Days 1 & 2 - Amsterdam 
Day 3 - Emmerich/Düsseldorf
Day 4 - Cologne
Day 5 - Koblenz/Mainz
Day 6 - Strasbourg
Day 7 - Breisach
Day 8 - Basel
Day 9 - Return Flight 

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The Classic Rhine to Basel

A varied and rewarding itinerary on the ‘Romantic Rhine’ visiting Amsterdam, Cologne, Mainz, Strasbourg, Breisach, Colmar and Basel

For a long time the Rhine was the border between the Roman Empire and the German Barbarian tribes to the east, so many long-established settlements line the west bank. Until the 18th century, Germany was split into individual principalities, often in dispute, leading to a large number of castles, especially along the Rhine where barons could fix and levy tolls almost at will. 

Nowadays of course, the Rhine lends itself to gentler pursuits - a leisurely perambulation along the riverbank or a relaxing cruise, a pursuit popularised by Queen Victoria and English gentlemen on the Grand Tour. In effect the Rhine cruise could be considered the pioneer of river cruises as a leisure activity. 

Amsterdam in the 17th century saw the ‘Golden Age’ of the Netherlands when great canals were built and art and architecture flourished. The wealth created by their trading was the foundation of a great Fine Art heritage mainly displayed in the Rijksmuseum. 

Key Features

Excursions Included
Drinks Included
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 - 28

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Amsterdam. Transfer to the vessel and enjoy a welcome cocktail. (D)

Day 2 Optional Amsterdam sightseeing tour (£35) or perhaps visit the Rijksmuseum (pre-booking online recommended), a magnificent 19th-century building housing works of art including Rembrandt and Vermeer, or the more modern Van Gogh museum (online booking recommended). Afternoon visit to Haarlem, known as the ‘City of Tulips’ owing to its production and export of tulip bulbs. Explore the Amsterdam Gate, Main Square, Corrie Ten Boom house and Gothic Cathedral of St. Bavo. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Cruise to Emmerich and enjoy an excursion to Arnhem Open Air Museum. Afternoon spent cruising to Düsseldorf. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Cruise to Cologne for a tour passing the Cathedral, other Romanesque style churches and the Old Town. Continue cruising along the Rhine to Koblenz. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Morning cruising past ruined castles, quaint riverside towns and beautiful scenery. Afternoon tour of Mainz. Cruise to Strasbourg overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Arrive in Strasbourg in the afternoon and enjoy a tour by coach and on foot, passing by the ‘German Quarter’, European district, cathedral and Petite France area. Cruise to Breisach. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Guided tour of Breisach with an included wine tasting. Afternoon tour of Colmar including the Unterlinden Museum. Cruise to Basel. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Basel walking tour. Afternoon Rhine Falls tour passing the Laufen Castle. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Transfer to Basel airport for the return flight to London Heathrow. (B) 

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Heathrow 

Date Price
June 4 £2195
Early Booking Offer

For all 2020 bookings made by 30th January 2020, deduct £65 per person

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £595

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £225

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £125

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer add £50
Departure transfer add £40

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 8-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, cruise director, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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