8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel 2023

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Amsterdam to Basel

Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (Southbound)

Starting from $2,948
Ship(s): Avalon Panorama
Avalon Waterways
8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel 2023

River Cruise Description

If you've dreamed of a view filled with windmills and blooming fields of color in Holland and Belgium, it all comes true on your European river cruise from Amsterdam to Brussels! With special culinary highlights throughout your cruise, you'll sample local specialties with onboard beer tasting with cheese and beer-and-food pairings.

Cruise on the Rhine River to visit Arnhem-home of WWII memorials and monuments with a local tasting at Doorwerth Castle. Choose a visit to Arnhem's WWII Airborne Museum or a bike ride in the forests of Hoge Veluwe National Park. In Maastricht, tour the old cobblestoned university town and enjoy a culinary experience.

On to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur including a local brewery visit and free time to browse its ancient architecture, charming cafes, and bookshops. In Liège, see the ancient quarters of the "Fiery City" as well as its romantic streets, steps, and tiny alleyways including a waffle tasting. Next, you'll explore the city of Antwerp-birthplace of the master painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Stroll its cobbled lanes amid 16th-century guildhall houses and the cathedral's stunning altarpiece paintings by the famous artist on your guided tour of the diamond capital. In Brussels, you'll find landmark buildings of Town Hall with a collection of cafes and shops on the Lower Town streets on your guided tour followed by a chocolate workshop. This river cruise through Holland and Belgium will bloom in your memory for seasons to come!



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Dec 8, 2023Avalon Panorama$2,948Call 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 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.
With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition or join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(D)

Day 2 AMSTERDAM

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age."
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
(B,L,D)

Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Classic
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.
Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Cologne’s Christmas markets.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
(B,L,D)

Day 4 RHINE GORGE–RÜDESHEIM

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Sail through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim and past the legendary rock of the Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.
Discovery
Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.
Don’t miss the tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of sparkling winter wonderlands in the city.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM
(B,L,D)

Day 5 MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel
Classic
Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, 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."
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
(B,L,D)

Day 6 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Joyeux Noël in Strasbourg
Classic
Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
Savor the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending your free time wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season.
You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit Alsace’s wine country today.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
(B,L,D)

Day 7 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest
Discovery
Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden and learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:
Discovery
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood.
After your visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL
(B,L,D)

Day 8 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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