Classical Rhine Cruise
8 Days
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Classical Rhine Cruise


8 Days

Discover the many beautiful facets of “Father Rhine“ along 500 miles of rivers from Amsterdam in the Netherlands through Germany and France to Basel, Switzerland or vica versa. Pass through the Dutch Ijsselmeer on the way to the cathedral city of Cologne.

Take a detour along the winding Moselle River, with its blossoming vineyards tucked on each side of the valley. Delight in the panorama of the myth-enshrouded Middle Rhine Valley with its high concentration of castles nestled on sunny hillsides around every bend, and the fabled Lorelei — siren of the Rhine. Visit quintessential wine villages as well as the one of Germany‘s oldest cities — Speyer. Visit Strasbourg, the capital city of the Grand Est region (formerly Alsace) before ending in Basel, located at the three countries corner of France, Germany and Switzerland. 


This afternoon, embark and unpack. Enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner. Enjoy a rousing Shanty Choir performance to end the evening. The vessel remains in Amsterdam overnight.

Stay Amsterdam

Over Night


This morning is all about choices. Choose to spend the morning exploring Amsterdam with a relaxing canal cruise or venture out into the surrounding countryside to the picturesque towns of Volendam and Edam with a tasting of delicious Dutch cheese, meeting the vessel in the town of Utrecht.

This afternoon, the vessel continues with a cruise on the Ijsselmeer, one of the largest inland freshwater lakes in Holland. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner.

Stay Amsterdam

Departure at 8:30am


Stay Utrecht

12:30pm - 1:00pm

After breakfast, view our arrival at the beautiful cathedral city of Cologne. Explore the historic Old Town with its High Gothic architecture, the famous twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, and sample the famous Kölsch beer brewed in Cologne.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon or venture farther afield for a more active excursion to Siebengebirge National Park and the remains of Castle "Drachenfels" (Dragon Rock). After a wonderful day in Cologne, enjoy dinner on board as the vessel continues cruising the Rhine River.

Stay Cologne

10:30am - 8:00pm


This morning our AMADEUS vessel takes a special trip down the romantic Moselle River, the largest tributary of the Rhine. This area is the 5th largest German wine region with some of the steepest, terraced vineyards along the river.

After lunch, your vessel will arrive in Cochem. Explore the town which is filled with narrow streets, twisting alleys, medieval town gates, churches and walls on your own, or discover the beauty of Cochem and visit the stunning Reichsburg Castle on a guided tour. After dinner on board, join a visit to a local winery and sample some of the spectacular wines produced in this region. Before midnight, the vessel continues toward Koblenz.

Stay Cochem

2:00pm - 9:45pm


Early this morning, arrive in Koblenz, ideally situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle Rivers. Join this morning's tour exploring the town of Koblenz on foot and then by cable car, to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, situated high above the town.

This afternoon, spend time on deck as we cruise the most beautiful section of the river - the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. This area is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its dramatic riverbanks dotted with vineyards and picturesque castles. Late afternoon, arrive in the winegrowers town of Rüdesheim. Choose a walking tour of the town, with a visit to the unique Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum's private collection of self-playing instruments. Or visit a local vineyard for a tasting of the local wines and a walk through the famous Drosselgasse with its wine taverns, garden restaurants, beer bars and live music venues. Back on board, your AMADEUS crew awaits with a delicious dinner.

Stay Koblenz

6:00am - 11:00am


Stay Ruedesheim

5:00pm - 10:00pm


Before breakfast, your vessel docks in the bustling town of Mannheim, your gate to an excursion to nearby Heidelberg, another old university city with its beautiful Heidelberg Castle.

This afternoon's call is at Speyer, a city known for its cathedral where eight Roman emperors and German kings are interred. Choose to explore the city on a guided tour including a visit to the medieval Jewish Mikvha, or venture out on your own. Back onboard, enjoy the Captain's Gala Dinner after your exciting day.

Stay Mannheim

6:00am - 1:00pm


Stay Speyer

3:30pm - 7:30pm


This morning we arrive in the dynamic capital of Alsace. This beautiful city's sights include the famous cathedral Straßburger Münster and the Petite France quarter, a former mill and tanner district that still maintains its medieval charm. Half-timbered houses, the Ponts Couverts, the Palais de Rohan, and the Council of Europe are among the wonders that Strasbourg holds in store for you. The Grand Island, the city center, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is connected to the rest of the city by 22 stone bridges.

See Strasbourg by canal boat on this morning's guided excursion. After lunch on board, take in the views of the romantic Rhine as we move toward Switzerland, our final destination.

Stay Strasbourg

7:30am - 1:00pm


After breakfast, the entire AMADEUS crew bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Stay Basel

Arrival at 9:00am

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

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:

$150 pp Early Booking Discount

Book now and save $150 per person for all bookings made until 30 November 2023.

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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 cabin

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 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 
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
    WiFi is avaliable throughout the vessel including staterooms
  • 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.

Package A | for only $ 308 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Amsterdam & iconic canal cruise
  • Cologne walking tour and Kölsch tasting
  • Cochem walking tour & Reichsburg Castle
  • Koblenz walking tour
  • Romantic Heidelberg with castle ruins
  • Strasbourg with canal boat tour

Package B | for only $ 435 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • A Dutch Trip to Waterland
  • Cologne walking tour and Kölsch tasting
  • Siebengebirge and Drachenfels castle ruins
  • Cochem walking tour & Reichsburg Castle
  • Koblenz walking tour
  • Rüdesheim with Music Cabinet Museum
  • Romantic Heidelberg with castle ruins
  • Speyer walking tour & the Imperial Cathedral
  • Strasbourg with canal boat tour

Package C | for only $ 479 per person

  • Amsterdam & iconic canal cruise
  • Cologne walking tour and Kölsch tasting
  • Siebengebirge and Drachenfels castle ruins
  • Cochem walking tour & Reichsburg Castle
  • Tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery
  • Koblenz walking tour
  • Rüdesheim wine tasting & Drosselgasse
  • Romantic Heidelberg with castle ruins
  • Speyer walking tour & the Imperial Cathedral
  • Strasbourg with canal boat tour

Amsterdam – Basel

Unit Price

Shanty Choir on board


Amsterdam & iconic canal cruise

$ 77

OR A Dutch Trip to Waterland

$ 64

Cologne walking tour and Kölsch tasting

$ 50

Siebengebirge and Drachenfels castle ruins

$ 92

Cochem walking tour & Reichsburg Castle

$ 51

Tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery

$ 20

Koblenz walking tour

$ 27

Rüdesheim with Music Cabinet Museum

$ 37

OR Rüdesheim wine tasting & Drosselgasse

$ 57

Romantic Heidelberg with castle ruins

$ 72

Speyer walking tour & the Imperial Cathedral

$ 33

Strasbourg with canal boat tour

$ 86

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services


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:

Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Train Station - Port $ 57

Airport - Port $ 67

Basel (Switzerland)

Port - Train Station $ 73

Port - Airport $ 73

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