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Rhine Getaway - Amsterdam to Basel - 2023

From Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Fri, Mar 24, 2023
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Departure
Mar 24, 2023
Arrival
Mar 31, 2023

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Offer valid on bookings made from Dec 1 to Dec 31, 2022. Free international airfare valid on Mar-Aug 2023 departures of Rhine Getaway; Romantic Danube; Danube Waltz; Paris & the Heart of Normandy; Cities of Light; Paris to the Swiss Alps; Holland & Belgium; Passage to Eastern Europe; Mar-Jul 2023 departures of Elegant Elbe; 2023 departures of Grand European Tour; Capitals of Eastern Europe. $499 per person international airfare valid on Jun-Aug 2023 departures of Lyon & Provence. Air pricing varies per itinerary/departure. For additional itineraries, call for details. Prices are in US dollars and for US residents only. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise/tour offer. All fares reflect cruise taxes, port taxes and fees. Additional restrictions may apply. Airfares vary on other itineraries, gateways and departures. Air offers not valid on Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan and Mexico City; call for details. Book by Dec 31, 2022; pay in full by Jan 31, 2023. Offer expires Dec 31, 2022.

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Cruise fares listed are for cruise and cruisetour only in US dollars, per person and fares/discount offers are based on double occupancy and are valid for US residents only. Prices are based upon lowest price point and category at time of print and are subject to change without notice. If you are traveling within 21 days, echeck payments cannot be accepted and cannot be made by third parties (someone not traveling). Other restrictions may apply.


River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Amsterdam
    Fri, Mar 24, 2023

    Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to visit the Rijksmuseum, or the van Gogh Museum next door. (Dinner)

    * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.
  2. Day 2
    Kinderdijk
    Sat, Mar 25, 2023

    This morning we sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a 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. Return on board for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. We cruise through the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  3. Day 3
    Cologne
    Sun, Mar 26, 2023

    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)

  4. Day 4
    Koblenz
    Mon, Mar 27, 2023

    Proceed along the Rhine, disembarking for a walking tour of Koblenz. Alternately, choose an optional excursion to tour the 700-year old Marksburg Castle, or enjoy a lively and informative tour of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. After lunch on board, sail the scenic Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where turreted castles and fortresses overlook the river from their hilltop posts. Arrive in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. Spend free time in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars. Dine on board your ship, or in town if you prefer. You may also choose to experience one of our optional dinners on shore tonight. We depart after midnight. (B, L, D)

  5. Day 5
    Speyer
    Tue, Mar 28, 2023

    Cruise into midmorning as you enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, enjoy an included tour to visit 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. After lunch, visit the historic town of Speyer on your way back to your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  6. Day 6
    Strasbourg
    Wed, Mar 29, 2023

    We dock this morning in Kehl and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city's famed cathedral. The afternoon is free 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. On board this evening, enjoy a Taste of Germany dinner event. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  7. Day 7
    Breisach
    Thu, Mar 30, 2023

    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)

  8. Day 8
    Basel
    Fri, Mar 31, 2023

    After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 nights in Lucerne or Basel, or 3 nights in Lake Como. (Breakfast)

    * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

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

Health and Safety Protocols for Viking

Pre-Departure Test
To ensure your journey is smooth and that you are able to fully enjoy your voyage as planned, we highly recommend that all guests take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, no more than three days prior to beginning your journey.

Purified Air
Enjoy fresh air in your stateroom, knowing that all staterooms on Viking river ships feature independent air handling units that do not share air with other areas of the ship. Take comfort in knowing that the air in the public areas of your ship has also been purified with new short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) lights and high-density filters, which kill 99.99% of all airborne viruses and bacteria.

Medical Services
While every precaution can reduce the risk of illness, we are also prepared for that outcome. Each of our vessels has always had a state-of-the-art Medical Center; those facilities have now been upgraded with more specialized equipment. We have also launched a new 24/7 hotline staffed by doctors, specifically for our river cruises.

