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Amsterdam-Basel - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard River Duchess
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Explore Europe’s rich history and Jewish heritage on an incredible discovery of the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Along the way, indulge in Central Europe’s delicious cuisine—Dutch cheese and fries, Alsatian choucroute, Swiss-style sausages, Kölsch beer, unique wine vinegar aperitifs and Germany’s famous white wines.Not only that, but you’ll discover Central Europe’s fascinating Jewish ties as part of the Jewish Heritage program.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Amsterdam | Embark
Day 2 : Amsterdam
Day 3 : Rotterdam | Kinderdijk
Day 4 : Arnhem
Day 5 : Cologne
Day 6 : Oberwesel
Day 7 : Frankfurt
Day 8 : Speyer (Worms)
Day 9 : Strasbourg
Day 10 : Basel
Day 11 : Basel | Disembark

Highlights

  • Jewish Heritage Program
  • 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Rhine River Valley landscape

Ship

River Duchess

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Bicycles on a bridge over the canal. Western Church with water canal view in Amsterdam Traditional Dutch windmills from the channel Rotterdam. Holland Cologne, Germany Stop in Frankfurt, a major financial hub in Germany Stroll through romantic Strasbourg Explore Basel Stop in beautiful Basel, Switzerland

Day 1 Amsterdam | Embark

Arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol where you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the luxury of a full day in the “Venice of the North,” starting with a “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Hermitage Amsterdam. Afterwards, explore the city on foot.

This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 3 Rotterdam | Kinderdijk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You’ll spend your day exploring Rotterdam’s historic splendor, vibrant culture, varied architectural landscape and maritime heritage. Embark on a stroll around the port city’s most enticing spots, like the spectacular new Market Hall. Venture to the nearby village of Kinderdijk and marvel at a group of 19 towering windmills.

Day 4 Arnhem

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arnhem, almost completely destroyed in WWII, has blossomed into a burgeoning Dutch city, with several museums, shop-lined streets and historic landmarks.

Day 5 Cologne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll through the Old Town, featuring 12 stunning Romanesque churches. Guests interested in the city’s Jewish past are welcome to explore the centuries-old mikveh and Cologne’s Jewish quarter.

Day 6 Oberwesel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bacharach is an ancient village that appears straight out of the pages of a storybook. Enjoy a guided stroll through town and taste some locally grown Rieslings, a specialty of the region. Alternatively, join a “Let's Go” hike that will take you past the old town walls and up to a fortified 12th-century castle.

Day 7 Frankfurt

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Frankfurt is known as the “Manhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers as well as traditional Old Town architecture.

Day 8 Speyer (Worms)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously coexist with modern-day innovation. Join a local expert for an intriguing guided stroll through the historic small town of Speyer, famous for its vast Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another option is the “Jewish Heritage” excursion to an ancient center of learning and religion in Worms.

Day 9 Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After docking in town, you’ll have a chance to discover Strasbourg’s many charms with a choice of excursions: a guided “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour of the Petite France district, stopping to try traditional Alsatian treats along the way; a “Let’s Go” bike tour that covers a bit more ground, including the European district; or an in-depth look at the city’s rich Jewish history, which dates back an astonishing 2,000 years.

Day 10 Basel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ramble with your guide through the historic heart of Basel. Every historic square you see will hold a special charm.

This evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 11 Basel | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After disembarking, you will be transferred to EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg airport for your flight home.

River Duchess

Per person starting at
$4,799
Classic Cabin
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Classic
Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft/14 sq m) located on the Moselle Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, bathrobes, towels and slippers.
Deluxe Cabin
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Deluxe
Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft /14 sq m) located on the Danube and Main Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, bathrobes, towels and slippers.
French Balcony Cabin
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French Balcony
Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom located on the Rhine Deck (151 sq ft /14 sq m) with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, towels, bathrobes, heated mirrors and slippers.
Suite Cabin
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Suite
Lavishly appointed riverview suite located on the Rhine Deck (214 sq ft /20 sq m) with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom equipped with Hermes bath and body products, bathrobes, towels and slippers.

Notes

Please Note: Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

- All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
- Single Supplement applies for single accommodation. Solo occupancy pricing is dependent on cabin type, contact us for details.

Included in Cruise Fare:
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • 9 days of excursions, including "Choice Is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Jewish Heritage," “Let's Go” and “Do as the Locals Do” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • 4 countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland
  • 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Excluded from Cruise Fare:
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $280 per person
  • Airfare, international or local
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Travel protection plan
  • Extensions or land tours 
  • Losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour
  • Any additional personal expenses
Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided on board on the first day of your cruise.
 
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