Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Zurich

  • 8 Days

  • Netherlands

One of Europe's most legendary rivers awaits on this captivating journey along the Rhine. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam and guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany's iconic Black Forest and to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town, to explore its imposing castle. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, past the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

Flights
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 25th November 2017

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Amsterdam Cruise the elegant grachten by canal boat, lined with grand stately homes.
Rüdesheim Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
Strasbourg Explore the half-timbered houses, quaint shops and inviting bistros of the La Petite France district.
Breisach Take an excursion to the Black Forest or visit a Black Forest open-air museum.

Day 1

Amsterdam (Embarkation)

Travel to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for seven nights. Later, meet your crew at a welcome reception and enjoy a glass of Glühwein to warm you up, as you join a special Illumination Cruise to experience the Christmas Lights Festival.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Amsterdam

Included today: Canal cruise. 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 in the city this afternoon to explore on your own. Later, bid 'tot ziens' (farewell) to Holland and set sail for Germany.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Cologne

Included today: Choice of guided city walk or Jewish Cologne tour. Today, enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching Cologne in the afternoon. 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 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. Enjoy a walk in the fabulous and magical Christmas markets before leaving Cologne and sailing to Koblenz.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Koblenz - Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim

Included today: Guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business centre of the Middle Rhine region. Join a local guide for a walking tour of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. The dramatic Rhine Gorge is the most beautiful stretch of 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. In Rüdesheim, the quintessential 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. The entire town transforms itself into one large Christmas market, offering products and specialties from a number of nations, all presented in a distinctive manner. You’ll be spoiled by the selection of shops offering a vast variety of Christmas presents and decorations. In the Market Square you’ll find Europe’s largest nativity scene, with life-size figures.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Mainz & Heidelberg

Included today: Mainz guided walk and Gutenberg Museum, Heidelberg Castle visit. Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with its origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. Join your local guide for a guided walk through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and you’ll visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a local guide, visit the imposing 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, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it. At this time of year, an ice rink is set up at the foot of the castle, and stalls offer Glühwein, Bratwurst, and other tasty treats. The Christmas market itself is scattered over five town squares, and you’ll find a wide array of crafts and regional delicacies.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Strasbourg

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your guided sightseeing tour, 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-timber houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring 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. Dating back to 1570, the traditional Christmas market is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Located around Place de la Cathédrale and Place Broglie, its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. As you stroll through the festively decorated and illuminated streets you’ll notice the pleasing aromas of mulled wine, sweets, spice cakes, and biscuits. This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine region is available. This evening, enjoy an onboard woodcarving demonstration.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Breisach

Included today: 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 with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. There’s no better setting for this time of year than when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses with their long sloping roofs, connoting images of warm and festively decorated interiors. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. This afternoon there’s free time in Breisach to visit one more Christmas market, or you may join an optional excursion to Colmar in France’s Alsace region.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Basel (Disembarkation) - Zürich

Disembark and transfer to Zürich airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Your ship

Avalon Tranquility II

The Avalon Tranquility II accommodates 128 passengers. Its intimate setting features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, perfect for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party in the spacious sitting area. Onboard amenities and services include complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and a spacious Sky Deck with shade system, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches of light grill fare.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 37
  • Number of cabins: 64
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 128 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2015
Available cabins on this cruise
Royal Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, double sinks, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity, well-stocked minibar, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, a sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, and a writing desk.

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, a contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, writing desk, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity and a well-stocked minibar.

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom

These staterooms feature an alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, an elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, memory foam mattress toppers, soft and firm pillows, two windows, well-stocked minibar, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, nightly turn-down service, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, vanity and a writing desk.

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

The Avalon Tranquility II accommodates 128 passengers. Its intimate setting features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, perfect for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party in the spacious sitting area. Onboard amenities and services include complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and a spacious Sky Deck with shade system, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches of light grill fare.

Latest customer reviews

15th August 2017

The booking process was very easy. The communication throughout was first class. The cruise was excellent and accurately described by Cosmos in every way. The flights via KLM were timely and efficient. The only negative was the poor / very slow luggage handling at Birmingham Airport ( no fault of Cosmos ). Thank you Cosmos, we will travel with you again.

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