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Biking along the Rhine

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard MS Lafayette
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Cruise and bike along the Rhine in this 9-day unique voyage from Basel to Amsterdam, aboard the splendid MS Lafayette. Discover Northern Europe as you bike through its vineyards, beautiful landscapes and quiant villages. Pass by impressive buildings, antique castles and stunning cathedrals, and explore charming and exotic cities. Taste some of Europe's most famous wines and enjoy pleasant nights accompanied by on board entertainment.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Amsterdam | Embark
Day 2 : Amsterdam
Day 3 : Emmerich Am Rhein | Wesel | Dusseldorf
Day 4 : Cologne | Konigswinter | Koblenz
Day 5 : Mainz | Worms
Day 6 : Strasbourg | Breisach
Day 7 : Wine Route | Ribeauvillé | Riquewihr | Basel
Day 8 : Colmar | Eguisheim
Day 9 : Basel | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the quaint villages and romantic legends of the Rhine valley
  • Pedal through Durgerdam, a charming village in North Holland
  • Bike around Strasbourg and its Grande Île, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Eguisheim and taste the famous Alsatian sparkling wine

Ship

MS Lafayette

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Bicycles on a bridge over the canal Take a tour to see the beautiful fields of tulips Historic old town Strasbourg International Lyceum of Pontonniers in Strasbourg Strasbourg at dusk A cathedral at sunset from the Rhine in Cologne

Day 1 Amsterdam | Embark

Board the MS Lafayette at 6:00 p.m in Amsterdam. Meet the crew after comfortably settling into your cabin and attend to a welcome cocktail. Enjoy dinner on board and remain in port overnight.

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day biking towards the inlands and Edam. Enjoy a picnic lunch and set sail along Lake Markermeer and through the coastal village of Durgerdam. Once you get back to Amsterdam, take your time to explore the canal-crossed capital at your own pace. Return to the ship and enjoy an evening of dancing as the ship leaves for Wesel.

Biking itineraries: to Edam 30.6 km/19 mi. (107 m/351 ft. elevation gain) - to Katwoude 53.1 km/33 mi. (183 m/600.4 ft. elevation gain) - to Amsterdam 75.6 km/46.9 mi. (244 m/800 ft. elevation gain).

Day 3 Emmerich Am Rhein | Wesel | Dusseldorf

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Emmerich Am Rhein for an excursion to the Open-Air Museum in Arnhem. Here, the architecture and daily life in the former Dutch provinces are represented by 80 authentic farms, mills, and workshops. During your visit, the ship cruises to Wesel. Return to the ship and spend the afternoon cruising to Dusseldorf. Tonight, enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment on board.

Day 4 Cologne | Konigswinter | Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Cologne before biking around the city, admiring the clever combination of modern and ancient architecture. Visit the cathedral, built between 1248 and 1880, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then continue through the magnificent countryside landscapes towards Konigswinter, where you must board the ship for lunch. This afternoon, cruise the Rhine toward Koblenz, arriving in the early evening. After dinner, use your free time to stroll through town to see the famous “Deutsches Eck.” The ship remains in port overnight.

Biking itinerary: to Dusseldorf 55 km/34.1 mi. (274 m/899 ft. elevation gain)

Day 5 Mainz | Worms

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin to cruise to Mainz. Throughout this part of the cruise, you can see numerous castles nestled among the famous vineyards, and the legendary Lorelei rock. Arrive in Mainz during the afternoon. Then head to Bingen where your bike tour begins—bringing you to the most picturesque part of the river. Cross the magnificent region which claims the most castles in the world. Enjoy a picnic lunch, and see the infamous Lorelei Rock again: the subject of many myths and legends. Continue to bike to Worms and board the ship. Cruise to Strasbourg during the night,

Biking itineraries: to Bingen am Rhein 24.7 km/15.34 (213 m/698.8 ft. elevation gain) - to Lorelei 49.9 km/31 mi. (396 m/1,289.3 ft. elevation gain) - to Koblenz 62.8 km/39 miles (488 m/1,601 ft. elevation gain)

Day 6 Strasbourg | Breisach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Strasbourg in the early morning. Spend the morning on your bike discovering the city of Strasbourg and its Grande Île, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass by the European Parliament and ride through the Orangerie Garden, the city’s oldest park. Continue your tour on the Forts Trail—which connects the ancient forts around the city—crossing the Grande Île and the historic heart of the Alsatian capital. Go past impressive buildings, including the cathedral. This afternoon, cruise toward Breisach through the magnificent wine-producing region. Tonight, you have your gala dinner followed by an evening of dancing. Arrive in Breisach during the night.

Biking itinerary: Strasbourg 16.1 km/10 mi. (76 m/249 ft. elevation gain)

Day 7 Wine Route | Ribeauvillé | Riquewihr | Basel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore the countryside in the very heart of the Wine Route. Bike through vineyards, beautiful landscapes and villages with half-timbered houses. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Ribeauvillé before continuing on the tour. Stop in Riquewihr, listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages and enjoy a wine tasting. Following your tour, return to the ship on your bike or by minibus—as you wish! Then cruise towards Basel. Tonight enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment on board.

Biking itineraries: to Ribeauvillé 37 km/23 mi. (213 m/699 ft. elevation gain) - to Riquewihr 41.8 km/26 mi. (366 m/1,201 ft. elevation gain) - to Breisach 78.9 km/49 mi. (549 m/1,801 ft. elevation gain)

Day 8 Colmar | Eguisheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning leave on a minibus for the south of Alsace. Once you arrive in Ensisheim, get on your bike and ride to Colmar. During the trip, see the Chateau du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, built during the second half of the 13th century. Stop in Colmar to enjoy some free time visiting the quintessential neighborhood of “Little Venice", then enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, continue biking on the famous Alsatian Wine Route. Stop in Eguisheim, listed as one of France's most beautiful villages, and taste the famous Alsatian sparkling wine. Following your tour, return to the ship. Tonight’s dinner is followed by an evening of dancing. Remain in port overnight.

Biking itineraries: to Colmar 33.8 km/21 mi. (137 m/449 ft. elevation gain) - to Eguisheim 43.5 km/27 mi. (213 m/699 ft. elevation gain) - to Rouffach 54.7 km/34 mi. (305 m/1,000 ft. elevation gain)

Day 9 Basel | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.

MS Lafayette

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$3,606
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Main Deck
29 cabins (27 double-occupancy cabins, 2 single cabins).
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Upper Deck
14 cabins with large picture windows (11 double-occupancy cabins, 2 single cabins, 1 cabin for persons with disabilities).

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. The program is guaranteed only for a minimum of 8 passengers. 

This offer includes:
- All meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
- Unlimited water, wine, beer, and fruit juices, coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat
- Drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from the special list
- Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
- Bike excursions listed in the program
- Other excursions mentioned in the program
- All entertainment
- Assistance from an onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- Gala dinner
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees

This offer does not include:
- Drinks from the wine list, champagne from the onboard bar, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points
- Airport taxes
- Service fees
- Personal expenses

Formalities:
Valid national identity card or passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
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