11 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from from Basel to Amsterdam 2024

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - from Basel to Amsterdam

The Rhine & Moselle (Northbound)

Starting from $3,649
Ship(s): Avalon Imagery II, Avalon Tranquility II
Avalon Waterways
11 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from from Basel to Amsterdam 2024

River Cruise Description

Your cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers begins in Basel, Switzerland, to explore extraordinary cities in Germany and France, as well as Holland's capital of Amsterdam. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach-the gateway to Germany's beautiful Black Forest. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone Gothic-style cathedral with ancient murals and its fascinating astronomical clock. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city, then sail for the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim.

Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge for the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel! Here, you'll go on a guided walk and taste some of the famed Moselle wines. Visit a medieval castle, then sail back into the Rhine and explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which spans both sides of the Rhine River. Your river cruise vacation ends in marvelous Amsterdam. Take in the sights on a canal cruise through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city's "Golden Age."



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May 30, 2024Avalon Tranquility II$4,099Call Us!
Aug 25, 2024Avalon Imagery II$3,649Call Us!
Sep 29, 2024Avalon Tranquility II$4,199Call Us!
Oct 19, 2024Avalon Tranquility II$3,749Call Us!
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 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Basel. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.
EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH
(D)

Day 2 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Active
Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR:
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 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 STRASBOURG
(B,L,D)

Day 3 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 LUDWIGSHAFEN
(B,L,D)

Day 4 LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

Philosophers’ Views and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel
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."
Enjoy sailing a leisurely afternoon sailing to Rüdesheim.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM
(B,L,D)

Day 5 RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE

Breathtaking Views
This morning leave Rüdesheim after breakfast and enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz.
KOBLENZ
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.
Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL
(B,L,D)

Day 6 BERNKASTEL

Hillside Vines and German Wines
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
This morning enjoy a leisurely sailing.
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 REMICH
(B,L,D)

Day 7 REMICH

Enjoy a free morning to discover Remich on your own. Alternatively choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.
During lunch time enjoy a short sailing to Trier.
TRIER, GERMANY
Ancient Worlds, and Old World Charm
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM
(B,L,D)

Day 8 COCHEM

The Charm of the Moselle Valley
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
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 the hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend.
Enjoy a short cruise to Alken, where you have free time to explore at your own pace. Alternatively, select a Guided Optional Excursion to Eltz Castle.
EVENING CRUISE TO COLOGNE
(B,L,D)

Day 9 COLOGNE

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City
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!
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT SAILING TO AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 10 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Active
Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR:
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
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.
Alternatively, choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside.
You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 11 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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