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Easygoing E-bike Tour Rhine River Cruise
Dolce Tempo Journey from Basel to Amsterdam
One journey. Four countries. Sail along the majestic Rhine River. Explore its valley, where history comes alive in medieval villages and superb wine and beer tastings await. Cruise on your e-bike and on our luxurious ship from Switzerland to the Netherlands.
THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Small Luxury Ship
Switzerland, France, Germany & the Netherlands
Start Basel, Switzerland / End Amsterdam, Netherlands
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Refreshingly Active Adventures
Cycle on romantic streets, through quaint villages and past castles and vineyards. Traveling from the Black Forest to the Rhine Gorge to Amsterdam's scenic waterways, find ever-changing vistas of hilltop cathedrals, imposing mountains and lush valleys.
Discover the World Heritage sites of Strasbourg, Upper Middle Rhine Valley and Cologne Cathedral. Meander through world-class cities including Heidelberg and its castle ruins and the cyclist haven of Amsterdam.
Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Your floating hotel is built for relaxation—lounge on the Sun Deck, listen to live French music and treat yourself to a soothing massage. Stop in Alsace on the evocative Route des Vins to sip Gewürztraminers and Rieslings.
8 Days Small Luxury Ship
DAYS 1-2 The vineyards of the Rhine Valley await as we kick off with our e-bikes from a quaint Black Forest village | Enjoy superb wine tasting along Alsace's famous Route des Vins | Discover the beautiful medieval villages of Riquewihr and Eguisheim.
DAY 3 The sights of dreamlike Strasbourg unfold on a guided walk, including the impressive Gothic cathedral | Catch views of both France and Germany on a mellow e-bike spin through meadows and forests.
DAY 4 Wilkommen in Deutschland! E-bike to Heidelberg, built of red limestone and dominated by the impressive ruins of its famous castle | Follow in the footsteps of Romans along the famed Weinstrasse (wine route) | Freshen up with a cool beer or Radler at a local biergarten with a few new friends.
DAY 5 The spectacular World Heritage site of the Rhine Gorge offers up e-bike-ready routes that link fairy-tale towns | Two thousand years of history lie beneath the cobblestone streets of Koblenz, set where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers converge.
DAY 6 Sail to Bonn, the former capital of West Germany and the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven | In cosmopolitan Cologne, check out a local Brauhaus (brewery), shop for a taste of the famous local chocolates or catch a glimpse of the city’s massive cathedral.
DAYS 7-8 It’s a grand finale for both waterways and wheels: arrive in Amsterdam to marvel at its arched bridges, crooked canal houses and sea of bike commuters | Take your e-bike on a last spin through the serene Dutch countryside | A traditional boat cruise gives us a canal’s-eye view of the city's intricate maze of channels.
A luxurious custom-designed ship featuring stylish private staterooms, panoramic windows, French balconies, an onboard team of classically trained chefs and inviting areas to socialize with fellow passengers. (pool)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
Note: You may only reserve one Stateroom Category at this time. Your stateroom will be assigned based on availability. Please contact us if you are interested in booking multiple Stateroom Categories for your party, selecting a specific stateroom, or Single Supplement pricing.
Dolce Tempo: What to Expect
Our e-bike tours make adventuring by bike a breeze—perfect for beginners, occasional bikers, or anyone who is interested in exploring the world by bike. With dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and GPS-supported routes, your day unfolds according to your agenda, not someone else's. Easygoing daily routes are typically 2-4 hours of biking per day, approximately 10-30 miles. Our custom electric-assist bikes* allow you to pedal effortlessly.
Available Bike Options
On this Dolce Tempo trip, most travelers choose to ride one of our custom titanium e-bikes. If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you can select another bike. See all options below.
- All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
- Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
- Off-the-beaten path exploration
- Access to all ship amenities
- Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
- Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
- Exclusive biking routes with multiple options at varied paces
- Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
- Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
- Dedicated support vans
- Custom Titanium bike
- Easy-to-use route directions so you're free to explore independently
- Private walking tours with expert guides
- Access to all ship activities and excursions
- Wine included with all onboard meals
- Private cocktail/wine receptions
- Off-ship lunches in genuine settings
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
The ships we sail on are like a floating luxury hotel, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.
We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests per group. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group onboard and you may cross paths with the other group on routes or at restaurants. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders.
If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.
On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and creative meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.
Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more sailing time. Every river has its own unique temperament and for centuries water levels have shifted due to rain, temperature and agriculture. High water levels may mean the ship cannot pass under a bridge, low water levels result in slower sailing, and a disabled lock can also lead to some extra cruising time. Should any unforeseen change happen during your river cruise, we will work closely with AmaWaterways' Captain and staff, who are very experienced in going with the flow. Depending on the situation, we may use a bus or our bikes to get to the next destination and use a land-based hotel if needed, in which case our leaders will adjust the rides and activities as necessary.
In contrast to our land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the AmaWaterways ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.
Most port conditions require that ships tie up alongside each other, in which case you may need to walk through another ship to access our ship. This is a part of river cruising due to its popularity. You may experience obstructed views from your stateroom when the ship is double-docked, but rest assured that as soon as we set sail again your beautiful views will be restored.