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Rhine Getaway - Amsterdam to Basel - 2024

From Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Fri, Nov 08, 2024
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Departure
Nov 08, 2024
Arrival
Nov 15, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Amsterdam
    Fri, Nov 08, 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.

  2. Day 2
    Kinderdijk
    Sat, Nov 09, 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.

  3. Day 3
    Cologne
    Sun, Nov 10, 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.

  4. Day 5
    Speyer
    Tue, Nov 12, 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 6
    Strasbourg
    Wed, Nov 13, 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.

  6. Day 7
    Breisach
    Thu, Nov 14, 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.

  7. Day 8
    Basel
    Fri, Nov 15, 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.

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
4.5
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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