Switzerland To The North Sea

10 Day Viking River Cruise

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OVERVIEW

ollow the emerald banks of the Rhine River, the historic waterway that has long linked the cultural centers of Basel and Amsterdam. This 10-day river cruise is framed by visits to these two vibrant cities known for their world-class art museums. Stroll Basel’s medieval quarter and explore Amsterdam’s charming canals lined with elegant houses.

In between, cruise through enchanting storybook landscapes. Explore Strasbourg’s Alsatian beauty, admire Germany’s riverside castles and visit Holland’s iconic windmills. Along the way, you’ll pause to explore quaint villages and sample wines from lush vineyards.

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 | BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Enjoy a walking tour of Basel, where Switzerland, France and Germany meet. Basel is one of Europe’s most vibrant centers of arts and culture. You’ll begin your exploration in its remarkably preserved Old Town, an entrancing cluster of medieval squares and structures, including the Rathaus, or Town Hall, and the splendid Cathedral, built from red sandstone in Gothic and Romanesque style.

After lunch on board, you have a free afternoon to explore on your own. You might peruse the collections in any of Basel’s many fine museums or sample local products and mingle with the Swiss at the daily farmers’ market in the main market square. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 | 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 4 | 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 5 | HEIDELBERG & RÜDESHEIM, 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 Rüdesheim 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 6 | 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 7 | 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, 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. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 | 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 9 | AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Get to know Amsterdam in the best way possible: via its vast network of canals. You will board a glass-topped boat this morning and float along some of its major waterways and through its more narrow and intimate canals. Graceful, low-slung arched bridges and quaint gabled houses mark your progress through this charming city.

As you cruise, you can make note of the sites you’d like to explore more closely and venture out after lunch on board. Perhaps you’ll browse the splendid collection at the Rijksmuseum, including Rembrandt’s famed Nightwatch, or the breathtaking works of genius at the Van Gogh Museum. Along the way, you might stop to sample sweet stroopwafels or try the Dutch version of a savory pancake. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 | 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)

The following meals are included:
B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

* Let us know if you would like help arranging your airport transfers or additional hotel accommodation in Basle or Amsterdam.

PRICES ON REQUEST

There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangements, including the category of stateroom and the departure date of your cruise. Price quoted under 2-FOR-1 Special reflect a discounted sailing date and are subject to withdrawal at any time, with many dates and categories sold out.

Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a cabin. Please use the Viking Brochure link for full pricing and availability on this page.

Your All-Inclusive cruise price includes:

  • 10-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 8 guided tours with audio headset
  • All onboard meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy a classical music performance; learn how to create your own Alsatian Flammkuchen; observe a traditional glassblower; see how beer is made; attend lectures on Germany’s current affairs & origins of Rhine River
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  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

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Once you have paid in full for your trip, you are safe from any additional charges. Currency fluctuations, higher transportation costs, new government taxes, fuel surcharges—none of these will apply to you.

Viking Rivers - Switzerland to the North Sea - Basle to Amsterdam - 10 Days
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