14 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to London 2019

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Romantic Rhine with 3 Nights Paris & 3 Nights London - Northbound River Cruise (WZA1)

Starting from $5,461
Ship(s): Avalon Vista
Avalon Waterways

River Cruise Description

Begin your fabulous 2019 14 Day Avalon river cruise from Basel to London vacation will embark in charming Basel, for an incredible getaway that commences in Switzerland and makes stops in France, Germany, and Holland. You will navigate the waters to Breisach, your beginning-point for an adventure to the Black Forest—Germany’s famous stretch of mountain ranges and vibrant evergreen trees, said to be the inspiration for many of the stories of Brothers Grimm—or a visit to Gouda, famed for its namesake of the delicious Gouda cheese. After, transfer to Strasbourg, France to get a look at its stunning gothic cathedral with enchanting murals and colorful stained-glass.

Charge the waters in your river cruise vessel towards Ludwigshafen for an expedition to Heidelberg Castle, or accompany your Avalon Adventure Host® for a trek up Philosophers’ Way.  You’ll also stop at the Gutenberg museum, named after the inventor Johannes Gutenberg, to educate yourself in the intriguing history of the founders of print. You will also see the beauty of Koblenz and Cologne before arriving in the mesmerizing city of Amsterdam, where you will be taken on a sightseeing canal cruise throughout the vivacious city which boasts its artistic combination of contemporary and historic architecture.

Be transported by high-speed rail to the romantic “City of Lights” for a 3-night stay in Paris to begin your Monograms vacation extension.  You will be accompanied by an expert guide on your VIP sightseeing tour which includes landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. You will also love your guided VIP exploration in England’s most prominent destination of London, along with personal spare time away from the tour group for the chance to really become familiar with the energetic and historic city. Your sightseeing package includes Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and of course the magnificent royal Buckingham Palace. Accommodating onside assistance and support from your expert Local Hosts® in both Paris and London is included in your Monograms vacation package. This relaxing and picturesque river cruise across the glorious Rhine River along with your all-inclusive vacation package in Paris and London is the perfect mixture of culture, history, exploration, and finesse to experiencing the getaway of a lifetime. Make sure to pack your best camera to capture all of the vibrant memories that you will make during this 2019 14 Day Avalon river cruise from Basel to London!

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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Nov 2, 2019 FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per coupleAvalon Panorama$6,061$5,561Call Us!
Nov 5, 2019 FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per coupleAvalon Expression$6,011$5,511Call Us!
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Dec 14, 2019 FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per coupleAvalon Vista$5,961$5,461Call Us!

River Cruise Itinerary

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

Greetings from stunning Switzerland, home of popular tourist destinations such as the Swiss Alps and Rhine Falls! Today you will board a motor coach and be transferred to Basel where you will find your docked Avalon river cruise vessel.
Before tonight’s dinner, enjoy a lively meet and greet reception with your vessel’s crew. (Dinner)

Day 2 Strasbourg, France

Today you will have a chance to explore one of the most distinctive cities in all of France…breathtaking Strasbourg. Located on a fine line with France and Germany, Strasbourg displays its medieval past and enlightened future all at once for visitors and residents. This city is capital of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region and is home to a multitude of important institutions such as The Council of Europe, The International Institute of Human Rights, the European Parliament, and Eurocorps. Visitors to this area often fall in love with the city’s La Petite France district, home to winding alleyways, unique half-timbered homes, charming boutiques, taverns and markets along the waterfront.

A walking tour today will transport you to a variety of the area’s top landmarks such as the impressive Strasbourg Cathedral. The Cathedral is known for its remarkable stained-glass, Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and astronomical clock. Next, spend time strolling around Place Kléber, a celebrated square in the city, and Place Strasbourg, which pays homage to the inventor of the printing press.

If you feel like exploring further, consider additional excursion options which include trips to the legendary Black Forest (think cuckoo clocks and Black Forest Ham), or the renowned Alsace wine region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany

Begin your day with a morning of rest and relaxation. Take this time to rejuvenate before heading out to see the seductive town of Heidelberg. This town, considered to be the fifth largest in the region, is famous for housing Germany’s oldest university (constructed in 1386!). A must-see during your time here is the Heidelberg Castle and its impressive ruins. This castle is assessed as one of the most important Renaissance structures still in existence north of the Alps. Photography lovers will want to have a camera on hand as the castle’s stunning architecture and rich history paints a perfect photo opportunity!

