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. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers.
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 enjoy a chilled beverage in the Panorama Lounge as we enjoy an afternoon of cruising. Captain’s Welcome Dinner on board this evening.
Soak up the scenery from the Sun Deck this morning, or meet the chef and enjoy an on board cooking demonstration as we cruise the mighty Rhine River into Cologne. On arrival, enjoy a guided walking tour of this magnificent city, seeing such sights as the grand Cologne Cathedral. SCENIC SUNDOWNERS Enjoy an afternoon cocktail with your fellow travellers in picturesque Cologne. What better way to celebrate your holiday thus far!
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) situated on both banks of the Rhine and at its confluence with the Moselle River, enjoy a tour of Koblenz; or (2) a medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River, you’ll feel as if you are stepping directly into a fairy tale on your tour of Cochem including a visit to Reichsburg Castle. 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 perched above steep vine-covered slopes.
Board the ‘Winzerexpress’ for a fun trip to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum where you’ll discover the many unique and historic instruments housed in each of the various rooms on your guided visit of this fabulous museum. Afterwards, board a cable car to the Niederwald Monument for wonderful vistas over Rüdesheim. Enjoy an on board wine dégustation event this afternoon.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) take a guided tour of the romantic and picturesque cityscape of Heidelberg including a visit to the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and fascinating baroque style old town; or (2) visit the unique Technik Museum in the charming river-side town of Speyer, and see various displays of masterpieces of technology unable to be found anywhere else. SCENIC ENRICH Be an invited guest of an impeccable baroque-period palace for an exclusive classical concert and cocktail event this evening.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) famous for its beautiful historical centre, enjoy a guided walking tour of Strasbourg; or (2) wine tasting in the pretty Alsatian village of Mittelbergheim; or (3) ‘Shop with a Chef’ on your visit to a local food market including tastings; or (4) step inside the setting of the Hansel and Gretel fable and tour the spectacularly beautiful Black Forest. This afternoon enjoy scenic cruising to Switzerland.
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.