Days 1 & 2 - Amsterdam 
Day 3 - Nijmegen/Krefeld
Day 4 - Cologne
Day 5 - Rüdesheim
Day 6 - Heidelberg
Day 7 - Strasbourg/Return Flight

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The Classic Rhine Cruise

A varied and rewarding itinerary on the ‘Romantic Rhine’ visiting Amsterdam, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg and Strasbourg

For a long time the Rhine was the border between the Roman Empire and the German Barbarian tribes to the east, so many long-established settlements line the west bank. Until the 18th century, Germany was split into individual principalities, often in dispute, leading to a large number of castles, especially along the Rhine where barons could fix and levy tolls almost at will.

Nowadays of course, the Rhine lends itself to gentler pursuits – a leisurely perambulation along the riverbank or a relaxing cruise, a pursuit popularised by Queen Victoria and English gentlemen on the Grand Tour. In effect the Rhine cruise could be considered the pioneer of river cruises as a leisure activity.

Amsterdam in the 17th century saw the ‘Golden Age’ of the Netherlands when great canals were built and art and architecture flourished. The wealth created by their trading was the foundation of a great Fine Art heritage mainly displayed in the Rijksmuseum.

Key Features

Excursions Included
Drinks Included
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement

UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 28

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Amsterdam. Transfer to the vessel and enjoy a welcome cocktail. Evening cruise through the picturesque canals of Amsterdam. (D)

Day 2 Optional Amsterdam sightseeing tour (£35) or perhaps visit the Rijksmuseum (pre-booking online recommended), a magnificent 19th-century building housing works of art including Rembrandt and Vermeer, or the more modern Van Gogh museum (online booking recommended). Afternoon visit to Volendam and Zaanse Schans (Keukenhof Gardens in May). (B, L, D)

Day 3 Visit the Kröller-Müller Museum, a remote, spacious museum with a unique collection of with 250 drawings and paintings by Van Gogh and works by Seurat, Monet, Gauguin, Picasso and Mondrian. Cruise towards Nijmegen. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Cruise to Cologne. Afternoon free for exploration, perhaps visit the cathedral or Roman-Germanic Museum or even sample the Kölsch dark beer! (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cruise past ruined castles, quaint riverside towns and beautiful scenery. Arrive at the riverside wine village of Rüdesheim in the early afternoon for a wine tasting and tour of the Museum of Mechanical Music. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cruise to Mannheim. Travel to Heidelberg from Neckarmünzplatz on the banks of the Neckar river for a guided tour of the old city and Heidelberg Castle including its Renaissance ruins, the Heidelberg Great Vat, Castle gardens. Cruise to Strasbourg. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. Transfer to Basel airport for the return flight to London Heathrow. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


Apr 20 will be on the MS Symphonie & May 4 will be on the MS Beethoven.
All other dates will be on the MS Gérard Schmitter.


per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
April 20 £1495
May 4 £1595
July 27 £1695
September 5 £1745
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Early Booking Offer

For all 2020 bookings made by 30th January 2020, deduct £55 per person

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Limited availability on these dates:
2020: May 4 & Jul 27

Single supplement £445

Cabin Upgrades

Middle Deck £145 (MS Gérard Schmitter
& MS Beethoven)
Upper Deck £175

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £125

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer add £50
Departure transfer with group included

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 6-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, cruise director, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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