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Cruising the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel

Cruising the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel

  • UK
  • Amsterdam
  • Dusseldorf
  • Koblenz
  • Mainz
  • Strasbourg
  • Breisach
  • Basel
  • UK

9 DAYS from €1903pp

Tour Highlights
  • Visit four countries in one cruise
  • Walking tours of Haarlem, Cologne, Mainz, Strasbourg & Basel
  • Explore the open-air museum of Arnhem
  • See the brightly painted wooden houses of Colmar

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Cruising the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel

Journey through the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland as you follow the winding course of the mighty Rhine. Travel between vastly different riverside settlements, exploring the tulip-growing town of Haarlem, Cologne's atmospheric old town and the roaring cascade of the Rhine Falls.

River Cruise Itinerary

UK to Amsterdam

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Amsterdam. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your ship, the 5* MS Douce France. Take a moment to settle into your cabin and enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner.

  • Dinner

This morning, take a coach journey to Haarlem, the 'City of Flowers' which is renowned as the country's vibrant tulip-growing centre. Discover the city's artistic heritage and its unique character and colourful landscape which have inspired generations of painters. Explore the architectural delights of the city gate of Amsterdamse Poort, the main square of Gote Markt and the immense Gothic structure of the Cathedral of St Bavo, with time at leisure to take in more of the city sights before returning to your vessel and sailing through the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Amsterdam to Dusseldorf

Disembark in Emmerich-am-Rhein to visit the open-air museum in nearby Arnhem. Located in a picturesque wooded park, the area is home to 80 historic farms, windmills and public buildings which provide fascinating insight into everyday Dutch life, customs and traditions. Immerse yourself in this wonderful experience and appreciate the quaint architecture on show, which ranges from charming, green painted houses to traditional Gelderand farms. Return to your ship and depart for Dusseldorf in the afternoon.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Dusseldorf to Koblenz

Journey onward to Cologne where you'll set out on a walking tour of this bustling commercial and industrial city. Travel into the heart of the city and marvel at the grand facade of the towering Cologne Cathedral. Although its construction began in 1247, this iconic building took five centuries to complete and the area also boasts 12 additional Romanesque-style churches which circle the cathedral. Continue your tour into the old town with time at leisure to wander this network of historic streets. Back on board your vessel, cruise onward to Koblenz, arriving in the evening with free time to explore the city.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Koblenz to Mainz

Today you will meander down the most scenic stretch of the Rhine. Spend your day absorbing the gorgeous natural scenery carved by the river and viewing the settlements on its banks. On arrival into Mainz, take a guided tour of the city and uncover its colourful history which dates back to Roman times. Be captivated by the Romanesque Cathedral as you explore its grand interior, brimming with historic tombs and funerary monuments. Wander through the vibrant streets of the Old Town, stopping at the Guttenberg Museum which houses an extensive collection of printing equipment, materials and books, including the oldest printed book in the world. Return to your ship and sail through the night as you journey to Strasbourg, France.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Strasbourg to Breisach

After a morning of cruising, you will arrive in Strasbourg to explore the medieval remnants of this French city. Walk through diverse districts, including the 'German Quarter' and European District which house the Palace of Europe and the European parliament building, providing a fascinating juxtaposition to the city's more historic sights. Take a guided tour of the cathedral before continuing on through the UNESCO-listed Petite France district, a romantic quarter of the city characterised by canals and timber-framed buildings. Later this evening, enjoy a gala dinner on board as you cruise toward Breisach.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breisach to Basel

