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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.”

You’ll also visit the dynamic city of Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, and the many shops, cafés, and taverns of popular Old Town.

You’ll sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River—where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, and 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. Join a guided excursion 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 unrivaled natural beauty—best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

Ships: Imagery II - Felicity - Tranquility II - Affinity - Expression - Panorama - Vista - Artistry II
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/02/19, 04/30/19, 05/04/19, 05/14/19, 05/18/19, 05/25/19, 05/28/19, 06/01/19, 06/11/19, 06/15/19, 06/22/19, 06/25/19, 06/29/19, 08/10/19, 08/17/19, 08/20/19, 08/24/19, 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 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 08/25/18, 09/29/18, 10/06/18, 10/14/18, 10/21/18, 10/28/18
  • Book group air and save an additional $750 per person on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 10/27/18, 10/28/18, 10/21/18
  • Free air from select cities on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 10/21/18, 10/27/18, 10/28/18
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/27/19, 07/09/19, 07/13/19, 07/20/19, 07/27/19, 10/12/19, 10/15/19, 10/19/19, 10/23/19, 10/26/19, 10/29/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/11/19, 06/15/19, 06/22/19, 06/25/19, 06/29/19, 07/09/19, 07/20/19, 07/27/19, 08/10/19, 08/17/19, 08/24/19, 09/03/19, 10/01/19, 10/05/19, 10/12/19, 10/15/19, 10/19/19, 10/23/19, 10/26/19, 10/29/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 10/13/18
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

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

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

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided tour of Heidelberg, see the Great Vat

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

Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar

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

Special Interest Departures

12/08/2018 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine
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

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WZA - Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Amsterdam. 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

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Day 2AMSTERDAM
 Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, or a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle—Holland’s most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle.

You may choose to 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 3COLOGNE, GERMANY
 Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

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 SAILING TO KOBLENZ

(B,L,D)
Day 4KOBLENZ—RHINE GORGE
 Travel Through 2,000 Years of Monumental History

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments.

Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise 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 Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.

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

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.

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 an afternoon 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, Military Marvels, 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

(B,L,D)
Day 7BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST
 History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

CLASSIC Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration.

Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.

EVENING CRUISE TO BASEL

(B,L,D)
Day 8BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your vacation 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.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

Extra nights per person in Zurich:
in single room $215, in twin room $146

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 / $1149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
P / Royal Deck / $1299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199

NOTE:
Special Interest Cruises: Festive November 30 & December 7 & December 14, Jewish Heritage July 23

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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*08/18/2018 $3,149.00
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*04/27/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,199.00
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*05/04/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,299.00
*05/14/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,399.00
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*10/12/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,349.00
*10/15/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,349.00
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*10/23/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,199.00
*10/26/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,149.00
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*11/30/2019 $2,899.00
*12/07/2019 $2,899.00
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