Canals, Vineyards & Castles - Southbound River Cruise (WAR)
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River Cruise Description
Sit back and enjoy this incredible 2019 8 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Remich. You’ll begin your fabulous Avalon Waterways’ European river cruise vacation adventure in beautiful Holland’s trendy, modern capital city of Amsterdam. You’ll marvel as you discover the many treasures of this fashionable 700-year-old city from a very unique perspective – on a peaceful canal cruise along the magnificent Grachten.
Then, you’ll start your fantastic scenic cruise along the beautiful Rhine River and arrive at charming Cologne, Germany – an ancient 2,000 year-old city famous for its impressive gothic architecture. You’ll be fascinated as you join a wonderful guided walk through the city where you’ll see the phenomenal twin-spired cathedral and have time to walk the cobblestone streets while exploring this amazing Old City. You’ll cruise through the sensational Rhine Gorge – considered by many travelers as the most breathtaking stretch of the picturesque Rhine River where magnificent ancient castles stand like sentries towering on rugged cliffs some 400 feet above the water. You’ll visit the charming town of Rüdesheim known for its fine wines, where you can enjoy a relaxing walk through its world-famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with quaint shops, popular restaurants, and bustling taverns.
As you cruise along the peaceful Moselle River, you’ll stop at the picturesque town of Cochem where local farmers grow the famous Riesling grape. You’ll tour majestic Reichsburg Castle, tucked snugly in amongst the lush green grape vineyards and providing some breathtaking views of the village and picturesque river valley below. When you cruise into beautiful Bernkastel, you’ll join an expertly guided walk and enjoy tasting some of the region’s best-loved wines. You’ll go on an exciting excursion to historic Luxembourg City, which will provide some unique and magnificent views as it is situated on two levels – high above on straddling hills and dropping into two different picturesque river valleys. You will have so many amazing sights to see and things to do during this 2019 8 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Remich.
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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Welcome to Holland, Amsterdam’s capital, where you can get in touch with brilliant architecture, local cafes buzzing with friendly faces as you gather at the restaurant that serves fresh and authentic cuisine native to Holland. If you arrive early than expected, take advantage of the optional excursions, before you board the cruise vessel for the meet-and-greet at the welcome reception dinner. Get acquainted and mingle with fellow vacationers just as long as you board the ship by 5 p.m.
Day 2 Amsterdam
An adventure awaits you by canal boat as you sail through the serene and magnificent grachten waters and glide by the elegant, charming houses for an awe-inspiring tour. After a while, you will reach your destination in Germany, where you will experience an authentic German breakfast, lunch, and dinner like the natives. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Cologne, Germany
Cologne is one of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, straddling the Rhine River. It’s known for its lofty, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a guided city walk or a Jewish Heritage walk. The Old Town is filled with cafés, shops, and taverns. Why not try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years? (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Rhine George – Rudesheim
Today, you will embark on an adventure through Rhine George, a beautiful river that outstretches a lush landscape with castles that stand 400 feet high above water level. Excitement awaits you by famous Lorelei rock, a historical figure that mirrors a legend of mischief mermaids and crafty sailors, just around the corner. Introduce yourself to the flavorful, local wines at the Rhine Valley wine town that offer brilliant pairings with local meals and guided tours in the history of this beautiful winery. Later on, you will want to unwind with a fascinating tour of the mechanical serenade from Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, where you will be introduced to self-playing 18th-century music boxes and calliopes. A special surprise waits for you after this tour but first gaze upon the vibrant colors of the fresh floral garden that surround the winery. Stop by the Drosselgasse where you can pick up unique souvenirs for the trip homeward. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Cochem
This morning’s cruise will take you through a tranquil glide down the Moselle River, where you will find a long stretch of peaceful terrain that drape the scene for a perfect winery location. Upon arriving in the quaint and artistic city of Cochem, you will be greeted by the tortuous roads and half-timbered houses that have stood tall since the Middle Ages. Join a guided walking tour through Reichsburg Castle, established in 1000 B.C. This rustic castle is still furnished with renaissance charm and sits upon a tapering hill that is dramatically covered in vines to add to its baroque appeal. It overlooks a gorgeous landscape of vines that produce an abundance of grapes, notably where the Riesling grape is produced and known for its sweet, fruitful flavor. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Bernkastel
This beautiful day will start off with a breathtaking tour of the Moselle region. The guide will take you through a sight-seeing walk down the exquisite wine village of Bernkastel’s, as you stroll down winding narrow streets and snap pictures of the historic homes that have stood since the Middle Ages. Savor the sights through the marketplace that is blooming with Renaissance appeal. Still standing since 1416, the famous, timber-framed ‘Pointed House’ with its oriel windows is a favorite among travelers and locals alike. The largest and most sought-after vineyard in Germany, Bernkasteler Doktor, is celebrated as one of the oldest thriving vineyards. In the afternoon, get a taste of this plentiful vineyard and its history at the Wine Museum and sample the region’s very best wines before dinner begins. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Luxembourg-Remich. Excursion to Luxembourg City
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 8 Remich, Luxembourg (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)