Romantic Rhine & Jewish Heritage 2019

8 day River Cruise Amsterdam to Basel

Cruise WAZ

From 

£2,466  pp

Cruise only

Departing 23 July 2019

From 

£3,012  pp

Cruise with flights & transfers

From London Gatwick

Overview

Take an exciting journey to explore the legendary Rhine River and its Jewish culture and heritage. You’ll travel across Germany—with touches of Holland, France, and Switzerland along the way as you experience important and meaningful Jewish Heritage historic and cultural sites.

This magnificent European river cruise with notable Jewish historical locations begins Amsterdam, Holland. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes of the city’s “Golden Age”—ending in the Jewish quarter. There, you may visit the marvelous Portuguese Synagogue. You’ll also have the possibility to join a guided tour to the Anne Frank house.

Visit Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture twin-spired cathedral, and the many shops, cafés, and taverns of Old Town. Enjoy the opportunity to take a Jewish history tour in this fascinating city.

Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge on your way to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim.

Continue your Rhine river cruise to Mainz for a guided walk, and visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. You’ll also learn more about the Jewish history of the city. A Heidelberg excursion explores the ruins of its red-walled castle, or you might choose to visit Worms to learn about its incredible Jewish Heritage.

In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals, astronomical clock and the old streets of the Jewish quarter. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district.

Stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to the unrivaled beauty of the Black Forest—renowned for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. You’ll feel closer to the remarkable history and rich culture of Jewish heritage during your European river cruise.

Take an exciting journey to explore the legendary Rhine River and its Jewish culture and heritage. You’ll travel across Germany—with touches of Holland, France, and Switzerland along the way as you experience important and meaningful Jewish Heritage historic and cultural sites.

This magnificent European river cruise with notable Jewish historical locations begins Amsterdam, Holland. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes of the city’s “Golden Age”—ending in the Jewish quarter. There, you may visit the marvelous Portuguese Synagogue. You’ll also have the possibility to join a guided tour to the Anne Frank house.

Visit Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture twin-spired cathedral, and the many shops, cafés, and taverns of Old Town. Enjoy the opportunity to take a Jewish history tour in this fascinating city.

Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge on your way to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim.

Continue your Rhine river cruise to Mainz for a guided walk, and visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. You’ll also learn more about the Jewish history of the city. A Heidelberg excursion explores the ruins of its red-walled castle, or you might choose to visit Worms to learn about its incredible Jewish Heritage.

In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals, astronomical clock and the old streets of the Jewish quarter. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district.

Stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to the unrivaled beauty of the Black Forest—renowned for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. You’ll feel closer to the remarkable history and rich culture of Jewish heritage during your European river cruise.

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Itinerary

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 three 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.

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.

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.

Classic

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.

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.

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.

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)


Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship is ready for boarding.

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.

Attend the evening at the Portuguese Synagogue.

You may decide to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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.

Visit the house where Anne Frank and her family lived for more than 2 years before being betrayed and turned to the Nazis.

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.

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

You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries, or join a Guided Optional Excursion.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

Day 3 Cologne, Germany

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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.

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!

OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ

Day 4 Koblenz - Rhine Gorge

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History

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.

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

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.

Take a guided tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.

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.

Based on your departure, enjoy either a coffee tasting or a wine tasting. Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

Day 5 Mainz - Heidelberg Excursion

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

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.

Enjoy a guided city walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, learn about the city Jewish Heritage.

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.

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

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.

Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an afternoon Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below, OR:

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.

Take an excursion to Worms, the city where Rashi studied and taught. Visit the Jewish Museum.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

Day 6 Strasbourg, France


Gothic Giants, Military Marvels and Varietal Vintages

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.

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 and the Jewish quarter with its streets which are among the oldest in France. 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 today.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

Day 7 Breisach, Germany. Black Forest Excursion

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

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.

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

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.

Join a full-day guided tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf 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 8 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)


Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

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What's included

Cruise only

From £2,466 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Cruise Only holiday option.

  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise

Cruise with flights & transfers

From £3,012 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes private home pick-up to your chosen airport, return flights, and overseas transfers to your ship.

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes

Ship details

Avalon Expression

Avalon Expression is an innovatively designed Suite Ship which accommodates 166 passengers and offers two full decks of suites, each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique open-air balconies. Designed with superior comfort in mind, Avalon Expression offers upgrades and enhancements throughout, impeccable personal service and attention to detail, as well as elegant dining and sleek, contemporary décor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

Deluxe Stateroom (D,E)
172 sq.ft., Indigo Deck
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward - floorplan
Picture of Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward (172sq ft)
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Panorama Suite (A,B,P)
200 sq.ft, Sapphire and Royal Decks
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft - floorplan
Picture of Panorama Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Sapphire Deck Aft (200sq ft)
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air BalconySM
  • Open-Air BalconySM with spacious seating area
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Royal Suite (S)
300 sq.ft., Royal Deck
Royal Suite - Royal Deck - floorplan
Picture of Royal Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Royal Deck (300sq ft)
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air BalconySM
  • Open-Air BalconySM with spacious seating area
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twin beds, one queen-size bed or one king-size bed (Royal Suites only)
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Deck Plans
Avalon Expression deck plan

Deck plan key

  • Sky Lounge
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Bistro
  • Whirlpool
  • Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Deck Game area
  • Observation Lounge
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Bar
  • Reception/Guest services
  • Lift
  • Atrium
  • Club Lounge
  • Galley
  • Dining room
  • Fitness centre

Stateroom categories

  • Category B
  • Sapphire Deck Aft
  • Category A
  • Sapphire Deck Forward
  • Category P
  • Royal Deck
  • Royal Suite
  • Royal Deck
  • Category D
  • Indigo Deck Aft
  • Category E
  • Indigo Deck Forward