Spend a morning at leisure in Breisach, giving you the chance to visit the Romanesque St Stephansmunster Cathedral which overlooks the town. An afternoon tour carries you to Colmar where you'll soak in the pastel-coloured houses and winding canals of the neighbourhood of 'Little Venice'. Travel onward to the Unterlinden Museum for a tour of its vast collection of local and international artwork. This evening, cruise into Swiss waters as you make your way to Basel, your final destination.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, a walking tour of Basel guides you through the weaving passages of the longstanding Grossbasel section, teeming with medieval monuments. Visit the Protestant Cathedral of Basler Munster and admire its red sandstone walls, colourful tiles and ornate spires. Journey onward to the lively shopping district of Freie Strasse and explore its blend of trendy boutiques and upscale stores. In the afternoon, visit the mighty Rhine Falls, a wall of cascading water which cuts through the Swiss greenery, then take in impressive panoramas at the nearby Laufen Castle. Return to your ship in time for tonight's festive farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Basel to the UK

Disembark after breakfast for your airport transfer and return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Your Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily are taken onboard the ship. Tables seat 6 people, so you'll be able to converse and socialise with new friends, whilst never feeling crowded together. Tea and coffee are available on board ship as well as unlimited soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, including a variety of wines and beer, both during meals and at the bar. (Premium brands are available at an extra cost). Any dietary requirements and dislikes should be made known to our reservations staff at the time of booking.On embarking the ship, you will be greeted by the captain, crew and staff and treated to welcome cocktails.

Important Information


A visa is not required for British nationals travelling to Holland, France or Germany. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and returns from Basel Airport with British Airways (BA) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5. Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-In should be at least 2 hours before departure. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking, lounges or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extra Tel. 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This river cruise is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on cobbled streets and getting on and off the cruise ship. This cruise is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Currency Information

The currency in Holland, Germany and France, as well as onboard, is the Euro (EUR). The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). We recommend that you exchange currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in most towns and cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

This cruise is All-Inclusive, so you will only need to take a little extra money with you to cover any premium drinks on board and souvenirs, drinks and snacks purchased when off the ship, as well as any optional excursions you wish to book. Tipping is at your discretion. There is an envelope in your cabin for this purpose that can be handed to the reception at the end of your cruise. Credit cards are accepted on board ship and throughout Holland.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2019 Dates
06 Apr 201914 Apr 2019€1903
22 May 201930 May 2019€2239
07 Jul 201915 Jul 2019€2127
08 Aug 201916 Aug 2019€2183

Cabin Upgrades

Treat yourself to a better vista! Cabin and Deck upgrades are available for an additional supplement. For prices and availability please call our Reservations Consultants or Book Online.

Single Cabins

If you're travelling alone single cabins are available for a small supplement. For prices and availability please call our Reservations Consultants or Book Online.

Itinerary Changes

The Captain and Croisieurope reserve the right to alter/modify an itinerary at any time, should safety or external circumstances make this necessary, changes are also subject to tides. Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Dress Code

There is no official dress code on board, however, you'll be most comfortable during the day in smart casual clothing. You may wish to bring items that do not wrinkle easily as there is no iron provided on board ship. There are also no laundry facilities available. Bring a variety of clothing for the weather expected on your cruise, including light clothing and bathing suits for hot weather, a jumper or jacket for cooler weather and of course a raincoat and/or small umbrella.

What to expect

Fact File


Average Flying time

3 hours

Min/Max temperature

1 °C / 20 °C

What to pack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun cream
  • Sun hat with a big brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Rucksack
  • Personal toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit
MS Douce France

This premium ship features 55 cabins located on its Upper and Main Deck. All cabins are equipped with en suite facilities, satellite TV, radio and safe. On-board facilities include a lounge with a dance floor, bar, dining room and large sundeck with deckchairs.

All-inclusive Dining

Your day will always begin with an impressive buffet breakfast. Chefs prepare succulent 3-course meals for lunch and dinner which are served in the onboard restaurant. Midday and evening meals are paired with excellent and carefully chosen beers and wines, included in the price. An open bar is available throughout the voyage (not including Champagne, special wines, premium spirits or fine brandies).

Life Onboard

All cruises start with a welcoming cocktail reception where you'll meet the captain, crew and staff of your ship. Facilities onboard include a comfortable lounge for your enjoyment and relaxation as well as a souvenir shop. FREE Wifi is available in lounge bar and reception. The sun deck offers a panoramic view of the landscape's beauty as you cruise.

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