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The Classic Rhine Cruise (Amsterdam to Basel)


Price per person
from £2,039

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 9 days

  • Central and Eastern 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
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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:

Day 2: City tour
Day 2: City tour
Day 3: City tour
Day 4: City tour
Day 5: City tour and visit to Gutenberg Museum
Day 6: City tour 
Day 7: City tour and visit to Unterlinden Museum
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.

MS Douce France II

Sail along the Rhine and its tributaries whilst onboard the MS Douce France. The 4 Anchors Class Ship has 2 decks and was first built in 1997 and fully refurbished in 2017. At 110m in length and with a width of 11.4m, she offers space as well as 55 luxury cabins, all with stunning views of an ever-changing valley amidst vines, fortified castles, rocky ridges and forests.

Ship facts

  • Style: Premium
  • Class: 5 anchors
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 23
  • Number of cabins: 55
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 4
  • Capacity: 106 passengers
  • Main language on board: fr+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 3
  • Gross tonnage: 15000
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 9
  • Launch year: 1997
  • Refit year: 2017


  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

The cabins are very spacious and tastefully decorated with the option of double or single beds. An ensuite is provided with shower, W.C. and a hairdryer. For extra comfort central heating is available during the Winter season and air-conditioning for the Summer season.

For your entertainment a satellite tv and radio are provided for you to use at your leisure.


  • 108 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life on board

Age Restriction

Reservations from minors shall not be accepted by the travel agency but must be made by the parents or other adults of more than 18 years of age with the necessary authorisations. Minors of under 18 years of age are not permitted to travel on board unaccompanied. They must be accompanied by parents or adults of more than 18 years of age. No alcoholic beverages shall be served to minors on board. Proof of the customer’s age may be requested by the ship’s personnel. 

Disabled Facilities

All passengers are required to be medically, physically and/or mentally fit to undertake a trip without endangering their life or the life of others. No medical services are offered aboard the ships. Any passenger with a physical or mental incapacity, limited capacity of mobility, having an illness requiring treatment or medical care, or pregnant women should inform the travel agent at the time of booking. No reservations can be accepted for passengers whose physical or mental condition is likely to render their participation in the cruise or in the vacation impossible or dangerous for themselves or others, or who require forms of care or assistance impossible to guarantee aboard ship, notably because of unsuitable infrastructure. Some suppliers (hoteliers, airlines and cruise companies, etc) may require a medical certificate confirming that the passenger is fit to travel or they may refuse to accept the booking if they feel that they will be unable to guarantee any assistance or treatment deemed necessary for the health and well-being of the passenger. Participation in the voyage and in excursions is subject to the condition of the passenger having sufficient mobility. If necessary, the disabled may be accompanied at their own expense to obtain the required assistance. All personal accidents, diversions or forced stopover costs disrupting the course of the cruise shall be at the liability of the passenger having concealed his unfitness to travel.

Dress Code

Casual and comfortable during the day. More elegant clothing may be worn in the evening. It is recommended that the wearing of footwear suitable for life aboard and for excursions with non-slip soles.

Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers, most ships do still allow smoking on board, but you will find this is restricted to designated areas around the ship. 

Special Dietary Requirements

Please advise the reservation agent at time of booking of any special dietary requirements you may have and they will make every effort to accommodate your request. 

Gift Shop

Peruse the onboard gift shop and buy those last minute gifts for loved ones back home.


A well stocked library is available for those who wish to sit back and relax and lose themselves in a book. 

Lounge Bar

Enjoy your evenings by heading to the Lounge where you will find a well stocked bar serving local beers and wines. A pleasant setting with maximum comfort and designer decor. Sit back, relax and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers and crew while sailing through the most beautiful rivers in Europe. 

Sun Deck

The sun deck on the ship offers a panoramic view of the landscape’s beauty as you cruise. A great place to relax outdoors and enjoy the weather sipping a glass of wine while sitting on the loungers shaded with a parasol.


Guided visits to the local towns and villages will ensure your bout of local folklore and traditions are sated.


In the ship’s restaurant, you’ll experience CroisiEurope’s stunning French cuisine prepared by the skilled and passionate team of chefs, which include head chef and nominee member of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, Alain Bohn.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Library
  • Cabins

Deck 2

  • Sun Deck

Deck 3

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Reception
  • Cabins

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