FAIRPORT CONVENTION RHINE RIVER CRUISE

21 JUNE - 28 JUNE 2022

Who knows where the Rhine goes?

Well, in this case, it meanders through 50 years of folk-rock history, taking in the spectacular scenery along one of the most attractive rivers in Europe, on an exclusive cruise hosted by none other than Fairport Convention. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy ‘up close and personal’ the many and varied talents of Simon, Peggy, Gerry, Chris and Ric, and they are as excited as we are about the five evenings of on-board entertainment being planned.

Enjoy an unforgettable Music filled seven night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel. How about a Beatles singalong, or even getting up to do a Beatles karaoke with Fairport as your backing band? Wouldn’t that be a video to impress friends and embarrass the grand children! Peggy is threatening to tell a few tales which couldn’t be included in his book ‘Off the Pegg’, and Gerry might teach you how to play the cajon, whilst Ric and Chris are planning solo and duo sets. And…. who could have expected this …. a couple of band members would like to demonstrate their abilities in performing magic tricks and stand-up comedy!

There will be songs old and new from the Fairports of course, but so much more as well aboard one of the award-winning silver ships of the Amadeus Fleet ~ The MS Amadeus Queen. Your luxurious floating home from home. With only 150 guests on board, you really don't want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity....


On this magical Rhine river cruise, you will explore the one of the most attractive rivers in Europe aboard your luxurious floating boutique hotel, the Amadeus Queen. With only 150 guests on board, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans to enjoy, ‘up close and personal’, the songs and music of Fairport Convention and Special Guests.

Booking Form

If you're not ready to book but have further questions then please feel free to email us at info@harmonyvoyages.co.uk and we'll be happy to help

What's included
  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges include
Itinerary

Day 1 - EMBARKATION AMSTERDAM

This afternoon, board the ship and settle into your cabin. During the evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail, followed by a specially prepared welcome dinner, meet your fellow sailors and relax in the lounge. The ship is moored overnight in Amsterdam

Day 2 – AMSTERDAM - UTRECHT

This morning is all about choices with a variety of optional excursions. Choose to spend the morning exploring Amsterdam with a relaxing canal cruise and a visit to the flower market or venture out into the surrounding countryside to the picturesque towns of Volendam and Edam with a tasting of delicious Dutch cheese, meeting the ship again in the town of Utrecht. Other choices include a morning visit to the Famous Floriade Garden Show which takes place once every 10 years, or perhaps an excursion to Haarlem and the Cathedral of St. Bavo. This afternoon, we continue with a cruise on the Ijsselmeer, one of the largest inland freshwater lakes in Holland. Depart Amsterdam 08:30 Arrive Utrecht 12:30 Depart 13:00 After dinner join Fairport in the lounge for the first of five concerts on board

Today's Excursions

Amsterdam with canal trip and flower market
Or Holland Waterland with Volendam, Edam and cheese tasting
Or Haarlem - Art, history and Dutch lifestyle
Or Visit to the Floriade Garden show

Day 3 - COLOGNE

After lunch, view our arrival into the beautiful city of Cologne. Every year visitors from all over the world are drawn to the historical city and its 2000-year history. Explore the historic Old Town, visit the famous twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, or perhaps sample some of the famous Kölsch beer brewed in Cologne. There are many medieval houses, bridges, and gates that will delight the historian in you, while the more modern skyscrapers that tower overhead are sure to impress. Arrive Cologne 08:00 Depart 22:00

Today's Excursions

Cologne – historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting
Or Visit to the Chocolate Museum (Cologne)
Or Siebengebirge and Drachenfels castle ruins

Day 4 - COCHEM

Today we take a special trip down the romantic Moselle river, the largest tributary of the Rhine, and anchor at the old town of Cochem. The scenery in the Moselle Valley has been dominated by vineyards for millennia. Cochem itself has narrow streets, twisting alleys and medieval town gates, churches and walls. Discover the beauty of Cochem and perhaps sample some of the Riesling wines produced in this region. Arrive Cochem 14:00 Depart 21:45 This evening after dinner enjoy another night of entertainment with Fairport in the lounge as we set off towards Koblenz.

