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Amsterdam to the Rhine Mini Cruise & German & Swiss Rhine


  • Overview


    • Embark in the cosmopolitan Dutch capital of Amsterdam
    • Visit the pretty Dutch town of Nijmegen
    • Discover the vibrant city of Dusseldorf
    • Explore the quaint town of Breisach
    • See Basel’s medieval old town
    • Journey through wine country to picturesque Rudesheim
    • Discover Strasbourg, a film location for the movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

    Embarking in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, we'll take in the seasonal scenery through Holland to reach the majestic Rhine Valley, along the way we discover Cologne with its gothic cathedral before continuing along the Rhine Gorge taking in the romantic town of Rudesheim. We then head on to Speyer and into the Alsace region to Strasbourg, a must for all is the grand Ile, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We leave France behind and cross into Switzerland to the bustling city of Basel.  Read More

    Great for:

    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Walking

    Rhine Valley

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    Must See: Basel
    The town of Basel lies on the north-western corner of Switzerland and is at the heart of the tri-national region of Dreilandereck, meaning ‘three countries corner’, as it shares its borders with Germany and France. 

    Basel has a beautiful medieval town centre with many historical buildings to admire, such as the Romanesque Munster (cathedral), the Renaissance Rathaus (town hall) and the many buildings by well-known architects such as Herzog & De Meuron, Richard Meier and Diener & Diener.
  • Itinerary



  • The Ship


    MPS Rotterdam

    • Rotterdam cruise ship
    • MPS Rotterdam, lounge
    • MPS Rotterdam, reception
    • Rotterdam cruise ship, bar
    Our flagship vessel, the elegant MPS Rotterdam is exclusively chartered by Shearings and enjoys a stunning design. With its traditional style, this fantastic four-deck ship has been designed to ensure passengers get to make the most of modern comforts.

    Relax and enjoy this comfortable ship, with its decor in soft tones and its grand restaurant and living areas, all crafted from high-quality materials to add an air of elegance. Travel in comfort in these stylish surroundings, seeing some of the most amazing sights during superb Europe River Cruises.

    Explore with our Rhine River Cruises, and you can also discover the Moselle rivers and the waterways of Holland and Belgium, on-board the MPS Rotterdam. You’ll also get to enjoy sumptuous meals during your River Cruise, with buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches, four-course evening meals and gala dinners to look forward to.

    Our experienced and professional staff will be on-hand to provide any assistance you may require, from meeting you on the ship following your exciting excursions, to providing waiter service at dinner time. You’ll also benefit from a knowledgeable Tour Manager, who is sure to keep you entertained as we travel in the daytime.

    There are also lots of on-board games to enjoy, and you’ll be able to make firm friends with your fellow passengers during our journey. When the sun is shining, you can always visit the sun deck to relax on one of our comfortable sun loungers, or make the most of the shaded areas while admiring the wonderful views on our fantastic scenic River Cruises.

    In the evenings, why not take in the wonderful sounds of our resident musician? Or, if you’re feeling energetic, you could always enjoy a dance or two!

    Shearings welcomes you to step aboard the elegant MPS Rotterdam.
    • Length: 75.76 metres
    • Width: 11.22 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2013
    • Passenger Capacity: 107
    • Passenger decks: 4
    • Star rating: 4*


    • MPS Rotterdam Grade A

      Rotterdam Twin Cabin
      • A more spacious cabin to allow you to relax even further
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Table and chairs
      • Large picture window
      • Superior twin beds
      Our Grade A cabins on-board the MPS Rotterdam are our most luxurious cabins on this magnificent vessel. Relax in comfort and style during your journey, admire the views from the large picture window in your cabin and make the most of this more spacious cabin during your journey.

      These cabins include a table and chairs, so you and your companion can relax in your cabin during our scenic River Cruises, as well as enjoying the great facilities throughout the rest of the ship. 
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade B

      MPS Rotterdam cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities with toilet and either a shower cubicle or bath
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Windows can be opened
      • Folding twin beds or fixed double beds
      Enjoy a comfortable journey during your River Cruise and stay in one of our fantastic Grade B cabins. Equipped with a safe to store your important belongings in, as well as a flat screen TV for entertainment, you’ll be able to relax and make the most of your time on-board the MPS Rotterdam. Make use of the air conditioning, and be sure to admire the picturesque views from the large picture window.

      Some of our Grade B cabins are also equipped with sofas, so you can relax even further during your waterways of Holland and Belgium, Moselle and Rhine River Cruises with us!
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade B+

      MPS Rotterdam cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Folding twin beds
      • Sofa
      Make the most of a relaxing journey on-board the MPS Rotterdam and enjoy comfortable accommodation with our Grade B+ cabins. Equipped with all the facilities you could possibly need during our Europe River Cruises, you’re sure to enjoy your time on-board.