After your trip to the Castle, stop by the beloved “Great Vat.” Famous for being the world’s largest wine barrel, this epic structure stores almost 60,000 gallons of wine and measures 23 feet in height by 28 feet in width. Impressively, this barrel even has a built in dance floor located on its top.  With extensive valleys, mountains, scenic views and historic landmarks, a lifetime of memories will be produced while in this romantic town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Mainz – Rüdesheim

Welcome to the breathtaking city of Mainz on the fourth day of your Avalon river cruise vacation. Originally founded as a military post and fort city by the Romans, the city of Mainz now serves as the largest and most vital wine market in all of Germany and is officially called “Germany’s Wine Capital.” A guided walk awaits you today and you will be transported to the renowned Gutenberg Museum. This structure is considered one of the world’s oldest museums focused on printing. Here you can witness an original Gutenberg Bible and a plethora of printed books originating from the 15th century and later. Last, stop by the restored Altstadt (the Old Town) during your time in this city to browse traditional wine bars and numerous unique shops for trinkets and souvenirs.

Once lunchtime is near, you will board your vessel and cruise into stunning Rüdesheim. This picture-perfect Rhine Valley wine town has multiple must-see destinations that shouldn’t be missed. For music lovers, spend time at Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to explore one of the world’s largest collections of self-playing music boxes and calliopes. Next, prepare yourself for a special treat (sorry, we can’t give it away!). Afterwards, relish in some free time to explore Drosselgasse at your own pace. This energetic cobblestoned street is stocked with bars, shops, open-air wine gardens, live performances, and a chance to to pick up one-of-a-kind treasures for loved ones back home. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Rhine Gorge – Koblenz

If scenic postcard-like beauty is what you are seeking on your Avalon river cruise, you will surely find it today. Prepare to experience one of the grandest and most striking attractions in the world – the Rhine Gorge. Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rhine Gorge is made up of cliffs that rise over 400 feet above the water, many of which are lined with elegant castles and structures. As you cruise through this seductive area, you will pass the legendary Lorelei Rock. Listen closely to the area’s legend of a beautiful woman who bewitched men and lured them to their death.

As your Rhine Gorge experience concludes, you will find yourself at the convergence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, called the German Corner. Don’t miss the imposing equestrian statue of German Emperor William I located here.

Once in the city of Koblenz, two invigorating tours are available to choose from. First, a walking tour of Koblenz is on deck. A truly celebrated region, you will be hypnotized as you stroll through this 2,000-year-old city containing towers, castles, fortresses, market squares and multiple historically significant structures. Alternatively, consider touring the Sayn Manor House. This medieval castle house was built in the 14th century and combines New Gothic and Baroque architecture – a favorite for architecture and design enthusiasts!  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Cologne

Prepare for a day of the adventure in the vibrant city of Cologne. Considered the fourth largest city in Germany, Cologne uniquely sits on both sides of the Rhine River.  One of its most famous and popular landmarks is the gothic Kölner Dom (the Cologne Cathedral). Two included excursions are available to choose from during your time here today.

First, consider taking joining in a guided city walk where you can enjoy distinctive architecture, scenery and learn an abundance of historical facts from the area. Alternatively, join the Jewish Heritage Walk. On this tour, you can learn the history behind the long-standing Jewish community in Cologne that ultimately expired in the Holocaust but is now over 5,000 strong.

As the day advances, it is time to take pleasure in some free time. Relax and rejuvenate or continue on with your explorations – the choice is all yours! For history aficionados, stop by the Romano-Germanic Museum to see distinctive Roman settlement artifacts. The nearby Museum Ludwig is a must-see for art lovers. Here you will see one of the largest Picasso collections in addition to an extensive collection of Europe’s modern art. Before your time in this captivating city concludes, take a stroll through Old Town for a snack and some shopping. Sample some of the area’s esteemed beers and chat it up with the locals! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Amsterdam, Holland

Greetings from the intoxicating city of Amsterdam, a city with a unique history! This stunning area was once a small fishing village and is now the capital city of the Netherlands and considered to be one of the most innovative cities in the world. Visitors are often enchanted with the region’s energetic atmosphere, stunning architectural landmarks, boutiques, restaurants and long list of things to do while here.

