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Feiern Sie mit uns <br> <i>250 Jahre Ludwig van Beethoven </i>

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Music Expert Antonella Placheta on board

Beethoven Cruise on the Rhine

Amsterdam →  Basel

8 Days

Embark on a voyage of music along the Rhine in this Beethoven year, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the world-renown composer - Ludwig van Beethoven. Enjoy the picturesque Rhine river as we make our way from Amsterdam on the North Sea, through the beautiful scenery of the Middle Rhine Valley and down river to Basel in Switzerland. Accompanied by the dazzling sound of exclusive concerts both onboard and on shore.

The carefully curated program features a concert in the monumental Dominicus Church in Amsterdam, a visit to Beethoven's house in Bonn with an exclusive piano concert during the anniversary year of his birth, and an organ recital in the famous St. Thomas's church in Strasbourg. Gain surprising insight into the sound and thoughts of Beethoven as virtuoso musicians take you on a musical journey through a treasured repertoire of Classical Music. Enjoy a feast for the eyes, ears and soul during our special Classical Music on the Rhine.


Begin your classical music odyssey in the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam. After embarking and settling into your home for the next 8 days, join the cruise director for a Welcome Cocktail followed by a special Welcome Dinner. This evening listen to the sounds of Mozart and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in a special concert onboard - a wonderful beginning to your cruise.

Haydn: Strings quartet in C Major, Opus 20 No. 2
Beethoven: String quartet in F Major, Opus 18 No. 1

Stay Amsterdam
Over night

Explore the beautiful canal city of Amsterdam during this morning's city tour. As a special highlight, we will visit the beautiful Dominicus Church for a private concert. Relax as you listen to the strains of Schubert and Schumann are performed. Continue through the picturesque countryside in the north of Holland, to rejoin the vessel for a peaceful afternoon onboard.

Schubert: String quartet No. 10 in E flat Major
Brahms: String quartet No. 3, opus 67 in B Major

Stay Amsterdam
Departure at 9am
Stay Utrecht
12.30pm - 1pm

After breakfast venture out into the vibrant city of Cologne with its famous twin spired cathedral, through an optional walking tour or on your own. Return to the ship for lunch as your vessel continues to the next stop along the Rhine river - Bonn. Continue your music education with a visit to the Beethoven House - a memorial site and museum focusing on the life and work of composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Music of Beethoven is the focus of a private piano concert.

Beethoven: Piano sonata No. 14, Opus 27, No. 2 in C Minor
Beethoven: Piano sonata No. 21 in C Major, Opus 53

Stay Cologne
9am - 11am
Stay Bonn
2.30pm - 11.59pm

Relax onboard while cruisng the lovely Moselle River to the romantic wine-growers village of Cochem. Spend the afternoon exploring the village or join a walking tour with a tasting of the famous wines of the Moselle region. This evening enjoy an exclusive concert onboard highlighted by music of Haydn and Mendelsohn-Bartholdy. Your vessel departs later this evening.

Joseph Haydn: String quartet in G major, Opus 64/4 (Hob III:66)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String quaret in F minor, Opus 95



Stay Cochem
1.30pm - 10pm

Enjoy a music-filled day in Koblenz and Rüdesheim! This morning, visit the ancient city of Koblenz, a gateway to the terraced vineyards and castle ruins of the Rhine Gorge. After your visit, your ship travels through the romantic Rhine region. Enjoy a musical tea party onboard, taking in the passing scenery while listening to beautiful musical pieces from the world of opera and waltz. Before dinner arrive in Rüdesheim, where you will have the opportunity to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, which is, as the name suggests, all about music and instruments. After a delicious dinner, your vessel continues along the Rhine.

NATHAN QUARTET: Potpourri incl. lighter pieces by Beethoven

Stay Koblenz
6am - 11am
Stay Rüdesheim
5pm - 10pm

After breakfast, arrive in the former imperial residence of Speyer, which you can explore during a leisurely morning stroll through the city. After lunch, travel to the university town of Heidelberg. Tour this well-preserved old town, famous for its picturesque castle ruins. This evening the captain invites you to a festive Captain's Gala Dinner.

Stay Speyer
9am - 7.30pm

At breakfast time, you arrive in Strasbourg, which boasts a magical, historic old town. A city sightseeing tour is part of the morning’s program, culminating in an organ concert in the church of St. Thomas, featuring the music of Bach, Handel, and Mozart. This evening, celebrate your musical journey with a farewell concert celebrating the music of Mozart and Dvorak.

DANIEL MAURER: Composition by Beethoven, Bach und Mozart (St. Thomas church)

STUTTGARTER STRING QUARTET: (Farewell concert on board in Strasbourg) 

Mozart: Divertimento in D Major, KV 316
Dvorak: String quartet No. 12, Opus 96 in F Major

Stay Strassbourg
8am - 2pm

Arrive this morning in Basel. Enjoy a generous breakfast on board before disembarking. The entire AMADEUS team wishes you a pleasant journey home and many great memories of your trip on board. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Stay Basel
Arrival at 8am

Dates & Prices

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  • Fascinating river cruise with large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies
  • Selected musical highlights and excursions as listed in the program
  • Mag. Antonella Placheta holds introductory onboard talks on the composers and theirs works
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances  and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes, local taxes

Excursion Packages

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
City tour of Amsterdam with private concert at the Dominicus church included
Cologne walking tour $ 27.00
A visit to Beethoven's House in Bonn incl. concert included
Cochem walking tour with wine tasting $ 49.00
Koblenz walking tour included
Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum $ 29.00
Speyer walking tour $ 20.00
Excursion to Heidelberg included
City tour Strasbourg including organ concert included
Onboard Booking Price
Prices for packages booked in advance

Arrival & Hotel

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 $54
Train station – Port $45

Airport – Port $59
Train station – Port $59

Your Music Expert on board: Antonella Placheta

Austrian born, Antonella Placheta studied piano at the Innsbruck Conservatory for ten years.She continued her studies at the University of Innsbruck, where she concentrated on history and philosophy. After her studies she was able to combine her love of history with her love of music and the arts. In addition to her work as a historian and organizer of various cultural events, Antonella moderates concerts and music events and is active as a state-licensed tourist guide. Since 2015, she has been the director of the women's choir "Sono". As a music and cultural expert, she accompanies travel groups and cruises throughout Europe and is happy to share her knowledge and her enthusiasm for music with our national and international guests.