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Basel River Cruises

About Basel 

Cosmopolitan Basel is Switzerland’s third largest city and the point at which you’ll start or end your Rhine cruise before transferring overland to Lucerne if your voyage concentrates on exploring the lower regions of this epic river. It has the distinction of being one of the few cities in the world where three different nations come together; in the case of Basel, France, Germany and obviously Switzerland. This geographical meet of nations makes a Basel a fascinating multicultural city to explore and if you’re in the city for more than a day, also offers the opportunity to experience a little of the beautiful Swiss Rhineland which surrounds it. Aside from its beautiful medieval old town centre, it’s famous for being home to a number of exceptional art museums. 

Exploring Basel  

Basel is a real city of culture and one of its most popular attractions is the distinctive and beautiful Munster cathedral, made of red sandstone and featuring a multi-coloured tiled roof. As well as being an architectural eye-catcher, its lofty hilltop position means that you can enjoy some fabulous views of Basel while there. Another landmark in keeping with the red stone theme is the beautiful Rathaus or Town Hall, which features some splendid architecture and stone engravings. 

As a true cultural giant, Basel boasts more museums than anywhere else in Switzerland and holds one of the world’s most respected art markets each year – no surprise then that the Fine Arts Museum is one of its most popular attractions. Take a look inside and you’ll find a wealth of works by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir and Rodin to name but a few. Other notable museums include the Natural History Museum and another of the city’s most popular attractions, the Paper Mill Museum, which offers a unique insight into the history of paper-making, where you can see craftsmen at work and even try your hand at creating your own sheet of paper. Or for something completely different, take a trip out to the Jean Tinguely Museum, where you’ll be able to view a number of this ingenious artist’s works of moving metal.

Basel also acts as the gateway to some of the country’s most beautiful scenery, so it follows that there is some bountiful green spaces to enjoy during your visit. The University Botanical Garden offers some superb glasshouse exhibits and provides a welcome escape from the city, while Solitude Park certainly lives up to its name, offering leafy respite and a pleasing riverside Rhine walk. It’s also where you’ll find the aforementioned Jean Tinguely museum if you want to combine two attractions in one visit. As well as a pleasing outdoor space, Tierpark Lange Erlen is also a free zoo which offers plenty of space for the animals to roam and is not so big that you won’t have enough time to look around. 

Basel tips 

As a place where several nations meet, Basel’s a foodie's delight and boasts some exceptional gourmet restaurants – perfect if you’ve got a little more time to spend in the city. Basel also has an extensive tram network which makes it easy to get around, but also keep a lookout for trams if you’re exploring on foot, as they’re efficiently silent.

Basel Itineraries

Rudesheim

Legends of the Rhine & Moselle -Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date June 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Breisach

Legends of the Rhine & Moselle -Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date June 2021
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Koblenz

Rhine Highlights with Bruges from Brussels

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
11 Nights From Bruges (Belgium), Belgium to Switzerland , Basel
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Amsterdam

Rhine Highlights with Bruges Basel - Brussels

2 sailing dates July 2021 to August 2021
11 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Belgium , Bruges (Belgium)
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Basel

Christmas Markets on the Rhine -Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date December 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Strasbourg

Jewels of the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

16 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Basel

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Zurich

2 sailing dates April 2021 to June 2021
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Heidelberg

Rhine Christmas Markets - Amsterdam to Zurich

1 sailing date December 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Rudesheim

The Glacier Express and Sounds of the 60s and 70s

1 sailing date October 2021
11 Nights From Geneva, Switzerland, to Amsterdam
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Koblenz

Tulips & the Rhine -Basel To Amsterdam

3 sailing dates April 2021
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Koblenz

Tulips & the Rhine Amsterdam To Basel

2 sailing dates April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Breisach

Christmas Time on the Rhine -Basel To Frankfurt

1 sailing date November 2021
4 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Frankfurt
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Strasbourg

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

16 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel

Save £1,200 per couple PLUS FREE chauffeur-driven transfers

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Heidelberg

The Majestic Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

1 sailing date August 2021
11 Nights From Frankfurt, to Zurich
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Breisach

Tulips of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

1 sailing date April 2021
10 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Basel

Christmas Time on the Rhine - Frankfurt to Basel

1 sailing date November 2021
4 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel

Save up to £1,000 per couple PLUS enjoy €150 to spend on-board per cabin. Book and pay in full by 31st October to save an additional £400 per couple. For Loyalty members receive an additional £200 per couple

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Amsterdam

Tulips & the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel

2 sailing dates April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Avignon

Rhine & Rhône Revealed Southbound

12 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Melk

Enchanted Europe - Westbound

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
15 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Switzerland , Basel
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Rudesheim

German Grandeur(Westbound)

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
8 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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