The Romantic rhine southbound 8 Day River Cruise from Amsterdam to basel

This is the same cruise as the ten day without the extension in Paris.

Experience Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, and France on this fantastic river cruise vacation. Begin in Amsterdam with an exciting cruise through its intricate network of canals. Then, into Germany to enjoy guided sightseeing in Cologne; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in pretty Rüdesheim, cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, enjoy the magnificent views from Reichsburg Castle above the charming town of Cochem, and wine tasting in Zell. Visit Luxembourg City and travel via high-speed train to Paris for guided sightseeing, two overnights, and the conclusion of your amazing vacation.

July 28 2017

No other date is available; cabins are limited

Avalon:Offering a Unique Point of View

Highlights

  • Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome reception
  • Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise
  • Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk
  • Day 4 Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat
  • Day 5 Cochem: guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle
  • Day 6 Zell–Bernkastel: guided walk in Zell; wine tasting in Bernkastel
  • Day 7 Grevenmacher. Excursion to Luxembourg City
  • Day 8 Remich (Disembarkation)

Meals

  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Captain's reception with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Five-course farewell dinner
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Daily early-riser breakfast
  • Daily late-riser breakfast
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
  • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
  • Sky Bistro lunch option on the Sky Deck
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
  • Healthy meal options
  • Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
  • Coffee or tea after dinner

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

Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation) Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. If your flight arrives early enough, you might like to take one of a selection of optional excursions. Then, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner)

Amsterdam

Day 2 Amsterdam

After breakfast, set out to discover the treasures of this city by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” Later, cruise out of Amsterdam and head for Germany. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Canal Boat

Day 3 Cologne, Germany

One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a GUIDED CITY WALK or a 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, and shop for a bottle of “4711,” the original eau de cologne. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Kölsch Pale Lager
Cologne

Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim

This morning sail through the RHINE GORGE, the most dramatic and beautiful stretch of the river. Here, 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. Further upstream is pretty Rüdesheim, the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM is a real surprise! Here you’ll 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, then there’s free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestoned Drosselgasse, where colorful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Rhine Gorge
Rüdesheim

Day 5 Cochem

This morning, as you cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River, it quickly becomes obvious why the Moselle Valley is famous for its beautiful and tranquil scenery, and that this is an important wine-growing area. After lunch, arrive in Cochem, a charming, picturesque town with half-timbered houses and winding streets full of history and legends that will be brought to life during your GUIDED WALK. Visit REICHSBURG CASTLE, built in 1000 AD and furnished with renaissance and baroque furniture. Sitting dramatically atop a conical hill covered in vines, this castle offers splendid views of the little town nestled down below and of the river valley. Cochem is at the heart of the Moselle wine trade and, most notably, the Riesling grape is cultivated, producing a dry to sweet, floral white wine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

REICHSBURG CASTLE

Day 6 Zell–Bernkastel

This morning dock in Zell and enjoy a guided walk through this pretty little town. Next up, in the middle of the Moselle region, is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages. Wine growers in this area look after Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. This afternoon enjoy a pleasant included TASTING of several of the region’s varietals. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

La Petite

Day 7 Grevenmacher, Luxembourg–Remich. Excursion to Luxembourg City

Today enjoy a tranquil morning of cruising or join an optional excursion to the Roman city of Trier. After lunch drive to Luxembourg. Because of its location and natural geography, Luxembourg City has been a place of strategic military significance throughout history; the first fortifications were built as early as the 10th century. The city center occupies a picturesque site, perched high on precipitous cliffs that drop into the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers. A LOCAL GUIDE will acquaint you with this city whose layout is complex as it is set on two levels, straddling hills and dropping into the two river valleys (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Remich, Luxembourg (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.

Hotels

Amsterdam

Ship: Avalon Artistry II

The Avalon Artistry II delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro..

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Fitness Center
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Elevator
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Hair salon
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Breisach
  • Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
  • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
  • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Local FavoritesSM onboard experiences to bring the customs, cultures and tastes of your destinations to life, including local entertainers, artisans & experts
  • English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Well-stocked library
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Full-size closet mirror
Panorama Suite (Cat. A, B, P) - 200 sq. ft.
Royal Suite- 300 sq ft

One Suite is Available

Pricing

I included 2 pre cruise nights in Amsterdam, ship gratuities and trip protection.

Royal Deck Cabin Suite - Pink Cabins

Royal Deck Cabin 'P' - Green Cabins

*Book a select 2017 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 2017 and on select cruises ONLY. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between December 7, 2016 and June 6, 2017 for travel at select times in 2017. Avalon and Royal Suites excluded. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on TBA space. Combinable with all applicable offers except single supplement waiver. Applies to new 2017 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. PRMW0417

Full payment required at booking.

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.
  • Document fees might be adjusted for reservations made within 15 days of vacation departure and for special requests including sending documents to multiple addresses and for sending documents to addresses requiring special handling or air delivery.
  • 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 not included in this package.

Airport Transfers

Transfers are not included at this time but may be added.

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Travel Protection

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:

www.EndlessLoveTravel.com

Teri at Info@EndlessLoveTravel.com

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