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Cruising the Romantic Rhine

9 Days from £1,899

​Admire beautiful scenery as you cruise the River Rhine from the Netherlands to Switzerland, calling at a host of historic cities and charming towns, including Cologne and Basel, along the way.

Departure from: Apr 2019 - Jul 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • 8 nights all inclusive on board 4-star premium MS Douce France II
  • 23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners and all drinks (excluding Champagne and selected wines) 
  • All excursions included
    PLUS...
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation 
  • Porterage 
  • Captain's welcome cocktail reception 
  • Onboard evening entertainment 
  • Farewell gala dinner
ALL EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
ALL BREAKFASTS
CRUISE

Included holiday highlights

​Explore the Dutch capital of Amsterdam (Alternatively, explore as the locals do, by bicycle)

Visit Haarlem to admire its Gothic architecture (On our April 6 departure you will visit the Keukenhof Gardens instead) (Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike ride to Haarlem's sand dunes following the Flower Route)

Visit the Netherlands' Open-air Museum from Emmerich-am-Rhein

Explore Cologne, with its impressive architecture 

Admire beautiful scenery as you sail to charming Koblenz 

Explore Mainz and visit the Gutenberg Museum  (Alternatively tour the Rhinelands vineyards)

Discover Strasbourg, home to the European Parliament (Alternatively take in views of the city from the iconic catherdral)

Tour of Colmar and the Unterlinden Museum (Alternatively, cycle the Kaiserstuhl, a range of hills perfect for amateur cyclists)

Tour of Basel's highlights

Admire the spectacular Rhine Falls (Alternatively, enjoy a hike around the falls including a mini cruise)

 


 Make your own way

If you prefer the flexibility of booking your own flights and transfers and meeting us overseas, then you can! A price reduction of £225 applies. To book this tour without flights and transfers, please call our Holiday Advisors on 01858 898138. See terms & conditions.

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/Amsterdam

​Today you'll fly to Amsterdam, where you'll board your ship. After you've settled into your cabin, you're invited to a welcome cocktail reception with your fellow passengers and the captain and crew. Enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on board​.

DAY 2 Amsterdam

​Why not join our guided morning tour of Amsterdam, which is criss-crossed by a picturesque network of canals. It is also home to a host of world-renowned museums, including Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum, and the Diamond District. Alternatively you can explore like a local, by bicycle!
This afternoon we include a trip to Haarlem. Known as the 'City of Flowers', the Netherlands' famous tulips have been grown here and exported for centuries. If you prefer you can cycle to the city's sand dunes and beaches, following the Flower Route.
Passengers travelling on our April 6 departure will visit the Keukenhof Gardens instead.
Your cruise begins this evening as we sail overnight to Wesel.​

DAY 3 Wesel & Düsseldorf

Our ship will arrive at the town of Emmerich-am-Rhein today, from where you can visit the Netherlands Open-air Museum near Arnhem. On a guided tour you'll see ancient houses, farms, mills and factories, which give you a fascinating glimpse of everyday life in the Netherlands throughout history.
You'll rejoin the ship later in Wesel and spend the afternoon cruising to Dusseldorf.

DAY 4 Cologne & Koblenz

​Your ship arrives in Cologne today, so let's head ashore for a walking tour. Founded by the Romans, this is one of Germany's oldest cities, and its historic centre is easily explored on foot. A must-see is its Gothic cathedral, which is UNESCO-listed. Work started on this architectural masterpiece in 1248 and wasn't completed until 1880.
Back on board, your cruise then continues along the River Rhine to Koblenz, where the ship docks overnight. Why not head into town after dinner to see the Deutsches Eck, a headland where the Moselle and Rhine Rivers join.​

DAY 5 Mainz

​Enjoy the facilities on board your ship as you cruise to Mainz today. The sun deck might be the best place to be as the ship passes by wonderful scenery of castles and vineyards, as well as the legendary Lorelei rock.
The ancient city of Mainz boasts many highlights, including the 10th century St Martin's Cathedral and Gutenberg Museum. This is named after Johanns Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, and we will step inside to explore. If you choose our alternative excursion package, you can take a tour of the Rhineland vineyards instead.

