Avalon Waterways - The Rhine & Moselle

Amsterdam to Basel

State-of-the-art, luxurious river cruise visiting Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France & Switzerland

Your river cruise holiday starts in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages still standing! Here, you’ll go on a guided walk through the delightful marketplace and see the renaissance-era Town Hall and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim, then visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city. Continue your stunning European river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—known to be the gateway to Germany’s famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Disembark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Beau-ty, new discoveries, and delightful surprises are plentiful on your European river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

 

 

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Itinerary

DAY 1:   AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)

DAY 2:   AMSTERDAM

Colourful Canals of Amsterdam CLASSIC - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam''s "Golden Age." You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside. Alternatively spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam''s many fascinating museums or galleries. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)

DAY 3:   COLOGNE, GERMANY

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR: DISCOVERY - Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne''s important Jewish heritage sites. Don''t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! Local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ (B,L,D)

DAY 4:   KOBLENZ

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments, OR: CLASSIC - Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour. Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL (B,L,D)

DAY 5:   BERNKASTEL

Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel-with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses. DISCOVERY - Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making. Grab Nordic walking sticks or a bike from the ship and explore the surroundings nature trails, or leisurely hike up the hills for breathtaking views of the Moselle. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH (B,L,D)

DAY 6:   REMICH. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG

The Lofty Landscapes of Luxembourg CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City-with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TRIER (B,L,D)

DAY 7:   TRIER, GERMANY

Ancient Worlds, and Old World Charm CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing tour of Trier-Germany''s oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city centre, OR: CLASSIC - Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM (B,L,D)

DAY 8:   COCHEM

Reichsburg Castle, Riesling Wine, and the Charm of the Moselle Valley CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town''s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem''s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird''s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO BOPPARD (B,L,D)

DAY 9:   BOPPARD-RHINE GORGE

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge ACTIVE - Go for a scenic walk this morning through the village of Boppard with your Avalon Adventure Host. Alternatively, choose to explore Boppard''s beautiful views and forested surroundings on a bike ride or hike at your own pace. Spend some free time this morning visiting a local cafe for a cup of German coffee. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rudesheim. RUDESHEIM Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR: ACTIVE - Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR: ACTIVE - Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rudesheim. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN (B,L,D)

DAY 10:   LUDWIGSHAFEN. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

Philosophers'' Views, a Hilltop Castle, and the World''s Biggest Barrel of Wine CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the "World''s Largest Wine Barrel," OR: ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers'' Way for an inspiring view of the city below. You''ll have free time to stroll or shop this afternoon. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D)

DAY 11:   STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Gothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk, OR: CLASSIC - Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city''s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line-an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace's wine country today. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,L,D)

DAY 12:   BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest DISCOVERY - Join a full-day Guided Visit to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR: DISCOVERY - Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany''s southernmost wine country in Baden-ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners'' process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL (B,L,D)

DAY 13:   BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Zurich airport before 10 am. (B)

 

Includes

  • Deluxe 12-night cruise in an outside stateroom (Category E) with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.  Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath products.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary, including daily four-course a la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts, and Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options.
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides.
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore.
  • Onboard local entertainment.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions.
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions.
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey.
  • Gratuities to Cruise Director, Crew, Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
  • Your day-by-day itinerary indicates in UPPERCASE all inside visits, special features, and guided sightseeing

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Price per person, based on double occupancy for 11 October 2020 departure CAT E


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