11 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel 2022

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Amsterdam to Basel

The Rhine & Moselle (Southbound)

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Avalon Waterways
11 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel 2022

River Cruise Description

Your European river cruise vacation starts in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this colorful, historic city on a canal cruise through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city's "Golden Age." Explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which spans both sides of the Rhine River, then visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Explore the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages still standing! Take a guided walk through the delightful marketplace, see the renaissance-era Town Hall, and taste famed Moselle wines! Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim, and visit the ruins of Heidelberg's Castle, towering magnificently over the city.

Continue your stunning European river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone Gothic-style cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach-the gateway to Germany's legendary Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Disembark your river cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Beauty, new discoveries, and delightful surprises are plentiful on your European river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!



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Avalon Choice

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 Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 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, don’t miss a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million flowering bulbs. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(D)

Day 2 AMSTERDAM

Colorful Canals of Amsterdam
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available. Alternatively spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
(B,L,D)

Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Active
Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral.
Spend 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 COCHEM
(B,L,D)

Day 4 COCHEM

The Charm of the Moselle Valley
This morning, select a Guided Optional Excursion to Eltz Castle.
Active
Bike along the Mosel river with your Adventure Host, OR
Discovery
Visit the former bunker of Germany's Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) and immerse yourself in the underground vault where millions of German Mark were kept during the Cold War, OR:
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH
(B,L,D)

Day 5 REMICH. EXCURSION TO TRIER

Ancient Worlds and Old World Charm
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
Explore Trier on foot, hike around the city with your Adventure Host, OR:
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.
This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL
(B,L,D)

Day 6 BERNKASTEL

Hillside Vines and German Wines
Active
Bike along the Mosel river with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses.
This afternoon, select a Guided Optional Excursion to a local winery for a wine tasting.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KOBLENZ
(B,L,D)

Day 7 KOBLENZ—RHINE GORGE

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls
Active
Explore Koblenz's Mosel side by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
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.
Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.
RÜDESHEIM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Enjoy free time this evening to explore this picturesque village.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN
(B,L,D)

Day 8 LUDWIGSHAFEN. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG—SPEYER

Philosophers’ Views and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
Active
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below, OR:
Classic
Take an entertaining Guided Tour to the famous Frankenstein castle, nestled in the hills of the Western Odenwald area, and enjoy a ,breathtaking view on the Rhine Valley. OR:
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."
This afternoon a short sailing will bring you to Speyer, where you will have free time to explore at your own pace.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
(B,L,D)

Day 9 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France
Active
Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, 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.
This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.
Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum or stroll across the city center.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
(B,L,D)

Day 10 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

German Winemaking 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 a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden 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
(B,L,D)

Day 11 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.
(B)
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