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Avalon Waterways Romantic Rhine with 3 Nights Paris & 3 Nights London – Northbound (WZA1)

14 days Basel to London 
Your stunning river cruise on the Rhine will commence in Basel, for an amazing vacation which begins in Switzerland and stops in France, Germany, and Holland. You’ll sail to Breisach, your starting point for an excursion to Black Forest or a visit to Gouda. Then venture on to Strasbourg, France, to see its gothic cathedral with stunning murals and stained-glass.

Sail to Ludwigshafen for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, or join your Avalon Adventure Host® for a hike up Philosophers’ Way. You’ll also visit the Gutenberg museum for amazing history of early pioneers of print. You’ll visit Koblenz and Cologne, and arrive in Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the colorful city.

Transfer by high-speed train to Paris to start your Monograms vacation package with 3 nights in “The City of Lights”. Enjoy a VIP sightseeing with an expert guide,drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, and join a Seine river cruise. You’ll enjoy guided VIP sightseeing in England’s most famous destination, as well as free time to really get to know the city. Sightseeing includes Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Your Monograms vacation package includes helpful onsite support from your expert Local Hosts® both in Paris & London. Your scenic river cruise on the Romantic Rhine River, and complete vacation package in Paris and London are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.

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

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/04/19, 05/11/19, 05/25/19, 06/04/19, 06/08/19, 06/18/19, 08/17/19, 08/31/19, 09/10/19, 09/14/19, 09/21/19
  • Save $300 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 10/06/18, 10/21/18, 10/28/18
  • Save $300 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/09/19, 04/23/19, 05/07/19
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/01/19, 06/22/19, 08/03/19, 08/13/19, 06/29/19, 07/02/19, 07/06/19, 07/16/19, 07/20/19, 07/27/19, 08/24/19, 08/27/19, 09/24/19, 09/28/19, 10/08/19, 10/12/19, 10/19/19, 10/22/19, 11/02/19, 11/05/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/08/19, 06/18/19, 06/22/19, 07/02/19, 07/06/19, 07/16/19, 07/20/19, 07/27/19, 08/03/19, 08/13/19, 08/24/19, 08/27/19, 08/31/19, 09/24/19, 10/12/19, 10/22/19, 11/02/19, 11/05/19
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 11/04/18
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 10/27/18
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar

Day 3 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 4 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 5 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz

Day 6 Cologne: choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 7 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)–Paris, France: travel to Paris by high-speed train

Day 9 Paris: guided sightseeing, Seine river cruise

Day 10 Paris: full day at leisure

Day 11 Paris–London, England: travel to London by high-speed train (Standard class)

Day 12 London: guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays)

Day 13 London: full day at leisure

Day 14 London: your vacation ends with morning

Special Interest Departures

12/01/2018 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Paris & London – Northbound
11/30/2019 - Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine with 3 Nights Paris & 3 Nights London
12/07/2019 - Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine with 3 Nights Paris & 3 Nights London
12/14/2019 - Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine with 3 Nights Paris & 3 Nights London

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WZA - Romantic Rhine – Northbound

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Basel. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Zürich must arrive by 3 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

(D)
Day 2BREISACH, 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 Excursion 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.

Explore on your own this afternoon taking a bike from the ship or hiking up to St. Stephan’s Cathedral.

EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

(B,L,D)
Day 3STRASBOURG, FRANCE
 Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages

CLASSIC Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, and the magical La Petite France District.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or to the historic Maginot Line—an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France.

Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber, or pay a visit to one of Strasbourg’s many wonderful museums.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

(B,L,D)
Day 4LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
 Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

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.

Enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon.

MAINZ

Turning the Pages of History

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ

(B,L,D)
Day 5RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
 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, OR:

ACTIVE Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.

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

Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

KOBLENZ

Travel Through 2,000 Years Of Monumental History

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ

(B,L,D)
Day 6COLOGNE
 Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

ACTIVE Join a Guided Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host this morning, OR:

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!

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)
Day 7AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
 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.”

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

(B,L,D)
Day 8AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)—PARIS, FRANCE
 Transfer from your Avalon ship to the train station, where you begin your Monograms package. Travel to Paris by high-speed train (first class).

(B)
Day 9PARIS
 Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a SEINE RIVER CRUISE. Embark your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804; Hôtel de Ville, the city's municipal headquarters; the Conciergerie, formerly a notorious prison where Marie-Antoinette spent the last days of her life; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more.

(B)
Day 10PARIS
 Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the “City of Lights”. Your Local Host® will help you get the most out of your stay in Paris.

(B)
Day 11PARIS—LONDON, ENGLAND
 Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class).

(B)
Day 12LONDON
 Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. Take photos of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline.

(B)
Day 13LONDON
 Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore London at your own pace. Your Local Host® will help you get the most out of it.

(B)
Day 14LONDON
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Gateway city for arrivals is Zürich.

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 Zurich:
in single room from $185 to $349, in twin room from $120 to $208

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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Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
*12/01/2018 $4,329.00
*04/09/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,684.00
*04/23/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,189.00
*05/04/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,525.00
*05/07/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,572.00
*05/11/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,564.00
*05/25/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,564.00
*06/01/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,627.00
*06/04/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,678.00
*06/08/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,564.00
*06/18/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,489.00
*06/22/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,551.00
*06/29/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,539.00
*07/02/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,490.00
*07/06/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,527.00
*07/16/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,418.00
*07/20/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,418.00
*07/27/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,418.00
*08/03/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,418.00
*08/13/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,418.00
*08/17/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,418.00
*08/24/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,651.00
*08/27/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,689.00
*08/31/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,851.00
*09/10/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,977.00
*09/14/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,851.00
*09/21/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,939.00
*09/24/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,841.00
*09/28/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,751.00
*10/08/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,589.00
*10/12/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,526.00
*10/19/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,390.00
*10/22/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,389.00
*11/02/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,862.00
*11/05/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,862.00
*11/30/2019 $4,762.00
*12/07/2019 $4,762.00
*12/14/2019 $4,762.00
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