Basel to Amsterdam, Rhine and Mosel Rivers

Highlighting Swiss Alps, Alsace and the Black Forest

Base Fare:
$9,190 per guest, double occupancy

Your Journey includes

Shore excursions in Basel, Swiss Alps, Strasbourg, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Amsterdam.
All entrance fees during included excursions.
All meals daily while on board and while on shore excursion.
Wine, beer, juice with dinner.
14 night cruise aboard the DA VINCI.

Round trip air fare from Toronto. Air gateways available across Canada.
Private car home pick up service.

Basel to Amsterdam, Rhine and Mosel Rivers

An extended stay in Switzerland kicks off your European adventure through the Swiss Alps and up the Rhine and Mosel rivers to Amsterdam. Relish the peaceful atmosphere of Zermatt, a car-free village renowned for the breathtaking mountains with which it is surrounded, including the famous Matterhorn towering above the village. Uncover the secrets of chocolate making at Maison Cailler, a chocolate factory that has been in operation since 1898—and, of course, indulge in some of the delicacies! Then, wander through storybook castles, bustling cities, and ancient vineyards as you leisurely wind your way up the Rhine and Mosel rivers on the 16-day journey from Basel to Amsterdam. Whereas the Amsterdam to Basel cruise does not spend time in Amsterdam, this journey provides a full day to enjoy the Dutch capital city. You have more free time in Basel and have three full days to explore the Swiss Alps, Alsace in France and the legendary Black Forest in Germany all at the beginning of your journey.

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Base Fare:
$12,215 per guest, double occupancy

Experience, Learn and Discover on intimate excursions

  • Local guides leading small groups, for the local experience
  • Basel – Arrival day free to relax. Walking tour
  • Lucerne – an afternoon of wandering
  • Full day – Swiss Alps – railroad adventure to Kleine Scheidegg and unique Swiss Hiking Lunch
  • Full day – French Alsatian wine region with Riquewihr and lunch in a wine cellar
  • Full day – Black Forest with Vogtsbauernhof museum and lunch in family owned inn
  • Breisach – evening stroll to the Hilll top Cathedral
  • Strasbourg – walking tour of the Old town with dear friends
  • Heidelberg – castle tour, funicular and a surprise
  • Speyer – Casual evening walk to view this intimate town
  • Rüdesheim – Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument
  • Koblenz – evening walking tour
  • Cochem – free time to explore
  • Bernkastel wine tasting in a private vineyard
  • Full day – Trier-Germany’s oldest city
  • Zell – free time to explore this ancient village
  • Andernach – Strolling the beautiful waterfront at your leisure
  • Königswinter – Cog railway to the Drachenfels
  • Cologne – steeped in history
  • Düsseldorf – King of German fashion
  • Amsterdam canal cruise
  • Amsterdam – free afternoon to explore

Value

  • The Best value in River Cruising - add up all the extras found elsewhere and our value is incomparable. Our per day costs are lower than any other
  • Private car home pick up service – Your journey begins and ends at your door.
  • Round trip air fare from Toronto. Air gateways available across Canada
  • Services of professional Journey Managers in addition to your local guides and ship staff
  • Truly all inclusive – The fare you see includes everything.

The Da Vinci – Our two deck River boat offers huge advantages over larger, taller three deck boats.

  • Our Sun Deck is never closed. The Da Vinci glides under all bridges.
  • 360° views, all day, every day. You experience all the scenery, not half.
  • High water won’t turn your cruise into a coach tour.
  • Low water rarely interrupts your experience
  • Our unique 360° experience – Only with Jerry Van Dyke!
  • Only 90 guests on a 113 guest ship. Divine!
  • 100% non smoking, including the Sun Deck and entryways

The Journey

  • Longer journeys so you rarely cruise at night. Do you go to Europe to see it, or sleep through it?
  • Enjoy a leisurely combination of beautiful cruising and enchanting shore visits each day.
  • All Shore excursions – intimate discoveries
  • Overnight in lovely villages each evening.
  • All commentary in English
  • No formal nights
  • Wifi
  • Bottled water in your cabin daily
  • All gratuities to ship’s staff, local guides, coach drivers, porters, Journey Managers, attraction guides.
  • All admissions while on tour
  • Welcome reception and farewell dinner
  • Our famous little surprises!
  • Fares in Canadian funds
  • All taxes, (even the HST and VAT) port charges

The Food!

  • World class European cuisine in an intimate, open seating dining room
  • Wines of the region, beer, soft drinks and juices with dinner
  • All meals daily while on board and while on shore excursion
  • Meals while on excursions as mentioned in itinerary
  • 24 hour cappuccino, hot chocolate, coffee, tea and ice machine
  • Coffee and tea service morning and afternoon in the lounge

Meals – All, including day tours on land, except lunch last day at airport

DA VINCI CRUISE

CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST

UPPER DECK:

  • TWIN: $9,440
  • SINGLE: $12,790

LOWER DECK:

  • TWIN: $9,190
  • SINGLE: $12,390

PRE-JOURNEY WEGGIS, ZERMATT & THE FURKA PASS

  • TWIN: + $3,025
  • SINGLE: + $4,255

ALL FARES ARE FOR DEPARTURE FROM TORONTO. OTHER AIR GATEWAYS AVAILABLE. 

