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Classical Rhine Cruise

Amsterdam →  Basel

8 Days

Discover the many beautiful facets of “Father Rhine” along 500 miles of rivers from Amsterdam in the Netherlands through Germany & France to Basel Switzerland.

Pass along the canals of Amsterdam and continue further to the cathedral city of Cologne. Take a detour along the winding Moselle River its blossoming vineyards tucked on each side of the valley. Delight in the panorama of the myth-enshrouded Middle Rhine Valley with its high concentration of castles nestled on sunny hillsides around every bend, and the fabled Lorelei — siren of the Rhine.

Visit quintessential wine villages as well as the one of Germany's oldest cities - Speyer. Visit Strasbourg, the capital city of the Grand Est region (formerly Alsace) before ending in Basel, located at the three countries corner of France, Germany & Switzerland.

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


This afternoon, embark and unpack. Enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner and our special cultural show this evening as the ship overnights.


Stay Amsterdam

This morning is all about choices. Choose to spend the morning exploring Amsterdam with a relaxing canal cruise and a visit to the flower market or venture out into the surrounding countryside to the picturesque towns of Volendam and Edam with a tasting of delicious Dutch cheese, meeting the vessel in the town of Utrecht.

Other choices include a morning visit to the Famous Floriade Garden Show which takes place once every 10 years, or perhaps an excursion to Haarlem and the Cathedral of St. Bavo. This afternoon, the vessel continues with a cruise on the Ijsselmeer, one of the largest inland freshwater lakes in Holland. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner.

Stay Amsterdam
Departure 8.30am
Stay Utrecht
12.30pm - 1pm

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 perhaps join the visit to the Chocolate Museum in Cologne to learn about this sweet treat 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
10am - 8pm

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
2pm - 9.45pm

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 and then by cable car, to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, situated high above the town.

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
6am - 11am
Stay Rüdesheim
5pm - 10pm

After 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. Choose to explore the city on a guided tour including a visit to the medieval Jewish Mikvha, or venture out on your own. Back onboard, enjoy the Captain's Gala Dinner after your exciting day.

Stay Mannheim
6am - 1pm
Stay Speyer
3.30pm - 7.30pm

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 or join the tour to the nearby town of Freiburg, a visit to the colorful market included. After lunch on board, take in the views of the romantic Rhine as we move toward Switzerland, our final destination.

Stay Strasbourg
7.30am - 1pm

After breakfast, the entire AMADEUS crew bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Stay Basel
Arrival 9am

Reverse direction itinerary

Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:

Basel →  Amsterdam

Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee and tea station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Fitness room (open 24 hours)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

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.

Unlimited Excursion Package | for only $ 372.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 234.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 6 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Amsterdam with canal trip and flower market
  • Cologne – historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting
  • Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg
  • Koblenz walking tour
  • Heidelberg with visit to the castle
  • Freiburg with visit to the market

Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

Cruise Amsterdam - Basel Unit Price
Amsterdam with canal trip and flower market $ 64.00
  OR Excursion North Holland with Volendam, Edam and cheese tasting $ 54.00
  OR Haarlem - art, history and Dutch lifestyle $ 43.00
  OR Visit to the Floriade Garden show $ 103.00
Cologne – historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting $ 41.00
Visit to the Chocolate Museum (Cologne) $ 32.00
  OR Siebengebirge and Drachenfels castle ruins $ 78.00
Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg $ 42.00
Wine tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery $ 17.00
Koblenz walking tour $ 23.00
Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum $ 32.00
  OR Visit to a vineyard with tasting & Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim $ 47.00
Heidelberg with visit to the castle $ 62.00
Speyer walking tour with visit to the Imperial Dome $ 28.00
Strasbourg with canal boat tour $ 72.00
  OR Freiburg with visit to the market $ 44.00

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Arrival & 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.

Airport – Port $ 57
City Center - Port $ 57
Train station – Port $ 48

Airport – Port $ 63
Train Station – Port $ 63