Rumba down the Rhine with Pasha

8 Days
Basel to Amsterdam
From (GBP)
£ 2,345
£ 1,845
Dates & Pricing
Rumba down the Rhine with Pasha Kovalev
Our sparkling Strictly voyages with dance stars including Brendan Cole, Anton du Beke and Erin Boag have proved so popular that we’ve launched a brand new one for 2020! Our eight-day deluxe river cruise in April 2020 will be with one of the show’s most popular dancers ever, Pasha Kovalev, and will take you along the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam. Join the former strictly star, who lifted the famous glitterball trophy in 2014, for two days of excluisve events including a drinks recption, photo opportunity and private dance performance at the spectacular Electoral Palace in Koblenz, a interactive on board dance masterclass, plus get your questions ready for a special Q+A session with Pasha.

Pasha Kovalev

Pasha Kovalev, 39, was born in Siberia and started dancing at the age of eight. He competed in the American series So You Think You Can Dance before moving to the UK in 2011 to become a dancer on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Pasha, right, has since competed in eight series, winning in 2014 while partnered with the TV presenter Caroline Flack. Pasha also met his wife, Countdown queen Rachel Riley, on the series, which he left earlier this year.

2020 Basel > Amsterdam

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8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Basel

    Welcome to Switzerland. You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your luxurious Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to greet you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Breisach

    The Black Forest is a fairytale-like region full of charming cuckoo clocks and live oompah bands. Today, enjoy an immersive learning experience as you visit a Black Forest village, complemented by a series of wooden outbuildings and demonstrations of traditional handicrafts, each offering a glimpse into rural life among the surrounding forests and mountain ranges. Alternatively, explore your surroundings during a hike through the Black Forest, traversing well-trodden trails underneath a lush canopy.
    Later enjoy a Black Forest demonstration and tasting.
    EmeraldPLUS: A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting
    EmeraldACTIVE: A hike through the Black Forest
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to a Black Forest village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Kehl - Strasbourg

    Today, you will dock in Kehl, where you will be transferred by coach to medieval Strasbourg. Your local guide will be available to teach you about the history of the city during an insightful guided tour.
    Pass through cobbled squares that are adorned with quaint boutiques and charming cafés as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town, including Petite France, an area of unmatched beauty with a picturesque canal system that cascades past half-timbered houses that were home to fishermen, tanners and millers during the Middle Ages. The narrow lanes and footbridges that pepper the area all add to its undeniable charm. This afternoon, Strasbourg is yours to explore at leisure.
    EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Strasbourg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Mannheim – Heidelberg – Rüdesheim

    This morning, relax on board as we cruise along the Rhine River, passing Mannheim on our way to Heidelberg. The streets of Mannheim are laid out in a traditional grid system, which is why it is also known as the “City of Squares”.
    When you arrive in Heidelberg, the UNESCO City of Literature will be yours to explore, with publishing houses and libraries on every corner, and a vibrant artistic culture resonating through the streets.
    Your guided tour of Heidelberg’s rich history includes a wine tasting, and a visit to the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, overlooking the Rhine River and a red-roofed skyline. Some of the most successful painters of the Romantic era drew inspiration from Heidelberg Castle, including British artist William Turner, who depicted images of the ruins in several of his paintings. Afterwards, stroll down the cobbled streets of the old town, touching on the Church of the Holy Spirit and the oldest university in Germany.

    Exclusive Event: This afternoon, join ex Strictly Come Dancing Star and professional Latin and ballroom dancer, Pasha Kovalev and his dance partner on board for a special dance masterclass. The pair will teach you their favourite steps and offer hints and tips to perfect your moves in this private and interactive session.

    EmeraldACTIVE: An active hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Koblenz

    Exclusive Event: This morning on route to the ancient city of Koblenz, join Pasha and his dance partner for the chance to ask them any burning questions about their dancing careers, personal lives and Strictly Come Dancing during an interactive Q+A session.

    Today, we will take you into the heart of Koblenz, an ancient city that looks as though it has been pulled from the pages of a German fairytale. Enjoy a picturesque backdrop of vineyards and snow-topped mountain ranges as your local guide takes you through open cobbled squares and down narrow streets, passing façades adorned with boxes of spring-blooming flowers. Your tour will include the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at the German Corner and idyllic panoramic views of the Rhine from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided walking tour of Koblenz and a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    DiscoverMORE: A Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

    Exclusive Event: Tonight, you will attend an exciting private event at Koblenz’ stunning Electoral Palace. The palace is considered one of the most beautiful rococo palaces in the world and tonight Pasha and his dance partner will join you there for a drinks reception and photo opportunity followed by a unique dance performance including a number of Pasha’s favourite dance numbers and genres. A true trip highlight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Cologne

    The largest city on the Rhine awaits your arrival today. Once a major trade route linking both sides of Europe, this city now offers the perfect platform from which to explore Roman history, including sights of ornate Roman mosaics that have stood the test of time.
    Your insightful guided tour of Cologne will detail how the air raids of WWII turned its streets into a blank canvas, resulting in the loss of many of its ancient monuments and cultural treasures. As many historic buildings as possible were restored following the war years, but they now sit aside modern architecture. Your tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, a religious building that was constructed over six centuries, with builders choosing to stick to original plans and medieval techniques so that it retained its authenticity.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Cologne

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Amsterdam

    A visit to the iconic Keukenhof Gardens is certain to be a memorable experience today, as you stroll down serene paths that showcase spring in a quintessentially Dutch manner, with more than 800 varieties of spring-flowering tulips and regular flower shows. Each year, an annual theme spreads across the gardens, and you will have every opportunity to learn about different planting techniques and the work completed behind the scenes by landscape architects during your time here.
    Soak in sights of tulips, hyacinths and orchids of every colour, creating a swathe of natural beauty as they have been expertly arranged. You will also have the opportunity to see statues that have been commissioned by artists from around the world, each honing in on the annual theme.
    EmeraldPLUS: A visit to Keukenhof Gardens

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Depart Amsterdam

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests as you disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of spring-blooming flowers and delightful cobblestone squares with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Reasons to book

What's included

  • EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions
  • All meals
  • All tips, all port charges, airport taxes
  • Enjoy a dance masterclass with Pasha
  • Return flights
  • Special discount of £500 per person
  • Visit the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens

Pricing & Availability

Terms and conditions: All of our holidays are subject to availability. Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing our lowest grade cabin on Rumba down the Rhine with Pasha departing 3 April 2020 and includes all relevant discounts. Savings of £500 are per person and are valid for new bookings only. Half price balcony suite upgrades are valid until 10 February 2020 and available on suites categories B, A and S and are subject to availability. Supplements apply for single travellers and upgraded cabins. Our offers are £500 saving is combinable with the half price balcony suite offer only. We reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Supplements apply for single travellers and upgraded cabins. Our itineraries, hotels, dates and experts inclusions are subject to change. For full booking conditions visit E&OE.