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Cruising the Rhine Basel to Amsterdam

9 Day River Cruise

Netherlands, Europe
All Meals Included

Journey through the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland as you follow the winding course of the mighty Rhine. Travel between vastly different riverside settlements, exploring the tulip-growing town of Haarlem, Cologne's atmospheric old town and the roaring cascade of the Rhine Falls.

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Visit four countries in one cruise
  • Walking tours of Haarlem, Cologne, Mainz, Strasbourg & Basel
  • Explore the open-air museum of Arnhem
  • See the brightly painted wooden houses of Colmar
Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Basel


Depart London on your scheduled flight to Basel. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your ship, the 5* MS Douce France. Take a moment to settle into your cabin and enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner.

Day 2

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, a walking tour of Basel guides you through the weaving passages of the longstanding Grossbasel section, teeming with medieval monuments. Visit the Protestant Cathedral of Basler Munster and admire its red sandstone walls, colourful tiles and ornate spires. Journey onward to the lively shopping district of Freie Strasse and explore its blend of trendy boutiques and upscale stores. In the afternoon, visit the mighty Rhine Falls, a wall of cascading water which cuts through the Swiss greenery, then take in impressive panoramas at the nearby Laufen Castle.

Day 3
Basel to Breisach

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Spend a morning at leisure in Breisach, giving you the chance to visit the Romanesque St Stephansmunster Cathedral which overlooks the town. An afternoon tour carries you to Colmar where you'll soak in the pastel-coloured houses and winding canals of the neighbourhood of 'Little Venice'. Travel onward to the Unterlinden Museum for a tour of its vast collection of local and international artwork.

Day 4
Breisach to Strasbourg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a morning of cruising, you will arrive in Strasbourg to explore the medieval remnants of this French city. Walk through diverse districts, including the 'German Quarter' and European District which house the Palace of Europe and the European parliament building, providing a fascinating juxtaposition to the city's more historic sights. Take a guided tour of the cathedral before continuing on through the UNESCO-listed Petite France district, a romantic quarter of the city characterised by canals and timber-framed buildings. Later this evening, enjoy an evening of entertainment on board.

Day 5
Mainz to Koblenz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will meander down the most scenic stretch of the Rhine. Spend your day absorbing the gorgeous natural scenery carved by the river and viewing the settlements on its banks. On arrival into Mainz, take a guided tour of the city and uncover its colourful history which dates back to Roman times. Be captivated by the Romanesque Cathedral as you explore its grand interior, brimming with historic tombs and funerary monuments. Wander through the vibrant streets of the Old Town, stopping at the Guttenberg Museum which houses an extensive collection of printing equipment, materials and books, including the oldest printed book in the world.

Day 6
Koblenz to Dusseldorf

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Journey onward to Cologne where you'll set out on a walking tour of this bustling commercial and industrial city. Travel into the heart of the city and marvel at the grand facade of the towering Cologne Cathedral. Although its construction began in 1247, this iconic building took five centuries to complete and the area also boasts 12 additional Romanesque-style churches which circle the cathedral. Continue your tour into the old town with time at leisure to wander this network of historic streets. Later this evening, enjoy a gala dinner on board.

Day 7
Dusseldorf to Amsterdam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Disembark in Emmerich-am-Rhein to visit the open-air museum in nearby Arnhem. Located in a picturesque wooded park, the area is home to 80 historic farms, windmills and public buildings which provide fascinating insight into everyday Dutch life, customs and traditions. Immerse yourself in this wonderful experience and appreciate the quaint architecture on show, which ranges from charming, green painted houses to traditional Gelderand farms. Return to your ship for an evening of entertainment.

Day 8

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, take a coach journey to Haarlem, the 'City of Flowers' which is renowned as the country's vibrant tulip-growing centre. Discover the city's artistic heritage and its unique character and colourful landscape which have inspired generations of painters. Explore the architectural delights of the city gate of Amsterdamse Poort, the main square of Gote Markt and the immense Gothic structure of the Cathedral of St Bavo, with time at leisure to take in more of the city sights before returning to your vessel.

Day 9
Amsterdam to the UK


Disembark after breakfast for your airport transfer and return flight to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Price (per person)
Dates available
May 2021
from £2,199
Sold Out
26th May - 3rd Jun
Sold Out
June 2021
from £2,099
1 Date
11th Jun - 19th Jun
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0333 242 7529
July 2021
from £2,099
2 Dates
11th Jul - 19th Jul
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
27th Jul - 4th Aug
Call to Book:
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August 2021
from £1,949
2 Dates
12th Aug - 20th Aug
28th Aug - 5th Sep
September 2021
from £2,049
1 Date
27th Sep - 5th Oct
October 2021
from £2,059
1 Date
11th Oct - 19th Oct

Important Information

A visa is not required for British nationals travelling to Holland, France or Germany. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of bookin

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to Basel Airport and returns from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with British Airways (BA) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5. Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-In should be at least 2 hours before departure. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking, lounges or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extra Tel. 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This river cruise is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on cobbled streets and getting on and off the cruise ship. This cruise is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The currency in Holland, Germany and France, as well as onboard, is the Euro (EUR). The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). We recommend that you exchange currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in most towns and cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

This cruise is All-Inclusive, so you will only need to take a little extra money with you to cover any premium drinks on board and souvenirs, drinks and snacks purchased when off the ship, as well as any optional excursions you wish to book. Tipping is at your discretion. There is an envelope in your cabin for this purpose that can be handed to the reception at the end of your cruise. Credit cards are accepted on board ship and throughout Holland.