Join us for an 8-day Rhine River cruise from Basel to Amsterdam
aboard the Amadeus Star
Oct. 12 - 19, 2024
*Air is not included
Classic Rhine River Cruise
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.
Day 1 - Basel
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.
Day 2 - Strasbourg
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.
Day 3 - Speyer>Mannheim
Before breakfast, arrive in Speyer, which played a central 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 towards 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 vessel continues to Rüdesheim, a wine-making town.
Day 4 - Rudesheim>Koblenz
Two charming stops await you today. In the morning, arrive in Rüdesheim, a town well known for its wine-making. 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“. The ship will depart punctually at lunchtime to cruise the most picturesque section of the river — the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The view from the Sun Deck of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei Rock is sure to be a highlight. After lunch, arrive in Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest towns, where you can end the day with a stroll through the pedestrian area and the cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, located high above the hill.
Day 5 - Koblenz > Cochem
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.
Day 6 - 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. After lunch, your vessel departs from Cologne for an afternoon of cruising.
Day 7 - Amsterdam
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 the equally picturesque town 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. This evening, the Captain invites you to a festive Gala Dinner. After dinner, enjoy a rousing Shanty Choir performance to end the evening. The vessel remains in Amsterdam overnight.
Day 8 - Amsterdam
After breakfast, we bid you farewell and wish you a safe journey home.
You can choose to explore each city on your own or add an excursion or two. It's your choice! The excursions are very reasonably priced. Check out the optional excursions here: https://www.amadeus-rivercruises.com/river-cruises/detail/2024/classical-rhine-cruise-r-8-days.html
Amadeus cabin prices
Suite $4775/person 284 sq ft
Category A $4143/person 188 sq ft
Category B1 $3758/person 188 sq ft
Category B-4 $3487 188 sq ft but
Category C-1 $3035/person (lower level) 172 sq ft
Category C-4 $2662/person (lower level) 172 sq ft