The Rhine & Moselle - Zürich to Amsterdam

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2nd Jul - 24th Oct
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Introduction

This exciting river cruise vacation has it all! Arrive in Zürich and transfer to your ship, which is docked in Basel. Then, head north on the Rhine and enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Cologne, and Koblenz. Choose to visit either Metz in France, or the steel mill in Saarbruecken, and enjoy guided sightseeing of Luxembourg City. See the Roman ruins at Trier, Eltz Castle in the hills above the Moselle, and the unique Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim. Sail past the legenda...

“Everything about the ship and the service was first class”

Everything about the ship and the service was first class
Everything about the ship and the service was first class
Tonia & Mike Cain

The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • BREISACH Excursion to the Black Forest
  • STRASBOURG Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
  • SPEYER Excursion to Heidelberg; Castle visit, see the Great Vat
  • RÜDESHEIM Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
  • RHINE GORGE Cruise through the gorge
  • KOBLENZ Choice of guided sightseeing or visit Sayn Manor House
  • BERNKASTEL Guided walk, local marketplace; On board wine tasting
  • METZ Choice of guided sightseeing of Metz or visit the salt mines near Saarbruecken, Germany
  • REMICH Excursion to Luxembourg City – Grenvemacher. Excursion to Trier, Germany
  • BEILSTEIN Excursion to Eltz Castle
  • COLOGNE Choice of guided city walk or Jewish Cologne tour
  • AMSTERDAM Canal Cruise
  • CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION, WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNERS

Included in the price

  • Your personal Avalon chauffeur service by executive car for you and your travelling companions to and from your chosen UK airport (limit 100 miles)

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying from London. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • 12 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French Balcony in most staterooms

  • All meals on board including full breakfast , buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day. Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner.

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew

  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music

  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner

  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

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Day 1 Zürich - Basel.

Transfer to Basel (Embarkation). Welcome to Switzerland. (D)

Day 2 Breisach.

Included today: Excursion to the Black Forest. Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany's Black Forest region, an area of unrivalled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The region is bet known for its cuckoo clocks, Black Forest ham and Black Forest Gateaux. Perhaps visit the workshop of a local wood carver and clock maker, or visit the open-air Museum of Vogtbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Strasbourg.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Noteworthy sights include the Gothic Cathedral, the lovely Petite France district, Place Kléber, and Place Gutenberg with its statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion to the Alsace wine region is available. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Speyer, Germany

Included today: Excursion to Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Speyer and explore the town at your own pace. Located on the left bank of the Rhine, Speyer was a bishopric and boasts a Romanesque cathedral with six imposing towers and the finest and largest crypt in Germany. This afternoon an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, which was founded in 1386. Visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You'll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel." At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! (B, L, D)

Day 5 Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge.

Included today: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; cruise through the Rhine Gorge. Rüdesheim is the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town - enjoy a visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and free time to explore the Drosselgasse. Later, cruise downstream from Rüdesheim to the dramatic Rhine Gorge, an incredibly beautiful stretch of river where quaint, fairytale castles stand sentry on the steep, terraced banks. Pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, where it is thought the sweet songs of sirens lured enchanted sailors to their doom. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Koblenz

Included today: choice of guided sightseeing or visit Sayn Manor House Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business centre of the Middle Rhine region. Here, join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the city, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. alternatively, opt to visit nearby SAYN MANOR HOUSE, belonging to counts of the same name. This afternoon, enjoy some free time in the city (B, L, D)

Day 7 Bernkastel

Included today: Guided walk; onboard wine tasting. The entire Moselle Valley is famous for its beautiful and tranquil scenery, and in the middle of this region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its well-preserved half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK that includes the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall and the "pointed house," built in 1416. Wine growers in this area look after Germany's largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. This evening enjoy an on-board WINE TASTING (B, L, D)

