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Rhine in Flames

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. 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.

The highlight of this trip is a stunning pyrotechnic display featuring colorful fountains, Catherine wheels and crackling comets. Enjoy the spectacle of the romantic Rhine valley bathed in the glow of 800 red lights and magnificent hilltop firework displays. The opening fireworks accompany the start of the boat parade, which provides some 22,000 passengers with mesmerizing views of the illuminated castles, palaces and riverside promenades.

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



Your journey begins in Basel, the third-largest city in Switzerland. After embarking you can explore your AMADEUS ship and meet the cruise director on board at a Welcome Cocktail. Your floating hotel departs for Strasbourg shortly before the Welcome Dinner on board.

Departure 5pm

During the night, your ship left Switzerland and followed the Rhine into the Alsace region in the south of France. During breakfast, arrive in Strasbourg – a city known not only for its romantic old town, but also for the numerous important European institutions housed there.

In the morning, explore the city independently, or as part of an organised tour. 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

The highlight of this cruise awaits you today! But before you can indulge in mesmerizing fireworks and nightly views of the illuminated castles, palaces and riverside promenades in Oberwesel, we will first take you to 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.

In the evening, enjoy the spectacle of a countryside illuminated in the radiance of the "Rhine in Flames": The amazing fireworks display lights up the nightly sky and the red Bengal lights reflect in the waters of the Rhine.

Stay Speyer
7am - 12pm

Two charming stops await you today. Early in the morning, arrive in Oberwesel, where you can explore Oberwesel or the surrounding countryside on a guided tour.

Your AMADEUS ship will depart punctually at lunchtime, to cruise the most beautiful section of the river – the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The view from the sun deck, of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei, is sure to be a highlight of your cruise. Shortly thereafter, we arrive in Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful towns, where you can end the day with a leisurely stroll through the city.

Stay Oberwesel
Midnight - 12.30pm
Stay Koblenz
Arrive 3.30pm

The vessel departs Koblenz in the early hours, and makes a detour along the Mosel River to the most  romantic part of the valley and the little town of Cochem.

The magnificent Reichsburg castle is situated high above the town, dominating the landscape. Down below, the village with its narrow streets, half timbered houses, and numerous restaurants are 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 city of Cologne, which has over a million inhabitants. You can expect a young, vibrant metropolis with a rich cultural history and many world-famous sights, in particular the famous Cologne Cathedral. A city tour here is a must for everyone with a cultural bent. Alternatively, join us for a visit to the Chocoloate Museum nearby.

After lunch, your floating hotel departs Cologne. The afternoon is spent on board and in the evening, the captain invites you to a festive Gala Dinner, full of wonderful regional dishes.

Stay Cologne
7am - 1pm

By breakfast time you will have crossed yet another country border to arrive in the capital city of the Netherlands.

Explore the city with a guided tour or visit the nearby city of Haarlem. In the afternoon you can decide between two optional excursions: Discover the picturesque village of Volendam by an overland trip to the north of Holland or visit the Floriade, an international exhibition and garden festival, held every 10 years in the Netherlands.

Stay Amsterdam
Arrival at 8am

After breakfast we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!

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 $ 389.00 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 $ 228.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 5 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Strasbourg with canal boat tour
  • 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 and flower market

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
Oberwesel walking tour $ 23.00
  OR Hiking in and around Oberwesel $ 23.00
Koblenz walking tour with Ehrenbreitschein Fortress $ 50.00
Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg $ 42.00
  OR Wine tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery $ 17.00
Cologne – historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting $ 41.00
  OR 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.

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 $ 63
Train station – Port $ 63

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