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Rhine River Cruise Bike Tour

Luxury River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam

Voyage from Basel to Amsterdam along the Rhine River in true luxury. Indulge in a spectacular 7-night river cruise bike tour that meanders along the dramatic Rhine River. We'll start in Basel, Switzerland as we float and pedal past impressive medieval sites and fairy-tale landscapes of Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Discover the legendary Lorelei rock, witness the picturesque Rhine Gorge, savor crisp Riesling wines, taste delicious cheeses, and experience the quaint Dutch countryside. Kings, princes, counts and bishops—all sought to build their castles on the Rhine. And now you can see them like never before—from the seat of a bicycle.

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$6999 Per Person
8 Days & 7 Nights
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Trip Wows
Scenic's state-of-the-art 'Space-Ships' offer 5-star luxury from the pillow menu to every gourmet meal expertly created by our on board chefs.
Sample French wines, sip brews at a German biergarten or snack on traditional Dutch cheese.
Visit four different countries and soak up the breathtaking scenery of Rhine river valley.
Enjoy a classical concert in a Baroque-period Palace, just one of the many enriching Scenic experiences offered throughout your trip.
Soak in a gourmet experience at a themed dinner in the Portobello dining room.
Watch the Experience
I think the true uniqueness of this trip was the melding of two activities, either one of which makes a great trip in itself – a Trek Travel bicycling adventure and a river barge excursion. It led to a confluence of magic ingredients: good friends, engaging and helpful guides, gorgeous scenery, great bikes, the novelty and unexpected luxuriousness of the barge experience, and some of the best food and wine in the world.
-Mac, Trek Travel Guest

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Welcome to your biking and cruising adventure centered on the legendary Rhine River. Our trip starts in Basel at the Gaia Hotel at 9:00 AM. After meeting your Trek Travel guides, we will shuttle 50 minutes toward the the Thal Nature Park, famous for its picturesque farms, dense network of cycling and hiking trails and endless green hills. We will enjoy lunch at the top of Passwang Pass overlooking the Swiss valley from a mountain top terrace. After your guides familiarize you with your Trek bicycle and ensure a comfortable fit, we will begin our first ride descending through green hills and slow-paced villages. Skirt alongside the French border and enjoy the views in the town of Mariastein with a beautiful monastery. Greet locals enjoying their daily walks as we ride on the path through fields and pastures before reaching Basel and our Scenic space-ship on the Rhine. After you settle in, we’ll meet for a welcome reception and the ship’s safety briefing. Meet your fellow passengers tonight during our first chef-inspired meal, then get ready for a night sail. Bon voyage!

Today's Ride:

Petit Kohlberg route
Approximately 30 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Embarkation in Basel

Port Name:


Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

This morning enjoy breakfast slowly and take time to relax on the sundeck, read a book and feel the breeze while cruising along Grand Canal of Alsace, the region between France and Germany, where the cultures of both countries blend in a delightful way. The Alsatian capital, Strasbourg, is a mix of medieval past and progressive future. In the afternoon you can choose to learn about this beautiful city and its history on the official Scenic guided city tour which includes a visit to La Petite France and a stroll through the old town. If you want to get a better feel for the Alsatian region, which combines Germanic dialect with French style, love for foie gras and sauerkraut, and where vineyards fade into watercolor paintings on the horizon, join your Trek Travel guides for a ride on the “Route des Vins d’Alsace”. Enjoy easygoing riding through the vineyards and sample some of the best Rieslings and Pinot Gris in the region. We will arrive back on the boat just in time for the Captain's welcome cocktail.

