2018 : Rhine Getaway - Basel to Amsterdam

Explore castles & cathedrals

Explore the Black Forest your way: join a guided coach tour or walk lush country trails to a farm. Discover the rich culinary traditions of Alsace. Overlook the Rhine from Germany's best preserved medieval castle. Fairy-tale castles, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery-little wonder that the Rhine is one of Europe's best-loved rivers. From Basel and Cologne to Amsterdam, this 8-day journey reveals a wonderland of beauty and culture.

All This Is Included

  • 8-day cruise visiting 4 countries & 10 ports
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 6 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Culture CurriculumĀ®: enjoy a classical music performance; learn how to create your own Alsatian flammkuchen; observe a traditional glassblower; attend lectures on Germany's current affairs & origins of Rhine River cruising
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • Most al fresco dining on Europe's rivers
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Organic herb garden
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programing
  • Complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja toiletries
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program

    Day 1 - Basel, Switzerland


    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 get oriented. Dinner is served aboard. (D)

    Day 2 - Breisach, Germany


    Arrive in Breisach this morning, 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 or choose an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar. Dine aboard and cruise on through the night. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 - Strasbourg, France


    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, resplendent churches, medieval covered bridges, verdant parks and handsome 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. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 - Heidelberg & Rudesheim, Germany


    Wake up in Mannheim and disembark for a tour of 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 this hilltop post. Afterward, set on a walking tour through Old Town to Heidelberg's renowned gates. Return to your ship for afternoon cruising. Arrive in Rudesheim in the early evening, then 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 your ship or spend more time exploring in town if you prefer. We remain docked overnight. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 - Koblenz, Germany


    This morning, sail along the most scenic stretch of the Rhine, where castles overlook the river from their hilltop posts. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this part of the Middle Rhine Valley is so beautiful. Arrive in Koblenz this afternoon and disembark for a tour of 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and its museum. Return to your ship for lunch. Later, enjoy some time in this charming town at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 - Cologne, Germany


    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 began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880. Explore the dockside taverns, cafes 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. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 - Kinderdijk, The Netherlands


    We sail along the Rhine during the morning hours, enjoying scenic views. 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 a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Board your ship for departure and dinner. Arrive in Amsterdam after midnight. (B, L, D)

    Day 8 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands


    After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Amsterdam; take time to explore the city's neighborhoods, museums and exciting nightlife. (B)

  • Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13614885

    Cruise Line
    Viking River Cruises
    Offer
    Offer valid through 12/31/2017
    Duration
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Viking Hild

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Basel  
    Day 2Breisach  
    Day 3Strasbourg  
    Day 4Rudesheim  
    Day 5Koblenz  
    Day 6Cologne  
    Day 7Kinderdijk  
    Day 8Amsterdam  
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    • 2018 : Rhine Getaway - Basel to Amsterdam

      From $3,449.00 (USD)

      Destination: Europe
      Ship: Viking Hild
      Explore castles & cathedralsExplore the Black Forest your way: join a guided coach tour or walk lush country trails to a farm.

     
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