Experience the Rhine and Cologne River Cruise (Basel - Amsterdam)

Experience the Rhine and Cologne River Cruise (Basel - Amsterdam)

Experience the Rhine and Cologne River Cruise (Basel - Amsterdam)Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, France
Fully GuidedFully Guided
77 Nights
Full Board
Transport: Flights & TransfersFlights & Transfers

    Your Escorted Rhine and Cologne River Cruise Holiday 

    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.



    Trip Itinerary

    Activity Level 2

    Activity Level: Leisurely

    What does this level mean?


    Travel to Switzerland


    Arrive in Basel

    Time: MorningMorning

    Upon arrival in Zurich or Geneva, you will met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to Basel port. A Basel city tour will be provided en route. (dependent on 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

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    After some time at leisure, you will be transferred to Basel port with assistance. Settle into your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board your MS Amadeus 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. 



    Explore Strasbourg

    Time: Afternoon, Full DayAfternoon, Full Day

    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

    Time: Morning, MorningMorning, Morning

    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

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    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.

    Rudesheim & Koblenz


    Free Time in Rüdesheim

    Time: Morning, MorningMorning, Morning

    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 at mid-day, just in time to enjoy a fabulous lunch on board and savour the first-class culinary delights.

    Guided Tour of Koblenz

    Time: Afternoon, AfternoonAfternoon, Afternoon

    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

    Time: Morning, MorningMorning, Morning

    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

    Time: Afternoon, AfternoonAfternoon, Afternoon

    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

    Time: Full Day, MorningFull Day, Morning

    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 Amsterdam

    Time: Afternoon, AfternoonAfternoon, Afternoon

    You will depart Cologne around 13:00 on this day and enjoy the final journey of the cruise as the ship travels to Amsterdam in the evening.




    Time: Full DayFull Day

    This morning, you will cruise along the scenic Rhine River and discover the beauty of the Dutch waterways as you sail towards Amsterdam. 

    Captain's Gala Dinner

    Time: EveningEvening

    After a full day in Amsterdam tonight you will enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner while on board the ship

    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)

    * We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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