2018 : The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine (XZC5) - Imagery II
18 Day River Cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam
This amazing vacation offers the best of both worlds: a land tour of Austria and Switzerland-two of Europe's most scenic countries-and a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River with stops in France, Germany, and Holland!
If you're a fan of palaces and castles, you'll enjoy a visit to Vienna, Austria's Schönbrunn Palace, once the home of the Habsburg family. Stand in awe as you hear the stories of this royal family's home. And in Switzerland, you'll enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva. If spectacular scenery is your interest, you'll be thrilled with a ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train, where you'll travel first-class with panoramic windows to admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages on your way to Zermatt, Switzerland. Other scenic highlights include a Danube cruise along the prettiest part of the river on your way to Salzburg; a private boat cruise on the fjord-lake in Lucerne; a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered the most beautiful mountain area in the world; and more. Some sightseeing highlights include The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee, a walk through the Old Town in Innsbruck, and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.
After this land tour of the historical sights, castles, palaces and spectacular scenery, you'll embark your cruise ship in Basel, Switzerland, for an exciting river cruise along the Rhine River! In Breisach, Germany, find the gateway to Germany's Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. In Strasbourg, France, be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg's castle, towering magnificently over the city, and stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. In the charming wine town of Rudesheim, visit the unique Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Holland's popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, offers world-famous museums and an abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. See the treasures of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city's "Golden Age." A perfect ending to this fabulous land and river cruise adventure!
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've used our 89 years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. Panoramic windows throughout the ship Elegant, contemporary design & decor Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner Avalon Choice® cruising experience Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides Complimentary Nordic walking sticks Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore Local FavoritesSM - onboard cultural & artisan experiences Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games Comfort Collection BedsSM Egyptian super-combed cotton linens Bathrobes & slippers Premium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryer Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels Individual climate control Complimentary bottled water daily Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day And, much more
Highlights & Sightseeing
Day 1 Vienna: arrive in Vienna, welcome dinner
Day 2 Vienna: guided sightseeing, visit Schönbrunn Palace and Heldenplatz
Day 3 Vienna-Melk-Mondsee-Salzburg: visit the church from The Sound of Music in Mondsee; in Salzburg guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and the Residenz Square; dinner with the wine at the St. Peter Stiftskeller
Day 4 Salzburg: day at leisure
Day 5 Salzburg-Innsbruck-St. Moritz, Switzerland: walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof
Day 6 St. Moritz-Chur-Täsch-Zermatt: Glacier Express train to Zermatt
Day 7 Zermatt: day at leisure
Day 8 Zermatt-Berne: guided visit of Chillon castle
Day 9 Berne-Interlaken-Lucerne: guided walking tour in Berne, stop at the Rose Garden and the Bear Park, take pictures of the Jungfrau massif
Day 10 Lucerne: walking tour, private cruise with a drink and farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Day 11 Zurich-Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 12 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a woodcarver's workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum
Day 13 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 14 Excursion to Heidelberg-Mainz: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat in Heidelberg; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
Day 15 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz: visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim and enjoy a special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz
Day 16 Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk
Day 17 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 18 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Meals Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés Welcome dinner Farewell dinner Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items Early and Late Riser breakfast Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro Daily Afternoon Tea Daily Night Fare 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.
Arrive in Vienna, Austria
Welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)
Guided sightseeing features a visit to magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the Ringstrasse, and Heldenplatz. (Breakfast)
Enjoy a Danube cruise and visit The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee before arriving in Salzburg. Guided walking tour and dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
At Leisure in Salzburg
An optional excursion is available to Berchtesgaden and Hitler's Eagles Nest. (Breakfast)
Salzburg-Innsbruck-St. Moritz, Switzerland
In Innsbruck, walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof. Drive through the Swiss Engadine to ritzy St. Moritz. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Board the first-class panoramic coach of the Glacier Express train and arrive in Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn. (Breakfast, Lunch)
At Leisure in Zermatt
An optional excursion is available to the Klein Matterhorn. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Visit Chillon Castle and arrive in Berne. (Breakfast)
The guided walking tour of Berne features a panoramic view from the Rose Garden and the Bear Park. Drive across Brunig Pass to Lucerne. (Breakfast)
Morning walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. This evening, enjoy a private boat cruise followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Morning transfer to Zurich and Basel to join your Avalon ship. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner)
Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest
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. 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. (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, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany-Mainz
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. During a GUIDED WALK, you'll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. (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, and enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT. Downstream from Rudesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the water. 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. (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-steepled 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! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Vienna:
in single room $135-$163, in twin $75-$103
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room $235-$305, in twin room $135-$170
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
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
B / Sapphire Deck / $649
A / Sapphire Deck / $699
P / Royal Deck / $799
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,499
Tranquility II/Imagery II
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo / Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1,999
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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