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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 £2089pp

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

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


FREE cabin upgrade PLUS free flights and home pick-up service! Applies to selected 2017 departures. Return flights are from the UK. T&Cs apply. Book by 30 Apr 2017

No single supplement on selected 2017 departures! Excludes suites and is not combinable with any other offer. Subject to availability

Save 10% on 2018 departures! Book by 30 Jun 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 with a visit to Marksburg Castle. The aerial tram to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is only available on tours that depart on or after April 3rd.

Day 4 - Rudesheim

Explore Rudesheim and its famous narrow Drosselgasse before a private tour and wine tasting at a 14th-century castle. The more adventurous may wish to join the exclusive guided 'Go Active' hike which includes a gondola trip up to the Niederwald Heights. 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. In addition to viewing the covered bridges, medieval watchtowers and the European Parliament, see the 'Petite France' district. Alternatively enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town stopping for patries and coffee.

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
Apr 26£2959£2959
May 10, 24£3039£3039
Jun 07£3039£3289
Jun 21£3039£3039
Jul 05£2879£2879
Jul 19£2879£3129
Sep 27£3279£3529
Oct 11£3199£3199
Oct 25£2489£2489
Nov 08£2089£2089
SS Antoinette
Apr 30; May 14, 28£3199£3449
Jun 11, 25£3119£3369
Jul 09£3039£3289
Jul 23£3039£3039
Aug 06£3039£3289
Aug 20£3039£3039
Sep 17£3669£3919
Oct 01£3439£3689
Oct 15£2719£2969
Oct 29£2489£2489

Basel to Amsterdam

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
River Empress
May 03, 17, 31; Jun 14, 28£3039£3039
Jul 12, 26£2879£3129
Oct 04£3199£3199
Oct 18£2489£2489
Nov 01£2089£2339
Nov 15£2089£2089
SS Antoinette
May 07£3199£3199
May 21£3199£3449
Jun 18£3119£3369
Jul 02, 16, 30£3039£3289
Aug 27£3439£3689
Sep 10£3669£3919
Sep 24£3669£3669
Oct 08£3439£3439
Oct 22£2719£2719
Nov 05£2249£2249

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Amsterdam to Basel

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
River Empress
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
River Empress
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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