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From Amsterdam to Basel: The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard MS Douce France
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From the Three Countries Bridge to Holland, discover a captivating blend of nature and culture. Explore the treasures of the celebrated Rhine River on this 9-day cruise from Holland to Switzerland. Sail along, passing charming villages, visit some of Europe's most extraordinary cities, and delight yourself with onboard first-class French cuisine. Enjoy coach and foot guided tours discovering the culture and history of Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Koblenz, Mainz, Strasbourg, Breisach, and Basel.
Bridge in Amsterdam, NetherlandsCity hall of Dusseldorf, GermanyRiver through Koblenz GermanyLa Petite district in StrasbourgView from the harbour of Basel, Switzerland
  • Explore Amsterdam's romantic canals and world-renowned museums
  • Join a walking tour of Cologne and explore the grand Köln Cathedral
  • Admire the magnificent historic houses of Mainz
  • Visit the Rhine Falls, one of the most spectacular sites in Switzerland
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Amsterdam, Netherlands | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board the ship at the end of the afternoon. Tonight, enjoy a presentation of the crew and a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Day 2: Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning's proposed excursions: 
CLASSIC: Guided panoramic tour of Amsterdam and visit to a diamond merchant's.
DISCOVERY: Bike tour of Amsterdam in search of its most secret and unique locations.
In the afternoon, visit the Keukenhof Gardens(1). Outside the opening dates of the park, guided tour of Haarlem.  You'll return on board in Amsterdam for an evening of dancing. Your ship will cruise to Wesel through the night.

Day 3: Wesel | Dusseldorf

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Emmerich-am-Rhein. Enjoy a guided tour of the open-air museum in Arnhem. Return on board in Wesel. The afternoon is spent cruising to Dusseldorf. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.

Day 4: Dusseldorf | Cologne | Konigswinter | Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Cologne and enjoy a guided tour on foot of the city. Then continue along the Rhine to Koblenz. In the evening, enjoy free time to stroll through town to see the famous Deutsches Eck.

Day 5: Koblenz | Mainz | Worms

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Throughout this part of the cruise, see numerous castles nestled among the famous vineyards, as well as the legendary Lorelei rock. Arrive in Mainz in the afternoon. Proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Join an optional guided tour of Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum (closed on Mondays).

DISCOVERY: Touring the Rhineland vineyards.

Enjoy an evening of dancing after dinner.

Day 6: Strasbourg | Breisach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Strasbourg in the morning. Proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Guided tour of the European capital.

DISCOVERY: Bird's eye view of Strasbourg from the top of the cathedral.

In the afternoon, cruise to Breisach through the magnificent wine-producing region. Tonight is your gala evening on board.

Day 7: Breisach | Basel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy some free time in the morning in Breisach, a former Celtic and Roman settlement that is now a lovely German city along the Rhine. Proposed afternoon excursions:

CLASSIC: Visit Colmar and the Unterlinden Museum.

DISCOVERY: Bike tour of the Kaiserstuhl, a range of hills perfect for cycling amateurs. Cross exceptional landscapes, the orchards in Achkarren, the small village of Burkheim and the Rheinwald forest. Then cruise to Basel. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.

Day 8: Basel | Schaffhausen | Lake Constance | Mainau | Basel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Basel. Proposed afternoon excursions:

CLASSIC: Excursion to the Rhine Falls, among the most spectacular sites to visit in Switzerland.

DISCOVERY: Hike around the Rhine Falls. Enjoy dinner and an evening of dancing on board.

Day 9: Basel, Switzerland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking.


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MS Douce France on the Rhine River
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  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
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  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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