Discover the many beautiful facets of “Father Rhine” during this week-long cruise along 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 colorful 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.
A full complement of optional excursions are available and may be pre-purchased as discounted packages in advance or on an ad-hoc basis on board.
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.
Day 2 - Strasbourg
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.
Day 3 - Speyer & Mannheim
Before breakfast, arrive in 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. Your trip continues for roughly 25 kilometers towards Mannheim, our next stop along the picturesque Rhine for the remainder of the day.
This young city is best explored with an extended walk, or alternatively you can take a trip to the nearby city of Heidelberg, which boasts a beautiful Baroque old town.
Late at night, your ship continues in the direction of Rüdesheim.
Day 4 - Cochem
This morning you can enjoy cruising along the Mosel River to the romantic 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 on board dinner is served as the journey continues to Koblenz.
Day 5 - Koblenz & Rüdesheim
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 Ruedesheim, will take you first to Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful towns, where you can start the day with a leisurely stroll through the city.
Your AMADEUS 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.
In the late afternoon, arrive in Ruedesheim, a town well known for its winemakng, especially Reisling wines.
Nearby, Siegried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet with its historic automated musical instruments is a delight.
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.
Day 6 - Cologne
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. 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.
Day 7 - Hoorn & Amsterdam
By lunchtime you will have crossed yet another country border to arrive in the Dutch town of Hoorn.
This picturesque village is a jumping off point for the optional overland trip to the north of Holland and Amsterdam.
For those remaining onboard, discover the beauty of the Dutch Watwerays as the ship glides toward the capital city of the Netherlands, where it will remain docked for the evening
Day 8 - Amsterdam
After breakfast we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!
The AMADEUS Brilliant is a 110-meter cruise ship built in 2011 and offers you premium travel comfort. Generous suites and cabins are located across three decks, offering accommodation for up to 150 passengers. The cabins are, for the most part, equipped with French balconies, which offer a fantastic view over the beautiful passing riverscapes.
Your culinary wishes will be attended to by our on-board Panorama-Restaurant, as well as by the Panorama-Bar, located above it, where you can sit back and relax in the lounge. All the on-board amenities are up to the customary high AMADEUS standard, and you can enjoy lounging on the spacious Sun Deck with its Lido Bar, or you can unwind with a good book in the quiet and comfortable AMADEUS Club. Regardless of what you choose to do, you will feel at home on board with us! Amadeus operate bilingual cruises (English/German), meaning that all announcements, menus and daily programme, etc. will be provided in both languages. All excursions are operated with English speaking guides.
• Panorama-Restaurant • Panorama-Bar and Lounge • Amadeus-Club with Internet station • Sun Deck with Lido-Bar, lounge chairs, shade awnings, giant Chess Board and Shuffleboard • Fitness Room • Hair Salon, Massage Room • Gift Shop • Laundry service • Complimentary bicycles onboard • Wi-Fi available • Lift
Stay in one of the elegantly appointed Classic Staterooms or Amadeus Suites and enjoy unexpected little luxuries.
Be transported into a realm of comfort in one of the 68 staterooms.
With 68 staterooms at a comfortable 161 sq ft. you’ll have space of your own with all the accouterments including a flat screen TV, WiFi, separate boudoir, cabinet, seating area, a safe, Amadeus Signature Bed and the panoramic view from your French balcony.
Staterooms are located on all decks. The Mozart and Strauss Decks include French Balcony floor to ceiling windows.
These 8 suites enjoy a lounge area, offer floor to ceiling glass doors with french balcony and 237 sq ft of space to relax.
Nestle in this nook, perfect for two that invites lounging while enjoying indulgent amenities. In any one of the 8 suites you’ll enjoy the Amadeus Signature Bed, a separate bathroom with shower, WiFi, a flat screen TV, a minibar and panoramic windows with your own French balcony.
Suites are located on the Mozart Deck.
|Jun 29||Amadeus Brilliant||Basel||Save 15% Early Booking Discount||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||C-4||161 ft², Fixed Windows||£1859|
|Lower Deck||C-1||161 ft², Fixed Windows||£2069|
|Lower Deck||Single||108 ft², Fixed Windows|
|Middle Deck||B-4||161 ft², French Balcony||£2319|
|Middle Deck||B-1||161 ft², French Balcony||£2479|
|Upper Deck||A-1||161 ft², French Balcony||£2689|
|Upper Deck||Suite||237 ft², French Balcony||£3059|
Optional Excursions & Packages (Amsterdam to Basel)
|City tour of Strasbourg||£51||•||•||•|
|Alsace & Wine excursion||£53||•|
|Speyer walking tour||£16||•|
|Excursion to Heidelberg||£44||•||•||•|
|Cochem walking tour with wine tasting||£37||•||•|
|Koblenz walking tour||£16||•||•||•|
|Rudesheim walking tour + Museum||£22||•||•|
Cologne Walking Tour
North Holland & Amsterdam City Tour + Canal Trip
|Onboard Booking Price||£185||£228||£313|
|Prices for packages booked in advance||£156||£ 193||£264|
Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.
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