Basel → Amsterdam
A voyage up "Old Father Rhine", probably Europe's most important waterway, from Basel, the gateway to the Swiss Alps, to Amsterdam on the North Sea. We travel through four of Europe's most important countries (Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland), see incomparable cities (Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, and Basel), 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.
Your journey begins in Basel, the third-largest city in Switzerland. After embarking, you can explore your AMADEUS ship and meet the cruise director on board at a Welcome Cocktail. After a carefully prepared Welcome Dinner on board, you will be briefed on all onshore excursions, golf clubs and starting times. In the meantime, your floating hotel will have departed for Strasbourg.
During the night, your ship left Switzerland and followed the Rhine into the Alsace region in the south of France. During breakfast, you arrive in Strasbourg – a city known not only for its romantic old town, but also for the numerous important European institutions housed here. In the morning, you are transferred to one of France’s best golf clubs - Le Kempferhof. The club is located 15 minutes from Strasbourg in the beautiful Alsace region of France and stretches over 85 hectares of tranquil, natural woodland. The afternoon walking tour allows you discover the highlights of the beautiful city of Strasbourg. Late tonight, your ship departs for Germany.
Le Kempferhof Golf et Château-Hôtel
Le Kempferhof Golf et Château-Hôtel is located 15 minutes from Strasbourg in the beautiful Alsace region of France and stretches across 85 hectares of tranquil, natural woodland. The Kempferhof golf course is listed as one of the top 5 golf courses in France, as well as one of the 15 best courses in continental Europe by the Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses guide. The 18-hole course was designed by the American architect Robert von Hagge and opened in 1990. Hundred-year-old oaks, poplars and beech trees line the beautiful and challenging course, which features 13 water hazards, undulating fairways, large bunkers and immaculate greens. As you reach the 18th hole, you will see enchanting views of the Château-Hôtel, which was built in 1865 by Jean de Dartein, who was inspired by Gaudi’s style, as well as the 19th century hunting lodge, which now serves as the clubhouse. Test every aspect of your game with this top-quality golf course, while enjoying the peace of nature!
Before breakfast, you arrive in the Rhineland-Palatinate town of Speyer, which played an important role in the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. In the morning, you will be transferred to the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club near Heidelberg. The St. Leon-Rot Golf Club is one of the “Leading Golf Courses in Germany” as well as, since 2012, one of the “European Tour Destinations”. In the meantime, your ship continues for roughly 25 kilometres towards Mannheim, where you rejoin it in the afternoon. The ship will remain in this picturesque spot on the Rhine for the remainder of the day. Late at night, your ship continues in the direction of Rüdesheim.
Golf Club St. Leon-Rot
The Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, which opened in 1997, is situated near Heidelberg and sets a benchmark for golf clubs. The complex, masterminded by the founder Dietmar Hopp, boasts two 18-hole championship courses, a 9-hole executive course and a children’s course. The English golf course architect Dave Thomas designed the St. Leon course as a links-style course, reminiscent of Scottish or Irish golf courses. The course became famous in 2002 when the world’s number one player Tiger Woods won his third Deutsche Bank SAP Open there. The Rot course was designed by architect Hannes Schreiner, who retained much of the original river wetland, ensuring that the course offers not only charming scenery but also presents special challenges. The island green of the Rot course and the island fairway of the St. Leon course are the signature holes of the club. The St. Leon-Rot Golf Club is one of the “Leading Golf Courses in Germany” as well as one of the “European Tour Destinations” (since 2012).
Two charming stops await you today. In the morning, you arrive in Rüdesheim, a town well known for its winemaking, especially of Riesling wines. In the morning, you will be transferred to the Jakobsberg Golf Club, where you can enjoy a round of golf and breathtaking views of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Middle Rhine Valley. You will rejoin your AMADEUS ship in the afternoon in Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful towns, where you can end the day with a walking tour through this charming location.
Jakobsberg Golf Resort
Set high above the Lorelei valley in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley between Koblenz and Mainz, deservedly a UNESCO World Heritage Region, the Jakobsberg Golf Resort boasts a truly majestic setting. The golf course is nestled between forests and vineyards, situated on the Jakobsberg in Boppard. The 18-hole golf course was established in 1990 and opened in 1994. It was built by Wolfgang Jarsombek, who based his design on a model by the renowned American golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course serves as a 3rd level tour venue and has hosted several German PGA events. The strongly modelled fairways each feature four different teeing grounds, as well as large bunkers, a good number of water hazards and undulating greens. The course is sporting but fair and you may find that your greatest golfing challenge at the Jakobsberg Golf Resort will be not to get distracted by the spectacular natural surroundings and the panoramic views of the legendary Lorelei valley, Marksburg castle and the Westerwald and Hunsrück hills.
In the morning, enjoy a scenic drive along the most romantic part of the valley on the Moselle River, followed by a visit to Cochem an der Mosel Golf Club. Enjoy both technical challenges on the course as well as stunning views across the beautiful Moselle plateau. Rejoin the ship in the afternoon, when the ship arrives to Cochem after a detour along the Moselle River. Your afternoon program consists of a walking tour through this town. The magnificent Reichsburg castle is situated high above the town, dominating the landscape. Down below, the town with its narrow streets, half-timbered houses, and numerous restaurants are an ideal setting to taste the wines of the region. Back on board, dinner is served as the journey continues to Cologne.
Golf Club Cochem-Mosel
The Cochem-Mosel Golf Club was founded in 1993 and is situated in the Ediger-Ellig wine region on a plateau high above the popular holiday town of Cochem and the hairpin curve of the Moselle River. The 18-hole championship course was designed by the German golf course architect Christoph Stӓdler and opened in 2006. The undulating terrain of the Mosel course presents players with a sporting challenge. It features several water hazards, well-placed bunkers, doglegs and some woodland terrain at the back nine. The hilly landscape ensures that players face both technical and physical tests. The 9-hole executive Eifel course offers just as high a level of interest and diversity as the main course. All the courses at the Cochem-Mosel Club present players with truly breathtaking views across the beautiful Moselle plateau. Let your game be inspired by the idyllic setting and the panoramic sights of the heights of Eifel and Hunsrück!
The morning is dedicated to the fascinating city of Cologne, which has over a million inhabitants. You can expect a young, vibrant metropolis with a rich cultural history and many world-famous sights, in particular the famous Cologne Cathedral. The optional city tour here is highly recommended for anyone with a cultural bent. After lunch, your floating hotel departs from Cologne. The afternoon is spent on board with an exciting program – the Champions Cocktail and Award Ceremony. In the evening, the captain invites you to a festive Gala Dinner, full of wonderful regional dishes.
By lunchtime you will have crossed yet another country border to arrive in the Dutch town of Hoorn. This picturesque village is the starting point for the optional overland trip to the north of Holland and an Amsterdam canal trip. Those remaining on board will discover the beauty of the Dutch waterways as the ship glides toward the capital city of the Netherlands, where it will remain docked for the
After breakfast we bid you farewell. 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 Strasbourg (incl.)||included|
|Koblenz walking tour||included|
|Cochem walking tour with wine tasting||included|
|Cologne walking tour||€ 18|
|Excursion North Holland and city tour of Amsterdam with canal trip||€ 57|
|Onboard Booking Price|
|Prices for packages booked in advance|