Embark on a voyage of music along the Rhine in this Beethoven year, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the world-renown composer - Ludwig van Beethoven. Enjoy the picturesque Rhine river as we make our way from Amsterdam on the North Sea, through the beautiful scenery of the Middle Rhine Valley and down river to Basel in Switzerland. Accompanied by the dazzling sound of exclusive concerts both onboard and on shore.
The carefully curated program features a concert in the monumental Dominicus Church in Amsterdam, a visit to Beethoven's house in Bonn with an exclusive piano concert during the anniversary year of his birth, and an organ recital in the famous St. Thomas's church in Strasbourg. Gain surprising insight into the sound and thoughts of Beethoven as virtuoso musicians take you on a musical journey through a treasured repertoire of Classical Music. Enjoy a feast for the eyes, ears and soul during our special Classical Music on the Rhine.
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 listen to the sounds of Mozart and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in a special concert onboard - a wonderful beginning to your cruise.
Haydn: Strings quartet in C Major, Opus 20 No. 2
Beethoven: String quartet in F Major, Opus 18 No. 1
Explore the beautiful canal city of Amsterdam during this morning's city tour. As a special highlight, we will visit the beautiful Dominicus Church for a private concert. Relax as you listen to the strains of Schubert and Schumann are performed. Continue through the picturesque countryside in the north of Holland, to rejoin the vessel for a peaceful afternoon onboard.
Schubert: String quartet No. 10 in E flat Major
Brahms: String quartet No. 3, opus 67 in B Major
After breakfast venture out into the vibrant city of Cologne with its famous twin spired cathedral, through an optional walking tour or on your own. Return to the ship for lunch as your vessel continues to the next stop along the Rhine river - Bonn. Continue your music education with a visit to the Beethoven House - a memorial site and museum focusing on the life and work of composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Music of Beethoven is the focus of a private piano concert.
Beethoven: Piano sonata No. 14, Opus 27, No. 2 in C Minor
Beethoven: Piano sonata No. 21 in C Major, Opus 53
Relax onboard while cruisng the lovely Moselle River to the romantic wine-growers village of Cochem. Spend the afternoon exploring the village or join a walking tour with a tasting of the famous wines of the Moselle region. This evening enjoy an exclusive concert onboard highlighted by music of Haydn and Mendelsohn-Bartholdy. Your vessel departs later this evening.
Beethoven: String quartet No. 14 in C sharp Minor, Opus 131
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: String quartet in C Major, Opus 44/1
Enjoy a music-filled day in Koblenz and Rüdesheim! This morning, visit the ancient city of Koblenz, a gateway to the terraced vineyards and castle ruins of the Rhine Gorge. After your visit, your ship travels through the romantic Rhine region. Enjoy a musical tea party onboard, taking in the passing scenery while listening to beautiful musical pieces from the world of opera and waltz. Before dinner arrive in Rüdesheim, where you will have the opportunity to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, which is, as the name suggests, all about music and instruments. After a delicious dinner, your vessel continues along the Rhine.
NATHAN QUARTET: Potpourri incl. lighter pieces by Beethoven
After breakfast, arrive in the former imperial residence of Speyer, which you can explore during a leisurely morning stroll through the city. After lunch, travel to the university town of Heidelberg. Tour this well-preserved old town, famous for its picturesque castle ruins. This evening the captain invites you to a festive Captain's Gala Dinner.
At breakfast time, you arrive in Strasbourg, which boasts a magical, historic old town. A city sightseeing tour is part of the morning’s program, culminating in an organ concert in the church of St. Thomas, featuring the music of Bach, Handel, and Mozart. This evening, celebrate your musical journey with a farewell concert celebrating the music of Mozart and Dvorak.
DANIEL MAURER: Composition by Beethoven, Bach und Mozart (St. Thomas church)
STUTTGARTER STRING QUARTET: (Farewell concert on board in Strasbourg)
Mozart: Divertimento in D Major, KV 316
Dvorak: String quartet No. 12, Opus 96 in F Major
Arrive this morning in Basel. Enjoy a generous breakfast on board before disembarking. The entire AMADEUS team wishes you a pleasant journey home and many great memories of your trip on board. We hope to welcome you again soon!
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 on board.
|Cruise Highlights||Unit Price|
|City tour of Amsterdam with private concert at the Dominicus church||included|
|Cologne walking tour||$A 40.00|
|A visit to Beethoven's House in Bonn incl. concert||included|
|Cochem walking tour with wine tasting||$A 72.00|
|Koblenz walking tour||included|
|Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum||$A 43.00|
|Speyer walking tour||$A 30.00|
|Excursion to Heidelberg||included|
|City tour Strasbourg including organ concert||included|
|Onboard Booking Price|
|Prices for packages booked in advance|