European Luxury River Cruises

AVALON – Romantic Rhine – Amsterdam to Zürich – 8 days

 

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Introduction

Romantic Rhine River cruises are sure to be enchanting. Avalon Waterways Rhine cruise holidays include guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz and Strasbourg, a visit to beautiful Heidelberg, a cruise on the canals of Amsterdam and a chance to sample Riesling wines in Rüdesheim. Avalon Waterways cruise ships also sail through the remarkable Rhine Gorge to view the legendary Lorelei Rock.

Day 1 Amsterdam. Fly to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for seven nights and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (D)

Day 2 Amsterdam. Included today: Canal cruise. Holland’s delightful 700-year-old 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 Museum. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising along elegant grachten lined by stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s ‘Golden Age’. Later, set sail for Cologne. (B, L, D)

Day 3 CologneIncluded today: Choice of Guided city walk or Jewish Cologne tour. Cologne is one of Germany’s largest cities, with a river skyline dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent gothic cathedral. This afternoon, choose between an included Guided City Walk or a ‘Jewish Cologne’ tour. The Old Town offers up a great choice of cafés, shops and taverns so be sure to try a Kölsch in one of the many taverns and shop for a bottle of 4711, the original ‘eau de cologne’. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Koblenz – Rhine Gorge – RüdesheimIncluded today: Guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Overlooking the Deutsches Eck, where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet, 2,000 year old Koblenz is the cultural and business centre of the Middle Rhine region. After a walking tour with a local guide, cruise the dramatic Rhine Gorge, an incredibly beautiful stretch of river where quaint, fairytale castles stand sentry on the steep, terraced banks. Pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, where it is thought the sweet songs of sirens lured enchanted sailors to their doom. Reaching Rüdesheim, enjoy a visit to the fascinating Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and free time to explore the Drosselgasse. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Excursions to Mainz & Heidelberg. Included today: Mainz guided walk and Gutenberg Museum visit, Heidelberg Castle visit. Situated on the left bank of the Rhine, opposite the mouth of the Main River, Mainz is Germany’s largest and most important wine town. Join your Local Guide for a Guided Walk through the Old Town to see the Carnival Fountain on the Schillerplatz and visit the Gutenberg Museum, a tribute to Gutenberg, father of modern printing, who was born here. After lunch, head to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a Local Guide, visit the imposing castle ruins, built of red sandstone and towering above the city, and see the Great Vat – the world’s largest wine barrel. (B, L, D)

Day 6 StrasbourgIncluded today: Guided sightseeing. 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 include the Gothic Cathedral, the lovely Petite France district, Place Kléber, and Place Gutenberg with its statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion to the Alsace wine region is available. After dinner tonight, enjoy an onboard woodcarving demonstration. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Breisach. Included today: 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 unrivalled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The region is best known for its cuckoo clocks, Black Forest ham and Black Forest Gateaux. Perhaps visit the workshop of a local wood carver and clock maker, or visit the open-air Museum of Vogtbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Basel – Zürich. Disembark your ship and transfer to Zürich airport for your flight to the UK. (B)
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Price & dates

All prices and supplements are per person. The prices and departure dates listed in the table below do not show live availability therefore may not be up-to-date. To find out the latest availability please call us on 0800 612 5677 for information.

 

Departure Date Booking Code Your Ship Price
05 Apr 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £1955 SOLD OUT
07 Apr 2015 WAZ3 Avalon Expression £1285
11 Apr 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2055 SOLD OUT
14 Apr 2015 WAZ5 Avalon Artistry II £2129
19 Apr 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2181 SOLD OUT
25 Apr 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2184 Limited Availability
02 May 2015 WAZ Avalon Visionary £2258 SOLD OUT
03 May 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2259
07 May 2015 WAZ1 Avalon Affinity £1279 Includes saving of at least £1,000 per person
09 May 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2315 Limited Availability
17 May 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2328
21 May 2015 WAZ1 Avalon Affinity £1335 Includes saving of at least £1,000 per person
23 May 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2358
31 May 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2359
06 Jun 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2299 Limited Availability
09 Jun 2015 WAZ1 Avalon Affinity £2298 Limited Availability
14 Jun 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2299
20 Jun 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2329 Limited Availability
28 Jun 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2299 Limited Availability
04 Jul 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2230 Limited Availability
12 Jul 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2247 Limited Availability
18 Jul 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2277 Limited availability
26 Jul 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2277 Limited availabiliy
01 Aug 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2259 SOLD OUT
07 Aug 2015 WAZ1 Avalon Affinity £2259
09 Aug 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2229 Limited Availability
15 Aug 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2259
29 Aug 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2284 Limited Availability
06 Sep 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2348
09 Sep 2015 WAZ1 Avalon Affinity £2348 Limited Availability
12 Sep 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2349 Limited Availability
20 Sep 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2348 Limited Availability
26 Sep 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2315 SOLD OUT
02 Oct 2015 WAZ5 Avalon Artistry II £1285
04 Oct 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2219
10 Oct 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2155 Limited Availability
16 Oct 2015 WAZ5 Avalon Artistry II £2159
18 Oct 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £2150 Limited Availability
24 Oct 2015 WAZ4 Avalon Tranquility II £2100
01 Nov 2015 WAZ2 Avalon Felicity £1955

Save at least £1,000 per person on sailings 7 and 21 May/ Prices shown include savings and are subject to availability

Upgrade supplements

Category Deck Felicity
Affinity
Expression, Tranquility II, Visionary, Artistry II
D Indigo – – – £115
B Sapphire £375 £545
A Sapphire £405 £575
P Royal £465 £639
Suite Royal £815 £1049

Travel Options

Prices are based on flights from Heathrow with British Airways. Flights are also available at a supplement from Aberdeen,Birmingham,Bristol,Cardiff, Durham Teesside,Edinburgh,Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds Bradford,Manchester,Newcastle and Norwich.

The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • AMSTERDAM Canal cruise
  • COLOGNE Choice of guided walk or Jewish Cologne Tour
  • KOBLENZ Guided sightseeing
  • RHINE GORGE Cruise through the gorge
  • RÜDESHEIM Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
  • MAINZ Visit the Gutenberg Museum
  • HEIDELBERG excursion
  • STRASBOURG Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard wood carving demonstration
  • BREISACH Excursion to the Black Forest or visit a Black Forest open-air museum
  • WELCOME RECEPTION, CAPTAIN’S RECEPTION AND FAREWELL DINNER

Included in the price

  • Private door-to-door home pick-up service by executive car for you and your travelling companions within 75 miles of your chosen airport or station.
  • Flights from London Heathrow with British Airways; regional flights at a supplement
  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with hotel-style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French Balcony in most staterooms
  • All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service dinner with quality wines from Europe’s most famous wine regions; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; a choice of teas and coffees throughout the day
  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
  • Welcome reception, Captain’s Reception and Farewell Dinner
  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

 

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