Romantic Rhine - Zurich to Amsterdam

  • 8 Days

  • Western Europe

Take in the sights of one of Europe's most legendary rivers on this scenic cruise along the Rhine: count the dramatic hilltop castles along the Rhine Gorge, hear the legends of Lorelei Rock and sip on Riesling wines in Rudesheim along the way.

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Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
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Accommodation
Selected meals
Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
Porterage
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  • 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 29th October 2017

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

Take in the sights of one of Europe's most legendary rivers on this scenic cruise along the Rhine: count the dramatic hilltop castles along the Rhine Gorge, hear the legends of Lorelei Rock and sip on Riesling wines in Rudesheim along the way. 

At a glance

  • Strasbourg Explore La Petite France district and other highlights on a sightseeing tour. 
  • Heidelberg Castle Visit the city's most famous landmark. 
  • Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum Explore an impressive collection of automated musical instruments. 
  • Rhine Gorge Experience the famous hilltop castles of this UNESCO-listed area. 
  • Cologne Choose between a guided city walk or Jewish Cologne tour.
  • Amsterdam Enjoy a gentle canal cruise. 

Day 1

Zürich - Basel

Fly to Zürich where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship in Basel for seven nights. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

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. A Local Guide will show you the noteworthy sights, including the Gothic Cathedral, the lovely Petite France district, Place Kléber and Place Gutenberg with its statue of the inventor of the printing press. Strasbourg is also home to the Kronenbourg Brewery. This afternoon, optional excursions to the Alsace wine region or the Black Forest are available.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Heidelberg

Included today: Guided visit Heidelberg Castle; see the Great Vat. This morning, dock in Manheim. 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 4

Mainz - Rüdesheim

Included today: Visit Gutenberg Museum in Mainz: visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim. Situated on the left bank of the Rhine, opposite the mouth of the Main River, Mainz is Germany's largest and most important wine market. The Old Town has many interesting shops, tearooms and restaurants, and a fountain on the Schillerplatz is decorated with scenes of the famous carnival held there every year. Gutenberg, the father of modern printing, was born here and you'll visit the Gutenberg Museum. The pretty little town of Rüdesheim is the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town - here enjoy a visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum as well as free time to explore the Drosselgasse.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Rhine Gorge - Koblenz

Included today: Cruise through the Rhine Gorge: guided sightseeing in Koblenz or visit Sayn Manor House. Cruise downstream from Rüdesheim to 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 before reaching the Deutches Eck, where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet. In the 2,000 year old city of Koblenz, join the walking tour or visit nearby Sayn Manor House

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

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, the favourite local beer and shop for a bottle of 4711, the original 'eau de cologne'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Amsterdam

Included today: Canal cruise. Holland's delightful 700-year-old capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. The works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising along elegant grachten lined by stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's 'Golden Age'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Amsterdam

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

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.

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