Lucerne and Romantic Rhine

Your river cruise journey begins with a two-night hotel stay in the beautiful Swiss city of Lucerne and ends in Amsterdam. Along the way, you can explore Germany’s Black Forest at the foot of the Kaiserstuhl Mountain, discover the ancient murals and astronomical clock of Strasbourg’s old town, visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle and stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. You’ll pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, past Lorelei Rock, where the eponymous siren was said to lure sailors to their death in once-rocky waters. Soak up the Gothic architecture of Cologne before departing for the calm canals of Amsterdam.

What's included

  • VIP 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

Your cruise at a glance

  • Lucerne
    • Two-night stay in the Swiss river town with guided walk taking in Thorwaldsen’s moving Lion Monument, the ornate patrician houses in the walled Old Town and Chapel Bridge.
  • Briesach
    • Excursion to the Black Forest or visit a Black Forest open-air museum.
  • Strasbourg
    • Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral. Onboard woodcarving demonstration.
  • Koblenz
    • Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge and join a guided walk of Koblenz.

Itinerary

Day 1 Lucerne


Included today: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this delightful town on the Reuss River.

Day 2 Lucerne

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

On your guided walk this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive Lion Monument, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit church. This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own.

Day 3 Lucerne – Basel (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

This morning, another true Swiss experience: a trip to the top of nearby Mount Pilatus, the 'Guard of Lucerne', for spectacular vistas over Lucerne, its lake, and the Alpine scenery. This afternoon, a short transfer takes you to Basel to board your river cruise vessel.

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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 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.

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.

Reviews

"I really liked the extras like the drink and towels awaiting you when you returned..."

20th September 2018 - Mr John Fallon

"Very easy. Did it online all documents came through didn’t have to phone at anytime..."

25th April 2018 - Mr Roy Young

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