18 Day Avalon River Cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam 2019

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The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine River Cruise (XZC5)

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Avalon Waterways

River Cruise Description

Experience the best of two worlds that this incredible 2019 18 Day Avalon River Cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam getaway has to offer: a land tour of Austria and Switzerland—two of Europe’s most visually stimulating and glorious countries—and a river cruise excursion on the majestic Rhine River with visits to the beautiful nations of France, Germany, and Holland!

If you are a lover of the art and rich history of castles and palaces, you will revel in a visit to Vienna where you will have the opportunity to take a tour of the once home of the royal Habsburg family, Austria’s Schönbrunn Palace. Gaze in wonder as you hear the thrilling stories and background of this noble family’s home. Delight in a visit to the elegant Chillon Castle, a well-sustained, medieval castle that resides on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. If you have a love for vibrant, picturesque scenery, you’ll look forward to a ride on the world-renowned Glacier Express train, on which you’ll travel as first-class passenger with large spanning windows to give you panoramic views of the roaring waterfalls, grand peaks, glacial ice fields, and quaint villages on your way to Zermatt, Switzerland. Other memorable views include a Danube cruise across the most beautiful stretch of the river on your way to Salzburg; an exclusive boat cruise on the fjord-lake in Lucerne; a scenic and breathtaking drive into the Swiss Engadine, said to be the prettiest mountain area in the world; and much more. A few sightseeing features include the Parish Church from the Sound of Music in Mondsee, a guided walk through tour of the Old Town in Innsbruck, and the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne.

Following this walking land tour of the historical sights, palaces, castles, and incredible scenery, you will board your cruise ship in Basel, Switzerland, and depart for a spectacular river cruise along the Rhine River! In Breisach, Germany, you will be introduced to the gateway of Germany’s famous Black Forest, a span of unequaled visual majesty and vivid evergreen trees—said to inspire the fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm, and recognized for the famous Black Forest Ham, its cuckoo clocks, and its magnificent cherry cake. As you continue your exploration, you’ll stand in awe at the sight of the towering red-sandstone gothic cathedral in Strasbourg, France, with its historic murals and radiant astronomical clock. Take a walk through the romantic district of La Petite France with its charming shops, delicious bistros, and tranquil waterfront promenade. Make sure to capture the striking ruins of the castle of Heidelberg that reigns powerfully over the city, and stop in Mainz on your Rhine River cruise for a guided tour on foot where you will get a look at the virtuosity of the Gutenberg Museum, one of the most notable and historic museums of the printing world, titled after the genius inventor, Johannes Gutenberg. After, stop to visit the enchanting wine town of Rüdesheim where you will get the chance to taste a selection of some of Europe’s most luscious wines, and take a tour of the esteemed Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see the astonishing collection of historic self-playing instruments.

To conclude your perfect vacation getaway on this lavish Rhine river cruise, you will disembark from your Avalon Waterways river cruise vessel in the renowned metropolitan city of Amsterdam in Holland, known for its creative mix of modern and historic architecture. Be entertained on a canal cruise along the stunning Grachten, covered with historic homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age,”—one of the best ways to get a look at the abundance of gems this 700-year-old city has to offer. There are a multitude of opportunities for further exploration and exhilarating adventure in this vigorous city that boasts its world-famous museums, landmarks, restaurants, and café’s.  Between the land and cruise portion of your 2019 18 Day Avalon River Cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam, you will never lack excitement or things to do.

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River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Vienna, Austria

Welcome dinner at your hotel. Start of your 18 day Avalon river cruise from Venna to Amsterdam on the right foot by taking it the gorgeous sites of Austria. (Dinner)

Day 2 Vienna

Welcome dinner at your hotel. Start of your 18 day Avalon river cruise from Venna to Amsterdam on the right foot by taking it the gorgeous sites of Austria. (Dinner)

Day 3 Vienna–Melk–Mondsee, Salzburg

You’ll enjoy a wonderful breakfast this morning, as you cruise the beautiful Danube and stop for a tour of the elegant Sound of Music Parish Church in quaint Mondsee before your cruise ship arrives in charming Salzburg. A fabulous guided walking tour and delightful dinner at a popular local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4 At Leisure in Salzburg

After a wonderful breakfast, you’ll have some leisure time in Salzburg with the option – if you so choose – to join an exciting excursion to beautiful Berchtesgaden and a visit to Hitler’s infamous Eagles Nest. (Breakfast)

Day 5 Salzburg–Innsbruck–St. Moritz, Switzerland

After a wonderful breakfast, you’ll enjoy an exciting stroll through charming Innsbruck’s bustling Old Town to the alluring Golden Roof. You’ll Drive through the sensational Swiss Engadine to opulent St. Moritz. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6 St. Moritz–Chur–Täsch–Zermatt

You’ll board the first-class panoramic coach of the fascinating Glacier Express train and you’ll arrive in quaint Zermatt, situated at the foot of the world-famous Matterhorn. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 7 At Leisure in Zermatt

You’ll board the first-class panoramic coach of the fascinating Glacier Express train and you’ll arrive in quaint Zermatt, situated at the foot of the world-famous Matterhorn. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 8 Zermatt–Berne

You’ll board the first-class panoramic coach of the fascinating Glacier Express train and you’ll arrive in quaint Zermatt, situated at the foot of the world-famous Matterhorn. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 9 Berne–Interlaken–Lucerne

You’ll enjoy taking an expertly guided walking tour of charming Berne, which features a stunning picturesque panoramic view from the fantastic Rose Garden and the popular Bear Park. You’ll enjoy a relaxing ride across picturesque Brünig Pass to village of Lucerne. (Breakfast)

