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About Basel

Basel, which lies in the northwest region of Switzerland, near its French and German borders, is a delightful city with a rich history, intriguing medieval quarter, fabulous art galleries and stunning architecture. It also boasts a lively social scene, much of which focuses around the city's most important asset, the meandering Rhine River.

The mighty river first becomes navigable at Basel, which makes the city the nearest thing landlocked Switzerland has to a seaport, and residents really make the most of it. The river banks are lined with restaurants and hotels (which charge extra for a river-view room).

Many residents use little tow-lined ferries rather than bridges to travel between Grossbasel (Big Basel, home to the medieval Old Town) on the south bank and Kleinbasel (Little Basel, center of the city's lively social scene) on the north bank.

Basel is an important turnaround port for Rhine riverboats, many of which run between there and Amsterdam on weekly rotations. Because it's an embarkation and debarkation port, many river cruise passengers spend at least a day in Basel , which is no hardship, considering it's not only a fascinating city, but also a gateway to Alsace and Germany's Black Forest region.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Basel

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Basel Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Mainz
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
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    Avalon Expression - Avalon Waterways

    Sightseeing excursions led by local guides

    Features 64 200-square-foot panoramic suites

    Fare includes wine with dinner, tours and Wi-Fi

    Reviews

    Avalon Expression Reviews

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    0.0/5

    Avalon Expression joined Avalon Waterways in May 2013.Itineraries focus on the Danube River wit...

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    djwoodman
    Sail Date Nov 2019
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    Sail Date Aug 2019
    2019 Avalon River Cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Basel

    Leaving:
    Basel
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    Breisach, Strasbourg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Basel Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Basel
    • Day 2
      Breisach
    • Day 3
      Strasbourg
    • Day 4
      Ludwigshafen
    • Day 5
      Rudesheim
    • Day 6
      Cologne
    • Day 7
      Amsterdam
    • Day 8
      Amsterdam
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    Avalon Expression - Avalon Waterways

    Sightseeing excursions led by local guides

    Features 64 200-square-foot panoramic suites

    Fare includes wine with dinner, tours and Wi-Fi

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    Avalon Expression Reviews

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    0.0/5

    Avalon Expression joined Avalon Waterways in May 2013.Itineraries focus on the Danube River wit...

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    Europeantraveler1
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    First-time river cruisers/long-time ocean cruisers
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    lhearog
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Fun on the Rhine
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Basel

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
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    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
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    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Basel Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Mainz
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
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    Avalon Vista - Avalon Waterways

    Features top-deck whirlpool

    Features "open-air" balcony cabins

    Dine al fresco at the boat's bistro

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    Callyfrog
    Sail Date Sep 2019
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Basel

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    Visiting:
    Breisach, Strasbourg ... see more
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    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Basel Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Basel
    • Day 2
      Breisach
    • Day 3
      Strasbourg
    • Day 4
      Speyer
    • Day 5
      Koblenz
    • Day 6
      Cologne
    • Day 7
      Kinderdijk
    • Day 8
      Amsterdam
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    Viking Mani - Viking River Cruises

    Most excursions included in cruise price

    Innovative indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace cafe

    Large number of full balcony cabins available

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value3.0

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    Bmadison219
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Fantastic journey!
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    Tad2Cruise
    Sail Date Mar 2019
    Amsterdam to Basel for Spring Flowers and River Views
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  • 7 Night
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    Amsterdam
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    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Basel Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Kinderdijk
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Speyer
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
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    Viking Kara - Viking River Cruises

    Tours and most drinks included in price

    Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising

    Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    What first strikes you as you step onboard Viking Kara, one of Viking's numerous Longship-class...

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    rayjitsu
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Great learning experience
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    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Extreme pampering
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Basel

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Basel Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Rudesheim
    • Day 5
      Ludwigshafen
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
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    AmaMora - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Lots of active excursions, exercise classes, an outdoor pool and twin balconies

    Cons

    The pool bar is rarely staffed and the water is too warm to be refreshing

    Bottom Line

    A wide variety of activities allows a more personalized river cruise

    Reviews
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    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    As AmaWaterways' 23rd ship, AmaMora encompasses the best offerings of the European fleet, with a f...

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    Marygalsea
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Nice new ship. Cruise manager and cleanliness need work
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Pure enjoyment from the time I walked on till the moment I parted.
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Basel

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
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    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Basel Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Mainz
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
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    Avalon Impression - Avalon Waterways

    Custom-built to sail the Rhine River

    Most cabins transform into "open-air" balconies

    Alternative dining: top-deck BBQ and bistro fare

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    Avalon Waterways continues to grow with the launch of sister ships Avalon Illumination and Aval...

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    SueChis
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    River Cruise from Linz to Budapest
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Basel

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Basel Route (Crystal River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Rudesheim
    • Day 6
      Mannheim
    • Day 7
      Strasbourg
    • Day 8
      Basel
    Ship Details

    Crystal Bach - Crystal River Cruises

    Pros

    Exceptional dining and wine options makes ship a foodie haven

    Cons

    Nascent enrichment programming still has holes

    Bottom Line

    Beautifully designed ship with top-notch service provides luxurious cruising experience

    Reviews

    Crystal Bach Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    In Crystal Bach, Crystal River Cruises has elegantly stitched together a gorgeous ship that sai...

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    USC Adventurer
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    The Most Fabulous Cruise Experience
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    radar65
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Nice ship, Interesting itinerary, Poor dining room service.
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    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ...