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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Castles along the Rhine

Journey from Amsterdam to the highlights of Germany including designated UNESCO World Heritage towns and scenic villages, ending Basel in the Switzerland. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities

Exclusive Blue Water Package
7 nights from £1849pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Koblenz
  • Cologne
  • Strasbourg
  • Strasbourg Canal

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday


Save £1000 per cabin - flight inclusive package from just £1849pp! Applies to 8, 15 Nov 2017 departures. Subject to availability. Book by 30 Sep 2017

No single supplement on selected 2017 departures! Applies to Oct 25 and Nov 1, 5 departures. Excludes suites and is not combinable with any other offer. Subject to availability

Save 10% on 2018 departures! Book by 30 Sep 2017

Castles along the Rhine River Cruise from Amsterdam  Special Offer

Explore the historic city of Cologne with its magnificent cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stroll along the romantic narrow streets of Koblenz and explore the charming town of Boppard.

Cruise the picturesque Middle Rhine Valley past the famous Lorelei Rock. Visit the spectacular Castle Vollrads in Rudesheim surrounded by terraced vineyards where you can enjoy a wine tasting.

Discover Speyer, home to the largest Romanesque Cathedral in Europe, enjoy a canal cruise in Strasbourg and drive along the scenic Alsatian wine route, before visiting the medieval town of Breisach, the gateway to the Black Forest.

H131 Operated by Uniworld


Castles along the Rhine Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)

Fly to Amsterdam and transfer to the port to embark your ship.

Day 2 - Cologne (Germany)

Enjoy a walking tour of Cologne. Stroll along the streets of the Old Town and discover the magnificent cathedral, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important gothic churches in Europe. Alternatively, beer lovers will enjoy the visit to a brewery to taste Kolsch, the traditional local brew of the city, and art lovers can tour Museum Ludwig, one of Europe's most important contemporary museums. Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner this evening. Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours in the cathedral will not be possible.

Day 3 - Koblenz

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Koblenz with its narrow streets and the 12th century churches of St Florin and Our Lady. Alternatively, take the aerial tram across the Rhine to Fortress Ehrenbreitstein, or join the exclusive guided 'Go Active' bike ride for a close-up look at Marksburg Castle. The aerial tram to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is only available on cruises that depart on or after April 2nd.

Day 4 - Rudesheim

Enjoy a private tour and wine tasting at the 14th-century Castle Vollards. The more adventurous may wish to join the exclusive guided 'Go Active' hike which includes a gondola trip up to the Niederwald Heights. Later, cruise along the UNESCO-protected Upper Middle Rhine to Boppard for a guided walk.

Day 5 - Speyer

Your guided tour through Speyer reveals a medieval town with a grand heritage and a compact historic centre. During the tour you will view the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe. Alternatively visit Doktorenhof vinegar estate to try the unique aperitifs made from wine vinegars.

Day 6 - Strasbourg

See Strasbourg in the way it has been viewed for centuries - on a canal cruise through the beautiful 'Petite France' district. Alternatively enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town stopping for pastries and coffee. Please note: There is limited capacity on the canal cruise.

Day 7 - Breisach

From medieval Breisach, the gateway to the Black Forest, you can explore the historic centre of Colmar or visit the wine villages of Kayserberg and Riquewihr. This evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell and Gala Dinner.

Day 8 - Basel (Switzerland) - UK

Disembark in Basel and transfer to the airport.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. This cruise runs in reverse on alternate weeks.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on SS Antoinette or River Empress
  • Flight inclusive package prices include return flights from the UK and transfers
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and bottled water (Unlimited beverages do not include premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Included shore excursions with English speaking guides, as per itinerary (subject to change)
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • All airport taxes, security charges and UK Air passenger Duty
  • All port charges and airline imposed fuel surcharge
  • State-of-the-art 'Quietvox' portable audio headset systems for all excursions

2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Amsterdam to Basel

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
River Empress
Sep 27£3279£3529
Oct 11£3199£3449
Oct 25£2489£2739
Nov 08£1599£1849
SS Antoinette
Oct 01£3439£3689
Oct 15£2719£2969
Oct 29£2489£2739

Basel to Amsterdam

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
River Empress
Oct 04£3199£3449
Oct 18£2489£2739
Nov 01£2089£2339
Nov 15£1599£1849
SS Antoinette
Sep 24£3669£3919
Oct 08£3439£3689
Oct 22£2719£2969
Nov 05£2249£2499

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Amsterdam to Basel

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
SS Antoinette
Mar 25; Apr 08£2339£2589
Apr 22£2699£2949
May 06, 13, 20; Jun 03, 17£2879£3129
Jul 01, 15, 29; Aug 12£2699£2949
Aug 26£2879£3129
Sep 09, 23; Oct 07£3059£3309
Oct 21£2429£2679
Nov 04£2339£2589

Basel to Amsterdam

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
SS Antoinette
Apr 01£2339£2589
Apr 15£2699£2949
Apr 29; May 13, 27; Jun 10, 24£2879£3129
Jul 08, 22; Aug 05, 19£2699£2949
Sep 02£2879£3129
Sep 16, 30£3059£3309
Oct 14£2429£2679
Oct 28£2339£2589

Price Information

  • Prices are based on the best available cabin at time of publication. Flight supplement may apply in peak season.
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements for River Empress:
  • Cat 4 - £240pp
  • Cat 3 - £500pp
  • Cat 2 - £790pp
  • Cat 1 - £1300pp
  • Suite - £2170p
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements for SS Antoinette:
  • Cat 4 - 2017: £240pp 2018: £90pp
  • Cat 3 - 2017: £900pp 2018: £630pp
  • Cat 2 - 2017: £1150pp 2018: £810pp
  • Cat 1 - 2017: £1540pp 2018: £1080pp
  • Suite - 2017: £2650pp 2018: £2520pp
  • Royal Suite - 2017: £4150pp 2018: £3960pp
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