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Avalon Waterways The Best of Switzerland with Romantic Rhine (XZG5)

15 days from Zürich to Amsterdam 
This fabulous vacation begins with an in-depth land tour of everything stunning Switzerland has to offer; then a river cruise along the legendary Rhine River—with stops in France, Germany, and Holland—awaits you!

With its stunning mountains, fascinating old towns, and beautiful lakes, Switzerland offers something for everyone. On this tour, experience some of its most beautiful scenery and interesting cities with overnights in Zürich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, Lake Geneva, and Lucerne. And no tour to Switzerland is complete without seeing the stunning scenery, so enjoy a scenic drive following Lake Zürich and Lake Walen through the high Alps to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. In Täsch, board a mountain train to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the famous Matterhorn. If beautiful lakes are what you desire to see, you'll enjoy Lake Como; Lake Maggiore; Lake Geneva; and Lugano, the popular subtropical resort on the shores of Lake Lugano. To bring Switzerland to life, Globus has arranged some unique experiences for you. Enjoy lunch at a traditional Swiss working farm in Berne and a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus to enjoy heavenly views and an alphorn demonstration. Of course, Switzerland is known for its chocolates, so this tour would not be complete without a taste of traditional chocolate pralines.

Embark on your river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and head for Breisach, Germany, where 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. In Strasbourg, France, be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. 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. Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, offers world-famous museums and an abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. See the treasures of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

From stunning scenery and vibrant cities to its special experiences, this river cruise and land tour is sure to delight. So grab your camera and get ready for an amazing vacation!

Ships: Felicity - Affinity
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Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/03/18, 08/26/18, 09/02/18, 09/09/18, 09/23/18, 09/30/18
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/10/18
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • $299 air from select cities on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/22/18, 04/29/18, 05/06/18, 07/15/18, 07/29/18, 08/12/18, 08/19/18
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/13/18, 05/20/18, 06/03/18, 06/17/18, 06/24/18, 07/01/18, 08/26/18, 09/02/18, 09/09/18, 09/23/18, 09/30/18
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Zürich: arrive in Zürich, welcome dinner

Day 2 Zürich–Vaduz, Liechtenstein–St. Moritz: orientation walk of the Old Town; taste Sprüngli chocolate pralines; visit the capital of Liechtenstein

Day 3 St. Moritz–Lake Como, Italy–Lugano, Switzerland: picture stop in Lake Como

Day 4 Lugano–Stresa, Italy–Täsch, Switzerland–Zermatt: a stop in Stresa at Lake Maggiore; drive to Zermatt

Day 5 Zermatt–Lake Geneva: drive through the Rhône Valley to Lake Geneva

Day 6 Lake Geneva–Berne–Interlaken–Lucerne: guided walking tour, stop at the Bear Park and enjoy a panoramic view from the Rose Garden; lunch at a working farm; at Interlaken take pictures of the Jungfrau massif

Day 7 Lucerne: walking tour including the Lion Monument and Capel Bridge; Mount Pilatus excursion receive a souvenir cap; farewell dinner

Day 8 Lucerne–Zürich–Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): transfer to Zurich and Basel to join your Avalon Ship; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

Day 10 Strasbourg:
guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 11 Excursion to Heidelberg–Mainz: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat in Heidelberg; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 12 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 13 Cologne:
choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk

Day 14 Amsterdam:
canal cruise

Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation):
your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary (2018)

Day 1Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland.
 Welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 2Zürich–Vaduz, Liechtenstein–St. Moritz.
 Orientation walk of Zürich’s Old Town and taste of traditional chocolate pralines at the Sprüngli Confectionery. Stop in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. (B,D)
Day 3St. Moritz–Lake Como, Italy–Lugano, Switzerland.
 Travel via Lake Como to Lugano. (B)
Day 4Lugano–Stresa, Italy–Täsch, Switzerland–Zermatt.
 Stop in Stresa at Lake Maggiore and drive via Simplon Pass to Zermatt. (B)
Day 5Zermatt–Lake Geneva.
 Group picture with the famous Matterhorn in the background. Drive through the Rhône Valley to Lake Geneva. (B,D)
Day 6Lake Geneva–Berne–Interlaken–Lucerne.
 Guided sightseeing in Berne, see the Bear Park, the Rose Garden, and have lunch at a Swiss working farm. Travel via Interlaken to Lucerne. (B,L)
Day 7Lucerne.
 Morning walking tour: see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. Enjoy an included excursion to the top of Mount Pilatus and receive a souvenir cap. Farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 8Lucerne–Zürich–Basel (Embarkation).
 Morning transfer to Zürich and Basel to join your Avalon ship. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (B,D)
Day 9Breisach, 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 10Strasbourg, 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 11Excursion 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 12Rüdesheim–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 13Cologne.
 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 14Amsterdam, 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 15Amsterdam (Disembarkation).
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Avalon Meals

Cruise Portion:
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
Land Portion:
  • Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch in Berne; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Zürich and a farewell dinner in Lucerne.

Avalon Pricing Details

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$260

Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Zurich:
in single room $149, in twin $100

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

Cruise Details:
Port charges:
$168

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only..

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

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

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 becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.

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04/22/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,698.00
04/29/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,748.00
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06/24/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,698.00
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07/29/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,698.00
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