Rhine River Cruise: Amsterdam to Basel with Switzerland

Cruise to the heart of Europe on a 12 day journey from Amsterdam to Zurich. Discover the beauty of Switzerland, visit Lake Geneva, Montreux and the Alps.

12 Days
Amsterdam to Zurich
From (GBP)
£ 5,195
£ 4,445
Dates & Pricing

2019 Amsterdam > Zurich

Tour Map
Tour Code:
AMSW
Duration:
12 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Zurich

Selected Itinerary

Teresa Fisher

National Geographic Expert, Teresa Fisher

Departure date: June 12-19, 2019 
Teresa Fisher is a National Geographic author and freelance travel writer based in Portsmouth, UK. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Exeter University, she initially worked in London for Sotheby’s auction house; then in Europe as a cross-cultural communications trainer, living in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and Taiwan.

While residing in Bavaria, she commenced a career in travel writing, focusing initially on Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy – destinations which still hold a special place in her heart. Teresa has since penned more than 30 guidebooks and children’s educational books on a wide variety of destinations from Europe to Japan, for publishers such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and Fodor’s, and including National Geographic Traveler Switzerland. She specializes in European cities, adventure travel to far-flung destinations and all things Alpine, dividing her time between her family-oriented website, familyskinews.com, and photojournalism.

Her stories have taken her round the globe, documenting wildlife and culture in some of the world’s more remote places. Highlights include tracking jaguars by dugout canoe in Guyana, tracking orangutan in eastern Sabah, backpacking round Japan, and being part of the first team of husky mushers to cross from Finland into Russia. When she’s not travelling or skiing, Teresa spends summer months aboard her houseboat in the world’s largest natural harbour, Poole Harbour. Teresa speaks French, German and some Italian, plays the violin and piano, and is a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and The Arts Society. She has been leading expeditions for National Geographic in Europe for more than half a dozen years.
Todd Gipstein

National Geographic Photographer, Todd Gipstein

Departure date: June 12-19, 2019 
Todd Gipstein has been a photographer, writer, producer, and lecturer for more than 40 years. He has worked with National Geographic since 1987, where he was the Society’s Director of Multi-Image and Executive Producer for Multimedia for many years.

His award-winning documentaries for the Geographic have featured a diverse range of topics, including photography, nature, the environment, history, exploration, travel, and National Geographic itself.

Todd's work is known worldwide for its evocative storytelling, covering places across Europe, the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Baltic Seas; the United States and Canada; Asia; South America; New Zealand; the South Pacific; Antarctica; and the Arctic. His images have been published in National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines as well as in many books.

Todd also continues to contribute to the National Geographic Image Collection. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he frequently participates in photography and media festivals in Europe. An enthusiastic traveler and teacher, Todd has lectured, presented his documentaries, and given photography workshops for the Geographic around the world.

12 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Arrive in Amsterdam, Netherlands and transfer to your Scenic Space Ship this afternoon. At this evening’s welcome reception, raise your glass to the journey ahead as we set sail on the Rhine.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Amsterdam/Volendam/Edam

    Known as the “Venice of the North,” Amsterdam is a vibrant city with an arts scene that has flourished since the Middle Ages.

    Cruise through the city’s picturesque canals, which form a ring of waterways that has collectively been designated a World Heritage site. You may instead choose to go biking on the outskirts of the city, or take a guided visit to the renowned Rijksmuseum to examine masterpieces including Rembrandt’s Night Watch. National Geographic’s book The 10 Best of Everything ranks the Rijksmuseum among the top 10 museums in the world. Alternatively, discover the fishing village of Volendam, with its unusual raised homes and quaint wooden church. Then head to charming Edam and sample some of the round cheese for which the village famous.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Cologne/Mettmann

    The largest city on the Rhine, Cologne boasts an intriguing blend of ancient and modern architecture. Here, amid the cobblestoned streets of the Old Town, Roman ruins mix with Romanesque churches and contemporary museums.