AIR CREDIT: $1,700 PER GUEST

AIR CREDITS INCLUDE FLIGHTS AND TRANSFERS. THESE BECOME THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GUEST.

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

Travel Insurance 
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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 EUROPE

Enjoy your private car and driver to the airport. Your Journey Manager greets guests at Toronto Pearson airport and assists with your check in. Meet your fellow travellers and board your flight to Europe.

Day 2

SWITZERLAND (PRE-JOURNEY)

Our friendly local guide greets us in Zurich. Enjoy a relaxing drive to Einsiedeln, known for its Monastery, The Benedictine Einsiedeln Abbey, which is the most important place of pilgrimage dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Switzerland. We continue to Brunnen, situated on the shores of Lake Lucerne, with views of the Urnersee to the east, and across to the Bürgenstock and Gotthard Massif. Next, pass the resort town of Gersau before arriving into Weggis located at the foot of Mount Rigi. On arrival, relax and unwind before our casual welcome dinner this evening. (Lunch,Dinner)
Overnight Weggis, Hotel Central

Day 3

VITZNAU (PRE-JOURNEY)

On arrival in Vitznau, we transfer to the Vitznau-Rigi Railway, the world’s first rack and pinion railway. Only a half hour separates the village on the lakeshore from the Kulm of the Rigi viewing and climbing mountain, 1300 metres up. It is difficult to imagine how arduous the pathway up the Queen of mountainsmust have once been; more affluent guests could afford to have themselves carried up in a sedan chair. A breathtaking panoramic view across the Alps, of 13 lakes and over the entire Swiss Mittelland through to Germany and France can be enjoyed from the summit of the Rigi. A network of walking trails of over a hundred kilometres extends down along the flanks of the mountain. Following lunch, we return to Weggis where we will have some free time before dinner. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Overnight Weggis, Hotel Central

Day 4

ZERMATT (PRE-JOURNEY)

This morning we travel through Bern, the capital of Switzerland and Fribourg, a medieval village that is surrounded on 3 sides by the Saane River on our way to Broc. We visit Maison Caille, a Chocolate factory and discover the secrets of chocolate manufacturing inside this operating factory. The visit also traces the history of the factory from 1898 to the present. There will be an opportunity to sample some of the delicious treats. Lunch will be in the picture perfect medieval town of Gruyeres, a town that has given its name to the area and to its delicious cheese. We pass Lake Geneva on our way to Täsch, and board our train to Zermatt. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Overnight Zermatt, Hotel Central

Day 5

FREE TIME IN ZERMATT OR OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO GORNERGRAT (PRE-JOURNEY)

Enjoy free time in Zermatt to relax, explore, or wander the quaint streets. For those who are a little more adventurous there will be an optional excursion to Gornergrat offered today. A breathtaking drive as we climb 1500m up to the Gornergrat for a spectacular view of over twenty 4,000m peaks, including the Matterhorn and the Weisshorn. (Breakfast,Dinner)
Overnight Zermatt, Hotel Central

Day 6

PRIVATE CHARTER FURKAPASS (PRE-JOURNEY)

We board our train in Zermatt for a relaxing journey to Täsch. On arrival in Täsch we board our coach and continue along the Grimsel Pass that links the Hasli Valley in the Bernese Oberland with Goms in Valais. The region of Valais is a unique and diverse landscape; the Valais is a land of contrasts, the mountains majestic four-thousand-meter-high peaks and fascinating glaciers in the valley along the Rhone, along with sprawling vineyards and unspoilt side valleys. On arrival in Realp we board our private Charter, the Furka Steam train and travel to Oberwald where we will have lunch and then board the train for the return trip to Realp.

The Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway is a largely volunteer operated heritage railway which operates a partially rack and pinion-operated line across the Furka Pass. Culminating at 2,160 metres above sea level, it is an old mountainous section of the Furka Oberalp Bahn (FOB) that was abandoned after the construction of the Swiss Glacier Express and the tunnel that made it obsolete. The Furka Pass has been gradually brought back into service by the Verein Furka-Bergstrecke with the use of the original, historical equipment restored to its former glory, with the entire line completed in 2010.We continue to Basel where we will board the Da Vinci. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

Day 7

BASEL SWITZERLAND, WELCOME ABOARD!