Today you will have a chance to see Amsterdam through a unique perspective – via Canal Boat.  Considered to be the best way to explore the area, get ready for a close up view of incredible houses and architecture as you cruise through the Grachtengorgel. Also known as the “Amsterdam Canal District,” the Grachtengorgel, showcases exquisite structures crafted during the Dutch Golden Age.

Next, take advantage of some free time to explore as you wish or ask your Cruise Director about additional optional excursions. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Amsterdam & Paris, France

On the eighth day of your vacation, you will disembark your Avalon river cruise vessel to head towards your next adventure. And included transfer will whisk you away to Paris, France via a high-speed first-class train. This will kick-off the Monograms portion of your journey. Prepare for three exciting overnights in the “City of Lights” before heading to London. (Breakfast)

Day 9 Paris, France

This morning is sure to be filled with magic as you travel to the renowned Notre Dame Cathedral via a guided sightseeing tour. This medieval Catholic Cathedral is world-famous for its French Gothic styling, stained glass, sculptures, multitude of bells, and organ. Learn a multitude of historical facts while in the Cathedral such as Napoleon being crown emperor in 1804.

While in this vivacious city, pass the famed Arc de Triomphe and scope out a variety of stunning bridges as you pass the Seine River. Visitors to Paris often enjoy strolling the Avenue des Champs-Elysées. Considered to be one of the most recognized and visited avenues in the world, Champs-Elysées is lined with grand buildings, gardens, fountains, luxury shops, cafes, cinemas and more.

No trip to Paris would be complete without a stop at the legendary Eiffel Tower and a stroll around The Louvre. Considered the world’s largest museum at 652,000+ square feet, it is comprised of its noted glass pyramid and a plethora of painting, sculpture and other art collections. Another option available (if day nine of your trip falls on a Tuesday), is a scenic and relaxing Seine cruise. With so much to see and digest in this merry city, enjoy a day full of excitement and spend tomorrow completing your Paris “bucket list.” (Breakfast)

Day 10 Paris, France

Today can be spent however you wish. It is a perfect opportunity to devote more time to your favorite spot from yesterday’s explorations or visit unseen areas around the city. Consider walking through the region’s notable fashion district, or browsing through the exquisite Versailles Palace. With a reputation for its cafe culture, iconic fashion boutiques, and global art center, there is no shortage of fun-filled spots to visit or monuments to see in this city. Ask your local host for their insights and suggestions! (Breakfast)

Day 11 Paris, France & London, England

Today your time in Paris will conclude and you will travel via a high-speed Eurostar Train to the jolly city of London, England. (Breakfast)

Day 12 London

With so many sites to see on today’s agenda, be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera! A morning guided sightseeing tour will transport you to all of the area’s famed landmarks. Prepare to set your sights on Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus and famed Downing Street.

This vibrant capital city is the most populated city in the region and is considered a leading area in the arts, healthcare, fashion, entertainment, media and finance. Part of today’s adventures include visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral (not open on Sundays), constructed in breathtaking English Baroque styling and said to be one of London’s most recognized sights. Other hotspots traveled to today include London’s eye, a.k.a. the enormous ferris wheel on the south bank of the River Thames, and The Shard, famous for being the tallest building in Western Europe.

Today’s journey may be topped off with an unforgettable treat – a ceremonial event of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. This incredible 45-minute event is a colorful performance of British pageantry. (Only held on certain days throughout the year). (Breakfast)

Day 13 London

Begin to conclude your memorable trip any way you wish with some free time to explore this great city. Ask your local host about sightseeing options and suggestions. Consider visiting Madame Tussauds’ legendary wax museum, Trafalgar Square, the London Underground, or one of numerous museums around London. For stage and theater buffs, take in dinner and a show in London’s acclaimed West End area. (Breakfast)

Day 14 London

Your extraordinary 14 day European river cruise vacation will conclude this morning in London after a delicious breakfast. (Breakfast)

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