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Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley

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Discover Amsterdam, the Keukenhof gardens, Cologne, Rüdesheim, and Heidelberg, on this 7-day cruise aboard the MS Douce France. Enjoy daily land excursions visiting Holland's architectural treasures, explore world-renowned museums, stroll through the most enchanting cities, pass along lush vineyards, and observe charming and towering European castles.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Amsterdam | Embark
Day 2 : Amsterdam
Day 3 : Nijmegen | Krefeld
Day 4 : Cologne | Königswinter
Day 5 : Rüdesheim
Day 6 : Mannheim | Heidelberg
Day 7 : Strasbourg | Disembark


  • Set off to discover Dam Square, one of Amsterdam's most well-known locations
  • Observe Van Gogh and Picasso's paintings in the Kröller-Müller Museum
  • Sail along the romantic Rhine Valley, passing by the legendary Lorelei rock
  • Stroll at the world famous open-air restaurants and taverns of Drosselgasse


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Bridge in Amsterdam Enjoy the parks of Amsterdam Cologne, Germany Ehrenfels Castle on Rhine River near Rudesheim La Petite district in Strasbourg

Day 1 Amsterdam | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board the ship in Amsterdam in the early evening. Enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner. Enjoy a canal boat tour of enchanting Amsterdam at night.

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Optional excursions proposed: 

CLASSIC: Guided tour of Amsterdam in the historic heart of this beautiful capital city.

DISCOVERY: Bike tour of Amsterdam. Be able to explore and learn about all the must-see and out-of-the-way sites. 

In the afternoon, visit the Keukenhof Gardens (open from mid-March until mid-May). In the other months, excursion to Volendam and the Zaanse Schans. Enjoy a free evening or an optional trip to the city center for a stroll around the Red Light District.

Day 3 Nijmegen | Krefeld

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Optional excursions proposed: 

CLASSIC: Visit the Kröller Müller museum 

DISCOVERY: Enjoy a great bike ride through the De Hoge Veluwe National Park.

Day 4 Cologne | Königswinter

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today enjoy some free time or take a tour of the old sections of Cologne.

Day 5 Rüdesheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through Rüdesheim, enjoy some time sightseeing on your own, or join an optional tour on a tourist train and stop at a wine tasting cellar, followed by a visit to the mechanical music cabinet museum.

Day 6 Mannheim | Heidelberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your ship cruises during the morning. Enjoy some free time or join an optional excursion for both packages: Visit of Heidelberg. Tonight is your gala evening on board.

Day 7 Strasbourg | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking this morning.

MS Douce France

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Main Deck
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.
MS Douce France Upper Deck Suite
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Upper Deck Suite
1 suite cabin equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.


20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For the safety of the passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. 

(1) On Mondays the visit to the Kröller MÜller museum is not available, instead, choose an optional visit of the Dutch open-air museum in Arnhem.
(2) Depending on an available mooring, the stopover at Krefeld can be replaced with a stopover at Duisburg.

This offer includes :
-Your cruise from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day
-Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
-Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
-Onboard entertainment
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-The gala dinner and evening
-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 on the wine list
-Champagne at the bar -drinks during excursions or transfers
-Cancellation and baggage insurance
-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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