Travel to one of the prettiest sections of the mighty Rhine, passing from the Netherlands to Switzerland, on an 10 day Amsterdam to Basel river cruise.
The itinerary begins as soon as embarkation formalities have concluded; with a Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner. Use this opportunity to begin to meet your fellow passengers and settle into your cabin. Your first morning waking up aboard sees you venture into the heart of Amsterdam on a guided city tour. Among the sights and landmarks you will check off are the Royal Palace and Skinny Bridge. Give your feet a rest by then clambering onto a glass-top boat to cruise along Amsterdam’s famous canals and see more of the city from a watery vantage point. Leave the Netherlands behind as the Monarch Countess sets sails for Cologne, the capital of the Rhineland. A walking tour introduces you to the beauty of this port and there is time to experience its vibrant nightlife scene before the cruise departs for Koblenz. Sail past Lorelei Rock on the way to Mannheim and Speyer, and then make port in Strasbourg. It is in Strasbourg that you will soak up the city’s mix of French and German influences, as well as see its UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed centre.
The final stop on the river cruise is Breisach. This incredible city was restored following the destruction it suffered during World War II. Make sure to have a camera within arms’ reach to photograph the line-up of pastel-coloured houses and geranium-filled window boxes. Wind down with a stop at a local winemaker, and then toast to your magnificent tour experience with a farewell dinner aboard the ship. As well as a host of city and walking tours that are included in your cruise, passengers also have full use of the Monarch Countess’ world-class facilities, such as early-riser breakfasts, late-night snacks, daily entertainment from on-board musicians, fitness centre and a guest lounge.
This route is also available as a Basel to Amsterdam cruise.
How to book:
- Bookings essential
- Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
- Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
- Book early to secure your desired date and time
- A deposit of $99 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
- The second instalment invoice of $300 per person will be emailed to you within 4 business days of making your booking.
- The second instalment must be paid within 28 days of purchase date
- Should the second payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and the initial deposit will be forfeited
- All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
- Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
- Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
- Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
- Final payment is non-refundable and non-transferable.
- Should final payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable.
- Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.
Documentation: Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and within 30 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.
Cruise Only package excludes: International flights, Travel Insurance, airport transfers, visas, personal expenses, sightseeing entrance fees, anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary.
Cruise & Fly package excludes: Travel Insurance, airport transfers, visas, personal expenses, sightseeing entrance fees, anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary.
Triple Share: Not available
Group size: Please note this is an independent tour, and as such, you will enjoy the company of fellow cruise passengers while sailing. There is a maximum number of 136 people aboard the cruise.
Cabin E – $1,999
Cabin D – $2,099
Cabin C – $2,299
Cabin B – $2,499
Cabin A – $2,599
Single Supplement cost is per person in addition to 1 x twin share price.
You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.
Tour Only: You can purchase this tour as tour only (no flights) by selecting the Cruise Only tab. By selecting this option, all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. Please refer to the live calendar to view and select Tour Only start date.
Cruise: First Class Monarch Countess
River Cruise features & amenities:
- Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
- Wine and beer with dinners
- Locally inspired recipes
- Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
- Late night snack
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
- Self-serve coffee and tea station
- Lounge serving premium spirits
- Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
- Fitness center
- Non-smoking ship interior
- Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English
- Flat screen TV
- Direct dial telephone
- Individual Climate control
Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds
Colmar City tour – $105 per person
Heidelberg City Tour – $97 per person
Marksburg Castle Tour – $82 per person
Shore excursions are subject to minimum numbers, weather conditions and availability. The order of visits is subject to change.
Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more.
You can purchase your optional tours by clicking here.
Any Optional Tours purchased after your initial booking (and 65 days before departure) must be emailed to email@example.com to ensure your booking is correctly updated. Failure to do so may result in you not being accepted on this optional tour and your purchase will be refunded.
Note that while Optional Tours provide an excellent opportunity to further explore this wonderful country, it will also reduce the leisure time described in the itinerary.
Optional Tours requested within 65 days of travel cannot be accepted.
Child policy: Same price as adults. Min age 16 years.
Fitness Level Requirement/Mobility: Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchairs access, so, unfortunately, our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair or walkers users and those less mobile.
Please note: this tour can accommodate passengers with walking sticks. A reasonable level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.
Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic conditions and other unforeseen occurrences.
While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship’s itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals.
These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.
Tipping: Whist gratuities for the Tour Manager and a driver are included, if you have enjoyed the service of the cruise staff, a tip (while not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of your tour. While it may not be customary in Australia, tipping is entrenched into many cultures especially within the tourism industry globally.
Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.
Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.
For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page
Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.
$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/
*Special offer: Offer is valid from 09:00 Friday 9 August until 15:00 Wednesday 30 October. Offer is valid on 21 day Best of Switzerland tour and selected European river cruises. A $1,000 discount per couple will be deducted from the final invoice, which will be issued 150 days prior to departure. The amount deducted will be based on the tour price, not the total cart value at checkout. Discount applies for single travellers at the value of $500. If the booking is cancelled, the booking will not be eligible for discount. Can be used for multiple bookings. Cannot be applied to prior purchases or bookings. Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers. This offer is non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged in any other form. All deals are subject to availability at the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives standard terms and conditions apply.
*$99 Deposit Sale: Offer is valid from 09:00 Wednesday 18 September until otherwise or sold out. Offer is strictly valid per couple on eligible deals. Invoice will be issued 5 days post booking, with remaining deposit amount due 28 days from booking date. Final invoice will then be issued 150 days prior to departure. If the booking is cancelled, the deposit amount will remain non-refundable. Can be used for multiple bookings. Cannot be applied to prior purchases or bookings. Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers. This offer is non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged in any other form. All deals are subject to availability at the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives standard terms and conditions apply.
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Cruise & Fly Amsterdam to Basel:
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Peaks season surcharge will apply to some travel dates, please refer to the calendar for more details
Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure
Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button