Amsterdam to Basel

Cruise on the Rhine & Mosel Rivers on board the Da Vinci

Base Fare:
$9,995 per guest, double occupancy

Early Reservation Bonus on 2019 departures:

Save 5%* per guest
Reserve by January 31st to qualify

Your Journey includes

City tours: Düsseldorf, Cologne, Heidelberg, Trier, Strasbourg
Regional tours: the Black Forest, Mosel & Alsace wine regions, the Swiss Alps
All meals included
14 breakfasts, 14 lunches & 14 dinners
14 nights aboard the privately chartered Da Vinci

Round trip air fare from Toronto with Air Canada (Air gateways available across Canada)
Private car home pick up & return service

Amsterdam to Basel

Few rivers can compare to the Rhine and Mosel. The Rhine is a mighty highway, while the Mosel is a perfect country backroad that begs to be discovered. On your 16-day journey, allow these rivers to carry you through an area in which the ancient meets the present and the excitement of the city is perfectly tempered with the tranquillity of nature. Absorb the rich history of the Roman ruins in Trier. Indulge in traditional Black Forest cake and taste local wines at a generations-old family vineyard. In all that you do, panoramas of quaint market towns and the magnificent Swiss Alps will be your backdrop.

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Base Fare:
$9,995 per guest, double occupancy

Signature inclusions

Before you travel

  • All taxes, port and service charges
  • Complete information and assistance before your journey
  • Branded overnight carry-on bag or backpack
  • Private car pick-up service or overnight at the Toronto Airport Hilton (or a credit instead of those services)

During your Journey

  • 24/7 professional Journey Manager services
  • Services of local guides
  • All gratuities
  • Porterage for one piece of baggage
  • Most meals as listed
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as listed

Memorable activities

  • Guided city tours: Düsseldorf, Cologne, Trier, Heidelberg & Strasbourg
  • Visit quaint towns and explore the picturesque Black Forest
  • Taste authentic wines as you discover the Mosel and Alsace regions
  • Journey through the magnificent Swiss Alps by cog railway
  • Enjoy plenty of free time in all the towns & cities visited

Outstanding accommodation

  • 14 nights aboard the privately chartered Da Vinci

Comfortable transportation

  • Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada
  • Air gateways available across Canada

 

EXTEND YOUR STAY WITH OUR SWISS GLACIER EXPRESS JOURNEY
Discover Switzerland and Italy, and venture across mountain passes, through incredible valleys and across mountain-fed lakes. Experience true Swiss culture as we embrace the legends and myths of ancient mountain tales in intimate settings. 

CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST

LOWER DECK

  • TWIN: $9,995
  • SINGLE: On Request

UPPER DECK

  • TWIN: $10,695
  • SINGLE: On Request

Interested in extending your stay with our Swiss Glacier Express Journey? Please contact us for our Fare.

EARLY RESERVATION BONUS

Reserve your journey before January 31, 2019

AND SAVE UP TO 5%

ERB: SAVE 5%

Reserve one of our journeys prior to the early reservation date and pay 95% of the published fare at the time of your reservation by cheque or electronic bank transfer and we will deduct the remaining 5% off your journey’s fare.

ERB flex: SAVE 2%

Reserve one of our journeys prior to the early reservation date and pay 98% of the published fare at the time of your reservation by Visa, Mastercard or American Express and we will deduct the remaining 2% off your journey’s fare.

Should you not take advantage of the Early Reservation Bonus and decide to pay by cheque or electronic bank transfer at time of final payment, we will deduct $200 off your journey’s fare.

Please note: A deposit cheque and a post-dated final payment cheque are not considered payment in full. Final payment date is 120 days (or more, depending on the journey) prior to departure. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer, unless noted otherwise.

All fares are for departure from Toronto. Other gateways available. These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date.

 

 

Travel Insurance 
Peace of Mind travel always involves the proper insurance coverage. We strongly recommend you have insurance coverage in place to protect you in the event of an unexpected incident. Here is a list of the plans we offer:

  • Cancellation / Interruption
  • Emergency Medical
  • Seniors Emergency Medical
  • Annual Medical Plan
  • All Inclusive Annual Plan
  • Baggage and Personal effects

Contact our office and speak with our friendly insurance experts.

Custom flight itineraries 
Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.

Pre Post overnights in Toronto 
We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.

