Lucerne and Romantic Rhine 2019

Cruise WZAE

Overview

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
<p>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.</p>
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 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.

Day 4 Breisach

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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. The area got its name because the pine forests are so dense, local residents described them as black. The most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. You may opt to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Vogtsbauernhof Museum to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago.

Day 5 Strasbourg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. On your walking tour you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Explore Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. This afternoon, optional excursions into the Alsace wine country or to the Black Forest are available.

Day 6 Excursion to Heidelberg – Mainz

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Visit the 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, it holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor on top of it. In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz, which today is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz is a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and during a guided walk you’ll visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum.

Day 7 Rüdesheim – Rhine Gorge – Koblenz

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, dock in pretty Rudesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet, the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive statue of German Emperor William I. Join your local guide for a walking tour of 2,000-year-old Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments.

Day 8 Cologne

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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-steeples gothic cathedral. Choose between an included guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years.

Day 9 Amsterdam

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten, lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s 'Golden Age'. There’s free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion.

Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Return to the UK.

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