Day 10 Lucerne

You’ll enjoy taking an expertly guided walking tour of charming Berne, which features a stunning picturesque panoramic view from the fantastic Rose Garden and the popular Bear Park. You’ll enjoy a relaxing ride across picturesque Brünig Pass to village of Lucerne. (Breakfast)

Day 11 Lucerne–Zürich–Basel (Embarkation)

You’ll enjoy taking an expertly guided walking tour of charming Berne, which features a stunning picturesque panoramic view from the fantastic Rose Garden and the popular Bear Park. You’ll enjoy a relaxing ride across picturesque Brünig Pass to village of Lucerne. (Breakfast)

Day 12 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

Don’t miss the opportunity to join a fabulous excursion to the world-famous Black Forest. Situated at the foot of majestic Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the beautiful French-German border, is bustling Breisach known as the gateway to Germany’s iconic BLACK FOREST, a fascinating region of incomparable natural beauty. This amazing region got its name because the pine forests are so dense, local residents commonly described them as black. It’s ironic that some of the most world-renowned products from this region are iconic Black Forest ham, delicious Black Forest cherry cake, and world-famous cuckoo clocks! You may choose to join a fascinating workshop of a professional local woodcarver who produces handcrafted clocks and other amazing carvings, or you might prefer a visit to the open-air Vogtsbauernhof Museum to see how daily life was lived in this region centuries ago. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Strasbourg, France

Charming Strasbourg, France is located on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the historic cultures of both fascinating countries in a wonderful way. During your relaxing walking tour, you’ll discover Europe at its most ultimate. You’ll visit the huge magnificent red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its fabulous ancient murals, beautiful stained-glass windows, and the impressive astronomical clock, as well as the enchanting LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to majestic half-timbered houses, charming shops, festive bistros, and a festive waterfront promenade. You’ll discover historic Place Kléber, a large square in the heart of this amazing city, and alluring Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a magnificent statue of the world-renowned inventor of the fantastic printing press. This afternoon, you can choose to join an optional excursion into the picturesque Alsace wine country. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany–Mainz

This morning, after a wonderful breakfast, you’ll join an excursion that takes you to historic Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest and mush respected university, which was founded in 1386. You’ll tour the ancient ruins of magnificent HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering elegantly over the city and considered one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the amazing Alps. You’ll also have opportunity to see the world-famous GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At almost 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, it can store more than 58,000 gallons of fine wine and even has a dance floor constructed on top of it! During the afternoon, you’ll arrive in charming Mainz, which today is Germany’s biggest and most crucial wine market. The bustling Altstadt (Old Town) has numerous alluring shops and the enchanting Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the impressive Schillerplatz is a tribute to the popular classic jesters at the city’s annual Carnival observance. World-famous Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here. During a fantastic GUIDED WALK, you’ll tour the magnificent GUTENBERG MUSEUM. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz

This morning, after a wonderful breakfast, your luxurious river cruise ship will dock in charming Rüdesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town. You’ll marvel at SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to discover and hear a huge collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. You’ll also enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT they have to share with you. Downstream from charming Rüdesheim is the sensational RHINE GORGE, considered one of the most beautiful stretches of river anywhere. Here, you’ll marvel at ancient castle after castle standing like a sentry on towering cliffs rising some 400 feet above the water. You’ll enjoy a peaceful cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where it is said echoes of enchanted siren song lured unsuspecting sailors to their doom. Then, you’ll arrive at the place where the beautiful Rhine and Moselle Rivers converge – the impressive Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive statue of German Emperor William I. You’ll join your friendly expert Local Guide for an exciting WALKING TOUR of amazing 2,000-year-old Koblenz, which reveals an historic and eventful past through its impressive castles, imposing fortress walls, majestic towers, bustling squares, and stately monuments. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Cologne

This morning, after a wonderful breakfast, your luxurious river cruise ship will dock in charming Rüdesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town. You’ll marvel at SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to discover and hear a huge collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. You’ll also enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT they have to share with you. Downstream from charming Rüdesheim is the sensational RHINE GORGE, considered one of the most beautiful stretches of river anywhere. Here, you’ll marvel at ancient castle after castle standing like a sentry on towering cliffs rising some 400 feet above the water. You’ll enjoy a peaceful cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where it is said echoes of enchanted siren song lured unsuspecting sailors to their doom. Then, you’ll arrive at the place where the beautiful Rhine and Moselle Rivers converge – the impressive Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive statue of German Emperor William I. You’ll join your friendly expert Local Guide for an exciting WALKING TOUR of amazing 2,000-year-old Koblenz, which reveals an historic and eventful past through its impressive castles, imposing fortress walls, majestic towers, bustling squares, and stately monuments. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 Amsterdam, Holland

Welcome to exciting, yet sophisticated Amsterdam – Holland’s beautiful modern capital city that boasts a rich and fascinating history. This fascinating 700-year-old city with its stunning and classic architecture, busy cafés, and popular restaurants creates a very unmistakable ambiance. Veteran travelers will tell you, there is no better way to see outstanding Amsterdam than by a tranquil cruise in a CANAL BOAT, especially when sailing through the stunningly fascinating grachten lined with the most stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s famous “Golden Age.” There’s plenty of free time for you this afternoon to thoroughly enjoy the city, or perhaps you’ll prefer to join an exciting optional excursion. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 18 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

While your fabulous 18 day Avalon river cruise from Austria to Switzerland vacation ends with a wonderful breakfast this morning, you’ll take numerous remarkable memories and hopefully many amazing photographs with you as you return home. (Breakfast)

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