Journey Itinerary

Day 1

DEPART FOR AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow travellers and board your flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Overnight flight

Day 2

AMSTERDAM & WELCOME ABOARD

Known for its elaborate canal system, energetic nightlife, and narrow houses with gabled facades, Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ largest city. On arrival in Amsterdam, board the privately chartered Da Vinci, your home for the next fourteen days. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, either relaxing on board or exploring the streets of Amsterdam. Join us for a welcome presentation and dinner this evening before we sail to Düsseldorf, Germany. All meals will be served on board unless otherwise indicated. (L,D)
Da Vinci (14 nights), overnight cruise to Dusseldorf

Day 3

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY

With its historic Old Town on the east bank of the Rhine and its commercial areas to the west, Düsseldorf is a city full of contrasts. A scenic and relaxing cruise brings us to Düsseldorf by mid-afternoon. Our local guides take us on a walking tour, sharing the city’s magnificent gems, including Old Town and Königsallee, one of Europe’s most fashionable boulevards. Spend an enjoyable evening at your leisure. (B,L,D)
Düsseldorf

Day 4

HISTORIC COLOGNE

The twin spires of the massive Köln Dom greet us in Cologne this afternoon. Dating back to the Middle Ages, Cologne is like a living textbook on history and architecture. Today, our local guides show you this fascinating city, leading you through Roman ruins, towering cathedrals, and quaint squares on a leisurely walking tour, followed by free time to explore the city further. During dinner, set sail for the romantic town of Königswinter. (B,L,D)
Königswinter

Day 5

KÖNIGSWINTER & THE COG RAILWAY TO THE DRACHENFELS RUINS

This morning, board the cog railway and climb to the Drachenfels Ruins to take in an exceptional view of the Rhine River Valley. Sitting atop the 321 m high “Dragon’s Rock,” the ruins of this 12th century castle stand as a stunning silhouette against a picturesque backdrop. Enjoy a relaxing cruise to Linz during lunch, and upon arrival, stroll through this quaint and colourful town. Be sure to try the famous ice cream! Late this afternoon, we sail to Andernach. (B,L,D)
Andernach

Day 6

MOSEL RIVER VINEYARDS & COCHEM

In Koblenz, we leave the Rhine and enter the Mosel, one of Europe’s most scenic rivers. A peaceful cruise this morning affords stunning views of the winding river valley. Arriving in Cochem, enjoy free time to take a gondola ride through the vineyards, visit Reichsburg Castle, or wander the narrow ancient streets. Cochem is widely considered one of the prettiest towns in Germany and is a popular stop on our journey. (B,L,D)
Cochem

Day 7

THE PICTURESQUE BERNKASTEL

The Mosel river is spectacular—the perfect place to enjoy 360° views from the sun deck. After lunch, a visit to Bernkastel makes for a delightful afternoon in the heart of the Mosel wine region. Walk to the town’s market square and find the shackles in the walls of the Rathaus for a unique picture opportunity. Enjoy a wine tasting with good friends in their generations-old family vineyard before we rejoin the Da Vinci in Zell, known for its white Rieslings. (B,L,D)
Zell

Day 8

ANCIENT ROMAN CITY OF TRIER

In Trier this morning, our local guide takes us on a fascinating walking tour of Germany’s oldest city. Explore the Roman baths, the Black Gate, and the beautiful market square. You choose the venue for today’s included lunch—with a local cuisine influenced by the proximity of Luxembourg and France, you can’t go wrong! Then, stroll through the many shops or take some time to relax in the main square before departing for the Da Vinci. (B,L,D)
Koblenz 

Day 9

BOPPARD & THE LORELEI

This morning, enjoy the lovely shops and pedestrian area in medieval Boppard, a delightful little resort town, before we cruise through the Rhine Gorge. Enjoy a barbecue lunch on deck. On all sides are storybook castles, ancient vineyards, and endless spires. We navigate past the Lorelei, a stunning 132m high steep slate rock with a unique echo and famous legend, and on to Rüdesheim to tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. (B,L,D)
Rüdesheim

Day 10

HEIDELBERG & SPEYER

Heidelberg’s famous castle is one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Learn the fascinating history of the castle from our local guides while touring the city of Heidelberg. Then, ride the funicular down to the Old Town to discover the café-lined market square. We later dock in the Imperial city of Speyer, a wonderful town with old-world charm, and venture ashore to enjoy the beautiful cathedral façade in the evening. (B,L,D)
Speyer

Day 11

CHARMING STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Take in the scenic views this morning as we cruise to the charming city of Strasbourg, France, arriving shortly after lunch. Catherine, our dear friend and one of our local guides, takes us on a walking tour of the city’s medieval islands, stunning canals, and incredible cathedral. The historic city centre is the ideal place to spend the afternoon. This evening, enjoy a traditional folk performance on board the Da Vinci, presented by local dancers. (B,L,D) 
Strasbourg