      With private bathroom facilities, as well as air conditioning to ensure you stay nice and comfortable, these cabins come with folding twin beds. You’ll also find a sofa in your Grade B+ cabin, so you can relax while watching the flat screen TV, or while admiring the beautiful views.
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade C

      MPS Rotterdam, cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Windows can be opened in cabins on Promenade deck
      • Small fixed twin beds 

      Admire the stunning views as we travel on our relaxing Rhine River Cruises and make the most of great accommodation in our Grade C cabins. Situated on the Main and Promenade decks, these cabins provide a comfortable place to retire to after an exciting day of activities and excursions.

      Enjoy refreshing air conditioning, while watching the changing landscape from the large picture window - cabins on the Promenade deck have openable windows. You’ll also find private bathroom facilities with a shower cubicle and toilet in your cabin.
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade C+

      MPS Rotterdam C+ Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet]
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Seating area
      We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay in our Grade C+ cabins, which come equipped with all of the facilities you’ll require during your excellent River Cruise with Shearings. Admire the picturesque views from the large picture window, or why not watch TV while in your cabin?

      You’ll also find a seating area in our Grade C+ cabins, and there’s also a safe, hairdryer and private bathroom facilities that you’ll be able to make use of to ensure you have a comfortable stay on-board the MPS Rotterdam during fantastic Rhine River Cruises and our many other cruises.
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  • Excursions & Extras


    Alsace Wine Route
    Discover Alsace
    The Alsace region has changed hands between Germany and France on several occasions throughout its history. The local culture is distinct and has some of the most beautiful cathedrals and churches in Western Europe, historic cities, castles, and interesting countryside.

    Due to their tumultuous past history, Alsatians are extremely proud to be French and you will see more French flags flying in the streets around the Alsace than in any other region of France, however over the last 30 years, the Alsatian dialect has rapidly declined and therefore the French Government has put in place some measures to try and save it and children are now encouraged to take up "Regional Language and Culture" lessons.

    We first head to the enchanting town of Riquewhir - famous for the Riesling and other great Alsace wines produced here. The town looks today exactly as it did in the 16th Century with its cobbled streets and picturesque half-timbered houses, sometimes painted in red, green and bright yellow. We enjoy a short guided tour of Riquewhir before a little free time.

    We then head to Colmar,  often referred to as the "Capital of Alsatian Wine" renowned for its well preserved old town with its pretty half-timbered houses neatly lining the cobblestone streets and walkways, its peaceful canals giving it its reputation of the “Little Venice of the Alsace”, its museums rich in altarpieces and artistic masterpieces of Gothic and Renaissance art, and its delicious restaurants offering some of the best cuisine in the region, following a short tour we enjoy some free time before heading back through this beautiful region taking in some of the famous Alsatian Wine Route.
    Towers and canals in Strasbourg
    Half Day: Strasbourg Shuttle

    Why not join our shuttle service to the city of Strasbourg to discover the city’s many sights? Strasbourg sits right on the border between France and Germany, and so boasts flavours of both countries.

    Spend time exploring the city's famous sights, such as Strasbourg Cathedral, one of Europe’s most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture. Made from pink sandstone, the cathedral is incredibly unique, and its intricate interior carvings are captivating. We'll also discover Strasbourg's famous astronomical clock inside the cathedral - it was erected in the 1800s and is actually the third to be found here. The original clock was placed in the 14th century.

    A must-see in Strasbourg is the 'La Petite France' neighbourhood. Easily the prettiest part of the city, this fairy-tale neighbourhood features timbered buildings, quaint bridges, and colourful flower boxes.


    Bustling Basel by Vintage Tram
    The town of Basel lies in the north-western corner of Switzerland. The town shares its borders with France and Germany and is the heart of this tri-national region - the Dreiländereck (three countries' corner). The river Rhine curves right through the city and divides it into two parts. Situated on the south and west bank is Grossbasel (Great Basel) with the medieval old town at its centre and on the north bank is the Kleinbasel (Little Basel), featuring much of the cities night-life.

    Join us as we discover Basel from a different angle with our guided city tour in a distinctive vintage tram from the 1920s. Sit back, relax and savour the sights and sounds as our tram winds its way through the city centre whilst our guide regales you with facts and anecdotes from the city's 2,000-year history and points out the cities main sights including Basel Münster, built 1019-1500 in Romanesque and Gothic style, the impressive Rathaus (Town hall) and the medieval buildings lining Markplatz. So let yourself be whisked back in time and explore Basel in an extra special and entirely different way. All aboard!
    Discover Amsterdam & Waterways

    Our guided tour will give you an introduction to the many fabulous sights of this wonderful city. We begin with a guided tour by coach to see Dam Square, the heart of Amsterdam. The square is flanked by the impressive Royal Palace, which for many years was the home of the Dutch Royal Family.

    We also see Museum Square, dominated by the Rijksmuseum, the old harbour, the famous flea market, the infamous red light district, Amstel River, Skinny Bridge and the many museums, including the Van Gogh Museum.

    Our tour concludes with a canal cruise, so sit back, relax and watch this beautiful city gently float by as we glide along canals and under the many bridges.

