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

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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Amsterdam, Netherlands | Embark
Day 2 : Amsterdam
Day 3 : Wesel | Dusseldorf
Day 4 : Dusseldorf | Cologne | Konigswinter | Koblenz
Day 5 : Koblenz | Mainz | Worms
Day 6 : Strasbourg | Breisach
Day 7 : Breisach | Basel
Day 8 : Basel | Schaffhausen | Lake Constance | Mainau | Basel
Day 9 : Basel, Switzerland | Disembark

Highlights

  • 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

Ship

MS Douce France

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands City hall of Dusseldorf, Germany River through Koblenz Germany La Petite district in Strasbourg View from the harbour of Basel, Switzerland

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.

MS Douce France

Per person starting at
$2,850
Cabins aboard the MS Douce France
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Main Deck
51 cabins (36 twins, 8 cabins with a double bed, 4 triple cabins, 2 single cabins, 1 Suite) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins aboard the MS Douce France
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Upper Deck
28 cabins (23 twins, 5 cabins with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

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.

This offer includes :
-Your cruise with all meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day
-Drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat
-Drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list
-Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
-All entertainment
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-Wala dinner
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-All port fees
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

This offer does not include :
-Drinks from our 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 passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.
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