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Music Expert Antonella Placheta on board

Classical Music on the Rhine

Amsterdam →  Basel

8 Days

This themed cruise has been designed especially for classical music lovers and features carefully selected music programs both on board and on land. Private concerts in the St. Thomas Church in Strasbourg, at the Dominicus Church in Amsterdam and in Beethoven’s house in Bonn form some of the musical and cultural highlights of the cruise, while famous artists such as the organist Daniel Maurer provide the grand finale of the concert cruise with their incomparable performances. Furthermore, the “Dudok Quartet” and the “Nathan Quartet” will provide musical entertainment for you on board.



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.

W. A. Mozart, Divertimento KV 138 in F major
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, String Quartet No 6 in F minor, Op post 80

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.

F. Schubert, String Quartet No. 10 (D 87) in E-flat major
R. Schumann, String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41

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.

L. van Beethoven, sonata No. 14, Op. 27, No. 2 in C sharp minor
L. van Beethoven, sonata No. 21, Op. 53 in C major

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.

J. Haydn, String Quartet in G major, Op. 64/4
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, String Quartet in D major, Op. 44/1

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.

Selection of famous musical pieces from the world of operetta and waltz music
(Händel, Brahms, Strauss, Kreisler etc.)

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.

J. S. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, 730 and 731
G. F. Händel, Suite for a Musical Clock / A Flight of Angels
W. A. Mozart, Andante F major, KV 616
J. S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532

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 $ 21.00
A visit to Beethoven's House in Bonn incl. concert included
Cochem walking tour with wine tasting $ 46.00
Koblenz walking tour included
Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum $ 28.00
Speyer walking tour $ 19.00
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 $52
Train station – Port $52

Airport – Port $56
Train station – Port $56

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.