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13 DAYS
13
 DAYS
The Rhine & Moselle (Southbound)

Amsterdam to Basel
Aug 12, 2020

The Rhine & Moselle (Southbound)

Aug 12, 2020 | Amsterdam to Basel

starting from:
$8,014 NOW $6,249 CAD
w/ FREE AIR*, Taxes & Fees Included
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INCLUDES


  • With
  • FREE AIR* (select Canadian gateways)
  • FREE Pre-paid Gratuities
    (value of $22 CAD/person/day)
  • FREE Drinks
    Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks w/ Onboard Lunch & Dinner
  • FREE Shipboard Credit
    (up to US$0**)
  • FREE WiFi
  • FREE Guided Tours
  • FREE Bicycles for checkout
  • ALL Government Taxes & Fees Included
  • PLUS Travel Insurance
    Trip Cancellation & Trip Interruption
    NO AGE LIMIT | NO MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE | PRE-EXISTING CONDITION WAIVED
    See: Summary of Coverage / Insurance Policy/ Resolution Policy
Cruise Connections Specials (CAD)
w/ FREE AIR*, Taxes & Fees Included
Deluxe
FROM /
PER PERSON
PANORAMA SUITE
FROM /
PER PERSON
Savings
PER COUPLE
Aug 12, 2020
aboard Visionary
MARKET FARE
MARKET
EXCLUSIVE FARE
EXCLUSIVE
$8,014
$6,249
$10,463
$8,449
UP TO
$4,028
*Roundtrip Air is based on economy Air from Toronto and Vancouver. Call for other gateways. Air offer and pricing may vary across gateways, saildates and itineraries.

Amsterdam to Basel

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
Discovery
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Active
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

(B) = Breakfast   (L) = Lunch   (D) = Dinner

DAY 1

(D)

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

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

DAY 2

(B, L, D)

AMSTERDAM

Colorful Canals of Amsterdam

CLASSIC
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.

Alternatively spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

DAY 3

(B, L, D)

COLOGNE, GERMANY

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

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! Local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ

DAY 4

(B, L, D)

KOBLENZ

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet

CLASSIC
Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments, OR:
CLASSIC
Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour.

Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL

DAY 5

(B, L, D)

BERNKASTEL

Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley

CLASSIC
Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses.
DISCOVERY
Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.

Grab Nordic walking sticks or a bike from the ship and explore the surroundings nature trails, or leisurely hike up the hills for breathtaking views of the Moselle.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH

DAY 6

(B, L, D)

REMICH. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG

The Lofty Landscapes of Luxembourg

CLASSIC
Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TRIER

DAY 7

(B, L, D)

TRIER, GERMANY

Ancient Worlds, and Old World Charm

CLASSIC
Take a Guided Sightseeing tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city center, OR:
CLASSIC
Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM

DAY 8

(B, L, D)

COCHEM

Reichsburg Castle, Riesling Wine, and the Charm of the Moselle Valley

CLASSIC
Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem’s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO BOPPARD

DAY 9

(B, L, D)

BOPPARD—RHINE GORGE

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

ACTIVE
Go for a scenic walk this morning through the village of Boppard with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Alternatively, choose to explore Boppard’s beautiful views and forested surroundings on a bike ride or hike at your own pace. Spend some free time this morning visiting a local café for a cup of German coffee.

Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.

RÜDESHEIMEat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:
ACTIVE
Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:
ACTIVE
Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

DAY 10

(B, L, D)

LUDWIGSHAFEN. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

Philosophers’ Views, a Hilltop Castle, 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.

You’ll have free time to stroll or shop this afternoon.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

DAY 11

(B, L, D)

STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Gothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages

ACTIVE
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk, OR:
CLASSIC
Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

DAY 12

(B, L, D)

BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

DISCOVERY
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:
DISCOVERY
Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL

DAY 13

(B)

BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am.

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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