Romantic Rhine With 1 Night Lucerne, Mount Pilatus & 3 Nights Lake Como - Southbound 2019

Romantic Rhine With 1 Night Lucerne, Mount Pilatus & 3 Nights Lake Como - Southbound 2019

Operator: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Expression
Starts: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Tue, Oct 01, 2019
Ends: Lake Como, Italy on Sat, Oct 12, 2019

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you with a mesmerizing river cruise along the Rhine River. Enjoy a canal cruise in Holland’s splendid city of Amsterdam, as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne and Koblenz, Germany, with a visit to the French city of Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany’s Black Forest and to Heidelberg—Germany’s oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary siren’s perch at Lorelei Rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. Your Rhine River cruise concludes in Basel, Switzerland, where you’ll join your Monograms vacation. Take a special excursion up Mount Pilatus for spectacular Alpine panoramas and a guided walking tour to explore lovely Lucerne. Next, transfer by high-speed train to Como, and take a guided walking tour of the charming historic district, the gothic Town Hall, and the imposing Duomo. You’ll also enjoy a day to relax on a Lake Como boat ride to renowned Bellagio with its centuries-old buildings, cobblestone lanes, and charming shops. In your free time, you might like to travel to fashionable Milan, Italy; or take the funicular to the village of Brunate—your Local Host® can help you decide how to make this fabulous vacation just perfect for you!

Day 1 (Tue, Oct 01, 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 (Wed, Oct 02, 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, 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

(B,L,D)

Day 3 (Thu, Oct 03, 2019): COLOGNE, GERMANY

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

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!

Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ

(B,L,D)

Day 4 (Fri, Oct 04, 2019): Koblenz–Rhine Gorge

Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History

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

Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of the Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

RÜDESHEIM

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.

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

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

(B,L,D)

Day 5 (Sat, Oct 05, 2019): MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.

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 an afternoon Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

(B,L,D)

Day 6 (Sun, Oct 06, 2019): STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages

CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s 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 today.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

(B,L,D)

Day 7 (Mon, Oct 07, 2019): BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO 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 Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf 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

(B,L,D)

Day 8 (Tue, Oct 08, 2019): BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)–MOUNT PILATUS–LUCERNE

Disembark your Avalon ship and join the Monograms portion of your vacation. Enjoy a special highlight excursion to Mount Pilatus. Journey almost 7,000 ft. (2,132 m) up for spectacular views over central Switzerland (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead). Later join a guided walking tour to explore beautiful Lucerne which includes Thorwaldsen’s poignant Lion Monument and the famous Chapel Bridge.

(B)

Day 9 (Wed, Oct 09, 2019): LUCERNE–LAKE COMO, ITALY

Travel by high-speed train (first class) to Como, the city on the lake that bears its name. Your Local Host will be waiting to greet you and offer recommendations so you can make the most of your time in this well-known city.

(B)

Day 10 (Thu, Oct 10, 2019): LAKE COMO

Your guided walking tour includes the charming historic center; the Broletto (Town Hall) with its fascinating gothic façade; and the imposing, marble-clad Duomo. Later, experience a boat ride on Lake Como for panoramas of stunning mountain scenery and luxury lakeside villas. Disembark at picturesque Bellagio for exploration and lunch on your own before catching the boat for the return trip to Como. Your Local Host will give you all the details, as well as suggestions for your evening in this delightful town.

(B)

Day 11 (Fri, Oct 11, 2019): LAKE COMO

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

(B)

Day 12 (Sat, Oct 12, 2019): Lake Como.

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(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 becomes 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–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat

Day 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar

Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)–Mount Pilatus–Lucerne: excursion to Mount Pilatus (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead), guided walking tour in Lucerne with the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge

Day 9 Lucerne–Lake Como: transfer by high speed train (first class) to Lake Como

Day 10 Lake Como: guided walking tour, visit the Duomo; boat ride on Lake Como to Bellagio

Day 11 Lake Como: full day at leisure

Day 12 Lake Como: your vacation ends with breakfast this morning



Accommodation Information

Port charges:
$182

Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

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 Como:
in single room from $178 to $391, in twin room from $111 to $218

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

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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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