Romantic Rhine with Lucerne 10 Day River Cruise from Lucerne to Amsterdam

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which begins in Switzerland and stops in France, Germany, and Holland!

Begin your river cruise journey in the beautiful Swiss city of Lucerne. See the impressive Lion Monument and walk across the famous Chapel Bridge. Also, enjoy free time to explore on your own before heading to Basel where you’ll board your vessel. Then, make your way to Breisach, Germany, located at the foot of the Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border. Here you’ll 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. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Also, 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 Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum with an impressive collection of historical self-playing instruments. You’ll pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Last stop in Germany is Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral. Your wonderful Rhine river cruise concludes in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, which offers world-famous museums and an abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. A canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age” is the perfect way to see the treasures of this city.

July 26 2018

Avalon:Offering a Unique Point of View

Highlights

  • Day 1 -2 Lucerne: guided walk, see the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; Mount Pilatus excursion
  • Day 3 Zürich–Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
  • Day 4 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum
  • Day 5 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
  • Day 6 Excursion to Heidelberg–Mainz: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat in Heidelberg; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
  • Day 7 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim and enjoy a special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz
  • Day 8 Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk
  • Day 9 Amsterdam: canal cruise
  • Day 10 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

From morning breakfast to late-night snacks, Avalon frees your taste buds from the ordinary. Using the freshest local ingredients, our talented chefs prepare mouthwatering recipes from the region through which you’re traveling and present them in a variety of inspiring settings. Whether you choose a breezy al fresco lunch at the Sky Bistro, an elegant four-course dinner in the glass-walled dining room, or a petite plate at the Panorama Bistro, you’ll savor local flavors (and Western favorites should you crave them), as well as our Avalon FreshSM menu offerings, throughout your vacation.

River Cruise Vacation Excursions

Avalon's inspired, 360-degree, engaging cruise experiences afford travelers the chance to immerse themselves into a destination and culture thanks to award-winning land programs and world-class guides. Our Naturalists (in the Galápagos and the Amazon), Cruise Directors (in Europe and Southeast Asia) and special guest lecturers also offer them a vast onboard educational program, giving cruisers the chance to soak in the history and culture of a region as they drift from village to village or island to island. We transform tourists into travelers and storytellers and help them truly experience each destination with guided sightseeing in every port (complete with headsets), daily port lectures, VIP access into key destinations, no waiting in lines and great cultural immersion and storytelling thanks to highly skilled Cruise and Tour Directors.

Sightseeing at Just the Right Pace

Sightseeing should never be a one-size-fits-all proposition. Travelers like to see the sights in different ways, so we've developed three sightseeing pace options to choose from:

Leisurely Sightseeing: A Certified Local Guide shows you the destination's highlights in a relaxed and unhurried way.

Traditional Sightseeing: Led by a Certified Local Guide, you'll explore a wide range of sights at a moderate pace.

Independent Sightseeing: This allows you to explore on your own...see just what you want and at your own pace.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

(Your cruise itinerary is new for 2017/18 and doesn't specifically follow the itinerary as lined out in the above video however, most of the high points are mentioned)

Day 1 Lucerne

Welcome to Lucerne! The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this delightful town on the Reuss River.

Lucerne

Day 2 Lucerne

On your GUIDED WALK this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own. (Breakfast)

Lion Monument

Day 3 Lucerne–Basel (Embarkation)

This morning, another true Swiss experience: a trip to the top of nearby MOUNT PILATUS, the “Guard of Lucerne,” for spectacular vistas over Lucerne, its lake, and the Alpine scenery. Departures October 25 to November 2 will visit the Swiss Museum of Transport, as transportation up Mount Pilatus will be closed for maintenance during this period. This afternoon, a short transfer takes you to Basel to board your river cruise vessel (Breakfast, Dinner)

Mount Pilatus

Day 4 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. 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)

Rhine

Day 5 Strasbourg, France

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)

Petite France

Day 6 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)

HEIDELBERG CASTLE

Day 7 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz

This morning, dock in pretty Rüdesheim, 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 Rüdesheim 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)

Rhine Gorge

Day 8 Cologne

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)

Cologne

Day 9 Amsterdam, Holland

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)

Amsterday

Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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

Hotels

Luzerne

Amsterdam

Ship: Imagery II

One of 2016's two new additions to the youngest fleet on Europe's waterways, the Imagery II continues all of Avalon's outstanding Suite Ship traditions. Passengers can choose from two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. At a spacious 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording the incomparable opportunity to awaken each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, hair salon, an elevator, alternative light dining options in the Panorama Bistro or al fresco grill lunch at the Sky Bistro, and an expansive Sky Deck with whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, a shade system, and deck games.

Panorama Suite (Cat. A, B, P) - 200 sq. ft.

Pricing

Per your email, 1 pre and 2 post nights have been added

Royal Deck Cabin 'P' - Green Cabins

Sapphire Deck Cabin 'A' - Navy Cabins

Sapphire Deck Cabin 'B' - Cornflower Blue Cabins Aft

*Book a select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $500 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Offer available on select dates in 2018 and on select cruises ONLY. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between February 8 and June 6, 2017 for travel at select times in 2018. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on TBA space. Combinable with all applicable offers except single supplement waiver. Applies to new 2018 bookings only and will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only. PRMW0425

You may confirm this reservation with a $500 non-refundable deposit.

Final payment due on 20-April-2018.

The Vacation Calculator price might not reflect the final reservation price for one or more of the following reasons:

  • For Air Inclusive package reservations for which we are currently conducting an offline flight search, the confirmed air itinerary and updated air inclusive package pricing will be sent once air schedule is confirmed. Note flights can only be confirmed within 330 days of last flight date. All others are on request and will be confirmed once air schedules are available.
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  • Please review Advisements for information on additional pricing variations.
  • Guaranteed share discount, if applicable has not been included in the Vacation Estimate, but will be applied in the Vacation Summary.
  • Promotions must be validated for applicability and combinability and may be adjusted.
  • For land packages with Intra Vacation air for which we are currently conducting an offline flight search, the confirmed air itinerary and updated land package pricing will be sent once air schedule is confirmed. Note flights can only be confirmed within 330 days of last flight date. All others are on request.

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.

AIR

Air is currently not available at this time but may be added later in the year.

Airport / Hotel Transfers

Transfers are not included at this time but may be added when air is secured.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:

*2018 Excursion Pricing is not yet available. Pricing below is based on 2017 pricing and is subject to change for 2018.

Breisac

Strasbourg

Amsterdam:

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Travel Protection May Be Added

We offer our clients peace of mind with a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan at an affordable rate. Your trip investment is considerable and valuable. Make sure to protect yourself and your investment by adding Travel Protection to every booking.

Highlights:

  • Coverage if you have to cancel for any reason
  • Reimbursement of airfare booked with us or on your own when cancelling for a covered reason
  • Coverage for vacation interruption when modifying for a covered reason
  • Lost or damaged baggage protection. Plus, Baggage Track to help get your luggage back if it goes missing by an airline
  • 24-hour worldwide emergency phone support
  • Pre-existing medical condition covered when purchasing Travel Protection within 14 days of initial payment/deposit

Not Included In Your Vacation Price (Land-Only or Cruise-Only Vacation)

The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.70 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.

Your First European Avalon Waterways River Cruise Experience Courtesy Of Teri at:

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Teri at Info@EndlessLoveTravel.com

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