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From Basel to Amsterdam: The Celebrated Rhine River

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard MS Lafayette
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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 | Embark
Day 2 : Basel | Rhine Falls
Day 3 : Breisach | Titisee
Day 4 : Strasbourg
Day 5 : Mainz | Koblenz
Day 6 : Cologne | Dusseldorf
Day 7 : Xanten | Amsterdam
Day 8 : Amsterdam
Day 9 : Amsterdam | Disembark


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


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Bernkastel Coblence Explore quiet villages along the Rhine Tulip fields of Holland Western Church with water canal view in Amsterdam

Day 1 Basel | Embark

Board the MS Lafayette in the evening and settle in to your cabin. Attend a welcome cocktail to familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew, then relax on board as you set sail and enjoy dinner.

Day 2 Basel | Rhine Falls

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast on board before joining a guided tour of Basel, a medieval old town situated at the heart of Europe on both banks of the Rhine. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the Rhine Falls. The Rhine Falls are among the most spectacular sites to visit in Switzerland. Return by coach to the ship and eat dinner on board as the ship sails to Breisach. 

Day 3 Breisach | Titisee

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Get off the ship after breakfast for a free morning in Breisach, an "European" city of the edges of the Rhine, dominated by the collegiate church St Etienne. In the afternoon, trip to Titisee, a charming and inescapable place in Black Forest. Return on board in Breisach for an evening of entertainment on board.

Day 4 Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This moring cruise to Strasbourg on the Rhine River, admiring the magnificent wine-growing region. In the afternoon, join a guided tour of Strasbourg, the European capital. Visit the German quarter located around the famous Place de la République and the European quarter's Palace of Europe, the European Court of Humans Rights, the European Parliament, the Cathedral, and the Petite France quarter, listed as UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988. Return on board for an evening of dancing and entertainment. The ship departs during the night towards Mainz.

Day 5 Mainz | Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Mainz and join an optional guided tour of the city and the Gutenberg Museum. Admire the magnificent, historical houses which have been outstandingly well-restored. The Gutenberg Museum, is a world-famous museum of book printing houses two copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the first major book printed with movable type in the West. Return on board and cruise towards Koblenz. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002, the legendary and romantic Rhine River is bestowed with truly magnificent landscapes. Pass the legendary Lorelei rock, named after a beautiful young maiden who, according to German legend, threw herself into the river in despair over a faithless lover and was transformed into a siren. Arrival in Koblenz during the evening. Set off on your own or join your assistant for a tour of the city.

Day 6 Cologne | Dusseldorf

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Follow the remarkable route of the Rhine as you meander between sheer rocks, past small islands and fortified castles. Arrive in Cologne and enjoy lunch on board before leaving for an optional guided tour of the city. At the crossroads of Europe since the Middle Ages, Cologne has kept its importance as a vibrant commercial and industrial city, as well as a cultural and religious center. Admire the exterior facades of the magnificent Gothic Cologne Cathedral, which took over 500 years to complete. The twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne in the old city are also among the most famous local attractions. Stop to admire the outside of the famous Eau de Cologne neo-Gothic building, then enjoy some free time on your own before you travel by coach to Dusseldorf and return on board for a gala evening. 

Day 7 Xanten | Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning get off the ship for a guided tour of the Dutch Open Air Museum of Arnhem. Return on board in Xanten and cruise to Amsterdam during the afternoon. Cross the border into Germany near Emmerich, and enter Holland. Arrive in Amsterdam during the night.

Day 8 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast on board and set off on an optional guided visit of Amsterdam. The Dutch capital is a delightful city with a rich and fascinating past. The city is known as the Venice of the North due to its network of canals. In the afternoon, spend some time exploring on your own or join an optional excursion to Haarlem. Dutch Haarlem dates back to Gothic times and this is reflected in its architecture and cobbled streets. Return to the ship for dinner and an evening of dancing and entertainment.

Day 9 Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy an early buffet breakfast on board and disembark around 9.00 am.

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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).


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:
- All meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
- Drinks included 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 shower in bathroom
- 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, 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

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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