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8 Day Magnificent Cruise of Rhine River 2014

Cruise highlights:

• Visit Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland in one cruise.

• Sail the valley with the most castles in the world.

• Explore German history in Cologne, Rüdesheim and Heidelberg.

• Enjoy authentic French life in Strasbourg.

• Taste real Swiss chocolate and life in Basel.

 

Day 1: Amsterdam

Your cruise will start in Amsterdam, undoubtedly one of the jewels of Europe. The bustling Dutch capital is among the most popular destinations of the world with travellers of all ages, thanks to the unique mix of historic sites, cultural diversity, freedom, and tradition. Tonight you can join our optional excursion of the canals that will take you through the historical heart of the city.

 

Day 2: Amsterdam

This morning you have the chance to see more of this wonderful city on your own or to visit one of the many museums. The recently reopened ‘Rijksmuseum’ is absolutely worthwhile. It hosts one of the country’s most famous paintings: Rembrandt’s Nightwatch. You can also join us on an optional excursion to the typical towns of Volendam and Marken, where you will learn about traditional Dutch life and history. In the afternoon the ship will depart and sail on the Amsterdam Rhine Canal towards Utrecht. After passing Utrecht the ship will enter the Rhine, the river on which we will stay for the rest of our journey.

 

Day 3: Cologne

In the afternoon the ship arrives to the most populated city on the Rhine: Cologne. Cologne is most famous for the ‘Kölner Dom’, Germany’s largest cathedral. But is not just religion that is important in this city. The inhabitants of Cologne love life, especially in summer. The terraces along the river, the many bars in the old centre and the large shopping streets make Cologne a very enjoyable place to stay.

 

Day 4: Koblenz

The 2000-year-old town of Koblenz is beautifully situated on the banks of both the Rhine and Moselle. Its abundance of cultural monuments and historic buildings, narrow alleyways and relaxed atmosphere make Koblenz a friendly town where its guests feel right at home. From Koblenz you can join us on excursion to the town of Bad Ems. You will start with a city tour through Koblenz. Then the bus will continue to Bad Ems, passing through the beautiful landscape in the Lahnvalley. In Bad Ems you can make a short city walk passing the mineral springs and the impressive casino. Another possibility is to book the full daytrip to Cochem and Bernkastel by bus. You will visit the remarkable castle ‘the Reichsburg’ which towers high above the town and offers a unique view of the half timbered houses and the surrounding vineyards. In Bernkastel you will visit the centre by foot and taste some great Moselle-wines.

 

Day 5: Rüdesheim

We leave Koblenz early in the morning to sail the most impressive part of the Rhine where we will see many castles. We will also pass the legendary ‘Loreley Rock’, which soars some 120 meters above the waterline and marks the narrowest passage of the Rhine between Switzerland and the North Sea. After lunch we will arrive to Rüdesheim, a charming old wine town that is popular with tourists. It has a long narrow street, the Drosselgasse, lined on both sides with wine taverns. Here you can taste some of the exquisite white wines from the region.


Day 6: Mannheim/ Heidelberg

We continue sailing upstream on the Rhine and will arrive to our next stop Mannheim early in the morning. With approximately 315,000 inhabitants, Mannheim is a lively city. The impressive Mannheimer Palace and the 19th century water tower are the city’s main attractions. From Mannheim you can join the excursion to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. The city is famous for its historical centre and the beautiful castle. In the castles wine cellar lies the biggest wine barrel in the world with a capacity of 221.726 litres. Another impressive sight is the Alte Brücke across the Neckar-river.

 

Day 7: Strasbourg

Today we arrive in France and dock in Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region. The city has an enchanting medieval section and many historic buildings, such as the Gothic cathedral and the Baroque Palace. This morning you can join us on an optional tour that takes you to all the highlights of the city both contemporary as classic; Petit France, Gutenbergplatz, the building of human rights, the cathedral and more.

 

Day 8: Basel

We reach our final destination early in the morning. After breakfast it is time to disembark. To end your cruise in style you can also join our excursion to explore the city of Basel in a city tour by bus.

 

 

Sailing schedule Amsterdam-Basel/MS Serenade 1

Destination         Arrival      Departure        Embarkation/Disembarkation                
Sunday Amsterdam 15.00  
Monday   13.00   
Tuesday Cologne 13.00 23.00
Wednesday  Koblenz  08.00   
Thursday   08.00  
  Passage loreley 11.15   
  Rüdesheim 14.00  22.30 
Friday Mannheim 08.30  16.00 
Saturday Strasbourg 06.00  18.00 
Sunday  Basel  08.00 09.00

The itinerary may be subject to changes 

 

Prices per person*          Prices per person*         
May – September October
Cabin Price  Cabin Price
Beethoven Deck $1,795  Beethoven Deck $1,620
Mozart Deck $2,160  Mozart Deck $1,980
Chopin Deck $2,430 Chopin Deck $2,250
Chopin Suites $3,330 Chopin Suites $3,150

*Based on double occupancy. Single supplement 50%

 

Excursion Programme

  • Day 1: Amsterdam Canal tour €25
  • Day 2: Amsterdam Excursion by bus Volendam/Marken €45
  • Day 3: Cologne City tour €31
  • Day 4: Koblenz Excursion by bus to bad Ems €35, Excursion to Cochem/Bernkastel €65
  • Day 5: Rüdesheim Tour by Mini train €16, Incl. Visit to Music cabinet €22, Incl. Wine tasting€25 
  • Day 6: Mannheim Excursion by bus to Heidelberg €45
  • Day 7: Strasbourg City tour €38
  • Day 8: Basel City tour €36


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