LUFTNER RIVER CRUISES
Basel - Amsterdam CRUISE ONLY: Elegant ships with no pretence. Value for Money. Freedom to do as much ashore, or as little, as you wish.
7-Nights accommodation aboard Amadeus Classic
Fascinating river cruise in our outside river-view stateroom
Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water
Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
All port taxes and local taxes
TERMS & CONDITIONS: YOUR PAYMENTS TO OUR WORLD ARE PROTECTED BY THE TAANZ BONDING. Prices are Cruise only and include Port Taxes & Govt Fees. Price shown includes 15% early booking discount, and is not a further reduction. Gratuities additional and paid onboard at approx. EUR5-7 per person per day. Based on sailing dates 31 Oct 2019, Category C4 for Classical Rhine, and 14 Apr 2019, Category C1 for Danube Rhapsody. Other dates on request and price will vary. Must be booked by 30 November 2018. Offer is strictly subject to availability, space is already limited on some departures. Prices are in NZ dollars and subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, eftpos or cheque only – credit card prices on application. May not be available on all services and cabin categories, and capacity restrictions may apply. Amendment and cancellation fees do apply, please contact Our Cruise for details. Prices were correct as of 25 June 2018 and are subject to change without notification and other conditions may apply.
7 Night Cruise sailing from Basel to Amsterdam aboard Amadeus Silver II.
A voyage up "Old Father Rhine", probably Europe's most important waterway, from Amsterdam at the North Sea to Basel - gateway to the Swiss Alps.
We travel through four of Europe's most important countries (Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland), see incomparable cities (Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, and Basle), and enjoy diverse landscapes such as the cruise across Holland's Ijsselmeer and along the Lorelei stretch of the Rhine with its wealth of mythological associations.
Highlights of this cruise:
Basel is located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, in northwest Switzerland on the river Rhine. It is among the most important cultural centres of Switzerland. The city comprises a large number of theatres and many museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the world's oldest art collection accessible to the public.
Basel features a great number of heritage sites of national significance. These include the entire Old Town of Basel as well as churches, monasteries, secular buildings, archaelogical sites and museums. Most of the "old town" attractions in Basel are in a walkable area between the Basel Zoo (just south of the Basel SBB train station) and the Rhine. Since most stores are closed on Sundays, it is a good day to plan to see one of the many museums, which are usually open.
Cochem is a traditional German town with half-timbered houses and an exceptionally scenic location on the Mosel river in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Mosel river valley, between the Eifel and Hundsrück. It is surrounded by high elevations, steep vineyards and typical wine villages, offering tastings, festivals and genuine hospitality.
Cochem, itself, is a showpiece gem and rated as one of the prettiest villages along the Mosel. Little seems to have changed for centuries. The town has many fine buildings, quaint cottages, black & tan guild houses and winding streets. The town square, lined with its half-timbered houses is particularly fine.
The imperial castle 'Reichsburg', high above Cochem, is the landmark of the city. From here, you will have a magnificent view onto the Moselle Valley. The castle itself boasts a collection of furniture from the Gothic and Renaissance periods as well as some fine reproduction pieces.
Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands is built around a concentric network of canals spanned by over 1000 bridges making canal cruises one of the most attractive ways of viewing the city. Many of the houses date back to the 17th century. These narrow-fronted merchants' houses are characterised by the traditionally Dutch ornamented gables.
The oldest part of the city is Nieuwmarkt, located near the first canals - Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht - built to protect the city against invasion in the 17th century. Today, Amsterdam's famous liberalism has survived in the city's 'coffee shops and thriving sex industry.
The city has also long been a centre of diamond cutting and it is still possible to see diamond cutters at work. Amsterdam has a booming cultural life, boasting 53 museums, 61 art galleries, 12 concert halls and 20 theatre. A special canal boat (the 'museum boat') links 16 of the major museums. In the local countryside it is still possible to see working windmills. There are annual events such as the Amsterdam Arts Week and the Holland Festival.