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$150pp Early Booking Discount

Classical Rhine Cruise

Basel →  Amsterdam

8 Days

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.

Departure 5pm

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.

Stay Strasbourg
9am - 11pm

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.

Stay Speyer
7am - 12pm
Stay Mannheim
Arrive 2pm

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.

Departure Mannheim
Stay Rüdesheim
7am - 12pm
Stay Koblenz
Arrive 3.30pm

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.

Stay Koblenz
Departure 6am
Stay Cochem
1.30pm - 6pm

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.

Stay Cologne
7am - 1pm

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.

This afternoon offers the opportunity to join the excursion through the Waterland to the pretty villages of Volendam and Edam and a tasting of delicious Dutch cheese. Or perhaps venture out to the town of Haarlem with its medieval character and gothic Cathedral, just a short drive away. After dinner, enjoy a rousing Shanty Choir performance to end the evening. The vessel remains in Amsterdam overnight.

Stay Amsterdam
Arrival at 8am

After breakfast, we bid you farewell and wish you a safe journey home.

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:

Amsterdam →  Basel

$150pp Early Booking Discount

Book now and save $150pp for all bookings made until 30 November 2022.

Please note: 

Departure June 8 with AMADEUS Imperial with slighly modified itinerary. Information on request.

Dates & Prices

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Suites & Staterooms

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe 
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 

Gourmet Dining

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard  
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

An Array of Amenities

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • Massage services and hair salon
  • All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare

Voyage of Discovery

  • Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director 
  • AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions 
  • Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians 
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration 
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare 

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 $ 464.00 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 $ 293.00 per person

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

  • Strasbourg with canal boat tour
  • Heidelberg with visit to the castle
  • Koblenz walking tour with Ehrenbreitschein Fortress
  • Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg
  • Cologne – historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting
  • Amsterdam with canal trip

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

Cruise Basel - Amsterdam Unit Price
Strasbourg with canal boat tour $ 75.00
Alsace and wine excursion $ 77.00
Speyer walking tour with visit to the Imperial Dome $ 29.00
Heidelberg with visit to the castle $ 64.00
  OR Visit to the biennial federal horticulture show in Mannheim $ 82.00
Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum $ 33.00
  OR Visit to a vineyard with tasting & Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim $ 49.00
Koblenz walking tour with Ehrenbreitschein Fortress $ 51.00
Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg $ 44.00
Cologne – historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting $ 43.00
  OR Visit to the Chocolate Museum (Cologne) $ 33.00
Amsterdam with canal trip $ 68.00
Haarlem - art, history and Dutch lifestyle $ 45.00
  OR Holland waterland with Volendam, Edam and cheese tasting $ 57.00

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 $ 65
Train station – Port $ 65

Airport – Port $ 59
Airport - City Center $ 59
Train station – Port $ 49