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9 Day Rhine River Cruise - Basel to Amsterdam (Princess)


River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Basel, Amsterdam-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights Deluxe river cruise on MS Amadeus Princess (Category C) outside cabin
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers & port fees
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Wireless audio system for excursions

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Unlimited wine with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior

DAY 1 - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Basel. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2 - Arrive in Basel
Arrive in Basel and transfer to the port. Embarkation begins at 4 pm, and the ship will sail at 5 pm. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner on board
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 - Full Day in Strasbourg
Today enjoy a full day in Strasbourg. Straddling French and German culture, the entire city center of Strasbourg has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of special note is the staggering Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture. For over 200 years the Cathedral stood as the world's tallest building, and it currently houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. There are many other medieval churches to be seen here, as well as the former town hall set in the German renaissance style. Tonight, set sail for Speyer
Optional: Strasbourg City Tour
Optional: Alsace Excursion
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 - Morning in Speyer, Afternoon in Mannheim
This morning stop in Speyer. Originally inhabited by the Celts around 500 B.C., the city is most famous for its beautiful red sandstone Cathedral, which remains a fine example of Romanesque architecture and is undoubtedly the city's most prized landmark as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, sail to Mannheim located at the meeting point of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers. Mannheim is full of streets lined with Baroque architecture. The water tower is the civic symbol of this city and is located just east of the city center. The city also boasts one of the loveliest parks in Europe, the Luisenpark. The park contains numerous rose arboretums, the picturesque Chinese Tea House and the 675-foot tall Telecommunications Tower
Optional: Speyer City Walk
Optional: Mannheim City Tour*
Optional: Heidelberg City Tour*
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 - Morning in Rüdesheim, Afternoon in Koblenz**
This morning, arrive in Rüdesheim, a lively wine village located in the heart of the Rhine River area. There are many quaint wine taverns that line the city's streets. In the afternoon sail to Koblenz, the site where the Mosel River flows into the Rhine River. Enjoy a walking city tour of Koblenz. Enjoy the many great examples of Romanesque design, imposing defensive towers and the impressive Castle of the Electors
Optional: Rüdesheim City Tour
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Afternoon in Cochem**
At noon, arrive in Cochem, a quaint German town known best for its late-Gothic castle and restored timber-framed houses. The town has a beautiful setting amid vine-clad hills, and is best known for its cozy wine taverns and colorful riverside promenades. The town has three fortified gates, quaint narrow alleys and beautiful half timbered houses. Set sail this evening at 6:00 pm
Optional: Cochem City Walk
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - Full Day in Cologne
Arrive in Cologne this morning, one of Germany's oldest cities known for its vibrant art scene. Cologne is home to the famous Cologne Cathedral and one of the oldest universities in Europe, Cologne University. Enjoy a walking city tour of Cologne and then enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening set sail for Amsterdam and enjoy the captains gala dinner with crew
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Daylight Sailing, Evening in Amsterdam
Relax on board this morning as you sail the scenic Rhine River. Early this morning, the ship will make a brief stop in Utrecht to allow passengers joining the optional Holland Waterland and Amsterdam City Tour to debark the ship. Passengers remaining on board will continue to sail this afternoon. Arrive to Amsterdam at noon, a city known for its many cultural sites, art museums, entertainment and of course its scenic canals
Optional: Excursion to Holland Waterland & Amsterdam City Tour
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 - Depart Amsterdam
This morning, disembark in Amsterdam and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

*Excursions operate at the same time.

**May 21, 2014 departure will operate a modified itinerary on Day 5-6 due to Mosel River closure of locks. The vessel will stay in Koblenz instead of sailing to Cochem and the optional excursion on Day 6 in Cochem will be by coach from Koblenz.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Excursion to Alsace

    Day #3 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $60
    This excursion takes you on a discovery tour through Alsace. Drive along the famous wine route, through picturesque landscapes and romantic villages. The first stop will be the beautiful village of Obernai. Stroll through the streets lined with half-timbered houses to the town center marked with a traditional belfry. Continue on to a small village where you will visit a local winery for a tasting.

    Strasbourg City Tour

    Day #3 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $54
    Straddling French and German culture, the entire city center of Strasbourg has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This panoramic tour will take you past all of the major sites of the Alsace capital. Of special note is the staggering Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture. For over 200 years the Cathedral stood as the world's tallest building, and it currently houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence.

    *Tours in December will include a visit to the Christmas Market

    Heidelberg City Tour

    Day #4 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $55
    Heidelberg is one of Germany's most scenic cities. For hundreds of years the city's medieval splendor has inspired some of the world's greatest artists and authors. This tour takes you through the city, with views of the historic Old Town, the expansive ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and the Neckar River. Fortunately, the city was spared from destruction during the Second World War, leaving buildings dating to the Middle Ages completely intact, and making it the only city of its size to emerge from the conflict unscathed. With an intellectual heritage dating back to the 1300s, the city remains a bustling, vibrant center for education and the arts, seamlessly blending the modern and the traditional.

    *When the Heidelberg City Tour and the Mannheim City Walk are both offered as optional excursions, the tours will operate simultaneously.

    Mannheim City Walk

    Day #4 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $39
    Enjoy a walk through Mannheim, located at the meeting point of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers. During the 18th century, the city was home to one of the best orchestras in Europe and was widely known as a gathering place for classical composers. Today, visitors can step back in time as they stroll the streets lined with Baroque architecture or view the massive Electoral Palace and Chapel. The city also boasts one of the loveliest parks in Europe, the Luisenpark. The park contains numerous rose arboretums, the picturesque Chinese Tea House and the 675-foot tall Telecommunications Tower.

    *When the Heidelberg City Tour and the Mannheim City Walk are both offered as optional excursions, the tours will operate simultaneously.

    Speyer City Walk

    Day #4 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $19
    Enjoy a walking tour of Speyer, one of the oldest cities in Germany founded by the Romans. This picturesque city is characterized by winding alleyways, romantic squares and impressive facades. Your tour includes visits to the Altportel, or Old Speyer City Gate, and the ritual Jewish Baths.

    Rudesheim City Walk

    Day #5 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $27
    The walking tour in Rudesheim, a lively wine village in the heart of the Rhine, takes us past quaint wine taverns that line the city's streets. Continue onto Siegfried's Musical Museum, where you may view various mechanical instruments including barrel organs and music boxes from the 18th - 20th centuries.

    *Tours in December will include a visit to the Christmas Market

    Cochem City Tour & Wine Tasting

    Day #6 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $45
    Tour picturesque Cochem, best known for its Gothic castle rising dramatically above the town. The charming town is set amid vine-clad hills with narrow cobbled alleys, cozy wine taverns and colorful riverside promenades. Your tour will include a guided visit of the Reichsburg Castle which was restored in the 19th century. End you tour with an opportunity for wine tasting.

    Excursion to Holland Waterland & Amsterdam City Tour

    Day #8 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $65
    Your tour begins with a short stroll through the old Dutch fishing village of Volendam where the town inhabitants continue to dress in traditional clothing. Depart the village for the countryside, where you will visit a local cheese farm. Learn how the product is made and try some delicious samples. Continue on to Amsterdam, the Capital of the Netherlands, known for its many cultural sites, art museums, entertainment, and of course its scenic canals.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    *Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passengers arriving to Basel on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 2:00 pm.

    Please note, singles cannot be booked in a Suite.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    Language: This itinerary is a multi-lingual cruise. Announcements and shore excursions may be conducted in another language, and an English translator will be provided.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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