Rhine River Cruise: Switzerland with Basel to Amsterdam

Begin your 12 day Rhine River Cruise with overnight stays in Zurich, Bern and Montreux before joining the crew of the luxurious Scenic Space-Ship in Basel.

12 Days
Zurich to Amsterdam
From (NZD)
$ 9,115
$ 8,845
Dates & Pricing

2020 Zurich > Amsterdam

Tour Map
Tour Code:
AMSW
Duration:
12 days
Departure City:
Zurich
Return City:
Amsterdam

Selected Itinerary

12 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Zurich

    Start your journey in Zurich with an overnight stay at your luxurious hotel.

  2. Day 2 - Zurich > Lucerne > Bern

    Repeatedly named the city with the best quality of life, Switzerland’s largest city is full of treasures and you’ll discover them first hand on a walking tour. Later explore Lucerne, overlooked by the magnificent Swiss Alps, before arriving in the Swiss capital of Bern and your centrally located hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Bern > Montreux

    Ascend the Swiss Alps to the charming alpine village of Gstaad. This afternoon you’ll arrive at your luxurious hotel, located on the shores of the picturesque Lake Geneva, where you will enjoy a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Montreux

    Enrich

    Today, delight in a panoramic train journey to Château-d’Œx. Upon arrival you’ll view traditional cheese-making at the Restaurant Le Chalet. The restaurant makes its own cheese, and in your private demonstration, the cheesemaker will transform milk into hard cheese right in front of your eyes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  5. Day 5 - Montreux > Basel

    Journey to neighbouring Vevey, home to Charlie Chaplin once he’d fled the United States. Learn about one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin’s World Museum. From there, it’s on to Basel where a warm welcome awaits you from the crew of your Scenic Space-Ship. Your luxury cruise is about to begin and you’ll have the chance to raise your glass to the occasion at the evening’s welcome reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Strasbourg, France/Mittelbergheim, France or Black Forest, Germany

    Having switched allegiances between France and Germany several times, Strasbourg is a fascinating cultural amalgam. Today you’ll have the option to explore the city on a guided tour of its half-timbered old town, or to venture beyond the riverbank, deeper into either France or Germany. Travelers who fancy a day in the French countryside will visit charming Mittelbergheim to sip Alsatian wines at a local winstub, while the more active excursion to Germany is focused on the traditional past time of hiking on a wanderweg through the coniferous Black Forest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Heidelberg/Grube Messel

    Go ashore in Mannheim and travel north to Grube Messel, a fossil pit that has revealed discoveries critical to our understanding of mammalian evolution. Explore this World Heritage site, featured in a February 2000 National Geographic magazine article. It was here that “Ida,” the world’s most complete primate fossil, was found in 1983. Alternatively, venture aboard the MS Burgundy, a laboratory boat for the Rhineland-Palatinate environmental ministry. This floating research station helps measure the river’s water quality and monitor regional water management. Take a tour of the boat and its facilities, followed by a talk with a scientist. Or travel to Heidelberg, a baroque beauty that inspired authors and composers from the 19th-century German Romantic movement. Stroll the old town and visit its sandstone castle; or take a funicular up the hill, enjoying spectacular views as you hike back down to town. Tonight we’ll gather at an intimate theater in Mannheim Palace for a private concert.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Rudesheim am Rhein

    In Rudesheim am Rhein, board the Winzerexpress mini train for a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet, home to a collection of elaborate self-playing musical instruments. Then ride a cable car to the Niederwald Monument, built to commemorate the unification of Germany. Or set out on a hike through the vineyards surrounding town. This afternoon, we’ll glide past the many medieval towns and castles that dot the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, or Rhine Gorge—a World Heritage site. Head to the ship’s sundeck and practice landscape photography alongside our National Geographic photographer, capturing the perfect angle on this stunning scenery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Koblenz/Cochem

    Today there are several options for exploring in or around Koblenz, an ancient Roman city straddling the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Choose to visit a fish ladder and learn about the state of fisheries on the Moselle, or venture outside the city limits by bike and pedal along the river like a local. Alternatively, join a guided walking tour through our port of call, featuring stops at the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) which dates back to the 5th century, and the 17th-century Rathaus (town hall). Or choose to visit the fairy tale town of Cochem, overlooking the Moselle Valley.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Cologne/Mettmann

    Dock in Cologne and venture north to Mettmann, a town located in a valley where Neanderthal fossils were first found. The Neanderthal Museum is a tribute to human evolution, and we are invited on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of its fossil exhibits. There is also the option to explore Cologne, including a visit to its iconic Gothic cathedral. In our free time, opt to join our photographer for a unique view of the city and its surroundings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Set out to explore timeless Amsterdam, known as the Venice of the North for its picturesque canals. Here, you can see the city from water level during a canal cruise, or take a guided visit through the renowned Rijksmuseum. Or, discover Amsterdam’s iconic outdoor markets—selling everything from household goods to cheeses, bread, and flowers—to get a local flavor of the city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Amsterdam

    After breakfast, disembark our ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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