Basel to Amsterdam

Cruise on the Mosel & Rhine 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: Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Trier, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam
Regional tours: the Swiss Alps, Alsace & Mosel wine regions, the Black Forest
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

Basel to Amsterdam

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 Lucerne, a lake-side town surrounded by breathtaking mountains. Discover the unique cog railway up to Kleine Scheidegg, then, wander through storybook castles, bustling cities, and ancient vineyards as you leisurely wind your way up the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Whereas the Amsterdam to Basel cruise does not include leisure time in the Dutch capital, this journey provides a full day to enjoy Amsterdam. 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.

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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: Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Trier, Cologne, Düsseldorf & Amsterdam
  • Journey through the magnificent Swiss Alps by cog railway
  • Taste authentic wines as you discover the Alsace and Mosel regions
  • Visit quaint towns & explore the picturesque Black Forest
  • Enjoy a full day in Amsterdam to finish this memorable journey

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

 

CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST

LOWER DECK

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

UPPER DECK

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

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 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

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 Zurich, Switzerland.
Overnight flight

Day 2

WELCOME ABOARD!

On arrival in Zurich, we transfer to Basel to board the Da Vinci, your home for the next fourteen days. All meals will be served on board unless otherwise indicated. Enjoy an afternoon of free time to relax on board or go ashore to explore the pleasant and bustling city of Basel. It is known for its many internationally acclaimed museums, galleries, and buildings. This evening, join us for a welcome reception and dinner. (L,D)
Da Vinci, Basel (14 nights)

Day 3

BASEL & 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 discover—visit a museum, admire the local gardens, or stroll through the quaint shops. In the afternoon, venture off to explore the magical lakeside town of Lucerne. Saunter down Kapellbrücke, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, or enjoy a scenic cruise on the gorgeous Lake Lucerne. (B,L,D)
Basel

Day 4

SWISS ALPS TOUR: A SENSORY EXPERIENCE

World renowned and extraordinarily stunning, the Swiss Alps are home to such iconic peaks as the Eiger, Jungfrau, and Matterhorn. Our full-day tour into this dramatic mountain range takes us through traditional towns that seem to have jumped out of a fairy tale, including Interlaken and Grindelwald. Board the cog railway for a spectacular ride up to Kleine Scheidegg, where a traditional Swiss hiking lunch awaits. Our train takes us to Lauterbrunnen, and we return to the Da Vinci in Basel. (B,L,D)
Basel

Day 5

THE ALSACE: WINE & FRENCH CUISINE

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

Day 6

CUCKOOS & THE BLACK FOREST

Discover the Black Forest on a full-day excursion that begins with a visit to the Vogtsbauernhof, an open-air museum where Black Forest history and culture come to life. Indulge in a traditional Black Forest lunch at Hornberg Castle, and visit a custom Cuckoo Clock factory. Our picturesque drive continues through scenic highlands to Strasbourg, France. This evening, enjoy a traditional folk performance on board the Da Vinci presented by local dancers. (B,L,D)
Strasbourg

Day 7

CHARMING STRASBOURG

Strasbourg boasts medieval islands, stunning canals, and an incredible cathedral. Catherine, our dear friend and one of our local guides, takes us on a morning walking tour of this beautiful city. The historic centre of the city, dominated by the remarkable Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, offers no shortage of sights to admire. Enjoy a relaxing cruise this afternoon and take in the scenic views as we make our way to the historic Imperial city of Speyer, Germany. (B,L,D)
Speyer

Day 8

HISTORIC HEIDELBERG

Nestled on a hill overlooking the picturesque city of Heidelberg are the red-sandstone ruins of the city’s famous castle. This morning, a local guide shares details of the castle’s rich history. After the tour, ride the funicular down to the old town to explore the café-lined market square, which is always bustling with activity, and see the imposing Church of the Holy Spirit towering above. Later in the afternoon, we cruise to Rüdesheim. (B,L,D)
Rüdesheim

Day 9

RÜDESHEIM & THE LORELEI

Enjoy Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum this morning before exploring this exuberant town. During lunch, our 360° views come alive on the sun deck as we cruise through the legendary Lorelei and spectacular Rhine Gorge. On both sides of the ship are storybook castles, ancient vineyards, and picturesque villages. Discover the many sights and sounds of an authentic German village, and browse the lovely shops in medieval Boppard, a delightful little resort town, before sailing to Koblenz. (B,L,D)
Koblenz

Day 10

THE MOSEL RIVER VINEYARDS & COCHEM

Today, we leave the Rhine and enter the Mosel, one of Europe’s most scenic rivers. A peaceful cruise affords stunning views of the winding river valley and a chance to relax on the sun deck. Arriving in Cochem, enjoy free time to take a gondola ride through the vineyards, visit the storybook Reichsburg Castle, or wander the ancient narrow streets. (B,L,D)
Cochem

Day 11

EXPLORE BERNKASTEL

Spend a quiet morning taking in the views of the Mosel. Then, 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 at their generations-old family vineyard before we rejoin the Da Vinci in Zell. (B,L,D)
Zell

Day 12

ANCIENT ROMAN CITY OF TRIER

As a major capital of the Roman Empire, Trier features one of the finest collections of Roman monuments outside Rome. Here, our local guide takes us on a fascinating walking tour to visit 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 unique shops or relax in the main square before sailing to Andernach. (B,L,D)
Andernach

Day 13

KÖNIGSWINTER & THE COG RAILWAY TO THE DRACHENFELS RUINS

In Linz, take a morning stroll past the half-timbered houses in striking pastel colours, and be sure to try the famous ice cream. Relax on a scenic cruise to Königswinter during lunch, and upon arrival, board the cog railway to take in an exceptional view of the Rhine River Valley while climbing to “Dragon’s Rock,” the ruins of a 12th century castle. This evening, we sail to Cologne. (B,L,D)
Cologne

Day 14

COLOGNE & DÜSSELDORF

Cologne is rich in history and culture, and today, our local guides show you the highlights of this fascinating city. A scenic cruise during lunch brings us to the posh and contemporary metropolis of Düsseldorf by mid-afternoon. Our local guides take us on a walking tour of this fascinatingly modern yet ancient city and share its magnificent gems, including Altstadt (Old Town) and Königsallee, one of Europe’s most fashionable boulevards. (B,L,D)
Overnight cruise to Amsterdam

Day 15

AMSTERDAM

Known for its artistic heritage, energetic nightlife, and narrow houses with gabled facades, Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ largest city. Board a canal boat for a unique perspective of this iconic city built around canals. The afternoon is at your leisure—venture ashore, visit a museum, or relax on board. This evening, join your fellow guests one last time and toast your Captain and crew during our farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Amsterdam

Day 16

HOME

Today we bid “tot ziens” 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

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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.

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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