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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Melodies of the Rhine

Journey through Europe's musical heartland on this unique classical music river cruise along the romantic Rhine. Includes return flights from the UK and a superb programme of included shore excursions with guided tours, classical music concerts and private recitals in stunning venues as well as on-board talks on composers and their works by renowned author Humphrey Burton

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1899pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • River Rhine
  • Amsterdam
  • Cologne
  • Cochem
  • Koblenz
  • Rudesheim
  • Speyer
  • Heidelberg
  • Strasbourg
  • Basel

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Special flight-inclusive package prices - save up to £173pp! Applies to selected cabin categories on 24 Oct 2019 departure. Prices shown include discount. Subject to availability

Melodies of the Rhine Special Offer

Join your luxurious ship in Amsterdam and sail past the beautiful riverside towns and historic capital cities of the Rhine river, with an accompanying music programme carefully designed for lovers of classical music.

Explore cosmopolitan Amsterdam with a concert by the Dudok Quartet in the Dominicuskerk before cruising upstream to Cologne where there is the chance to join a walking city tour past the impressive Gothic Cathedral which dominates the city. Visit Beethoven’s house in Bonn with a private piano recital by Martin Ivanov and perhaps join the walking tour of the quaint village of Cochem with a visit to Reichsburg Castle followed by a wine tasting.

Cruise along the most scenic section of the Rhine and admire the views as you pass the legendary Lorelei rock to Koblenz for a walking tour and Rudesheim where there is an optional visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum. Visit Speyer and Heidelberg then continue to Strasbourg for a private concert by organist Daniel Maurer at St Thomas Church before reaching Basel, in Switzerland.

Exclusive on-board performances by artists such as the Dudok Quartet and the Nathan Quartet, and talks on composers and their works by renowned author Humphrey Burton enhance the musical experience of this unique cruise.

L131 Operated by Amadeus River Cruises

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Classical Music on the Rhine Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)

Fly from the UK and embark Amadeus Silver III in Amsterdam. Enjoy a Welcome Concert on board by the Dudok Quartet.

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Join the guided city of Amsterdam and enjoy a concert in the Dominicuskerk (Dominican Church) by the Dudok Quartet. Rejoin the ship in Utrecht.

Day 3 - Cologne (Germany) - Bonn

Cologne is steeped in history with a majestic Gothic Cathedral that can be seen on the optional city walking tour. Sail to Bonn to visit Beethoven’s house and enjoy a private piano recital by Martin Ivanov.

Day 4 - Cochem

The ship cruises down the picturesque Moselle river to beautiful Cochem. Discover Cochem's narrow winding streets, mysterious alleyways and magnificent churches on an optional guided city walk with a visit to Reichsburg Castle followed by a tasting of some of the region's superb Riesling wines. This evening there is an exclusive concert on board by the virtuoso Nathan Quartet.

Day 5 - Koblenz - Rudesheim

Arrive in Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers this morning and see the key sights on a guided walking tour including St Castor Basilica, the Church of our Beloved Lady and the memorial of Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm. This afternoon, relax on board with a 'Musical Tea Party' with the Nathan Quartet as you cruise the beautiful Upper Middle Rhine Valley to Rudesheim where there is an optional visit to Siegfried's famous Mechanical Music Museum.

Day 6 - Speyer

Perhaps enjoy the optional walking tour of Speyer, renowned for its Cathedral, then join the included afternoon excursion to the university city of Heidelberg.

Day 7 - Strasbourg (France)

This morning, arrive in Strasbourg, capital of Alsace. A city tour features highlights including the striking Straburger Munster cathedral and the medieval Petite France quarter, with a private concert by organist Daniel Maurer at St Thomas Church. This evening there is a farewell Concert on board celebrating the music of Mozart and Dvorak.

Day 8 - Basel (Switzerland) - UK

Disembark Amadeus Silver III in Basel and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK and all overseas transfers
  • Superb programme of included shore excursions with guided tours, classical music concerts and recitals
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included
  • Quality red and white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, draft beer and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner on board
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • On-board entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration and music performances
  • On-board talks on composers and their works by renowned author Humphrey Burton
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • English-speaking Cruise Director
  • All port and airport taxes

Additional Information

  • Optional excursions:
  • Cologne walking tour - £16pp
  • Cochem walking tour and wine tasting - £35pp
  • Rudesheim walking tour with visit to music cabinet museum - £21pp
  • Speyer walking tour - £14pp

Special Features

  • Amsterdam city tour with Dudok Quartet concert in the Dominicuskerk
  • Visit to Beethoven's house in Bonn with private piano recital by Martin Ivanov
  • Exclusive concerts on board by virtuoso Nathan Quartet
  • Walking tour of Koblenz
  • Afternoon 'Musical Tea Party' on board with Nathan Quartet
  • Excursion to Heidelberg
  • Strasbourg city tour with private concert by organist Daniel Maurer at St Thomas Church
  • Farewell concert on board
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Price Information

  • Single supplements are available on request
Map for Melodies of the Rhine