Day 12

CUCKOOS & THE BLACK FOREST

Characterized by thick woodlands and evergreen-clad mountains, the Black Forest’s landscape is straight out of a storybook. On your full-day excursion, delight in a visit to an open-air museum, indulge in a traditional Black Forest lunch at Hornberg Castle, and visit a custom cuckoo clock factory. Our picturesque drive continues through scenic highlands amid the Kaiser Stuhl wine region to Breisach. (B,L,D)
Breisach

Day 13

ALSACE WINE REGION OF FRANCE

The Alsatian wine region is best explored by land to discover its wealth of history, culture, and, of course, wines. Visit the intimate medieval villages of this charming region before enjoying the Alsatian gastronomy in a unique and wonderful family café. Continue through the picturesque countryside and admire the stunning views as we make our way into Switzerland and rejoin the Da Vinci in Basel. (B,L,D)
Basel

Day 14

SWITZERLAND: A SENSORY EXPERIENCE

Extraordinarily stunning, the Swiss Alps are home to iconic peaks such as the Eiger, Mönch, and Matterhorn. Enjoy the breathtaking views in Interlaken, a traditional resort town nestled between two emerald-coloured lakes, and along the mountain road to Grindelwald, a charming town sitting beneath the Eiger’s north face. Experience the famous cog railway on a spectacular ride up to Kleine Scheidegg, where a traditional Swiss hiking lunch awaits. Free time enables you to further explore this mountain paradise. (B,L,D)
Basel

Day 15

BASEL AT YOUR LEISURE

Basel is a vibrant and pleasant city with a wealth of culture and history. Known for its many internationally acclaimed museums and galleries, the city is an art lover’s paradise. A full day of freedom in Basel allows you to explore the city, visit a museum, stroll through the local gardens, or relax on board. This evening, toast your captain and crew during our farewell dinner. (B,L,D) 
Basel

Day 16

HOME

Today we bid “auf wiedersehen” to our new friends and make our way to the airport for our flight home. Enjoy our private car to your home. (B)

B : Breakfast L : Lunch D : Dinner

Days 17 - 29

EXTEND YOUR JOURNEY DISCOVERING THE BEST OF SWITZERLAND

Discover Switzerland and Italy and venture across mountain passes, through incredible valleys and across mountain fed lakes. Experience true Swiss culture as we embrace the legends and myths of ancient mountain tales in intimate settings.

Click here to learn more about this amazing Journey → Swiss Glacier Express

 

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Journey Highlights






Aboard the Da Vinci

Designed with the old-world charm of a sleek yacht, with sumptuous textile, leather furniture and dark wood, the Da Vinci is one of the most elegant and impressive riverboats of Western Europe. The interior was specifically designed to offer guests maximum space: the large reception area with a fireplace, the impressive lounge, and the spacious restaurant – all this amounts to an atmosphere of exuberant yet comfortable luxury. Privately chartered by Journeys by Van Dyke to provide an exceptional experience, the Da Vinci is your home away from home as you explore new cultures and stunning landscapes along the rivers of Europe.

Cologne

Distinguished by the majestic spires of Kölner Dom, the city of Cologne is full of delights waiting to be experienced. Learn about life in Cologne from our famous local guides while exploring all the city has to offer. Your tour will take you through Roman ruins, into breathtaking cathedrals, and around quaint squares. With renowned attractions and hidden wonders to discover, Cologne’s unique atmosphere will draw you in as you get to know the rich culture of this ancient city.

Bernkastel

Surrounded by the lush Mosel valley, Bernkastel is a quintessential quaint German village—with a few attributes that set it apart from the rest. The distinctive town hall, or Rathaus, sits in the centre of the market square and is encircled by charming half-timbred houses. Find the medieval arm rings, which are similar to stocks, for a truly unique photo opportunity. Finish your tour of the village of Bernkastel with a relaxing wine tasting with good friends at their generations-old family vineyard.

Strasbourg

Boasting medieval islands, stunning canals, and an incredible cathedral with a 14th-century astronomical clock, there is no shortage of sights to see in Strasbourg. Enjoy a walking tour through the city with Catharine, our dear friend and one of our local guides, as you become immersed in the city’s vibrant history and culture. As the seat of the European Parliament and the largest city in the region, Strasbourg’s contagious energy ensures your visit will be both exciting and memorable.

Basel

Located in Switzerland near the borders of France and Germany, Basel is a city of endless museums, gardens, and quaint shops to explore. Regard the stunning red façade of City Hall while wandering through the market square below or capture the serene beauty of the Rhine from the Mittlere Brücke, or Middle Bridge, situated at one of the oldest crossing points of the Rhine. Whichever way you choose to spend your time in Basel, the city has sights and activities to suit every interest.

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