgasse
  • Romantic Heidelberg with castle ruins
  • Speyer walking tour
  • Strasbourg with canal boat tour

Amsterdam – Lucerne

Unit Price

Shanty Choir on board

Included

Amsterdam & iconic canal cruise

£ 63

Cologne walking tour and Kölsch tasting

£ 40

Siebengebirge and Drachenfels castle ruins

£ 74

Cochem walking tour & Reichsburg Castle

£ 41

AMADEUS Taste: Tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery

£ 16

Koblenz walking tour

£ 22

Rüdesheim with Music Cabinet Museum

£ 30

OR AMADEUS Taste: Rüdesheim wine tasting & Drosselgasse

£ 45

Romantic Heidelberg with castle ruins

£ 58

Speyer walking tour

£ 26

Strasbourg with canal boat tour

£ 69

Transfer from Basel to Lucerne with dinner and overnight stay in a 4-5-star hotel

Included

Walking Tour Lucerne and excursion to Pilatus Kulm

Included

Transfer to Zurich Airport

Included

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer:

Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Train Station - Port £ 48

Airport - Port £ 57

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