RICHARD THOMPSON RHINE RIVER CRUISE
28 JUNE - 5 JULY 2021
Following the rapid sell out of Richard Thompson’s Danube Cruise in June 2021, we are delighted that he will be joining us again on the Rhine later that same month. Former Fairport Convention member Richard Thompson has been described as ‘the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix’. We don’t disagree, except to say that his work on acoustic guitar is also sensational. His latest albums, Bloody Noses and 13 Rivers, have garnered critical acclaim with many reviewers regarding them as Thompson’s best albums in recent years. His influence cannot be overstated. Everybody, from Robert Plant to Don Henley and from Elvis Costello to R.E.M. has covered his music.
On this magical Rhine river cruise you will explore one of the most attractive rivers in Europe aboard one of the newest additions to the Amadeus Fleet. The MS Amadeus Silver III will be your luxurious floating boutique hotel. With only 160 guests on board, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans to enjoy, ‘up close and personal’, the songs and music of Richard Thompson.
- Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
Gourmet dining every night
Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
24 hour coffee station
5 nights of programmed entertainment (first and last night will be impromptu)
Bottled water in every stateroom
Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
All local taxes & port charges
Optional Excursion Package available (please ask for details)
Airport transfer to/from ship on 28/06/21 & 5/07/21
Richard Thompson will perform two shows on board during the week on the following days:
Tuesday 29 June & Wednesday 30 June
Providing evening entertainment for the remainder of the cruise is:Track Dogs, whose artistic name derives from the dark subterranean world of New York’s subway system. Amongst others, they will be presenting songs from their new album 'Fire on the Rails', a kicking album that grows on the work that has opened so many doors for the band. We are certain that you’ll find them as irresistible as we do and return home singing newly learned songs from their eclectic mix of genre defying music.
Joining them on board is multi award winning duo, Broom Bezzums, who match the quality of their song writing with skilful musicianship and spine-tingling vocals to deliver performances you will not forget.
All shows will take place in the Panorama Bar and commence after the dinner service in the Restaurant.
Day 1 - EMBARKATION AMSTERDAM
This afternoon, embark the ship and get settled into your cabin. During the evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 - AMSTERDAM - HOORN
After a restful night on board, join the optional excursion to see the sights of one of the most unique cities in Europe. Beautiful bridges connect the numerous parts of the city divided by hundreds of canals and waterways, overlooked by 17th century architecture. Be sure to stop by the Oude Kerk (Old Church), the oldest building in the city. In a nearby village, visit a cheese farm to learn about Dutch cheese production. Re-join the ship in Hoorn for lunch. In the afternoon we will cruise along the Ijsselmeer. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner as we continue to explore the Netherlands.
After dinner join Richard Thompson in the lounge for the first of two concerts on board.
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. After an exciting day, we return to the vessel and make our way south.
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.
This evening after dinner enjoy another concert from Richard Thompson in the lounge as we set off towards Koblenz.
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.
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
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 final destination.
Day 8 - BASEL
This morning, after your final delicious breakfast on board we say farewell and wish you bon voyage.
|RICHARD THOMPSON - AMSTERDAM TO BASEL NAUTICAL ITINERARY|
|28.06.21||Mon||Amsterdam||Check-in from 16.00h onwards|
|29.06.21||Tue||Hoorn||ARR||13:00||*City tour of Amsterdam & North Holland with canal boat trip|
|29.06.21||Tue||Hoorn||DEP||13:00||Excursion rejoins ship|
|30.06.21||Wed||Cologne||ARR||16:00||*Cologne walking tour|
|01.07.21||Thu||Cochem||ARR||14:00||*Cochem walking tour with wine tasting|
|02.07.21||Fri||Koblenz||ARR||06:00||*Koblenz walking tour|
|02.07.21||Fri||Rüdesheim||ARR||17:00||*Rüdesheim walking tour incl.musical cabinet museum|
|03.07.21||Sat||Speyer||ARR||15:30||*Speyer walking tour|
|04.07.21||Sun||Strasbourg||ARR||07:30||*City tour of Strasbourg|
|05.07.21||Mon||Basel||ARR||09:00||Disembark after breakfast|
|Itinerary subject to amendment / *Excursions optional extra|
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 Grade||Deck||Early Booking Price||Price after 31.01.21|
|Amadeus suite||Mozart Deck||£3,149||£3,299|
|Category A-1||Mozart Deck||£2,649||£2,799|
|Category B-1||Strauss Deck||£2,499||£2,649|
|Category B1 single||Strauss Deck||£2,989||£3,139|
|Category B-4||Strauss Deck||£2,149||£2,299|
|Category C-1||Haydn Deck||£1,899||£2,049|
|Category C1 single||Haydn Deck||£2,399||£2,549|
|Category C-4||Haydn Deck||£1,749||£1,899|
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: Which airport do I need to fly into / home from?
