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

Basel to Amsterdam - 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 beloved Rhine River in this 9-day unique cruise voyage. Sailing between France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, this cruise allows you to explore cultural villages, local towns and view the stunning scenery lining the Rhine. Begin in Basel and end in Amsterdam, disembarking daily for optional excursions, free leisure time and tasting Europe's exceptional cuisine.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Basel, Switzerland | Embark
Day 2 : Basel | Schaffhausen | Basel
Day 3 : Breisach
Day 4 : Breisach | Strasbourg
Day 5 : Mainz | Koblenz
Day 6 : Koblenz | Cologne | Dusseldorf
Day 7 : Dusseldorf | Xanten | Nijmegen | Amsterdam
Day 8 : Amsterdam
Day 9 : Amsterdam | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Rhine Falls, one of Switzerland's most spectacular sites
  • Enjoy a free morning in Breisach, a enchanting city
  • Cruise to Strasbourg and admire the magnificent wine-growing region
  • Explore the world-famous Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Ship

MS Douce France

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

View from the harbour of Basel, Switzerland River through Koblenz Germany Cologne, Germany City hall of Dusseldorf, Germany Old buildings in Amsterdam
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Day 1 Basel, Switzerland | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board the ship early this evening in Basel. After comfortably settling into your cabins, be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail. Remain in port overnight.

*Passengers will choose either the Classic or Discovery package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

Day 2 Basel | Schaffhausen | Basel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today enjoy a guided tour of Basel. This afternoon's excursions are:

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 3 Breisach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, go on a guided tour of Breisach and wine tasting. 

This afternoon, explore on a guided tour of Colmar and the Unerlinden Museum. 

Enjoy an evening of entertainment. 

Day 4 Breisach | Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Strasbourg in the afternoon. The excursion proposed are:

Classic: Guided tour of the European capital.

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

Enjoy an evening of dancing on board as your ship starts sailing towards Mainz.

Day 5 Mainz | Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today's excursions are:

Classic: Join a guided tour of Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum (closed on Mondays).

Discovery: Touring the Rhineland vineyards. Then return on board and depart for Koblenz, passing the legendary Lorelei rock.

After you arrive in Koblenz in the evening, enjoy some free time on your own or join your host/hostess for a tour of the city. Remain in port overnight.

Day 6 Koblenz | Cologne | Dusseldorf

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, cruise to Cologne. In the afternoon, join a guided tour on foot of the city. The tour will allow you to wonder at the majestic cathedral, the old town as well as the famous Fragrance Museum (exterior only.) Enjoy some free time on your own before you return by coach to the ship in Dusseldorf. Tonight is the gala evening and dinner on board. 

Day 7 Dusseldorf | Xanten | Nijmegen | Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising to Xanten. Visit the open-air museum in Arnhem, then return on board in Nijmegen, and cruise to Amsterdam in the afternoon. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment. 

Day 8 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning's excursions are:

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, join on an excursion to the Keukenhof Gardens (open from mid-March to mid-May) or excursion to Haarlem in the other months. 

Day 9 Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking.
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35 cabins (33 double cabins, 2 single cabins) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Upper Deck
19 cabins (16 double cabins, 2 single cabins, 1 cabin for people with reduced mobility) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Upper Deck Suite
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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 the first evening 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 the special list
double-occupancy cabin with a shower in the bathroom
-All entertainment
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-Excursions included in the package selected
-Gala 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 on board bar, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
-Cancellation and baggage insurance
-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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