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The Classic Rhine Cruise (Amsterdam to Basel)

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Europe

  • River cruises

Cruise through Amsterdam to the medieval city of Basel along one of Europe’s longest and most eventful waterways: meander past the legendary Lorelei Rock, wander the beautiful streets of Strasbourg then end your journey at the spectacular Rhine Falls.

At a glance

  • Amsterdam Join an optional walking tour of the city or visit the Gothic streets of Haarlem
  • Arnhem Open-Air Museum Browse antique farmhouses, windmills and other artefacts from around the country on an optional excursion
  • Cologne Enjoy an optional guided walking tour of the city
  • Rhine Gorge Sail past the legendary Lorelei Rock 
  • Strasbourg Explore the pretty city of Strasbourg including the stunning Gothic cathedral on an optional excursion
  • Rhine Falls Visit Europe’s largest waterfall on an optional excursion

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All inclusive drinks on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes
Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Customer Reviews

We were disappointed that unless we bought a tour we...

16th May 2018
Mrs Helen Williams

We were disappointed that unless we bought a tour we couldn’t get off. The tours were expensive and the one we took wasn’t good value for money. We also travelled at night which impacted on our sleep. This was a rigorous holiday with early morning wake up calls even if you didn’t want them. Breakfast was finished at 9, which is really early.

the rhine is not a very scenic river apart from...

24th July 2017
Mr Ronald Mills

the rhine is not a very scenic river apart from a short trip through the black forest.elsewhere it is either very flat and has a lot of industrial factories on either side.

Very disappoint with the views of the Rhine for the...

9th July 2017
Mr Alan Sayers

Very disappoint with the views of the Rhine for the first 4 days it was ports, power stations and factorys very disappointing

We had been on two croisi cruises (Portugal & Spain)...

9th July 2017
Mr Brian Stonley

We had been on two croisi cruises (Portugal & Spain) which were excellent but unfortunately we were really disappointed with this cruise. The food was no where near the standard of the previous cruises I would suggest that a buffet lunch is served every day as this seemed more enjoyable than the set meal. We sailed far more at night therefore missing scenery & locks. The mooring in Basel was awful right opposite a recycling depot & a long way from the centre of Basel it was made worse by our flight not being until late afternoon so we were on the boat with no where to have lunch or walk to. A really disappointing holiday especially as two friends from Australia joined us for the trip.

Overall an enjoyable holiday. A couple of areas (whilst on board),...

8th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Overall an enjoyable holiday. A couple of areas (whilst on board), that we found disappointing which I feel would be better mentioned in an email.

Very good value for the money we paid.Archers staff were...

23rd June 2017
Trusted Customer

Very good value for the money we paid.Archers staff were very helpful

Overview

Cruise through Amsterdam to the medieval city of Basel along one of Europe’s longest and most eventful waterways: meander past the legendary Lorelei Rock, wander the beautiful streets of Strasbourg then end your journey at the spectacular Rhine Falls.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners

UK - Amsterdam

Day
1

Travel 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.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Amsterdam

Day
2

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 Emmerich-Am-Rhein.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Wesel - Düsseldorf

Day
3

The morning will be spent cruising, through the cities of Nijmegen and Arnhem, 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 in Arnhem. Return to the ship in Wesel and cruise to Düsseldorf. An evening of entertainment awaits on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Düsseldorf - Cologne - Konigswinter - Koblenz

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Mainz

Day
5

Today, we cruise the picturesque route to Mainz where you will see numerous castles nestled among the famous vineyards, and the legendary Lorelei rock. Mainz was founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans and is currently the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Cruise through the night to Strasbourg.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Strasbourg - Breisach

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Breisach - Basel

Day
7

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 Colmar and the Unterlinden Museum.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Basel

Day
8

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Basel - UK

Day
9

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £331 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 & Rhine Falls

Please note any departures from March to early May 2018 will visit Keukenhof Gardens instead of the Haarlem city tour.

Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate. Please note that the optional excursion package can only be booked up to 35 days prior to departure.

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an optional excursion package.

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