8 Days
Period
France, Germany, Holland
Location
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Itinerary-WAZ

Day 1 | Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation) (D)
Welcome to Basel. Your Suite ShipSM is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Zürich must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

 

Day 2 | Breisach, Germany. Excursion To The Black Forest (B/L/D)
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest.

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

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 3 | Strasbourg, France (B/L/D)
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages

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 4 | Ludwigshafen, Germany. Excursion To Heidelberg (B/L/D)
Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

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:

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.

Mainz
Turning the Pages of History

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 | Rudesheim – Rhine Gorge (B/L/D)
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-akind instrumental experience, OR:

Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.

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.

Koblenz
Travel Through 2,000 Years Of Monumental History

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ

 

Day 6 | Cologne (B/L/D)
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

Join a Guided Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host this morning, OR:

Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:

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 7 | Amsterdam, Holland (B/L/D)
Colourful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

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, da$odils, 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 8 | Amsterdam (Disembarkation) (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

 

STAY LONGER
ADD PARIS & LONDON WITH
After your cruise, include 2 or 3 nights each in Paris & London, sightseeing, two high-speed train transfers, and helpful onsite support from expert Local HostsSM in each city.

ADD LUCERNE WITH
Before your cruise, include 2 nights in Lucerne, a visit to Mount Pilatus, sightseeing, and helpful onsite support from expert Local HostsSM.

ADD LUCERNE AND PARIS & LONDON WITH
14 days from Lucerne to London.

Always Included

• Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board
• Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts, and Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options
• Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
• Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore
• Onboard local entertainment
• Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF STANDARD INCLUSIONS AND FEATURES, SEE INSIDE BACK COVER.

Your Choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations. In addition to included ACTIVE , DISCOVERY , and CLASSIC activities, we o$er Guided Optional Excursions with options to personalise your experience even more. And we are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.

• CLASSIC Take a Guided canal tour and float along the waterways of Amsterdam.
• Spend an afternoon on a Guided Optional Excursion in the Alsace wine country for local vintages and fantastic views.
• Take a picnic lunch to Place Kléber in the heart of Strasbourg on a free afternoon.

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Itinerary

Day 1 | Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation) (D)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite ShipSM is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

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

Day 2 | Amsterdam (B/L/D)
Colourful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

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 savoury and sweet Dutch specialties, or a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle—Holland’s most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle.

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

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

Day 3 | Cologne, Germany (B/L/D)
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:

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 4 | Koblenz – Rhine Gorge (B/L/D)
Travel Through 2,000 Years of Monumental History

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.

Rudesheim
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

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

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 5 | Mainz. Excursion To Heidelberg (B/L/D)
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.

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:

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 6 | Strasbourg, France (B/L/D)
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages

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.

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 7 | Breisach, Germany. Excursion To The Black Forest (B/L/D)
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

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

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 8 | Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am.

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