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

Classical Rhine

Take in the spectacular scenery along the Rhine and Moselle rivers from Amsterdam to Switzerland in luxury and style, exploring the cultural cities of Cologne and Strasbourg and the quaint village of Cochem

Exclusive Blue Water Package
7 nights from £1089pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Koblenz
  • Amsterdam
  • Strasbourg
  • Rudesheim

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Amadeus River Cruises

Save up to £780pp! Prices shown include discount. Subject to availability

Classical Rhine Special Offer

Join your luxurious ship in Amsterdam and see the splendid wealth of scenery and rich history along the River Rhine, one of Europe's most important waterways which flows from the Swiss Alps.

Explore cosmopolitan Amsterdam before cruising upstream to Cologne, home to an impressive Gothic Cathedral which dominates the city. Stroll through the quaint village of Cochem which lies in the wine-growing region of the Moselle Valley. Here there is the option to sample the region's fine wines at a local vineyard.

Cruise along the most scenic section of the Rhine and admire the views as you pass the legendary Lorelei rock to Rudesheim. Discover the unusual city of Mannheim or take the option to visit the imposing sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Continue to Strasbourg, capital of the picturesque Alsace region and home to the European Parliament before reaching Basel, in Switzerland.

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Classical Rhine Itinerary

Day 1 - Amsterdam (Holland)

Embark your ship in Amsterdam. Enjoy a welcome cocktail with fellow guests before dinner this evening.

Day 2 - Amsterdam - Hoorn (Netherlands)

This morning, enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Rhine. Perhaps take the more active option and spend time seeing the sights of Amsterdam and North Holland, before rejoining the ship in Hoorn.

Day 3 - Cologne (Germany)

Arrive in Cologne after lunch. The city is steeped in history and draws visitors in every year. Discover the historic Old Town and admire the majestic Gothic Cathedral on an optional city walk then return to the ship and cruise south towards Cochem.

Day 4 - Cochem

The ship cruises down the picturesque Moselle river, the Rhine's largest tributary before arriving in beautiful Cochem. Discover Cochem's narrow winding streets, mysterious alleyways and magnificent churches on a guided city walk followed by a tasting of some of the region's superb Riesling wines. This evening, the ship sets sail towards Koblenz.

Day 5 - Koblenz - Rudesheim

This morning, arrive in Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. See the key sights on an optional guided walking tour including St Castor Basilica, the Church of our Beloved Lady and the memorial at the German Corner in memory of Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm. This afternoon, relax on board as you cruise the beautiful Upper Middle Rhine Valley to Rudesheim where there is an optional city walk with a visit to the famous Music Museum.

Day 6 - Mannheim - Speyer

Mannheim is an unusual city where the streets and avenues are laid out in squares in the centre, leading to the name 'Quadratestadt'. There are many sights to explore, including the National Theater Mannheim, St Sebastian's Church and the University of Mannheim. Luisenpark is one of the most picturesque parks in Germany. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the university city of Heidelberg, before cruising to Speyer, renowned for its Cathedral, where there is an optional afternoon city walk. Captain's Gala Dinner this evening.

Day 7 - Strasbourg (France)

This morning, arrive in Strasbourg, capital of Alsace. An optional city tour features highlights including the striking Straburger Munster cathedral and the scenic Petite France quarter which maintains its medieval charm. The city centre, known as the Grand Island, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and connected to the rest of the city via a total of 22 stone bridges. After lunch, enjoy scenic cruising towards Basel.

Day 8 - Basel (Switzerland)

Disembark your ship after breakfast.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on Amadeus Brilliant, Princess, Queen, Royal, Silver, Silver II or Silver III
  • Flight inclusive package prices include return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Complimentary wine, draft beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Tea and coffee available all day
  • Complimentary bottled water in cabin replenished daily
  • Complimentary WiFi on board
  • Wireless AMADEUS Audio System for all excursions
  • Cocktail reception, welcome dinner and gala dinner
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Port taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Excursions
  • Travel insurance

Additional Information

  • Optional excursions:
  • City tour of Amsterdam with canal cruise and North Holland - £47pp
  • City walk in Cologne - £15pp
  • City Walk in Cochem with wine tasting - £33pp
  • City walk in Koblenz: £13pp
  • City tour of Rudesheim with Music Museum: £20pp
  • City tour of Heidelberg - £40pp
  • City walk in Speyer: £13pp
  • Alsace and wine excursion - £46pp (Only available on reverse itinerary)
  • City tour of Strasbourg - £46pp
  • Save 15% on excursion packages - from £137pp

Special Features

  • Themed Cruises:
  • GOLF: It is possible to purchase a golf package on 4 Nov 2018 departure which includes visits to four prestigious golf courses - Le Kempferhof Golf Club, St. Leon-Rot Golf Club, Jakobsberg Golf Club and Cochem an der Mosel Golf Club. Golf package will be accompanied by PGA teaching golf pro Frank Adamowicz
  • Prices start from £2549pp including full-board cruise, golf package, return flights from London, overseas transfers and port charges
  • WINE: It is possible to enjoy a wine-themed itinerary on 4 Nov 2018 departure. Includes an Alsatian village winery visit, German winery visit in Worms, Rheingau Riesling winery visit and wines of Mosel winery visit.
  • Prices start from £1999pp including full-board cruise, wine-themed excursions, return flights from London, overseas transfers and port charges

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Amsterdam to Basel

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
Amadeus Queen
May 18£1556£1895
Amadeus Royal
Oct 18£1223£1562
Amadeus Silver III
May 16£1407£1746
May 30£1556£1569

Basel to Amsterdam

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
Amadeus Brilliant
Mar 29£867£1089
Amadeus Royal
Oct 25£1223£1562
Amadeus Silver II
Jun 28£1556£1895
Nov 04£1163£1502
Amadeus Silver III
Mar 31£1148£1459
May 23£1556£1749
Jun 06; Aug 30£1556£1895

Price Information

  • Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a C-4 River View cabin. Exclusive Blue Water Package Price on 29, 31 Mar departures is based on a C1 cabin. Single supplements are also available on request
  • Cabin upgrade supplements available on request
  • Golf itinerary and wine itinerary available on 4 Nov 2018 departure. Please see Price Includes section for more details
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