DAY 6 Strasbourg & Breisach

​On arrival in Strasbourg this afternoon, step ashore for a guided tour which will introduce you to the German and European quarters of this medieval city. The capital of the Alsace region, the city is also widely known as the host of a number of important European institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. Its Old Town was the first city centre to be classified entirely as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the beautiful Cathedral de Notre-Dame is a must-see. 
Our alternative excursion takes you to the top of the cathedral for exceptional views of the city.  
Back on board, enjoy the passing scenery as the ship sails through picturesque wine-producing regions en route to Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest. On arrival here, you can explore at your own pace. Its cobbled streets are lined with pastel-shaded houses, and an impressive cathedral looms over the Rhine Valley and the town's centre.
Back on board the ship you are invited to a gala dinner this evening.

DAY 7 Breisach

​The morning is free, so after breakfast you might choose to head back into Breisach to explore further.
This afternoon, we include a guided tour of Colmar, a charming town of canals and half-timbered houses, including a visit to the  Unterlinden Museum. Housed in a 13th century Dominican monastery, it is renowned for its outstanding collection of paintings and sculptures dating from the 15th century, including works by Monet and Picasso.
For something a little different, you could join a bicycle tour of the Kaiserstuhl. This range of hills is perfect for amateur cyclists and takes you on a journey along the Rhine through a lovely landscape dotted with medieval villages.
After returning to the ship, we'll set sail for Basel.

DAY 8 Basel

You'll wake up in Switzerland this morning, where you can step ashore in medieval Basel to discover its highlights. The city boasts the highest concentration of museums in the country as well as a well-preserved Old Town and an impressive cathedral.
This afternoon join an excursion to the Rhine Falls, a natural spectacle which can be seen up close from viewing platforms that jut out into the river. For an even better view, our alternative excursion includes a hike around the falls and a mini cruise close to the cascading waters.
Enjoy a relaxed evening back on board the ship.

DAY 9 Basel/UK

​After breakfast you'll disembark the ship and we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.​


Accommodation

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Dates and Prices

 
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SAT 06 APR 19

Norwich (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£2,098

£1,998

Available

Outbound
KLM

Saturday 06 April 2019

Departs

09:15 Norwich (Intl)

Arrives

11:10 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
KLM - KL

Sunday 14 April 2019

Departs

10:15 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

11:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

KLM - KL

Sunday 14 April 2019

Departs

13:50 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Arrives

13:45 Norwich (Intl)

Operated by

KLM

SAT 06 APR 19

Birmingham (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£2,098

£1,998

Available

Outbound
KLM

Saturday 06 April 2019

Departs

09:15 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

11:30 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
KLM - KL

Sunday 14 April 2019

Departs

10:15 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

11:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

KLM - KL

Sunday 14 April 2019

Departs

12:15 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Arrives

12:30 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

KLM

SAT 06 APR 19

London (Luton)

GUARANTEED

£1,999

£1,899

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Saturday 06 April 2019

Departs

09:25 London (Luton)

Arrives

11:40 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Sunday 14 April 2019

Departs

13:50 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

14:30 London (Luton)

Operated by

Easyjet

SAT 06 APR 19

Newcastle

GUARANTEED

£2,098

£1,998

Available

Outbound
KLM

Saturday 06 April 2019

Departs

09:30 Newcastle

Arrives

11:50 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
KLM - KL

Sunday 14 April 2019

Departs

10:15 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

11:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

KLM - KL

Sunday 14 April 2019

Departs

13:00 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Arrives

13:15 Newcastle

Operated by

KLM

SAT 06 APR 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,999

£1,899

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 06 April 2019

Departs

11:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:25 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Sunday 14 April 2019

Departs

17:25 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

18:00 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet

SAT 06 APR 19

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£2,098

£1,998

Available

Outbound
KLM

Saturday 06 April 2019

Departs

11:10 Manchester

Arrives

13:30 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Sunday 14 April 2019

Departs

16:45 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

17:35 Manchester

Operated by

Easyjet

SAT 06 APR 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,999

£1,899

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 06 April 2019

Departs

11:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:05 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Sunday 14 April 2019

