Romantic Rhine

Northbound Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam

10 Days: Sunday, October 20–Tuesday, October 29, 2019


Airfare through Avalon could be as low as $299!

FROM $3,865
per person double occupancy Category D

Call 617-338-1111 for immediate booking!

One of Europe's most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which begins in Switzerland and stops in France, Germany, and Holland! Board your vessel in Basel, Switzerland, then head for 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. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where you'll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg's castle, towering magnificently over the city, 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, and a visit to the unique Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see the impressive collection of historical self-playing instruments. You'll 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. As an exclamation point to this wonderful Rhine river cruise, you'll spend time in Holland's popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. There is much to do with the world-famous museums and abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. 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 nights' pre-cruise accommodations in Zurich
    • Deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds℠
    • Breisach: excursion to Black Forest or guided tour in Colmar
    • Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
    • Mainz: excursion to Heidelberg
    • Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz
    • Cologne: choice of "Cologne Highlights" walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tour
    • Amsterdam: canal cruise
    • Nuremberg: guided sightseeing
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Panoramic windows
    • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
    • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
    • 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
    • FlexDining® for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating time options
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
    • Daily full buffet breakfast
    • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
    • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
    • Daily four-course a la carte dinner
    • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Day-By-Day Itinerary
    • DAY 1 Overnight flight from Boston
    • DAY 2 Arrive Zurich, overnight hotel accommodations
    • DAY 3 Basel (Embarkation)
    • DAY 4 Breisach
    • DAY 5 Strasbourg
    • DAY 6 Mainz
    • DAY 7 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz
    • DAY 8 Cologne
    • DAY 9 Amsterdam
    • DAY 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation), return flight to Boston
  • Avalon Expression

    Avalon Expression Cruise Ship

    Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships®, the Avalon Expression came onto the European river cruising scene with a bang. This gorgeous ship features two full decks of Panorama Suites℠ with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony℠. Awake in your Comfort Collection window-facing bed each morning with seamless river views that become part of your living space. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites℠ are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, delivering incomparable views of Europe's most stunning landscapes. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, an expanded fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck.

  • Route Map

    Avalon Romantic Rhine Cruise Route Map

    Avalon Romantic Rhine Cruise 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)

  • *Pricing and Deposit

    From $3,865 per person double occupancy for Category D

    This rate reflects a $500 per person Avalon Waterways promotional discount.

    Cabin upgrades available: Additional $1,199-$1,299 pp/do

    Includes cruise taxes and port charges, pre-paid gratuities and Avalon Waterways insurance. Price does not include airfare. Airfare price available at time of booking. This cruise is eligible for the $299 special air promotion. For this cruise the single supplement can be waived. However, the $500 discount and the $299 air promotion will not apply

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

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