It's just the cruise for music-lovers! Enjoy a cultural journey from the enchanting canals of Amsterdam, past the mythical Loreley rock and the often ancient cities of Bonn, Mainz, Heidelberg and Strasbourg, down as far as Basel in Switzerland. During this convivial trip along the historic German river, a magnificent ensemble will entertain you with the fine renditions of classical music. These performers with a wide range of talents are responsible for striking just the right note on our cruise.
cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
dining with all meals included during your cruise
and tea after lunch and dinner
red & white wines from Europe’s great wine
regions with every dinner onboard the ship
cocktail, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala
onboard music performances by the on-board musicians
of an experienced, multilingual cruise director
and features which are marked as “included” in
selected music program ashore and on board
environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun-Deck)
taxes and local taxes
modern wireless audiosystem “Quietvox” for
all excursions during the cruise
(please ask for our excursion packages)
- Port-Airport: EUR 48.00
- Port-Train station: EUR 48.00
- Airport-Port: EUR 38.00
- Train station-Port: EUR 20.00
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- 30 days - 70%
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You embark in the late afternoon. There'll be a welcome cocktail party before dinner is served on board, followed later by an evening concert including music by Haydn and Schumann. The ship remains moored overnight in Amsterdam.
After breakfast see the most important buildings and monements of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, on our Amsterdam sightseeing tour or absorb this interesting and lively city in your own time and at your own pace. At the end of our tour there will be a concert at the Bethanienkloster. You come back on board for lunch and the vessel continues its journey towards Germany
The ship reaches Cologne in the morning, where it moors within easy reach of the city centre. Going back about 2,000 years, it was founded on the orders of the Roman Emperor Claudius as the settlement of Colonia. On our city walk you'll see the most important sights of Cologne's old quarter, including the cathedral, town hall, the Guerzenich, the city walls and gate, churches and historic squares. The whole of the old part can be seen from the bank of the Rhine. Then, subject to timing, we visit Cologne’s iconic (and Germany's largest) cathedral, whose art treasures include a shrine with the relics of the three holy Kings. The cruise continues towards Bonn during lunch. Bonn, the former capital of Germany, is reached in the early afternoon. Bonn is famous for its Beethoven heritage, and is also known as the City of Languages. There is a most instructive included excursion of Beethoven's house, which is followed by an included concert entitled Encounter with the Master letters, scripts and musical impressions.. In the late evening the cruise continues towards the Moselle..
Spend the morning enjoying the beautiful scenery along the Rhine. We arrive in Cochem after lunch and take a walking tour through this quaint little town, seeing its medieval town gate and market place and then visiting a tavern to taste some local vintages. We return to the ship for dinner, after which there'll be a concert on board including music by Mozart and Dvorak. The ship sets off again during the evening.
Wake up in Coblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. A walking tour shows you the highlights of this 2000-year old city, surrounded by picturesque riverside scenery and backed by four low mountain ranges. Its abundance of cultural monuments and historic buildings, its narrow lanes and alleyways, and the relaxed and happy atmosphere of its squares and river promenades make Coblenz a friendly place where tourists feel right at home. This afternoon you cruise through the glorious central stretch of the Rhine valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, passing charming villages, many castles and the legendary Lorelei Rock. This part of the cruise will be accompanied by our "musical tea party" a cheerful programme of popular melodies and dance music before the vessel docks at Rudesheim later this afternoon. You can spend a pleasant evening in Rudesheim’s Drosselgasse, a pedestrian street lined with shops and pubs. There’ll be a walking tour of the town, including a visit to Siegfried’s Music Museum, where all kinds of mechanical musical instruments from barrel organs and music boxes to horn gramophones are displayed. The ship sails from Rüdesheim in the late evening.
The vessel docks in the morning in Speyer, where there'll be a guided city walk that includes a visit to Speyer's fine cathedral. In the afternoon you can join an excursion to Heidelberg, a city founded in 1386 and home to Germany's oldest university. The guided tour here includes Heidelberg's imposing castle, a red sandstone ruin overlooking the Neckar,and a walk through the market place and old quarter. This evening the captain welcomes everyone to a special dinner during which the ship sets off for France.
After breakfast, our guided tour of Strasbourg takes place. Strasbourg is one of Europe's most attractive cities. The tour includes the outside of the European Parliament and a visit to the inside of the city's famous cathedral (which has carvings as delicate as any piece of lacework). The richness and sheer density of Strasbourg's historic buildings have led to the entire city centre being adopted as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Strasbourg is definitely well worth visting for the combination of its history, its cuisine and its unique atmosphere. The tour includes an organ recital in the church of St. Thomas Professor Daniel Maurer will play works by Bach and Mozart on Johann Andreas Silbermann's historic organ. In the afternoon you may join our Alsace and wine excursion, passing lovely scenery, romantic wine villages and seeing parts of the famous wine route of Alsace. There's an included wine tasting at one of the vineyards. The ship leaves Strasbourg in the evening during which there'll be a farewell concert on board including works by Beethoven and Mozart.
Arrival in Basel in the morning. Disembarkation after breakfast. End of the program.