1800 242 353

Rhine in Flames

ITINERARY

Visit: Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer, Oberwesel, Koblenz, Cochem, Cologne, Amsterdam

Discover the many beautiful facets of “Father Rhine” during this week-long cruise along with one of the most important and attractive rivers of Europe. Take a detour along the winding Moselle River. Delight in the panorama of the myth-enshrouded Middle Rhine Valley with its Winelands, the prominent Lorelei rock and the highest density of castles in the world.

The highlight of this trip is a stunning pyrotechnic display featuring colourful fountains, Catherine wheels and crackling comets. Enjoy the spectacle of the romantic Rhine valley bathed in the glow of 800 red lights and magnificent hilltop firework displays. The opening fireworks accompany the start of the boat parade, which provides some 22,000 passengers with mesmerizing views of the illuminated castles, palaces and riverside promenades.

 

EarlyBird Booking Discount: Book by 30 November 2021 and save 15% on 2022 departures

 

Day 1: Basel

Your journey begins in Basel, the third-largest city in Switzerland. After embarking you can explore your AMADEUS ship and meet the cruise director on board at a Welcome Cocktail. Your floating hotel departs for Strasbourg shortly before the Welcome Dinner on board.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Strasbourg

Strasbourg: Arrive 9am - Depart 11pm

During the night, your ship left Switzerland and followed the Rhine into the Alsace region in the south of France. During breakfast, arrive in Strasbourg – a city known not only for its romantic old town but also for the numerous important European institutions housed there.

In the morning, explore the city independently, or as part of an organised tour. A detour to the countryside is highly recommended, particularly along the famous wine route, where the quaint wine-growing villages will delight wine-lovers and the general public alike. Late tonight, your ship departs for Germany.

Excursions:

  • Strasbourg with a canal boat tour
  • The romantic landscape of the Alsace & its wines

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Speyer

Speyer: Arrive 7am - Depart 12pm

The highlight of this cruise awaits you today! But before you can indulge in mesmerizing fireworks and nightly views of the illuminated castles, palaces and riverside promenades in Oberwesel, we will first take you to the Rhineland-Palatinate town of Speyer, which played an important role in the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. Your ship remains here until lunchtime, offering time to explore this historic destination.

In the evening, enjoy the spectacle of a countryside illuminated in the radiance of the "Rhine in Flames": The amazing fireworks display lights up the nightly sky and the red Bengal lights reflect in the waters of the Rhine.

Excursions:

  • Speyer walking tour with a visit to the Imperial Dome

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Oberwesel - Koblenz

Oberwesel: Arrive Midnight - Depart 12.30pm | Koblenz: Arrive 3.30pm

Two charming stops await you today. Early in the morning, arrive in Oberwesel, where you can explore Oberwesel or the surrounding countryside on a guided tour.

Your ship will depart punctually at lunchtime, to cruise the most beautiful section of the river – the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The view from the sun deck, of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei, is sure to be a highlight of your cruise. Shortly thereafter, we arrive in Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful towns, where you can end the day with a leisurely stroll through the city.

Excursions:

  • Oberwesel walking tour
  • OR Hiking in and around Oberwesel
  • Excursions Koblenz walking tour with Ehrenbreitschein Fortress

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Koblenz - Cochem

Koblenz: Departure 6am | Cochem: Arrive 1.30pm - Depart 6pm

The vessel departs Koblenz in the early hours and makes a detour along the Mosel River to the most romantic part of the valley and the little town of Cochem.

The magnificent Reichsburg castle is situated high above the town, dominating the landscape. Down below, the village with its narrow streets, half-timbered houses, and numerous restaurants are an ideal setting to taste the wines of the region. Back onboard dinner is served as the journey continues to Cologne.

Excursions:

  • Cochem walking tour with a visit to the Reichsburg
  • OR Wine tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cologne

Cologne: Arrive 7am - Depart 1pm

The morning is dedicated to the fascinating city of Cologne, which has over a million inhabitants. You can expect a young, vibrant metropolis with a rich cultural history and many world-famous sights, in particular the famous Cologne Cathedral. A city tour here is a must for everyone with a cultural bent. Alternatively, join us for a visit to the Chocolate Museum nearby.

After lunch, your floating hotel departs Cologne. The afternoon is spent on board and in the evening, the captain invites you to a festive Gala Dinner, full of wonderful regional dishes.

Excursions:

  • Cologne – the historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting
  • OR Visit the Chocolate Museum (Cologne)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Amsterdam

Arrive 8am

By breakfast time you will have crossed yet another country border to arrive in the capital city of the Netherlands.

Explore the city with a guided tour or visit the nearby city of Haarlem. In the afternoon you can decide between two optional excursions: Discover the picturesque village of Volendam by an overland trip to the north of Holland or visit the Floriade, an international exhibition and garden festival, held every 10 years in the Netherlands.

Excursions:

  • Amsterdam with canal trip and flower market
  • OR Haarlem - art, history and Dutch lifestyle
  • Holland waterland with Volendam, Edam and cheese tasting
  • OR Visit the Floriade Garden show

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Amsterdam

After breakfast, the crew bids you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Meals: Breakfast

 

Cruise Package Includes:

  • Fascinating river cruise in on outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony or drop-down panoramic windows;
  • Walk-out balconies in Suites
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea station
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
  • Fitness room (open 24 hours)
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes and local taxes

 

Introductory Excursion Package for only $389.00 per person

Enjoy a package of five preselected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Strasbourg with a canal boat tour
  • Koblenz walking tour with Ehrenbreitschein Fortress
  • Cochem walking tour with a visit to the Reichsburg
  • Cologne – the historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting
  • Amsterdam with canal trip and flower market

Additional shore excursions can be purchased on board at the below rate.

 

Unlimited Excursion Package for only $664.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalised shore excursion program by choosing your favourite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

  • Strasbourg with canal boat tour € 64.00
  • The romantic landscape of the Alsace & its wines € 66.00
  • Speyer walking tour with a visit to the Imperial Dome € 25.00
  • Oberwesel walking tour € 20.00
  • OR Hiking in and around Oberwesel € 20.00
  • Koblenz walking tour with Ehrenbreitschein Fortress € 44.00
  • Cochem walking tour with a visit to the Reichsburg € 37.00
  • OR Wine tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery € 15.00
  • Cologne – the historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting € 36.00
  • OR Visit the Chocolate Museum (Cologne) € 28.00
  • Amsterdam with canal trip and flower market € 57.00
  • OR Haarlem - art, history and Dutch lifestyle € 38.00
  • Holland waterland with Volendam, Edam and cheese tasting € 48.00
  • OR Visit the Floriade Garden show € 91.00

Regular prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

 

Click Here for MS Amadeus Imperial Ship Information

 

    

Cruise Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (lc)

Package Information

  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Type: River Cruise
  • Departures: 8 September 2022
  • Cities Visited: Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer, Oberwesel, Koblenz, Cochem, Cologne, Amsterdam
  • Price From: $ 3,506