On arrival in Zurich, we transfer to the Da Vinci in Basel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax on board or explore at your leisure. This evening join us for a welcome reception and dinner. Overnight Basel

Day 8

BASEL, AT YOUR LEISURE, WITH LUCERNE

Basel straddles the Rhine where France, Germany, and Switzerland meet. Originally settled by the Romans, it remains one of the oldest intellectual centres of Europe. This morning the city is yours to explore. This afternoon venture off to explore the magical town of Lucerne. Overnight Basel

Day 9

SWISS ALPS TOUR

Our full day tour into the Swiss Alps brings us right up to the Eiger, Monk and Jungfrau peaks. Board the cog railway in Grindelwald for a spectacular ride up to Kleine Scheidegg for a traditional Swiss hiking lunch. At an elevation of 2,061 meters, the view is spectacular. Our train takes us to Lauterbrunnen where we return to the Da Vinci in Basel. Overnight Basel

Day 10

THE ALSACE, WINE AND FRENCH CUISINE

We tour the French wine region of Alsace, exploring its intimate towns and enjoying French wines and cuisine in a unique and wonderful family cafe. We rejoin the Da Vinci in BreachOvernight Breach

Day 11

CUCKOOS AND THE BLACK FOREST

Our full day coach tour of the Black Forest brings us to the Vogtsbauernhof, an interesting open air museum. Delight in a delicious lunch in the scenic Black Forest and indulge in the traditional cake with schnapps. Your picturesque drive takes you through scenic highlands of the Kaiser Stuhl wine region to Strasbourg. Overnight Strasbourg

Day 12
STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Catharine, our dear friend and one of our local guides, takes you on a walking tour of this beautiful city. Strasbourg boasts medieval islands, stunning canals and an incredible cathedral with a 14th century astronomical clock. This afternoon we cruise to the historic imperial city of Speyer. Overnight Speyer
Day 13

HEIDELBERG

Touring Heidelberg with a local guide is a must as they share with us the intimate details of Heidelberg’s famous castle. Ride the funicular down to the Old Town to discover the Market Square. We sail to Rüdesheim this afternoon. Overnight Rüdesheim

Day 14

RÜDESHEIM AND THE LORELEI

Enjoy Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum this morning before exploring this exuberant town with its famous Drosselgasse. During lunch, our 360° views come alive on the sun deck as you cruise through the Lorelei and spectacular Rhine Gorge. On both sides of the ship are storybook castles, ancient vineyards and picturesque villages. Discover the small village of Boppard before sailing to Koblenz. Overnight Koblenz

Day 15

THE MOSEL RIVER VINEYARDS AND COCHEM

This morning enter the Mosel, one of Europe’s most scenic rivers. In Cochem, one of Germany’s prettiest towns, enjoy free time to take a gondola ride through the vineyards, visit the storybook Reichsburg Castle or wander the ancient narrow streets. Overnight Cochem

Day 16

EXPLORE THE PICTURESQUE TOWN OF BERNKASTEL

The Mosel River is spectacular, perfect for enjoying our views from the sun deck. Cruise past quaint villages named after local vineyards. In Bernkastel, find the arm rings in the walls of the Rathaus for a very unique picture opportunity. Enjoy a wine tasting with good friends in their generations-old family vineyard. We rejoin the Da Vinci in Zell, known for its white Rieslings, Zeller Schwarze Katz. Overnight Zell

Day 17

ANCIENT ROMAN CITY OF TRIER

In Trier this morning, your local guide takes you on a fascinating walking tour to visit the Roman origins of Germany’s oldest city. Explore the Roman Baths, the Black Gate and the beautiful Market Square. Lunch is included and you choose the venue. Take some time to relax in the main square before sailing to Andernach. Overnight Andernach

Day 18

KÖNIGSWINTER AND THE COG RAILWAY TO THE DRACHENFELS RUINS

Board the cog railway as we climb to the Drachenfels Ruins and take in an exceptional view of the Rhine River valley. In Linz, enjoy a stroll through this quaint town with half-timbered houses in striking pastel colours before sailing to Cologne. Overnight Cologne

Day 19

HISTORIC COLOGNE AND FASHIONABLE DÜSSELDORF

The massive Köln Dom greets us as our local guides treat us to a walking tour. This interesting city dates back to the middle ages and offers something interesting at every turn. During lunch, your river cruise continues to Düsseldorf where your local guide shows you the Alt Stadt and Konigsallee, one of Europe’s most fashionable boulevards. Overnight cruise to Amsterdam

Day 20

AMSTERDAM

Our overnight cruise gives us a free day in Amsterdam. Board your canal boat for a very unique perspective of this city built around canals. This afternoon, venture ashore or relax on board. Overnight Amsterdam

Day 21

DEPART FOR HOME

We bid ‘Tot Zeins’ to our new friends and take a short drive to the airport for our flights home.

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Journey Highlights





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.

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.

Koln

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.

Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway (Optional Extension)

Passing through some of the most spectacular vistas in Switzerland, the Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway is much more than a mode of transportation—it is an experience. The heritage railway was originally part of the main line of the Glacier Express and is now largely run by volunteers. Board the historic steam locomotive at Realp and travel through breathtaking mountain panoramas to Oberwald for lunch. While you eat, look forward to again drinking in the snow-capped peaks and crossing enchanting bridges on the return journey.

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