AMSTERDAM & CASTLES OF THE RHINE CRUISE 2022
June 3 – 11, 2022
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which begins in Switzerland and stops in France, Germany, and Holland!
Please note, this trip is a replacement for a postponed 2020 trip and was first offered to previously booked guests and therefore has limited availability.
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this LGBT+, inclusive and guaranteed full ship charter along the Rhine River, which begins in Amsterdam with stops in Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland!
Discover the many beautiful facets of the Rhine River during this week-long cruise along one of the most attractive rivers of Europe. Take a front-row seat on this enchanting journey through magnificent cities and charming villages alike. Delight in the panorama of the myth-enshrouded Rhine Valley with its vineyards, the fabled Lorelei rock, and the highest density of castles in the world! Grand cities blend in perfect harmony with their historic past and progressive future in Amsterdam, Cologne and Basel.
On board the Amadeus Imperial, you will be pampered by a crew of forty in an atmosphere of total relaxation. With this great riverboat, we’ve created an itinerary that includes some of Europe’s most popular cities, which have become prime destinations for gay and lesbian travelers.
The Amadeus Imperial is designed to offer our guests an effortless combination of the vibrant energy of a river cruise day with an increasingly calm and intimate ship experience.
Designed in stylish greys and berry tones, it combines modern innovation with comfort, ensuring that you feel at home on board. The ship accommodates a maximum of 168 passengers, the majority of cabins offering automatically lowerable panorama windows, or generous suites with private, accessible balconies.
All deluxe cabins and suites are equipped with comfortable, spacious bathrooms, an infotainment system, a flat screen television, a telephone, a cabin safe, a minibar and individually adjustable air conditioning. The suites also have an accessible outdoor balcony with a seating area.
The Mövenpick Hotel Basel is the perfect base for an inspiring post-cruise stay in Basel. Ideally located in the city center, this elegant new hotel is walking distance to many local restaurants and attractions.
Date of included stay: June 10 – 11, 2022
One additional post-program night available:
$412 per room per night Double Occupancy
$360 per room per night Single Occupancy
Amsterdam Pre-Cruise Hotel
One or two night optional pre-cruise stay
June 1 – 3 or June 2 – 3, 2022
$356 per room per night based on double occupancy
$316 per room per night based on single occupancy
Rates include accommodation in Deluxe Room, daily breakfast, wi-fi, all taxes, and luggage transfer from the hotel to the river boat on embarkation day. There will be a guided walking transfer from the hotel to the river boat dock.
Explore Amsterdam on foot, by bike, or by tram: a five-minute walk from Centraal Station, this hotel puts everything in reach. The Doubletree is within walking distance of river cruise dockings, a kilometer of Dam Square, the Royal Palace, and Haarlemmerdijk shopping, with Museumplein a 15-minute tram ride away. Savor canal views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and city panoramas at the rooftop lounge.
Take in the River IJ, courtyard or Eastdock view from the floor-to-ceiling windows in your bright guest room with a comfortable king or queen sized bed. Watch a movie on the flat screen TV or unwind on the easy chair.
- Itinerary with stops in four countries
- The famous canals of Amsterdam
- Cologne Cathedral – Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Koblenz – one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful towns, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Rhine Gorge – the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River with ancient castles
- Rüdesheim – a town well-known for its winemaking, especially Riesling wines
- Strasbourg Cathedral – one of the finest of Europe’s great Gothic cathedrals
- Basel – the gateway to the Swiss Rhineland
- Guaranteed all-LGBT+ charter
- 7 nights cruise accommodation
- Complimentary beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the cruise
- Superb Dining: all meals included during your cruise
- Complimentary shore excursions offered daily
- Brand g signature entertainment
- Services of an experienced cruise director and Brand g host throughout the cruise
- 1 night hotel accommodation in Basel
- Basel city tour
- Farewell reception in Basel
- Arrival airport transfers in Amsterdam (AMS) and departure airport transfers in Basel (BSL) or Zurich (ZRH)
Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to the Amadeus Imperial. Official room check-in begins at 4pm, however if you arrive early you may leave your luggage and explore independently. You may also make use the public areas of the boat while waiting for your room to become available. Meet your fellow guests at welcome gathering in the early evening at approximately 5:30pm.
This morning you may choose to remain on board to enjoy a relaxing cruise through a myriad of landscapes along the Rhine river, or join the included excursion. This morning’s excursion explores the canal city of Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside, rejoining the vessel in the Dutch town of Hoorn. Founded as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age as a result of its innovative developments in trade. Today, the city has one of the largest historic centers in Europe, with about 7,500 registered historic buildings. The street pattern is largely unchanged since the 19th century. The center consists of 90 islands, linked by 400 bridges. On the city tour through the Dutch metropolis, you will see the Royal Palace, numerous canals and the Museum Quarter. As there is no better way to see the city than cruising on the water, the tour will end by a canal cruise boat trip.
