The Rhine & Moselle - Southbound 2019

The Rhine & Moselle - Southbound 2019

Operator: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Artistry II
Starts: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Mon, Apr 08, 2019
Ends: Basel, Switzerland on Sat, Apr 20, 2019

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Booking must be made, under deposit, and discount applied between December 19, 2018 and February 19, 2019 for travel at select times in 2019. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit within the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Combinable with $299 Airfare promotion and Repeat Traveler promotion only. Applies to new 2019 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.

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Itinerary

Rivers Visited

Moselle, Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

Your river cruise vacation starts in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”Explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages still standing! Here, you’ll go on a guided walk through the delightful marketplace and see the renaissance-era Town Hall and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim, then visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city. Continue your stunning European river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you 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. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—known to be the gateway to Germany’s famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Disembark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland.Beauty, new discoveries, and delightful surprises are plentiful on your European river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

Day 1 (Mon, Apr 08, 2019): AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs planted each year.

Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(D)

Day 2 (Tue, Apr 09, 2019): AMSTERDAM

Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties.

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

(B,L,D)

Day 3 (Wed, Apr 10, 2019): COLOGNE, GERMANY

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

ACTIVE Join a Guided Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host this afternoon, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:

DISCOVERY Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! Local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ

(B,L,D)

Day 4 (Thu, Apr 11, 2019): KOBLENZ

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments, OR:

CLASSIC Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion this afternoon to visit Koblenz’s geopark, and learn about the region’s volcanic geological history.

Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL

(B,L,D)

Day 5 (Fri, Apr 12, 2019): BERNKASTEL

Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses, OR:

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike to nearby castle ruins, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO THIONVILLE

(B,L,D)

Day 6 (Sat, Apr 13, 2019): THIONVILLE, FRANCE

Ornate Palaces, Opera Houses, and Old Battle Lines

CLASSIC Visit the historic Maginot Line—pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Excursion to Metz—a city with 3,000 years of history—to see its gothic cathedral, Imperial Palace, and France’s oldest opera house.

You can choose to follow your excursion to Metz with a Guided Optional Excursion to the regal city of Nancy—with its gilded grand square and 18th-century Place Stanislas.

Alternatively, consider an afternoon bike ride on your own to leisurely explore Thionville.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GREVENMACHER

(B,L,D)

Day 7 (Sun, Apr 14, 2019): GREVENMACHER. EXCURSION TO TRIER

Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Run in Grevenmacher on the banks of the Moselle River in beautiful wine country.

This morning you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city center, OR:

CLASSIC Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BEILSTEIN

(B,L,D)

Day 8 (Mon, Apr 15, 2019): BEILSTEIN, GERMANY

The Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle

Enjoy free time in Beilstein—known as the “Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle” for its castle-dotted hills, vineyards, and inviting village of the Moselle River Valley.

Go for a morning bike ride through the unspoiled 15th-century buildings and chiming church bells before sailing to Treis-Karden.

TREIS-KARDEN

Stiftskirche Steeples and Soaring Castles

CLASSIC Choose from two Guided Tours to explore medieval castles towering on the slopes above the Moselle River.

Take some free time to stroll through the romantic village before enjoying live entertainment on board tonight.

EVENING CRUISE TO BOPPARD

(B,L,D)

Day 9 (Tue, Apr 16, 2019): BOPPARD—RHINE GORGE

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

ACTIVE Go for a Run this morning through the village of Boppard with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Alternatively, choose to explore Boppard’s beautiful views and forested surroundings on a bike ride or hike at your own pace. Spend free time this morning visiting a local café for a cup of German coffee.

Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.

RÜDESHEIM

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:

ACTIVE Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards, OR:

ACTIVE Combine a cable-car ride and a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host to explore the picturesque hills and vineyards of Rüdesheim.

DISCOVERY Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

(B,L,D)

Day 10 (Wed, Apr 17, 2019): LUDWIGSHAFEN. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

Philosophical Views, a Hilltop Castle, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

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,” OR:

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

You’ll have free time to stroll or shop in Heidelberg this afternoon.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

(B,L,D)

Day 11 (Thu, Apr 18, 2019): STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Gothic Giants and Varietal Vintages

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk, OR:

CLASSIC Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace for an afternoon in a French wine country village.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. Sample local culinary specialties, such as Tarte flambée.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

(B,L,D)

Day 12 (Fri, Apr 19, 2019): BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

CLASSIC Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Visit 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/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL

(B,L,D)

Day 13 (Sat, Apr 20, 2019): BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am.

(B)

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Inclusions

  • 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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Sightseeing & Activities:

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 4 Koblenz: choice of guided tour, or visit Sayn Manor House

Day 5 Bernkastel: choice of guided walk, or hike to castle ruins with your Adventure Host; wine tasting

Day 6 Thionville, France: choice of guided tour in Metz, or excursion to the Maginot Line area

Day 7 Grevenmacher. Excursion to Trier: choice of guided sightseeing in Trier, or “Roman Trier,” see the Porta Nigra

Day 8 Beilstein–Treis-Karden: free time in Beilstein; excursion to a medieval castle

Day 9 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim; special treat

Day 10 Ludwigshafen. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat

Day 11 Strasbourg: guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 12 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar

Day 13 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning



Accommodation Information

Gateway for departure is Zürich, Switzerland.

Port charges:
$312

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

Extra nights per person in Zurich:
in single room $215, in twin room $146

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

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Ship Information

Artistry II


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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