Avalon Waterways

Romantic Rhine Cruise

Basel to Amsterdam

10 Days: Thursday, October 10–Saturday, October 19, 2019

per person double occupancy

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey; beginning in Switzerland with stops in France, Germany, and Holland! You'll visit Breisach, Germany, located at the foot of the Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border. Here you'll find the gateway to Germany's Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. In Strasbourg, France, you'll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral, fascinating astronomical clock and lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg's castle and stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Next up is the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Last stop in Germany is Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral. Lastly, spend time in Holland's popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city's “Golden Age.”

*After deadline, call 617.338.1111 for availability

  • Includes
    • Round-trip airport/hotel/cruise ship transfers when air is purchased through Avalon Waterways
    • One night pre-cruise hotel accommodations night in Zurich
    • Seven night cruise, Avalon Vista
    • FlexDining for more venue and seating time options
    • Daily full buffet breakfast
    • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
    • Daily afternoon tea
    • Daily four-course a la carte dinner
    • Complimentary bottled water daily
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer or soft drinks with every lunch or dinner
    • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions
  • Day-By-Day Itinerary
    • DAY 1 Overnight flight from Boston
    • DAY 2 Arrive Zürich, transfer to hotel
    • DAY 3 Transfer to Basel (Embarkation)
    • DAY 4 Breisach, Germany
    • DAY 5 Strasbourg, France
    • DAY 6 Heidelberg–Mainz
    • DAY 7 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz
    • DAY 8 Cologne
    • DAY 9 Amsterdam, Holland
    • DAY 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation); return flight to Boston
  • Highlights
    • Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds℠
    • Breisach: Guided tour of village of Colmar or excursion to the Black Forest with visit to open-air museum
    • Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
    • Excursion to Heidelberg–Mainz: Guided tour to Heidelberg Castle or hike up Philosophers' Way; Mainz guided city walk including Gutenberg Museum
    • Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: Guided tour of Mechanical Music Museum or guided hike through nearby vineyards or enjoy a coffee or wine tasting; cruise through the Rhine Gorge and rock of The Lorelei; Koblenz guided city walk
    • Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk
    • Amsterdam: canal cruise
    • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
    • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
    • Sky Deck, Covered Observation Lounge, Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station
    • Onshore & Onboard experiences with regional customs, cultures & tastings with local artisans, experts & entertainers
    • Sightseeing with expert local guides and headsets for guided shore excursions
    • Elevator
  • Route Map

  • Weather

    Average Minimum and Maximum Temperatures in Breisach, Germany

    Average min and max temperatures in Breisach am Rhein, Germany

    (clicking on image will send you to the weather data website)

  • Avalon Vista

    The Avalon Vista's two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony℠. Enjoy fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites℠ are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include a Fitness Center, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.

  • Pricing and Deposit

    Pricing is per person double occupancy for Deluxe Stateroom, Category E. Cabin upgrades available: Additional $199–$2,199 pp/do. Includes cruise taxes and port charges and pre-paid cruise gratuities and Avalon insurance. Prices listed above DO NOT include airfare. Airfare price available at time of booking. When you reserve your Avalon Waterways cruise with The Travel Club, any current Avalon promotion will be applicable to your reservation.

Last updated 8/9/2019 1:24:34 PM

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