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Rhine Getaway

Journey from Amsterdam to Basel in Switzerland in style discovering the impressive history, cultures and traditions. Includes travel package from the UK

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £995pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Castle on the Rhine
  • Amsterdam
  • Cologne
  • Rudesheim
  • Strasbourg
  • Breisach

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Viking River Cruises

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Your adventure begins in the Netherlands, where you'll explore the many canals of historic Amsterdam.

Highlights include a tour of a Kinderdijk windmill and flood management systems, as well as a walking tour of Cologne and visit to its grand Gothic cathedral. Step back in time as you stroll the cobbled streets of charming towns and see traditional half-timbered houses. Explore the local culture as you tour the wine village of Rüdesheim.

In addition to admiring the charming castles along the hillsides, you’ll tour Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Continue to France, where Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace, welcomes you. Experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest before arriving in Basel, Switzerland.

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Rhine Getaway Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Travel from London to Amsterdam by air and then transfer to your ship. After boarding, enjoy free time and get acquainted with the city. Remain moored overnight. (D)

Day 2 - Kinderdijk

Sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy a tour of this fascinating network of windmills and other flood management devices. Learn why the windmills were built and see how they work. There is also the opportunity to enter an actual working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Return aboard for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions. Try some of the many handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor or perhaps play sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). Cruise through the night. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Cologne (Germany)

Cruise along the Rhine this morning to Cologne. Disembark for your walking tour of this gem of the Rhine. Stroll through Old Town and pass St. Martin’s Church. Then, visit inside Cologne’s Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral before spending time at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Koblenz - Rudesheim

Continue along the Rhine, disembarking to tour 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and its museum. Enjoy lunch onboard as you admire this scenic stretch, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where castles overlook the river. Arrive in Rüdesheim late afternoon. Spend time at leisure in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars. Dine on board or perhaps stay in town. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Heidelberg - Speyer

Heidelberg is home to Germany's oldest university, founded in 1386. Visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle where you can enjoy the stunning scenery of the Neckar River Valley. Continue with a walking tour through the Old Town to Heidelberg's renowned gates. This afternoon, rejoin your ship in Speyer. You dock in full view of the imposing Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Strasbourg (France)

Dock in Kehl this morning and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and enjoy a tour of the city's famed cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore the city's blend of cultures, magnificent churches and impressive architecture. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Breisach (Germany)

This morning, arrive in Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest. Head through the area’s stunning mountain landscape, rolling meadows and dense forests. Enjoy a visit to a local workshop and see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration, before returning to Breisach where you have time at leisure. Perhaps take our optional excursion to Colmar, a quaint Alsatian town. Dine aboard while you cruise on to Basel. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Basel (Switzerland) - UK

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Basel Airport for the return journey to London. (B)

This itinerary is also available in the reverse direction from Basel to Amsterdam. Visit sequence, tours and times may vary.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights full board cruise on board a Viking Longship
  • Return economy class flights from London or selected regional airports
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Guided excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • All port and airport taxes
  • Transfers as stated

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

Cruise Extensions

  • Amsterdam Extension Enjoy a 2-night stay at the Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam or similar - from £329pp
  • Lucerne Extension Enjoy a 2-night stay at the Radisson Blu or similar - from £399pp
  • Edinburgh Extension (2018 only) Enjoy a 3-night stay at the Waldorf-Astoria Edinburgh or similar
  • Lake Como Extension (select sailings only) Enjoy a 3-night stay at the Sheraton Hotel Lake Como or similar - from £579pp

Special Features

  • No regional flight supplements from selected airports
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2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Amsterdam to Basel

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Jul 26, 28, 29; Aug 04, 09, 11, 12, 18, 23, 25, 26£2695£2695
Sep 01, 06, 08, 09, 15, 20, 22, 23, 29; Oct 06, 13£2895£2895
Oct 18, 20, 21, 27; Nov 03, 10£2595£2595
Nov 17, 18, 24£2395£2395
Dec 01, 08£2195£2195
Dec 15, 16£1995£1995
Dec 22£2395£2395

Basel to Amsterdam

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Jul 28; Aug 02, 04, 05, 11, 16, 18, 19, 25, 30£2695£2695
Sep 01, 02, 08, 13, 15, 16, 22, 27, 29, 30; Oct 06, 11, 13, 14£2895£2895
Oct 20, 25, 27, 28; Nov 03, 10, 11£2595£2595
Nov 17, 24, 25£2395£2395
Dec 01, 08, 09£2195£2195
Dec 15£1995£1995
Dec 22£2395£2395

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Amsterdam to Basel

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Mar 23, 30, 31£2395£1895
Apr 06, 07, 13, 14£2395£1395
Apr 20, 21, 27, 28£2595£1595
May 04, 05, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26; Jun 01, 02, 08, 09, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30£2895£1895
Jul 06, 07, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; Aug 03, 04, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31£2695£1695
Sep 01, 07, 08, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; Oct 05, 06, 12, 13£2895£1895
Oct 19, 20, 26, 27; Nov 02, 03, 09, 10£2595£1595
Nov 16, 17, 23, 24£2395£1395
Nov 30; Dec 01, 07, 08£2195£1195
Dec 14, 15£1995£995
Dec 21, 28£2395£1395

Basel to Amsterdam

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Mar 30, 31£2395£1895
Apr 06, 07, 13, 14£2395£1395
Apr 20, 21, 27, 28£2595£1595
May 04, 05, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26; Jun 01, 02, 08, 09, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30£2895£1895
Jul 06, 07, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; Aug 03, 04, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31£2695£1695
Oct 05, 06, 12, 13£2895£1895
Oct 19, 20, 26, 27; Nov 02, 03, 09, 10£2595£1595
Nov 16, 17, 23, 24£2395£1395
Nov 30; Dec 01, 07, 08£2195£1195
Dec 14, 15£1995£995
Dec 21, 28£2395£1395

Price Information

  • All prices shown above are per person based on double occupancy in a Cat F cabin. Single supplements are available on request
  • Viking Longships Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat E - £150pp
  • Cat D - £600pp
  • Cat C - £800pp
  • Cat B - from £850 to £950pp
  • Cat A - from £1000 to £1150pp
  • Cat AA - from £1450 to £2350pp
  • Cat ES - from £1700 to £4250pp
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