Enjoy seven nights on board a Scenic 'Space-Ship' as you travel from Amsterdam to Basel, including visits to Cologne, Koblenz and Mannheim.
Amsterdam to Basel
The Rhine River flows from the eastern Swiss Alps to the North Sea coast of the Netherlands and the Moselle, which flows through France, Luxembourg and Germany, is a left tributary of the Rhine, joining it at Koblenz. This stunning tour begins in the canal city of Amsterdam, bound for the beautiful Swiss city of Basel and soaking up the charm and beauty of historic Cologne, the city of Koblenz which is over 2,000 years old; romantic Rüdesheim, the 'city of the squares', Mannheim; and Breisach, the German town with the Celtic name which means 'breakwater'.
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating and compact city of picturesque canals. You will be met and transferred* on arrival from Amsterdam Airport to your luxury Scenic Tours ‘Space-Ship’ where a warm welcome awaits you from your crew as you board and settle into your cabin. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers.
Choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE: (1) a sightseeing canal cruise through the waterways of Amsterdam; or (2) travel to North Holland’s seaside village of Volendam, stopping also in Edam to sample the delicacies of its namesake. This afternoon, why not explore the city at your own pace with Scenic Tailormade using your personal GPS device, with a selection of self paced tours including the Jewish history of Amsterdam; a past and present tour; or a tour of Amsterdam from Rembrandt's perspective. Back on board, relax and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.
Today choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a guided walking tour of historic Cologne seeing such sights as the magnificent Cologne Cathedral; or (2) join your guide on your walking tour of Düsseldorf, taking in all the ‘must-see’ sights including the famous Altstadt. This evening relax on board your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ as you sail this picturesque pocket of Germany on the tranquil Rhine River.
Today choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a guided tour of Koblenz, situated on both banks of the Rhine and at its confluence with the Moselle River; or (2) enter the spectacular lower Moselle Valley to discover the treasures of this beautiful region including a visit to Cochem and its superb medieval castle; or (3) join the well-developed cycle-paths of Koblenz for your discovery by bike of this gorgeous gem on the shores of the Rhine River. Why not relax with a cool drink this afternoon on your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ as we sail through the famous Rhine Gorge, with its stunning vistas of castles sitting high above steep vine covered slopes, headed for Rüdesheim.
All aboard the ‘Winzerexpress’ this morning bound for Siegfrieds Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum where we'll enjoy an Included tour of the many rooms of this fabulous museum before a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument.
Today choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activities: (1) take a guided tour of the romantic and picturesque cityscape of Heidelberg including a visit to the historic Heidelberg Castle and baroque style Old Town; or (2) visit the magnificent baroque Palace of Mannheim, beautifully restored after being heavily bombed in WWII.
Choose from these Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) visit Colmar in the stunning Alsace Wine Region of France, including a tasting in a local winery; or (2) step inside the setting of the Hansel and Gretel fable on your tour to the fabled and spectacularly beautiful Black Forest region in Germany. Delight your senses in the Vogtsbauernhof open air museum and tantalise your taste buds with a slice of delicious black forest cake.
After breakfast this morning it is time to disembark your luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’and transfer* to Zurich airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Please book flights to depart after midday).
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.