Day 8 Metz, France

Included today: A choice of guided sightseeing of Metz or visit the salt mines near Saarbruecken, Germany Metz, located in the north-eastern corner of France, at the confluence of the Seine and Moselle rivers, has a rich history and many cultural and architectural gems. The city's gothic St. Stephen's cathedral has the largest expanse of stained glass windows, in the world; the Basilica St. Pierre-aux-Nonnains is the oldest church in the country; and the Opera house, the oldest working opera in France. Join a local expert for GUIDED SIGHTSEEING or alternatively, choose to take an excursion to Saarbruecken, Germany to visit the Völklingen Steel mill, the only authentically preserved steel mill in the world, dating back to the peak of the iron and still industry. The mill was shut down in 1986 and is now a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Remich, Luxembourg.

Included today: Excursion to Luxembourg City - Grenvemacher. Excursion to Trier, Germany Because of its location and natural geography, Luxembourg City has been a place of strategic military significance throughout history; the first fortifications were built as early as the 10th century. The city centre occupies a picturesque site, perched high on precipitous cliffs that drop into the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers. A LOCAL GUIDE will acquaint you with this city whose layout is complex as it is set on two levels, straddling hills and dropping into the two river valleys. At the head of the Moselle Valley is Trier, Germany's oldest city. Some say Trier is even older than Rome and that it was populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived. Many Roman remains have survived, including a 20,000-seat amphitheatre; the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement, which still gives access to the town's centre; imperial baths; and the Roman Bridge, Germany's oldest bridge with stone pilings dating from 144-152 AD—all evidence of this once grand Roman city. Trier also offers pleasant market squares, Germany's oldest Christian church, and a cornucopia of architectural styles—Roman, baroque, neo-classicism, renaissance, and gothic. A choice of GUIDED CITY SIGHTSEEING or the more history-focused "ROMAN TRIER" guided tour, followed by some free time, gives you the opportunity to discover this magnificent town. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Beilstein.

Included today: Eltz Castle A leisurely day today - free time this morning to explore the quaint little town of Beilstein. Then this afternoon visit medieval ELTZ CASTLE, still today owned by a branch of the family who lived there in the 12th century. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Cologne

Included today:choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk Early this morning, arrive in Cologne. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a GUIDED CITY WALK or a JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. Later, during free time be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! Before lunch set sail for Holland and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Amsterdam

Included today: Amsterdam canal cruise. This morning dock in sail to Amsterdam. Set out to discover the treasures of this city by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join one of a number of optional excursions on offer (B, L, D)

Day 13 Amsterdam.

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

 

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July Prices per person based on two sharing
Departure Information Cabin Category
2nd Jul 2017 (Sun)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Artistry IIi
(E)
(D)
(B)
(A)
(P)
(Suite)
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Includes saving of £850 per person
September Prices per person based on two sharing
Departure Information Cabin Category
16th Sep 2017 (Sat)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Artistry IIi
(E)
(D)
Sold Out
(B)
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(A)
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(P)
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(Suite)
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Includes saving of £850 per person
October Prices per person based on two sharing
Departure Information Cabin Category
24th Oct 2017 (Tue)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Artistry IIi
(E)
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(D)
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(B)
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(A)
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(P)
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Cabin Information
CATEGORY
E
CATEGORY
D
CATEGORY
B
CATEGORY
A
CATEGORY
P
CATEGORY
Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Indigo - Aft Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW Window Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area Seating area Seating area Larger seating area
Ship Information
Deck plans
Staterooms
Category D
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Aft
Category E
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward
Category P
Panorama Suite - Royal Deck
Category B
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft
Category A
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Forward
Royal Suite
Royal Deck
Deck Plan Key:
  1. Sky Lounge
  2. Navigation Bridge
  3. Sky Bistro
  4. Whirlpool
  5. Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  6. Deck Game area
  7. Observation Lounge
  8. Panorama Bistro
  9. Panorama Lounge
  10. Bar
  11. Internet corner
  12. Reception/Guest sevices
  13. Lift
  14. Atrium
  15. Hair Salon
  16. Club Lounge
  17. Kitchen
  18. Dining room
  19. Fitness centre

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