8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam 2019


Romantic Rhine - Northbound River Cruise (WZA)

Starting from $3,498
Ship(s): Avalon Vista
Avalon Waterways

River Cruise Description

One of the most glorious waterways in Europe awaits you on this incredible 2019 8 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam along the Rhine River, which takes you along Germany and stops in Holland, France, and Switzerland!

Embark on your Avalon Waterways river cruise journey in Basel, Switzerland, then depart for Breisach, Germany, which sits on the French-German border at the bottom of Kaiserstuhl Mountain. Here, visit Breisach, Germany, known as the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, a span of unmatched mountainous magnificence and vibrant span of evergreens, said to inspire the fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm, and famous for its namesake of Black Forest Ham, cuckoo clock, and its cherry cake. As you continue your journey, you’ll stand amazed at the sight of the red-sandstone gothic cathedral in Strasbourg, France, with its historic murals and impressive astronomical clock. Take a walk through the gorgeous La Petite France district with its charming shops, decadent bistros, and serene waterfront promenade. Capture the ruins of the castle of Heidelberg powering majestically 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 brilliance of the Gutenberg Museum, one of the oldest museums of printing in the world, named after the inventor of printing from metal himself, Johannes Gutenberg. Following, visit the charming wine town of Rüdesheim where you can get a taste of the delicious local European wine, and take a tour of the prestigious Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see the incredible collection of historic self-playing instruments. You’ll cruise through the glorious Rhine Gorge—the most lavish span of the Rhine River—which boasts its bright green scenery, romantic blue waters, and historic ancient castles that sit lined amongst the cliffs every mile. Your last stop is Germany’s 2,000-year-old city of Cologne—famous for its twin-spired castle and its artistic, gothic architecture.

To top of your splendid experience on this luxurious Rhine river cruise, you will visit the world-renowned metropolitan city of Amsterdam in Holland, known for its impressive combination of modern and historic architecture. Take a canal cruise across the illustrious Grachten, lined with historic homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age,” one of the best ways to get a look at the gems this 700-year-old city has to offer. The 2019 8 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam provides an amazing way to see beautiful European cities. There are plenty of opportunities for extended adventure and exploration in this abundant city that boasts world-famous museums, restaurants, cafés, and landmarks.

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$4,198$3,698Call Us!
Nov 5, 2019 FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per coupleAvalon Expression$4,148$3,648Call Us!
Nov 30, 2019Avalon Vista$4,198Call Us!
Dec 7, 2019 FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per coupleAvalon PanoramaWaitlistCall Us!
Dec 14, 2019 FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per coupleAvalon Vista$4,098$3,598Call Us!

River Cruise Itinerary

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

Greetings from breathtaking Switzerland! Home to beloved tourist destinations such as the Rhine Falls, Swiss Alps, and the Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland is known for its enchanting and hypnotic scenery and varied climate. Today you will board a motor coach and be transported to Basel where your docked river cruise vessel is waiting. Before dinner, enjoy a festive meet and greet with your vessel’s crew.

(D) NOTE: If you are flying into Zürich today, your flight must arrive before 3 p.m. and you must be onboard the ship no later than 5 p.m. (Dinner)

Day 2 Strasbourg, France

Today you will have the opportunity to explore one of the most unique cities in all of France…Strasbourg. Situated on a fine line with France and Germany, Strasbourg continues to display its medieval past and enlightened future all at once. This city is capital of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region and is home to a plethora of important institutions including: The Council of Europe, The International Institute of Human Rights, the European Parliament, and Eurocorps. Visitors to this area can’t take their eyes off of the city’s winding alleyways that are comprised of unique half-timbered homes, taverns and markets.

A walking tour will transport you to a variety of must-see landmarks such as the impressive Strasbourg Cathedral, known for its exquisite stained-glass, Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and astronomical clock. Next, spend time strolling through Place Kléber, an extensive and celebrated square, and Place Strasbourg, which pays homage to the inventor of the printing press.

