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13 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam 2020

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The Rhine & Moselle (Northbound) River Cruise (WZH)

Starting from $5,149
Ship(s): Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Visionary

River Cruise Description

Welcome to Basel, Switzerland, the beginning of your fabulous 13-day river cruise vacation! During the 13 Day Avalon River Cruise From Basel to Amsterdam 2020, you’ll embark on this fascinating river cruise in Basel, and you can expect to explore everything the Moselle and Rhine Rivers have to offer. Your luxurious Avalon river cruise ship will take you to many amazing stops at numerous wonderful cities in France and Germany while ending your adventure in friendly cosmopolitan Amsterdam, Holland. While on your Avalon Waterways Cruise, you’ll marvel at the charming city of Breisach, situated at the foot of beautiful Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border. Breisach is known as the gateway to Germany’s world-famous Black Forest, a popular area of unequaled natural beauty. You’ll continue your peaceful river cruise to beautiful Strasbourg, France, where a friendly local expert will show you the sensational red-sandstone gothic cathedral with stunningly ancient murals and a magnificent astronomical clock. You’ll European River Cruise will tour the ancient ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, which towered elegantly over the city. Then your cruise ship will head for the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim.

Cruising through the breathtaking Rhine Gorge, considered being the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, you’ll see medieval castles standing magnificently like sentinels on cliffs 400 feet above the water. You’ll visit bustling Koblenz, strategically situated where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet before you arrive at the alluring wine village of Bernkastel! During this stop you’ll join an expertly guided stroll that includes a wonderful tasting of some of the most famous Moselle wines! You’ll tour a historic medieval castle, then cruise back into the Rhine River and explore the grandiose city of Cologne, Germany, which is spread along both sides of the Rhine. While your fabulous 13 Day Avalon River Cruise From Basel to Amsterdam 2020 ends in cosmopolitan Amsterdam, you’ll have much to see, and treasures to discover in this friendly, historic city as you enjoy a peaceful canal cruise, which takes you through the stunning Grachten, lined with elegant homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” While on your European River Cruise, you don’t want to miss your opportunity to discover more great memories and photographs you’ll cherish from your cruise along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

River Cruise Promos

FREE AIR + $500 Off per couple

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, 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 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. 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 $250pp 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 Travel Terms 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. PRMYFYFY
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Jun 1, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Visionary$5,841$5,591Call Us!
Jul 10, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Artistry II$5,399$5,149Call Us!
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Aug 30, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Artistry II$5,499$5,249Call Us!
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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 Basel, Switzerland (Embrkation

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

Flights into Zürich must arrive before 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Take time to explore your Avalon Suite Ship®, enjoy dinner onboard this evening.

(Dinner)

Day 2 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
Classic
Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:
Discovery
Join a full-day Guided Visit to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.

Spend your free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Strasbourg, France

Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages
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.

Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace for an afternoon in a French wine country village.  Or you might like to use your free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. Sample local culinary specialties, such as Tarte flambée.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany–Mainz

Philosophers’ Views, a Hilltop Castle, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine
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,” OR:
Active
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

This afternoon you will have free time to take a walk or do some shopping.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Discovery
Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Discovery
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.

Relax on the Sky Deck and take in the breathtaking views as you sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Koblenz

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet
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.

Use your leisure time to take a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Perhaps you’d like to stroll across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine. Later, you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Bernkastel

Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley
Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses.
Discovery
Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Remich. Excursion to Luxembourg

The Lofty Landscapes of Luxembourg
Classic
Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Trier, Germany

Ancient Worlds, and Old World Charm
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Cochem

Reichsburg Castle, Riesling Wine, and the Charm of the Moselle Valley
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Cologne

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City
Classic
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR;
Discovery
Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

Be sure to have a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Amsterdam, Holland

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

While the tulips are blooming, 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. Or you may choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside. You can also use your free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

While your wonderful river cruise ends with a great breakfast this morning, take note of the amazing memories you will carry with you as you return home, not to mention the many wonderful photographs you took during your cruise – pleasant reminders of your fabulous vacation.

(Breakfast)

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