Rhine & Moselle Cruise: Amsterdam to Basel by Air


Interlaken

Visit: Interlaken, Switzerland

Amsterdam

Visit: Amsterdam, Holland

Cochem

Visit: Cochem, Germany

About the Tour

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?

Tour Includes


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

    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

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

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

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • 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.

    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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    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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