Romantic Rhine River Cruise Explorer

Basel, Switzerland

7 reviews
Sep 23 - 30, 2023
Group size: 8 - 25
Romantic Rhine River Cruise Explorer
Basel, Switzerland

7 reviews

Sep 23 - 30, 2023
Group size: 8 - 25

About this trip

Ancient riverside towns, the Black Forest, landscapes brought to life by the Brothers Grimm, terraced vineyards, castles and cathedrals - all beckon on this escorted cruise of Germany’s legendary Rhine River. Explore artsy Basel then head to Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest. Wander the cobblestone streets of colorful Colmar and walk through two centuries of history in Koblenz; perched at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Pass a parade of castles and vineyards while gliding through the world famous Rhine Gorge to magnificent Mainz. Explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO town center strolling amid half-timber homes whose windows are draped with flowers. On your way to fabled Cologne, discover the splendid Gothic Cathedral and charming Old Town. Windmills, tulips, canals, street markets, and museums await in vibrant and energetic Amsterdam.

What’s included

  • 7-Nights River Cruise
    M/S Symphonie
  • Shore Excursions
    Colmar and the Unterlinden Museum(2) Amsterdam and its unique atmosphere Delightful scents and springtime colors at the Keukenhof floral gardens(1) Haarlem, the golden age of the 17th century.
  • Headsets
    Audio headsets on excursions.
  • Meals
    All Meals & Drinks Onboard the M/S Symphonie. Open Bar (premium drinks extra).
  • Onboard Activities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cruise Concierge
    Tours of Distinction Cruise Concierge.
  • Gala Dinner
  • Welcome Reception
  • All Gratuities
    Gratuities for Tour Director, Drivers & M/S Symphonie Crew.
  • All Port Charges & Taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • International Airfare
  • Personal Items
    Items of a personal nature you wish to purchase.

Available Packages

Double/Twin Lower Deck
Available until June 1, 2023
Deposit: $500


Day 1
Arrive Basel, Switzerland

Arrive in Basel and embark on the M/S Symphonie. After getting settled, there is free time to explore the city of Basel whose medieval old town center around Markplatz is dominated by a 12th-century Gothic Cathedral with spectacular city views. Basel has one museum per square mile with a total of 40 making it the "Art Capital" of Switzerland. Back on our vessel, we will meet our ship’s crew at a welcome Cocktail Reception. This evening, we enjoy our first meal of locally prepared French Cuisine in the best Alsace tradition. (D)

Your Organizer

Tours of Distinction
7 reviews
Since 1971,Tours of Distinction has offered a distinct collection of escorted and customized individual tours, carefully crafted by our professional travel team to over 500,000 travelers. We are one of the best tour companies in America. From travel across the USA, Canada and all over the world,;whether you are a first-time traveler or a seasoned globetrotter, if you love life-enriching moments and experiencing the heart, soul and adventure of a destination, then you have arrived with Tours of Distinction.


Tour guide and driver were very professional, and fun. .They did a great job. Other travelers were also fun and easy to be with. Unfortunately, it went downhill from there. The people who took my booking were very unorganized. I was receiving phone messages late the Friday before we left. I was unable to answer them. I was almost picked up at Bangor instead of Ludlow, had no food plan in place and they were confused about my room booking. Lucky for me it all worked aut with help from Marina. We were scheduled to be in PEI right when Hurricane Fiona was going to hit. For some mysterious reason they still sent us to PEI. We spent a day and a half in a hotel and then continued on our trip. We taxed the community that had no power and limited food and water. We did not get to see anything and they put us in danger. I think if someone spent an hour on the phone they could have found us a hotel in Maine where we would spend an extra day there. At least we could have seen some new things. I just cannot imagine what they were thinking.
By Janie G for Highlights of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island on 29 Sep, 2022
Nothing wrong with the itinerary, and the play was out of this world. But was unhappy about a few things. We were told to be in Thomaston at 7:10 a.m., a good half hour from our home. We arrived at 7:20. People were standing around the parking lot - no bus. The bus arrived at 7:45. Due to mechanical issues with the bus, we arrived at our lunch destination for a 2:30 lunch - much later than planned and had a 5:30 dinner reservation. Accommodations were nice. We were running late on day 2 as well, which meant less time at one of our shopping destinations. Day 3 was a miscommunication with where to meet the Amish tour guide - another delay. Food was good, except I didn't care for Bird in the Hand Restaurant - very salty, nothing special. Then we found out we could have caught the bus in New Britain, which is right down the street from our home. It was just less than professional.
By Lisa J for David - Lancaster In Style on 23 Sep, 2022
Trip was canceled again . Only found out when I called to find out where to get picked up . At least the third time a trip has been canceled . Now I’m told I I may have to wait up to 30 days to get refund. I’m done with this tour company . Not going to book anymore with them
By Ed L for One World & 9/11 Memorial on 02 Sep, 2022
Always enjoy my trips w/tour guide Donna McAdam. She is friendly & Informative. I met nice people on this trip. Also I have been pleased w/all the bus drivers on each trip I’ve been on to get us safely & timely to each destination! On another note, the food can be very sporadic in quality on all the trips I’ve been on! The restaurant dinner where we picked from 3 diff meals (this trip) was very mixed up our orders & they didn’t have enough prime rib to go around for the folks that ordered it. They served 3 diff desserts Choco cake, carrot & cheesecake to each table. And when someone said I prefer the chocolate cake because I don’t care for carrot cake, the response was no we don’t have anymore! They really just wanted us out of there! Thought you should know this!
By Patricia M for The 1000 Islands on 25 Jun, 2022
Thank you Patricia. We are thrilled you had a great time! Thanks for your feedback about the restaurant and meals. Many establishments have had staffing trouble and supply issues. We will address this with them. We look forward to seeing you again!
By Tours of Distinction on 25 Jun, 2022
I cannot say enough about my first trip with Tours of Distinction! Our tour guide, Lorraine, our tour director, Julie, our bus diver, Nick were beyond awesome! They were very accommodating and always at our beck and call! They were very personable, helpful and fun! Every minute was filled with eating great food, enjoying fun entertainment, meeting new beautiful people, visiting new places, enjoying pleasant rides across many breathtaking areas of the western part of our country while listening to the history of that area, and then resting comfortably in extremely nice accommodations every night! I will be taking another trip with this company! 🤠
By Cynthia C for Roaming Western Trails Featuring Rapid City, Grand Teton & Yellowstone on 23 Sep, 2021
Incredible to hear about your tour! It is one of our favorites. Thank you for your feedback Cynthia and we cannot wait to see you again!
By Tours of Distinction on 23 Sep, 2021
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