Rhine River Cruise | Amsterdam to Milan - Firebird Tours ®

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Trip Overview

Enjoy two magical days in the Netherlands, while exploring the country with your private guide and driver, including the home of the International Court of Justice - the Hague. Then join a small group of co-travelers on a cruise aboard the MS Amadeus Royal, discovering the Dutch capital, before you traverse the best of Germany and the French city of Strasbourg heading down the Rhine River. Arrive in Basel in Switzerland, and continue your tour to the North of Italy back in the company of a private guide and driver: relish the stunning beauty of Lake Como before finishing your journey in Milan. 

Tour type:
Cruise
Tour rating:
4.96 / 5, Based on
  • PERSONALIZED SERVICE
  • Your dedicated travel specialist
    Private guides and drivers before and after the cruise
    Exceptional local guides
    Emergency line
  • BEST SHIPS
  • Modern ships:
    MS Amadeus Royal
    Only outside cabins
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 private guided walking city tours
    1 private guided day-tour outside the city
    7 group tours
  • MEALS
  • 11 breakfasts
    6 lunches
    7 dinners
    Drinks on board
    Wine tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Amsterdam

Welcome to the incredible capital of the Kingdom of Netherlands - Amsterdam! 

Upon arrival meet your private driver at the arrivals hall and head for your centrally-located hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy Amsterdam on your own.

No meals included.

Day 2
Day-tour to the Hague & Delft and Embarkation

After breakfast and check-out from the hotel meet your private guide and driver who take you on an unforgettable full day trip to the incredible Dutch regions.

Your first stop is the Hague, the Seat of the Netherland government. During the tour, you pass by the Houses of Parliament, Ministries, Embassies and the International Court of Justice. After all, you see the beautiful beach of Scheveningen and continue on to historic Delft, a canal-ringed city in the western Netherlands.

Delft is widely known as the manufacturing base for Delftware, the hand-painted blue-and-white pottery. During the tour, you have a short walking tour and then visit the famous Delft Blue Pottery.

Upon return to Amsterdam, you embark the gorgeous MS Amadeus Royal ship.

In the evening enjoy a Welcome cocktail and dinner.

Breakfast, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 3
Amsterdam City Tour, Canal Trip & North Holland Excursion

Following breakfast, you have a 5-hour walking and bus group tour around the most famous Amsterdam attractions, including the Royal Palace as well as numerous canals and the Museum Quarter.

The highlight of your day is a fantastic canal cruise on a boat to enjoy Amsterdam from the water.

Your tour then continues to the old scenic fishing village called Volendam. As you stroll the Holland village you can see houses standing close together and locals wearing traditional costumes. Then make your way to a Dutch cheese farm where you learn about cheese production and taste the local cheese.

After the tour, you return to your ship to begin your cruise.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 4
Exploring Cologne

Today your vessel arrives in Cologne, a historical city located on the River Rhine in western Germany.

During your 2-hour group walking city tour, you get to see the main sights of the city, its medieval buildings, and bridges. Together with your guide, you stroll the Old Town, see the town hall and the Romanesque Church of St. Martin. Then explore the famous Cologne Cathedral from inside.

After the tour, you return to the ship and continue cruising.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 5
Cochem Walking Tour & Wine Tasting

In the afternoon you reach Cochem, a historic German city set in the surroundings of the picturesque Moselle Valley. The region is noted for its top-notch wines and castles.

Today you go on a 3.5-hour group tour of main Cochem attractions. Together with your guide you walk the narrow streets of the town and visit the iconic Reichsburg Castle. Standing at the top of the hill, it dates back to the 11th century.

As a grand finale of your tour today, you have a tasting of delicious Mosel wines.

After the tour, you are taken back to the ship to continue cruising.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 6
Touring Rudesheim

Today your ship makes its way from Koblenz to Rudesheim, one more charming German wine-producing town.

Your 2-hour guided group tour begins with a ride on a unique Winzerexpress train to one of the main attractions of Rudesheim, the Siegfried Mechanical Music Cabinet that is home to a collection of mechanical music boxes. Here you get to see and learn about these historical self-playing instruments.

Then you proceed with a walking tour of the mind-blogging old town of Rudesheim and its bustling centuries-old Drosselgasse street, lined with cafes, historic buildings, and restaurants. Continue with a visit to 15th century Eagle Tower that is part of the city fortification.

After the tour, you are taken back to the ship to continue your cruise.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 7
Excursion to Heidelberg

Before midday, you arrive in the city of Mannheim from where you take a short bus-ride and have a guided group tour of the German city Heidelberg.

Winding alleys and dreamy squares, interesting museums and galleries: Heidelberg’s Old Town is multifaceted. A guided tour around the Old Town brings the past to life. During the tour you visit and explore the ruins of the famous Heidelberg Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. You also see the Heiliggeistkirche Church of the Holy Spirit and the symbol of the city, the Karl-Theodor Bridge.

After the tour, you return to your ship and continue cruising.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 8
City Tour of Strasbourg

Prepare for an exciting day of exploring the wonderful French city, Strasbourg.

