13D The Rhine & Moselle | 2020 SAVE 50% | Rhine river
Amsterdam - Basel
Mode of Travel
River Cruise Vessels
Deluxe outside accommodations with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
12 Breakfast, 11 Lunch, 12 Dinner
Zurich to Amsterdam | The popular Rhine cruises alone the Rhine and Moselle and extend the the inland towards Remich in Luxembourg
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 Jog 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 - Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR: ACTIVE - Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards, OR: ACTIVE - Combine a cable-car ride and a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host to explore the picturesque hills and 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 choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. Sample local culinary specialties, such as Tarte flambee.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,L,D)
DAY 12: BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest 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, OR: 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. Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.
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)
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