The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine

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Enjoy an outstanding 8-night river cruise on the majestic Rhine from Switzerland, through France and Germany and on to the Netherlands, from the comfort of your fine river cruiser, the MS Douce France.

Cruising from Basel in Switzerland this cruise also visits Breisach, Strasbourg, Mainz, Koblenz, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Amsterdam.

From Basel to Amsterdam, embark on a cruise rich in history and authenticity. Admire the beauty of the Rhine Falls before discovering historic monuments through cities such as Haarlem or Colmar and its Unterlinden museum. You can take a stroll to the Arnhem Open Air Museum, which reveals a 100-year-old story.

Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Basel
  • Return airport transfer to the port
  • 8 nights accommodation on board the Premium MS Douce France
  • Full Board basis – all meals and all drinks including alcoholic
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Refined French cuisine
  • Gala dinner and evening
  • Welcome cocktail
  • One check in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1 BASEL

Following your flight to Basel, you will be transferred to the quay to board you ship, the MS Douce France. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Day 2 BASEL – SCHAFFHAUSEN – BASEL

Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Basel. This afternoon, join us for the optional excursions proposed: CLASSIC: Discover the Rhine Falls, among the most spectacular sites to visit in Switzerland. DISCOVERY: Hike around and mini-cruise to the foot of the Rhine Falls. Enjoy an evening of dancing before our ship departs towards Breisach.

Day 3 BREISACH

Enjoy time at leisure in Breisach, a city along the Rhine. The romanesque St Stephansmünster cathedral overlooks this lovely German town with a European feel. This afternoon, join us for the optional excursions proposed: CLASSIC: Guided tour of Colmar and the Unterlinden Museum(3). DISCOVERY: Bike tour of the Kaiserstuhl, a range of hills perfect for cycling amateurs. Our tour will take us through exceptional landscapes, orchards, small medieval villages and along the Rhine. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 4 BREISACH – STRASBOURG

We’ll arrive in Strasbourg early this afternoon. Join us for the optional excursions proposed: CLASSIC: Guided tour of the European capital. DISCOVERY: Bird’s eye view of Strasbourg from the top of the cathedral. Enjoy an evening of dancing as our ship starts sailing towards Mainz.

Day 5 MAINZ – KOBLENZ

Join us for the optional excursions proposed: CLASSIC: Guided tour of Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum (closed on Mondays.) DISCOVERY: Touring the Rhineland vineyards. We’ll return on board and cruise up the most beautiful part of the Rhine River towards Koblenz, passing numerous castles as well as the infamous Lorelei Rock along the way. This evening, join our hostess for a tour of the city.

Day 6 KOBLENZ – COLOGNE – DÜSSELDORF

We’ll depart for Cologne, reaching it later this morning. Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Cologne on foot. Our tour will allow you to wonder at the majestic cathedral, the old town as well as the famous Fragrance Museum (exterior only.) Enjoy time at leisure in the city before we head back to the ship in Düsseldorf by coach. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.

Day 7 DÜSSELDORF – XANTEN – NIJMEGEN – AMSTERDAM

Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Guided tour of the open-air museum in Arnhem. Meanwhile, our ship cruises towards Nijmegen where we’ll board it again after our tour. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 8 AMSTERDAM

This morning, join us for the optional excursions proposed: CLASSIC: Guided panoramic tour of Amsterdam and visit to a diamond merchant’s. DISCOVERY: Bike tour of Amsterdam in search of its most secret and unique locations. In the afternoon, join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Visit the Keukenhof Gardens(1). outside the opening dates of the park, guided tour of Haarlem

Day 9 AMSTERDAM

Following your buffet breakfast onboard, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Dublin.

Accommodation

CroisiEurope

CroisiEurope has a fleet of 40 Prestige boats with cabins, which ply the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Spacious and light, they offer a welcoming and refined setting. Accommodation capacity varies from 100 to 280 passengers depending on the boat’s design. At the cutting edge of technology, their facilities offer comfort and safety. Carefully maintained and partially renovated each year, the CroisiEurope fleet is largely made up of recently built vessels, less than five years old, all with Veritas certification.

MS Douce France

  • Total capacity : 55

  • Width : 11.40 meters

  • Year of construction : 1997

  • Year of renovation : 2017

  • Numbers of passengers : 106 Passengers

  • Length : 110 meters

RESTAURANT

Located on the upper deck, the restaurant is where all meals are served during your cruise. It seats all guests at tables which vary in size with a panoramic view. The atmosphere is casual but elegant.

LOUNGE BAR WITH DANCEFLOOR

The lounge tastefully decorated has panoramic views and is spanning the bow of the ship. Cocktails and games, dancing, and other forms of entertainment all happen here.

SUN DECK

Do not miss it to unwind ! It is equipped with recliners and deck chairs, so that you can enjoy the best views of your cruise.

FITNESS

Start your day joining us for a morning fitness class on the sun deck.

RECEPTION DESK

Perfect place to meet up with friends before excursions or to ask any information you may need to the staff. The Gift Shop is also located here, you’ll find a wide assortment of souvenirs, CroisiEurope products and post cards.

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit €200 per person
  • Optional Insurance €31 (conditions apply)
  • Single supplement from €715
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €0pp
  Number of nights: 8

14 May 2019 €2,394 Main
14 May 2019 €2,669 Upper Deck

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