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Biking along the Rhine 2018
(Basel to Amsterdam)

9 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1: BASEL
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Sit back and enjoy a presentation about your CroisiBike vacation.
 
DAY 2: BASEL - Wine Route - BASEL
We’ll leave on a minibus for the South of Alsace. Once we arrive in Ensisheim, you’ll get on your bike and ride to Colmar. During the trip, you’ll see the Chateau du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, built during the second half of the 13th century. We’ll stop in Colmar to enjoy some free time to visit the quintessential neighborhood of “Little Venice.” We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll continue biking on the famous Alsatian Wine Route. We’ll stop in Eguisheim, listed as one of France's most beautiful villages, and taste the famous Alsatian sparkling wine. Following our tour, we’ll return to the ship and enjoy an evening of dancing before leaving for Breisach.
Biking itineraries: to Colmar 33.8 km./21 mi. (137 m./449 ft. elevation gain) - to Eguisheim 43.5 km./27 mi. (213 m./699 ft. elevation gain) - to Rouffach 54.7 km./34 mi. (305 m./1000 ft. elevation gain)
 
DAY 3: BREISACH
Today’s tour will bring you through the countryside in the very heart of the Wine Route. You’ll bike through vineyards, beautiful landscapes and villages with the half-timbered houses. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Ribeauvillé before continuing our bike tour. We’ll stop in Riquewihr, listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages. We’ll enjoy a tasting of wines before returning to the ship on your bike or by minibus - as you wish! 
Biking itineraries: to Ribeauvillé 37 km./23 mi. (213 m./699 ft. elevation gain) - to Riquewihr 41.8 km./26 mi. (366 m./1201 ft. elevation gain) - to Breisach 78.9 km./49 mi. (549 m./1801 ft. elevation gain).
 
DAY 4: BREISACH - STRASBOURG
We’ll spend the morning cruising the river, arriving in Strasbourg in the early afternoon. Spend the afternoon on your bike discovering the city of Strasbourg and its Grande Île, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll pass by the European Parliament and ride through the Orangerie Garden, the city’s oldest park. You’ll be able to continue your tour on the Forts Trail - which connects the ancient forts around the city - crossing the Grande Ile and the historic heart of the Alsatian capital. You’ll go past impressive buildings, including the cathedral. Following our tour, we’ll return to the ship and enjoy an evening of dancing. We’ll begin to cruise to Mainz.
Biking itinerary: in Strasbourg 16.1 km./10 mi. (76 m./249 ft. elevation gain)
 
DAY 5: MAINZ - KOBLENZ
Once we arrive in Mainz, we'll head to Bingen where our bike tour will begin. Today’s trip will bring you to the most picturesque part of the river. You’ll cross the magnificent region which claims the most castles in the world. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. And you’ll be able to see the infamous Lorelei Rock: the subject of many myths and legends. We'll then head to Koblenz and board the ship once more. This evening, enjoy some free time exploring Koblenz. 
Biking itineraries: to Bingen am Rhein 24.7 km./17 mi. (213 m./699 ft. elevation gain) - to the Lorelei 49.9 km./31 mi. (396 m./1299 ft. elevation gain) - to Koblenz 62.8 km./38 miles (488 m./1601 ft. elevation gain).
 
DAY 6: KOBLENZ - COLOGNE - DÜSSELDORF
We'll spend the morning cruising towards Cologne. You’ll discover the city on your bike, where you’ll be able to admire the clever combination of modern and ancient architecture. Don’t miss the tour of the cathedral, built between 1248 and 1880 and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we'll continue biking across the magnificent countryside landscapes towards Düsseldorf. We’ll return to the ship. Tonight is our festive gala evening. 
Biking itinerary: from Cologne 54.7 km./36 mi. (274 m./898 ft. elevation gain)
 
DAY 7: DÜSSELDORF - XANTEN - NIMEGUE - AMSTERDAM
We’ll spend the morning cruising to Xanten, where you can join us for an excursion to the Open-Air Museum in Arnhem. Meanwhile, the boat will travel to Nijmegen. We'll return on board in Nijmegen and cruise to Amsterdam.
 
DAY 8: AMSTERDAM
We’ll spend the day biking towards the inlands and Edam. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. The afternoon will be spent on our last bike tour along the banks of Lake Markermeer, biking through the village of Durgerdam. Upon your return to Amsterdam, take your time to explore the city renowned for its canals. 
Biking itineraries: to Edam 30.6 km./19 mi. (107 m./351 ft. elevation gain) - to Katwoude 53.1 km./33 mi. (183 m./600 ft. elevation gain) - to Amsterdam 75.6 km./47 mi. (244 m./800 ft. elevation gain)
 
DAY 9: AMSTERDAM
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Bike provided
  • On-call maintenance and repair service
  • All bike tours are included
  • Basel is the starting gate to a spectacular tour through the Rhine Valley and up to the canals of Amsterdam. 
All This Included
  • English-speaking tour guide for the entire cruise
  • Bike provided
  • On-call maintenance and repair service
  • All bike tours are included
  • Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day 
  • Drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the ship
  • Drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list 
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom 
  • Excursions included in the package selected 
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess 
  • Welcome cocktail 
  • Gala dinner 
  • Onboard entertainment 
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance 
  • All port fees
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Douce France
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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