River Cruise along the Rhine River: Amsterdam, Germany, France: Sept 24-30, 2025

Join our French Escapade Alumni River Cruise

In 2025, we will be celebrating our 20 years in business!  

  • By invitation-only: For this exclusive river cruise, we have chartered a 45 cabin ship. The number of participants being limited, this cruise will only be proposed to some alumni and VIEW members.
  • Spouses welcome: Feel free to bring your spouse or a friend as long as she/he is sharing your cabin. All the excursions are cultural excursions, not focused on painting.
  • Painting: You will be able to paint/sketch (in watercolor, not oil) on board as there is a covered area on the deck. There will not be any instructions. However, at the end of the trip,  we will still organize a “show and share”. You are also welcome to paint during the land excursions. You can choose a beautiful spot in each town we will be visiting and paint while we are doing the guided visit.
  • French Escapade entertainment: Since we are chartering the ship, we will be able to organize our own events: count on us to entertain you with our creative mind. We have plenty of ideas. 

Why an Alumni River Cruise? Our Story

Valerie and I embarked on this travel adventure in 2003 and run our fist trip in September 2004. At the beginning, we only offered one destination, the French Alps (therefore the name French Escapade). We run that trip 30 times. Then by popular demand, we expanded our offerings to other parts of France but also Spain, Italy and Belgium. 

We have been on a roll for the last 20 years and never stopped growing despite the many storms that shook the travel industry: the 2010 eruption of the volcano in Iceland, the financial crisis in 2008, the terrorist attack in Nice in 2016, the Belgium bombing in 2016 and the cherry on the cake, Covid in 2020-21. But the business stayed afloat and is doing better than ever.

In the last 20 years, we have welcomed over 2,000 guests on board and run over 160 land trips. We have also hired some additional tour leaders to help us navigate the business so we are now a team of seven. 

We are so happy that French Escapade is still going strong and it is thank to you. Some of you have taken up to 10 trips with us.  

To celebrate our 20 year in business, we wanted to organize a special event where we can be surrounded by loyal/friendly French Escapaders.  

So we have chartered a river cruise ship, only a 40 cabin boat  to keep the spirit of French Escapade, exclusively for French Escapade, that will navigate along the Rhine river from Amsterdam to Strasbourg in Sept 2025 and we are inviting you to take part of this exclusive alumni cruise.

Cruise along the majestic Rhine from Amsterdam to Strasbourg

From Amsterdam to Strasbourg, we’ll sail along the Majestic Rhine.

Enjoy a perfectly combined cruise between nature and culture:

Architecture and traditions in Holland, the unique German castle of Heidelberg, the 2000 year old beautiful town of Cologne, wine tasting, musical enchantment from 17th till today, hiking in the vineyards and arrival in Strasbourg, the flowery half-timbered capital of Alsace.

The cherry on the cake: French Escapade alumni only with French Escapade entertainment on the ship.

Day 1: Welcome - Amsterdam (Holland)

You are welcome to board the ship in Amsterdam at 6:00 pm.

After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce the crew at a welcome cocktail followed by a gourmet dinner.

Day 2: Amsterdam (Holland)

Join us on the following excursions:

Morning:  Option 1: Coach Tour

We will visit  the Rieker Windmill, a favorite site for the artist Rembrandt as well as the Bloemenmarkt, the famous floating flower market. One of the most fragrant places in Amsterdam in any seasons thanks to its thousands of flowers and multitude of varieties, this unique market will make your head spin! At the end of our visit, we’ll return to the ship by coach for lunch.

Morning:  Option 2: Guided Bike tour 

This guided bike tour will last about 2.5 hours, and you’ll be able to explore and learn about all the must-see and out-of-the-way sites in Amsterdam. Enjoy some free time at the Flower Market or at the Albert Cuypmarkt.

Lunch on the ship.

Afternoon: Discover authentic Dutch traditions in two charming villages right outside Amsterdam that have preserved their character for over six centuries thanks to the tough vitality of their fishermen. We’ll then visit a cheese factory  to discover how the famous Gouda cheese is made.

Our ship will cruise to the town of Nijmegen through the night.

Day 3: Nijmegen (Holland)

Visit of the Dutch Open Air Museum of Arnhem.

In this park you will find around 100 historic buildings, farmhouses and mills. Not only can these be viewed from the outside, but you can also step inside for a look around!

This brings you closer to history and gives you the chance to experience the past again: drainage mill, dairy factory, paper mill, farmhouse, fisherman’s cottage, syrup barn, dovecote and many more.

Day 4: Cologne (Germany)

We’ll spend the morning cruising to Cologne on what is known as the “Romantic Rhine,” the dazzling section between Rüdesheim and Koblenz.

This afternoon, join us for a Guided walking tour of Cologne.

