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Rhine Getaway

Enjoy this 7-night cruise along the legendary River Rhine visiting the windmills of Kinderdijk, historic Cologne and the wine towns of Koblenz and Rudesheim. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1195pp

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

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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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Amsterdam to Basel 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. 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 which includes a visit to Cologne’s Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral. Please note: A guided visit inside may not always be possible but you may tour on your own. Later, spend time at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Koblenz - Rudesheim

Continue along the Rhine, disembarking to tour 700-year-old Marksburg Castle. 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, visit the historic town of Speyer with its UNESCO-listed cathedral. (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. 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.

Basel to Amsterdam Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Basel (Switzerland)

Fly from the UK to Switzerland and embark your ship. After boarding, enjoy free time and get acquainted with the city. Remain moored overnight. (D)

Day 2 - Breisach (Germany)

Arrive in Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest. Travel through stunning mountain scenery and rolling meadows to a local workshop for a cuckoo clock-making demonstration and learn how Black Forest Cake is made. Return to the ship for lunch. Dine on board this evening and cruise through the night. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Strasbourg (France)

Enjoy a guided tour of Strasbourg this morning taking in the European Parliament and the famed cathedral. Afterwards, spend time at leisure exploring the city which has a fascinating blend of French and German cultures. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Heidelberg (Germany) - Rudesheim

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Heidelberg, home to Germany's oldest university. Visit the impressive ruins of Heidelberg Castle and take in the views of the Neckar River Valley. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour through the Old Town to the renowned gates. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise to Rudesheim, arriving early evening. Spend time in the Drosselgasse with its many restaurants. Moor overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Koblenz

Cruise along a scenic stretch of the Rhine which is UNESCO-listed. Arrive in Koblenz this afternoon and enjoy a tour of the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle which towers over the town. It was built with strong fortifications so was never besieged by enemies. Take in the spectacular views of Braubach, the Rhine and surrounding countryside. Later, return to the ship for lunch and spend time at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Cologne

This morning there is a tour of Cologne which includes a visit to the Dom, the UNESCO-listed cathedral. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure exploring this fascinating city. Lunch and dinner are served on board the ship and we depart at midnight. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Kinderdijk (Netherlands)

Enjoy the stunning scenery and enjoy a morning of Dutch diversions, including sampling Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and listening to a presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. This afternoon, arrive in UNESCO-listed Kinderdijk. Enjoy a tour of the network of windmills and other flood management devices plus enter a working windmill to see the mechanisms and living quarters. Cruise to Amsterdam, arriving around midnight. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Amsterdam - UK

Disembark in Amsterdam and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Itinerary is subject to change.

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 £429pp
  • 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
  • Basel Extension (selected 2019 dates only) Enjoy a 2-night stay at the Swissotel Le Plaza or similar. Please contact us for pricing

Special Features

  • No regional flight supplements from selected airports
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2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Amsterdam to Basel

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

Basel to Amsterdam

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

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Amsterdam to Basel

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Mar 22, 29, 30; Apr 05, 06, 12, 13£2645£1645
Apr 19, 20, 26, 27£2845£1845
May 03, 04, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31; Jun 01, 07, 08, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29£3195£2195
Jul 05, 06, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; Aug 02, 03, 09, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31£2945£1945
Sep 06, 07, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; Oct 04, 05, 11, 12£3195£2195
Oct 18, 19, 25, 26; Nov 01, 02, 08, 09£2845£1845
Nov 15, 16, 22, 23£2645£1645
Nov 29, 30; Dec 06, 07£2395£1395
Dec 13, 14£2195£1195
Dec 20£2645£1645

Basel to Amsterdam

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Mar 29, 30; Apr 05, 06, 12, 13£2645£1645
Apr 19, 20, 26, 27£2845£1845
May 03, 04, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31; Jun 01, 07, 08, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29£3195£2195
Jul 05, 06, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; Aug 02, 03, 09, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31£2945£1945
Sep 06, 07, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; Oct 04, 05, 11, 12£3195£2195
Oct 18, 19, 25, 26; Nov 01, 02, 08, 09£2845£1845
Nov 15, 16, 22, 23£2645£1645
Nov 29, 30; Dec 06, 07£2395£1395
Dec 13, 14£2195£1195
Dec 20£2645£1645

Price Information

  • All prices shown above are per person based on double occupancy in a Cat F cabin. Single supplements are available on request
  • 2018 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
  • 2019 Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat E - £150pp
  • Cat D - £500pp
  • Cat C - £750pp
  • Cat B - from £800pp to £900pp
  • Cat A - from £950pp to £1100pp
  • Cat AA - from £1400pp to £2350pp
  • Cat ES - from £1900pp to £4350pp
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