A: Your airport of arrival is Amsterdam, returning from Basel.
Q: Are airport transfers included?
A: Transfers are included from Amsterdam Airport to the ship on 28 June and from the ship to Basel Airport on 05 July.
If you are spending time in Amsterdam pre-cruise you will be responsible for your own transfer to the ship on departure day. We are happy to book transfers on your behalf if needed.
Should you opt to extend your stay at the end of your cruise, you will be responsible for your own transfer to the airport. The crew will be happy to assist with taxis from the ship to your Hotel on disembarkation day.
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.
Q: Mooring and Docking
A: 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.
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. Alternatively 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 eye wear, 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.
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 that you pack a lightweight sweater or long sleeve shirts and carry them with you on excursions.
On all our excursions you’ll be provided with a wireless AMADEUS listening device. The receiver can be worn quite comfortably around the neck or carried in a bag. The comfortable headphones allow you to hear your experienced tour guide’s explanations with the very best acoustic quality. Enjoy complete freedom of movement, without missing any of the interesting commentary.
- All excursions can be booked in advance or aboard. (For organisational reasons, some excursions can only be booked aboard).
- Minimum participation for excursions by bus: 20 people.
- Minimum participation for excursions on foot: 12 people.
- The schedule of individual excursions can vary; this is partly due to the volume of traffic in the cities and the opening hours of facilities.
- Please remember to wear sturdy shoes as well as comfortable, waterproof clothing when attending the excursions.
- When exploring on your own, please remember to return to the vessel in time for its departure. If you miss the departure, you have to travel to the next port at your own expense. You will find the all aboard time in the daily programme.
- Itineraries and prices are subject to alterations.
Some excursions involve a fair amount of walking, sometimes over uneven surfaces. The following coding system has been used to assist with identifying which excursions are appropriate for you. Please ask your cruise director for additional information as required.
- LEVEL 1: Minimum walking; excursion by bus with short photo stops.
- LEVEL 2: The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.
- LEVEL 3: The excursion by bus is followed by a longer walk. You may need to climb several stairs.
- LEVEL 4: Moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.
- LEVEL 5: Considerable walk with longer distances. This may include uneven surfaces and some stairs.
|Excursion Package - Amsterdam to Basel|
|Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount.
All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates
|City tour of Amsterdam with canal trip and North Holland excursion||£53||✓||✓||✓|
|Cologne walking tour||£21||✓||✓||✓|
|Cochem walking tour with wine tasting||£37||✓||✓|
|Koblenz walking tour||£16||✓||✓|
|Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum||£22||✓||✓|
|Excursion to Heidelberg||£44||✓||✓||✓|
|Speyer walking tour||£16||✓|
|City Tour of Strasbourg||£51||✓||✓||✓|
|On Board Package Price||£185||£228||£260|
|Price for packages booked in advance -15%||£156||£193||£220|
City tour of Amsterdam with canal trip and North Holland excursion
Founded as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, as a result of its innovative developments in trade. Today, the city has one of the largest historic centres in Europe, with about 7,500 registered historic buildings. The street pattern is largely unchanged since the 19th century. The centre consists of 90 islands, linked by 400 bridges. On the city tour through the Dutch metropolis, you will see the Royal Palace, numerous canals and the Museum Quarter. As there is no better way to see the city than cruising on the water, the tour will end with a canal cruise boat trip. Afterwards, drive through the Dutch Polder landscape to the old fishing village of Volendam. The Volendam houses are built very close together, forming the typical neighbourhoods of Volendam. Take a stroll through the old village and see people still dressed in traditional costumes. Board your coach and drive out of Volendam into the countryside to visit a local cheese farm. Here, you will learn how Dutch cheese is made and also sample the local product.
From Amsterdam/to Hoorn: On your way back to your ship, you will enjoy a short walk through the quaint village of Hoorn. Founded in 716, Hoorn rapidly grew to become an important harbour town. During Holland’s “Golden Age” Hoorn was an important base for the Dutch East India Company and the Hoorn fleet sailed the seven seas returning with exotic spices. Walking through the historic center of Hoorn, en route back to your ship, you can admire its rich history.
