This tour goes from Amsterdam-Basel (May 22; Jul 7, 2019) or in the reverse, Basel-Amsterdam (Jun 29, 2019). The Basel-Amsterdam itinerary is the reverse of the program detailed below.
Day 1: Amsterdam
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00pm in Amsterdam. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail.
Day 2: Amsterdam (19-33-47 miles/31-53-76 km)
We’ll spend the day biking towards the inlands and Edam. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon, our tour will take us along Lake Markermeer and through the coastal village of Durgerdam Once we get back to Amsterdam, take your time to explore the canal-crossed capital at your own pace. We’ll then return to the ship. Enjoy an evening of dancing as our ship leaves for Wesel.
Day 3: Emmerich am Rhein – Wesel – Dusseldorf
We’ll cruise to Emmerich am Rhein where we'll leave for an excursion to the Open-Air Museum in Arnhem. Here, the architecture and daily life in the former Dutch provinces are represented by 80 authentic farms, mills, and workshops. During our visit, the ship will cruise to Wesel. After we return to the ship, we’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Dusseldorf.
Day 4: Dusseldorf – Cologne – Koblenz (34 miles/55 km)
We’ll cruise to Cologne before biking around the city, where you’ll be able to admire the clever combination of modern and ancient architecture. Don’t miss the cathedral, built between 1248 and 1880, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll then continue through the magnificent countryside landscapes towards Konigswinter, where we’ll board the ship for lunch. This afternoon, we’ll cruise the Rhine toward Koblenz, arriving in the early evening. After dinner, we suggest using your free time tonight to stroll through town to see the famous “Deutsches Eck.”
Day 5: Koblenz – Mainz – Worms (15-31-39 miles/25-50-63 km)
We’ll begin to cruise to Mainz. Throughout this part of the cruise, you will see numerous castles nestled among the famous vineyards, and the legendary Lorelei rock. We’ll arrive in Mainz during the afternoon. We'll then head to Bingen where our bike tour will begin—bringing 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 again: the subject of many myths and legends. We’ll continue to bike to Worms, where we'll board the ship. During the night, we'll cruise to Strasbourg.
Day 6: Strasbourg – Breisach (10 miles/16 km)
We’ll arrive in Strasbourg in the early morning. Spend the morning 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 Île and the historic heart of the Alsatian capital. You’ll go past impressive buildings, including the cathedral.
This afternoon, we’ll cruise toward Breisach through the magnificent wine-producing region. Tonight, we’ll have our gala dinner followed by an evening of dancing. We'll arrive in Breisach during the night.
Day 7: Breisach – Basel (23-26-49 miles/37-42-79 km options)
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 half-timbered houses. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Ribeauvillé before continuing on the tour. We’ll stop in Riquewihr, listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages and enjoy a tasting of wine. Following our tour, return to the ship on your bike or by minibus—as you wish! We’ll then cruise towards Basel. Tonight we'll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.
Day 8: Basel Wine Route (21-27-34 miles/34-44-55 km options)
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 visiting 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. Tonight's dinner will be followed by an evening of dancing.
Day 9: Basel
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00am.