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Best of the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel 2020

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,299 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Enjoy sailing the legendary Rhine and learning about its rich history

Look forward to a week's cruise on the famous Rhine, from Amsterdam to Basel in Switzerland, while discovering historic landmarks on the way.

Including...

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Excursions

  • Heidelberg walking tour and castle visit
  • Tour and canal cruise in Strasbourg

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Day 1 UK to Amsterdam

Amsterdam at night

Fly to Amsterdam and embark your ship Dutch Melody which remains moored here overnight.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Amsterdam

Canal in Amsterdam

The Dutch capital is rightly popular for its friendly welcome, picturesque canals, world-class museums and galleries and laid-back cafes and bars. Perhaps take an optional excursion to explore the city on a combined coach tour and canal cruise. Depart at lunchtime and cruise through the afternoon and overnight to Cologne.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 3 Cologne

Cologne

Arrive at lunchtime in Cologne, Germany's cultural capital. Enjoy an afternoon of exploring – don't miss the vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but not finally completed until 1880! You can see the magnificent shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – behind the high altar.

Depart later this evening and cruise towards Koblenz.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Koblenz to Rüdesheim

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Having arrived before breakfast, you can spend the morning in Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. Discover the attractive riverside promenade and several historic churches, all set beneath the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel on top of the hill. Later this morning your cruise continues through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, passing the fabled Lorelei Rock en route. This evening, perhaps visit one of the 'olde-worlde' taverns in the famed Drosselgasse for a glass of local beer or wine. Alternatively, join an optional excursion that visits the extraordinary Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music.

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Rüdesheim to Mainz to Mannheim

Mainz

Early this morning your ship will sail to Mainz. Here you can explore the atmospheric Old Town and famous Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg. Born in the city he was the inventor of the 'moveable type' printing press, and is known as the 'father of modern printing'. This afternoon, an included excursion visits the home of Germany's oldest university, the city of Heidelberg. Highlights include the Old Bridge across the River Neckar and the ruined castle high above the city. It's rather random appearance is due to it having been added to through different periods of German architectural styles. Virtually destroyed by lightning in 1764 it was cannibalised by locals who used stones from it in their own houses!

Sail overnight for Strasbourg.

Mannheim Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

Day 6 Strasbourg

Strasbourg

You'll arrive this morning in the beautiful capital of Alsace, with the whole day to discover its cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and magnificent cathedral. This morning an included city tour and canal cruise will help you get your bearings, then this afternoon you can explore further independently.

Alternatively, you might like to join an excursion to the pretty walled city of Obernai, where you can stroll along the ramparts and admire attractive 13th-century buildings with flower-filled balconies.

Remain moored here overnight.

Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

Day 7 Strasbourg-Breisach

Breisach, Germany

Your ship departs at breakfast, arriving after lunch with the afternoon to explore Breisach, an important medieval town of the Holy Roman Empire during the 16th century. It's overlooked by a 12th-century cathedral – St Stephansmünster – set high on a hilltop above. It's also known as the 'gateway to the Black Forest' and you'll have the chance to join an optional excursion to picturesque Colmar with its well-preserved old town, and the wine town of Riquewhir. Another optional tour visits Lake Titisee, in the Black Forest for a short cruise.

Depart later tonight and cruise to Basel.

Breisach Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

Day 8 Basel to UK

Basel, Switzerland

Disembark Dutch Melody after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Basel Port Switzerland Europe

Best of the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel 2020

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,299 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Best of the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel 2020

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,299 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required