RIVER CRUISES / BIKING ALONG THE RHINE FROM BASEL TO AMSTERDAM
DAY 1: BASEL
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. Sit back and enjoy a presentation about your CroisiCyclo vacation.
DAY 2: BASEL - Wine Route – BASEL
We’ll leave on a minibus for the South of Alsace. Once we arrive in Ensisheim, we’ll get on our bike and ride to Colmar. During the trip, we’ll see the Chateau du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, built during the second half of the 13th century. We’ll stop in Colmar to enjoy some free time to visit the quintessential neighborhood of “Little Venice.” We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll continue biking on the famous Alsatian Wine Route. We’ll stop in Eguisheim, listed as one of France's most beautiful villages, and taste the famous Alsatian sparkling wine. Following our tour, we’ll return to the ship and enjoy an evening of dancing before leaving for Breisach.
Biking itineraries: to Colmar 33.8 km./21 mi. ( 137 m./449 ft. elevation gain ) - to Eguisheim 43.5 km./27 mi. ( 213 m./699 ft. elevation gain ) - to Rouffach 54.7 km./34 mi. ( 305 m./1000 ft. elevation gain )
DAY 3: BREISACH
Today’s tour will bring us through the countryside in the very heart of the Wine Route. We’ll bike through vineyards, beautiful landscapes and villages with the half-timbered houses. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Ribeauvillé before continuing our bike tour. We’ll stop in Riquewihr, listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages. We’ll enjoy a tasting of wines before returning to the ship on your bike or by minibus—as you wish! We’ll enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Biking itineraries: to Ribeauvillé 37 km./23 mi. ( 213 m./699 ft. elevation gain ) - to Riquewihr 41.8 km./26 mi. ( 366 m./1201 ft. elevation gain ) - to Breisach 78.9 km./49 mi. ( 549 m./1801 ft. elevation gain )
DAY 4: BREISACH – STRASBOURG
We’ll spend the morning cruising the river, arriving in Strasbourg in the early afternoon. Spend the afternoon on your bike discovering the city of Strasbourg and its Grande Île, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll pass by the European Parliament and ride through the Orangerie Garden, the city’s oldest park. You’ll be able to continue your tour on the Forts Trail—which connects the ancient forts around the city—crossing the Grande Ile and the historic heart of the Alsatian capital. You’ll go past impressive buildings, including the cathedral. Following our tour, we’ll return to the ship and enjoy an evening of dancing. We’ll begin to cruise to Mainz.
Biking itinerary: in Strasbourg 16.1 km./10 mi. ( 76 m./249 ft. elevation gain )
DAY 5: MAINZ – KOBLENZ
Once we arrive in Mainz, we'll head to Bingen where our bike tour will begin. Today’s trip will bring you to the most picturesque part of the river. You’ll cross the magnificent region which claims the most castles in the world. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. And you’ll be able to see the infamous Lorelei Rock: the subject of many myths and legends. We'll then head to Koblenz and board the ship once more. This evening, enjoy some free time exploring Koblenz.
Biking itineraries: to Bingen am Rhein 24.7 km./17 mi. ( 213 m./699 ft. elevation gain ) - to the Lorelei 49.9 km./31 mi. ( 396 m./1299 ft. elevation gain ) - to Koblenz 62.8 km./38 miles ( 488 m./1601 ft. elevation gain )
DAY 6: KOBLENZ - COLOGNE – DUSSELDORF
We'll spend the morning cruising towards Cologne. You’ll discover the city on your bike, where you’ll be able to admire the clever combination of modern and ancient architecture. Don’t miss the tour of the cathedral, built between 1248 and 1880 and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we'll continue biking across the magnificent countryside landscapes towards Düsseldorf. We’ll return to the ship. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.
Biking itinerary: from Cologne 54.7 km./36 mi. ( 274 m./898 ft. elevation gain )
DAY 7: DUSSELDORF - XANTEN - NIJMEGEN – AMSTERDAM
We’ll spend the morning cruising to Xanten, where you can join us for an optional excursion to the Open-Air Museum in Arnhem. Meanwhile, the boat will travel to Nijmegen. We'll return on board in Nijmegen and cruise to Amsterdam. We’ll enjoy an evening of entertainment.
DAY 8: AMSTERDAM
We’ll spend the day biking towards the inlands and Edam. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. The afternoon will be spent on our last bike tour along the banks of Lake Markermeer, biking through the village of Durgerdam. Upon your return to Amsterdam, take your time to explore the city renowned for its canals.
Biking itineraries: to Edam 30.6 km./19 mi. ( 107 m./351 ft. elevation gain ) - to Katwoude 53.1 km./33 mi. ( 183 m./600 ft. elevation gain ) - to Amsterdam 75.6 km./47 mi. ( 244 m./800 ft. elevation gain )
DAY 9: AMSTERDAM
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. The program is guaranteed only for a minimum of 8 passengers. Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.