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Remarkable Rhine and Historic Holland

9 Nights from Basel to Amsterdam (or reverse)

Uniworld Rhine Main Discovery and Prague

Remarkable Rhine and Authentic Holland

Basel to Amsterdam - 9 days

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Amsterdam to Basel - 9 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Basel to Amsterdam

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Day 1: Basel (Embark)

Arrive at Basel Airport and be transferred to your ship. 

Day 2: Basel

Basel historically has been divided by the Rhine into two sections: Greater Basel, on the south bank, and Lesser Basel, on the north bank—and the Lällekönig has been sticking his long red tongue out at Lesser Basel since 1640. Though the original beaten-copper head with its crown and clockwork mechanism now resides in a museum, a replica still reigns near the Middle Bridge, insulting the grittier side of the city in its time-honored way. It’s on your itinerary today as you explore both sides of this most walkable of cities, crossing between them via a traditional ferry that is powered solely by the Rhine’s current. Ramble with your guide through the historic heart of Basel, stopping to nibble some of the city’s delectable specialties, including its celebrated honey-almond cookies, and getting a glimpse of the remarkable range of shops, which display everything from designer fabrics, antique books, quirky figurines and, of course, timepieces. Every historic square you see will hold a special charm: The spectacular red sandstone 16th-century town hall faces Market Square; Barfüsser Square is named for the deconsecrated church that now houses the city museum; Cathedral Square is dominated by Basel’s 800-year-old red sandstone Münster, where Erasmus is buried.

Choice of Basel art & food: old town walk, with local tastings, Cathedral & cloisters, Rhine ferry -or- “Let’s Go” Bike & Art: bike along the Wiese River to Fondation Beyeler Museum

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage Highlight: Theodor Herzi and the first Zionist Congress. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 3: Strasbourg

Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. Whether you see it by bicycle, on foot with an insightful local expert or opt to delve into the town’s Jewish past, Strasbourg’s cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. After docking in town, you’ll have a chance to discover Strasbourg’s many charms with a choice of excursions: A guided “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour of the Petit France district, stopping to try traditional Alsatian treats along the way; a “Let's Go” bike tour that covers a bit more ground, including the European district; or an in-depth look at the city’s rich Jewish history, which dates back an astonishing 2,000 years. After lunch onboard, spend the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps shopping for handcrafted souvenirs bearing images of white storks—a beloved symbol of the city.

Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking explorer -or- “Let’s go” Strasbourg by bike: Petit France and the European district

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage: Alsace’s Jewish past. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 4: Speyer (Worms)

Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously co-exist with modern day innovation. Take it all in during a walk with a local expert, or—for something really unexpected—venture into a spooky, candlelit tasting room to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and (surprisingly) delicious! A third option is our Jewish Heritage excursion to Worms, an ancient center of learning and religion. Join a local expert for a guided stroll through the historic small town of Speyer, famous for its vast Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have some free time to wander on your own, perhaps to have a coffee at a sidewalk café on the town’s bustling central plaza.

Choice of Exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting or Speyer – historic small town and German kings

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage Highlight: Ancient Jewish center of learning and religion in Worms. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 5: Frankfurt

Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers as well as traditional Old Town architecture. Experience the city with your choice of adventures today—visit Germany’s oldest museum, take a guided “Let's Go” bike ride or learn about the Rothschild family’s rags-to-riches saga. Step ashore and walk a short distance to the Old Town for our “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour. This part of the city has charming old homes, stately churches and a lively covered market where you can sample all sorts of local delicacies. Later, you can visit Germany’s oldest museum, the Städel, with 700 years of European art housed under a single roof. If you prefer, opt for a guided “Let's Go” bike ride that takes you through the Old Town, along the Main River promenade and down the city’s world-famous “Museum Mile”—which boasts no fewer than 13 acclaimed institutions. For something completely different, you can spend your time in Frankfurt delving into the city’s fascinating Jewish legacy.

Choice of Frankfurt “Do as the Locals Do” and world-class Städel Museum -or- “Let’s Go” Frankfurt by bike

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage: Frankfurt Jewish Heritage Museum and the legacy of the Rothschilds. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 6: Oberwesel

Bacharach is an ancient village that appears straight out of the pages of a storybook. Enjoy a guided stroll through town and taste some locally grown Rieslings, a specialty of the region. Alternatively, join a “Let's Go” hike that will take you past the old town walls and up to a fortified 12th-century castle.

