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The Rhine: Amsterdam to Basel

Amsterdam, Basel 9 nights Prices on request

A seven night cruise on board AmaStella and two nights in Amsterdam | 2 November 2020


Carving a path from the Swiss Alps along the French border, through west Germany and into the North Sea, the Rhine is one of Europe’s great rivers. This holiday follows its course upstream from the canals of Amsterdam, through the castles and cathedrals of Germany, the vineyard-clad slopes and mediaeval towns of Alsace, and the majestic Rhine Gorge, as far as the Swiss border.

On board AmaStella you will pass through some of Central Europe's most spectacular scenery and historic towns and cities. Our itinerary includes a two night stay in Amsterdam either before or after the cruise (depending on the direction of travel), during which you can explore the great art galleries and museums such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank's House, and the Concertgebouw concert hall (ask the Kirker Concierge about tickets and performances).


Prices from £2,998 per person (travelling upstream on 6 October), or from £2,778 per person (travelling downstream on 27 October), saving £755 based on sharing a twin/double state room including flights, cruise, hotel stays and Kirker extras as described.

Single supplements on request.

For full details of all cabin options please view call us on 020 7593 1899.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • The services of the Kirker Concierge

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Van Gogh Museum & Rijksmuseum

All Kirker clients travelling to Amsterdam receive entrance to Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. Following a 10 year refurbishment the Rijksmuseum re-opened in 2013 and contains works by all the major Dutch Masters including one of the wealthiest Rembrandt collections in existence. The permanent collection at the Van Gogh Museum contains over 200 paintings and 500 drawings by the artist. It is beautifully laid-out, taking visitors through his work chronologically.


  • Day 1 - Fly to Amsterdam

    Fly into Amsterdam and transfer to your comfortable hotel for two nights, the NH Museum Quarter. Take advantage of entrance tickets to the Rijksmuseum to explore some of the finest works of the Dutch Golden Age.
  • Day 2 - Art galleries in Amsterdam

    Enjoy Amsterdam's historic canal district and visit some of the city's best museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, the Hermitage Amsterdam or the modern art collection at the Stedlijk Museum. 
  • Day 3 - Board AmaStella

    This afternoon you will board AmaStella and check-in to your private cabin before dinner on board the vessel.
  • Day 4 - Amsterdam

    There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam up the Rhine River.
  • Day 5 - Cologne

    Cruising along the The Rhine you will visit Cologne, a university city most famous for its gothic cathedral, dominating the skyline and the single most visited landmark in Germany.
  • Day 6 - Rhine Gorge

    The UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge is the most spectacular stretch of the river, and after passing through the gorge you will reach the wine-making town of Rüdesheim where you can walk through the vineyards and sample wines, or take the cable car to the Niederwalddenkmal for panoramic views over the vineyards.
  • Day 7 - Heidelberg

    Surviving unscathed since the 18th century, the city of Heidelberg offers baroque architecture and perched fortified walls of Schloss Heidelberg.
  • Day 8 - Strasbourg

    Strasbourg, a cross-pollination of France and Germany is one of Europe's largest mediaeval quarters. The streets of Grand Île and Petite France are lined with timber-framed houses, restaurants and shops. There is an optional tour of Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République.
  • Day 9 - Breisach

    Breisach is the gateway to explore different ancient heritage sites, the Alsatian town of Riquewihr survived WWII with miraculously little damage, and this charming medieval hamlet looks much like it did in the 16th century. Explore on a walking tour, or visit Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Gothic Münster, said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.”
  • Day 10 - Basel

    Disembark after breakfast in Basel and board a train for the one hour journey through the Swiss countryside to the shores of Lake Lucerne. 

Included Hotels


NH Museum Quarter
Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

The highlight of this modern, well-run hotel is undoubtedly its location, with a five minute walk taking you to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and the world-renowned Concertgebouw.

Ship Details

Public Areas

• Panoramic Lounge with bar, piano and Observation Lounge
• Complimentary specialty tea & coffee station available 24/7
• Lounge and staterooms on Violin and Cello Deck
• Beauty salon, massage and spa services
• Walking track, whirlpool and fitness room
• Bicycles for exploring on one’s own or on guided bicycle tours



• All outside accommodations, with French Balconies on the Violin & Cello decks
• Spacious bathrooms with bathrobes and slippers
• Hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
• Flat-screen TV featuring local and satellite channels
• Individually controlled air-conditioning
• Complimentary bottled water



• Main Dining Restaurant - offering western cuisine as well as regional specialties using locally sourced ingredients
• The Chef ’s Table - a specialty restaurant, which serves as an intimate dining alternative to the main restaurant. Diners can watch the chef preparing an array of delicious dishes. Limited seating – most clients enjoy one evening at this restaurant.
• Complimentary fine wine, beer, soft drinks and specialty coffees with lunch & dinner, plus sparkling wine at breakfast



All accommodation on board is in spacious ‘staterooms’ of between 160 and 350 sq. ft., with en suite bathrooms. Kirker prices start from Category D staterooms on the Piano deck, which are modern, comfortable and well-equipped, but we can highly recommend upgrading to one of those on the Violin & Cello decks, which have either French Balconies or outside balconies with a table and chairs. See the deck plans inside, and the illustrations below for more details. Upgrades and single supplements are available on request for all cabins.



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