One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland!
This magnificent river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” You’ll also visit the dynamic city of Cologne, Germany—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, and the many shops, cafés, and taverns of popular Old Town.
You’ll sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River—where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit 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. Join a guided excursion to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic 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.
Before the end of your European river cruise vacation, stop in Breisach, Germany, 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.
Motor coach transportation is included from various pick up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Amsterdam.
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport where you’ll be transferred to the Vista.
Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital. This delightful city has elegant and classic architecture, many cafés, and restaurants and has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, canals, and bike paths throughout the city make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world.
Avalon offers 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 and dinner.
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.” Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, or a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle—Holland’s most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle. You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
Today, enjoy 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! Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ
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.
Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the dramatic RHINE GORGE. It is the most beautiful stretch of river where 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.
Arrive in Rüdesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, and 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. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT before returning to your ship for dinner.
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM
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. 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!
If you would like a more active afternoon 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
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. 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. 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
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. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks.
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
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning and then a transfer to the Basel Airport and your flight home to Chicago. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motorcoach will be waiting to return you to your original point of pick up.
- Group motorcoach transfer from select pick-up points to and from Chicago O’Hare
- Round-trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Amsterdam, returning from Basel, Switzerland including current air taxes and fees
- Motorcoach transfers between the airport, and hotel when purchasing the air inclusive trip
- Deluxe seven-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom on the Avalon Vista from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland
- Sightseeing Highlights to Include:
- Amsterdam: canal cruise
- Cologne: choice of guided city walk, or Jewish Heritage walk
- Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat
- Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; excursion to Heidelberg; guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat
- Strasbourg: visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration
- Breisach ~ Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum
- Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
- All meals onboard the ship with chef-inspired regional recipes to include:
- Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily
- Shore excursions, hosted by English-speaking local experts, with a choice of Classic, Active, Discovery, Leisurely, Traditional or Essential sightseeing pace options
- Complimentary shipboard gratuities to ship staff
- Captivating onboard local entertainment
- Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options
- Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
- Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board Cruise Director
Airline flights on land-only packages, travel insurance, gratuities to airport porters, air imposed baggage fees, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of personal nature.
*Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.
All taxes and fees of $521.03 are INCLUDED and subject to change.
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- Date of Booking to July 1, 2019………… Deposit amount $400 per person
- July 2 to August 2, 2019………………….. 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- August 3 to September 3, 2019………… 75% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- September 4, 2019 to departure………. No refund
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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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