During your 4-hour guided group tour, you see the major attractions of the city, you take a walk in the historic old town and have an inside visit to the Strasbourg Cathedral that was built in the 15th century.

After the tour, you are taken back to your vessel.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 9
Arrival in Basel and Train to Como

In the morning the ship arrives in the Swiss city of Basel, and your private driver takes you to the train station to reach your next destination in Italy.

Just in 4 hours, you arrive in the lake town of Como, located on the shores of a stunningly beautiful lake - Lake Como. This town boasts several artistic monuments from different historical periods and its architecture.

Upon arrival, your driver takes you from the train station to the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
City Tour of Como

Following breakfast at your hotel, meet your private guide who shows you around. During the walking city tour, you see the medieval walls surrounding the historic center, stroll through the ancient streets in the heart of the town, and admire beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches. You see the Piazza Volta and Piazza Duomo with its charming old Town Hall building and its characteristic bell tower. Take a ride on Como-Brunate funicular which is operating since 1894.

After the tour, you may take a boat trip to other cities of Lake Como or join our optional tour. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 11
Arrival in Milan and City Tour

Following breakfast, you check-out from the hotel and have a private transfer to Milan.

Upon arrival meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a private walking tour of Milan to learn more about the city’s history and reputation as a fashion capital.

You start with a visit to the world-known Milan Duomo, the Gothic cathedral and the highest sight in the city which took about six centuries to build. Then you walk through nearby-located Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and reach La Scala Theater. Prepare to be wowed by the prestigious Milan opera house (no entrance is included).

Continue to the picturesque Brera district to feel the historical atmosphere of the city. Explore the public areas with stories of its 15th-century owners ringing in your ears. Afterward, you make a stop at Castello Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair.

  • *Please note: The Milan Cathedral is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts, no uncovered knees, and shoulders, no backpacks.
    The unique treasure of Milan - Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary fresco “The Last Supper” located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is not included in the city tour due to its limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date.

The rest of the evening is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 12
Departure from Milan

This is the last day of your trip and your driver takes you to the airport for the flight back home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.


Included

4 nights at 4-star centrally located hotels, 7 nights aboard MS Amadeus Royal

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

Always included:

  • Outside cabins with river views
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included
  • Free WiFi onboard

What's Included

Firebird signature land program in Amsterdam, Como and Milan:

  • Accommodation in centrally located 4-star hotels in Amsterdam (1 night), Como (2 nights) and Milan (1 night); 
  • Delicious breakfasts at hotels;
  • Private professional licensed English-speaking local guides in Amsterdam, Como and Milan; 
  • 1st class train tickets Basel - Como;
  • Airport, train stations and port transfers, and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;



Cruise program:

  • 7* nights on board MS Amadeus Royal, MS Amadeus Silver II, Amadeus Silver III, accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom;
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during the cruise (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating;
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard;
  • 24-hour coffee station and bottled water in cabins; 
  • 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;
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director;
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard;
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles;
  • English-speaking professional guides and rich sightseeing programs;
  • State-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions;
  • All port taxes and local taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.


Not included: flights, visas, optional tours, gratuities and all personal expenses.
Note: Smoking on the cruise ship is permitted on the Sun Deck only.

Tour Highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program extensions according to your interest;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers and private transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Cruising the Rhine River aboard the modern MS Amadeus Royal, only outside river-view cabins;
  • Rich group sightseeing program during the cruise;
  • Sightseeing program with private guides during the extensions before and after the cruise;
  • Local wine tasting.
What to Know
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD;
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion;
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must, as well as comfortable footwear;
  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy’s midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays;
  • Most restaurants in Italy won’t open until 7 p.m. or later.

Dates & Rates

Dates Cabin A category Cabin B category Cabin C category Suite Cabin
Aug 27 - Sep 07, 2018
$6,332
reverse
deposit
$1,267
$5,945
reverse
deposit
$1,189
$5,271
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deposit
$1,055
$6,929
reverse
deposit
$1,386
Oct 17 - Oct 28, 2018
$5,430
deposit
$1,086
$5,120
deposit
$1,024
$4,560
deposit
$912
$5,913
deposit
$1,183
Oct 22 - Nov 02, 2018
$5,633
reverse
deposit
$1,127
$5,323
reverse
deposit
$1,065
$4,764
reverse
deposit
$953
$6,116
reverse
deposit
$1,224
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Dates Cabin A category Cabin B category Cabin C category Suite Cabin
Aug 27 - Sep 07, 2018
$6,332
reverse
$5,945
reverse
$5,271
reverse
$6,929
reverse
Oct 17 - Oct 28, 2018
$5,430
$5,120
$4,560
$5,913
Oct 22 - Nov 02, 2018
$5,633
reverse
$5,323
reverse
$4,764
reverse
$6,116
reverse
Nov 1 - Nov 12, 2018
$5,633
reverse
$5,323
reverse
$4,764
reverse
$6,116
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We had a top-notch tour to the UK. Even more than top-notch, "ace" as the locals say!

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Superb tour to Italy! You really deserve a round of applause

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