8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam 2024

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Basel to Amsterdam

Active & Discovery on the Rhine (Northbound)

Starting from $2,549
Ship(s): Avalon Panorama, Avalon Passion, Avalon Vista
Avalon Waterways
8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam 2024

River Cruise Description

Explore the Rhine River your way on Avalon Active & Discovery river cruise. Choose included classic sightseeing, Active excursions, or Discovery activities in culture and cuisine. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or an art lover, you'll find the Avalon Choice® inclusions that speak to you! Visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, take a guided culinary walk in Düsseldorf, and taste regional wines in Eltville. In Koblenz, take a cable-car ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for magnificent views of the surrounding area. Aboard your Avalon Suite Ship®, you'll pass through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and enjoy specialty dishes while cruising. Your Rhine River cruise ends in Amsterdam for a day full of activities. See the colorful streets and row house doors of Amsterdam your way-from a relaxing canal cruise to a leisurely biking tour-all at your pace! Choose a painting class to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. Join us for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with more freedom to cruise your way.



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Jun 1, 2024Avalon Panorama$2,649Call Us!
Jul 13, 2024Avalon Panorama$2,549Call Us!
Jul 27, 2024Avalon Passion$2,549Call Us!
Aug 31, 2024Avalon Vista$2,749Call 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 Switzerland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Zürich must arrive before 3 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH
(D)

Day 2 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest
Active
Take a Guided E-bike Tour to experience the magical Black Forest from a unique point of view, 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 a local winery and its vineyards to learn about German winemaking; a wine tasting will be the perfect end of this tour.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
(B,L,D)

Day 3 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
Active
Take a Guided Hike along the river and the Marne-Rhine canal, OR:
Discovery
Join a Culinary Walk to discover the Alsatian cuisine and traditions, so influenced by the unique history of a region, whose control alternated between Germany and France for centuries, OR:
Classic
Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s 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 one of the Optional Excursions available,
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ
(B,L,D)

Day 4 MAINZ, GERMANY. EXCURSIONS TO HEIDELBERG

The World’s Biggest Wine Barrel and Famous Vineyards
Active
Follow the road less traveled on this exciting Guided Hike along the Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below, OR:
Discovery
Join an exclusive Beer Tour. An expert Beer Sommelier will introduce you to the art of brewing, while strolling through the Heidelberg Castle garden 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. While visiting the city, also enjoy a tasting of local specialties.
Discovery
Enjoy an experience fit for royalty during an exclusive private reception at Rheinstein Castle.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BINGEN
(B,L,D)

Day 5 RHINE GORGE–KOBLENZ

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet
En route to Koblenz, sail through the Rhine Gorge (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Take in the breathtaking views of ancient castles perched on cliffs 400 feet above the water, and pass the legendary Rock of the Lorelei—where the mythological siren’s songs lured ill-fated sailors.
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
Take a Guided E-Bike Tour in the vineyards surrounding this beautiful city at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, OR:
Discovery
For a unique experience, join us on an excursion to the “Lava City” of Mendig for a Volcano Encounter, including exploring the caverns and corridors where basalt (cold lava) was mined, OR:
Classic
Enjoy a leisurely Guided Walk of ancient Koblenz, including a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for a spectacular panoramic view.
Discovery
Enjoy a remarkable classical music concert in a lovely baroque venue at Engers Castle, home to the Villa Musica Rhineland-Palatinate National Foundation, one of Germany’s largest music institutions.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜSSELDORF
(B,L,D)

Day 6 DÜSSELDORF

Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers
Active
Join a City Biking Tour to discover interesting stories about the sights and the city itself along the way, OR:
Discovery
Experience Düsseldorf’s Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Tour of Düsseldorf. Visit the Old Town, but also discover its spectacular subway line, where each station has an individual magic character.
This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.
Later enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KOBLENZ
(B,L,D)

Day 7 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Colorful Canals of Amsterdam
Active
Enjoy a Guided Kayak Tour for an adventure which will provide you a unique perspective of the “Venice of the North” from the waters of its magnificent canals, OR:
Discovery
Attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist. An orientation walk will complete your experience, OR:
Classic
Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam.
This afternoon consider an Optional Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts.
Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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