Today's Ride:

Alsace wine route
Approximately 40 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Scenic guided city tour through Strasbourg or Hike in a Black Forest

Excursion to Mittelbergheim

Port Name:


Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Join your local guide on a Scenic tour of the picturesque spa town of Baden-Baden and visit the ruins of the Roman baths; take active hike to Hohenbaden Castle, or visit the Mercedes-Benz factory. Alternatively, Trek Travel guides will take you ona bike ride through the rolling hills of the Scharzwald mountain range and enjoy sweeping views of the picturesque villages nestled in the mystical Black Forest. Climb to the ruins of 11th Century Alte Eberstein Castle, where we will indulge in a lunch of local cuisine, overlooking a breathtaking vista of the Rhine Valley. Return to the ship for dinner, then tonight, take an excursion to the Baroque-period palace in Rastatt, where we sit down to a sublime classical concert. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other, and a chance to create memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Today's Ride:

Black Forest Route
Approximately 44 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Walking tour and hiking tour of Baden Baden or Mercedes Benz Factory Visit

Today's Activity:

Classical Concert in Rastatt Palace

Port Name:

Baden Baden

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today you get to explore the town of Heidelberg, home of the oldest university in Germany and one of its most beautiful cities. This is truly a scenic spot: The town’s harmonious ensemble between the castle and the historic centre by the river is framed by tree-clad hills. You can either choose to visit its stunning Renaissance Castle on a guided tour or just stroll and enjoy a ‘Sweet Tastes’ of Heidelberg tour, where you’ll have an opportunity to sample some of the local chocolates, bonbon and gummy bears. Then relax and enjoy the afternoon cruise down the river framed by the vineyards of the Alsace, and a leisurely dinner onboard before a sunset arrival in Rudesheim.

Port Name:


Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today takes you to our most beautiful stretch of river, the dramatic Rhine Gorge. It’s arguably one of the most scenic destinations in Europe. Maybe it's because of all the castles (no fewer than twenty-three), or perhaps the south-facing slopes covered with vineyards. Whatever it is, the views are to die for. You can choose to soak up the beauty from the luxury deck on your ship or to let your Trek Travel guides show you the beauty of this landscape from the seat of a bicycle. We will pass the legendary Rock of the Lorelei, where transformed sirens lured fishermen to destruction. Enjoy a traditional, local lunch at a riverside biergarten with sweeping views of the river. After lunch, challenge your guides to a round of mini-golf or game of bocce ball. We will finish our ride in Koblenz, where our ship awaits. In the evening, board a cable car for a jaw-dropping journey over the Rhine to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and enjoy the sunset.

Today's Ride:

Rüdesheim to Koblenz
Approximately 46 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Scenic Guided tour of Koblenz or Excursion to Cochem

Today's Activity:

Scenic visit to the local winery for a tour & tasting

Port Name:


Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Welcome to Cologne – the city of water and home of the original Eau de Cologne, a spirit-citrus perfume launched in 1709 by Giovanni Maria Farina. It’s a social city, where people meet to chat and laugh over a Kölsch. You can take advantage of this morning’s Scenic guided walking tour which takes you to the filigree towers of the famous Cologne cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or take a tour to discover a medieval Drachenburg Castle. If you prefer to stretch your legs more on the bike before cruising in the afternoon, your Trek Travel guides will take you on a spin to the city outskirts on the quiet banks of the Rhine, and finishes at the Cologne Cathedral. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the sun deck watching the calm waters of the river as you sail to Amsterdam. Tonight, we will gather and celebrate our week of adventure on the water and two wheels at the Captain's farewell cocktail hour, followed by the Captain's farewell gala dinner.

Today's Ride:

Colonge Cafe route
Approximately 20 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Scenic walking tour of Cologne or Drachenburg Castle visit

Port Name:


Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Welcome to Amsterdam, the most water-based city in the world. Its canals and harbors fill a full quarter of her surface. This morning you can spend more time on the boat and take a private Scenic cruise through the iconic canals of Amsterdam. Or, if you prefer, you can explore Amsterdam's countryside and visit traditional cheese factories. After sampling delicious Hollandaise cheeses, we will jump on the bikes and roll into the charming Volendam, with its unusual raised homes and quaint wooden church, continuing to the equally charming village of Edam, famous for its round cheese. From there we will pedal to the fishing village of Marken which, with its characteristic houses and costumes, is likely to steal your heart. We will enjoy a delicious lunch on the harbor before we heading back on the mainland. Ride through the farming village of Broek-in-Waterland and soak up last moments of riding on Rhine. Back on the boat, raise your glass to toast a wonderful week. Your Trek Travel guides will then treat you to a last gourmet dinner at a favourite restaurant along the canals of historical Amsterdam where we will raise our glasses to a wonderful week!

