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Experience the Rhine and Cologne River Cruise - 7 nights (Basel - Amsterdam)
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Experience the Rhine and Cologne River Cruise - 7 nights (Basel - Amsterdam)

  • 7 Night Holiday
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Discover the highlights of the Rhine, dotted along the river from Basel to Amsterdam.

Life on board

Travelling on board the 4 Star MS Amadeus Brilliant or Royal, you will experience the elegance of a boutique hotel as you are transported to some of Europe’s most picturesque towns and cities. Excursions which are included during your holiday are a guided city tour of Basel, as is a half day excursion to Heidelberg and a city tour of Amsterdam with a canal trip. Also included are walking tours of Koblenz and Cologne. These tours are led by expert local guides who will share their wealth of knowledge and take you to the highlights of each destination. A programme of further optional excursions will be offered on board at each port of call, subject to availability.

Much smaller than an ocean liner, the ship will take you into the heart of most cities you visit, giving you more time to visit the attractions and enjoy your time ashore.

Please note that this holiday may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. For more details, please contact us.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor Panorama restaurant on board the ship.

In the middle of the day you can choose between varied menus and buffet specialities in the Panorama Restaurant or a light lunch alternative in the Panorama Bar.

Evening meals are composed of a 5-course menu featuring regional specialities of the countries through which you travel, classic favourites and vegetarian alternative dishes.

Wine is included with dinner.

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

 

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

Currencies

Switzerland: Swiss Franc/Euro(€)

Germany: Euro(€)

Netherlands: Euro(€)

France: Euro(€)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not require a visa for the countries visited, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Packing List
 We advise you to bring:
  • Dress code as above
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Holiday highlights

Cologne
Germany’s fourth largest city spans the river Rhine and was founded almost 2000 years ago by the Romans. The city was utterly devastated during the Second World War and is now characterised by the contrast between modern post-war architecture and the carefully and painstakingly re-built Old Town. 
Amsterdam
The Dutch capital is renowned for its rich artistic history and winding canals dotted with narrow house and pretty bridges. The city’s museums are a must see for art lovers, with the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum boasting impressive collections of Dutch renaissance art.  
Heidelberg
With its rich literary history and idyllic setting on the river Neckar, Heidelberg is one of Germany's most picturesque and romantic cities. The city’s main attraction is its magnificent sandstone castle which overlooks the red roofs of the baroque “Altstadt” or Old Tow, dating from the 18th century. Having survived World War II mostly unscathed, this small but cosmopolitan town is now one of the best preserved and most enchanting cities in the country.  
4 Star Amadeus Brilliant

A modern and elegant ship, with numerous amenities and entertainment on board but with a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere compared to an ocean liner, with a maximum of 150 guests on board. You can enjoy incredible views on one of the sun decks, lounge or bar areas as you cruise past some of the best scenery in Europe.

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor Panorama restaurant on board the ship.

In the middle of the day you can choose between varied menus and buffet specialities in the Panorama Restaurant or a light lunch alternative in the Panorama Bar.

Evening meals are composed of a 5-course menu featuring regional specialities of the countries through which you travel, classic favourites and vegetarian alternative dishes.

Wine is included with dinner.

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

 

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

Currencies

Switzerland: Swiss Franc/Euro(€)

Germany: Euro(€)

Netherlands: Euro(€)

France: Euro(€)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not require a visa for the countries visited, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Packing List
 We advise you to bring:
  • Dress code as above
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Depart to Basel

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Morning

Depart to Basel

Upon arrival in Basel, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to Basel port. A guided walking city tour will be provided en-route including free time for lunch and further sightseeing at your own pace. Highlights will include the City Hall, the Basel Cathedral, the Barfüsserkirche, the picturesque corners of the Old Town, Museum der Kulturen and the Tinguely fountain.

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Afternoon

Embark on your River Cruise

After an early afternoon at leisure, you will be transferred to Basel port with assistance. Settle into your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board the MS Amadeus Brilliant or Royal has to offer as you set sail along the Rhine River. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner.

Day 2 – Strasbourg

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Full Day

Strasbourg

The ship will arrive into the French city of Strasbourg, which lies just across the German border, west of the Rhine. An optional walking tour of the city will be offered in the morning (payable locally). Alternatively, you can explore Strasbourg at your own pace taking in the city’s highlights, including its famous 15th Century cathedral, with its impressive spire and medieval astronomical clock.

