8 Day Rhine River Cruise - Amsterdam to Basel

April 29 - May 6, 2025


One of Europe’s most legendary rivers takes you across Germany and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! This magnificent Rhine River cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland during tulip season. Cruise on its famous canals along the elegant grachten--the best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city dating back to the “Golden Age.” Visit Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture—and see its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns.

Enjoy included sightseeing with Certified Local Guides, Guided Optional Excursions and Tours, and ample free time to explore on your own. Explore CLASSIC sights, embark on ACTIVE excursions, and make a new DISCOVERY through hands-on cultural and artistic experiences shared by local residents and experts.

Amsterdam with tulips


DAY ONE - April 29, 2025 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

DAY TWO - April 30 Amsterdam: Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

  • Morning - Classic Excursion: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past the stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age."
  • Afternoon: Choose ($) among the Guided Optional Excursions available or take some free time to explore Amsterdam.

Afternoon/Overnight cruise to COLOGNE

DAY THREE - May 1 Cologne, Germany

Excursion choices:

  • ACTIVE: Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host.
  • DISCOVERY: Take a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.
  • CLASSIC: Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne.

Overnight cruise to Rüdesheim



Romantic Rhine Itinerary with background
Rhine Gorge
Strasbourg France
Black Forest Germany

DAY FOUR - May 2 Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim

En route to Rüdesheim, sail through the Rhine Gorge (a UNESCO World Heritage site).

Excursion Choices:

  • ACTIVE: Enjoy a hike through the vineyards of Rüdesheim.
  • DISCOVERY: Take a Guided Tour of the Mechanical Music Museum;
    enjoy a tasting of Rüdesheimer coffee.

Overnight docking in Rüdesheim

DAY FIVE - May 3 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg

Excursion Choices:

  • ACTIVE: Walk in Heidelberg, the Philosophers' way.
  • CLASSIC: A Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the history of printing.
  • CLASSIC: A Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel."

Evening/Overnight cruise to Strasbourg

DAY SIX - May 4, Strasbourg, France

Excursion Choices:

  • ACTIVE: Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host
  • CLASSIC: Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
  • Optional ($) Guided Excursion: Visit the historic Maginot Line—the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the
    eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.

Evening/Overnight cruise to Breisach

DAY SEVEN - May 5 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to Black Forest

Excursion Choices:

  • DISCOVERY: Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.
  • CLASSIC:  Take a Guided Tour to explore Freiburg’s medieval city center, sheltered by the Black Forest amid vineyards and gardens of the Upper Rhine Valley.
  • Optional ($) Guided Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar.

Evening/Overnight cruise to Basel

DAY EIGHT - May 6 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.



Cruise Prices

Double Occupancy Stateroom  $9416.00 

Single Occupancy (limited availability) Stateroom $7595.00

Insurance will be quoted at the time of booking.

$250.00 non-refundable deposit (per person) is due at the time of booking



  • Cruise Director Overview of each destination nightly
  • Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (served or as a lighter buffet)
  • Daily complimentary happy hour
  • Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner, sparking wine with breakfast
  • Air-conditioned Motorcoach with Wi-FI
  • 24 hour coffee, juice, tea and treats
  • Cruise gratuities

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Transfers to and from the Airport
  • Insurance

Full passport details are required no later than final payment for all guests traveling internationally. All guests traveling internationally are required to have a passport. Responsibility for meeting the entry/exit requirements (passport validity/blank pages, visas etc.) rests with the guest. Please review the Entry/Exit information included in your Travel Packet carefully for full details about entry and exit requirements specific to your tour. Globus Family of Brands and Cardinal Travel Agency LLC is not responsible if you are denied entry or exit due to entry/exit requirements not being met.