Today's Excursions

Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg
Or Wine tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery

Day 5 - KOBLENZ to RUDESHEIM

This morning we arrive in Koblenz, ideally situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle rivers. The Romans, the Franks, the Holy Roman Empire, the French, and the Germans have all had a hand in this strategic city’s 2000-year history. St. Castor Basilica, the Church of our Beloved Lady, and the Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm’s memorial at the German Corner, are just a few of the sites which reflect the history of the area. This afternoon enjoy your time on deck as we cruise the most beautiful section of the river - the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Late this afternoon, we arrive Rüdesheim, a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge. Discover the region’s rich history of wine making - perhaps visit the local museum - a great place to start. Back onboard your crew awaits with a delicious dinner followed by entertainment in the lounge. Arrive Koblenz 06:00 Depart 11:00 Arrive Rudeshiem 17:00 Depart 22:00

Today's Excursions

Koblenz walking tour
Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum
Or Visit to a vineyard with tasting & Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim

Day 6 - MANNHEIM to SPEYER

After breakfast, explore the bustling metropolis of Mannheim. This unique city has many sights to see including the University of Mannheim, the National Theater Mannheim, and St. Sebastian’s Church. Nearby Heidelberg is another old university city which is also a worthwhile visit. This afternoon’s call is at Speyer, a city known for its Cathedral where eight Roman Emperors and German Kings are interred. The Old Town Gate, Memorial Church, and Transportation Museum are all highlights of this beautiful city. Another amazing dining experience awaits you back on board followed by more quality entertainment in the lounge. Arrive Mannheim 06:00 Depart 13:00 Arrive Speyer 15:30 Depart 19:30

Today's Excursions

Heidelberg with visit to the castle
Speyer walking tour with visit to the Imperial Dome

Day 7 - STRASBOURG

This morning we arrive in the dynamic capital of Alsace. This beautiful city’s sights include the famous cathedral Strasbourg 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, the Council of Europe are among the wonders that Strasbourg holds in store for you. The Grand Island, the city centre, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is connected to the rest of the city by 22 stone bridges. After lunch onboard, take in the sites of the romantic Rhine as we move towards Switzerland, our destination. Arrive Strasbourg 07:30 Depart 13:00

Today's Excursions

Strasbourg with Canal Boat Tour
Freiburg with visit to the market

Day 8 - BASEL

This morning, after your final delicious breakfast on board we say farewell and wish you bon voyage. Transfers to the airport will commence after breakfast. For those, leaving later in the day you will be permitted to leave your luggage onboard whilst you explore the city. Or if you are planning a day or two in Basel, taxis can be arranged by the crew for you to your chosen hotel Arrive Basel – 09:00

Price

    Prices are per person and do not include flights. Please contact us if you require assistance with your travel arrangements.

    Please note: a deposit of £200pp is required to secure your booking.

    Cabin GradeDeckEarly booking price valid until 30.09.21Price from 01.10.2021
    SuiteMozart Deck28993049
    A1Mozart Deck24992649
    B1Strauss Deck22992449
    B1 Solo OccupancyStrauss Deck29893139
    B4Strauss Deck19992149
    C1Haydn Deck16991849
    C1 Solo OccupancyHaydn Deck23992549
    C4Haydn Deck15991749
    Accommodation
    Our floating home for the week, Amadeus Queen follows the award-winning model of the AMADEUS Silver ships but offers even further innovative developments. The popular concept of spaciousness has been maintained. This includes not only generous public areas but also spacious cabins: 12 large suites impress with an outdoor balcony and a cozy reading corner, whilst the 69 standard cabins mainly have panoramic window fronts which can be automatically lowered and luxurious bathrooms. A highlight of the ship is the indoor pool, the roof of which can be opened in fine weather.





    FAQ
    RT – Rhine River Cruise June 2022

    Q: Are flights included?

    A: No, you are responsible for your own travel arrangements to and from the ship. However, we are happy to assist with booking flights on your behalf. Please contact us for details if you require assistance.

