Classical Music on the Rhine
8 Days
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Classical Music on the Rhine


AmsterdamBasel

8 Days

This themed cruise has been designed especially for classical music lovers and features carefully selected music programs both on board and on land. Private concerts in the St. Thomas Church in Strasbourg, at the Dominicus Church in Amsterdam and in Beethoven’s house in Bonn form some of the musical and cultural highlights of the cruise, while famous artists such as the organist Daniel Maurer provide the grand finale of the concert cruise with their incomparable performances. Furthermore, the “Dudok Quartet” and the “Nathan Quartet” will provide musical entertainment for you on board.

Itinerary

Begin your classical music odyssey in the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam. After embarking and settling into your home for the next 8 days, join the cruise director for a Welcome Cocktail followed by a special Welcome Dinner. This evening, begin your cruise with a special concert onboard featuring classical music from a selection of composers and anticipate the joy the week ahead .

Dudok-Quartet:
Welcome Concert on board
with compositions by Wolfgang A. Mozart & Pjotr Tschaikowski

Stay Amsterdam

Over Night

The morning is all about choices. Discover what makes Amsterdam extraordinary with a relaxing canal cruise and a visit to the flower market, or venture into the surrounding countryside to the picturesque towns of Volendam and Edam where the deliciousness of Dutch cheese awaits. The third choice delivers you to Haarlem and the Cathedral of St. Bavo before rejoining the vessel in the charming town of Utrecht.

During the afternoon cruise through the Ijsselmeer, one of Holland’s largest inland freshwater lakes, and relax in the Panorama-Bar as star pianist Martin Ivanov enchants you with beautiful pieces of classical music. Join fellow travelers for dinner as the Dutch waterways pass by.

Martin Ivanov:
Piano Concert on board
with compositions by Franz Liszt & Frédéric Chopin

Stay Amsterdam

Departure at 8:30am

Excursions

Stay Utrecht

12:30pm - 1:00pm

After breakfast, observe our arrival at the beautiful cathedral city of Cologne. Explore the historic Old Town with its High Gothic architecture, the famous twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, and sample the Kölsch beer brewed exclusively in Cologne or join the tour of the Chocolate Museum and discover the 5,000-year-old history of chocolate.

Your vessel leaves Cologne during lunch and will reach the city of Bonn in the afternoon. Continue with a visit to the Beethoven House, a memorial site and museum focusing on the life and work of the famous composer. As a special treat, Martin Ivanov performs a private piano concert in the Chamber Music Hall. Late at night the vessel continues cruising the Rhine River until it arrives upon the alluring Moselle River.

Martin Ivanov:
Piano Concert at Beethoven House
with compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven

Stay Cologne

9:00am - 11:30am

Excursions

Stay Bonn

3:00pm - 11:59pm

This morning our AMADEUS vessel takes a special trip down the romantic Moselle River, the largest tributary of the Rhine. This area is the fifth largest German wine region with some of the steepest terraced vineyards along the river.

After lunch, your vessel arrives in Cochem. Explore the town’s filled with narrow streets, twisting alleys, medieval town gates, churches and walls on your own, or participate in a guided tour to discover the beauty of Cochem and visit the stunning Reichsburg Castle. This evening, as the vessel continues toward Koblenz, enjoy an exclusive concert on board with the Nathan Quartet.

Nathan Quartet:
Private String Concert on board
with compositions by Joseph Haydn & Ludwig van Beethoven

Stay Cochem

2:00pm - 9:45pm

Excursions

Enjoy a music-filled day in Koblenz and Rüdesheim! In the morning, visit the ancient city of Koblenz which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle Rivers, and a gateway to the terraced vineyards and castle ruins of the Rhine Gorge. After your visit, your ship travels through the most beautiful section of the river — the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. This area is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its dramatic riverbanks dotted with vineyards and picturesque castles.

Enjoy a musical tea party on board, while listening to beautiful musical pieces interpreted by the Nathan Quartet and the dramatic scenery passes by. In the afternoon, discover the winegrower’s town of Rüdesheim and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, which features a private collection of self-playing instruments. After a delicious dinner, your vessel continues along the Rhine.

Nathan Quartet:
Musical Tea Party 

Stay Koblenz

6:00am - 11:00am

Excursions

Stay Ruedesheim

5:00pm - 10:00pm

Excursions

After breakfast, arrive in the former imperial residence of Speyer, a city known for its cathedral where eight Roman emperors and German kings are interred. Choose to explore the city on a guided tour including a visit to the medieval Jewish Mikvha.

