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Avalon Waterways Romantic Rhine with Lucerne (WZAE)

10 days from Lucerne to Amsterdam 
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!

Begin your river cruise journey in the beautiful Swiss city of Lucerne. See the impressive Lion Monument and walk across the famous Chapel Bridge. Also, enjoy free time to explore on your own before heading to Basel where you’ll board your vessel. Then, make your way to 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. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum with an 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.

Your wonderful Rhine river cruise concludes in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, which offers world-famous museums and an abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. A canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age” is the perfect way to see the treasures of this city.

Ships: Tranquility II - Felicity - Imagery II - Affinity

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 -2 Lucerne: guided walk, see the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; Mount Pilatus excursion

Day 3 Zürich–Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

Day 5 Strasbourg:
guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 6 Excursion to Heidelberg–Mainz: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat in Heidelberg; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

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

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

Day 9 Amsterdam:
canal cruise

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

Special Interest Departures

12/14/2017 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Lucerne Extension – Northbound
11/29/2018 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Lucerne - Northbound
12/13/2018 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Lucerne - Northbound

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WZA - Romantic Rhine – Northbound

Itinerary (2018)

Day 1Lucerne.
 Welcome to Lucerne! The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this delightful town on the Reuss River.
Day 2Lucerne.
 On your GUIDED WALK this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own. (B)
Day 3Lucerne–Basel (Embarkation).
 This morning, another true Swiss experience: a trip to the top of nearby MOUNT PILATUS, the “Guard of Lucerne,” for spectacular vistas over Lucerne, its lake, and the Alpine scenery. Departures October 25 to November 2 will visit the Swiss Museum of Transport, as transportation up Mount Pilatus will be closed for maintenance during this period. This afternoon, a short transfer takes you to Basel to board your river cruise vessel (B,D)
Day 4Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest.
 Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. The area got its name because the pine forests are so dense, local residents described them as black. The most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks! You may opt to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Vogtsbauernhof Museum to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B,L,D)
Day 5Strasbourg, France.
 Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. On your walking tour, you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Explore Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available. (B,L,D)
Day 6Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany–Mainz.
 This morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Visit the ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, it holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor on top of it! In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz, which today is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz is a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here. During a GUIDED WALK, you’ll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. (B,L,D)
Day 7Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz.
 This morning, dock in pretty Rüdesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, and enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT. Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the water. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet—the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive statue of German Emperor William I. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of 2,000-year-old Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. (B,L,D)
Day 8Cologne.
 One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. 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! (B,L,D)
Day 9Amsterdam, Holland.
 Welcome to 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 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’s free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion. (B,L,D)
Day 10Amsterdam (Disembarkation).
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Gateway for arrival is Zürich, Switzerland.

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 Lucerne:
in single room from $370 to $445, in twin room from $240 to $260

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:

Affinity/Felicity
Category / Decks / Price
B / Sapphire Deck / $649
A / Sapphire Deck / $699
P / Royal Deck / $799
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,499

Tranquility II/Imagery II
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo / Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1,999

NOTE:
  • Departures December 1 & 15 are offered as exclusive Festive Time Cruises, including special features and visits to Christmas markets at no additional cost. Experience the holiday season the European way! Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local customs and traditions.

Avalon Notes

  • Departures November 29 and December 13 are offered as exclusive Festive Time Cruises, including special features and visits to Christmas markets at no additional cost. Experience the holiday season the European way! Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local customs and traditions.
  • 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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Avalon Tour Dates

Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
*12/14/2017 $2,995.00
04/05/2018 $3,548.00
04/12/2018 $3,798.00
04/13/2018 $3,798.00
04/19/2018 $3,898.00
04/26/2018 $4,048.00
04/27/2018 $4,048.00
05/03/2018 $4,098.00
05/04/2018 $4,098.00
05/10/2018 $4,148.00
05/11/2018 $4,148.00
05/17/2018 $4,148.00
05/18/2018 $4,148.00
05/24/2018 $4,148.00
05/25/2018 $4,148.00
05/31/2018 $4,148.00
06/07/2018 $4,148.00
06/08/2018 $4,148.00
06/14/2018 $4,148.00
06/15/2018 $4,148.00
06/21/2018 $4,148.00
06/22/2018 $4,148.00
06/28/2018 $4,048.00
06/29/2018 $4,048.00
07/05/2018 $4,048.00
07/06/2018 $4,048.00
07/12/2018 $4,048.00
07/19/2018 $4,048.00
07/20/2018 $4,048.00
07/26/2018 $4,048.00
08/02/2018 $4,048.00
08/03/2018 $4,048.00
08/09/2018 $4,048.00
08/16/2018 $4,048.00
08/17/2018 $4,048.00
08/23/2018 $4,198.00
08/24/2018 $4,198.00
08/30/2018 $4,298.00
08/31/2018 $4,298.00
09/06/2018 $4,298.00
09/07/2018 $4,298.00
09/13/2018 $4,298.00
09/14/2018 $4,298.00
09/20/2018 $4,298.00
09/27/2018 $4,198.00
09/28/2018 $4,198.00
10/04/2018 $4,098.00
10/05/2018 $4,098.00
10/11/2018 $3,948.00
10/12/2018 $3,948.00
10/18/2018 $3,898.00
10/19/2018 $3,898.00
10/26/2018 $3,598.00
11/02/2018 $3,598.00
*11/29/2018 $3,398.00
*12/13/2018 $3,398.00
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