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Romantic Rhine

From £1,449 pp.

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland!

This magnificent river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

You’ll also visit the dynamic city of Cologne, Germany – a 2,000 year-old city known for its Gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, and the many shops, cafes, and taverns of popular Old Town.

You’ll sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River—where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, and visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.

Continue your Rhine River cruise to Mainz for a guided walk and visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Join a guided excursion to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade.

Before the end of your European river cruise vacation, stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivalled natural beauty—best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

What’s Included:

  • Private door to door transfers*
  • Return flights or rail from your chosen airport (supplements may apply) & ship transfers
  • Beautifully appointed accommodation with private bathroom and premium L’Occitaine toiletries
  • Fine dining with all meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service dinner
  • Afternoon tea and cakes
  • Regional wines and beers served with lunch and dinner, sparkling wine with breakfast
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Included tours and excursions with state-of-the-art audio headset
  • 24 hour beverage station​ serving speciality teas and coffees
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
  • Gratuities

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin. *Included door to door transfers are limited to 100 miles, after which a mileage charge applies.

Pfalzgrafenstein Castle - Rhine Gorge - Winter
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Day 1 - Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to your ship.

Welcome to Amsterdam.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year.

Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Dinner

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Colourful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age
CLASSIC

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

Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, or a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle—Holland’s most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle.

You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Cologne

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

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.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ

Day 3 - Cologne

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Koblenz & Rhine Gorge

Travel Through 2,000 Years of Monumental History

CLASSIC – Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments.

Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

RÜDESHEIM – Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY – Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.

DISCOVERY – Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

Day 4 - Koblenz & Rhine Gorge

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Mainz

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.

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 an afternoon Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

Day 5 - Mainz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Strasbourg

Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages

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

You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

Day 6 - Strasbourg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Breisach & Black Forest

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

CLASSIC – Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, 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 Bavarian butter-making demonstration.

Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.
EVENING CRUISE TO BASEL

Day 7 - Breisach & Black Forest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Basel (Disembarkation)

Your holiday ends this morning with breakfast.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Breakfast

Day 1 - UK to Basel

Travel to Basel where you will be met and transferred to your ship.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.
EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

Dinner

Day 2 - Breisach & Black Forest

History, Artistry and the Beautiful Black Forest

Classic – Visit the charming village of Colmar on a guided tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:

Discovery – Join a full-day guided excursion to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration.

Explore on your own this afternoon taking a bike from the ship or hiking up to St. Stephan’s Cathedral.
EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

Day 2 - Breisach & Black Forest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Strasbourg

Gothic Giants, Military Marvels and Varietal Vintages

Classic – Come along for city sightseeing, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock and the magical La Petite France district.

You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or to the historic Maginot Line – an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France.

Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber, or pay a visit to one of Strasbourg’s many wonderful museums.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

Day 3 - Strasbourg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Ludwigshafen & 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. Enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon.

Day 4 - Ludwigshafen & Heidelberg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Mainz

Turning The Pages of  History

Classic – Enjoy a guided city walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing. Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ

Day 5 - Mainz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Rudesheim

Eat, Drink and Be Merry in Wine Country

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.

Discovery – Based on your departure date, enjoy either a coffee tasting or a wine tasting. Relax on the sky deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei – where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

Day 5 - Rudesheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Cologne

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

Active – Join a guided walk with your Avalon Adventure host this morning, OR:

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. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager – locally brewed for over 100 years!

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

Day 6 - Cologne

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Amsterdam

Colourful Amsterdam – With Canals, Crooked Houses and Cuisine of a Golden Age

Classic – Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a guided canal cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

During tulip season, you may take a guided optional excursion to Keukenhof gardens – with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year.

Outside of tulip season, join a guided optional excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Day 7 - Amsterdam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Amsterdam (disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Breakfast

Avalon Impression - Wachau Valley

The Avalon Suite Ship accommodates 166 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites. With wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony, the suites are the ideal setting for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area.

On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access and complimentary computer use in public areas, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.

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Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Two full decks of suite accommodation
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic windows opening to create an Open-Air Balcony in every suite
  • Spacious Sky Deck with sun-shades, premium lounge chairs and whirlpool
  • Open-air bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Elegant open-seating dining room including a five-star fine dining service
  • Self service hot drinks centre with complimentary coffee & tea throughout the day
  • Panoramic lounge with first class bar serving premium spirits
  • Stern Club Lounge & library
  • Fitness centre
  • Internet centre & complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Lift to cabin decks
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary bicycles

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

83 elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 172-300 ft².  On the middle and upper decks, Panorama Suites are 200 ft² and feature Avalon’s trademark extra-wide, 11ft, French balconies with the bed angled towards the windows to really soak up those views.

Royal Suites on the upper deck are even larger at 300 ft² and have an extended seating area with a sofa, armchairs and a table a larger bathrooms and separate WC.

