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(Tour code: RLR17)Enjoy a fantastic cruise on the mighty Rhine

Join us on the wonderful MS Amadeus Silver II as we cruise our way through Germany along the romantic River Rhine. From Amsterdam in Holland, we explore charming medieval wine towns, admire the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Gorge and then cross into France, exploring charming Strasbourg before ending in the Swiss city of Basel.

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Tour Highlights
  • Amadeus Silver II
  • Amsterdam
  • Cologne
  • Cochem
  • Koblenz
  • Speyer & Strasbourg
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge
  • All-Inclusive Board Basis
    Selected Excursions

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Amsterdam
Day 1

London to Amsterdam

We meet at our exclusive Departure Office at St Pancras International, where we join the Eurostar to Brussels. We change trains in Brussels and continue into Holland on the high-speed train to Amsterdam, where our home for the next seven nights, the MS Amadeus Silver II, is moored (ship is departure dependant). Over the next week, the pace of your holiday is set by you. Tonight we enjoy our first dinner together on board as we begin our cruise on the majestic River Rhine.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Amsterdam
Day 2

Amsterdam

This morning there is an optional Amsterdam city tour available, where on which you will board a glass-topped boat for a charming cruise through the city's myriad of canals. Alternatively, you may wish to take this morning to explore at your own pace. The city has a rich history and a wealth of museums and sites to wander through. Later this afternoon, our ship sets sail for the German city of Cologne, travelling along the scenic delta of the Ijsselmeer.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cologne
Day 3

Cologne

Today we arrive in the historic city of Cologne. This afternoon, we embark on a guided walking tour of the city, taking in the many sights, including the iconic Cathedral. The twin spires of this Gothic wonder loom up above the city skyline and the building, which was mostly undamaged despite the intense bombing Cologne received during WWII, is a truly inspiring sight.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cochem
Day 4

Along the Moselle to Cochem

We continue our journey into Germany along the stunning valleys of the Moselle, bound of Cochem. Feel free to spend this morning lounging on the sun deck and marvelling at the passing scenery. The town is one of the region's most popular and is dominated by a 1,000 year old castle, resplendent in Renaissance and Baroque furnishing. Upon arrival in Cochem, you may choose to explore the town at leisure or join us for an optional guided walking tour through the narrow alleyways and cobbled streets of this charming location. Later, there is an opportunity to sample some of the region's famous local wines before returning to the ship to continue our cruise.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rüdesheim
Day 5

Koblenz and Rüdesheim

We arrive at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers today, at the beautifully preserved city of Koblenz. Here, we embark on a guided tour of the city, including the wondrous Old Town district. We pass the stunning Electoral Palace building and marvel at the 19th century Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. We then continue sailing along the Rhine, passing rolling vineyards and quaint farmhouses before arriving in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Here, there is an optional excursion to discover the town on a guided tour. Alternatively you may choose to do this at your leisure. The looming ruins of Ehrenfels Castle hang over the town atop a rocky promontory and are visible from the valley below. Later, on the optional excursion, there is a chance to discover the history of the mechanical music box at the nearby Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mannheim
Day 6

Mannheim and Speyer

As our cruise ship shores up in Mannheim, there is an optional excursion to the nearby town of Heidelberg, home to one of the oldest university buildings in Europe. Here there is the chance to explore on a guided tour which takes in the town's main landmarks, including the imposing Church of the Holy Spirit and the red sandstone walls of Heidelberg Castle. Later, we cruise on to Speyer, one of Germany's oldest cities. We embark on a guided tour of the beautiful Old Town, marvelling at the UNESCO-protected Cathedral. Back on board our ship, we enjoy a Captain's Gala dinner with delicious food and live entertainment.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Strasbourg
Day 7

Strasbourg

This morning we visit Strasbourg, the attractive capital of Alsace, where there is an optional guided tour or the chance to explore at your own pace. Steeped in heritage, Strasbourg's city centre enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status and is a delight to explore. The city has changed hands several times and both German and French influences can be seen in abundance. Among the city's many highlights are the delightful Old Town, the spectacular Gothic Cathedral, with its famous astronomical clock, and the stunning Petite France quarter, an area of picturesque half timbered houses, dotted with mills and crisscrossed by canals. Later that afternoon, we begin our cruise towards Switzerland.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Eurostar
Day 8

To Basel and home

We arrive in Basel this morning, disembark the ship and make the short transfer to the station to join the high-speed rail service to Paris. On arrival in the French capital we connect with the Eurostar service back to London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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