13 Day Avalon River Cruise from Zurich to Amsterdam 2019


Top of Switzerland with Romantic Rhine River Cruise (XZI5)

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Avalon Waterways

River Cruise Description

Explore some amazing parts of Europe on this 2019 13 day Avalon river cruise from Zürich to Amsterdam. Begin your thrilling guided vacation throughout the splendid country of Switzerland in the incredible city of Zurich, where you will begin your Globus tour. You will delight in a walk led by an expert guide through the glorious Old Town, a stop at the incredible Emmental Valley to experience the Schaukaeserei Affoltern, and then transfer on to the famous Interlaken for an exploration to the Jungfraujoch—the highest railway station of Europe. You will get to see the astounding Alpine Sensation with its unmatched Panorama 360° Experience, the beautiful Ice Palace, the intriguing Sphinx Observatory, and receive your exciting Jungfrau Passport.


Enjoy your scenic surroundings as you join a drive through the elegant mountains that will bring you to the charming town of Brienz where you will stop and experience the Woodcarving Museum. Following, visit the interesting Open-Air Museum of Ballenberg, before going on to the picturesque town of Lucerne, where you will join in a walking tour led by an expert local guide, that will feature the astounding Lion Monument and the famous Chapel Bridge. Your lovely river cruise on the waters of the Rhine River will begin in Basel, for an incredible and unforgettable vacation that will start in the famous country of Switzerland that will include stops and experiences in France, Germany, and finally the scenic country of Holland. You will cruise to Breisach, the first stop on your Europe river cruise journey and home to the point of entry of the Black Forest that will take you on an excursion through the trees and woods that inspired the stories of the Brothers Grimm or opt for a visit to the city of Gouda—home to the famous “Gouda” cheese. Following, continue on to the beautiful Strasbourg, France, to visit its stunning gothic cathedral with gorgeous stained-glass and inspiring murals.

Cruise on to Ludwigshafen for an exploration to the incredible Heidelberg Castle, or take part in a hike up to the thrilling and interesting Philosophers’ Way led by the leisure of your Avalon Adventure Host. You will also stop to experience the boasted wonders of the Gutenberg museum for a compelling history of the early inventors of print. Cruise on to your next destination of Rüdesheim and on through the green walls of the incredible and famous Rhine Gorge. You will stop and experience the cities of Koblenz and Cologne, and later arrive in Amsterdam for a canal cruise through this colorful city led by an expert local guide who will answer any questions you have about this beautiful and vibrant place.

Your lively and thrilling Avalon river cruise along the romantic waters of the Rhine River along with your Globus vacation package in the beautiful Switzerland are the perfect duo to unlocking a true European traveling experience like never before. Carry the memories of the flowing waters and the green scenic mountain ranges and charming homes during this 2019 13 day Avalon river cruise from Zürich to Amsterdam for the rest of your life.

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River Cruise Itinerary


Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

Enjoy a welcome reception dinner for all travelers sharing the same experiences with you over the next 13 days at your hotel. Your 13 day Avalon river cruise from Zürich to Amsterdam adventure begins!


Day 2 Zürich-Emmental-Interlaken

Join in an orientation walk through Zürich’s incredible Old Town. Stop in the gorgeous Emmental Valley to see the Schaukaeserei Affoltern and delight in the tastes of a light local lunch. Later in the day, arrive to your next destination in Interlaken.

(Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3 Interlaken. Excursion to the Jungfrau

A memorable and incredible trip to Europe’s highest railway station, the famous Jungfraujoch. Delight in the scenic views of the Alpine Sensation, the spectacular Panorama 360° Experience, the famous Ice Palace, the intriguing Sphinx Observatory, and receive your awesome Jungfrau Passport.


Day 4 Interlaken – Brienz – Ballenberg – Lucerne

A scenic and picturesque drive through elegant mountains brings you to the serene and gorgeous city of Brienz, where you will stop and tour through the astounding Woodcarving Museum. Following, is the captivating Open-Air Museum of Ballenberg, prior to continuing to the charming and storybook like features of the city of Lucerne.


Day 5 Lucerne

Travel on to Basel to unite with your Avalon Waterways river cruise ship.

Delight in a delicious dinner and explore through the different areas on your ship during your first night on board to start your travels through Europe by waterways.


(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6 Lucerne – Basel (Embarkation)

Travel on to Basel to unite with your Avalon Waterways river cruise ship.

Delight in a delicious dinner and explore through the different areas on your ship during your first night on board to start your travels through Europe by waterways.


(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the 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 river cruise ship 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 8 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.


(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Ludwigshafen, Germany. Excursion to Heidelberg

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.


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 river cruise vessel in the evening as you relax after your long day of exploring and activities.


(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Rüdesheim – Rhine Gorge

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

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 2,000 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 11 Cologne

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 12 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 13 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your thrilling 13 day Avalon river cruise from Zürich to Amsterdam comes to a close after one final breakfast this morning.


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