8D Romantic Rhine | Selected date April to Oct 2021 | Free Upgrade to Suite
Amsterdam - Basel
Mode of Travel
River Cruise Vessels
Deluxe outside accommodations with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
7 Breakfast, 6 Lunch, 7 Dinner
Discover the romance of the Rhine river from the colourful canals of Amsterdam, to the Grand Rhine Gorge, and the beautiful Black Forest
DAY1: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION) (D)
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
DAY2: AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Canals of colourful 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. Take some free time to explore Amsterdam's colourful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
DAY3: COLOGNE, GERMANY (B,L,D)
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! Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KOBLENZ
DAY4: RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country Sail through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim and past the legendary rock of the Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. DISCOVERY - Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat. Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RUDESHEIM
DAY5: MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG (B,L,D)
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, OR: 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
DAY6: STRASBOURG, FRANCE (B,L,D)
Gothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages CLASSIC - Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg's 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
DAY7: BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST (B,L,D)
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest DISCOVERY - Join a full-day Guided Tour 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
DAY8: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION) (B)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.
REVERSE COURSE CRUISE WZA—BASEL TO AMSTERDAM
Day 1, Basel (Embarkation); Day 2, Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest; Day 3, Strasbourg; Day 4, Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg; Day 5, Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz; Day 6, Cologne; Day 7, Amsterdam; Day 8, Amsterdam (Disembarkation), your cruise ends this morning.
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