Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Zurich

  • 8 Days

  • Western Europe

Take in the sights of one of Europe's most legendary rivers on this fascinating cruise along the Romantic Rhine: ride Amsterdam’s historic canals, sail through the gorge listening out for the sounds of the siren, then end your journey in Germany’s stunning Black Forest.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
Porterage
All airport and port taxes
  • 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 20th May 2017

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

Take in the sights of one of Europe's most legendary rivers on this fascinating cruise along the Romantic Rhine: ride Amsterdam’s historic canals, sail through the gorge listening out for the sounds of the siren, then end your journey in Germany’s stunning Black Forest.

At a glance

  • Amsterdam Take a gentle cruise along the canals.
  • Cologne Explore the Gothic cathedral that dominates the city skyline.
  • Rhine Gorge Sail through the gorge passing the legendary Lorelei Rock.
  • Rüdesheim See automated instruments from the 18th century at the Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
  • Mainz Browse early examples of printed materials at the Gutenberg Museum.
  • Strasbourg Stop at the gothic cathedral and Petite France district on a guided city tour.

Day 1

Amsterdam

Fly to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for seven nights and meet your crew at a welcome reception

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—you might like to join an optional biking tour (weather permitting). 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. Cologne is one of Germany's largest cities, with a river skyline dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent gothic cathedral. This afternoon, choose between an included Guided City Walk or a 'Jewish Cologne' tour. The Old Town offers up a great choice of cafés, shops and taverns so be sure to try a Kölsch in one of the many taverns and shop for a bottle of 4711, the original 'eau de cologne'.

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. Overlooking the Deutsches Eck, where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet, 2,000 year old Koblenz is the cultural and business centre of the Middle Rhine region. After a walking tour with a local guide, cruise the dramatic Rhine Gorge, an incredibly beautiful stretch of river where quaint, fairytale castles stand sentry on the steep, terraced banks. Pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, where it is thought the sweet songs of sirens lured enchanted sailors to their doom. Reaching Rüdesheim, enjoy a visit to the fascinating Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and free time to explore the Drosselgasse

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Excursions to Mainz & Heidelberg

Included today: Mainz guided walk and Gutenberg Museum visit, Heidelberg Castle visit. Situated on the left bank of the Rhine, opposite the mouth of the Main River, Mainz is Germany's largest and most important wine town. Join your Local Guide for a Guided Walk through the Old Town to see the Carnival Fountain on the Schillerplatz and visit the Gutenberg Museum, a tribute to Gutenberg, father of modern printing, who was born here. After lunch, head to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a Local Guide, visit the imposing castle ruins, built of red sandstone and towering above the city, and see the Great Vat - the world's largest wine barrel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Strasbourg

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Noteworthy sights include the Gothic Cathedral, the lovely Petite France district, Place Kléber, and Place Gutenberg with its statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion to the Alsace wine region is available. After dinner tonight, 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 unrivalled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The region is best known for its cuckoo clocks, Black Forest ham and Black Forest Gateaux. Perhaps visit the workshop of a local wood carver and clock maker, or visit the open-air Museum of Vogtbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Basel - Zürich

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

Avalon Felicity

Avalon Felicity, built in 2010, her modern and imaginative design creates a feeling of space and light, but, carrying a maximum of just 138 passengers, she also offers an intimate and relaxing way to enjoy our river cruises. Avalon Felicity has 4 suites and 65 staterooms, all of which are spacious and well appointed, and many of which have floor-to-ceiling windows providing amazing views throughout your river cruise. Her staterooms are among the largest available on European river cruise ships and are equipped to provide the highest levels of comfort. On the sun deck, as well as plenty of space to watch the world go by, there is a Jacuzzi to take a refreshing dip while you cruise. Guests have the use of a lift to reach the staterooms.

Amenities
  • no_kids
  • none
  • Suite Ship
  • boutique
  • some
  • luxury
Ship facts
  • Number of crew: 39
  • Number of cabins: 39
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 138
  • 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: 2010
Available cabins on this cruise
Avalon Suite

Avalon Suites feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, spacious living area, Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 258 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom (Cat P, A, B)

These staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, flatscreen satellite TV with film channels & radio, comfortable, hotel-style beds, Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, easy under-bed luggage storage, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom (Cat E)

These staterooms have Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, easy under-bed luggage storage, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

Avalon Felicity, built in 2010, her modern and imaginative design creates a feeling of space and light, but, carrying a maximum of just 138 passengers, she also offers an intimate and relaxing way to enjoy our river cruises. 

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