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Avalon Waterways Canals, Vineyards & Paris – Northbound (WRA)

10 days from Paris to Amsterdam 
Your river cruise vacation gets underway in romantic Paris. The “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A city tour will show you all the must-see sights!

Ride the high speed train from Paris and board your river cruise vessel in Remich on the beautiful Moselle River. An excursion to historical Luxembourg City offers unique and dramatic views, as the town is set on two levels—high above on straddling hills and dropping into two river valleys. Enjoy a guided walk in the charming wine village of Bernkastel and taste some of the region’s best wines. Then, continue on the Moselle River to the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. Sail into the Rhine River to the quintessential Rhine valley town of Rüdesheim. Here visit the amazing Mechanical Musical Instruments Museum, and enjoy a stroll through the town’s famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. Then sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Your last stop in Germany is Cologne, a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. On a guided walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City.

Before this fabulous European river cruise concludes, you’ll visit Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten.

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  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Days 1-2 Paris: welcome to France; guided sightseeing on Day 2

Day 3 Paris–Remich (Embarkation)–Grevenmacher:
travel from Paris to Metz or Luxembourg City by high-speed train, and onward to Remich by motorcoach; onboard welcome reception; cruise to Grevenmacher

Day 4 Grevenmacher–Excursion to Luxembourg City: guided sightseeing of Luxembourg City

Day 5 Bernkastel:
guided walk, wine tasting

Day 6 Cochem: guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle

Day 7 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge:
visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim and enjoy a special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge

Day 8 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk

Day 9 Amsterdam:
canal cruise

Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

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Itinerary (2018)

Day 1Paris, France.
 Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the River Seine and the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air!
Day 2Paris.
 Known as one of the world’s most passionate and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. (B)
Day 3Paris–Remich, Luxembourg (Embarkation)–Grevenmacher.
 This morning, board a HIGH-SPEED TRAIN for a swift and comfortable journey to Metz or Luxembourg City. Continue by motorcoach to Remich on the Moselle, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then cruise to Grevenmacher. (B,D)
Day 4Grevenmacher. Excursion to Luxembourg City.
 Because of its location and natural geography, Luxembourg City has been a place of strategic military significance throughout history; the first fortifications were built as early as the 10th century. The city center occupies a picturesque site, perched high on precipitous cliffs that drop into the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers. A LOCAL GUIDE will acquaint you with this city whose layout is complex, as it is set on two levels, straddling hills and dropping into the two river valleys. Enjoy a tranquil afternoon of cruising or join an optional excursion to the Roman city of Trier. (B,L,D)
Day 5Bernkastel, Germany.
 In the middle of the Moselle region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages. Enjoy an included GUIDED WALK that features the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall and the “pointed house,” built in 1416. Wine growers in this area look after Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. During your free time, you might like to visit the Moselle Wine Museum. This afternoon, enjoy a TASTING of some of these well-loved German wines. (B,L,D)
Day 6Cochem.
 Cochem is a charming and picturesque town with half-timbered houses and winding streets full of history and legends that will be brought to life during your included GUIDED WALK. Visit REICHSBURG CASTLE, built in 1000 AD and furnished with renaissance and baroque furniture. Sitting dramatically atop a conical hill covered in vines, this castle offers splendid views of the little town nestled down below and of the river valley. Cochem is at the heart of the Moselle wine trade and, most notably, the Riesling grape is cultivated, producing a dry to sweet, floral white wine. (B,L,D)
Day 7Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge.
 This morning, arrive in pretty Rüdesheim, the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM—a real surprise! Here you’ll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestone Drosselgasse, where colorful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere. Later, cruise through the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. (B,L,D)
Day 8Cologne.
 One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a GUIDED CITY WALK or a JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. Later, during free time, perhaps check out the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built—a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years, and shop for a bottle of “4711,” the original eau de cologne. (B,L,D)
Day 9Amsterdam, Holland.
 This morning, arrive in Amsterdam. Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There is plenty of free time to explore on your own. Maybe do some shopping, relax at a cozy café or take one of several optional excursions on offer. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions of how to make the most of your stay. (B,L,D)
Day 10Amsterdam (Disembarkation).
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$168

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room from $470 to $790, in twin room from $250 to $410

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $235 to $305, in twin room from $135 to $170

Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

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 / $1,999

Avalon Notes

  • In the event that a high-speed train is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the route will be altered or operated by motorcoach.
  • 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 becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.

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