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Rhine Getaway - Basel to Amsterdam - 2024

From Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Sat, Nov 16, 2024
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Departure
Nov 16, 2024
Arrival
Nov 23, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Basel
    Sat, Nov 16, 2024

    Located where Switzerland, Germany and France meet, Basel reflects a fascinating blend of traditions. The city straddles the Rhine at the river's farthest navigable point, and an alluring cluster of old-town buildings huddles along the riverbank. Around Market Square, guild houses recall Gothic, Renaissance and baroque splendor; the red-sandstone Rathaus, or Town Hall, is the centerpiece. More than 40 museums of art and culture lend modern polish to its history-rich streets. And there is no more refined way to sample it all than over cheese fondue or croissants.

  2. Day 2
    Breisach
    Sun, Nov 17, 2024

    Breisach is a gateway to the fabled Black Forest region, built on a basalt rock outcropping in the Rhine plain. It is located in one of the warmest parts of Germany, across the river from French Alsace, famous for its wine growing. But Breisach, too, can boast about its wine: it is home to Europe’s largest cellars, with a storage capacity of more than 160 million liters. The most prominent landmark of Breisach is the Romanesque-Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Its two towers are visible from throughout the city and from the Rhine.

  3. Day 3
    Strasbourg
    Mon, Nov 18, 2024

    The largest port on the Upper Rhine, Strasbourg is the cultural center of France's Alsace region. Thanks to its location at the border of France and Germany, it boasts a convivial mix of cultural influences. The well-preserved Old Town is enclosed on all sides by the little Ill River, with sites so compact that it is easy to explore the "island” on foot. And there is plenty to explore: cobblestone streets lined with wooden houses and intersected by picturesque canals. Indulging in Alsatian café culture is central to any visit here; enjoy coffee and cake amid lovely half-timbered houses.

  4. Day 4
    Speyer
    Tue, Nov 19, 2024

    The quiet German town of Speyer lies on the west bank of the Rhine. The city features a Romanesque imperial cathedral, burial place of eight emperors including some of the most famous Holy Roman Emperors. Speyer was once a major Celtic center that traded hands several times between the Romans and the Huns. The term Protestant originated here at the Diet of Speyer in 1529, when 14 free cities of Germany and six Lutheran princes protested the Edict of Worms that had banned the writings of Martin Luther and labeled him a heretic and enemy of the state.

  5. Day 5
    Koblenz
    Wed, Nov 20, 2024

    Koblenz is a traditional German city, founded more than 2,000 years ago. This former trading settlement rests on a massif of the Middle Rhine Highlands. Its cobblestone streets, wood-beamed houses adorned with flowers, ancient market square and medieval churches recall the fairy-tale Germany of old. At the "German Corner,” a massive equestrian statue of Prince William I observes the lovely riverside scene. The famed Teutonic Knights set up their first base here in 1216. The Romanesque Basilica of St. Castor, Koblenz's oldest building, dates to 836.

  6. Day 6
    Cologne
    Thu, Nov 21, 2024

    Cologne reveals its Roman heritage in its city layout and the ancient ruins that lie scattered through the town. Cologne's modern plazas and Hohe Strasse host welcoming shops, enticing restaurants and cologne boutiques. Of note is the city's 14th-century cathedral, a stunning example of Gothic artistry and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Having survived Allied bombs during World War II, the cathedral's imposing twin spires are visible for miles and its stained glass windows fill the interior with brilliant colored light. Its steps lead to a platform with astounding views.

  7. Day 7
    Kinderdijk
    Fri, Nov 22, 2024

    Kinderdijk is a village community in the Alblasserwaard province. This corner of South Holland, part of the scenic Waal and Merwede regions, has long been shaped by Rhine Delta waters. Kinderdijk is most known for its 19 remarkably preserved 18th-century windmills. The charming hamlet is located amid low-lying polders, tracts of land reclaimed from the sea by the power of the windmills and enclosed by embankments, or dikes. This legendary place calls to mind the 1865 novel Hans Brinker, in which a heroic boy plugs his finger into a ruptured dike.

  8. Day 8
    Amsterdam
    Sat, Nov 23, 2024

    A city of charming canals, elegant gabled houses, splendid museums and abundant bicycles, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is a delight to explore. Its patchwork of waterways forms about 90 islands connected by 1,500 bridges. The legacy of the Dutch Golden Age lives on in gilded manses and in the lush paintings of Rembrandt and other Dutch masters that adorn the Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands' grand repository of art and cultural history. Discovering Amsterdam is a pleasure best pursued on foot; visitors line the tranquil canals and linger over Dutch pancakes, or take a stroopwafel to go.

Countries Visited

Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Germany

Rivers Visited

Rhine

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Inclusions

8 Days 6 Guided Tours / 4 Countries

Daily Shore Excursions: 6 included guided tours
Port Charges: Included on all itineraires

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
4.1
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 43 reviews - currently showing 12 reviews with comments only

The Viking Rhine River Cruise on the Tialfi was spectacular. We wouldn't change a thing! Food was delicious and staff was fun and courteous. Accommodations were superb and ship was spotless. We enjoyed the excursions which were done by professional guides. We found out that the Tialfi was rated #1 among the Viking Long ships for their food. We were so glad that we happened to get this ship!

Our Viking Cruise was nearly flawless. They go out of their way to make sure you have a lovely time. The accommodations are a little plain but most of what you do is off the ship. We loved the comfort of the modern busses and the use of the headsets to hear what the guide was saying made it so easy to catch every word. The guides are the best in the industry. The itineraries were all very interesting. We did not feel that we wasted a minute of our time. The food was excellent and included local recipes along with many other choices. The wine was great and was included with each meal. There was always some kind of entertainment in the evening. The set up on the ship made it possible to easily mingle with other guests.

Hary did a fabulous job putting us with Viking it was the trip of a lifetime

The Viking experience was outstanding. The crew were well trained and friendly. The captain was very visible and friendly. This was our second Viking trip and won't be the last. The only complaint I have was that we we told that we would receive the Choice promo where we would get a $300 shipboard credit, free gratuties or an upgrade to the Silver Spirit package. This did not occur.

Great trip. Excellent support by all members of the Viking Staff.

The Viking staff does an outstanding job!

The Viking Tour was exceptional! We were very pleased with the excursions, food and staff.

Viking did a very good job from start to finish. The ship was very clean and comfortable. The staff was attentive and friendly.

We were very impressed with the complete package offered by Viking River Cruises. Our trip up the Rhine was great, we would recommend it to everyone. The boat was nice and new and the staff was outstanding. The food was very good and the side trip were very interesting and fun.

Viking Cruises were top notch in their service and accommodations. Couldn't have asked for better. There were issues with the water levels which caused them to have to deviate from the original itinerary slightly and I believe they did an excellent job communicating and making sure our tours were still the best available.

The staff on the cruise made my vacation wonderful. They were attentive and helpful. I only hope I meet them again. The only problem I had was in checking in with the Air France airline. Since I had booked my trip with another couple the online check-in would not confirm my check in. Viking phone customer services addressed the issue. In fact Viking gave me a phone number to call them directly if I had any more issues at the airport. When we were leaving Amsterdam we were given a letter that said Viking would confirm our check in with the airline and give us our boarding passes. I was perfectly fine with printing out boarding passes at the hotel but did not. We did not receive our boarding passes and had to wait in lines to do it ourselves.

The ship was beautiful, the crew very accommodating. Food was very nice, lots of choices. We enjoyed the excursions and guides were very knowledgeable.

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