After lunch, travel to the university town of Heidelberg. Tour this well-preserved old town and visit the beautiful Heidelberg Castle, which is one of Germany’s most famous landmarks and is considered the symbol of German Romanticism.  In this very place, the Stuttgart String Quartet will spoil you with a private concert. This evening the captain invites you to a festive Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Stuttgart String Quartet:
Exclusive concert at Heidelberg Castle
with compositions by Wolfgang A. Mozart & Ludwig van Beethoven

Stay Speyer

9:00am - 7:30pm

Excursions

Arrive in the dynamic capital of Alsace and discover the city’s sights which include the famous cathedral Straßburger Münster and the Petite France Quarter, a former mill and tanner district that still maintains its medieval charm. Half-timbered houses, the Ponts Couverts, the Palais de Rohan, and the Council of Europe are among the wonders that Strasbourg holds in store for you. The Grand Island, the city center, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is connected to the rest of the city by 22 stone bridges. A city sightseeing tour is part of the morning’s program, culminating in an organ concert in the church of St. Thomas by organist Daniel Maurer.

After lunch on board, take in the views of the romantic Rhine as we move toward Switzerland, our final destination. On your final evening on board, celebrate your musical journey with a farewell concert by the Stuttgart String Quartet.

Daniel Maurer:
Exclusive Organ Concert at St. Thomas' Church
with compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel and many more

Stuttgart String Quartet:
Farewell Concert on board
with compositions by Wolfgang A Mozart & Antonin Dvořák

Stay Strasbourg

8:00am - 2:00pm

Excursions

In Basel, enjoy a generous breakfast on board before disembarking. The entire AMADEUS team wishes you a pleasant journey home with many great memories of your trip. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Stay Basel

Arrival at 9:00am

We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.

Dates & Prices

Comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom, walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, panoramic window (cannot be opened), walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.

Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.

Inclusions

  • Suites & Staterooms

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view (except Amadeus Brilliant)

  • Individual climate control and in-room safe 
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
  • Bottled water in cabin

Gourmet Dining

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

Voyage of Discovery

  • Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director 
  • AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions 
  • Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians 
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration 
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
    WiFi is avaliable throughout the vessel including staterooms
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare 

Excursions and excursion packages

Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

Amsterdam – Basel

Unit Price

Amsterdam with canal trip and flower market

CA$ 86

OR Excursion North Holland with Volendam, Edam and cheese tasting

CA$ 73

OR Haarlem - art, history and Dutch lifestyle

CA$ 58

Cologne – historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting

CA$ 55

OR Visit to the Chocolate Museum (Cologne)

CA$ 42

Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg and wine tasting

CA$ 70

Koblenz walking tour

CA$ 30

Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum

CA$ 42

Speyer walking tour with visit to the Imperial Dome

CA$ 38

Heidelberg with visit to the castle

Included

City tour Strasbourg including organ concert

Included

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer:

Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Train Station - Port CA$ 64

Airport - Port CA$ 76

Basel (Switzerland)

Port - Airport CA$ 85

The Artists onboard and ashore

DUDOK QUARTET

One of the most promising young string quartets in Europe, the Dudok Quartet knows how to reach out to listeners and tell its musical story in an intelligent and playful way. After graduating with highest honors from the Netherlands String Quartet Academy in 2013, it was awarded the 2014 Kersjes Prize for extraordinary talent in the world of chamber music.

NATHAN QUARTET

The nathan quartett (Dana Anka, Maja Hunziker, Roswitha Killian, Arne-Christian Pelz) was founded in Hamburg and is firmly anchored in the musical life of the Hanseatic city. Since 2005, the nathan quartett has organized two concert series of its own: in Hamburg's Laeiszhalle and at SCALA Basel. With five concerts a season, the nathan quartett demonstrates its unique continuity in concert activity, the special feature of which is its programming. 

PIANIST MARTIN IVANOV

Born in 1990 into a Bulgarian family of musicians, Martin Ivanov learned to play the piano from his mother at the age of four. In 2009 he graduated in music from the National School of Arts in Ruse and participated in more than 50 international piano competitions. His concert activities have taken him to Bulgaria, Austria, Spain, Holland, France, Italy, Romania and the USA. 

ORGANIST DANIEL MAURER

Daniel Maurer studied in Paris with Jean Langlais, who dedicated one of his organ compositions ("Noël N°3 avec variations") to him in 1979. As an assistant, he regularly accompanied Langlais on tours and played several concerts with him four-handed and -footed. He is titular organist at the J. A. Silbermann organ of St. Thomas Church in Strasbourg and teaches as professor of organ and improvisation at the Conservatoire and the Académie Supérieure de Musique in Strasbourg. 

STUTTGART STRING QUARTET

Born in Stuttgart in 1966, Stefan Balle (1st violin) has been first violinist of the Stuttgart Philharmonic since 1996. Julius Calvelli-Adorno (2nd violin) studied violin at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, and devoted himself intensively to the piano trio and the string quartet. Martin Höfler (viola) studied violin and viola with Prof. Wolfgang Marschner at the Freiburg Musikhochschule and with Prof. Neuhaus and the Amadeus Quartet in Cologne. Bernhard Lörcher (cello) was born in Freiburg in 1970 and has been a cellist with the Stuttgart Philharmonic since 1999 and a soloist since 2001.

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