Rhine & Moselle Cruise: Amsterdam to Basel by Air

11 days from £1399pp.


Interlaken

Visit: Interlaken, Switzerland

Amsterdam

Visit: Amsterdam, Holland

Cochem

Visit: Cochem, Germany

Wind down the impressive Rhine and Moselle valleys on our exciting new River Cruise sailing from Amsterdam to Basel. Fly into the Dutch capital and join your ship, the 4-star Superior MS Select Bellejour, where we’ll embark on a voyage of discovery, docking in magnificent locations such as Cologne, Rüdesheim, and Strasbourg before ending your river tour in beautiful Basel. From there, you will disembark and bring your holiday to a spectacular close by spending three days enjoying the delights of Switzerland before flying home from Zurich. What better way to see more of three glorious countries in the heart of Europe?

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Spend a leisurely day in our lakeside resort.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    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

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 7 nights cruising with full board
    • 3 nights hotel accommodation with 3 evening meals
    • Flights to Amsterdam returning from Zurich
    • Airport transfers
    • Air-conditioned coach travel

    Included Excursions

    • Amsterdam
    • Cologne
    • Cochem
    • Rüdesheim
    • Heidelberg
    • Strasbourg
    • Lake Brienz & Interlaken

    Optional Excursions

    • Zaanse Schans
    • Highlights of Rüdesheim
    • Strasbourg Sightseeing Tour

    Notes

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

     

    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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    Accommodation

    You will stay for seven nights on the 4-star Superior MS Select Bellejour. Offering excellent facilities, designed for a relaxing cruise, the ship boasts a lounge and bar, restaurant and shop. Watch the passing scenery from the comfort of a lounger on the Sundeck or enjoy the ship's sauna and whirlpool. Cabins are divided across three decks and are the same in size of approximately 14.5m2. All cabins are very spacious and equipped with separable twin beds, satellite T.V., safety deposit box, phone, hairdryer and air-conditioning. Standard cabins on the lower deck are fitted with two fixed picture windows with superior cabins on the middle deck and deluxe cabins on the upper deck all enjoying opening French balconies.

    You will then stay for three nights at the 3-star Bellevue Hotel in Seelisberg.

    Switzerland

    Bellevue Seelisberg

    Bellevue Seelisberg

    Bellevue Seelisberg


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel in comfort and style

    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long hall flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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