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Christmas on the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel - 2024

From Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Sun, Dec 15, 2024
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Departure
Dec 15, 2024
Arrival
Dec 22, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Amsterdam
    Sun, Dec 15, 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 3
    Cologne
    Tue, Dec 17, 2024

    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
    Fri, Dec 20, 2024

    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
    Sat, Dec 21, 2024

    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
    Sun, Dec 22, 2024

    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

France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Rhine

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Inclusions

8 Days 8 Guided Tours / 4 Countries

Daily Shore Excursions: 8 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
4.4
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 46 reviews - currently showing 11 reviews with comments only

The Viking travel experience was truly first class in the boat, the stateroom, the service and the people. They were excellent in every aspect of making the vacation comfortable.

The Viking River Cruise met all expectations. The trip was enjoyable and the Viking staff was tremendous

Vince was very responsive to my numerous questions and helped us get free air and room upgrade plus ship credit and use existing credit. I did have to call the day before departure and another agent sent me the correct link to get my travel insurance policy cards etc

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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