Spring is an ideal time to sail down the Rhine -- it's also when prices for river cruises are at their highest. That's why we were impressed to see that Scenic Tours has shaved £650 off the price of an all-inclusive luxury voyage from Basel to Amsterdam. The price is now £1893 per person and includes:
We love that, unlike with many other river cruise operators, the price also includes tours and excursions, such as a sightseeing canal cruise in Amsterdam, a walking tour of Dusseldorf and a tour of the Black Forest in Germany. The cruise starts in Basel (Switzerland) and calls at Breisach, Mannheim, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Cologne and Amsterdam.
The luxurious Scenic Sapphire (described by Scenic Tours as a Space-Ship because of the superior space-to-passenger ratio) features well-appointed Staterooms with flat-screen TVs, entertainment systems and L'Occitane toiletries. Drink and dine in the Crystal Dining Room, serving buffet and 4-course à la carte meals with panoramic views, and Portobello's, an Italian restaurant offering 5-course fine dining and wines. Onboard entertainment comes from musicians, performers and artists demonstrating local specialities such as glass-blowing.
Upgrade to a suite with a private outdoor balcony from an extra £544 per person. Flights from 13 regional airports are available from £129 extra per person. Click here for more information.