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.

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 13th 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 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 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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