Additional excursion options are available today including a visit to the Black Forest or the renowned Alsace wine territory. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Heidelberg, Germany

A relaxing morning awaits you today before you head out to explore the seductive town of Heidelberg. The fifth largest town in its region, Heidelberg is home to the oldest university in Germany which was constructed in 1386. While you are here, don’t miss the number one landmark, Heidelberg Castle. This castle, considered the most significant Renaissance structure north of the Alps, offers visitors a rich history and stunning architecture – so be sure to have your camera handy. From here, you will get an up-close view of the treasured Great Vat. Known for being the world’s largest wine barrel, this enormous structure can hold almost 60,000 gallons of wine and measures 23 feet in height by 28 feet in width. Believe it or not, this barrel even has a built in dance floor located on its top!  With an abundance of valleys, mountains, landmarks and scenic views, memories are sure to be made in this romantic town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Mainz – Rüdesheim

Welcome to the breathtaking city of Mainz, originally a military post and fort city founded by the Romans. Today, the city serves as the largest and most critical wine market in all of Germany. A guided walk of the area will transport you to the renowned Gutenberg Museum, considered one of the oldest museums revolving around printing in the world. Here you can see an original Gutenberg Bible and a multitude of printed books originating from the 15th century and later. Stop by the Altstadt (the Old Town) where you can browse numerous unique shops for trinkets and souvenirs.

During the early afternoon, you will return to your Avalon river cruise vessel for lunch and a scenic cruise into stunning Rüdesheim. This picturesque Rhine Valley wine town has multiple landmarks that can’t be missed. Spend some time at Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, where you can explore one of the world’s largest collections of self-playing music boxes and calliopes. Next, prepare yourself for a special treat (sorry, it’s a secret!), and then relish in some free time to explore Drosselgasse. This vibrant cobblestoned street is full of bars, shops and attractions such as open-air wine gardens, live performances, and a chance to pick up one-of-a-kind knick-knacks. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Rhine Gorge – Koblenz

On the fifth day of your European river cruise, it will be time to experience one of the most majestic and scenic areas in the world – the Rhine Gorge. Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rhine Gorge is comprised of cliffs that sit over 400 feet above the water, many of which are home to ancient castles and structures. During your cruise through this beloved area, you will pass by the legendary Lorelei Rock and here the legend of a beautiful woman who bewitched men and lured them to their death in this area.

As your Rhine Gorge experience comes to an end, you will find yourself at the convergence of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers, also known as the German Corner. Here, keep an eye out for an extravagant equestrian statue of German Emperor William I.

Next, an exciting walk tour of Koblenz awaits you. A truly celebrated region, you will be enchanted as you stroll through this 2,000-year-old city that is comprised of towers, castles, fortresses, squares and numerous structures of historical significance. Alternatively consider visiting the Sayn Manor House, a medieval castle house constructed in the 14th century which combines New Gothic and Baroque architecture.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Cologne

Enjoy an action-packed day in the energetic city of Cologne. The fourth largest city in Germany is uniquely situated on both sides of the Rhine River and its most famous landmark is the gothic Kölner Dom (the Cologne Cathedral). Two included excursions are available for your enjoyment today. First, consider taking part in a guided city walk where you can enjoy distinctive architecture, scenery and historical facts. Alternatively, join the Jewish Heritage Walk, where you can learn the history behind the long-standing Jewish community in Cologne that ultimately perished in the Holocaust but is now over 5,000 strong.

As the day progresses, it is time to relish in some free time that can be used however you wish. For history aficionados, consider stopping by the Romano-Germanic Museum filled with Roman settlement artifacts. The Museum Ludwig is a must-see for art lovers. Here you can find one of the largest Picasso collections in addition to an extensive collection of Europe’s modern art. Last, take a stroll through Old Town for a snack and some shopping. Be sure to sample some of the area’s prized lager and mingle with locals! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Amsterdam, Holland

Greetings from the fascinating and intoxicating city of Amsterdam! Originally constructed as a small fishing village in the 12th century, Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands and considered one of the most innovative and sophisticated cities in the world (with the awards to prove it!). Visitors can’t get enough of the area’s vibrant atmosphere, and abundance of restaurants, shops, and stunning architectural landmarks. Today you will experience Amsterdam in the best way possible, via Canal Boat. This mode of transportation gives you a unique perspective of the area’s extravagant housing structures and architecture as you cruise through the Grachtengorgel – the Amsterdam Canal District. Most of the structures seen here were crafted during the Dutch Golden Age and represent an assortment of facades and architectural styles.

This afternoon, take advantage of free time or take part in optional excursions. Ask your Cruise Director for more information. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Amsterdam (Embarkation)

Your unforgettable eight-day Avalon river cruise vacation will conclude this morning after a delicious breakfast. (Breakfast)

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