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8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel 2020

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Romantic Rhine (Southbound) River Cruise (WAZ)

Starting from $2,649
Ship(s): Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Expression, Avalon Impression, Avalon Panorama, Avalon Tranquility II, Avalon View, Avalon Visionary, Avalon Vista

River Cruise Description

Prepare yourself for a fully immersive cultural experience of Central Europe as one of this region’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this thrilling excursion along the waters of the Rhine River. This 8 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel 2020 will journey you across the incredible country of Germany and will make stops in Holland, France, and Switzerland!

This unparalleled European river cruise will start in the lively and modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. One of the best ways to experience the gems that this 700-year-old city has to offer is by way of canal cruise along the waters of the enchanting grachten, spanning with homes that date back to what is known as the city’s “Golden Age.” Experience the gorgeous gothic architecture of the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne, Germany. This spot comes with many historic thrills for you to see such as the famous twin-spired cathedral, and it’s Old Town lines with many charming shops, cafés, and busy taverns. Sail through the incredible view of the Rhine Gorge—the most dramatic and panoramic view of the Rhine River that is lined with ancient castles that tower from the cliffs 400 feet above the river waters. Nearby, enjoy the enchanting wine town of Rüdesheim and take a tour of the one-of-a-kind Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue on with your Rhine river cruise as you sail to Mains where you will enjoy a guided tour on foot and delight in an informative visit to the mesmerizing Gutenberg Museum. You might opt for a short journey to Heidelberg to see the historic ruins of its famous red-walled castle. In the beautiful city of Strasbourg, France, you will stand in amazement at the lovely red-sandstone walls of the gothic cathedral that boasts ancient murals and its intriguing astronomical clock. In addition, go for a walk through the charming district of La Petite France, lined with its quaint old-fashioned shops, decadent bistros, and serene waterfront promenade.

Before your European river cruise experience comes to a close, stop in the charming town of Breisach, Germany, known as the gateway to Germany’s famous Black Forest—a span of unmatched natural beauty known to have inspired the enchanting stories of the Brothers Grimm, its famous Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. You will be left with lively and captivating memories from this 8 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel 2020 vacation for years to come.

River Cruise Promos

FLY FREE AIR from Select US cities

*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. 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. PRMYFX

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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Mar 24, 2020 FLY FREE AIR from Select US citiesAvalon ExpressionWaitlistCall Us!
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May 23, 2020Avalon Panorama$3,798Call Us!
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Aug 23, 2020Avalon Artistry II$3,599Call Us!
Aug 25, 2020Avalon Expression$3,798Call Us!
Aug 29, 2020Avalon Panorama$3,798Call 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 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

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

Greetings from the intriguing and unique city of Amsterdam! The capital city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Amsterdam was originally founded in the late 12th century as a small fishing village. Today, the city is considered to be one of the most innovative and sophisticated cities in the world – with an abundance of awards to prove it!

Visitors to this city often fall in love with the area because of its lively atmosphere and abundance of exquisite architectural landmarks, restaurants, boutiques, bike paths and intricate canal paths. Spend your morning exploring on your own, visiting one of sixty museums in the area, or choosing an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans. On this excursion, you will explore the area’s quaint houses and Dutch craft workshops.

During the afternoon, it will be time to board your Avalon river cruise vessel. Enjoy a festive meet and greet reception with your crew because sitting down to dinner.
NOTE: Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. All guests must be onboard the vessel by 5:00 p.m.

Day 2 Amsterdam

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

You may enjoy a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.  Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Cologne, Germany

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
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.

You might enjoy a glass of Kölsch pale lager during your free time this afternoon—locally brewed for over 100 years! After dinner, local musicians will join you on board for live entertainment.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Koblenz-Rhine Gorge

Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History

Explore Koblenz on your own this morning before sailing to Rüdesheim through the Rhine Gorge. You’ll sail past legend has it that the rock of the siren of mythology—Lorelei—sang songs to lure doomed sailors.

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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg

Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine
Classic
Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, OR:
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Strasbourg, France

Gothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages
Classic
Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

In the afternoon, consider taking a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or perhaps a Guided Optional Excursion to visit  Colmar, a quaint village with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. Or instead, you might enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Breisach, Germany – Excursion to the Black Forest

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
Discovery
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 Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.

You’ll have the afternoon free in Breisach to explore on your own.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

Your memorable eight day Avalon river cruise vacation will conclude this morning after a delicious breakfast.

NOTE: Your flights should not depart from Zürich Airport before 10:00 a.m. today to ensure you will have enough time to disembark the Avalon ship.

(Breakfast)

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