Monday, October 1, 2012

River Cruise Itinerary - Amsterdam to Basel

Oct 7, Sunday - Depart Toronto to Amsterdam

Oct 8, Monday - Arrive Amsterdam
The capital of the Netherlands is known for its many cultural sites, art museums, entertainment, and of course its scenic canals. Some sites of interest include the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum.

Central Station is connected to the airport.

HOTEL Albus Hotel

The Albus is located in the historical heart of Amsterdam within the famous Canal Belt and next to the most prestigious part of Amsterdam: The Golden Bend.
2 to 10 minutes walking distance to the main squares: Damsquare, Leidsesquare, Rembrandsquare and Muntsquare
5 minutes by tram from Central Station
50 meter from the tram stop
70 meter walking distance from the parking garage
25 taxi minutes away from Schiphol

You’ll be surrounded by most of the top tourist attractions.
Canal Boat (5 minutes)
Anne Frank House (19 minutes)
Red light district (10 minutes)
Van Gogh Museum (16 minutes)
Rijks Museum (10 minutes)

Oct 9 - Amsterdam
We have the day to explore on our own.

(DAY 2 Gate 1) Oct 10, Wednesday
MORNING - Amsterdam
We're on our own until we head to the ship.

4PM -- transfer to the port located near the Amsterdam Passenger Terminal on your own. Embarkation begins at 4 pm. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and a traditional Dutch folklore show on board.

Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Dinner

(Day 3 Gate 1) Oct 11, Thursday - Morning in Amsterdam; Afternoon in Volendam The Netherlands
This morning is free to explore Amsterdam independently or take the offered city tour.

At 11:30 am, set sail along the Ijsselmeer River and arrive to Volendam at 3 pm. Discover this old Dutch fishing village where town inhabitants continue to dress in traditional clothing.
Rejoin the ship at 6 pm and set sail as you dine this evening

Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(DAY 4 Gate 1) Oct 12, Friday- Evening in Cologne Germany
Today relax on board as you sail the scenic Rhine River. The ship will make a brief technical stop to allow passengers joining the optional excursion to Dusseldorf and Cologne to debark. At 7:30 pm, take in the beauty of the famous gothic Cologne Cathedral as you cruise into Germany’s oldest city.

This evening, the ship will depart at 10 pm

Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(DAY 5 Gate 1) Oct 13, Saturday - Afternoon in Cochem Germany
This morning take in the beautiful vistas of the Rhine River from your floating hotel.

 At 2 pm, arrive to Cochem, a quaint German town best known for its late-Gothic castle and restored timber-framed houses. Perhaps visit Reichsburg Castle, stroll the colorful riverside promenade, or taste your way though the cozy wine taverns.

The ship will depart at 7:30 pm

Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(DAY 6 Gate 1) Oct 14, Sunday - Morning in Koblenz  Evening in Rüdesheim Germany
This morning, arrive in Koblenz, the site where the Mosel River flows into the Rhine River. This fortified city is home to numerous imposing defense towers and the impressive Castle of the Electors.

Set sail for Rüdesheim at 11:00 am and relax on board this afternoon. In the early evening, arrive to Rüdesheim, a lively wine village located in the heart of the Rhine River area. The city is a romantic holiday town offering a variety of first class restaurants, music and dancing. 

Set sail at 10 pm this evening

Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(DAY 7 Gate 1) Oct 15, Monday - Morning in Mannheim  Afternoon in Speyer Germany
This morning arrive to Mannheim, a city located at the meeting of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers. The 400-year-old city boasts one of the loveliest parks in Europe: the Luisenpark. The park is home to the picturesque Chinese Tea House and the 675-foot tall Tower. Continue sailing while you enjoy lunch on board, and arrive to Speyer at 3:30 pm. This city was originally inhabited by the Celts around 500 B.C., and is most famous for its beautiful red sandstone Cathedral. The Speyer Cathedral remains a fine example of Romanesque architecture and is undoubtedly the city’s most prized landmark as well as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. 

This evening the ship will depart at 7:30 pm

Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(DAY 8 Gate 1) Oct 16, Tuesday - Full Day in Strasbourg France
This morning explore Strasbourg independently, the capital of the Alsace region with a unique mix of French and German cultures. The entire city center, known as the Grande Île, or Grand Island, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of special note is the staggering Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture. For over 200 years the Cathedral stood as the world's tallest building, and it currently houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. The historic city center is known as the Place du Marché and is filled with delightful cafes and scenic winding streets. 

Set sail for Basel at 6 pm

Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(DAY 9 Gate 1) Oct 17, Wednesday - Basel Switzerland
This morning, disembark in Basel and transfer to hotel on your own for your departure flight.
Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

Basel HOTEL Rochat

  • 100 meters from Basel University
  • 300 meters from City Center
  • 1.3 kilometers from Basel, Switzerland (ZDH-Basel SBB Train Station)
  • 1.4 kilometers from Gare de Basel SBB
  • 200 meters from Pharmazie-Historiches Museum
  • 300 meters from Altstadt Grossbasel
  • 300 meters from Marktplatz
  • 300 meters from Spalentor

Oct 18, Thursday - Basel

Oct 19, Friday - fly home via Amsterdam.

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