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Itinerary, Prices and Dates

Amsterdam to Basel & Lucerne 10 Days

Combine an elegant river cruise down the Rhine aboard aboard one of Viking's revolutionary new Longships with a two night stay in beautiful Lucerne.

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Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

Immerse yourself in history, culture and glorious views on this 10 day cruise and stay holiday. Sail the celebrated Rhine and discover a glorious world as it unfolds before you. Take in all of the highlights of this picturesque river, including Holland's fascinating windmills, Cologne with its Gothic cathedral, the lush Black Forest and multicultural Strasbourg before you reach Basel

Your journey continues to the stunning Swiss town of Lucerne. Explore the 14th-century Chapel Bridge, baroque churches and medieval Old Town and take time to enjoy this charming part of the world, situated amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland.

What's Included

  • 7 nights full board cruise with a wide choice of riverview staterooms and suites
  • 2 nights at the 4★ Radisson Blu (or equivalent) in Lucerne on a B & B basis
  • 8 guided tours and 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard ship
  • Welcome cocktail reception & dinner and Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • Return scheduled economy class flights from London. Regional flight add-ons available.
  • Onboard enrichment programme
  • 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 & Lucerne Luxury Motorcoach Transfer

After a final breakfast aboard, disembark your ship for your transfer to Lucerne through the spectacular Swiss countryside, enjoying views of Alpine meadows. Check in to the superior first-class Radisson Blu (or similar) for a 2-night stay, then take some free time this evening to sample some local treats or explore the Old Town area.
Included Meals B

Day 9: Lucerne

This morning, embark on a guided walk through Lucerne's Old Town in the shadow of the iconic Mount Pilatus. See the Chapel Bridge, iconic Water Tower and many traditional homes that once belonged to wealthy Swiss burghers. In the afternoon, spend some time exploring everything the city has to offer, or take an optional trip to Mount Pilatus. Ride to the top on the world's steepest cogwheel railway to experience sweeping views in every direction and, on the way down, take the panorama gondola for a different-although no less impressive-experience. Enjoy a final free evening in Lucerne.
Included Meals B

Day 10: Lucerne

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.
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 Longship

Introducing the Viking Longship


Designed by legendary naval architects Yran & Storbraaten, the team behind The Yachts of Seabourn, these new vessels offer state-of-the-art engineering, and utmost luxury. The Viking Longships provide guests with more ways to personalize their trip. Choose from a variety of stateroom classes, onboard entertainment options and ship locations from which you can enjoy sailing through the scenery, all the while enriching your time in some of Europe's most remarkable destinations.

Enjoy the indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship, or relax on the Sun Deck. These "green" ships, featuring energy-efficient hybrid engines, solar panels and an organic herb garden, were named to honor prominent members of the Norse pantheon. Each ship carries 190 guests in comfortable, understated elegance, with hotel-style beds and amenities like 26-inch flat-panel TVs and in-room refrigerators.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, chess and walking track
  • Varied dining options including the Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
  • Observation lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, piano and dance floor
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Library corner & onboard boutique
  • Elevator
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
  • 40" flat-panel TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, National Geographic and more
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Viking Longship - deck plan
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Innovative Luxury Staterooms

The revolutionary new Viking Longships bring together some amazing and innovative design features to both the staterooms and public areas. The patented corridor design allows for larger staterooms, most with either french or full balconies.

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All Staterooms & Suites Feature

  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Private bathroom with shower and l'Occitaine en Provence bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including: CNBC, CNN, Fox News, ESPN, National Geographic, MGM Movies, Sky Cinema, videos on demand and "View From the Bridge"

Explorer Suite (Cat ES)

Viking Longship - Explorer Suite  Viking Longship - Explorer Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 445 sq. ft.
  • Private wraparound balcony off the spacious living room offers 270-degree views
  • Living room with Sofa & Chairs with floor to ceiling french doors to the balcony
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large bathroom with double sinks, shower, heated mirror and floor

Veranda Suite (Cat. AA)

Viking Longship - Veranda Suite  Viking Longship - Veranda Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 275 sq. ft.
  • Full size outside balcony off the spacious living room
  • Living room with Sofa & Chairs with floor to ceiling french doors to the balcony
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large private bathroom with shower

Veranda Stateroom (Cat. A & B)

Viking Longship - Veranda Stateroom  Viking Longship - Veranda Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 205 sq. ft.
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a full size outside balcony

French Balcony Stateroom (Cat. C & D)

Viking Longship - French Balcony Stateroom  Viking Longship - French Balcony Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 135 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony

Stateroom (Cat. E & F)

Viking Longship - Standard Stateroom  Viking Longship - Standard Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 150 sq. ft.
  • Half height picture window

Viking Helvetia / Sun - Deck Plan (2014)

Viking Helvetia / Sun - deck plan

Fine dining

Gourmet Dining onboard a Viking Vessel

Viking chefs create a variety of tasty offerings for you, with freshly prepared seasonal local vegetables, European specialties adapted to satisfy the tastes of passengers, and homemade soups prepared daily.

For breakfast, choose from our selections of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrées and dessert. And for dinner, you are treated to a five-course gourmet menu with regional specialties.

You can also select from carefully chosen regional wines to perfectly complement your meal. And wherever you sail, you will find enhancements reflecting your itinerary-it is all part of experiencing the local culture.

Al fresco dining

Imagine waking as the mist rolls off the river, stopping in the lounge for a frothy cappuccino, and heading out to the Aquavit Terrace to silently cruise through the early morning light. That is one definition of a Viking happy hour.

Another one is in the more traditional sense: unwinding in the late afternoon with a pint of beer or glass of wine, chatting with friends and enjoying a delicious light bite. With the Aquavit Terrace equipped with grills and plentiful seating, each of these al fresco happy hours will be yours to indulge in.

Cultural Highlights

To complement your onshore excursions, take part in Viking's Cultural Highlights-immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore:

  • Hands-on demonstrations in cuckoo clock-making, wooden shoe-carving or glassblowing
  • Classes in cooking specialties like apple strudel and Alsatian flammkuchen
  • Traditional performances of folk music and dance, or waltzes by Strauss
  • Tastings of local cheeses, coffees, liqueurs and other delicacies

These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.

Please see cruise itinerary for specific activities available on each cruise

Culture Curriculum

Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of onboard multimedia lectures to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Learn about:

  • Dutch Masters or French impressionists
  • Castles along the Rhine Valley
  • The formation of the European Union
  • The life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Wine and cuisine of southern France
  • Key words and phrases in the local language wherever you are traveling

Viking Staff

The Viking standard

We have high standards for the English-speaking crews on board our ships. We personally recruit all of our staff members, from your stateroom steward and waiters, to hotel managers and Program Directors.

Proprietary training programs are implemented by our Swiss management team to ensure we always provide the level of service you would find in a fine hotel. The Viking team brings you a level of expertise other companies cannot match.

We manage everything

Best of all, there is no need to do research or make arrangements in advance. We take care of all the details; transportation, reservations, entry fees and more. You return home enriched with wonderful memories.

Please call for details of 2018 departures
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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 F: 50%, Cat E to ES: 100%
Club Europe / Business Class Flight Upgrade: From £250pp subject to availability

Please call for latest prices and availability or Request a Callback ...

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Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam starstarstarstar

2 nights B&B from £399pp

Why not extend your stay with a few days in Amsterdam prior to your cruise and 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.

Please call 0800 471 4754 for further information and assistance.

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