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Captivating Rhine River Cruise

Discover the enchantment of the Rhine as it flows through four countries with fairytale castles, vineyards and historic and picturesque cities along one of Europe’s most famous rivers.

Enjoy culture, heritage, world-class cuisine and wine, a chance to taste and savour every aspect of the Rhine’s rich bounty, and journey into the river’s heartland on fascinating tours, guided hikes and bike rides.

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  • Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
  • Ship: AmaCerto, AmaLucia & AmaSiena
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Mar - Nov
£1,611pp
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Captivating Rhine River Cruise Itinerary

This 7-night cruise journeys through the heart of historic Europe, visiting iconic attractions and cultural landmarks with informative and insightful tours at port destinations. Relax in elegant, luxury accommodation with stunning river views and award-winning cuisine.

Day 1

Amsterdam

Board in Amsterdam.

Day 2

Amsterdam

Enjoy a dedicated tour of Amsterdam’s famous canals with fascinating commentary and a chance to see all of Amsterdam’s most iconic landmarks and highlights. Rejoin your vessel and enjoy a scenic cruise out of Amsterdam as you head towards Germany.

Day 3

Cologne

Join the ‘Holy City’ walking tour through the Old Town and take in the splendour of Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most famous Gothic masterpieces and a UNESCO-designated cultural landmark. Visit the Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall. Beer lovers won’t be able to resist the excursion to a local tavern to sample Cologne’s famous Kölsch beer alongside traditional local fare like potato pancakes and apple sauce. Adventurers can take a guided bike tour along the Rhine and enjoy the historic Stadtgarten.

Day 4

Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim

The route to the winemaking town of Rüdesheim wends its way through the captivatingly beautiful and UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, with beautiful vistas and stunning scenery dotted with fairytale castles for which the Rhine is famous. Join a wine-tasting tour or drink in the amazing views with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. Active explorers can join a hike through the vineyards or a guided bike tour of the Rhinegua. Later, guests can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or taste one of the town’s famous specialities, the delicious Rüdesheimer coffee, with brandy and whipped cream.

Day 5

Ludwigshafen

Ludwigshafen is a gateway to four exciting excursions. Discover romantic Heidelberg, a beautifully preserved medieval city in the Neckar River Valley with its iconic red sandstone Castle. There is a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path with panoramic city views. Cycle along the side of the River Neckar and explore the picturesque town of Ladenburg. Finally, there is an excursion to Speyer. The Secrets of Speyer tour will reveal the treasures of one of Germany’s oldest cities, famed for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe and its medieval Old Gate, Altpörtel.

Day 6

Strasbourg

Explore Strasbourg, the ‘Gem of the Alsace’ with its unique fusion of German and French culture and fascinating history. Discover the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, lifted straight from a fairytale. There is a guided bike tour for those who want to explore further afield.

Day 7

Breisach

Step back through the centuries with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, something from the pages of a storybook. View historic architecture and famous landmarks like the Dolder Gate on a guided walking tour. Guests can also choose to tour Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral reputedly with “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Weather-dependent, there is a bicycle excursion through the magical Black Forest or a countryside bike tour through the Breisach wine region.

Day 8

Basel

Disembark at Basel.

Day 1

Basel

Board in Basel.

Day 2

Breisach

Step back through the centuries with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, something from the pages of a storybook. View historic architecture and famous landmarks like the Dolder Gate on a guided walking tour. Guests can also choose to tour Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral reputedly with “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Weather-dependent, there is a bicycle excursion through the magical Black Forest or a countryside bike tour through the Breisach wine region.

Day 3

Strasbourg

Explore Strasbourg, the ‘Gem of the Alsace’ with its unique fusion of German and French culture and fascinating history. Discover the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, lifted straight from a fairytale. There is a guided bike tour for those who want to explore further afield.

Day 4

Ludwigshafen

Ludwigshafen is a gateway to four exciting excursions. Discover romantic Heidelberg, a beautifully preserved medieval city in the Neckar River Valley with its iconic red sandstone Castle. There is a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path with panoramic city views. Cycle along the side of the River Neckar and explore the picturesque town of Ladenburg. Finally, there is an excursion to Speyer. The Secrets of Speyer tour will reveal the treasures of one of Germany’s oldest cities, famed for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe and its medieval Old Gate, Altpörtel.

Day 5

Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim

The route to the winemaking town of Rüdesheim wends its way through the captivatingly beautiful and UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, with beautiful vistas and stunning scenery dotted with fairytale castles for which the Rhine is famous. Join a wine-tasting tour or drink in the amazing views with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. Active explorers can join a hike through the vineyards or a guided bike tour of the Rhinegua. Later, guests can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or taste one of the town’s famous specialities, the delicious Rüdesheimer coffee, with brandy and whipped cream.

Day 6

Cologne

Join the ‘Holy City’ walking tour through the Old Town and take in the splendour of Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most famous Gothic masterpieces and a UNESCO-designated cultural landmark. Visit the Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall. Beer lovers won’t be able to resist the excursion to a local tavern to sample Cologne’s famous Kölsch beer alongside traditional local fare like potato pancakes and apple sauce. Adventurers can take a guided bike tour along the Rhine and enjoy the historic Stadtgarten.

Day 7

Amsterdam

Enjoy a dedicated tour of Amsterdam’s famous canals with fascinating commentary and a chance to see all of Amsterdam’s most iconic landmarks and highlights. Rejoin your vessel and enjoy a scenic cruise out of Amsterdam as you head towards Germany.

Day 8

Amsterdam

Disembark at Amsterdam.

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Experience the Captivating Rhine with Crui.se

7 Nights
Mar Nov

Captivating Rhine

  • Amsterdam
  • Basel
  • Breisach
  • Cologne
  • Ludwigshafen
  • Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim
  • Strasbourg
£1,611pp Est. Price per person
  • AmaCerto, AmaLucia, AmaSiena  

Captivating Rhine Cruise Review

“As experienced Danube cruisers, this was our first time on the Rhine, and I have to say, it really is as magical as everyone says. If you want stunning scenery and fairytale castles, this is the cruise for you. It doesn’t hit the big capitals of Europe, but it is actually nicer to visit some new destinations that are not so well-known. Having said that, Cologne was spectacular, and so was Strasbourg. The vessel was very well-appointed, and the food was five-star, with plenty of variety and a real emphasis on local menus to reflect the different locations. The cabins are beyond comfy; all in all, a great trip.”

Leanne and Sean, Wolverhampton

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Captivating Rhine Cruise FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

I have a special diet due to some health conditions, is this likely to be a problem for the restaurants onboard?

Our award-winning cuisine is freshly prepared daily and includes a selection of vegan and vegetarian options. Our gourmet chefs can also tailor special menus for guests with restrictions or allergies. All the food is made with the same care and attention to detail and uses fresh local ingredients to produce authentic regional dishes that highlight taste and flavour.

Are there alternatives to the planned excursions?

Cruise passengers are always free to explore on their own; all the planned tours are optional. Our expert guides are happy to share their knowledge and provide passengers with information to help them plan their own itineraries. Just make sure you are back at the port before the ship sails!

Do I need visas for this cruise?

The Captivating Rhine Cruise travels through four European countries, and passengers must arrange their own visas before boarding the vessel in Amsterdam. Our expert booking team can give you some general advice and information when you make your reservation. Just ensure you allow enough time for your visas to come through, as delays can occur during the holiday season.

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