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Avalon Waterways Romantic Rhine (Southbound) (WAZ)

8 days Amsterdam to Basel 
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! This magnificent river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. 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.” Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture—will be an exciting stop with its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns.

Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. And nearby, in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue your Rhine river cruise to Mainz for a guided walk and visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. An excursion takes you to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Before the end of your European river cruise vacation, stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivalled natural beauty—best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

Ships: Expression - Panorama - Vista - Artistry II - Impression - View - Tranquility II
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Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 03/24/20, 11/04/20
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/07/20, 04/18/20, 04/21/20, 04/28/20, 05/02/20, 05/30/20, 06/02/20, 06/06/20, 06/13/20, 06/20/20, 06/27/20, 06/30/20, 07/04/20, 07/11/20, 07/14/20, 07/18/20, 07/25/20, 08/08/20, 08/11/20, 08/22/20, 08/23/20, 08/25/20, 09/29/20, 10/03/20, 10/06/20, 10/10/20, 10/17/20, 10/20/20, 10/24/20, 10/31/20, 11/21/20, 11/28/20, 12/05/20, 12/12/20
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/09/20, 05/12/20, 05/16/20, 05/19/20, 05/21/20, 05/23/20, 08/29/20, 09/05/20, 09/08/20, 09/12/20, 09/15/20, 09/19/20, 09/26/20
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/02/20, 05/16/20, 05/30/20, 06/20/20, 08/25/20, 11/04/20, 06/30/20, 07/18/20, 09/26/20, 10/03/20, 10/31/20, 03/24/20, 04/07/20, 04/21/20, 06/27/20, 11/28/20, 05/23/20, 07/04/20, 08/23/20, 09/29/20, 08/08/20, 09/08/20, 09/15/20, 06/13/20, 07/14/20, 05/12/20, 11/21/20, 04/28/20, 05/19/20, 09/19/20, 10/10/20, 12/05/20, 07/25/20, 08/11/20, 08/22/20, 08/29/20, 10/20/20, 10/24/20, 04/18/20, 05/21/20, 06/06/20, 09/05/20, 10/06/20, 12/12/20, 05/02/20, 05/09/20, 07/11/20, 09/12/20, 10/17/20
  • Save $1,000 per couple (plus $299 Air) on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 10/19/19, 10/23/19, 10/26/19, 10/29/19, 11/30/19, 12/07/19, 12/14/19, 06/22/19, 06/25/19, 06/29/19, 07/13/19, 07/23/19, 07/27/19, 08/24/19, 10/15/19
  • Receive $299 Air (plus $1000 per couple) from select US cities on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/22/19, 06/25/19, 06/29/19, 07/13/19, 07/23/19, 07/27/19, 08/24/19, 10/15/19, 10/19/19, 10/23/19, 10/26/19, 10/29/19, 11/30/19, 12/07/19, 12/14/19
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/14/19, 06/01/19, 06/11/19, 09/03/19, 09/07/19, 09/14/19, 09/17/19, 09/21/19, 10/01/19, 10/05/19
  • Save $300 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/02/19, 04/27/19, 04/30/19, 05/04/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/15/19, 07/09/19, 07/20/19, 08/10/19, 08/17/19, 08/20/19, 10/12/19
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/18/19, 05/25/19, 05/28/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/01/19, 06/22/19, 07/23/19, 08/24/19, 10/01/19, 10/15/19, 10/23/19, 10/26/19, 10/29/19, 12/14/19
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: free time in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; special treat; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: choice of guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, or guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way

Day 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 7 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller

Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

07/23/2019 - Romantic Rhine & Jewish Heritage
11/30/2019 - Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine
12/07/2019 - Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine
12/14/2019 - Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine
11/28/2020 - Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine (Southbound)
12/05/2020 - Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine (Southbound)
12/12/2020 - Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine (Southbound)

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WZA - Romantic Rhine (Northbound)

Itinerary (2020)

Day 1AMSTERDAM, 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 2AMSTERDAM
 Canals of Colorful 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 colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT Cruise to Cologne

(B,L,D)
Day 3COLOGNE, 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 Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KOBLENZ

(B,L,D)
Day 4KOBLENZ—RHINE GORGE
 Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History

Enjoy free time in Koblenz this morning before sailing through the Rhine gorge to Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of the Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

RÜDESHEIM

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

(B,L,D)
Day 5MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
 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

(B,L,D)
Day 6STRASBOURG, FRANCE
 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 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, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

(B,L,D)
Day 7BREISACH, 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 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.

Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a free afternoon in Breisach.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL

(B,L,D)
Day 8BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Gateway city for departures is Zürich, Switzerland.

Port charges:
$182

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:

in single room from $221 to $401, in twin room from $140 to $237

Extra nights per person in Zürich:
in single room $225 in twin room $152

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,199

NOTES:
Special Interest Cruises: Festive November 28 & December 5 & December 12, Jewish Heritage July 21

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Due to “Sail Amsterdam” departures August 8 & August 11 will start in Rotterdam instead of Amsterdam with modifications to the itinerary.

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