Experience the special flair of a city that is 2000 years old and at the same time lively, diverse and modern. Admire the magnificent Gothic Cathedral, discover impressive remains of the Roman times, stroll along the banks of the Rhine, and explore the former merchants’ quarter spacious market squares and narrow cobbled lanes.

Crossroads of Europe since the Middle Ages, Cologne has kept its importance as a vibrant commercial and industrial city as well as a cultural and religious center. 

Day 5: Rudesheim (Germany)

Our ship will cruise during the morning. When we arrive in Rüdesheim. Choose one of the following excursions:

Option 1: You will start the visit with a tour and commentary of the Rüdesheim vineyards by mini-train, during which you will discover the famous vineyards already cultivated in the Roman period followed by  

wine tasting in a 16th century cellar followed by a visit to the Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments. All the instruments can only be fully experienced when listening to their tunes and seeing them in action. During a 45-minute tour, a wide variety of musical instruments are being played: from orchestrions the size of a Mercedes Sprinter van to a snuff box with a singing bird that can fit in the palm of your hand. There are hand-cranked harmonipans; a musical chair that’s activated when sat upon; a player grand piano; a pistol with a singing automaton bird; gramophones; etc… and the absolutely astounding 1909 Hupfeld Violina Phonoliszt, which features not only a player piano but player violins.

Option 2: Hiking through the vineyards in Rudesheim (3.5 hours)

We’ll go to the center of Rüdesheim to catch a gondola lift to for a great view of the small city, the vineyards and the Rhine. We’ll hike through the vineyards with a visit to an Abbey (5 mile-hike with a 900 ft elevation gain)

Day 6: Heidelberg (Germany)

Our ship will cruise during the morning. Join us for the visit of Heidelberg.

The Castle of Heidelberg together with the Old Bridge are the most impressive sights to be found in Germany. On the guided tour, you will appreciate the history of this mighty fortress, which has seen a thing or two over the past 700 years. Did you know that the largest barrel in the world is stored in the castle’s wine cellar? Made from 130 oak trees, it has a capacity of precisely 221,726 litres.

The university of Heidelberg is the oldest on German soil and has attracted the best academic thinkers to the city in the past. You can still see what makes the city so unique in the many cosy old student bars: Heidelberg has genuine joie de vivre in spades.

Tonight is our farewell evening.

Day 7: Farewell - Strasbourg (France)

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.

Make sur to spend some time in Strasbourg: The capital of Alsace, with its remarkable historical, cultural and gastronomic heritage, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, as well as an icon of the French way of life. Strasbourg is a true reflection of the Alsatian identity: the fairy tale vibe, the half-timbered and to-die-for amazing cuisine are just some of the reasons you should visit.

The number one attraction in Strasbourg is La Petite France (“Little France”), which is the historic part of town. What makes it special is the half-timbered houses that reflect in the water along the canal.

Completely refitted in 2019, the ship is an intimate-sized standard ship, measuring 82 m long and 9,50 m wide. It has 45 comfortable cabins spread over two decks. The decoration is a contribution to romanticism.

The lounge tastefully decorated, is located at the front of the ship and offers panoramic views. Cocktails and games, dancing, and other forms of entertainment all happen here.

Located on the upper deck, the restaurant offers offers a delicate cuisine in a refined setting. It seats all guests at tables which vary in size with a panoramic view. The atmosphere is casual but elegant.

The open bar is there for you to enjoy wine, alcohol and not alcoholic beverages that you can sip while enjoying the panorama.

Take advantage of the sun deck to relax! It is equipped with chairs and deckchairs, allowing you to cool off while enjoying a panoramic view of the magnificent landscapes. The decks also offers a large shaded area.

Start your day by joining us for a morning fitness class on the sun deck.




All rooms are 113 sq ft, located either on the upper deck or on the main deck.  They all have one double bed or 2 adjustable twin beds with a big window.


  • TV
  • Telephone (for internal calls only)
  • Bathroom with shower and toilet
  • Towels
  • Safe
  • Independent air-conditioning
  • Electricity 220V
  • Wi-Fi

Please note that there is no laundry service on board the ship.

Pricing Details

How to Book

We have 42 cabins total.

Only 7 cabins left!! so sign up now.

$3,990 pp for a shared cabin with ensuite bathroom

+ $1,000 to use the cabin as a single.

Included: Everything!!

– Welcome cocktail – Farewell Gala dinner and evening
– All meals (Refined French Cuisine)
– Drinks included no only with meals but at the bar (open bar all day)
– Free Wi-Fi onboard
– All land excursions
– All onboard activities
– All port fees


– Flight to and from Europe
– Transportation to the departure port in Amsterdam and from the port in Strasbourg
– Tips to the staff
– Travel insurance


– $600 non refundable deposit required at booking (see cancelation policy below)

– Remaining balance due 6 months prior departure

Cancelation Policy:

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 180 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
180-91 days before departure50% of total cost forfeited
90-0 days before departure100% of total cost forfeited
If French Escapade cancels You get a full refund
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