Romantic Rhine River Cruise 2022

October 7, 2022 to October 15, 2022

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers takes you across Germany and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! This magnificent Rhine River cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. Cruise on its famous canals along the elegant grachten–the best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city dating back to the “Golden Age.” Visit Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture—and see its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—offering the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand 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 your Rhine River cruise 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. Also, 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 Germany’s Black Forest. Here, find unrivaled natural beauty in the area best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

Your journey begins at Chicago O'Hare with an overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Welcome to Holland! Your Suite Ship® is ready for boarding by 5pm for a safety exercise then to enjoy a Welcome Reception onboard.

Note: The recommended earliest arrival time is 8:30am. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30pm.

Overnight docking in Amsterdam

Meal: Dinner

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. 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: ACTIVE Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites, OR:
CLASSIC 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! Enjoy live, local musicians onboard tonight!

Overnight cruise to Rüdesheim

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country!
This morning relax while sailing through the magnificent Rhine Gorge. Later on choose from the following options: ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim OR: DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat. Enjoy live entertainment onboard the ship this evening.

Overnight docking in Rüdesheim

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel!
Choose from the following options: ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below, OR: CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, OR: CLASSIC 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”.

Evening/Overnight cruise to Strasbourg

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France
Choose from the following options today for a relaxed or active journey! ACTIVE Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC 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. Choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line, the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France or visit Alsace’s wine country today. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

Evening/Overnight cruise to Breisach

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest
Choose from the following DISCOVERY 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, OR: 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. You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

Evening/Overnight cruise to Basel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today your cruise ends and you will be transferred to Zurich for an overnight stay. Take time to enjoy this wonderful city and relax for your final full night in Switzerland.

Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Renaissance Zurich Tour (or similar)

Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for you flight home.

Meal: Breakfast

Hotels and Daily Itinerary are subject to change.


Air-Inclusive Package

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

Cruise Accommodations

Deluxe seven-night (7) Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom on the Avalon Panorama from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland

Hotel Accommodations

3 nights in Zurich, Switzerland at the Renaissance Zurich Tour hotel (or similar)

Includes hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling

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 Zurich

Fox Flourish!

  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Onboard credit to be used toward drinks, optional tours or spa in the Euro equivalent of $50.00 USD per person
  • An added night in Zurich, Switzerland to explore more of this beautiful city
  • Complimentary pre-paid gratuities
  • Premium Fox World Travel Gift given with your travel documents

Premium Tour Experiences

  • Some 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.”
  • Join a guided walking tour in Cologne to see important Jewish heritage sites or stroll the city on a guided walking tour.
  • Sail through the Rhine Gorge to take in the sights that will surround you going past 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.
  • 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”.
  • 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
  • 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 30 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 9, 2022

All current air taxes and fees of $521.03 per person are included and subject to change.

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 March 4, 2022 and receive a $800.00 discount per person
*Discounts are subject to change at any time

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 $45 per person each direction ($90 per person roundtrip) 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 9, 2022: Initial deposit of $250.00 per person
  • June 10, 2022 – July 7, 2022: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • July 8, 2022 – September 2, 2022: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • September 3, 2022 through day of travel: No refunds

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

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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