One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits on this fascinating journey. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Cologne, as well as a full-day excursion to majestic Heidelberg and a canal cruise in picturesque Amsterdam. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, take pictures of the famous Lorelei rock, and sample the area’s famous Riesling wines in the quaint wine village of Rüdesheim.
AMSTERDAM Welcome reception; canal cruise
COLOGNE Guided sightseeing
COBLENZ Guided sightseeing
RÜDESHEIM “Winzerexpress” mini train Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
HEIDELBERG Guided visit of the castle
STRASBOURG Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral
BREISACH Excursion to the Black Forest
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. The works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Dinner)
Day 2 Amsterdam
There is no better way to see the city than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” Afterward, your river cruise vessel sets sail for Cologne. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Cologne, Germany
Cologne is one of Germany’s largest cities, with a river skyline dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent gothic cathedral. The Germano-Roman Museum located next to the cathedral is a must for history buffs! Try a Kölsch in one of the many taverns and shop for a bottle of 4711, the original “eau de cologne.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim
Situated 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. The dramatic RHINE GORGE is the most beautiful stretch of river. Pass the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where sweet songs of local beauties lured enchanted sailors to their doom. In Rüdesheim, SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM is a real surprise! Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then there’s free time to explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg
Situated on the left bank of the Rhine, opposite the mouth of the Main River, Main is Germany’s largest and most important wine town. Gutenberg, the father of modern printing, was born here and you’ll visit the GUTENBERG MUSEUM. Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university town. Take pictures of the ruins of the imposing red sandstone castle towering above the city, and enjoy free time to explore. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Strasbourg, France
Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Noteworthy sights are the GOTHIC CATHEDRAL, the lovely LA PETITE FRANCE district, Place Kléber, and Place Gutenberg with the statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion to the Alsace wine region is available today. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Breisach, 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 with its forests of thick pine trees. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham and Black Forest cherry cake. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Departure flights should not leave Zürich Airport before 10 am. (Breakfast)
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Crew Members: 35
Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs
Sky Deck with shade awnings
Expanded fitness center
Elegant, contemporary design throughtout
Outside Viewing Deck
Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
Sightseeing with a Certified Local Guide
Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
Room service available featuring Continental breakfast and beverages
Sky Deck Whirlpool
Hair salon (manicures available)
Relax and enjoy onboard movie nights
Complimentary use of iPad mobile digital devices
Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Breisach
Alternate dining experience with local specialties and lighter fare in the Panorama Bistro
Avalon Choice cruising experience
Behind-the-scenes ship tour
Choice of excursions - Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options
Complimentary maps and use of Nordic walking sticks
Culture & Cruise onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts
Expanded "on-demand" in-room entertainment
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Sky Deck Game Area
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