Day 3 – Speyer and Heidelberg

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Morning

At Leisure

On this morning, your ship will be docked in Speyer. Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest cities which is located along the banks of the Rhine, in the Rhineland-Palatinate state of southwest Germany. The 11th century Imperial Cathedral of Speyer is one of Germany's largest and most important. Its crypt contains the tombs of eight German emperors and kings as well as several bishops. Speyer was also a centre for Jewish scholarship in the medieval period.

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Afternoon

Excursion to Heidelberg

Following lunch on the boat, sail to Mannheim and from there, you will be taken on an included excursion to Heidelberg. Heidelberg is a world famous university city on the Neckar River. The town is one of the few German cities with a widely preserved baroque Old Town. The tour through Heidelberg begins with a visit to the Castle. The formerly splendid residence made of red sandstone is now in ruins. However, it is arguably the most beautiful ruin in all of Germany. The castle tour leads into the castle garden. From the Grand Terrace you will have a wonderful view of the city and the Neckar River. The tour continues with a stroll through the enchanting old town, to the Karl-Theodor Bridge, the late-gothic Church of the Holy Spirit and the town hall. The ship will depart for Rüdesheim that night.

Day 4 – Rüdesheim and Koblenz

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Morning

At Leisure

Wake up in the romantic town of Rüdesheim, surrounded by gentle sloping vineyards and famous for its local wine, brandy and specialty coffee (careful - the local coffee and brandy are married in the "Rüdesheimer Kaffee" concoction!). After you have had time to enjoy your visit on your own, your ship leaves the harbour mid-day, just in time to enjoy a fabulous lunch on board and savour the first-class culinary delights.

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Afternoon

Guided Tour of Koblenz

Later in the day you will arrive in Koblenz where passengers will enjoy a guided walking tour of the city. Koblenz is one of the most beautiful and oldest towns in Germany, with over 2,000 years of history. On the guided walk through the romantic streets between the St. Castor Basilica and the Liebfrauenkirche (the Church of our Beloved Lady) you will discover the most important sights of Koblenz. This tour would not be complete without a visit to the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial at the famous German Corner and the town’s landmark, the Schängel Fountain at the Town Hall. At the end of the walk you will reach the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers and the ropeway of Koblenz.

Day 5 – Cochem

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Morning

River Cruise to Cochem

This morning, you will have some free time to enjoy the boat and take in the passing landscape as you sail down the Rhine, onto the town of Cochem where you will arrive in the early afternoon.

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Afternoon

Optional Walking Tour & Wine Tasting

In the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises - Eifel and Hunsrück - lies the old town of Cochem. There will be an optional walking tour and wine tasting this afternoon (payable locally). The magnificent Reichsburg Castle, situated on a precipitous rock high above the town, dominates the landscape. The town of Cochem itself is a sight worth seeing; highlights include its narrow streets and twisty alleys, the lovingly restored half-timbered houses with the typical slate roofs, the historical market-place, medieval town gates, churches and walls.

Day 6 – Cologne

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Morning

Cologne

Today, the ship will arrive into Cologne in the early morning. Following breakfast you can enjoy an optional walking tour of the city where you can explore the surroundings of the famous Cathedral and the Old Town (payable locally). In the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town and in the busy squares, such as the Old Market or the Hay Market, you will get a feeling for life in this city, both past and present.

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Afternoon

River Cruise

You will depart Cologne around 14.30 on this day and enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner on board while the ship travels to Hoorn in the evening.

Day 7 – Hoorn and Amsterdam

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Morning

River Cruise to Hoorn

During the morning, you will cruise along the scenic Rhine River and arrive in the picturesque Dutch town of Hoorn shortly after lunch.

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Afternoon

Optional North Holland and Amsterdam City Tour Excursion

Today, there will be an optional ‘North Holland and Amsterdam City Tour’ excursion in which clients may partake if they wish (payable locally). If you remain on board, discover the beauty of the Dutch waterways as you sail towards Amsterdam where you will dock for the evening.

Day 8 – Amsterdam and Return Home

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Disembark and Amsterdam City Tour

It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard the Amadeus ship. After breakfast, you will meet with your local guide and be transferred to Amsterdam city centre for a guided tour including a canal cruise prior to continuing your journey to Amsterdam airport for your flight home. (Luggage will be stored in coach)

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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