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Avalon Waterways Spectacular Switzerland with Romantic Rhine (XZH5)

16 days Zürich to Amsterdam 
This unique vacation gives you a chance to tour stunning Switzerland and enjoy a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River through France, Germany, and Holland.

Begin in spectacular Switzerland, where you'll enjoy the country’s beautiful mountains and lakes—with overnights in Zürich, Geneva, the Gruyère area, the Interlaken area, and Lucerne. The highlight of this tour is the time spent in the Interlaken area. The town is nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by three mighty mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. From Interlaken, Globus has arranged an unforgettable rack railway trip to the "Top of Europe," a high alpine wonderland of ice and snow. Here, at the amazing Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station at 11,332 feet, you can experience an audiovisual journey through the alpine world; stand on the observation platform to view the glaciers; and witness a panoramic view overlooking France, Germany, and Italy. A truly unforgettable experience! Also, visit the magnificent castle in Gruyères and walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture. Geneva, Switzerland's most international and second-largest city, offers a fantastic lakeside setting and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. Here, you'll have guided sightseeing of the city and a visit to the Reformation Park. Enjoy a chocolate tasting at the famous Maison Cailler in Broc; and stop in Gstaad, one of Switzerland's most famous skiing resorts and a popular destination for international celebrities. In Lucerne, enjoy a guided walking tour that includes the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge.

Embark on your river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and head for Breisach, Germany. Here, you’ll find the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, and home to 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.” A perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

Ships: Panorama - Vista
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Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 09/06/19, 09/13/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/14/19, 06/21/19
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/03/19, 05/17/19, 05/31/19, 08/09/19, 08/23/19, 06/28/19, 07/12/19, 07/26/19, 04/26/19, 05/24/19, 07/19/19, 08/16/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/17/19, 06/14/19, 06/28/19, 07/12/19, 07/26/19, 08/16/19
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Zürich: welcome to Switzerland

Day 2 Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva: Zürich orientation tour; stop in Biel/Bienne, explore the historical center; stop in lakeside Neuchâtel

Day 3 Geneva: guided sightseeing, visit the Reformation Park

Day 4 Geneva–Évian Les Bains–Gruyères–Broc–Charmey: see the Rhône vineyards in Évian-Les-Bains; visit the castle in Gruyères; visit the famous Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Broc

Day 5 Charmey–Gstaad–Grindelwald: orientation tour in Gstaad; travel to Grindelwald

Day 6 Grindelwald. Excursion to the Jungfrau: visit to the Jungfraujoch railway station

Day 7 Grindelwald–Berne–Lucerne: see the Bear Park, the Old Town and enjoy the panoramic view from the Rose Garden in Berne; travel to Lucerne

Day 8 Lucerne: walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge

Day 9 Lucerne–Basel (Embarkation): travel to Basel; onboard welcome reception

Day 10 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar

Day 11 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 12 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 13 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 14 Cologne: choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 15 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1ARRIVE IN ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
 Welcome dinner at your hotel.

(D)
Day 2ZÜRICH–BIEL/BIENNE–NEUCHÂTEL–GENEVA
 Start the day with an orientation tour of Zürich’s Old Town. Stop in Biel/Bienne and explore the historical center, and in lakeside Neuchâtel, before arriving in Geneva.

(B)
Day 3GENEVA
 Guided sightseeing features a visit to the Reformation Park and a walk through the Old Town.

(B)
Day 4GENEVA–ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE–GRUYÈRES–BROC–CHARMEY, SWITZERLAND
 Stop in the famous spa town of Évian-les-Bains, and see the Rhône vineyards. Arrive in Gruyères and visit the magnificent castle, followed by lunch. Then, visit the famous Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Broc.

(B,L,D)
Day 5CHARMEY–GSTAAD–GRINDELWALD
 Enjoy an orientation of one of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts, Gstaad, before arriving in Grindelwald.

(B)
Day 6GRINDELWALD. EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAU
 An unforgettable trip to Europe’s highest railway station, the Jungfraujoch. Enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the Ice Palace, the Sphinx Observatory and receive your Jungfrau Passport.

(B,D)
Day 7GRINDELWALD–BERNE–LUCERNE
 In Berne, see the Bear Park, the Old Town, and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden. Continue to Lucerne.

(B)
Day 8LUCERNE
 Your morning walking tour includes the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. This evening a farewell dinner has been prepared for you at a local restaurant.

(B,D)
Day 9LUCERNE–BASEL (EMBARKATION)
 Transfer to Basel to join your Avalon ship

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

EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

(B,D)
Day 10BREISACH, 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 11STRASBOURG, 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 12LUDWIGSHAFEN, 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 13RÜDESHEIM—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 14COLOGNE
 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 15AMSTERDAM, 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 16AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$182

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 Zurich:
in single room from $171 to $308, in twin room from $91 to $194

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

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

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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*04/26/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $6,309.00
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*06/14/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $6,409.00
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*06/28/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $6,409.00
*07/12/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $6,409.00
*07/19/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $6,409.00
*07/26/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $6,409.00
*08/09/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $6,409.00
*08/16/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $6,509.00
*08/23/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $6,709.00
*09/06/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $6,709.00
*09/13/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $6,709.00
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