    Q: Can I book airport hotels & parking with you?

    A: Yes, please see the link to our supplier partner Holiday Extras who provide airport hotels, parking, fast track, lounges as well as comprehensive holiday insurance: https://www.holidayextras.com/harmonyvoyages/parking.html

    Q: Which airport do I need to fly into / home from?

    A: Your airport of arrival is Basel, returning from Amsterdam

    Q: Are airport transfers included?

    A: Transfers are included from Basel Airport to the ship on 14 June and from the ship to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on 21 June. If you are spending time in Basel pre-cruise or Amsterdam post cruise your transfer will be a chargeable extra if required. The crew will be happy to assist with taxis from the ship to your Hotel on disembarkation day if required.

    Q: What time can I board the ship on Embarkation day?

    A: You can normally board from 1pm but your stateroom may not be available until after 3pm. You will be able to enjoy the ship’s facilities until your room is ready to be occupied.

    Q: What time is disembarkation from?

    A: As the ship has a quick turnaround, you will be required to vacate your cabin after breakfast on the day of departure. If you have a late flight or transfer you may be able to store your luggage on board until later in the day, depending on the ship’s itinerary. The crew on board will be happy to assist.

    Q: Is there WiFi on board?

    A: Yes, WiFi is provided in all public areas of the ship. However, during the trip the signal may be weaker in certain sections of the route.

    Q: Is there an elevator on board?

    A: All AMADEUS ships have a guest elevator, which operates between the Mozart and Haydn decks. The sun deck is not accessible by elevator.

    Q: What is the dress code on board?

    A: We want to you feel comfortable on board, the dress code is casual during the day and in the evening smart casual. Think what would I wear for a meal out in a restaurant at home?

    Q: What is the electrical current on board?

    A: The voltage in hotels and onboard ship is 230V, European standard. To use any electrical product that is not dual voltage (e.g. from the US, Canada, Australia or the UK), you will need a plug adaptor and some devices will require an electrical converter. Many electronic devices have built-in electrical converters, however, please check the manufacturer’s specifications for details. A two-pole adaptor is also available at reception. Mooring and Docking Local river authorities allocate docking space around ship arrivals and departures in port. Occasionally port conditions require ships to tie up alongside each other, in which case guests may be required to walk through another ship to access their own ship. This is part of the river cruise experience and is perfectly normal and beyond our control. Guests may experience obstructed views from staterooms when the ship is docked.

    Q: What is the currency on board the ship?

    A: The currency on board all AMADEUS ships is EURO. However, you may also settle your account in (GBP) Sterling or (USD) American Dollars./p>

    Q: What about gratuities?

    A: Gratuities for the ship’s staff and crew are not included in your cruise price. You may pre-pay gratuities through our office with a suggested amount of USD 12.00 / EUR 11.00 per person per day. Alternately you may wish to tip onboard in cash or add a gratuity to your onboard account. Gratuities for drivers and guides for optional excursions are not included in the excursion price. A suggested amount is 1-2 EUR per person for half day excursion & 2-3 EUR per person for the full day excursion given directly to the guide and driver.


    What to pack: The following items are essential for any destination: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and maybe an umbrella. It is recommended that you bring duplicates of prescription eyewear, copies of prescriptions for any medications (generic equivalents are usually easier to obtain), copies of credit card information, and copies of your passport information pages. An adaptor/transformer may be necessary (the on-board power supply is 230V AC/50 Hz) if you bring any electronic devices with you. Clothing: Comfortable, casual clothing is appropriate both onshore and onboard and we suggest lightweight clothing that can be layered. Shorts are appropriate for most tours; however long pants may be required for inside visits on some excursions. Your cruise manager will advise when and if this is required. You may find a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Sturdy sandals are another good option. Don’t forget to pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket (preferably hooded) or even a heavier-weight wind-breaker for cooler temperatures. Also, keep in mind that the ship, coaches and other venues visited on our itinerary are air conditioned and may be quite cool. We recommend you that you pack a lightweight sweater or long sleeve shirts and carry them with you on excursions.
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