12 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to London 2019


Romantic Rhine with 2 Nights Paris & 2 Nights London - Northbound River Cruise (WZA4)

Starting from $5,085
Ship(s): Avalon Vista
Avalon Waterways

River Cruise Description

Your staggering 2019 12 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to London is a stunning get-away which includes stops in France, Germany, and Holland. You’ll sail to Breisach, your beginning stage for a trip to Black Forest or a visit to Gouda. At that point wander on to Strasbourg, France, to see its gothic cathedral with staggering murals and stained glass.

Sail to Ludwigshafen for a trip to Heidelberg Castle, or join your Avalon Adventure Host® for a hike up Philosophers’ Way. You’ll additionally visit the Gutenberg museum for stunning history of the early pioneers of print. You’ll visit Koblenz and Cologne, and land in Amsterdam for a guided tour voyage through the vivid city.

Transfer by high-speed rail to Paris to begin your Monograms vacation extension package with 2 evenings in “The City of Lights”. Your VIP touring with an expert guide incorporates a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, trailed by a Seine waterway journey. You’ll appreciate a guided VIP sightseeing tour in England’s most celebrated destination, and in addition, take advantage of extra time to truly become more acquainted with the city. Touring incorporates visits to the Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Your Monograms get-away bundle incorporates onsite support from your wonderful Local Hosts® in both Paris and London.

Your grand 2019 12 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to London on the Romantic Rhine River, and Monograms vacation bundle in Paris and London are the perfect mix to spend your incredible European get-away of a lifetime.

River Cruise Promos

FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per couple

Book a select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees).

Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 24 - November 4, 2019.

A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking.

Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and the $500pp land promo. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see CruiseExperts.com for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFZ
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Oct 19, 2019Avalon Panorama$5,085Call Us!
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Nov 2, 2019 FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per coupleAvalon Panorama$5,785$5,285Call Us!
Nov 5, 2019 FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per coupleAvalon Expression$5,833$5,333Call Us!
Nov 30, 2019Avalon Vista$5,785Call Us!
Dec 7, 2019 FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per coupleAvalon PanoramaWaitlistCall Us!
Dec 14, 2019 FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per coupleAvalon Vista$5,685$5,185Call Us!

River Cruise Itinerary


Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland. Transfer to Basel (Embarkation)

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

All flights incoming to Zürich airports must arrive prior to 3pm in the afternoon. All river cruise guests must be on board the cruise ship by 5pm in the afternoon.

Delight in a welcome reception on board the Avalon Waterways cruise ship for all river cruise guests. Stroll around the different decks and spots on your ship during your first night on board as you cruise overnight to your first stop of Breisach. Enjoy a wonderful first night of this magnificent 12 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to London.


Day 2 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to Black Forest

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

CLASSIC Stroll through the enchanting Colmar village as you embark on a guided tour of its gorgeous half-timbered homes and renaissance style architecture and medieval buildings, OR:

DISCOVERY Take part in a Guided Tour that will cover the span of a full day to experience the depths of the magical Black Forest and visit the open-air-museum of the Vogtsbauernohf. Also, stop to see an authentic local water mill that will give you a reminiscent fairytale experience and learn about traditional Bavarian butter-making in an educational demonstration.

Spend an afternoon free to explore the town of Breisach. Go for a bike ride from your cruise vessel or take a stroll to walk along the pastel colored houses that line the streets above the Rhine or enjoy hiking up to the incredible St. Stephan’s Cathedral.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Strasbourg, France

Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages

CLASSIC Join us for a City Sightseeing tour that will show you the city’s iconic gothic cathedral which boasts vibrant, colorful stained-glass historic murals, and impressive astronomical clock, along with the enchanting La Petite France District.

You might opt to take part in an Option Excursion led by an expert guide to visit the incredible wine country of Alsace, or journey to the historic Maginot Line—an intriguing installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications that were constructed to protect the eastern border of France.

Rather, you might prefer to spend your afternoon free tasting some of the local culinary offerings and delicacies in Place Kléber, or visit one of the many astounding and genius museums that Strasbourg has to offer.

Further adventure as your wish through the tree-lined avenues of Strasbourg as you soak in the charming atmosphere of its gingerbread-like homes that will give you a true Brothers Grimm fairytale experience in the midst of this modern city of the Parliament of Europe.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Ludwigshafen, Germany. Heidelberg Excursion

Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

CLASSIC Take part in a tour led by an expert guide to the incredible Heidelberg Castle to experience the famous ruins of this marvelous renaissance treasure that towers high above the rest of the city, as well as get a look at its iconic Great Vat, known as the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel,” OR:

ACTIVE Follow the lead of your Avalon Adventure Host as they take you on a thrilling hike up through Philosophers’ Way for an incredible and magnificent view of the city below.

