Classical Rhine River Cruise

Starts in
8 Days
Price from
Cologne, Basel

 Get a snapshot of life along the river banks on a cruise down the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam. En route ports of call include Strasbourg, Speyer, Mannheim (for those who wish to visit Heidelberg) Ruedesheim, Koblenz, the quaint village of Cochem, Cologne, and Hoorn.

RIVER CRUISE PROGRAM - Scheduled departures – 8 day/7 night package visiting Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer, Mannheim, Ruedesheim, Koblenz, Cochem, Cologne, Hoorn & Amsterdam. Includes arrival and departure transfers, a 7-night Rhine cruise with gourmet all-inclusive meals plus midnight snacks, audio headsets for all excursions, multilingual cruise director, unlimited red & white wines with every dinner onboard, coffee & tea after lunch & dinner, 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, & water, cocktail reception, welcome dinner, Captain’s Gala dinner, special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstrations, onboard music performances, & nightly music by the Amadeus Duo, use of onboard bicycles, & all port taxes & local taxes. ** Excursion Packages: We are able to offer composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance that includes a discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.


  • Accommodations as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D)
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Train tickets as per the itinerary
  • Complimentary quality European red and white wines with every dinner
  • Cruise director throughout the cruise
  • Special onboard entertainment per itinerary
  • Captain's Gala Dinner
  • On ship gourmet dining including buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water throughout the cruise
  • Private arrival and departure transfers as per itinerary


  • Shore excursions as per itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All other items not mentioned as included
  • Select local taxes where applicable




Basel – Arrival - Embark Cruise (Switzerland)

Cruise Line: Amadeus Imperial or similar cruises

Upon arrival, you will be met at Basel airport or train station and transferred to your cruise ship to embark on your 8-day cruise (check-in starts at 4:00 pm). A welcome cocktail and dinner awaits you tonight.(D) 



Strasbourg (France)

Cruise Line: Amadeus Imperial or similar cruises

In the morning, arrive in Strasbourg where you may choose to join an optional guided city tour to see the famous Gothic cathedral. In the afternoon, consider taking an optional excursion to Alsace including a wine tasting. Depart for Speyer late in the evening.(B,L,D) Optional City Tour of Strasbourg: Enjoy a discovery tour through the beautiful city of Strasbourg. After a short coach trip through the city, the tour continues with a walk through the lovely, historic old part of the town and includes a visit to the famous cathedral Straßburger Münster (not possible on Sundays and public holidays, sometimes with security check). During a boat cruise on the river, discover the famous quarter, “Petite France”. This former mill and tanner district still maintains its medieval charm. Some of the beautiful, half-timbered houses on the banks of the river Ill are up to 500 years old. You will enjoy Strasbourg’s half-timbered houses, the Ponts Couverts, the Palais de Rohan, the Council of Europe and all the other wonders that Strasbourg holds in store for you. Please note: During the winter the boat cruise will be replaced by a visit to the Christmas Market. Optional Alsace and wine Excursion: On this tour you will drive through picturesque landscape, romantic wine villages and parts of the famous wine route. One stop will be at a local winery, where you can try some of the wines during a complimentary wine tasting. Also you will drive to the beautiful village Obernai. During a stroll through this idyllic Alsatian town, steeped in rich history you will get to know the charm of its traditional, half-timbered houses, its Belfry and its town center.



Speyer – Mannheim (Germany)

Cruise Line: Amadeus Imperial or similar cruises

Arrive in Speyer in the morning and consider joining an optional walking tour. Arrive in Mannheim in the afternoon where you can join an optional excursion to Heidelberg. (B,L,D) Optional Speyer walking tour: Speyer, the venerable emperor’s city on the Rhine, has had a rich and turbulent past. Religious architecture steeped in history, impressive facades of various styles, winding alleys and romantic squares express the character of the city. The city tour includes a visit to the Romanesque Imperial Cathedral from the exterior, with its striking twin tower portal, and visits to the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Old Gate (Altpoertel) and the Jewish Ritual Bath.Optional Excursion to Heidelberg: A comfortable coach will take you to Heidelberg, the world-famous University City on the Neckar River. The town is one of the few German cities with a widely preserved baroque Old Town. Heidelberg was discovered quite early by romantics to use for diverse literature, songs, and paintings. The tour through Heidelberg begins with a visit to the castle. The formerly splendid residence made of red sandstone has been a ruin, maybe the most beautiful ruin in all of Germany. The castle tour also leads into the castle garden. From the Grand Terrace, you will have a wonderful view of the city and the Neckar River. The tour continues with a stroll through the enchanting old town, to the Karl-Theodor Bridge, the late-gothic Church of the Holy Spirit and the town hall.



