Day 1 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.

 

Music Event: DUDOK QUARTET

W. A. Mozart, Divertimento KV 138 in F major

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, String Quartet No 6 in F minor

 

Accommodation: MS Amadeus Silver II

 

Day 2 Amsterdam > Utrecht

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.

 

Music Event: DUDOK QUARTET

F. Schubert, String Quartet No. 10 (D 87) in E-flat major

R. Schumann, String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41

 

Accommodation: MS Amadeus Silver II

 

Day 3 Cologne > Bonn

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. After the guided tour, you have enough time to stroll around the museum on your own. To conclude this wonderful excursion, you will attend a piano concert in the Chamber Music Hall of the museum.

 

Music Event: MARTIN IVANOV

L. van Beethoven, sonata No. 14, Op. 27, No. 2 in C sharp minor

L. van Beethoven, sonata No. 21, Op. 53 in C major

 

Accommodation: MS Amadeus Silver II

 

Day 4 Cochem

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.

 

Music Event: NATHAN QUARTET

J. Haydn, String Quartet in G major, Op. 64/4

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, String Quartet in D major, Op. 44/1

 

Accommodation: MS Amadeus Silver II

 

Day 5 Koblenz >Rudesheim

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.

 

Music Event: NATHAN QUARTET

Selection of famous musical pieces from the world of operetta and waltz music (Händel, Brahms, Strauss)

 

Accommodation: MS Amadeus Silver II

 

Day 6 Speyer

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.

 

Accommodation: MS Amadeus Silver II

 

Day 7 Strassbourg

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.

 

Music Event: DANIEL MAURER

J. S. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, 730 and 731

G. F. Händel, Suite for a Musical Clock / A Flight of Angels

W. A. Mozart, Andante F major, KV 616

J. S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532

 

Accommodation: MS Amadeus Silver II

 

Day 8 Basel > Milan

Arrive this morning in Basel. Enjoy a generous breakfast on board before disembarking. We transfer to Milan and check into our hotel.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Rosa Grand 4* or similar

 

Day 9 Milan

Today we enjoy a private tour of Cremona and visit the Museo del Violino. The museum’s collections of string instruments comprise violins, violas, cellos, and double basses dating from the 16th century to the present. Most classic instruments were made by luthiers from Cremona, a town widely regarded as the world’s capital of violin-making.

 

The historical collection, one of the most prestigious in the world, includes pieces by famous Italian violin-makers such as Andrea Amati (Charles IX violin, ca. 1566), Nicolò Amati (Hammerle violin, ca. 1658), Antonio Stradivari (violins Clisebee, 1669; Cremonese, 1715; and Vesuvius, 1727; and Stauffer ex Cristiani cello, 1700), and Giuseppe Guarneri "del Gesù" (Stauffer violin, 1734).

 

Music Event: Violin Concert

 

Accommodation: Hotel Rosa Grand 4* or similar

 

Day 10 Milan

We take a stroll around the beautiful centre of Milan and get to know the city’s main square and streets. Walking around Milan in the most special way and see not only monuments, museums and masterpieces but also unknown spots full of intrigues and traditions.

 

Considered one of the most important and famous theatres in the world, known as the ‘Temple of Opera’ , La Scala has hosted the most revered names in the world of music and theatre.

 

According to José Carreras, "at La Scala you have a real sense of theatre". You have a sense of its history, its prestige and its talent. La Scala is hallowed ground to lovers of music and, in particular, opera. All of the world’s most famous singers and musicians have graced the Milanese stage: from Rossini to Verdi (the house composer for decades), to Puccini; from Toscanini to Abbado, to Bareinboim; from starred singers (Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Mirella Freni, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Nicolai Ghiaurov), to prominent directors (Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli and Luca Ronconi) right up to celebrated choreographers and ballet dancers (George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Carla Fracci, Luciana Savignano and Roberto Bolle).

 

Music Event: Opera at La Scala

 

Accommodation: Hotel Rosa Grand 4* or similar

 

Day 11 Milan

Farewell and flight home.

 

 

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