Choice of Bacharach: storybook wine village walk & Riesling tasting -or- “Let’s Go” Castle Stahleck hike

Day 7: Cologne

You simply cannot visit Cologne without paying homage to its most notorious site, the Gothic masterpiece that serves as the city’s cathedral. A local expert will show you favorite haunts around the Old Town and share some of the cathedral’s most intriguing and Magi-cal secrets with you. Afterwards, you have a choice of three enticing excursions highlighting beer, contemporary art or Jewish history. Our first stop today is Cologne’s massive cathedral, a UNESCO-designated Gothic masterpiece with a shrine to the Three Magi that has drawn religious pilgrims for centuries. From there, beer aficionados can visit an Old Town pub for a taste of Kölsch, a brew made only in Cologne. Art lovers can see Europe’s most significant collection of contemporary art at Museum Ludwig. And guests interested in the city’s Jewish past are welcome to explore the centuries-old mikveh and other notable sites in Cologne’s Jewish quarter, once home to Europe’s first Jewish settlement north of the Alps. No matter which excursion you choose, you’ll also have ample free time to explore the city on your own.

Choice of Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage: Cologne’s Jewish Quarter. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 8: Arnhem

Arnhem, once almost completely destroyed by WWII, has blossomed into a burgeoning Dutch city, with several wonderful museums, charming shop-lined streets and historically significant landmarks. Get a glimpse into Arnhem’s WWII-era past at the Airborne Museum. It’s dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, where Allied Airborne Forces (paratroopers) attempted to secure bridges in the surrounding areas to prevent further invasion. Learn the history of the infamous battle from enemy, ally and civilian perspective and explore an extensive collection of equipment and weaponry. Opt for more active exploration on the Arnhem Airborne Cycle route. Bike past major battle landmarks such as John Frost Bridge, Doorwerth Castle and the Airborne Cemetery as you travel along the river banks.

Choice of Arnhem Airborne Museum WWII -or- Arnhem Airborne Cycle Route

Day 9: Rotterdam

You’ll spend your day exploring Rotterdam’s historic splendor, vibrant culture, varied architectural landscape and maritime heritage. Embark on a stroll around the port city’s most enticing spots, like Market Hall. The impressive residential and office building is adorned with a futuristic, all-glass façade, doubling as an art installation of sorts. While you’re in the heart of the city, you’ll stop along the way to sample mouthwatering Dutch pastries. Venture to the nearby village of Kinderjik and marvel at a group of 19 towering windmills. The World Heritage Site holds the largest concentration of old windmills in The Netherlands and its entire vicinity is a protected village view. Rotterdam is the “Gateway to Europe” and you’ll want to discover why. Upon your arrival in Arnhem that evening, choose to explore the Genealogy Museum of Jewish People.

Choice of Culinary Stroll of Rotterdam’s SuperDutch, supersized Market Hall -or- Kinderdijk windmills

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage Highlight: Jewish Genealogy Museum visit. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 10: Amsterdam, Zaandam

Enjoy the luxury of a full day in the “Venice of the North,” starting with a private “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Amsterdam Hermitage. Afterwards, visit significant Jewish Heritage sites or explore the city on foot or by bike. At your private “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Amsterdam Hermitage, you’ll have the museum’s extraordinary collection of Dutch Masters all to yourself, as an art historian shows you Portrait Gallery highlights. Afterwards, choose from a trio of enticing excursions: Admire the city’s narrow, gabled homes lining the canals on a “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour; explore the hip and trendy Jordaan district on two wheels, the quintessential way to experience this bike-obsessed city; or opt for our Jewish Heritage tour, with stops at the Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum.

Featured Excursions: Exclusive "Morning with the Masters" at the Hermitage Amsterdam; Discover Dutch crafts, windmills and museums at the Zaanse Schans

Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam stroll or “Let’s Go” Discover Amsterdam – the lively Jordaan district by bike

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage visit to Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 11: Amsterdam (Disembark)

Disembark the ship and be transferred to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for your flight home.

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Amsterdam to Basel

Skip to Basel to Amsterdam itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam (Embark)

Arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and be transferred to your ship.

Day 2: Amsterdam, Zaandam

Enjoy the luxury of a full day in the “Venice of the North,” starting with a private “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Amsterdam Hermitage. Afterwards, visit significant Jewish Heritage sites or explore the city on foot or by bike. At your private “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Amsterdam Hermitage, you’ll have the museum’s extraordinary collection of Dutch Masters all to yourself, as an art historian shows you Portrait Gallery highlights. Afterwards, choose from a trio of enticing excursions: Admire the city’s narrow, gabled homes lining the canals on a “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour; explore the hip and trendy Jordaan district on two wheels, the quintessential way to experience this bike-obsessed city; or opt for our Jewish Heritage tour, with stops at the Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum.

