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Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Amsterdam to Basel 8 Days

8 day river cruise down the Rhine aboard one of the lovely Viking Sun or Helvetia.

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Visit all the highlights of the legendary Rhine in just 8 days. In Germany, see the many charming castles commanding the riverbanks as you sail by, and tour both Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Admire Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, with its awe-inspiring Dom, and experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region.

Also, explore Holland's famous windmills and waterworks, encounter multicultural Strasbourg in France, and take part in the inviting nightlife in Rüdesheim's Drosselgasse.

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What's Included

  • 7 nights on board ship with a river-view cabin
  • 6 guided tours and 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Welcome cocktail reception & dinner and Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • Return scheduled economy class flights from London. Regional flight add-ons available.
  • Onboard enrichment programme
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard ship
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers from airport to ship

Day 1: Amsterdam

Map of the Rhine, Main & Moselle Rivers
Map of the Rhine, Main & Moselle Rivers

Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to your ship. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, your Program Director can organize a trip to the Anne Frank House.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Kinderdijk

Sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you enter an actual working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Return aboard for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). Cruise through the night.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Cologne

Continue along the Rhine this morning; arrive in Cologne and disembark for a walking tour. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin's Church, and spend some time inside Cologne's Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral whose construction was begun in 1248 and which was only completed in 1880. Explore the dockside taverns, cafés and shops on your own-as always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served aboard and we remain docked until late evening.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Koblenz & Rüdesheim

Proceed along the Rhine, disembarking to tour 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and its museum. Lunch aboard as you enjoy this scenic passage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where castles overlook the river from their hilltop locations.

Arrive in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. Spend free time in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars-dine aboard or in town if you prefer. Ship departs after midnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Mannheim (Heidelberg Luxury Motorcoach Transfer) & Speyer

Cruise through the morning enjoying brunch and the passing scenery. Arrive in Mannheim and disembark for a journey to Heidelberg to see Germany's oldest university, founded in 1386. Then visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle, and take in the scenery of the Neckar River Valley and the city's many red rooftops from its hilltop location. Continue with a walking tour through the Old Town to Heidelberg's renowned gates.

Rejoin your ship in Speyer this afternoon and take some time to look around. You dock in full view of the imposing Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 11th century on the site of a former basilica, the building's design was highly influential upon Romanesque architecture for centuries to come, and is the final resting place of eight German monarchs. Its soaring interior features graceful rows of sandstone columns and a large stained glass window installed in the western facade during a later Gothic period.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Kehl (Strasbourg Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

Dock this morning in Kehl and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city's famed cathedral. The afternoon is free to further explore this Alsatian city's blend of French and German cultures-fabulous churches, medieval covered bridges, beautiful parks and some lovely Art Nouveau and modernist architecture. Dine aboard and enjoy free time this evening in the quaint little city of Kehl.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Breisach

After cruising through the night you arrive during breakfast in Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest. Take a scenic excursion through the area's renowned mountain landscape, rolling meadows and dense forests. Once there, visit a local workshop and see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration. Return to Breisach for some free time before an early evening departure. Or, choose an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar, or an optional walking tour of a working vineyard. Dine aboard while you cruise on to Basel, arriving around midnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Basel

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.
Included Meals B

Alternate Itinerary


Day 1: Basel

Map of the Rhine, Main & Moselle Rivers
Map of the Rhine, Main & Moselle Rivers

Welcome to Basel on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland. Transfer from the airport to your ship. After boarding, enjoy time on your own getting acquainted with the city-or join our "welcome walk" to stretch your legs and start getting oriented. Cruise through the night to Breisach.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Breisach

Arrive during breakfast in Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest. Take a scenic excursion through the area's renowned mountain landscape, rolling meadows and dense forests. Once there, visit a local workshop and see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration. Return to Breisach for some free time before evening departure. Or, choose an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar. Dine aboard and cruise through the night to Kehl.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Kehl (Strasbourg Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

Arrive in Kehl this morning and disembark for your guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city's famed cathedral. Free time allows you to further explore this Alsatian city's blend of French and German cultures- fabulous churches, medieval covered bridges, beautiful parks and some lovely Art Nouveau and modernist architecture. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Return to your ship for dinner and departure.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Mannheim (Heidelberg Luxury Motorcoach Transfer) & Rüdesheim

Wake up in Mannheim and disembark for a tour to Heidelberg to see Germany's oldest university, founded in 1386. Then visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle, and take in the scenery of the Neckar River Valley and the city's many red rooftops from its hilltop location. Continue with a walking tour through the Old Town to Heidelberg's renowned gates.

Return to your ship for afternoon cruising. Arrive in Rüdesheim in the early evening. Spend free time in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars-dine aboard or stay in town if you prefer. Remain docked overnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day : Braubach & Koblenz

This morning, sail along the most scenic stretch of the Rhine, where castles overlook the river from their hilltop locations. This part of the Middle Rhine Valley is so beautiful that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Midmorning, disembark for a tour of 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and its museum. Return to your ship for lunch and a short cruise to Koblenz, where you disembark and enjoy some time in this charming town at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Cologne

Cruise along the Rhine this morning, arriving just after breakfast in Cologne. Disembark for your walking tour of this gem of the Rhine. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin's Church and spend some time inside Cologne's Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral. The rest of your day is free to explore the dockside taverns, cafés and shops. Dine aboard before evening departure.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Kinderdijk

Spend your morning enjoying some popular Dutch diversions: sample Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). After lunch, your ship arrives in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for an afternoon tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you enter an actual working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Board your ship for departure and dinner. Arrive at Amsterdam after midnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Amsterdam

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Amsterdam airport for your return flight. Or, add 2 nights in Amsterdam so you will have time to explore this picturesque and cosmopolitan capital.
Included Meals B


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

Viking Helvetia / Sun - Deck Plan


Viking Helvetia / Sun - deck plan
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Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.

Single Occupancy Supplements: Cat E: 50%, Cat D to A: 100%
Club Europe Business CLass Flight Upgrade: From £250pp subject to availability

Dates in blue denote cruises aboard the Viking helvetia, boarding in Basel and the Viking Sun, boarding in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam

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Mövenpick Hotel starstarstarstar

2 nights B&B from £449pp

Why not extend your stay with a few days in Amsterdam to further explore what this wonderful city has to offer.

You will be centrally located near key sites like Museum Square and the Anne Frank House. Two nights at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam (or similar), daily breakfasts, a walking tour and hotel/ship transfers are included along with the services of a Viking host.


Lucerne

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Radisson Blu starstarstarstar

2 nights B&B from £449pp

Why not extend your stay with a few days in picturesque Lucerne.

Enjoy the scenic landscape of the Swiss Alps with a view from your hotel, situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Lucerne. Two nights at the Radisson Blu (or similar), daily breakfasts, a walking tour and hotel/ship transfers are included along with the services of a Viking host.


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