Afterwards, you will drive through the Dutch Polder landscape to the old fishing village of Volendam. The Volendam houses are built very close together, forming the typical neighborhoods of Volendam. Take a stroll through the old village and see people still dressed in traditional costumes. Board your coach and drive out of Volendam into the countryside to visit a local cheese farm. Here, you will learn how Dutch cheese is made and also sample the local product.
On your way back to your ship, you will enjoy a short walk through the quaint village of Hoorn. Founded in 716, Hoorn rapidly grew to become an important harbor town. During Holland’s “Golden Age” Hoorn was an important base for the Dutch East India Company and the Hoorn fleet sailed the seven seas returning with exotic spices.
Once everyone is back on board, enjoy lunch as we cruise the Ijsselmeer Sea. This afternoon and evening enjoy our Brand g signature activities and entertainment as we sail toward the German border and the next stop on our itinerary, Cologne.
This morning and afternoon enjoy a relaxing day of sailing the beautiful Rhine. Later this afternoon take an included Cologne city walk where you can explore the surroundings of the famous cathedral and the old town. Many attractions are concentrated here, in just one square kilometer around the cathedral, the town hall and the old town with large Romanesque Church of St. Martin. You can take a look at the Roman Dionysus mosaic. In the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town and in the busy squares, such as the old market or the hay market, you will get a feeling for life in this city, both past and present. Of course, you will take a look at the inside of the Cologne Cathedral, either accompanied by your guide or on your own initiative (depending on the opening hours of the cathedral and/or if a mass is celebrated etc.). Since its completion in 1880 the Cologne Cathedral is, due to its two tall towers with a height of 157 m each, not only the landmark of the town and best known architecture monument but also the most often visited sight in Germany.
The harmonious trio of the unique Mosel landscape, thousands of years of wine growing, and culture makes Cochem especially popular. During the walk, you will discover the city with its narrow, winding. streets. In the course of this tour you will also visit the Reichsburg Castle. Thanks to its size and location on a precipitous rock high above the city, this magnificent castle dominates the cityscape. Equally impressive is the view you can enjoy from the castle. You will see the Moselle Valley with its dreamy, mixed forests, meadows and vineyards and the old town. At the end of the tour you can enjoy a taste of local Mosel wines.
Discover Koblenz, one of the most beautiful and oldest towns in Germany, with over 2,000 years of history. On our guided walk through the romantic streets between the St. Castor Basilica and the Liebfrauenkirche (the Church of our Beloved Lady) you will discover the most important sights of Koblenz. Obviously this tour would not be complete without a visit to the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial at the famous German Corner and the town’s landmark, the Schängel Fountain at the town hall. At the end of the walk you will reach the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine and the ropeway of Koblenz – well known since the German Federal Garden Show.
An afternoon guided tour leads you through the picturesque town of Rüdesheim. Explore the heart of the old town – the Drosselgasse – where wine houses and garden taverns invite you to linger. Immerse yourself in the history of the city and visit the Eagle Tower, a part of the city wall, and the fortifications from the 15th century.
Morning touring includes a comfortable coach to Heidelberg, the world famous university city on the Neckar River. The town is one of the few German cities with a widely preserved baroque Old Town. Heidelberg was discovered quite early by romantics to use for diverse literature, songs and paintings. The tour through Heidelberg begins with a visit to the castle. The formerly splendid residence made of red sandstone has been a ruin, maybe the most beautiful ruin in all of Germany. The castle tour leads into the and into the castle garden. From the Grand Terrace you will have a wonderful view of the city and the Neckar River. The tour continues with a stroll through the enchanting old town, to the Karl-Theodor Bridge, the late-gothic Church of the Holy Spirit and the town hall.
For those who opt not to go to Heidelberg, stay onboard and sail to Speyer, for an afternoon tour. The city tour includes a visit to the Romanesque Imperial Cathedral from the outside, with its striking twin tower portal, and visits to the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Old Gate (Altpoertel) and the Jewish Ritual Bath.
Enjoy a discovery tour through the beautiful city of Strasbourg. After a short bus trip through the city, the tour continues with a walk through the lovely, historic old part of the town and includes a visit to the famous cathedral Straßburger Münster (not possible on Sundays and public holidays, sometimes with security check.). During a boat cruise on the river, you will discover the famous quarter, “Petite France”. This former mill and tanner district still maintains its medieval charm. Some of the beautiful, half-timbered houses on the banks of the river Ill are up to 500 years old. You will enjoy Strasbourg’s half-timbered houses, the Ponts Couverts, the Palais de Rohan, the Council of Europe and all the other wonders that Strasbourg holds in store for you.
This morning, following disembarkation, we depart for a city tour of the highlights of Basel, including the Basel Münster (big church), town hall, market place, the oldest hotel in Switzerland (3kings) and a chocolate tour. Afterwards, we will check into the host hotel, where the remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore or relax.
This evening join us for a farewell cocktail reception.
Your transfer to the Basel or Zurich airport for your flight home is included. Hotel check out is at 11:00am.
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