Rhine & Moselle Cruise: Amsterdam to Basel by Air

  • 11 Day Tour
  • 3 to 5 Star Rating

Please note for navigational and passenger safety, the cruise company and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary if necessary. Sailing times are dependant on how busy the numerous locks are. At some ports of call, a degree of walking will be involved to join our coach. Due to limited docking facilities, it may be necessary to dock alongside another ship to access the shore.

Day 1 - Amsterdam

We fly to Amsterdam where we are met and transferred to join our cruise ship, the MS Select Bellejour. The ship is moored in Amsterdam tonight, allowing you the chance to explore the city at night. The unique mix of historic sites, cultural diversity and tradition, has helped to create one of Europe’s true jewels.

  • Included meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Zaanse Schans

Explore more of the city, perhaps with a visit to one of the many museums. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Zaanse Schans with its typical old Dutch town and windmills. We depart this afternoon and begin our cruise along the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, passing Utrecht. We cruise upstream and into Germany, along the mighty Rhine.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Cologne

We cruise into Cologne around lunchtime. Capital of the Rhineland and dominated by the Dom – the magnificent cathedral, Cologne is a joy to explore. Watch the world go by from one of the open terraces and bars along the river. Alternatively, spend time shopping in the old centre. We leave Cologne this evening and cruise through the night.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Cochem

At Koblenz we join the Moselle and cruise to Cochem, passing pretty wine villages that dot the riverbank. We arrive in Cochem, where you will have free time to explore the pretty streets lined with welcoming bars and half-timbered buildings. The stunning Reichsburg Castle towers above the town and is well worth a visit.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Rüdesheim

This morning we rejoin the Rhine, as we cruise the most impressive section of the river, known as the Rhine Gorge. Castles appear at every turn of the river and we pass the famous Loreley Rock, steeped in myth and legend, soaring some 120 metres above the river. After lunch, we berth in Rüdesheim, a bustling wine town, famed for the Drosselgasse, a narrow street lined on both side with wine taverns and quaint half-timbered cottages. During the day we offer an optional Rüdesheim tour and winetasting.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Mannheim/Heidelberg

A gentle overnight cruise upstream brings us early morning into Mannheim. Join our included excursion by coach to Heidelberg. Picturesquely situated on the banks of the River Neckar, Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university town and boasts an historical town centre and beautiful castle. Enjoy a stroll around the old town and across the Alte Brucke, an ancient bridge which spans the Neckar. We meet our ship back in Speyer, with its impressive cathedral and churches, where we offer an optional city tour.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Strasbourg

This morning we cruise into Kehl. Join our included excursion by coach to Strasbourg, the capital of the French-Alsace region. The city is renowned for its enchanting medieval quarter with many quaint buildings, an impressive Gothic cathedral and the Baroque palace at its heart. Make the most of your time here on our optional city tour taking in the highlights, including a visit to Petit France. We moor overnight in Kehl.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Basel

We arrive this morning in Switzerland and the city of Basel, where sadly it is time to bid farewell to our cruise ship and crew. We disembark and head by coach to Seelisberg where we stay for three-nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Free Time in Seelisberg

Spend a leisurely day in our lakeside resort.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Interlaken & Brienz

Included full-day excursion to Lake Brienz, with its crystal clear green-blue waters. We spend time in the famous holiday resort of Interlaken. Situated between the lakes of Thun and Breinz and at the foot of the famous trio of peaks, the Eiger, Monch and the Jungfrau, the resort is rich in tradition.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

Transfer to Zurich for our return flight to the U.K.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two sharing a twin lower deck cabin.

Extras: optional excursions; travel insurance from £47.95; flight supplements may apply.

Cabin Upgrades (per person)TwinSingle
Lower Deck CabinIncluded£400 
Middle Deck Cabin £200£500
Upper Deck Cabin£400N/A


FAQ's about our tours

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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We do have holidays that are suitable for wheelchair users, however the person using the wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the coach if a coach tour is booked. Our coaches are not suitable for someone who is wheelchair reliant as we can only take folding wheelchairs that are stored in the luggage compartment.

We cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the disabled person / wheelchair user and such bookings will only be accepted if that person is travelling with an able-bodied person who is fully able to attend to the needs of his/her co-traveller.

Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.

It is very important that checks are made with regard to the suitability of a tour for you prior to you make any booking with us.