Relax and delight in a short cruise to your next destination of Mainz during the afternoon to continue your river cruise adventure through Europe.

Turning the Pages of History
CLASSIC Take part in a City Walk led by an expert guide that will include a stop at the Gutenberg Museum for an experience of its intriguing history of printing.

Delight in live entertainment provided for you on board your Avalon Waterways river cruise vessel in the evening as you relax after your long day of exploring and activities.


(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Rüdesheim – Rhine Gorge – Koblenz

Today, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge.

DISCOVERY Join in a Guided Tour of the brilliant Mechanical Music Museum for an unforgettable and informative instrumental education, OR:

ACTIVE Take part in a Guided Hike throughout the luscious vineyards led by your esteemed Adventure host, and delight in the surrounding panoramic views as you join in a cable car ride back down.

DISCOVERY Depending on your departure, delight in either a Wine Tasting or Coffee Tasting.

Unwind and stretch out on the Sky Deck of your cruise ship as you sail during the afternoon through the incredible and scenic Rhine Gorge as you travel to Koblenz. Cruise past the famous rock of The Lorelei—the location known for where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure in sailors to an ill-fate.

Travel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History

CLASSIC Take part in a City Walk led by an expert guide to experience the sight of ancient fortress walls, squares, monuments, and incredible towers.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Cologne

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

ACTIVE Begin your day with a Morning Stretch led by your Avalon Adventure Host. You will have a choice of a Cologne highlights guided walking tour or Jewish Heritage guided walking tour, OR:

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided City Walking tour of Cologne and beam at its towering and majestic twin-steeled gothic cathedral, OR:

DISCOVERY Go for a Guided Walking Tour through history as you experience a few of Cologne’s significant Jewish Heritage sites.

Take advantage of the opportunity to relax during your free time with a glass of Kölsch pale lager—brewed locally in Germany for over a century!

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Amsterdam, Holland

Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

CLASSIC Adventure through the famous waterways of Amsterdam as you enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise and sail past the noteworthy homes which date back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

During the beautiful and vibrant tulip season, you might enjoy joining in an Optional Excursion led by an expert guide to the glorious Keukenhof gardens—which boasts more than seven million tulips, hyacinths and daffodils, as well as many other bulbs that are planted every year.

Outside of the glorious tulip season, take part in a Guided Optional Excursion to the incredible Zaanse Schans to see the fascinating and charming windmills and enchanting Dutch houses.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation) – Paris, France

Travel from your Avalon suite ship to the local train station, where you will begin the extension of your thrilling Monograms vacation package. Transfer to Paris by way of high-speed train and enjoy a seat in first class.


Day 9 Paris, France

Your morning sightseeing tour will include a drive past famous sites such as the Les Invalides, the Latin Quarter, the famous Place de la Concorde, the historic Arc de Triomphe and a visit to the Eiffel towers to take incredible photos from one of the most boasted panoramic viewing points. Experience remarkable sightseeing spots—included in your sightseeing package—to landmarks like the historic Notre Dame Cathedral that provided the backdrop to the crowning of the emperor Napoleon in 1804. Also, get a look of the heart of the city from an alternative view with a relaxing and scenic cruise along the Seine River. Board your relaxing boat ride alongside the Eiffel tower to spend your hour stretched out on the deck and cruising by countless significant landmarks and must-see sights of the city such as the incredible L’Institut de France; the Notre Dame Cathedral; Hôtel de Ville (the city’s municipal headquarters); the incredible Conciergerie, formerly a famous prison where the late Marie-Antoinette spend her last days of life before execution; the astounding Louvre Palace and historic museum and so much more.


Day 10 Paris – London, England

Transfer to the great city of London by way of high-speed train (standard class), to enjoy the last couple days of your 12 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to London adventure.


Day 11 London

Your morning guided sightseeing package will take you to all of the world-famous London landmarks. Drive by the Big Ben and Houses of Parliament; Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace; the famous site where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married, Westminster Abbey; The Prime Minister’s Downing Street; the mounted horse guards of Whitehall. Capture photographic memories of the towering giant Ferris wheel on the river bank, known as the London Eye, as well as the Shard—the highest standing building in Western Europe. Following, stop to experience St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays). Get a look at one of the most iconic masterpieces that the London skyline boasts—Sir Christopher Wren’s world-renowned dome.


Day 12 London

Your 12 day European vacation experience will conclude this morning after one final breakfast. Thank you for choosing us to give you a memorable vacation experience.


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