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Cruise from Basel to Amsterdama aboard MS Douce France

Basel to Amsterdam Cruise – MS Douce France

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Cruise from Basel to Amsterdama aboard MS Douce France
Explore centuries-old cities, natural wonders, historic landmarks, sprawling vineyards and more during this scenic 9-day cruise from Basel to Amsterdam.
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Discover cultural and historic landmarks of Switzerland, France, Germany & the Netherlands

Scenic river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam

Discover the highlights of Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands during this unforgettable, 9-day cruise from Basel to Amsterdam aboard MS Douce France. Located in northwest Switzerland on the Rhine River, Basel is the city of history and culture. You have an option to explore majestic Rhine Falls. Frome Basel, cruise to Breisach in Germany, a charming town located between the Black Forest and Rhine River. Enjoy a guided tour of the town and a wine tasting. Then, depart for Strasbourg, the capital of the Grand Est region of France. You have options to explore this intriguing city. From Strasbourg, sail towards Mainz, a beautiful German city known for its old town and wine production. Continue your cruise to Cologne passing through Koblenz. Explore Cologne, a 2000-year-old city renowned for the Cologne Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. From Cologne, visit Dusseldorf by coach or join an excursion in Arnhem. Your cruise continues to Arnhem until your reach your final destination, Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, often referred to as the “Venice of the North”.

This cruise is available from 11 April to 12 September.

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All meals with drinks (including at the bar)
Refined French cuisine with gala dinner and welcome cocktail
Free WiFi in lounge and bar
Headset for excursions
On-board activities
Official welcome from the captain and crew
Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
All port fees


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Day 1

Board the ship at 6:00 pm settle into your cabin. You'll be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Day 2
Basel – Schaffhausen

Join an optional excursion for a guided tour of Basel. This afternoon, join an optional excursion:

  • Classic: Discover the Rhine Falls, among the most spectacular sites to visit in Switzerland.
  • Discovery: Hike around and mini-cruise to the foot of the Rhine Falls.

Enjoy an evening of dancing before the ship departs towards Breisach.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

This morning, join an included excursion for a guided tour of Breisach and wine tasting. This afternoon, join an optional excursion to Colmar and the Unterlinden Museum.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Breisach – Strasbourg

Arrive in Strasbourg early in the afternoon. Optional excursions proposed:

  • Classic: Guided tour of the European capital.
  • Discovery: Bird's eye view of Strasbourg from the top of the cathedral.

Enjoy an evening of dancing as our ship starts sailing towards Mainz.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Mainz – Koblenz

Join for an optional excursion proposed:

  • Classic: Guided tour of Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum (closed on Mondays.)
  • Discovery:Touring the Rhineland vineyards

Return on board and cruise up the most beautiful part of the Rhine River towards Koblenz, passing numerous castles as well as the infamous Lorelei Rock along the way. This evening, join a tour of the city.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Koblenz - Cologne - Düsseldorf

Today, the ship departs for Cologne, reaching it later this morning. Join an optional excursion for a guided tour of Cologne on foot. Enjoy time at leisure in the city before heading back to the ship in Düsseldorf by coach. Tonight is the gala dinner.

Day 7
Düsseldorf - Xanten - Nijmegen – Amsterdam

Join an optional excursion for of the open-air museum in Arnhem. Meanwhile, the ship will cruise towards Nijmegen where you’ll board again after the tour. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8

This morning, join an optional excursion:

  • Classic: Guided panoramic tour of Amsterdam and visit to a diamond merchant
  • Discovery: Bike tour of Amsterdam in search of its most secret and unique locations

In the afternoon, join an optional excursion to the Keukenhof Gardens. Outside the opening dates of the park, guided tour of Haarlem.

Note: Keukenhof Gardens is open from 26 May - 17 May 2020

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of cruise.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
8 nights
from AUD2,850
per person, twin share
11 April - 12 September 2020
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