Departs

11:50 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

12:35 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

WED 22 MAY 19

Bristol

GUARANTEED

£2,398

£2,298

Available

Outbound
KLM

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Departs

09:10 Bristol

Arrives

11:25 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
KLM - KL

Thursday 30 May 2019

Departs

10:15 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

11:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

KLM - KL

Thursday 30 May 2019

Departs

13:00 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Arrives

13:15 Bristol

Operated by

KLM

WED 22 MAY 19

Birmingham (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£2,398

£2,298

Available

Outbound
KLM

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Departs

09:15 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

11:30 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
KLM - KL

Thursday 30 May 2019

Departs

10:15 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

11:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

KLM - KL

Thursday 30 May 2019

Departs

12:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Arrives

13:00 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

KLM

WED 22 MAY 19

Norwich (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£2,398

£2,298

Available

Outbound
KLM

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Departs

09:15 Norwich (Intl)

Arrives

11:10 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
KLM - KL

Thursday 30 May 2019

Departs

10:15 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

11:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

KLM - KL

Thursday 30 May 2019

Departs

13:50 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Arrives

13:45 Norwich (Intl)

Operated by

KLM

WED 22 MAY 19

London (Luton)

GUARANTEED

£2,299

£2,199

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Departs

09:25 London (Luton)

Arrives

11:40 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 30 May 2019

Departs

13:50 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

14:30 London (Luton)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

WED 22 MAY 19

Newcastle

GUARANTEED

£2,398

£2,298

Available

Outbound
KLM

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Departs

09:30 Newcastle

Arrives

11:50 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
KLM - KL

Thursday 30 May 2019

Departs

10:15 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

11:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

KLM - KL

Thursday 30 May 2019

Departs

13:00 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Arrives

13:15 Newcastle

Operated by

KLM

WED 22 MAY 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£2,299

£2,199

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Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Departs

11:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:25 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 30 May 2019

Departs

17:25 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

18:00 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

WED 22 MAY 19

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£2,398

£2,298

Available

Outbound
KLM

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Departs

11:10 Manchester

Arrives

13:30 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Thursday 30 May 2019

Departs

15:15 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

16:05 Manchester

Operated by

Easyjet

WED 22 MAY 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£2,299

£2,199

Available

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British Airways

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Departs

11:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:05 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 30 May 2019

Departs

11:50 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

12:35 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

SUN 07 JUL 19

Edinburgh

GUARANTEED

£2,348

£2,248

Available

Outbound
KLM

Sunday 07 July 2019

Departs

09:10 Edinburgh

Arrives

11:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

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KLM

Inbound
KLM - KL

Monday 15 July 2019

Departs

10:15 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

11:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

KLM - KL

Monday 15 July 2019

Departs

14:20 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Arrives

14:55 Edinburgh

Operated by

KLM

SUN 07 JUL 19

Birmingham (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£2,348

£2,248

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Outbound
KLM

Sunday 07 July 2019

Departs

09:15 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

11:30 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
KLM - KL

Monday 15 July 2019

Departs

10:15 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

11:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

KLM - KL

Monday 15 July 2019

Departs

12:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Arrives

13:00 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

KLM

SUN 07 JUL 19

Norwich (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£2,348

£2,248

Available

Outbound
KLM

Sunday 07 July 2019

Departs

09:15 Norwich (Intl)

Arrives

11:10 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
KLM - KL

Monday 15 July 2019

Departs

10:15 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

11:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

KLM - KL

Monday 15 July 2019

Departs

13:50 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Arrives

13:45 Norwich (Intl)

Operated by

KLM

SUN 07 JUL 19

Newcastle

GUARANTEED

£2,348

£2,248

Available

Outbound
KLM

Sunday 07 July 2019

Departs

09:30 Newcastle

Arrives

11:50 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
KLM - KL

Monday 15 July 2019

Departs

10:15 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

11:45 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

KLM - KL

Monday 15 July 2019

Departs

13:00 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Arrives

13:15 Newcastle

Operated by

KLM

SUN 07 JUL 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£2,249

£2,149

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Sunday 07 July 2019

Departs

11:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:25 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Monday 15 July 2019

Departs

17:25 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

18:00 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

SUN 07 JUL 19

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£2,348

£2,248

Available

Outbound
KLM

Sunday 07 July 2019

Departs

11:10 Manchester

Arrives

13:30 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

KLM

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Monday 15 July 2019

Departs

18:05 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

18:55 Manchester

Operated by

Easyjet

SUN 07 JUL 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£2,249

£2,149

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Sunday 07 July 2019

Departs

11:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:05 Amsterdam (Schiphol)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Monday 15 July 2019

Departs

11:50 Basel (Euroairport)

Arrives

12:35 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

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