A cruise to Basel starting from the port of Amsterdam along the River Rhine will take you to several European countries on an 865-mile journey from the North Sea to the Swiss Alps. It is one of the most popular river cruises and is particularly favoured by those new to river cruising. Many tour operators offer cruises along this scenic river, including Viking River Cruises, Avalon Waterways and Grand Circle Cruises.
The River Rhine flows through some beautiful countryside and historic cities. These cruises typically last a week, with longer options available when you also take in sections of other rivers, including the Moselle and the Main. If you start your cruise in Amsterdam, then one of your first destinations is likely to be the city of Arnhem, where excursions can be made to the Netherlands Open Air Museum – a museum with many buildings, including houses, mills and a brewery reflecting the varied history of the region.