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Rhine Getaway - Basel to Amsterdam - 2021

From Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Sun, Jul 18, 2021
Jul 18, 2021
Jul 25, 2021

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The time has come to explore again, get back into the world from the comfort of your favorite Viking small ship. Starting this July we are pleased to spotlight a collection of new voyages for travelers who are ready to get back out into the world - and for loyal guests who are eager to return to European rivers. Book now and receive special cruise & airfare savings, plus past Viking guests receive a complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage package and a $400 discount. (Blackout dates apply, contact your Travel Consultant for applicable sailings.)
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These Welcome Back voyages are exclusively available for vaccinated guests, in accordance with local entry rules in many of the destinations. Applies to new bookings only, space is limited and may be removed at anytime without notice. Additional restrictions apply.

Offer EBD: Offer valid on bookings made from June 1 to June 30, 2021. Past Guest discount of $400 per person and complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage Package valid on Aug 2021 departures of Danube Waltz; Romantic Danube; Paris to the Swiss Alps; Châteaux, Rivers & Wine; Jul & Aug 2021 departures of Rhine Getaway. Not combinable with other Past Guest discounts. Mention Customer Number when making a reservation. Prices are in US dollars and for US residents only. Viking all-inclusive air with transfers available. Call for details. Ask for Offer EBD. Book by June 30, 2021; pay in full at time of booking. Offer expires June 30, 2021.

River Cruise Itinerary

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  1. Day 1
    Sun, Jul 18, 2021

    Welcome to Basel, on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland. Transfer from the airport to your ship.* After boarding, enjoy time on your own getting acquainted with the city. Dinner is served on board. (Dinner)

    * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.
  2. Day 2
    Mon, Jul 19, 2021

    Arrive in Breisach this morning, gateway to the Black Forest. Take a scenic excursion through the area's renowned mountain landscape, rolling meadows and dense forests. Once there, visit a local workshop to see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration, and learn how Black Forest Cake is made. Return to your ship for lunch. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar to discover the storybook charm of its streets lined with medieval, Gothic and Renaissance buildings, and visit a fine arts museum. Alternately, choose an optional excursion that explores Colmar's World War II history. Dine on board this evening and cruise on through the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  3. Day 3
    Tue, Jul 20, 2021

    Disembark this morning for your guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city's famed cathedral. Free time allows you to further explore this Alsatian city's blend of French and German cultures, resplendent churches, medieval covered bridges, verdant parks and handsome art nouveau and modernist architecture. Alternately, join our optional excursion into Alsatian wine country for an informative winery tour and tasting. Or, spend your full day exploring culinary Strasbourg on an optional excursion; as you explore the city and take in its sights, savor samples of the renowned Alsatian cuisine, from regional dessert specialties and meats to wine pairings with local foods. Return to your ship for dinner and departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  4. Day 4
    Wed, Jul 21, 2021

    This morning, disembark for an included tour to visit the historic the historic town of Speyer and take in views of the imposing Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 11th century on the site of a former basilica, the building's design influenced Romanesque architecture for centuries to come, and is the final resting place of eight German monarchs. Alternatively, after breakfast, you may choose to disembark for a full day tour of Heidelberg, the home of Germany's oldest university, founded in 1386. Visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle and admire the Neckar River Valley. Continue with a walking tour through Old Town to Heidelberg's renowned gates and after lunch, rejoin your ship in Rüdesheim. This evening, you can dine on board your ship or choose to experience one of our optional dinners on shore tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  5. Day 5
    Thu, Jul 22, 2021

    This morning, sail along the most scenic stretch of the Rhine, where turreted castles and fortresses overlook the river from their hilltop posts. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this part of the Middle Rhine Valley is so beautiful. Arrive in Koblenz this afternoon and disembark for a tour of 700-year-old Marksburg Castle. You may also join an optional excursion that offers a lively and informative tour of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; or, choose to journey into Moselle wine country on an optional excursion, stopping for a tour and tasting at a local winery. Return to your ship for lunch. Later, enjoy some time in this charming town at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  6. Day 6
    Fri, Jul 23, 2021

    Begin your day with a morning tour of Cologne, Germany's fourth largest city. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin's Church and see the Dom, Germany's largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your free time enjoying Cologne's atmospheric waterfront, or perhaps join an optional excursion on which you ascend to the Dom's roof for up-close views of the cathedral's architecture and bird's-eye vistas of Cologne. Afterward, return on board for dinner. Alternately, you may set off on an optional excursion to explore Cologne's spirited beer culture, sampling Kölsch, a light, crisp beer brewed only in Cologne, and enjoying a brauhaus dinner. After, return to your ship for a late-evening departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  7. Day 7
    Sat, Jul 24, 2021

    We sail along the Rhine during the morning hours. Admire scenic views and enjoy a morning of enjoyable Dutch diversions: sample Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. This afternoon, your ship arrives in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark for an afternoon tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Board your ship for departure and dinner. Arrive in Amsterdam around midnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  8. Day 8
    Sun, Jul 25, 2021

    After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Amsterdam; take time to explore the city's neighborhoods, museums and exciting nightlife. (Breakfast)

    * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

Countries Visited

France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

Rivers Visited


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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.

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Ratings based off 41 reviews - currently showing 8 reviews with comments only

Well organized-courteous & helpful staff-delicious meals with great choices-great tour guides-wonderful accomodations

River cruise was great, ship's staff focus on details and provide unexpected extras.

We have been on many cruises from the big cruise lines, to paddle boats, to (real) 5 masted clipper ships, this was our first river cruise and it was wonderful! The captain and crew all went above and beyond their duties. The food was wonderful and so was the entertainment. The cruise director was one of the best ones we have ever had; everyday there was something to laugh about, and she even got my husband up to do the chicken dance and I have the picture to prove it. I wish that we could have gone inside the Heidelberg castle and not just the grounds. Very nice having water bottles given to us on the way off the ship and especially the juice drink coming back on to the shop. Such a smooth cruise... just sitting on top deck watching all the castles going by. I will recommend a Viking river cruise to all my friends.

You cannot go wrong with a Viking River Cruise! From the moment we arrived at the ship, the staff could not do enough for us! Always smiling and having a great time. We enjoyed this trip very much! You can do as much as you like or as little, it was nice to take a day and just relax on the ship and do nothing but enjoy the passing scenery! I would highly recommend Viking!!

Enjoyed this cruise very much but preferred overall the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise

Flight schedule from Budapest to Tampa was too long for people in their 70's and resulted in trip time of 27 hours from leaving ship to arriving in Tampa. I should have suggested breaking the return in two sections with a layover of a least one night.

The trip was perfectly organized - the ground work was set by Affordable Tours and our Viking Cruise went exactly as planned and without a hitch. Our travel was comfortable and easy and the two days extra in Nuremberg went smoothly with taxi rides etc. very well organized. I would certainly recommend the trip to anyone and everyone, and I would recommend that they book it through Affordable Tours.

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