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Avalon Waterways

Romantic Rhine Cruise

River Cruise Northbound: Basel to Amsterdam

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

Book by December 14 and receive Free Airfare from Boston!*

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.”

RESERVE BY : December 14, 2018
*After deadline, call 617.338.1111 for availability

  • Includes
    • Round-trip airport/hotel/cruise ship transfers
    • FlexDining® for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
    • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
    • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
    • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
    • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
    • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
    • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
    • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
    • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while mingling over several satisfying selections
    • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
    • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
    • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
    • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
    • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Day-By-Day Itinerary
    • Day 1 Overnight flight from Boston
    • Day 2 Arrive Zurich, transfer to hotel
    • Day 3 Embarkation
    • Day 4 Breisach
    • Day 5 Strasbourg
    • Day 6 Heidelberg; Mainz
    • Day 7 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz
    • Day 8 Cologne
    • Day 9 Amsterdam
    • Day 10 Disembarkation, return flight to Boston
  • Highlights
    • One night pre-cruise hotel accommodations in Zurich
    • Deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collections 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
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Panoramic windows
    • English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
    • Covered Observation Lounge
    • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
    • Elevator
  • Avalon Expression

    Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships®, the Avalon Expression came onto the 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℠. 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 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.

  • Avalon Choice

    Avalon Choice Logo

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

    Classic
    Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

    Discovery
    We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

    Active
    Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Route Map

    Avalon Romantic Rhine Route Map

    Avalon Romantic Rhine 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 $4,166 per person double occupancy Category E
    Cabin upgrades available: additional $199-$2,199 pp/do
    Includes cruise taxes and port charges, pre-paid cruise gratuities and Avalon insurance.
    *AVALON PROMOTION: Book a select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from Boston.

    Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between by December 14, 2018. A non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Not applicable on Royal Suites. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details.


Last updated 11/1/2018 12:19:48 PM


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