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River through Koblenz Germany

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

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Symphonie
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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 8-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.
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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
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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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: Breisach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join us for an excursion included in both packages: A guided tour of Breisach, just one of the lovely riverside cities we’ll visit, along with a wine tasting.

This afternoon, join us for an excursion for both packages: A guided tour of Colmar and the Unterlinden Museum. Colmar is a colorful city bursting with Alsatian charm. We’ll spend time in the romantic Little Venice neighborhood before visiting the Unterlinden Museum. The museum exhibits span 7,000 years—from prehistoric times to modern art. The most regarded masterpiece in its collection is the polyptych by artists Niclaus of Haguenau and Grünewald.
Join us for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 3: Breisach | Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The morning will be spent cruising through the vineyards dotting the hills along with the Vosges mountain range, the Black Forest, and the Alsatian plains.
Excursion for both packages: A boat tour of Strasbourg and a visit to its cathedral. Like many European cities, Strasbourg has a striking mix of architecture that includes a broad range of traditional structures next to bold modern designs.

Join us for an evening of dancing in the lounge. Our ship will cruise to Mainz.

Day 4: Mainz | Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
CLASSIC package: Tour of Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum. This tour on foot will take us to the city’s magnificent cathedral. We’ll then stroll down the picturesque streets of the Old City to the Gutenberg Museum.

DISCOVERY package: Tour through the vineyards from Mainz. We'll settle in for an open-air wagon ride, where we'll tour one of the largest vineyards in Germany and take in the magnificent views of the Rhine. We’ll also enjoy a traditional bread, wine, and cold-cut snack from the region.

Afterward, we’ll cruise through the romantic Rhine Valley and enjoy the amazing scenery as we travel to the legendary rock of the Lorelei. We’ll have dinner on board, and then visit the city with our host or hostess.

Day 5: Koblenz | Cologne | Dusseldorf

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll begin to cruise to Cologne, passing the cities of Andernach, Konigswinter, and Bonn. As our ship approaches Cologne, you’ll catch a glimpse of the Seven Hills (Siebengebirge), known for the myths and fairytales about its origins. We’ll arrive at the end of the morning. Join us on an excursion for both packages: A guided tour of Cologne, the crossroads of Europe since the Middle Ages. We’ll see the immense, Gothic cathedral—the tallest twin-spire church in the world and the most visited landmark in Germany. We'll then head over to the Old Town to stroll the streets and pass in front of the famous Farina Fragrance Museum. Enjoy some free time before returning to the ship. You’ll be transferred to Düsseldorf by coach.

Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 6: Dusseldorf | Xanten | Nijmegen | Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join us on an excursion for both packages: A visit to the Netherlands Open-Air Museum in Arnhem. This national museum focuses on the everyday life of Dutch people throughout the country’s history and includes old homes, farms, and factories from different regions.  You can stroll through the attraction at your own pace or take the authentic trams. As you enjoy your day, the ship will cruise to Nijmegen. We’ll return on board in Nijmegen and begin to cruise to Amsterdam. Join us for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 7: Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, we offer two excursions depending on your package.

CLASSIC package: Panoramic tour of the city and a visit to a diamond merchant. Amsterdam is one of the most unique and extraordinary cities in the world. Enjoy a highlight tour of all the major sites, including the tallest windmill in the Netherlands, the De Gooyer. We’ll then visit one of the many diamond merchants located throughout the city, before heading over to the dazzling floating flower market. DISCOVERY package: An off-the-beaten-path bike tour of Amsterdam. We’ll leave on foot to head to the bike rental office. Once equipped, we'll set out on a bike tour to discover places only the locals know about. As we ride, we’ll pass in front of many famous monuments and sites, including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, the Anne Frank House, Nieuwmarkt, the Rembrandt House Museum, and much more!

This afternoon, join us for an excursion for both packages: A visit to the Keukenhof Gardens. Tour the beautiful spring gardens at your own pace. Don’t forget to visit the Orchid House, the Japanese Garden, and the 19th-century windmill on the edge of the tulip fields! Keukenhof also contains the works of 25 artists. To make your visit more active, you can take a boat trip through the fields or bike ride through the surrounding area.

During the off-season, we’ll visit Haarlem instead.

Day 8: Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services. 

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32 double cabins, equipped with TV, telephone (for internal calls only), bathroom with shower and toilet, towels, safe, independent air-conditioning, electricity 220V and Wi-Fi.
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Upper Deck
17 cabins (16 double cabin, and 1 cabin for people with reduced mobility), TV, telephone (for internal calls only), bathroom with shower and toilet, towels, safe, independent air-conditioning, electricity 220V and Wi-Fi.

Notes

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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