Make your own way to Dover (or Ashford - see below) and join our coach before it boards the ferry to cross the Channel and head to join Sound of Music in Amsterdam. Enjoy your first dinner on board, and perhaps step ashore to explore the Dutch capital.
This morning you'll have the chance to discover Amsterdam's historic waterways on our optional canal cruise, or simply wander her streets, parks and squares, before Sound of Music heads into the Dutch waterways on her way to the Rhine.
After a morning cruising upriver, Sound of Music will arrive in Cologne. Step ashore to stroll the cobbled streets of the city's altstadt (old town), browse the shops of Hohe Strasse, or join our optional excursion to the Eau de Cologne fragrance museum, before returning to the ship for dinner.
This morning Sound of Music cruises into the Moselle and stops in Cochem. Explore the town or join an optional excursion to the mighty Reichsburg Castle that towers above it.
After dinner on board you'll also have the chance to sample some of the local Riesling and Spatlese on an optional wine-tasting.
Enjoy a morning stroll around the lovely streets of Boppard, before Sound of Music heads into the Middle Rhine and through the narrow gorge beneath the Lorelei - a towering rock face named for the murmuring currents that surround it.
In the afternoon, Sound of Music docks in Rudesheim. Explore the narrow streets of this famous wine town, and perhaps join an optional excursion to see the bizarre mechanical musical instruments of Siegfried's Musikkabinett and enjoy another local wine tasting before dinner on board.
Sound of Music sails south to Mainz, today. Discover the city's cathedral, its altstadt and its historic associations with Johannes Gutenburg and the printing press on an optional walking tour before the ship continues her lazy journey south.
Sound of Music's final mooring is a short coach ride away from the Alsace capital, Strasbourg. Explore at leisure, or take to the waterways to discover the city's Petite France quarter on an optional canal cruise, before returning to Sound of Music for a special farewell dinner.
Bid farewell to Sound of Music and her crew in Basel, this morning, and begin your journey back to the UK.
After a night in a convenient en route hotel, you'll continue your journey home.
Sound of Music and Overnight Hotel
Sleek, four-star superior Sound of Music offers a contemporary twist on traditional river cruising. Built in 2006, this beautifully maintained ship's bright, airy public spaces, two-tier observation deck and comfortable cabins provide a relaxing, convivial home for 122 passengers.
The May 7th and 30th September cruises will follow a reversed itinerary from Basel to Amsterdam. All included calls and highlights remain the same.
Our flexible joining options allow you to travel on any date, and as an added convenience we've arranged two possible pre-departure options for you. Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Ashford North and stay the night (car parking is included), and our coach will call for you at the hotel on the way to the Channel.
Flexible joining options
Alternatively, make your own way to the Stop 24 Services in Kent (M20, Junction 11), and board the coach there. Parking is available (payable locally), and we'll confirm the exact meeting point and time in your Joining Instructions.
Optional excursions are available on all cruises, and we recommend that you book now to secure your place. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled. In this case your payment will be refunded in full.
Optional shore excursions
Tipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. An envelope will be left in your cabin for this purpose.
The dress code on board and ashore is casual. After 7pm, in the lounge and restaurant, shorts are not permitted, and footwear and a shirt or T-shirt must be worn.
Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.
The majority of cabins on board are 15.3m square. Single cabins are approximately 11.9m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Rhine Deck Suites are 18.11m square.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.