Featured Excursions: Exclusive "Morning with the Masters" at the Hermitage Amsterdam; Discover Dutch crafts, windmills and museums at the Zaanse Schans

Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam stroll -or- “Let’s Go” Discover Amsterdam – the lively Jordaan district by bike

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage visit to Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 3: Rotterdam

You’ll spend your day exploring Rotterdam’s historic splendor, vibrant culture, varied architectural landscape and maritime heritage. Embark on a stroll around the port city’s most enticing spots, like Market Hall. The impressive residential and office building is adorned with a futuristic, all-glass façade, doubling as an art installation of sorts. While you’re in the heart of the city, you’ll stop along the way to sample mouthwatering Dutch pastries. Venture to the nearby village of Kinderjik and marvel at a group of 19 towering windmills. The World Heritage Site holds the largest concentration of old windmills in The Netherlands and its entire vicinity is a protected village view. Rotterdam is the “Gateway to Europe” and you’ll want to discover why. Upon your arrival in Arnhem that evening, choose to explore the Genealogy Museum of Jewish People.

Choice of Culinary Stroll of Rotterdam’s SuperDutch, supersized Market Hall -or- Kinderdijk windmills

Jewish Heritage Excursion:Jewish Heritage Highlight: Jewish Genealogy Museum of Jewish People. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 4: Arnhem

Arnhem, once almost completely destroyed by WWII, has blossomed into a burgeoning Dutch city, with several wonderful museums, charming shop-lined streets and historically significant landmarks. Get a glimpse into Arnhem’s WWII-era past at the Airborne Museum. It’s dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, where Allied Airborne Forces (paratroopers) attempted to secure bridges in the surrounding areas to prevent further invasion. Learn the history of the infamous battle from enemy, ally and civilian perspective and explore an extensive collection of equipment and weaponry. Opt for more active exploration on the Arnhem Airborne Cycle route. Bike past major battle landmarks such as John Frost Bridge, Doorwerth Castle and the Airborne Cemetery as you travel along the river banks.

Choice of Arnhem Airborne Museum WWII -or- Arnhem Airborne Cycle Route

Day 5: Cologne

You simply cannot visit Cologne without paying homage to its most notorious site, the Gothic masterpiece that serves as the city’s cathedral. A local expert will show you favorite haunts around the Old Town and share some of the cathedral’s most intriguing and Magi-cal secrets with you. Afterwards, you have a choice of three enticing excursions highlighting beer, contemporary art or Jewish history. Our first stop today is Cologne’s massive cathedral, a UNESCO-designated Gothic masterpiece with a shrine to the Three Magi that has drawn religious pilgrims for centuries. From there, beer aficionados can visit an Old Town pub for a taste of Kölsch, a brew made only in Cologne. Art lovers can see Europe’s most significant collection of contemporary art at Museum Ludwig. And guests interested in the city’s Jewish past are welcome to explore the centuries-old mikveh and other notable sites in Cologne’s Jewish quarter, once home to Europe’s first Jewish settlement north of the Alps. No matter which excursion you choose, you’ll also have ample free time to explore the city on your own.

Choice of Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral -or- Cologne – Gothic Cathedral (outside only) and Museum Ludwig

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage: Cologne’s Jewish Quarter. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 6: Oberwesel

Bacharach is an ancient village that appears straight out of the pages of a storybook. Enjoy a guided stroll through town and taste some locally grown Rieslings, a specialty of the region. Alternatively, join a “Let's Go” hike that will take you past the old town walls and up to a fortified 12th-century castle.

Choice of Bacharach: storybook wine village walk & Riesling tasting -or- “Let’s Go” Castle Stahleck hike

Day 7: Frankfurt

Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers as well as traditional Old Town architecture. Experience the city with your choice of adventures today—visit Germany’s oldest museum, take a guided “Let's Go” bike ride or learn about the Rothschild family’s rags-to-riches saga. Step ashore and walk a short distance to the Old Town for our “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour. This part of the city has charming old homes, stately churches and a lively covered market where you can sample all sorts of local delicacies. Later, you can visit Germany’s oldest museum, the Städel, with 700 years of European art housed under a single roof. If you prefer, opt for a guided “Let's Go” bike ride that takes you through the Old Town, along the Main River promenade and down the city’s world-famous “Museum Mile”—which boasts no fewer than 13 acclaimed institutions. For something completely different, you can spend your time in Frankfurt delving into the city’s fascinating Jewish legacy.

