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Christmas on the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel - 2025

From Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland
Length: 12 Days - Departs: Tue, Dec 09, 2025
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Departure
Dec 09, 2025
Arrival
Dec 16, 2025

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Amsterdam
    Tue, Dec 09, 2025

    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.

  2. Day 3
    Cologne
    Thu, Dec 11, 2025

    Themed winter markets feature across Cologne during the holiday season, inviting visitors to browse colorful market stalls for handmade gifts, beautiful artwork and colorful crafts. The towering Gothic Cologne Cathedral provides a stunning backdrop to the city’s festivities and array of offerings from its red wooden stalls. Beneath the pointed roofs of Cologne harbor’s tented market, unique crafted goods are displayed amid the twinkling lights of boats bobbing in the marina.

  3. Day 6
    Strasbourg
    Sun, Dec 14, 2025

    Strasbourg is said to be the capital of Christmas in France, with the city’s cathedral square taking center stage as it is transformed into a winter wonderland. The city’s Christkindelsmärik is the oldest in France, dating back to 1570. Hundreds of stalls are brimming with colorful wares, fine food and mulled wine, bringing festive cheer in abundance. Alsatian specialties feature an array of hearty classics, from bretzels (soft, bread-like pretzels) to bredele (star-shaped spiced cookies), and knacks (sausages) to pain d’epices (gingerbread).

  4. Day 7
    Breisach
    Mon, Dec 15, 2025

    In the heart of Breisach's old town with a backdrop of the Romanesque-Gothic St. Stephen's cathedral, the Weinachtsmarkt is a highlight of the season. Steaming aromatic glühwein served in decorated mugs, alongside tasty yuletide treats, is sold from festive wooden huts and taverns, keeping visitors warm as they browse market stalls for gifts and handicrafts. The nearby Black Forest provides a fairy-tale atmosphere; its towering, snow-covered spruce trees resemble a winter wonderland.

  5. Day 8
    Basel
    Tue, Dec 16, 2025

    A delightful blend of old and new, Basel is Switzerland’s best-kept secret. During the holiday season, the medieval Old Town is transformed into a magical yuletide affair. Cobblestone streets are lined with wooden chalet-style huts selling all manner of festive treats and gifts. Visitors to the Christmas market can enjoy a warming cup of aromatic glühwein in a decorated boot-shaped mug. Hand-carved tree decorations, cheerfully painted ceramics and delicious food are sold from stalls throughout the city.

Countries Visited

Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Germany

Rivers Visited

Rhine

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Inclusions

12 Days 9 Guided Tours / 4 Countries

Daily Shore Excursions: 9 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
4.4
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.3

Ratings based off 34 reviews - currently showing 13 reviews with comments only

Very happy with services, itinerary and tours provided by Viking. Staff is friendly and aim to please.

The Viking employees were very helpful and professional.

Travel with Viking met and exceeded all of our travel expectations...including the transit plans, accommodations and the daily service. We will travel with Viking again...and Affordable Tours made it all happen efficiently.

Everything went exactly as planned. Thanks, Tahlon for your help!

Trip was well paced but active. The extension tour seemed expensive but was well worth the money. Due to fewer people, we were able to deviate from the planned tour for a better option recommended by our tour guide. Bought several gift certificates for future trips with Viking. highly recommend Viking!!!

Rick was easy to work with, he kept me informed and was able to upgrade my flight seats. Thank you.

Allyson was so helpful with the arrangements for this trip to France. All questions and requests were taken care of in a very timely manner, often within the same day, and never more than one or two days. The trip more than met our expectations. It is not often you get the chance to say that the experience far exceeded the expectations, given how affordable the cost. Thank you Allyson.

We did an extension at the end of the journey for the first time and it was exceptional. Way above our expectations.

Marianne is the best travel agent ever in our opinion. She made this trip, like our earlier trips, a wonderful experience. Everything turned out great. Thanks so much and we will talk to you in the future when we travel again.

We always enjoy working with Donna. She does an outstanding job for us. Viking is our favorite. We always receive a great trip itinerary. Thank you.

Love Shannon's helpfulness and expert knowledge when booking trips. This is my 4th trip with Affordable Tours and all 4 have exceeded my expections

Our second cruise with Viking, and again, it was a wonderful experience. Very, very friendly staff. They were always smiling and made us feel welcome. Great food. Great itinerary.

I was very pleased how our travel consultant handled the booking with Viking Riverboat cruises. She saved me a lot of money with the discounts she gave me. I have been telling everyone to book through Affordable Tours instead of direct! I will use her for future tours.

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