The Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

Embark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and explore everything the Moselle and Rhine Rivers have to offer as you stop at interesting and unique cities in France and Germany—and end in lively Amsterdam, Holland.

At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—known to be the gateway to Germany’s famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, then head for the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim. 

Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel! Here, you’ll go on a guided walk and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Visit a medieval castle, then sail back into the Rhine and explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River.

Your river cruise vacation ends in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Don’t miss your chance to discover the treasures you’ll cherish along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes

Your cruise at a glance

  • Breisach
    • Visit the workshop of a local woodcarver and clock maker in Germany's iconic Black Forest.
  • Strasbourg
    • Guided sightseeing of the city, including its characterful La Petite France district and impressive Gothic cathedral.
  • Cologne
    • Choose between a guided city walk or a tour of the city’s Jewish heritage. Free time later – be sure to try a pale Kölsch lager.
  • Amsterdam
    • Canal cruise and free time in the vibrant Dutch city.

Moselle Valley

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Welcome to Basel - where you will be met and transferred to your ship.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

Day 2 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to Black Forest

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Visit the charming village of Colmar on a guided tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Join a full-day guided visit to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration.

Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

Day 3 Strasbourg, France

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Gothic Giants and Varietal Vintages.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Take a city sightseeing tour, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to beautiful Alsace for an afternoon in a French wine country village.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. Sample local culinary specialties, such as Tarte flambée.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

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CHOICE

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Prices & cabin details

Choose departure airport and date for prices

Date

Staterooms available

Price per person

Reviews

"Staff were polite and answered queries readily and clearly...."

12th November 2018 - Mr Christopher Hopkinson

"Efficient Booking System"

3rd November 2018 - Mr Alastair Bradley

"Very efficient..."

30th October 2018 - Trusted Customer

Very efficient

The experience cruising on the Moselle was excellent but unfortunately due to low water in the Rhine the rest of the holiday was largely a bus tour. Avalon did it's very best to give us a good time and put us in high quality (if eccentric) hotels but putting suitcases out at 7.15, breakfasting in the dark, spending hours on a bus, then arriving at the next destination in the dark is not a relaxing holiday. The cruise director did an amazing job in the circumstances.

"Great cruise"

9th August 2018 - Mr William Cronkrite

This is our third river cruise with Avalon and as usual the service was excellent. We will definitely look at their cruises for next year.

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"Wrong cabin number on initial documents - quickly corrected but if I hadn’t noticed, it..."

10th July 2018 - Trusted Customer

Wrong cabin number on initial documents - quickly corrected but if I hadn’t noticed, it coule have meant a disappointment!

Suite, lounges, food and tours all first rate, but what really made the trip was the charming and efficient staff, and our excellent tour director, Katy.

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