FROM BASEL TO AMSTERDAM: THE TREASURES OF THE CELEBRATED RHINE RIVER
BONUS FREE sightseeing tour: Amsterdam and it's Diamond Merchants^
CRUISE FARE INCLUDES:
- 8 night Rhine River cruise from Basel (Switzerland) to Amsterdam (Holland),aboard MS Lafayette
WHAT`S INCLUDED IN YOUR CROISIEUROPE RIVER CRUISE:
INCLUDED all meals prepared by a team of French Chefs
INCLUDED paired European wines with lunch & dinner
INCLUDED open bar throughout your voyage^
INCLUDED welcome on board cocktail reception
INCLUDED onboard entertainment
INCLUDED Port charges
INCLUDED farewell party
8 Night Cruise sailing from Basel to Amsterdam aboard Lafayette.
This extraordinary ship features an impressive transformation of the living spaces: we have reduced the number of cabins in order to make them more spacious.
Each cabin will be between 172 and 215 square feet and will have impressive floor to ceiling picture windows providing astonishing panoramic views as our ship cruises.
As with all our ships, our ultra-comfortable cabins come with a wide-screen TV, safe, hair dryer, individual air-conditioning and heating controls, and much, much more.
We’ve also changed the cabin bathroom design to make it more decorative and modern.
The boat’s public and social areas, bathed in a resolutely contemporary look and feel, will be warm and welcoming. LED lighting, thick and luxurious carpeting, lights, colors and sumptuous materials have been brought together by our decorators to create a truly inspirational atmosphere.
DAY 1: BASEL
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. in Basel. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Now it will be time to sit back, relax and begin to enjoy the scenery and the services of our friendly and service-oriented staff. We’ll have dinner on board and we’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 2: BASEL - SCHAFFHAUSEN - LAKE CONSTANCE – MAINAU - BASEL
Enjoy a breakfast on board before joining us on an optional excursion to the Rhine Falls and Lake Constance (our day includes the entrance fee, lunch on Mainau Island and transport by coach). The Rhine Falls are among the most spectacular sites to visit in Switzerland. You’ll also discover the Laufen Castle, and its impressive view overlooking the falls. We’ll then continue on to Lake Constance, and arrive in time to eat lunch on Mainau Island. There’s so much to admire and discover on Mainau: explore the park and gardens, nature and botany using all your senses. You’ll soon see why it has become one of the most famous tourist spots in Germany. We’ll return by coach to our ship in Basel. We’ll have dinner on board and our ship will depart for Breisach.
DAY 3: BREISACH – TITISEE – THE BLACK FOREST – BREISACH
After buffet breakfast on board, we’ll depart for an optional trip to The Black Forest and Titisee. We’ll also visit the open air museum in Gutach. Located in the heart of the Black Forest, this museum carries out research projects and explores the cultural heritage and development of all rural areas in the Black Forest region. Culture and history will come to life as you discover how people have lived and worked in Black Forest farmhouses over the last 400 years. We’ll enjoy lunch on the road. This afternoon, we’ll continue on to Titisee. Located against a lovely, romantic backdrop, Lake Titisee’s crystal-clear water attracts thousands of tourists and water sport fans every year. Why not take a boat ride to discover this magical place that has still preserved its incomparable charm? We’ll return to our ship in Breisach in late afternoon. We’ll have dinner on board, followed by an evening of entertainment. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 4: BREISACH – STRASBOURG
We’ll begin to cruise early in the morning today. Enjoy your breakfast on board while continuing our cruise on the Rhine River, admiring the magnificent wine-growing region. We’ll have lunch on board, and we’ll arrive in Strasbourg in early afternoon. This afternoon, join us for an optional tour of Strasbourg, the European capital. We’ll begin our tour through several different neighborhoods in the city: the German quarter located around the famous Place de la République and the European quarter's Palace of Europe, European Court of Humans Rights, and the European Parliament. We’ll continue our visit to the Cathedral, where you’ll also be able to see the legendary Kammerzell House. We’ll then continue on to the Petite France quarter, listed as UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988. We’ll return to our ship in late afternoon for dinner and an evening of dancing and entertainment. Our ship will depart during the night toward Mainz.
DAY 5: MAINZ - KOBLENZ
Enjoy breakfast on board before arriving in Mainz. Once in port, you can join an optional guided tour of the city and a visit the Gutenberg Museum (closed on Mondays). Mainz was founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans and is currently the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate. In the 17th and 18th centuries, top architects and sculptors enhanced the basic shape of the town with fine palaces and churches. We’ll have the chance to admire the magnificent, historical houses which have been outstandingly well-restored, before we continue our visit to the Gutenberg Museum. This world-famous museum of book printing houses two copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the first major book printed with movable type in the West. We’ll return to the ship for lunch and continue our cruise toward Koblenz. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002, the legendary and romantic Rhine River is bestowed with truly magnificent landscapes. At each and every turn of the river, you’ll marvel at the castles and medieval villages set amidst the renowned vineyards. We’ll also pass the legendary Lorelei rock, named after a beautiful young maiden who, according to German legend, threw herself into the river in despair over a faithless lover and was transformed into a siren. We’ll have dinner on board and arrive in Koblenz during the evening. Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, Koblenz was founded over 2,000 years ago and offers visitors a rich collection of cultural monuments and historic buildings. After dinner, set off on your own or join our host/hostess for a tour of the city.
DAY 6: KOBLENZ – COLOGNE - DUSSELDORF
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as our ship leaves for Cologne. We’ll continue our cruise up the magnificent Rhine Valley. The Rhine River follows a remarkable route, meandering between sheer rocks, past small islands and fortified castles sitting high above the vineyards. We’ll arrive in Cologne by late morning. We’ll enjoy lunch on board and afterward, we’ll leave for an optional guided tour on foot of Cologne. At the crossroads of Europe since the Middle Ages, Cologne has kept its importance as a vibrant commercial and industrial city, as well as a cultural and religious center. We’ll have the opportunity to admire the exterior facades of the magnificent Gothic Cologne Cathedral, which took over 500 years to complete. The twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne in the old city are also among the most famous local attractions. As we continue our visit to the old town, and we’ll stop to admire the outside of the famous Eau de Cologne neo-Gothic building. You have some free time on your own before we return by coach to Dusseldorf and rejoin our ship for diner. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 7: DUSSELDORF – XANTEN – AMSTERDAM
Enjoy breakfast on board before leaving by coach on an optional tour of Aachen. We’ll begin our visit in the old town, its narrow alleys and historic squares exposing its 2,000 year-old history. We’ll continue our tour with a visit to the Cathedral of Aachen, one of the most famous examples of western architecture. It was Charlemagne’s final resting place, and more than 30 German kings were crowned here. In 1978, it was the first German building to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. You’ll also see the Cathedral’s Treasury, thought to be the most important ecclesiastical treasury north of the Alps. It houses sacral art treasures from the Byzantine, Carolingian, and Hohenstaufen Empires. The Cross of Lothair and the Bust of Charlemagne are part of this unique visit. After our visit, you’ll have some free time to sightsee on your own before heading back to the boat in Xanten. We’ll enjoy lunch on board and begin our cruise to Amsterdam this afternoon. We’ll cross the border into Germany near Emmerich, glide past Arhem, and enter Holland. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner and an evening of activities on board. We’ll arrive in Amsterdam during the night. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 8: AMSTERDAM
Enjoy breakfast on board before we set off on an optional guided visit of Amsterdam. The Dutch capital is a truly delightful city with a rich and fascinating past. It is also known as the “Venice of the North” thanks to its network of canals, and we’ll have the opportunity to learn a little about the true character of the town — an eclectic and pleasurable mix of historical and modern architecture and lifestyles. We’ll return on board for lunch. This afternoon, spend some time exploring on your own or join us for an optional excursion to Haarlem. Dutch Haarlem dates back to Gothic times and this is reflected in its architecture and cobbled streets. It also offers a lively cultural scene, excellent shopping and fine dining opportunities. We’ll return to our ship in late afternoon for dinner and an evening of dancing and entertainment. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 9: AMSTERDAM
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.
Offer correct at 05Apr17 and is subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, and subject to availability. Offer is inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices based on lead category outside cabin. Higher categories and prices may be available. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Offer valid to 08May17 unless sold out prior. Prices do not include airfares, transfers or hotel accommodation. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. ^Bonus free sightseeing tour cannot be changed for an alternate tour or redeemed for cash. Offer only available in conjunction with 21Jul17 and 06Aug17 cruise departures. If unused, tour will be forfeited.