Royal Suite

300 ft² – Royal (Upper) Deck

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony
  • Separate seating area with Sofa, armchairs and table
  • Large private bathroom with glass shower enclosure, twin wash basin, premium L’Occitaine toiletries, bathrobes and slippers.  Separate WC
  • Comfort Collection Bed, premium mattress covers, Egyptian cotton linens
  • Nightly turn-down service & Pillow menu
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Plenty of wardrobe space and under-bed storage
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available
  • Bottled water
Avalon Tranquility II - Royal Suite
Avalon Artistry II - Panorama Suite Balcony

Cat. P, A & B Panorama Suites

200 ft² – Royal (Upper) & Sapphire (Middle) Deck

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony
  • Seating area with Sofa, armchair and table
  • Private marble bathroom with glass shower enclosure, wash basin, WC, premium L’Occitaine toiletries, bathrobes and slippers
  • Comfort Collection Bed, premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Nightly turn-down service & Pillow menu
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Plenty of wardrobe space and under-bed storage
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available
  • Bottled water

Cat. D & E Deluxe Stateroom

172 ft² – Indigo (Lower) Deck

  • Private marble bathroom with glass shower enclosure, wash basin, WC, premium L’Occitaine toiletries, bathrobes and slippers
  • Comfort Collection Beds, premium mattress covers, Egyptian cotton linens
  • Nightly turn-down service & Pillow menu
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Plenty of wardrobe space and under-bed storage
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available
  • Bottled water
Avalon Waterways - Avalon Panorama - Cat D E - Deluxe
Avalon Expression - Deck Plan

Why Choose This Cruise?

2019  Amsterdam to Basel

30 April 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2746 – Panorama suite: £Sold Out per person

14 May 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,743 – Panorama suite: £3,642 per person

18 May 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,653 – Panorama suite: £3,552 per person

01 June 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,743 – Panorama suite: £3,642 per person

11 June 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,743 – Panorama suite: £3,642 per person

15 June 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,443 – Panorama suite: £3,342 per person

22 June 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,180 – Panorama suite: £3,080 per person

25 June 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,319 – Panorama suite: £3,080 per person

29 June 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,180– Panorama suite: £3,080 per person

09 July  2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £Sold Out – Panorama suite: £3,642 per person

13 July 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,133 – Panorama suite: £2,739 per person

20 July 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,133 – Panorama suite: £2,739 per person

23 July 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,743 – Panorama suite: £3,642 per person

27 July 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,133– Panorama suite: £2,739 per person

10 August 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,133– Panorama suite: £2,739 per person

17 August 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,133 – Panorama suite: £2,739 per person

20 August 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,744 – Panorama suite: £3,642 per person

24 August 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,185 – Panorama suite: £2,788 per person

03 September 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,948 – Panorama suite: £3,848 per person

14 September 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,949– Panorama suite: £SOLD OUT per person

21 September 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,949 – Panorama suite: £3,848 per person

01 October 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,336 – Panorama suite: £2,837 per person

05 October 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,336 – Panorama suite: £2,837 per person

15 October 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,335 – Panorama suite: £2,837 per person

19 October 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,082 – Panorama suite: £2,690 per person

23 October 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,032– Panorama suite: £2,640 per person

26 October 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £1,652 – Panorama suite: £2,551 per person

29 October 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £1,756 – Panorama suite: £2,517 per person

30 November 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,002 – Panorama suite: £2,719 per person

Eurostar or London flights are included, regional flights are also available please call for details


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2019 Basel to Amsterdam

07 May 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £Sold Out – Panorama suite: £3650 per person

11 May 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,758 – Panorama suite: £3,518per person

21 May 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £Sold Out – Panorama suite: £3,199 per person

25 May 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,578 – Panorama suite: £3,477 per person

01 June 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,436 – Panorama suite: £3,286 per person

04 June 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,577 – Panorama suite: £3,376 per person

08 June 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,391 – Panorama suite: £3,240 per person

18 June 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £Sold Out – Panorama suite: £3,176 per person

22 June 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,429 – Panorama suite: £3,278 per person

29 June  2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,349 – Panorama suite: £3,108 per person

02 July 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,087 – Panorama suite: £2,606 per person

06 July 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,100 – Panorama suite: £2,620 per person

20 July 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,129 – Panorama suite: £2,648 per person

27 July 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,127– Panorama suite: £2,647per person

03 August 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,280– Panorama suite: £2,709per person

13 August 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,081 – Panorama suite: £2,600 per person

17 August 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,105 – Panorama suite: £2,624 per person

24 August 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,181– Panorama suite: £2,733 per person

27 August 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,162 – Panorama suite: £2,682 per person

10 September 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,794– Panorama suite: £SOLD OUT per person

14 September 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,723 – Panorama suite: £3,432 per person

21 September 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,741 – Panorama suite: £3,450 per person

24 September 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,723– Panorama suite: £3,432 per person

28 September 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,723 – Panorama suite: £3,432 per person

08 October 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,207 – Panorama suite: £2,668 per person

12 October 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,177 – Panorama suite: £2,607 per person

19 October 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,127 – Panorama suite: £2,557 per person

22 October 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,091– Panorama suite: £2,554 per person

02 November 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £1,449 – Panorama suite: £2,248 per person

30 November 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £1,949 – Panorama suite: £2,379 per person

07 December 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,249 – Panorama suite: £2,910 per person

14 December 2019 – from Deluxe stateroom: £2,404– Panorama suite: £3,065 per person

Eurostar or London flights are included,

regional flights are also available please call for details 0800 471 4754


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