Sanitization
Rest assured that the surfaces on your ship will be cleaned and sanitized continuously with daily scheduled deep cleanings. You will notice more hand sanitization stations throughout your ship. And on our ocean and expedition ships, we are using new sanitization robots that utilize UV-C light to treat surfaces in guest and crew public areas—an industry first.

Dining & Entertainment
On your ship, you can expect spacious, airy public areas and abundant options for al fresco dining. Also, on our ocean voyages, as always, you can enjoy complimentary 24-hour room service. Now, more options for spaced seating in all dining venues will allow for physical distancing; there will be additional table service at all bars and lounges; and new capabilities will allow you to watch more live events and enriching content through your in-room entertainment system.

Physical Distancing & Face Masks
Public health experts agree that proper physical distancing and the use of face masks are effective in helping slow the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Face masks are optional while moving about the ship. Please note: Viking’s Medical Team continually monitors conditions and may deem face masks to be necessary while moving about the ship, based on conditions at the time of travel. While ashore, guests will need to comply with any local guidelines for face masks and physical distancing. Face masks continue to be required for all crew.

Local Partner Training
As part of the Viking Health & Safety Program, we will regularly train every local partner, including motor coach drivers and tour guides. While ashore, Viking’s measures will meet or exceed local guidelines for social distancing and other precautions.

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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
4.5
Accommodations
4.6
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.4
Value for Money
4.2

Ratings based off 40 reviews - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

Viking was outstanding in terms of customer service, quality of the food, the excursions that were included as well as the optional excursions. The ship is laid out well, our room was amazing and it was very relaxing. Viking was extremely organized and communicated the events of the day and next day. We had a great time and would sail with them again.

Pricy with limited entertainment but food and excursions were outstanding.

Our experience with affordable tours and with Viking itself was a very pleasurable experience. Everything we were promised was delivered, the cruise was exceptional and the Viking crew and staff took care of our every need. I would not hesitate to take another cruise with them and use Affordable Tours as our agent, in fact we are looking at other cruise destinations that we are interested in booking. The entire experience was exceptional.

We've been on two Viking river cruises so far. Stayed in an Explorer Suite both times. Viking has figured out how to pack maximum enjoyment considering customer preferences for how much guided tour time and on your own time you desire at each stop. They are highly organized and highly trained. Their staff are very friendly and it rubs off on their customers. And the food is excellent. We'll book again.

Although Viking provided high quality experience in every way, having to do part of our journey by bus rather than boat was disappointing. Having to pack and unpack in order to change boats was a bit frustrating. I realize that Viking cannot control the water depth of the rivers, but because of this experience I am not anxious to make another river cruise. I may be more inclined to choose an ocean cruise where water depth is most likely not a problem.

Viking is wonderful. We had to have a boat change at the beginning because of water level issues, but the cruise was seamless. Viking is a class operation in every sense.

This was our first Viking cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to future cruises with Viking.

Our Viking Rhine River cruise was wonderful. This is our second Viking river cruise and it was everything we hoped for and exceeded our expectations. The new longships are beautiful, our French balcony cabin was great, the food on the ship was delicious, and our included tours were educational and informative. I would highly recommend Viking cruises.

Longship EIR is a quality vessel with quality appointments. cabins provided more storage and bathroom space than we would have expected.

We loved our trip! Everything was more than expected! The entire trip was flawless!

The Viking Rhine river cruise was far above my expectations. Viking Eir staff was professional, friendly, fun and accommodating. The meals were fabulous. The shore excursions were great. The weather was awesome. A river cruise should be a must on anyone's bucket list, and definitely book Viking. Saw several river cruise lines, but the ships didn't match up to Viking. Viking has their own buses for the first four stops. This company is certainly very professional. The nightly activities in the lounge after dinner were great.

Great cruise with Viking! All went smoothly.

Loved the long boat, but not enough time on land for site seeing or shopping. Time on the boat was great. Loved the crew! They were so friendly, helpful and respectful. So much food! Everything on the boat was more than I expected.

We had a wonderful trip. I had nothing but positive experiences and would recommend it to anyone.

Everything was as you told me it would be! Very unusual in this day and time, we were so surprised and pleased! We have already recommended this event to several of our friends! Please keep up the good work.

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