Basel → Amsterdam
Discover the many beautiful facets of “Father Rhine” during this week long cruise along one of the most important and attractive rivers of Europe.
Along the way you will pass the beautiful city of Strasbourg and take a detour along the winding Moselle river. Delight in the panorama of the myth enshrouded Middle Rhine Valley with its winelands, the prominent Lorelei rock, and the highest density of castles in the world.
Further highlights of this trip include visits to the very historic river cities of Speyer, Koblenz, Cologne and Amsterdam.
Your journey begins in Basel, the third-largest city in Switzerland. Embark your AMADEUS vessel and join fellow travelers at a Welcome Cocktail followed by a Welcome Dinner. Your floating hotel departs late this afternoon.
During the night, your ship left Switzerland and followed the Rhine into the Alsace region of France to Strasbourg, a city known not only for its romantic old town, but also for the numerous important European institutions.
In the morning, explore the city independently, or as part of an organized tour. In the afternoon, a detour to the countryside is highly recommended, particularly along the famous wine route, where the quaint wine-growing villages will delight wine-lovers and the general public alike. Late tonight, your ship departs for Germany.
Before breakfast, arrive in the Rhineland-Palatinate town of Speyer, which played an important role in the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. Your ship remains here until lunchtime, offering time to explore this historic destination on your own or with the guided tour.
During lunch, your cruise will continue for roughly 25 kilometers toward Mannheim, our next stop along the picturesque Rhine where it will dock for the remainder of the day. Take the excursion to the nearby city of Heidelberg, which boasts a beautiful Baroque old town. Late at night, your ship continues in the direction of Rüdesheim.
Two charming stops await you today. In the morning, arrive in Rüdesheim, a town well known for its wine-making, especially Riesling wines. Explore the town on a guided tour with a stop to see the private collection of automated musical instruments at the Mechanical Music Cabinet museum. Or choose to go farther afield to a local vineyard for a tasting of the wines of the area, finishing with a walk along the lively Drosselgasse.
Your AMADEUS ship will depart punctually at lunchtime to cruise the most picturesque section of the river - the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The view from the Sun Deck of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei Rock is sure to be a highlight of your cruise. After lunch, arrive in Koblenz, one of Germany's oldest towns, where you can end the day with a leisurely stroll through the pedestrian area and the cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, located high above the hill.
The vessel departs from Koblenz in the early hours, and makes a detour along the Moselle River to the most romantic part of the valley and the little town of Cochem.
The magnificent Reichsburg Castle which overlooks the town, dominates the landscape. Down below, the town, with its narrow streets, half-timbered houses, and numerous restaurants, is an ideal setting to taste the wines of the region. Back on board, dinner is served as the journey continues to Cologne.
The morning is dedicated to the fascinating cathedral city of Cologne, which has over a million inhabitants. You can expect a young, vibrant metropolis with a rich cultural history and world-famous sights, in particular the Cologne Cathedral.
Enjoy a walking tour of the gothic old town as well as a tasting of the local Kölsch beer. Alternatively, if you have a love of chocolate, then a tour to the Chocolate Museum may be on your agenda for the day. After lunch, your AMADEUS vessel departs from Cologne for an afternoon of cruising. This evening, the Captain invites you to a festive Gala Dinner.
By breakfast you will have crossed yet another country border to arrive in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. There are many things to do in this vibrant canal city. After breakfast choose to explore the city by canal boat, or perhaps venture out to the town of Haarlem with its medieval character and gothic Cathedral, just a short drive away.
This afternoon offers the opportunity to visit the Floriade Garden Show, which occurs only once every 10 years. For a quieter option, join the excursion through the Waterland to the pretty villages of Volendam and Edam and a tasting of delicious Dutch cheese. After dinner, enjoy a rousing Shanty Choir performance to end the evening. The vessel remains in Amsterdam overnight.
After breakfast, we bid you farewell and wish you a safe journey home.
Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:Amsterdam → Basel
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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.
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.
Enjoy a package of 6 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
|Cruise Basel - Amsterdam||Unit Price|
|Strasbourg with canal boat tour||$ 72.00|
|The romantic landscape of the Alsace & its wines||$ 75.00|
|Speyer walking tour with visit to the Imperial Dome||$ 28.00|
|Heidelberg with visit to the castle||$ 62.00|
|Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum||$ 32.00|
|OR Visit to a vineyard with tasting & Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim||$ 47.00|
|Koblenz walking tour with Ehrenbreitschein Fortress||$ 50.00|
|Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg||$ 42.00|
|Cologne – historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting||$ 41.00|
|Visit to the Chocolate Museum (Cologne)||$ 32.00|
|Amsterdam with canal trip and flower market||$ 64.00|
|OR Haarlem - art, history and Dutch lifestyle||$ 43.00|
|Holland waterland with Volendam, Edam and cheese tasting||$ 54.00|
|OR Visit to the Floriade Garden show||$ 103.00|
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.