Welcome to the Rhine River

Explore gorgeous river-side scenery, sprawling vineyards, medieval villages and fairy-tale castles while embarking on a luxurious river cruise boat this summer. Begin in Basel for a pre-cruise Swiss mini-break then sail the Rhine River to Amsterdam. Visit Strasbourg in France before cruising through Speyer, Mannheim, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cochem and Cologne in the Rhineland and become completely immersed in the fascinating history and culture of this region. An ideal voyage for those who like to travel in comfort and style.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the precision of Swiss-made crafts
  • Embrace the blend of Franco-Germanic culture in Strasbourg
  • Venture through mighty gothic architecture in Cologne
  • Enjoy famous wines from the Rhine valley
  • Explore a medieval fantasy castle in Cochem
  • Dates & Prices

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    July 11 - July 21, 2017 (11 days)

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    Old-fashioned Wattle and daub buildings jut out over the river. The banks are lined with green trees and small footpaths.
  • A stone bridge stands across the river with a quaint and historic town on the other bank. A church with a tower and spire looms large over the white Germanic houses. In the background rolling hills covered in forest.

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 3-star accommodation in Basel
    • 4-star accommodation on board the MS Bellejour
    • Breakfasts in Basel
    • All meals on board the cruise boat
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Basel Walking Tour
    • Strasbourg Walking Tour
    • Kaiserdom Visit
    • Rudesheim Walking Tour
    • Speyer Walking Tour
    • Cochem Walking Tour
    • Cologne Walking Tour
    • Amsterdam Walking Tour
    wooden clogs painted with patterns used as colourful flower pots

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Tuesday 11th July

Today we shall arrive in Basel and transfer to our central hotel.

Basel is famous for its beautiful medieval old town set upon the Rhine River and for being a hub of two dozen museums. Fittingly, Basel is located on the tri-point border between France, Germany and Switzerland; countries that, along with the Netherlands, we shall explore on our cruise.

Overnight in Basel.

Wednesday 12th July

This morning we’ll meet our guide for a tour of Basel, exploring a cityscape that harmoniously blends traditional 15th century buildings with ambitious contemporary creations.

We’ll also venture to the five hundred-year-old Town Hall for a tour. Sitting prominently above the Marktplatz, this towering red building is adorned with crests of the various cantons and towns of the region.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Basel.

Thursday 13th July

Today will be left free for you to further explore at your leisure whilst on terra firma. You may wish to explore one of Basel’s many museums, explore the quaint shops and cafes on the winding streets of the medieval old town or seek out Basler Lackerli, a local biscuit specialty.

Alternatively, with our accommodation being so close to Basel’s train station, there is the tempting option to journey by rail to Lucerne. This medieval town nestled between mountains and a lake is home to many follies to explore including a 14th century wooden bridge. It won’t take long to realise why Lucerne was favoured so much by Queen Victoria who fell in love with the town in the 19th century.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Basel.

Friday 14th July

Today we shall have a free morning before transferring to our cruise boat.

Once settled in, we shall rendezvous for our evening meal together as we set sail down the Rhine.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight on board the cruise boat.

Saturday 15th July

This morning we moor in Strasbourg, France, and embark on a walking tour. Located in Alsace, Strasbourg is a fascinating concoction of all that is French and German. With a rich medieval history, Strasbourg contains a mesmerising gothic cathedral (also called Notre Dame) and a maze of twisting alleys lined by crooked timbered houses in a delightful old town. Known for a large and vibrant student population, Strasbourg balances the traditional and the progressive and is European in every sense of the word.

The afternoon will be free for you to further explore at your leisure. You may wish to visit Vauban’s Barrage in Petite-France. This building sits atop arches spanning a river that can be blocked to flood the plains in front of Strasbourg to protect it from invaders.

All meals included. Overnight on board the cruise boat.