    Dusseldorf promenade in summer
    Discover Dusseldorf
    Enjoy a guided tour of this spectacular city during our holiday, known for its excellent culture. Some the wonderful sights here include the city’s eclectic mix of architectural styles, such as the Neuer Zollhof, as well as its fantastic selection of museums and the Rheinturm. 
    Historic Koblenz & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Get to know one of the oldest towns of Germany on our guided walking tour around the historical Old Town. Koblenz has a long history that spans some 2,000 years, it owes its name to the Romans, who settled here and called it ‘castellum apud confluentes’ which roughly translates as ‘castle at the confluence of the rivers’. Join us as we explore the charming and romantic streets between the St. Castor’s Basilica and "Liebfrauenkirche" (Church of Our Beloved Lady). Of course, the sightseeing tour would not be complete without a visit to the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I at "Deutsches Eck" (German Corner), in 1945 damage was caused to the statue of Emperor Wilhelm I, which had stood here since 1897. It wasn’t until 1993 that a new statue was inaugurated and today it is a popular viewing platform for tourists. We also see the town’s landmark, the "Schängel" Fountain in the courtyard of the present Town Hall.

    We then ascend by cable car from Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which rises 118 meters above the Rhine river, offering fantastic views over Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at "Deutsches Eck" (German Corner). The Fortress is Europe’s second largest preserved fortress behind Gibraltar and was constructed by the Prussians between 1817 and 1828, however, its origin dates back to the first century AD. The fortress is home to the Rhineland-Palatinate State Museum, with its permanent exhibition on photography, the “Greif” cannon - once the largest in the world and an exciting collection of technical relics. The small climb to the top of the new observation platform is rewarded with breathtaking views of the distant Eifel Mountains on a clear day. We descend by cable car.
    Speyer Cathedral
    Historical Speyer & Cathedral
    Dominated by its Romanesque Cathedral, Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest cities and is the resting place of eight medieval emperors and kings of the Salian, Staufer and Hapsburg dynasties. During our guided walking tour we visit the stunning Cathedral - a UNESCO heritage site and the largest of Germany's three Imperial Romanesque Cathedrals.

    Speyer Dom survived destruction by the French armies in 1689 and is today considered one of the finest examples of High Romanic architecture in Germany (entrance included). We head through the beautiful historical old town seeing the Alportal (Old Gate). Built between 1230 and 1250, the gate is one of the 68 towers and gates within the city walls. We continue to Trinity Church, constructed in memory of the protest that took place at the Diet of Speyer. 
    Panoramic Rudesheim

    One of Germany’s most-visited towns, Rudesheim is famous for its winemaking. Join us on our guided walking tour of this wonderful UNESCO town as we see Eagle Tower, which dates back to the 15th century, the Market Square with St Jakobus Catholic Parish, the impressive Klunkardshof building, and the famous Drosselgasse, with its many restaurants, shops and wine bars.

    We also see Bromserburg Castle, Bosenburg Castle and the Bromserhof. We then make our way to the cable car station as we glide over the hillside vineyards, before reaching the Niederwald summit.

    The famous monument here was erected in the years 1877-1883 and symbolizes the re-establishment of the German Empire after the Franco-German War 1870-1871. Here we enjoy the magnificent panoramic views over Rudesheim’s old town and the Rhine Valley, with its many green isles dotted along the silvery Rhine.

    Waterways of Strasbourg

    We take a guided tour of Strasbourg by boat cruise and to admire this beautiful city from the water.

    The city of Strasbourg is chiefly known for its sandstone Gothic Cathedral, with its famous astronomical clock, and for its medieval cityscape of Rhineland black and white timber-framed buildings. These are particularly known for the Petite-France district, and also in the streets and squares surrounding the cathedral, where the renowned Maison Kammerzsell stands out.

    On our boat cruise we gently glide past the must-see attractions of the Alsatian capital, such as the famous Petite France and tanners’ quarter, the Covered Bridges and the Vauban dam, the Neustadt imperial quarter, and the European institutions. A truly beautiful city!

    Wine glasses
    Wine Tasting & Siegfried's
    Join us this afternoon as we board the Little Tourist Train to our first port of call, the world-famous Siegfried's Musik Kabinett just off the famous Drosselgasse. 

    This Museum is home to one of the world’s biggest collections of self-playing musical instruments, where visitors can admire over 350 exhibits. Our tour concludes with a visit to Adolf's wine cellar to taste his famous local wines. 

    Here, we learn about the different wines of this region, the history of winegrowing in the region, the way the wines are produced and their particularities. Following this we get to taste the local wines, which are served with a pretzel to neutralize the taste of the different wines. A great way to spend an afternoon in Rudesheim!

What's included

  • Return coach travel
  • Ten nights full-board accommodation
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • River views from every cabin
  • Enjoy a Captain’s dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Expertly-planned optional shore excursions
  • TV screen allowing you to follow the ship’s journey
  • Two included excursions
  • Eight optional excursions
Rotterdam cruise ship

MPS Rotterdam

Our flagship vessel, the elegant MPS Rotterdam is exclusively chartered by Shearings and enjoys a stunning design. With its traditional style, this fantastic four-deck ship has been designed to ensure passengers get to make the most of modern comforts.

Learn more about the ship
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