Choice of Frankfurt “Do as the Locals Do” and world-class Städel Museum -or- “Let’s Go” Frankfurt by bike

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage: Frankfurt Jewish Heritage Museum and the legacy of the Rothschilds. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 8: Speyer (Worms)

Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously co-exist with modern day innovation. Take it all in during a walk with a local expert, or—for something really unexpected—venture into a spooky, candlelit tasting room to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and (surprisingly) delicious! A third option is our Jewish Heritage excursion to Worms, an ancient center of learning and religion. Join a local expert for a guided stroll through the historic small town of Speyer, famous for its vast Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have some free time to wander on your own, perhaps to have a coffee at a sidewalk café on the town’s bustling central plaza.

Featured Excursion: “Let’s Go” biking along the Rhine shores & city walls

Choice of Exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting -or- Speyer – historic small town and German kings

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage Highlight: Ancient Jewish center of learning and religion in Worms. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 9: Strasbourg

Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. Whether you see it by bicycle, on foot with an insightful local expert or opt to delve into the town’s Jewish past, Strasbourg’s cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. After docking in town, you’ll have a chance to discover Strasbourg’s many charms with a choice of excursions: A guided “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour of the Petit France district, stopping to try traditional Alsatian treats along the way; a “Let's Go” bike tour that covers a bit more ground, including the European district; or an in-depth look at the city’s rich Jewish history, which dates back an astonishing 2,000 years. After lunch onboard, spend the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps shopping for handcrafted souvenirs bearing images of white storks—a beloved symbol of the city.

Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking explorer -or- “Let’s go” Strasbourg by bike: Petit France and the European district

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage: Alsace’s Jewish past. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 10: Basel

Basel historically has been divided by the Rhine into two sections: Greater Basel, on the south bank, and Lesser Basel, on the north bank—and the Lällekönig has been sticking his long red tongue out at Lesser Basel since 1640. Though the original beaten-copper head with its crown and clockwork mechanism now resides in a museum, a replica still reigns near the Middle Bridge, insulting the grittier side of the city in its time-honored way. It’s on your itinerary today as you explore both sides of this most walkable of cities, crossing between them via a traditional ferry that is powered solely by the Rhine’s current. Ramble with your guide through the historic heart of Basel, stopping to nibble some of the city’s delectable specialties, including its celebrated honey-almond cookies, and getting a glimpse of the remarkable range of shops, which display everything from designer fabrics, antique books, quirky figurines and, of course, timepieces. Every historic square you see will hold a special charm: The spectacular red sandstone 16th-century town hall faces Market Square; Barfüsser Square is named for the deconsecrated church that now houses the city museum; Cathedral Square is dominated by Basel’s 800-year-old red sandstone Münster, where Erasmus is buried.

Choice of Basel art & food: old town walk, with local tastings, Cathedral & cloisters, Rhine ferry -or- “Let’s Go” Bike & Art: bike along the Wiese River to Fondation Beyeler Museum

Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Heritage Highlight: Theodor Herzi and the first Zionist Congress. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Jewish Heritage program.

Day 11: Basel (Disembark)

Disembark the ship and be transferred to Basel airport for your flight home.

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
2019 Departures Dates
Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin
From Basel
Cruise Start Date
Classic
Deluxe
French Balcony
Suite
Apr 12, 2019
$3,699
$4,299
$4,699
$7,099
May 2, 2019
$4,199
$4,799
$5,199
$7,599
May 22, 2019
$4,399
$4,999
$5,399
$7,799
Sep 6, 2019
$4,399
$4,999
$5,399
$7,799
Oct 6, 2019
$4,199
$4,799
$5,199
$7,599
Oct 16, 2019
$4,199
$4,799
$5,199
$7,599
 
From Amsterdam
Cruise Start Date
Classic
Deluxe
French Balcony
Suite
Apr 2, 2019
$3,699
$4,299
$4,699
$7,099
Apr 22, 2019
$3,899
$4,499
$4,899
$7,299
May 12, 2019
$4,199
$4,799
$5,199
$7,599
Jun 1, 2019
$4,599
$5,199
$5,599
$7,999
Sep 16, 2019
$4,399
$4,999
$5,399
$7,799
Sep 26, 2019
$4,199
$4,799
$5,199
$7,599
Oct 26, 2019
$3,699
$4,299
$4,699
$7,099
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges are additional $250 per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please Inquire.

Prices Include:

▪ 10-night Cruise in selected riverview stateroom 
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinner
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
▪ Shore excursions, including "Choice is Yours" options, fully hosted by English- speaking local guides
▪ Guided “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day,” and “Let's Go ” programs
▪ 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
▪ Services of an experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment
▪ All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services
▪ All transfers on Embarkation and Disembarkation Days. Transfers are subject to transfer guidelines. Please ask for details.
▪ Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪Port charges
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Personal expenses

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