Amsterdam & the Romantic Rhine River Cruise

October 8, 2023 to October 17, 2023

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River. Travel across Holland and into Germany, France, and Switzerland! Begin your vacation your way with a one-night stay in Amsterdam. Join us for an off-the-beaten-path guided walking tour through its cobblestone streets before embarking on your Avalon Suite Ship®. Continue to explore this 700-year-old city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Visit Cologne, Germany, a 2,000 year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture.

Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge with a spectacular view of ancient castles standing on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Cruise to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim and visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue to Mainz for a guided walk and visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum or take an excursion to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle. In Strasbourg, France, marvel at the red sandstone Gothic-style cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros and peaceful waterfront promenade. Stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to the Black Forest. Find unrivaled natural beauty in the area best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

Your journey begins in Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Welcome to Amsterdam! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon on your own.

Hotel: Jakarta Westcord Hotel (or similar)

This morning enjoy breakfast and then an “Off the Beaten Path” walking tour of Amsterdam with a local guide. Later today you’ll be transferred to the beautiful Avalon Expression for embarkation.

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of the city’s “Golden Age."
Afternoon/Overnight cruise to Cologne

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland. Choose from the following options:
Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.
Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager locally brewed for over 100 years!

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning relax while sailing through the magnificent Rhine Gorge. Later on choose from the following options: Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim or take a guided tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Choose from the following options:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below
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”.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Choose from the following options today for a relaxed or active journey!
Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host or Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Choose from the following options:
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.
Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe.
Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden and enjoy a wine tasting.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast before transferring disembarking in Basel and transferring to the Zurich airport for your flight home.
Meal: Breakfast

Terms: Minimum of 20 travelers required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany the group. Hotels and Daily Itinerary are subject to change.


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Amsterdam, Holland and returning from Zurich, Switzerland including air taxes and fees
  • Transfers between the airport, ship, and hotel (when purchasing air-inclusive package)

Hotel Accommodations

One night hotel stay in Amsterdam, Holland at the Westcord Jakarta Hotel (or similar)

Includes hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling

Cruise Accommodations

Deluxe seven (7) night Avalon river cruise on the beautiful Avalon Expression from Amsterdam, Holland to Basel, Switzerland

Included Meals

  • All meals onboard the ship are included with Chef-inspired regional recipes
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily onboard your ship
  • Breakfast during your hotel stay in Prague.

Fox Flourish!

  • Onboard credit to be used toward drinks, optional tours or spa in the Euro equivalent of $50.00 USD per person
  • Complimentary pre-paid gratuities to your shipboard staff, local guides, and coach drivers
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Premium Fox World Travel Gift given with your travel documents

Premium Tour Experiences

  • Several evenings include live entertainment onboard your ship
  • Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of the city’s “Golden Age.”
  • A guided walking tour in Cologne to see important Jewish heritage sites or a guided walking tour of the city.
  • Sail through the Rhine Gorge to take in the sights that will surround you and passing by the legendary and mythical rock of the Lorelei.
  • Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.
  • Venture 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”.
  • Join a City Sightseeing Tour in Strasbourg with its Gothic, stained-glass cathedral celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock as well as the magical La Petite France District.
  • Explore the Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum or learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden while enjoying local wine.

Tour Services

  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director from Avalon
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Not Included: Airline flights on land-only packages, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

*Minimum of 20 travelers required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany the group. In the event the minimum number is not reached, the tour may still include a professional, local guide in the destination.

Air Inclusive

Deluxe Stateroom

Categories E & D
See special discounts below!
Two riverview windows
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Panorama Suite

Categories B, A & P
See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Cruise Only

Deluxe Stateroom

Categories E & D
See special discounts below!
Two riverview windows
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Panorama Suite

Categories B, A & P
See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy
Initial Deposit: $250.00 per person at time of booking
Final Payment Date: June 20, 2023

All current air taxes and fees of $399.75 per person are included and subject to change. Air package pricing is subject to change until air is contracted due to the volatility of airfare costs.

Single pricing available upon request.  Single Supplement Waiver may be available. Early Booking Discounts do not apply when a Single Waiver is applied to the reservation.

Available Discounts

Early Booking Discount: Book and deposit by December 31, 2021 and receive $1,000.00 off per person

Discounts are subject to change at any time.

Early Booking Discount not applicable on Single Supplement Waiver bookings

Roundtrip flights from Chicago O’Hare are currently pending

Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply.  Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Motorcoach Transfer

Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points are $50 per person each direction is available to add to the tour package.

Optional Insurance

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Details and rates can be obtained from your Fox World Travel advisor.

Cancellation Penalties

  • From date of deposit to June 20, 2023: Initial deposit of $250.00 per person
  • June 21, 2023 – August 8, 2023: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 9, 2023 – September 7, 2023: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • September 8, 2023 through day of travel: No refunds

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

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