Romantic Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

Inspiration and discovery await on this journey along the Rhine. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz and Rüdesheim. Experience the Black Forest that’s central to much of German folklore, and explore Heidelberg, the country’s oldest university town, with its imposing castle. Sail through the Rhine Gorge, passing by the legendary Lorelei Rock and discover the history of the printing press at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. See the half-timbered houses and quaint bistros of Strasbourg’s Petite France, and finish with a cruise through the canals of Amsterdam.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Breisach
    • Join an excursion to the Black Forest, visit an open-air museum or take an excursion to Colmar in France.
  • Strasbourg
    • Explore La Petite France, the Gothic cathedral, Place Kléber and Place Gutenberg on a guided sightseeing tour.
  • Rhine Gorge
    • Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge past Lorelei Rock, before sailing to Cologne and Amsterdam.

Cologne

Itinerary

Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1

Basel (Embarkation)

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel to Basel where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship  for seven nights. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Day 2

Breisach

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Excursion to the Black Forest. Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest region, an area of unrivalled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. There’s no better setting for this time of year than when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses with their long sloping roofs, connoting images of warm and festively decorated interiors. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. This afternoon there’s free time in Breisach to visit the Christmas market, or you may join an optional excursion to Colmar in France’s Alsace region.

Day 3

Strasbourg

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Walking tour of Strasbourg. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city, yet it manages to retain its historic charm. In fact, on your walking tour you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. Dating back to 1570, the traditional Christmas market is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Located around Place de la Cathédrale and Place Broglie, its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. As you stroll through the festively decorated and illuminated streets you’ll notice the pleasing aromas of mulled wine, sweets, spice cakes, and biscuits. This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine region is available.

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