7 NIGHT Cruise On The Rhine River
Plus – Euro-Star Rail Travel Included
Tour Guide Included From London Returning To London
Join the Amadeus Silver in Basel on this Magical Rhine River Cruise with ports of call at: Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer and Heidelberg, Rudesheim and the Rhine Gorge, The Upper Rhine and the Drachenfelsbahn, Cologne, Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train, Return to UK by Rail.
- Escorted throughout your tour by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
- The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London St Pancras to embarkation, and from disembarkation back to London St Pancras
- Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
- 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Silver II or III
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of your cruise
- The Drachenfelsbahn, Heidelberg, Speyer, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Cologne and the Rhine Gorge
- Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: Tours of Amsterdam and of Strasbourg, a visit to the Black Forest and a journey on the Medemblik Steam Train.
This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
||Board your ship between 12 noon and 3 p.m.
| Train Travel
|7 Night Cruise
|On Board Gratuity
YOUR HOLIDAY HOME ON THE RIVER
Amadeus Silver 2
Designed with the express purpose of navigating Europe’s finest waterways, the MS Amadeus Silver II offers a superb cruising experience. In many ways a floating hotel, the Amadeus Silver II truly makes the most of the rivers it sails upon, combining comfortable and tasteful interiors, with the tranquil beauty of the scenery outside. Run by a friendly crew who place your requirements above all else, your time aboard this special vessel should be as carefree and relaxed as possible.
This ship is made up of 4 decks, and features a number of facilities including an international restaurant, a panoramic bar, a quiet lounge area, a fitness suite and a salon. On the Sun Deck, there are loungers and deck chairs, perfect for sitting and socialising with fellow passengers. Each well- appointed cabin features a television, a walk-in wardrobe, an en-suite toilet, a hairdryer and a minibar.
- Built: 2015
- Registry: Germany
- Decks: 4
- Staterooms/Suites: 72/12
- Max. Passengers: 168
Day 1 – Basel
Today, meet your Tour Manager and the rest of your group at London St Pancras before travelling on the Eurostar service to Paris. From here, we continue to the Swiss city of Basel, where you’ll be escorted to the ship. This evening, we enjoy a welcome cocktail before a delicious Swiss themed first meal.
Day 2 – Strasbourg
Our vessel sails into the charming German town of Kehl today. Sat across the Rhine from Kehl is the beautiful city of Strasbourg, whose position on the German-French border has seen it change hands between the two nations frequently throughout history. Because of this, Strasbourg represents the best of both cultures, with colourful half-timbered houses and cobbled streets.
You have two choices here. Your first option is a city tour of Strasbourg, uncovering its charm and history. Your second alternative sees you travel along the Schwarzwaldhochstraße into the famous Black Forest of Germany, passing through stunning fairytale panoramas and enjoying free time in the charming spa town of Baden Baden.
Day 3 – Speyer and Heidelberg
We arrive into Speyer this morning, where you have free time to explore. This town is home to one of the largest privately owned collections of vehicles in the world, the Technik Museum Speyer. Featuring an entire jumbo jet, army vehicles, emergency vehicles, a submarine and much more, this museum is a treasure trove of vehicular delights and is well worth a visit. Later in the afternoon, we have an excursion to the delightful academic town of Heidelberg where we are treated to a guided tour. Heidelberg is famous for a magnificent ruined castle, proudly stood high above the town below, gazing down onto the river and the attractive town houses.
Day 4 – Rudesheim and the Rhine Gorge
We sail into the classic German town of Rüdesheim am Rhein, known for its formidable wine production especially of the dry Riesling variety. Perhaps walk along the river during your free time here this morning, before our ship departs for Koblenz.
This afternoon includes one of the highlights of the tour as we pass through the glorious Rhine Gorge, one of the most beautiful sections of the river and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Sheer river banks rise up, towering over the river below, covered in deep forests and miles of green vineyards, lending an almost ethereal feel to the waterway. We enjoy a commentary from our knowledgeable Cruise Director during this passage.
Our lunch today sees us tuck into a wonderful themed buffet with a suckling pig as the striking centrepiece, and several smaller dishes from this part of the world making up the rest of the offerings. Weather permitting we’ll enjoy our lunch on the sun deck as we take in the majesty of the glorious Rhine Gorge. We sail this evening into the enchanting city of Koblenz, you may wish to visit one of the famous wine taverns here.
Day 5 – The Upper Rhine and the Drachenfelsbahn
We depart from Koblenz this morning and discover the marvellous Upper Rhine, a stretch of river characterised by lush green meadows and postcard villages. Our Cruise Director provides us with the history of this area, and highlights points of interest. In the afternoon, we dock in Konigswinter, where we embark on a journey on the Drachenfelsbahn railway. This rack railway rises into the mountains and high into the forests for wonderful views across the Rhine- Westphalia region of Germany. In the evening, we indulge with a traditional gourmet dinner which features Spargelzeit, a kind of white asparagus which is famous in this area. (Please note, Spargelzeit depends on seasonal availability).
Day 6 – Cologne
Arriving into Cologne this morning, we venture forth into this vibrant German city on a walking tour. We visit the resplendent cathedral, a centuries-year-old building which survived 14 aerial hits during bombing across the Second World War. We also wander through the many bustling squares, labyrinthine streets and see Romanesque town-houses.
Tonight is an opportunity to dress up in our finest as we enjoy a Gala dinner with the captain and crew.
Day 7 – Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train
We arrive into Amsterdam this morning, the Dutch capital, where we have a choice of two excursions, the first of which is a city tour of Amsterdam. One of the most popular of all the European cities, Amsterdam is as modern as it is historic, as young as it is old. From idyllic canals and large parks, to contemporary art galleries and futuristic architecture, this is a city that boasts something for everyone. The second option is an excursion to Hoorn where we board the splendid Medemblik Steam Train and enjoy a nostalgic trip through splendid Dutch scenery.
Day 8 – Homeward Bound
After a buffet breakfast, we disembark the ship and here your cruise concludes. Make your way back to the railway station with your Tour Manager to board your train back to London St Pancras.