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2017 : Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine - Southbound (WAZ-T) - Imagery II
8 Day River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel

One of Europe's most legendary rivers awaits on this mesmerizing journey along the Rhine. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany's Black Forest and to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. Your ship will be decorated and dressed up in Christmas colors. You will have free time to explore some of Europe's famous Christmas Markets where you will find all sorts of gifts to bring home.

You see life differently. While others chase what's popular, you follow your own path. At Avalon, we share your unique point of view. That's why we've used our 85-plus years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Remarkable service
  • Professional Cruise Director
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew
  • Non-smoking interior
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
  • Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Hair Salon
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • European-style duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryer
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner on board daily
  • Daily full breakfast buffet with hot/cold menu items
  • Complimentary sparkling wine at breakfast
  • Complimentary juices at breakfast
  • Made-to-order egg station at breakfast
  • Daily early- and late-riser breakfasts
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta and carving stations
  • Grilled lunch alternative at the Sky Bistro (weather permitting)
  • Light lunch alternative in the Panorama Bistro
  • Four-course a la carte dinners with open seating
  • Nightly choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, desserts or cheese
  • Regional wine, beer & soft drinks at all onboard lunches and dinners
  • Daily regional, Western & Avalon FreshSM vegetarian/healthy cuisine
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions and wine in the Panorama Bistro
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas
  • Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Daily Afternoon Tea with tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
  • And, much more

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

    Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome reception; Illumination Cruise during Lights Festival

    Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

    Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk, Christmas Market

    Day 4 Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat

    Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; excursion to Heidelberg; guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat

    Day 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration, Christmas Market

    Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver's workshop; Christmas market

    Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

    Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

    Enjoy a special treat in Rudesheim.

    Meals

  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

    NOTES:

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Departure flights should not leave Zurich Airport before 10:00am.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    Day 1
    Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

    Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland's sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, and canals-not to mention the bike paths throughout the city-make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. Perhaps you would like to take an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans with its traditional houses and Dutch craft workshops. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Later, enjoy a glass of Gluhwein to warm you up, as you join a special ILLUMINATION CRUISE to experience the Christmas Lights Festival. (Dinner)

    NOTE:
    Guests must be on board ship by 5:00pm.

    Day 2
    Amsterdam

    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 in the city this afternoon-you might like to join an optional biking tour (weather permitting). Later, bid tot ziens (farewell) to Holland and set sail for Germany. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 3
    Cologne, Germany

    Today, enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching Cologne in the afternoon. 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 an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. The Old Town abounds with cafes, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! Enjoy a walk in the fabulous and magical Christmas markets before leaving Cologne and sailing to Koblenz. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 4
    Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim

    Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. Here, join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. The dramatic RHINE GORGE is 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 unwitting sailors to their doom. In Rudesheim, the quintessential 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. The entire town transforms itself into one large Christmas market, offering products and specialties from a number of nations, all presented in a distinctive manner. You'll be spoiled by the selection of shops offering a vast variety of Christmas presents and decorations. In the Market Square you'll find Europe's largest nativity scene, with life-size figures. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT before returning to your ship for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 5
    Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg

    Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with "civilized" origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany's largest and most important wine market. Join your Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and you'll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a LOCAL GUIDE, 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! At this time of year, an ice rink is set up at the foot of the castle, and stalls offer Gluhwein, Bratwurst, and other tasty treats. The Christmas market itself is scattered over five town squares, and you'll find a wide array of crafts and regional delicacies. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 6
    Strasbourg, France

    Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, 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-timber houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kleber, 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. Dating back to 1570, the traditional Christmas market is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Located around Place de la Cathedrale and Place Broglie, its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. As you stroll through the festively decorated and illuminated streets you'll notice the pleasing aromas of mulled wine, sweets, spice cakes, and biscuits-a truly magical atmosphere! This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine region is available. This evening, enjoy an onboard WOODCARVING demonstration. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 7
    Breisach, Germany. 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 unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. There's no better setting for this time of year than when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses with their long sloping roofs, connoting images of warm and festively decorated interiors. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. This afternoon there's free time in Breisach to visit one more Christmas market-or you may join an optional excursion to Colmar in France's Alsace region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 8
    Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

    NOTE:
    Departure flights should not leave Zurich Airport before 10:00am.

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    Cruise LineAvalon Waterways
    Duration
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Imagery II
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    Itinerary
    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Amsterdam  
    Day 2Amsterdam  
    Day 3Cologne  
    Day 4Rudesheim  
    Day 5Mainz  
    Day 6Strasbourg  
    Day 7Breisach  
    Day 8Basel  
    Dates/Pricing
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    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    November 25, 2017Deluxe Stateroom Category D,E $1,979.00 (USD)Quote
    November 25, 2017Panorama Suite Category A, B, P $3,128.00 (USD)Quote
    November 25, 2017Royal Suite $3,878.00 (USD)Quote
    December 09, 2017Deluxe Stateroom Category D,E $1,979.00 (USD)Quote
    December 09, 2017Panorama Suite Category A, B, P $3,128.00 (USD)Quote
    December 09, 2017Royal Suite $3,878.00 (USD)Quote
    Disclaimer

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

    Prices and itineraries are subject to change. Final details will be available in April 2016.

    Gateway for departure is Zurich, Switzerland.

    Port charges:
    $168

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo / Deck / $199
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
    P / Royal Deck / $1,299
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,899

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