Today's Ride:

Marken Island Route with cheese tasting
Approximately 25 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Canal cruise or Scenic Amsterdam walking tour

Today's Activity:

Scenic visiti to Volendam & Edam

Port Name:


Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast this morning as you contemplate the lasting memories you've made during your vacation on the river. You will say farewell to your guides at 9:00 AM on board the ship in Amsterdam. Throughout the final morning, your Scenic Cruise Director will coordinate rolling departures of various taxis and buses to Amsterdam airport. Please do not schedule departing flights prior 12:00 PM in Amsterdam.

Included Meals:



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Scenic River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise

Welcome aboard the custom-designed Scenic Space-Ship, our luxury floating hotel. It is the newest of the fleet of luxury ships and can carry 169 guests in 85 suites and 13 staterooms, with two full decks of Balcony Suites, and the largest Panorama Suites on any of Europe's rivers. These luxury river-cruise ships also boast a Vitality Pool on the panoramic, all-weather Sun Deck. Guests on board have a selection of dining venues to choose from, or they can dine privately in their own suite, thanks to their personal butler service. Our guests will stay in the Balcony Suites on the Diamond Deck. View the Deck Plan»

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.


Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019, we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More


Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More


  • 7 nights of accommodation in a deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom in Balcony suites. Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations. Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms. Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board, but please keep in mind that Wi-Fi access is limited while sailing.
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Optional shore excursions in every port, guided by Scenic
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary on major points of interest.
  • All meals will be included during your cruise (during rides, lunches will be provided by Trek Travel). There are multiple dining venues on board to choose from and are included in your stay. Choose from unlimited red and white wines from different wine regions, as well as beer, cocktails and soft drinks included in every lunch and dinner. Bottled water in every stateroom is replenished daily.
  • 6 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events
  • The Scenic Space Ships include luxury suites with a queen size Scenic Slumber Bed, complimentary pillow menu, mini bar, L'Occitane amenities & Mac mini infotainment system, Personal butler for all guests, Laundry Concierge, Unlimited beverages and in-suite mini bar, Exclusive six-course dining with sommelier paired wines at Table La Rive, Sun deck with vitality pool, Scenic FreeChoice, allowing you to choose the exclusive sightseeing activities that interest you the most, Scenic Enrich, handpicked activities ranging from private concerts to exclusive dining experiences, Scenic Sundowners, exclusive cocktail events to enjoy the sunset in some of Europe's most remarkable locations, Scenic Sun Lounges allow you to sit back and soak in the scenery on your own all-weather private outdoor balcony, Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary on major points of interest, Endless on board entertainment, showcasing regional cultures as you weave through Europe, 24 hour room service, Trek Travel welcome lunch, all snacks, drinks and meals while riding including a Signature Trek Travel picnic, Dedicated Trek Travel guides on board and on shore to coordinate group activities, Fitness & Wellness area, Scenic guest packet including backpack, compression socks, eye mask, earplugs and a passport case


  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.


Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

35 miles
191 miles
1,600 feet
9,400 feet
The terrain is mostly flat terrain, with some rolling hills. The Rhine River Cruise takes to the picturesque valley which is made easy with the miles of well-marked, dedicated bike paths and country roads with minimal traffic. It is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Themed Dinners
  • Lectures
  • Cooking Demonstration
  • On board music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Guided visits and tours of European towns with various activities
  • Luxurious on board amenities

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

Basel (BSL) or Zürich (ZRH)
9:00 AM
Gaia Hotel, Basel, Switzerland

Say Farewell

Amsterdam (AMS)
9:00 AM
Scenic Cruise Ship, Amsterdam, Netherlands


We suggest that you arrive at least one day before the trip starts, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend flying into Basel’s EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg (BSL) or Zürich’s Kloten Airport (ZRH) and transferring on to Basel. The easiest way from the Basel airport is taking a taxi to the city center. The ride takes about 15 minutes and costs approximately $30.

If you decide to fly to Zürich, we recommend you to take a train. Trains run between Zürich Main Station (Zürich Hauptbahnhof) and Basel approximately every 30 minutes. You can purchase a train ticket at Swiss Federal Railways (SFR) website at www.sbb.ch/en, or contact your travel agent.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Gaia hotel (Centralbahnstrasse 13 - 15, Basel) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After meeting your Trek Travel guides, we will shuttle 45-60 minutes toward the Alsace region of France where your guides will familiarize you with your Trek bicycle and ensure a comfortable fit. Afterward, we will enjoy a light lunch complete with a sampling of traditional Alsatian specialties and then begin our first ride through the Alsatian Jura.

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Our trip ends in Amsterdam aboard the ship. You will say farewell to your guides at 9:00 AM, please make sure to check out of your stateroom by 9:00 AM. Throughout the final morning, your Scenic Cruise Director will coordinate rolling departures of various taxis and buses to Amsterdam airport. Please do not schedule departing flights prior 12:00 PM in Amsterdam.

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Planning For Your Trip

How does a River Cruise Bike Tour work?

Our accommodations for River Cruise bike tours are unlike any Trek Travel has ever visited, and now you can take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Welcome aboard the custom-designed Scenic Cruise Ship, our luxury floating hotel. It’s a newly-appointed cruise ship that features spacious balcony rooms, WiFi access, and a walking track along the sun deck. There are a variety of inviting common spaces so you’ll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing with other guests, and all evening meals are prepared by the ship’s classically trained chefs and are served on board in several dining rooms.

What should you expect?: This trip is designed to be flexible and luxurious. If you prefer to take a day off from riding, you’re always welcome to shift gears and relax on the ship, or explore on your own or check in with your guides regarding one of the many Scenic guided shore excursions. We’ve limited our group size to 20 guests, but just like any hotel, we’ll be sharing the ship with other guests.

Daily Itinerary: Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times so some days have more opportunities for exploring or cycling on land while other days have more sailing. Ride distances are flexible and we can provide more mileage for those seeking additional ride time if the ship’s schedule allows. Because rivers can be unpredictable with water level shifts, temperatures and bridge passing times, we coordinate with Scenic’s captain and staff to keep us having a great time while understanding changes may happen with our planned itinerary.

Before and After Your Trip


Before: Basel, Switzerland

Before you set out from Switzerland's only seaport -- or so it seems with the mighty Rhine offering passage all the way to the Dutch docks -- be sure to enjoy this historic city on the river. The Marktplatz is surrounded by gates and spires, and is the perfect place to people-watch over an ice-cream cone. The old town is a walkable, delightful playground for the architecturally astute: There are seven centuries of construction to stroll by. For a town reknown for its winter celebrations, a day of walking through the sunny old town alleys is a must before you depart. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:


After: Amsterdam, Netherlands

You'll leave Amsterdam trying to find a way to move here. What's charmed you is the city's gezellig, that comfortable ambience that you ususally find when sitting with friends. Apart from finding your cycling brethren here --in this city the bike is king -- you'll find those cosy places where you can sit and spiel with your travel partners, taking in the city that winds by outside your window. When you venture out, beware: you'll have a hard time not smacking into one of the countless artistic troves curated here. The Netherlands' artistic expanse is captured in the span between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk. Give this city a few days to visit and enjoy. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

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Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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