    Enjoy a scenic ride on Germany’s oldest cog railway and discover Schloss Drachenburg, or Dragon Castle, which overlooks the Rhine Valley. Or stroll through Cologne’s historic quarter and get up close to the filigreed twin towers of its Gothic cathedral—one of Germany’s most famous landmarks. Alternatively, visit the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, located in the valley where the bones of an Ice Age human—a Neanderthal—were recovered for the first time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Koblenz/Cochem

    Spend the day exploring Koblenz, an ancient Roman city that straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers—the Rhine and Moselle. Discover the highlights of the Old Town, including the 13th-century Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and the 18th-century Rathaus (town hall), which was formerly a Jesuit college. Or venture to Cochem, a medieval gem situated on the banks of the Moselle. Discover this fairy-tale city on a guided tour that includes a visit to the 1,000-year-old Reichsburg Castle, which presides over the valley from a hilltop perch. Alternatively, you may opt to visit a winery or go biking along the river.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Rüdesheim

    Arrive in Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini-train.

    At Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Cabinet, peruse a large collection of mechanical musical instruments, which includes a vast array of music boxes. Then ride a cable car high above the city to the Niederwald Monument, built between 1877 and 1883 to commemorate the unification of Germany.  Alternatively, go hiking through the vineyards of Rüdesheim, enjoying picturesque views.

    This afternoon, our ship continues to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, often called the Rhine Gorge. This 40-mile stretch of river flows past medieval towns, castles, and vineyards, and has been designated a World Heritage site for its historical importance and natural beauty.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Heidelberg, Germany

    Home to the oldest university in Germany, Heidelberg also boasts a rich literary history. Join a local guide on a tour of this delightful city, which inspired 19th-century German Romantics as well as Mark Twain, who recorded his observations of the city in A Tramp Abroad. Stroll through the Altstadt, or Old Town, and visit Heidelberg’s sandstone castle—a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Or take a funicular up the hill, enjoying spectacular views as you hike back down to town. Alternatively, embark on an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Grube Messel, a fossil site that was featured in a February 2000 National Geographic magazine story. “Ida,” the most perfectly preserved primate fossil in the world, was discovered here in 1983 and later analyzed by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jorn Hurum and his team in 2009.

    This evening, enjoy a private concert at a baroque palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Strasbourg, France/Mittelbergheim/Black Forest, Germany

    Venture ashore at Strasbourg, the capital of France’s wine-growing Alsace region. Our exploration begins with a tour of the canal-laced La Petite France district, where artisans lived and worked during the Middle Ages. Then stroll through the Old Town, designated a World Heritage site for its wealth of architectural gems, including half-timbered houses, Alsatian winstubs (taverns), and Strasbourg’s Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame. Alternatively, journey to the village of Mittelbergheim and sample some of the distinctive wines for which the Alsace region is known. Or opt to go hiking in the dense woodlands of Germany’s Black Forest region, which is believed to have inspired the Brothers Grimm when they were researching and writing their famous fairy tales.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Basel > Montreux

    Disembark and transfer to Vevey, home to Charlie Chaplin once he’d fled the United States. Enter the world of Charlie Chaplin as you meet one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin’s World Museum. This afternoon you’ll get the chance to luxuriate at your hotel located on the shores of picturesque Lake Geneva, where you’ll be enjoying a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Montreux

    Today board your carriage for a panoramic train journey to Château-d’Œx. Upon arrival you’ll view traditional cheese-making in rustic ambience at the Restaurant Le Chalet. The Restaurant Le Chalet makes its own cheese, “Le Chalet Bio”. The cheesemaker transforms milk into a hard cheese right in front of your eyes. At the end of the demonstration you’ll have an opportunity to taste the freshly made cheese.

  10. Day 10 - Montreux > Bern

    Ascend the Swiss Alps to the breathtaking village of Gstaad. Then continue to Bern for your overnight stay.

  11. Day 11 - Bern > Lucerne > Zurich

    Journey to Lucerne and discover this charming town on an orientation tour with your tour director. Continue to Zurich for an overnight stay, repeatedly named the city with the world’s highest quality of life, Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and home to a host of treasures.

  12. Day 12 - Zurich

    After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Zurich Airport for your onward or homebound flight with memories of a truly unforgettable trip.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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