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Avalon Waterways The Rhine & Moselle (Northbound) (WZH)

13 days Basel to Amsterdam 
Embark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and explore everything the Moselle and Rhine Rivers have to offer as you stop at interesting and unique cities in France and Germany—and end in lively Amsterdam, Holland. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—known to be the gateway to Germany’s famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, then head for the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim.

Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel! Here, you’ll go on a guided walk and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Visit a medieval castle, then sail back into the Rhine and explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River. Your river cruise vacation ends in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Don’t miss your chance to discover the treasures you’ll cherish along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

Ships: Visionary - Artistry II
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Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $500 per couple (plus Free Air) on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises *
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/10/20
  • Fly Free (plus save $500 per couple) from select U.S. cities on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/10/20
  • Fly Free from select U.S. cities on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/01/20, 07/31/20, 08/30/20, 09/29/20
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/10/20, 07/31/20, 09/29/20
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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 visit to Badische Winzerkeller

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

Day 4 Ludwigshafen. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat

Day 5 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge

Day 6 Koblenz: choice of guided sightseeing, or visit Sayn Manor House

Day 7 Bernkastel: guided walk; wine tasting

Day 8 Remich: excursion to Luxembourg

Day 9 Trier: choices of guided tour, or “Roman Trier” tour, see the Porta Nigra

Day 10 Cochem: guided tour, visit Reichsburg Castle

Day 11 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 12 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 13 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary (2020)

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 BLACK FOREST
 History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Visit to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:

CLASSIC 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.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

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

CLASSIC Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city’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 today.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

(B,L,D)
Day 4LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
 Philosophers’ Views, a Hilltop Castle, 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.

You’ll have some free time to stroll or shop this afternoon before sailing to Rüdesheim.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

(B,L,D)
Day 5RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
 Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ

(B,L,D)
Day 6KOBLENZ
 Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments, OR:

CLASSIC Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour.

Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL

(B,L,D)
Day 7BERNKASTEL
 Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley

This morning enjoy a leisurely saling.

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses.

DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH

(B,L,D)
Day 8REMICH. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG
 The Lofty Landscapes of Luxembourg

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TRIER

(B,L,D)
Day 9TRIER, GERMANY
 Ancient Worlds, and Old World Charm

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city center, OR:

CLASSIC Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM

(B,L,D)
Day 10COCHEM
 Reichsburg Castle, Riesling Wine, and the Charm of the Moselle Valley

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem’s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO COLOGNE

(B,L,D)
Day 11COLOGNE
 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!

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT SAILING TO AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)
Day 12AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
 Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

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. Alternatively, choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside.

You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)
Day 13AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Gateway city for arrival is Zürich, Switzerland.

Port charges:
$312

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

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 Zürich:
in single room from $198 to $433, in twin room from $129 to $250

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $249 to $367,in twin room from $160 to $242

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 / $342
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,970
A / Sapphire Deck / $2,056
P / Royal Deck / $2,227
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $3,770

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.

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