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Romantic Rhine River Cruise with Mount Pilatus, Lucerne, and Lake Como

Explore Europe's legendary Rhine River on a magnificent cruise that takes you through Germany, Holland, France, and Switzerland. Starting in modern Amsterdam, enjoy a canal cruise, then visit Cologne's Gothic-style cathedral and Old Town. Sail through the stunning Rhine Gorge, visit charming Rüdesheim, and explore Strasbourg's Gothic-style cathedral and La Petite France district. End in Basel and continue your vacation with a visit to Lucerne and Lake Como, featuring a guided walking tour and boat ride to Bellagio

Romantic Rhine River Cruise with Mount Pilatus, Lucerne, and Lake Como

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DEPARTURE DATE: October 26, 2024
Countries Visited: France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland
Departure Port:Amsterdam, Netherlands

OVERVIEW

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey on a Rhine River cruise, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! This magnificent European river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. Experience the best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city with a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

Visit Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture—with its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, 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, or take an excursion to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle. In Strasbourg, France, marvel at the red-sandstone Gothic-style 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. Visit 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.

Disembark your river cruise ship in Basel and continue your vacation in Lucerne and Lake Como, starting with a special excursion up Mount Pilatus for spectacular Swiss Alpine panoramas and a guided walking tour to explore lovely Lucerne. Transfer by motorcoach to Como and enjoy a stop and sightseeing on the way in Lugano. In Como an included guided walking tour features the charming historic district, the Gothic-style Town Hall, and the impressive Duomo. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Como 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, or ride the funicular to the village of Brunate. The perfect end to your magnificent vacation!

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
October 26, 2024from $7,647 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 7 night River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel
  • Regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner onboard
  • Onboard enrichment activities
  • Onshore excursions with Local Guides
  • Special onboard entertainment
  • FlexDiningSM options to give you the freedom to choose when and where you dine on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas of the ship
  • Complimentary bottled water available daily
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station offering complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas; cookies available throughout the day
  • 1 night accommodation in Lucerne with daily breakfast
  • 3 night accommodation in Lake Como with daily breakfast
  • Transportation
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sat Oct 26Amsterdam, Netherlands
2Sun Oct 27Amsterdam, Netherlands
3Mon Oct 28Cologne, Germany
4Tue Oct 29Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
5Wed Oct 30Mainz, Germany
6Thu Oct 31Strasbourg, France
7Fri Nov 1Breisach, Germany
8Sat Nov 2Basel, Switzerland
9Sun Nov 3Lucerne, Switzerland
10Mon Nov 4Lake Como, Italy
11Tue Nov 5Lake Como, Italy
12Wed Nov 6Lake Como, Italy

Day 1 – AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Holland. 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: OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 – AMSTERDAM

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

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

This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available or take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

Overnight: AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – COLOGNE, GERMANY

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

Activity active:
Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR:

Activity discovery:
Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites*, OR:

Activity classic:
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral.

Spend 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: OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

* Not available on departure November 9 due to celebrations for local festivity.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – RÜDESHEIM

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

En route to Rüdesheim, sail through the Rhine Gorge (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Take in the breathtaking views of ancient castles perched on cliffs 400 feet above the water, and pass the legendary Rock of the Lorelei—where the mythological siren’s songs lured ill-fated sailors.

Activity active:
Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR:

Activity discovery:
Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

Overnight: OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

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

Activity active:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an inspiring walk in Heidelberg, the Philosophers’ way, OR:

Activity classic:
Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, OR:

Activity 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”.

Overnight: EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – STRASBOURG, FRANCE

A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

Activity active:
Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

CLASSIC 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.

Choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

Overnight: EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest

Activity 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 butter-making demonstration, OR:

Activity discovery:
Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:

Activity classic:
Join A Guided Tour to explore Freiburg’s medieval city center, sheltered by the Black Forest amid vineyards and gardens of the Upper Rhine Valley.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

Overnight: EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)–MOUNT PILATUS

Spectacular Views in Switzerland

This morning disembark your Avalon ship and take a motorcoach transfer to Mount Pilatus

Activity classic:
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).

Location: LUCERNE

A Historic Bridge and Heart of a Lion

Activity classic:
Join a Guided Walking tour to explore beautiful Lucerne, which includes Thorvaldsen’s poignant Lion Monument and the famous Chapel Bridge.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – LUCERNE–LAKE COMO, ITALY

History in Grand View

Activity classic:
En route to Como, enjoy a stop in Lugano and a guided sightseeing of this charming Swiss city.

Continue to Como, the city on the lake that bears its name.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 – LAKE COMO

Legendary Lake Houses

Activity classic:
Take a Guided Walking tour which includes the charming historic center, the Broletto (Town Hall) with its fascinating Gothic façade, and the imposing, marble-clad Duomo.

Activity classic:
Experience a Boat Ride on Lake Como for panoramas of stunning mountain scenery and luxury lakeside villas. Disembark at picturesque Bellagio for exploration on your own, returning by boat to Como.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 – LAKE COMO

Italian Beauty on the Banks

Enjoy a free day to explore Como and its surroundings at your own pace. Como offers you every kind of solutions for your spare time. Choose a boat trip on the lake, a relaxing walk on the riverbanks or make shopping in the city centre. And be sure to taste authentic Italian specialties in a local restaurant!

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 – LAKE COMO

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals: Breakfast

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