Sunday 16th July

This morning we’ll arrive in Speyer. This untouched town is crowned by a magnificent romanesque cathedral and rose to prominence in the Middle ages under the Salian emperors. We shall visit the Kaiserdom (Imperial Cathedral). Constructed in the 11th century, the romanesque basilica is the burial site of many of the region’s kings and emperors and remains one of the most important architectural monuments of it’s time.

We shall embark the cruise again for lunch and sail further down the river to Mannheim where we shall enjoy free time before rendezvousing for dinner back on board.

All meals included. Overnight on board the cruise boat.

Monday 17th July

Having cruised overnight we shall disembark in Rudesheim this morning and take a trip to Siegfried’s Mechanisches Muskkabinett for a guided tour. This charming timber-framed building houses a treasure trove of fascinating musical inventions and curiosities. The medieval alley known as Drosselgasse sits in the heart of the old town and is a wonderful spot for a stroll. Further to this, Rudesheim is also famous for local wines grown in the Rheingau region, especially the Rieslings.

We shall return to the boat for lunch whilst cruising further down the Rhine to our next port of call, Koblenz, for an afternoon and evening at leisure. As we overnight in port, tonight will be a great opportunity to go out for after-dinner drinks

At over two thousand years old, Koblenz is known as Germany’s most beautiful corner thanks to the dramatic confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Koblenz was founded by the Romans and is now a serene city of cobbled streets, colourful flowers and quaint houses. Scattered throughout the city are a number of whimsical sculptures and fountains offering pleasant surprises for a rewarding reason to explore. You may wish to visit the German Corner for it’s wonderful viewpoint under the shadow of a colossal statue of Kaiser Wilhelm. A short journey across the river from the German Corner is the formidable Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, constructed by the Prussians in 1817 on top of an earlier fortress destroyed by Napoleon in 1801 that also houses a museum.

All meals included. Overnight on board the cruise boat.

Tuesday 18th July

Our voyage continues this morning as we depart Koblenz and cruise to Cochem. Sitting amid tree-covered hills on the scenic Mosel river, half-timbered houses line a traditional market square creating a charming ambience that few destinations in Germany can match.

Our included tour today takes us to the fantastical Reichsburg Cochem. Surrounded by towers and turrets this romantic castle sits on a hill atop the town and is crammed with curiosities. Following our tour, we’ll have free time in the town for further exploration and the opportunity to sample some local wines if you wish.

All meals included. Overnight on board the cruise boat.

Wednesday 19th July

This morning our cruise sails into the historic city of Cologne. Instantly recognisable for its famous cathedral whose twin spires dominate the skyline, Cologne is also famed for its chocolate and beer halls and every street is etched in history, whether that be Roman, medieval or modern post-war architecture. Whilst exploring the old town’s narrow cobblestone lanes and lively squares we’ll get a feeling for both the past and present in this magical cathedral city.

Following our walking tour the rest of the day and evening will be yours to enjoy at leisure. You may wish to spend more time in the old town, browsing local craft shops or enjoying a drink in one of the many cafes and bars. There is also the Roman-German Museum for history lovers and the Ludwig Museum is a hit with art connoisseurs. A modern construct called Cologne Tower is a 44-story tower contains a trendy observation deck on the 30th floor if you wish to take in the wonderful panorama.

All meals included. Overnight on board the cruise boat.

Thursday 20th July

This morning we shall cruise through the Netherlands, arriving into Amsterdam at around noon. This afternoon, we visit some of Amsterdam’s major features with our private walking tour of the city.

Amsterdam is rich in historic significance. Starting even before the 17th Century, it paved an early path toward global capitalism, through Dutch Golden Age developments in world trade, manufacturing and investment expertise. Our private guided walking tour visits the most iconic sites which include architectural masterpieces from many centuries, fine parks and gardens, all linked by the River Amstel’s network of navigable channels.

This evening, we shall remain docked in Amsterdam allowing you more time to explore the many exciting districts this city has on offer.

All meals included. Overnight on board the cruise boat.

Friday 21st July

Today we shall transfer to the airport for our departure home.

Breakfast included.