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The Classic Rhine Cruise (Basel to Amsterdam)

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Key inclusions

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

  • River cruises

Journey through the breathtaking Rhine Gorge, to the legendary Lorelei Rock and the cosmopolitan cities of Amsterdam and Cologne.

At a glance

  • Basel
  • Breisach
  • Strasbourg
  • Mainz
  • Koblenz
  • Cologne
  • Düsseldorf
  • Xanten
  • Nijmegen
  • Amsterdam

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

The holiday was excellent although there was some down time....

4th October 2017
Mr Peter Savage

The holiday was excellent although there was some down time. We spent a lot of time in Basel waiting for departure. This was in part to allow for the excellent trip to the Rhine Falls but I'm sure that could have fitted in more efficiently

Overview

Journey through the breathtaking Rhine Gorge, to the legendary Lorelei Rock and the cosmopolitan cities of Amsterdam and Cologne.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners

UK - Basel

Day
1

Travel to Basel where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for embarkation. There will a welcome cocktail reception before dinner on-board tonight.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Basel - Breisach

Day
2

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. Later, cruise to Breisach.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Breisach

Day
3

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

Breisach - Strasbourg

Day
4

Admire the magnificent wine-producing region as you cruise to Strasbourg today. 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Mainz - Koblenz

Day
5

Arrive in Mainz today 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. Later, cruise to Koblenz. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002, the legendary and romantic Rhine River is bestowed with truly magnificent landscapes. We’ll 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. We arrive into Koblenz in the evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Koblenz - Cologne - Düsseldorf

Day
6

Today, we continue our cruise up the magnificent Rhine Valley. The Rhine River follows a remarkable route, meandering between sheer rocks, small islands and fortified castles sitting high above the vineyards. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional guided tour of Cologne. 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 centre. You have some free time on your own before we return by coach to Düsseldorf. Tonight, there will be a Gala evening on-board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Düsseldorf - Xanten - Nijmegen - Amsterdam

Day
7

Today, there will be an optional guided tour of the Dutch Open Air Museum of Arnhem. Return to the ship in Xanten and cruise to Amsterdam during the afternoon. We’ll cross the border into Germany near Emmerich, glide past Arhem, and enter Holland.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amsterdam

Day
8

Today, perhaps join the optional guided visit of Amsterdam. The Dutch capital is a truly delightful city with a rich and fascinating past. This afternoon, have free time on your own or join the optional excursion to Haarlem. Dutch Haarlem dates back to Gothic times and this is reflected in its architecture and cobbled streets. A final evening of dancing and entertainment on-board awaits.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amsterdam - UK

Day
9

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return 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:

Basel
Day 2: City tour & Rhine Falls
Colmar
Day 3: City tour and visit to Unterlinden Museum
Strasbourg
Day 4: City tour
Mainz
Day 5: City tour and visit to Gutenberg Museum
Cologne
Day 6: City tour
Arnhem
Day 7: City tour
Amsterdam
Day 8: City tour
Haarlem
Day 8: City tour

Please note 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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