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Get ready for an unforgettable European experience which fits the wonders of Dutch waterways, the Rhine, the Main and the Main-Danube Canal, all into one cruise.
Highlights of the itinerary are the capital city of Amsterdam with its many canals and bustling streets, the cathedral city of Cologne, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and its incredible wealth of castles and winegrowing villages, the historic university city of Würzburg and the medieval town of Bamberg in Bavaria. Along the way, pass the Main-Danube canal, an engineering marvel completed in 1992 connecting the rivers through the heart of Europe.
Due to low clearance heights at bridges and locks on the river route between Frankfurt and Nuremberg, access to the sun deck might be restricted for safety reasons.
Historic Amsterdam is the starting point of your European cruise. After embarkation, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail and savor fabulous dishes at the Welcome Dinner. A rousing performance by a traditional shanty choir completes the experience.
In the morning, enjoy a cruise along the famous Amsterdam canals, followed by a trip to the beautiful Waterland region with historic fishing villages and peaceful countryside.
Or choose to explore the art, history and culture of the Dutch on a tour of Haarlem. Visit the Cathedral of St. Bavo and enjoy the medieval atmosphere of the town’s cobbled streets and gabled houses. Rejoin your ship in Utrecht for lunch.
Departure at 8:30am
11:30am - 12:30pm
In the morning, discover the highlights of Cologne on the guided city tour. End with a glass of typical Kölsch, a famed Rhineland beer. After lunch, chocolate lovers will be able to visit the Cologne Chocolate Museum and find out more about the fascinating 500-year history of this melt-in-your-mouth cocoa treat.
Alternatively, nature enthusiasts may prefer the excursion to the Siebengebirge National Park, Germany’s first nature reserve, and Drachenfels castle ruins. With the Rhine sprawling below in all its splendor, the views from the top of the castle ruins are stunning. After an exciting day, return to the vessel to continue south along the river.
10:00am - 8:00pm
The morning starts on a high note with the passage of the Lorelei in the myth-enshrouded Upper Middle Rhine Valley. At lunchtime, the vessel arrives in Rüdesheim, a picturesque wine-making town in the Rhine Gorge where the river landscape has enchanted visitors for centuries, and is protected by UNESCO since 2002.
Discover the region’s rich history on a walking tour and admire the magical collection of instruments at the Music Cabinet Museum. Or take, instead, a tram ride through the vineyards of Rüdesheim on the “Wine Express”, enjoy some fine wine and stroll along the quaint “Drosselgasse”.
12:00pm - 3:00pm
After a tranquil morning on board, join the afternoon excursion to Miltenberg and Wertheim. Miltenberg is a town flanked by the river Main with an incredible, forested hillside, and features Miltenberg Castle and one of the oldest inns in Germany, the Hotel “Zum Riesen”.
Continue to Wertheim and explore the medieval streets with their half-timbered houses and the unique glass museum. This evening, enjoy another memorable meal as the AMADEUS ship plies the waters toward our next stop.
2:00pm - 2:30pm
6:30pm - 7:00pm
Today, visit Würzburg, a city in Bavaria known for lavish architecture, located in the center of the Franconian wine country. In the morning, experience the many beautiful sights of the town as well as the Baroque Residenz palace. The tour concludes with wine tasting in the ancient wine cellar of a local vineyard.
As an alternate excursion, join the trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, whose towers, city gates, walls, and half-timbered gables have remained unchanged since the Thirty Years’ War. Unwind and relax on board this afternoon and let our Chefs delight you with their culinary magic at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
9:00am - 1:00pm
Spend the morning cruising the scenic Main river. After lunch, arrive in the imperial city of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site which retains its medieval layout of three settlement areas, along with its historic buildings and Baroque facades.
Bamberg is ranked as one of Germany’s most attractive towns and known for its deliciously smoky beer. This German town is also the place to begin your crossing of the Rhine-Main-Danube canal. This evening, join a presentation about the Main-Danube canal, which allows free flow of traffic between the North Sea and the Black Sea.
1:00pm - 7:00pm
Disembarkation follows breakfast. We wish you a good trip home and hope to see you soon!
Arrival at 7:30am
We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.
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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 featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
- Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 189 per person
Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
- Amsterdam with canal trip and Holland waterland
- Cologne – historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting
- Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum
- Bamberg walking tour
Save up to $ 124 per person
Full Excursion Package | for only $ 318 per person
Pick from our selection of unforgettable shore excursions, plus enjoy a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Book our full excursion package prior to departure for a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port. Please note, a discounted excursion may not be exchanged for another while during your cruise.
Amsterdam – Nuremberg
Amsterdam with canal trip and Holland waterland
OR Haarlem - art, history and Dutch lifestyle
Cologne – historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting
Visit to the Chocolate Museum (Cologne)
OR Siebengebirge and Drachenfels castle ruins
Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum
OR Visit to a vineyard with tasting & Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim
Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum
Würzburg with visit to the Residenz and wine tasting
OR Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Bamberg walking tour
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.
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:
Train Station - Port $ 54
Airport - Port $ 64
Airport - Amsterdam City Centre $ 64
Port - Train Station $ 81
Port - Airport $ 81