Experience the Rhine and Cologne River Cruise (Basel - Amsterdam)
- Sail through Switzerland, France, Germany & The Netherlands on this Rhine & Cologne River cruise.
- Spend 7 nights on board a 4 star MS Amadeus ship.
- Ports of call include Basel, Strasbourg, Cologne & Amsterdam
- Enjoy guided trips & leisure time in Heidelberg & Koblenz
- Experience optional excursions at each port of call, such as Wine Tasting in Cochem.
- Enjoy free time at leisure to relax on-board or discover each destination at your own pace.
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Your Rhine and Cologne River Cruise (Basel - Amsterdam) Holiday Overview
Experience a cruise on the Rhine River and visit some of the most stunning towns and cities of Europe with us. Before embarking on our Rhine River Cruise adventure, our holiday will begin with a guided walking tour of Basel and then we'll set sail on our 4 star MS Amadeus ship. Much smaller than an ocean liner, the ship will take us into the heart of most cities we'll visit, giving us more time to explore the attractions and enjoy time ashore. On our holiday, we’ll enjoy guided tours and free time for sightseeing in Heidelberg, Koblenz and Cologne. There are also optional excursions to avail of, such as wine tasting in Cochem and a walking tour of Strasbourg. We'll say goodbye to our ship in Amsterdam, our final stop, but before our holiday ends we'll explore the city on a guided tour, which includes a canal cruise. Each port we visit on our Rhine River Cruise holiday has so much to offer and is full of historical gems and cultural sights.
Please Note: This holiday may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. For more details, please contact us.
Activity Level: Leisurely
Travel to Switzerland
Arrive in Basel
Upon arrival in Basel or Zurich, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to Basel port. A guided walking city tour of Basel will be provided en-route including free time for lunch and further sightseeing at your own pace, dependent on your flight times. Highlights will include the City Hall, the Basel Cathedral, the Barfüsserkirche, the picturesque corners of the Old Town, Museum der Kulturen and the Tinguely fountain.
Embark on your River Cruise
After an early afternoon at leisure, you will be transferred to your ship with assistance. Settle into your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board your ship has to offer as you set sail along the Rhine River. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner.
The ship will arrive into the French city of Strasbourg, which lies just across the German border, west of the Rhine. An optional walking tour of the city will be offered by Lueftner Cruises in the morning (payable locally). Alternatively, you can explore Strasbourg at your own pace with the use of the complimentary Travel Department shuttle taking in the city's highlights, including its famous 15th Century cathedral, with its impressive spire and medieval astronomical clock.
Speyer & Heidelberg
Free Time in Speyer
On this morning, your ship will be docked in Speyer. Speyer is one of Germany's oldest cities which is located along the banks of the Rhine, in the Rhineland-Palatinate state of southwest Germany. The 11th century Imperial Cathedral of Speyer is one of Germany's largest and most important. Its crypt contains the tombs of eight German emperors and kings as well as several bishops. Speyer was also a centre for Jewish scholarship in the medieval period.
Excursion to Heidelberg
Following lunch on the boat, sail to Mannheim and from there, you will be taken on an included excursion to Heidelberg. Heidelberg is a world famous university city on the Neckar River. The town is one of the few German cities with a widely preserved baroque Old Town. The tour through Heidelberg begins with a visit to the Castle. The formerly splendid residence made of red sandstone is now in ruins. However, it is arguably the most beautiful ruin in all of Germany. The castle tour leads into the castle garden. From the Grand Terrace you will have a wonderful view of the city and the Neckar River. The tour continues with a stroll through the enchanting old town, to the Karl-Theodor Bridge, the late-gothic Church of the Holy Spirit and the town hall. The ship will depart for Rüdesheim that night.
Rüdesheim & Koblenz
Free Time in Rüdesheim
Wake up in the romantic town of Rüdesheim, surrounded by gentle sloping vineyards and famous for its local wine, brandy and specialty coffee (careful - the local coffee and brandy are married in the "Rüdesheimer Kaffee" concoction!). After you have had time to enjoy your visit on your own, your ship leaves the harbour mid-day, just in time to enjoy a fabulous lunch on board and savour the first-class culinary delights.
Guided Tour of Koblenz
Later in the day you will arrive in Koblenz where you will enjoy an included guided walking tour of the city. Koblenz is one of the most beautiful and oldest towns in Germany, with over 2,000 years of history. On the guided walk through the romantic streets between the St. Castor Basilica and the Liebfrauenkirche (the Church of our Beloved Lady) you will discover the most important sights of Koblenz. This tour would not be complete without a visit to the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial at the famous German Corner and the town’s landmark, the Schängel Fountain at the Town Hall. At the end of the walk you will reach the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers and the ropeway of Koblenz.
Cruise to Cochem
This morning, you will have some free time to enjoy the boat and take in the passing landscape as you sail down the Rhine, onto the town of Cochem where you will arrive in the early afternoon.
Optional Walking Tour & Wine Tasting
In the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises - Eifel and Hunsrück - lies the old town of Cochem. There will be an optional walking tour and wine tasting this afternoon (payable locally). The magnificent Reichsburg Castle, situated on a precipitous rock high above the town, dominates the landscape. The town of Cochem itself is a sight worth seeing; highlights include its narrow streets and twisty alleys, the lovingly restored half-timbered houses with the typical slate roofs, the historical market-place, medieval town gates, churches and walls.
Guided Tour of Cologne
Today, the ship will arrive into Cologne in the early morning. Following breakfast, enjoy an included walking tour of the city where you can explore the surroundings of the famous Cathedral and the Old Town. In the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town and in the busy squares, such as the Old Market or the Hay Market, you will get a feeling for life in this city, both past and present.
Cruise to Hoorn
You will depart Cologne around 14.30 on this day and enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner on board while the ship travels to Hoorn in the evening.
Hoorn & Amsterdam
During the morning, you will cruise along the scenic Rhine River and arrive in the picturesque Dutch town of Hoorn shortly after lunch.
Optional North Holland and Amsterdam City Tour Excursion
Today, there will be an optional 'North Holland and Amsterdam City Tour' excursion in which clients may partake if they wish (payable locally). If you remain on board, discover the beauty of the Dutch waterways as you sail towards Amsterdam where you will dock for the evening.
Amsterdam & Return Home
Disembark and Amsterdam City Tour
It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard the Amadeus ship. After breakfast, you will meet with your local guide and be transferred to Amsterdam city centre for a guided tour including a canal cruise prior to continuing your journey to Amsterdam airport for your flight home. (Luggage will be stored in coach)
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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- 25 February 2020
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