Ruedesheim – Koblenz (Germany)

Cruise Line: Amadeus Imperial or similar cruises

Arrive in Ruedesheim in the morning where you can join optional city walk including a visit to the Siegfried Mechanical Music Museum. Sail through the romantic Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and pass the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Koblenz in the afternoon and consider joining an optional city walk. (B,L,D)  Optional Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum and mulled wine: Comfortable coaches take you from the dock of the ship to Rüdesheim directly to the “Siegfried Mechanical Music Cabinet” for a musical adventure with historical self-playing instruments. Afterward you can enjoy a glass of homemade mulled wine before you start your guided tour with a walk through the picturesque town. Explore the heart of the old town of Rüdesheim — the Drosselgasse — where wine houses and garden taverns invite you to linger. Immerse yourself in the history of the city and visit the market square, the old noble courtyards as the Klunkhardshof, a half-timbered building from the 16th century and a part of the city wall. Optional Koblenz Walking Tour: Discover Koblenz, one of the most beautiful and oldest towns in Germany with over 2,000 years of history. On our guided walk through the romantic streets between the St. Castor Basilica and the Liebfrauenkirche (the Church of our Beloved Lady) you will discover the most important sights of Koblenz. Obviously this tour would not be complete without a visit to the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial at the famous German Corner and the town’s landmark, the Schängel Fountain at the town hall. At the end of the walk, you will reach the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine and the ropeway of Koblenz – well known since the German Federal Garden Show.



Cochem (Germany)

Cruise Line: Amadeus Imperial or similar cruises

Cruise through the morning along the wonderful Moselle River. In the afternoon, consider taking an optional walking tour through the quaint village of Cochem where you will visit a winery to taste some local vintages.(B,L,D)  Optional Cochem Walking Tour with wine tasting: The harmonious trio of the unique Mosel landscape, thousands of years of wine growing and rich culture makes Cochem especially popular. During the walk you will discover the city with its narrow, winding streets. In the course of this tour you will also visit the Reichsburg Castle. Thanks to its size and location on a precipitous rock high above the city, this magnificent castle dominates the cityscape. Equally impressive is the view you can enjoy from the castle. You will see the Moselle Valley with its dreamy, mixed forests, meadows and vineyards and the old town. At the end of the tour, enjoy a taste of local Mosel wines.



Cologne (Germany)

Cruise Line: Amadeus Imperial or similar cruises

In the morning, arrive in Cologne and consider joining an optional walking tour which takes you past St. Martin‘s Church to Cologne‘s old town and its famous Gothic cathedral, the city‘s landmark for centuries. Enjoy the Captain‘s Gala Dinner in the evening.(B,L,D)  Optional Cologne Walking Tour: During the city walk, explore the surroundings of the famous cathedral and the old town. Many attractions are concentrated in just one square kilometer around the cathedral, the town hall and the old town with large Romanesque Church of St. Martin. You can take a look at the Roman Dionysus mosaic. In the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town and in the busy squares, such as the old market or the hay market, you will get a feeling for life in this city, both past, and present. Take a tour of the inside of the Cologne Cathedral, either accompanied by your guide or on your own (depending on the opening hours of the cathedral and/or if a mass is celebrated, etc.). Since its completion in 1880, the Cologne Cathedral is, due to its two tall towers with a height of 157 m each, not only the landmark of the town and best-known architecture monument but also the most often visited sight in Germany.



Hoorn – Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

Cruise Line: Amadeus Imperial or similar cruises

This afternoon, consider joining an optional North Holland excursion and a city tour of Amsterdam with a canal trip (if you have joined this excursion you will travel to Amsterdam by bus).(B,L,D)  Optional North Holland and city tour of Amsterdam with canal trip: Enjoy a short walk through the quaint village of Hoorn with its rich history, before bording your comfortable bus. Founded in 716, Hoorn rapidly grew to become an important harbour town. During Holland’s “Golden Age“ it was a notable base for the Dutch East India Company and its fleet sailed the seven seas returning with exotic spices. Take a drive through the Dutch Polder landscape to the old fishing village of Volendam, built on the shore of the former Zuiderzee. The Volendam houses are built very close together, forming the typical neighborhoods of Volendam. Take a stroll through the old village and see people still dressed in traditional costumes. Board your coach and drive out of Volendam into the countryside to visit a local cheese farm. Here, you will learn how Dutch cheese is made and to sample the local product. Afterwards, you will continue to Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands. Founded as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age as a result of its innovative developments in trade. Today, the city has one of the largest historic centers in Europe, with about 7,500 registered historic buildings. The street pattern is largely unchanged since the 19th century. The center consists of 90 islands, linked by 400 bridges. On the city tour through the Dutch metropolis, you will see the Royal Palace, numerous canals and the Museum Quarter. As there is no better way to see the city than cruising on the water, the tour will end by a canal cruise boat trip.



Amsterdam – Disembark Cruise - Return

First Class - B1 Strauss: or similar accommodations

Disembark from your ship after breakfast. You will be transferred to the train station or airport for your onward journey or flight home.(B) 



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