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8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam 2020

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Romantic Rhine (Northbound) River Cruise (WZA)

Starting from $2,848
Ship(s): Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Expression, Avalon Imagery II, Avalon Impression, Avalon Panorama, Avalon View, Avalon Visionary, Avalon Vista

River Cruise Description

One of Europe’s most celebrated rivers awaits you on this thrilling excursion along the Rhine River, which starts in the incredible country of Switzerland and makes stops in France, Germany, and Holland! Begin your 8 Day Avalon River Cruise Basel to Amsterdam 2020 aboard your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland, then sail for Breisach, Germany, located at the foot of the Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border. Here, you’ll discover the gateway to Germany’s enchanting Black Forest, an area of unmatched natural beauty, and best known for its namesake of Black Forest ham, delicious cherry cake, and the famous cuckoo clock. Continue on with your incredible European river cruise adventure as you head on to Strasbourg, France, where you’ll be left in awe by the sight of the red-sandstone gothic cathedral which boasts ancient murals and the captivating astronomical clock. Also, go for a walk through the delightful La Petite France district with its charming shops, exquisite bistros, and serene waterfront promenade. Get a look at the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, which soar brilliantly over the city, or stop in Mainz for a guided walk, where you’ll visit the enthralling Gutenberg Museum.

As you continue your Avalon river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam, you’ll visit the delightful wine town of Rüdesheim, along with the exceptional Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to get a look at the remarkable collection of historical self-playing instruments. You’ll sail through the dramatic sights of the stunning Rhine Gorge—the most picturesque view of the Rhine River where ancient castles reside on the cliffs 400 feet above the water. Finally, you’ll stop in Cologne, Germany—a 2,000-year-old city known for its incredible gothic architecture and iconic twin-spired cathedral.

As wonderful way to conclude this unforgettable Rhine river cruise, you’ll spend some time in Holland’s populated and progressive capital city of Amsterdam. There is much to do between the world-famous museums where you can spend hours exploring, the abundance of restaurants for dining, and the classic architecture and serene canals that surround. The best way to see the riches of this 700-year-old city is by way of a canal cruise along the stately Grachten, lined with homes that date back to the city’s historic “Golden Age.” This 8 Day Avalon River Cruise Basel to Amsterdam 2020 will be a vacation to remember 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 31, 2020 FLY FREE AIR from Select US citiesAvalon Expression$3,998Call Us!
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Apr 25, 2020 FLY FREE AIR from Select US citiesAvalon Vista$3,299Call Us!
Apr 28, 2020Avalon Expression$3,498Call Us!
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May 13, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Visionary$3,599$3,349Call Us!
May 16, 2020 FLY FREE AIR from Select US citiesAvalon Panorama$3,599Call Us!
May 19, 2020Avalon Impression$3,798Call Us!
May 23, 2020Avalon Vista$3,798Call Us!
May 26, 2020 FLY FREE AIR from Select US citiesAvalon Expression$3,599Call Us!
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May 30, 2020Avalon Panorama$3,599Call Us!
Jun 6, 2020Avalon Vista$3,798Call Us!
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Jun 13, 2020 FLY FREE AIR from Select US citiesAvalon Panorama$3,599Call Us!
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Jun 27, 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 Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)

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

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. Your flight must arrive before 3 p.m. and you must be onboard the ship no later than 5 p.m.

(Dinner)

Day 2 Briesach, Germany. Excursion to 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 Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.

Enjoy the afternoon in Briesach and explore at your leisure.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Straasbourg, 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.

Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to the magnificent Alsace wine country, or take a Guided Optional Excursion to the quain village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. Or perhaps you’d prefer to just enjoy the afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber at your leisure.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Ludwigshafen, Germany. Excursion to Heidelberg

Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine
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 5 Rüdesheim – Rhine Gorge

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, OR:
Active
Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.

Kick back on the Sky Deck for an enjoyable sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Cruise past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

Koblenz
Travel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History

Explore Koblenz on your own before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Cologne

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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Amsterdam, Holland

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

During tulip season, we highly recommend that you take a Guided Optional Excursion to the magnificent Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season,consider taking part in a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Or, choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside.  Explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops on your own.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

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

(Breakfast)

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