Duration: approx. 5 hrs / Walking Grade: 3
Cologne walking tour
During the city walk, explore the surroundings of this famous cathedral and the old town. Many attractions are concentrated in just one square kilometre around the cathedral, the town hall and the old town with large Romanesque Church of St. Martin. In the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town and in the busy squares, such as the old market or the hay market, you will get a feeling for life in this city, both past and present. Take a tour of the inside of Cologne Cathedral, either accompanied by your guide or on your own (depending on the opening hours of the cathedral and/or if a mass is celebrated, etc.). Since its completion in 1880, the Cologne Cathedral is, due to its two tall towers with a height of 157 m each, not only the landmark of the town and best-known architecture monument but also the most often visited sight in Germany.
Duration: approx. 2.5 hrs / Walking Grade: 4
Cochem walking tour with wine tasting
The harmonious trio of the unique Mosel landscape, thousands of years of wine growing and rich culture makes Cochem especially popular. During the walk you will discover the city with its narrow, winding streets. You will also visit the Reichsburg Castle. Thanks to its size and location on a precipitous rock high above the city, this magnificent castle dominates the cityscape. Equally impressive is the view you can enjoy from the castle. You will see the Moselle Valley with its dreamy, mixed forests, meadows and vineyards and the old town. At the end of the tour, enjoy a taste of local Mosel wines.
Duration: approx. 3.5 hrs / Walking Grade: 4
Koblenz walking tour
Discover Koblenz, one of the most beautiful and oldest towns in Germany, with over 2,000 years of history. On our guided walk through the romantic streets between the St. Castor Basilica and the Liebfrauenkirche (the Church of our Beloved Lady) you will discover the most important sights of Koblenz. This tour would not be complete without a visit to the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial at the famous German Corner and the town’s landmark, the Schängel Fountain at the town hall. At the end of the walk you will reach the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine and the ropeway of Koblenz – well known since the German Federal Garden Show.
Duration: approx. 2 hrs / Walking Grade: 4
Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum
The unique Winzerexpress train takes you from the dock of the ship to the “Siegfried Mechanical Music Cabinet” for a musical adventure with historical self-playing instruments. Thereafter, a guided tour leads you through the picturesque town. Explore the heart of the old town of Rüdesheim – the Drosselgasse – where wine houses and garden taverns invite you to linger. Immerse yourself in the history of the city and visit the Eagle Tower, a part of the city wall, and the fortifications from the 15th century.
Duration: approx. 2 hrs / Walking Grade: 4
Excursion to Heidelberg
A comfortable coach will take you to Heidelberg, the world famous University City on the Neckar River. The town is one of the few German cities with a widely preserved baroque Old Town. Heidelberg was discovered quite early by romantics to use for diverse literature, songs and paintings. The tour through Heidelberg begins with a visit to the castle. The formerly splendid residence made of red sandstone has been a ruin, maybe the most beautiful ruin in all of Germany. The castle tour leads also into the castle garden. From the Grand Terrace you will have a wonderful view of the city and the Neckar River. The tour continues with a stroll through the enchanting old town, to the Karl-Theodor Bridge, the late-gothic Church of the Holy Spirit and the town hall.
Duration: approx. 4.5 hrs / Walking Grade: 3
Speyer walking tour
Speyer, the venerable emperor’s city on the Rhine, has had a rich and turbulent past. Religious architecture steeped in history, impressive facades of various styles, winding alleys and romantic squares express the character of the city. The city tour includes a visit to the Romanesque Imperial Cathedral from the exterior, with its striking twin tower portal, and visits to the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Old Gate (Altpoertel) and the Jewish Ritual Bath.
Duration: approx. 2 hrs / Walking Grade: 4
City Tour of Strasbourg
Enjoy a discovery tour through the beautiful city of Strasbourg. After a short coach trip through the city, the tour continues with a walk through the lovely, historic old part of the town and includes a visit to the famous cathedral Straßburger Münster (not possible on Sundays and public holidays, sometimes a security check is carried out). During a boat cruise on the river, discover the famous quarter, “Petite France”. This former mill and tanner district still maintains its medieval charm. Some of the beautiful, half-timbered houses on the banks of the river Ill are up to 500 years old. You will enjoy Strasbourg’s half-timbered houses, the Ponts Couverts, the Palais de Rohan, the Council of Europe and all the other wonders that Strasbourg holds in store for you.
Duration: approx. 4 hrs / Walking Grade: 2