The Classic Rhine Cruise - Amsterdam to Basel

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The Classic Rhine Cruise (Amsterdam to Basel)

Revel in the majestic sights of the Rhine on this stunning river cruise that takes in some of the most beautiful sights as you travel from the vibrant city of Amsterdam to historic Basel.

9 days from

£1,667

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 17/10/2017 from London Gatwick Airport

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  • Amsterdam Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam Amsterdam
  • Düsseldorf Düsseldorf
  • Cologne Cologne
  • Cologne Cologne
  • Cologne Cologne
  • Rhine Gorge Rhine Gorge
  • Oberwesel, Rhine Oberwesel, Rhine
  • Rhine Gorge Rhine Gorge
  • Ponts Couverts, Strasbourg Ponts Couverts, Strasbourg
  • Petite France, Strasbourg Petite France, Strasbourg
  • Breisach Breisach
  • Basel Basel

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Amsterdam.

Fly to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Lafayette, for embarkation. There will a welcome cocktail reception before dinner on-board tonight. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Amsterdam - Wesel.

Holland's delightful 700-year old capital is a fascinating blend of old and new, with a sophisticated modern spirit and rich history displayed in the works of the Dutch Masters at its world-famous Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum. Admire Amsterdam's pretty bridges, tree-lined streets and gabled merchants' houses - many dating back to the Netherlands' 'Golden Age' in the 17th century on an optional guided tour this morning. In the afternoon, have free time in Amsterdam or join an optional excursion to Haarlem. Dutch Haarlem dates back to Gothic times and this is reflected in its architecture and cobbled streets. Later, cruise to Wesel. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Wesel - Düsseldorf.

The morning will be spent cruising, through the cities of Nijmegen and Arhem, enter the Rhine River basin and cross the border into Germany near Emmerich. Arrive in Wesel and perhaps join the optional visit of the Dutch Open Air Museum of Arnhem. Return to the ship in Düsseldorf and have an evening of entertainment on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Düsseldorf - Cologne - Konigswinter - Koblenz.

Admire the beauty of the Rhine as you cruise to Cologne. There will be an optional guided tour on foot 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. After free time, transfer by coach to Königswinter. The cruise continues along the Rhine to Koblenz. In the evening, free time to stroll through town to see the famous Deutsches Eck. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Mainz - Worms.

Today, we cruise the picturesque route from Mainz to Worms where you will see numerous castles nestled among the famous vineyards, and the legendary Lorelei rock. Arrive in Mainz this afternoon and perhaps join the optional guided tour of the city and a visit the Gutenberg Museum (closed on Mondays). Mainz was founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans and is currently the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Return on board in Worms and cruise through the night to Strasbourg. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Strasbourg - Breisach.

Strasbourg is a delightful blend of cobbled lanes and half-timbered houses which has changed hands between the French and Germans down the centuries. Discover the European Parliament building, tour the interior of the stunning Gothic cathedral and visit the La Petite France old quarter, where 500-year-old houses cluster around miniature canals. An optional guided tour will show you the very best of this beautiful city. Later, cruise to Breisach and admire the magnificent wine-producing region en route. Tonight, there will be a Gala evening on-board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Breisach - Basel.

Have free time in the city of Breisach this morning. Breisach lies on the Rhine Valley and is renowned for housing one of the largest wine cellars in Europe and also for its historic cathedral. An optional excursion in the afternoon uncovers the beauty of Titisee in the Black Forest before we cruise to Basel. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Basel.

Today, perhaps join the optional guided visit of Basel, an ancient medieval town, situated in the heart of Europe, on the Rhine banks. In the afternoon, an optional excursion visits the Rhine Falls, one the most spectacular sites to visit in Switzerland. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 : Basel - UK.

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or extend your stay in Basel. Includes Breakfast

Excursion Package

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £307 per person and includes:

Amsterdam

Day 2: City tour

Haarlem

Day 2: City tour

Arnhem

Day 3: City tour

Cologne

Day 4: City tour

Mainz

Day 5: City tour and visit to Gutenberg Museum

Strasbourg

Day 6: City tour

Colmar

Day 7: City tour and visit to Unterlinden Museum

Basel

Day 8: City tour

£313 per person

As above but on day 2 visit Keukenhof Gardens on 08/04/17 & 24/04/17 departures instead of Haarlem.

Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.

What's Included

  • Flights UK - Amsterdam; Basel - UK
  • Accommodation Outside lower deck cabin
  • 23 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
  • All Inclusive Drinks throughout the cruise
  • Individual audio system on all excursions
  • Transfers
  • All local, port and airport taxes
  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)

Cruise Highlights

  • Amsterdam
  • Wesel
  • Düsseldorf
  • Cologne
  • Konigswinter
  • Koblenz
  • Mainz
  • Worms
  • Strasbourg
  • Breisach
  • Basel

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday
Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Amsterdam.

Fly to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. There will a welcome cocktail reception before dinner on-board tonight. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Amsterdam - Wesel.

Holland's delightful 700-year old capital is a fascinating blend of old and new, with a sophisticated modern spirit and rich history displayed in the works of the Dutch Masters at its world-famous Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum. Admire Amsterdam's pretty bridges, tree-lined streets and gabled merchants' houses - many dating back to the Netherlands' 'Golden Age' in the 17th century on an optional guided tour this morning. In the afternoon, have free time in Amsterdam or join an optional excursion to Haarlem. Dutch Haarlem dates back to Gothic times and this is reflected in its architecture and cobbled streets. Later, cruise to Wesel. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Wesel - Düsseldorf.

The morning will be spent cruising, through the cities of Nijmegen and Arhem, enter the Rhine River basin and cross the border into Germany near Emmerich. Arrive in Wesel and perhaps join the optional visit of the Dutch Open Air Museum of Arnhem. Return to the ship in Düsseldorf and have an evening of entertainment on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Düsseldorf - Cologne - Konigswinter - Koblenz.

Admire the beauty of the Rhine as you cruise to Cologne. There will be an optional guided tour on foot 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. After free time, transfer by coach to Königswinter. The cruise continues along the Rhine to Koblenz. In the evening, free time to stroll through town to see the famous Deutsches Eck. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Mainz - Worms.

Today, we cruise the picturesque route from Mainz to Worms where you will see numerous castles nestled among the famous vineyards, and the legendary Lorelei rock. Arrive in Mainz this afternoon and perhaps join the optional guided tour of the city and a visit the Gutenberg Museum (closed on Mondays). Mainz was founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans and is currently the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Return on board in Worms and cruise through the night to Strasbourg. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Strasbourg - Breisach.

Strasbourg is a delightful blend of cobbled lanes and half-timbered houses which has changed hands between the French and Germans down the centuries. Discover the European Parliament building, tour the interior of the stunning Gothic cathedral and visit the La Petite France old quarter, where 500-year-old houses cluster around miniature canals. An optional guided tour will show you the very best of this beautiful city. Later, cruise to Breisach and admire the magnificent wine-producing region en route. Tonight, there will be a Gala evening on-board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Breisach - Basel.

Have free time in the city of Breisach this morning. Breisach lies on the Rhine Valley and is renowned for housing one of the largest wine cellars in Europe and also for its historic cathedral. An optional excursion in the afternoon uncovers the beauty of Titisee in the Black Forest before we cruise to Basel. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Basel.

Today, perhaps join the optional guided visit of Basel, an ancient medieval town, situated in the heart of Europe, on the Rhine banks. In the afternoon, an optional excursion visits the Rhine Falls, one the most spectacular sites to visit in Switzerland. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 : Basel - UK.

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or extend your stay in Basel. Includes Breakfast

What's Included

  • Flights UK - Amsterdam; Basel - UK
  • Accommodation Outside lower deck cabin
  • 23 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
  • All Inclusive Drinks throughout the cruise
  • Individual audio system on all excursions
  • Transfers
  • All local, port and airport taxes
  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)

Cruise Highlights

  • Amsterdam
  • Wesel
  • Düsseldorf
  • Cologne
  • Konigswinter
  • Koblenz
  • Mainz
  • Worms
  • Strasbourg
  • Breisach
  • Basel

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

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