2018 : The Rhine & Moselle - Southbound (WARZ) - Visionary
13 Day River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel
This exciting river cruise vacation has it all! Begin in Amsterdam with a cruise through the city's enchanting canals. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, Luxembourg City and Strasbourg; visit France's Metz or take an excursion to the Maginot Line; see the Roman ruins at Trier; visit Eltz Castle and the unique Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim. Sail past the legendary Lorelei rock and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, enjoy a walking tour of pretty Bernkastel, and excursions to majestic Heidelberg and to Germany's legendary Black Forest.
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've used our 89 years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.
Highlights & Sightseeing
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk
Day 4 Koblenz: choice of guided city walk, see the Deutsches Eck; or visit Sayn Manor House
Day 5 Bernkastel: guided walk; wine tasting
Day 6 Thionville, France: choice of excursion to Metz or to the area of the Maginot Line
Day 7 Remich, Luxembourg. Excursion to Luxembourg City-Grevenmacher. Excursion to Trier, Germany: guided sightseeing of Luxembourg City; choice of guided sightseeing in Trier or "Roman Trier," see the Porta Nigra
Day 8 Beilstein-Treis-Karden: free time in Beilstein; excursion to Eltz Castle
Day 9 Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; enjoy a special treat
Day 10 Excursion to Heidelberg-Speyer: guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; free time in Speyer
Day 11 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration
Day 12 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver's workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum
Day 13 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland's capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. If your flight arrives early enough, you might like to take one of the optional excursions on offer. Then, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner)
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
After breakfast, set out to discover the treasures of this city by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's "Golden Age." The afternoon is free to explore on your own or join in one of a number of optional excursions on offer. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
One of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a GUIDED CITY WALK or a 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
At the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. Join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the city, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments; or visit nearby SAYN MANOR HOUSE, belonging to the counts of the same name. Later as you cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River, it quickly becomes obvious why the Moselle Valley is famous for its beautiful and tranquil scenery, and that this is an important wine-growing area. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
In the middle of the Moselle region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK that includes the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall-built in 1608-and the "pointed house," built in 1416. Wine growers in this area look after Germany's largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. During your free time, you might like to visit the Moselle Wine Museum. This afternoon, enjoy a TASTING of some of these well-loved German wines. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today, the choice is yours. Join an EXCURSION TO METZ, a city with a rich history and many cultural and architectural gems, or alternatively, history buffs might prefer to participate in the excursion to a nearby area of the MAGINOT LINE, which stretched from Switzerland to the Belgian border. The line was composed of huge fortresses with smaller defense posts or simple blockhouses. Return to your vessel in time for lunch. The afternoon is free with the possibility to join an optional excursion. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Remich, Luxembourg. Excursion to Luxembourg City-Grevenmacher. Excursion to Trier, Germany
Because of its location and natural geography, Luxembourg City has been a place of strategic military significance throughout history; the first fortifications were built as early as the 10th century. The city center occupies a picturesque site, perched high on precipitous cliffs that drop into the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers. A LOCAL GUIDE will acquaint you with this city whose layout is complex as it is set on two levels, straddling hills and dropping into the two river valleys. At the head of the Moselle Valley is Trier, Germany's oldest city. Some say Trier is even older than Rome and that it was populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived. Many Roman remains have survived, including a 20,000-seat amphitheater; the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement, which still gives access to the town's center; imperial baths; and the Roman Bridge, Germany's oldest bridge with stone pilings dating from 144-152 AD-all evidence of this once grand Roman city. Trier also offers pleasant market squares, Germany's oldest Christian church, and a cornucopia of architectural styles-Roman, baroque, neo-classicism, renaissance, and gothic. A choice of GUIDED CITY SIGHTSEEING or the more history-focused "ROMAN TRIER" guided tour, followed by some free time, gives you the opportunity to discover this magnificent town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
A leisurely day today, with free time this morning to explore the quaint little town of Beilstein. Then a short sail to Treis-Karden, where this afternoon, an excursion takes you for a visit to medieval ELTZ CASTLE, still owned by a branch of the family who lived there in the 12th century. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
A highlight this morning after breakfast: cruise through the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. Then, arrive in Rudesheim, 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. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then there's free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestoned Drosselgasse, where colorful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Excursion to Heidelberg-Speyer
This morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a local expert, visit the imposing 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, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! Rejoin your ship in Speyer and enjoy a free afternoon in one of Germany's oldest cities. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, 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. Also spend time exploring 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. An optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available. After dinner tonight, enjoy an onboard WOODCARVING demonstration. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest
Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border is the gateway to Germany's BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are cuckoo clocks, Black Forest ham, and Black Forest cherry cake. Choose to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver and clock maker, and purchase some locally made souvenirs, or visit an OPEN-AIR MUSEUM to see just how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
Departure flights should not leave Zurich airport before 10 am.
Call (800) 571-4510 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13468143
- Cruise Line
- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 9/30/2017
- 13 Days
- Cruise Ship
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Gateway for departure is Zurich, Switzerland.
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $235 to $305, in twin room from $135 to $170
Extra nights per person in Zurich:
in single room $230, in twin room $140
Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,113
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,198
P / Royal Deck / $1,370
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $2,570
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo / Deck / $341
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,970
A / Sapphire Deck / $2,055
P / Royal Deck / $2,227
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $3,427
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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