RHINE RIVER CRUISE

FEATURING THE BOOTLEG BEATLES

16 - 23 JUNE 2023

 

The world’s premier Beatles cover band, The Bootleg Beatles, continues to draw critical acclaim with their flawless recreation of the greatest songbook in history. Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the swinging 60s, every tiny detail is forensically observed from their authentic stage wear and instruments to their mind-bogglingly accurate vocal and physical impersonation.  

Join them on this seven night, unforgettable music filled cruise from Amsterdam to Basel. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy "up close and personal" entertainment value of these four guys and also discover the many beautiful facets of old “Father Rhine” during this week long cruise along one of the most attractive rivers of Europe.

Along the way spend time in the beautiful city of Strasbourg and 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.

Further highlights of this trip include visits to the very historic river cities of Speyer, Koblenz, Cologne and Amsterdam.


With only 150 guests on board, this is a fabulous opportunity for all Beatles fans to trace the Fab Four’s journey through the swinging 60s. This cruise is an absolute must for Beatlemaniacs of all ages

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

  • 7 night cruise onboard MS Amadeus Queen
  • 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​
  • Onboard evening entertainment in the panorama lounge after dinner
  • 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. 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

Today's Excursions

Amsterdam with canal trip and flower market
Or Holland Waterland with Volendam, Edam and cheese tasting

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 - KOBLENZ

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. Arrive Koblenz 06:00 Depart 09:00 next day

Today's Excursions

Koblenz walking tour

Day 5 - KOBLENZ to RUDESHEIM

Spend time on deck as we cruise the most beautiful section of the river - the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. 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 Rudeshiem 15:00 Depart 22:00

Today's Excursions

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.

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.



Suite (26.4m²) with walk-out exterior balcony

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.
Mozart Deck

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£3299

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Cabin A-1 (17.5m²) with drop-down panoramic window

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.
Mozart Deck

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£2499

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Cabin B-1 (17.5m²) with drop-down panoramic window

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.
Strauss Deck

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£2299

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Cabin B-4 (17.5m²) with drop-down panoramic window

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.
Strauss Deck

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£2199

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Cabin C-1 (16m²) with panoramic window

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.
Haydn Deck

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£1899

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Cabin C-4 (16m²) with panoramic window

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.
Haydn Deck

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£1699

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Prices

    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.

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    FAQ

    1Are flights included?
    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.
    2Can I book airport hotels and parking with you?
    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
    3Are airport transfers included?
    Transfers are included from Amsterdam Airport to the ship on 16 June and from the ship to Basel Airport on 23 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.
    4Which airport do I need to fly into / home from?
    Your airport of arrival is Amsterdam, returning from Basel.
    5What time can I board the ship on embarkation day?
    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.
    6What time is disembarkation from?
    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.
    7Is there WiFi on board?
    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.
    8Is there an elevator on board?
    All AMADEUS ships have a guest elevator, which operates between the Mozart and Haydn decks. The sun deck is not accessible by elevator.
    9What is the dress code on board?
    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?
    10What is the electical voltage on board?
    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.
    11What is the currency on board?
    The currency on board all AMADEUS ships is EURO.  However, you may also settle your account in (GBP) Sterling or (USD) American Dollars.
    12What about gratuities?
    Gratuities for the ship’s staff and crew are not included in your cruise price. Whilst gratuities are a matter of personal choice, we are often asked what the suggested amount would be - 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.
    13What to bring?
    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.
    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.
    14What happens if the artist that I booked to see is unable to perform at the festival / holiday?
    As you have booked a holiday, then the holiday will still take place. In the event of a festival where there are multiple artists, the full programme will still be performed and any artists unable to travel will be replaced. In the event of a river cruise or other holiday where only one artist is performing, the artist will be replaced with an alternative artist of a similar genre. The cost of the holiday is not refundable.