Amsterdam: our final port of call where we will give a short concert.

28 October–4 November 2022


A ‘three rivers’ musical cruise on the Rhine, the Main and the Main-Danube Canal


About the cruise
This superb cruise begins in Nuremberg on the Main-Danube Canal, an engineering marvel completed in 1992, connecting the two rivers and thereby creating a continuous navigable waterway between the Rhine Delta in Rotterdam and the Danube Delta on the Black Sea. At Bamberg we turn west to enter the River Main, following it to Rüdesheim and into the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its incredible wealth of castles and winegrowing villages. Passing through Cologne, the Rhine links itself to the complexity of the Dutch waterways, and we disembark in Amsterdam to marvel at the city’s elaborate canal system.

About the ship
The Amadeus Silver II is a sleek, modern ship, built in 2015 and boasting comfort as well as style. All its cabins are outward facing and en suite and are equipped with telephone, hair-dryer, TV, wi-fi and safe. The sundeck offers games of chess, shuffleboard and golf as well as a pool; you can make use of the fitness studio and massage facilities, and there is a small hairdressing salon. In addition to the restaurant with its panoramic views, there is a small café and an open-air River Terrace. Accommodation in your chosen cabin includes full board; unlimited house wine, tea and coffee are served with dinner.

What we will see (excursions away from the ship are optional, at additional cost)
You can visit the historic university cities of Würzburg and Bamberg, the medieval towns of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Miltenberg, the cathedral city of Cologne and – finally – glorious Amsterdam (pictured), with its intricate canals and artistic heritage, where we will give a short concert. Several walking tours and a wine-tasting are on offer, a trip to the glass museum at Wertheim and to the chocolate museum in Cologne.

The musical side
With cruise regulars Brian Kay and Maria Marchant in charge musically, you are assured of a first-rate week of music making. The main volume of music to acquire is Great Choruses from Great Oratorios, selected by Brian Kay and published by Novello (catalogue no. NOV072517). If you have no local music shop, try Blackwell’s in Oxford. Contact them on 01865 333582 or email

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