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The Rhine and Moselle
12-Night Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel (or reverse)

Avalon Windmills Vineyards and Paris
2020 Departure Dates & Pricing

Amsterdam to Basel (WHZ) - 13 days

-or-

Basel to Amsterdam (WZH) - 13 days

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Ship - Artistry II, Visionary

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Detailed Itinerary: Amsterdam to Basel - Southbound (WHZ)

Skip to Basel to Amsterdam itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation Day)

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

During tulip season (April-May), you may take an OPTIONAL Guided 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 an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)

IMPORTANT: Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5pm for the SAFETY DRILL.

Day 2: Amsterdam

Colorful Canals of Amsterdam

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

You may like to join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, -or- an OPTIONAL Guided Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.

Alternatively spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B, L, D)

Day 3: Cologne, Germany

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

CLASSIC: Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:

DISCOVERY: Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KOBLENZ (B, L, D)

Day 4: Koblenz

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet

CLASSIC: Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments, OR:

CLASSIC: Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour.

Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL (B, L, D)

Day 5: Bernkastel

Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses.

DISCOVERY: Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.

Grab Nordic walking sticks or a bike from the ship and explore the surroundings nature trails, or leisurely hike up the hills for breathtaking views of the Moselle.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH (B, L, D)

Day 6: Remich

The Lofty Landscapes of Luxembourg

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TRIER (B, L, D)

Day 7: Trier, Germany

Ancient Worlds, and Old World Charm

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Sightseeing tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city center

-OR-

CLASSIC: Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM (B, L, D)

Day 8: Cochem

Reichsburg Castle, Riesling Wine, and the Charm of the Moselle Valley

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem’s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO BOPPARD (B, L, D)

Day 9: Boppard - Rhine Gorge

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

ACTIVE Go for a Jog this morning through the village of Boppard with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Alternatively, choose to explore Boppard’s beautiful views and forested surroundings on a bike ride or hike at your own pace. Spend some free time this morning visiting a local café for a cup of German coffee.

Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.

RÜDESHEIM

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY: Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

DISCOVERY: Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience

-OR-

ACTIVE: Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards

-OR-

ACTIVE: Combine a cable-car ride and a hike with your Adventure Host to explore the picturesque hills and vineyards of Rüdesheim.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN (B, L, D)

Day 10: Ludwigshafen

Philosophers’ Views, a Hilltop Castle, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

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,” OR:

ACTIVE: Join your Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

You’ll have free time to stroll or shop this afternoon.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B, L, D)

Day 11: Strasbourg, rance

Gothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages

ACTIVE: Join your Adventure Host for a Morning Walk

-OR-

CLASSIC: Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, -or- an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center. Sample local culinary specialties, such as Tarte flambée.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH (B, L, D)

Day 12: Breisach, Germany

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

DISCOVERY Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Visit to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.

Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL (B, L, D)

Day 13: Basel, Switzerland

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10am. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Basel to Amsterdam - Northbound (WZH)

Skip to Amsterdam to Basel itinerary

Day 1: Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation Day)

Welcome to Basel. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (D)

IMPORTANT: Flights into Zürich must arrive by 3pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5pm.

Day 2: Breisach, Germany

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

CLASSIC: Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting

-OR-

DISCOVERY: Join a full-day Guided Visit to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.

Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B, L, D)

Day 3: Strasbourg, France

Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages

CLASSIC: Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to beautiful Alsace for an afternoon in a French wine country village.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. Sample local culinary specialties, such as Tarte flambée.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN (B,L, D)

Day 4: Ludwigshafen, Germany

Philosophers’ Views, a Hilltop Castle, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

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,”

-OR-

ACTIVE: Join your Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

You’ll have free time to stroll or shop in Heidelberg this afternoon.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM (B, L, D)

Day 5: Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY: Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

DISCOVERY: Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.

Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ (B, L, D)

Day 6: Koblenz

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet

CLASSIC: Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments

-OR-

CLASSIC: Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour.

You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion this afternoon to visit Koblenz’s geopark, and learn about the region’s volcanic geological history.

Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL (B, L, D)

Day 7: Bernkastel

Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses.

DISCOVERY: Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH (B, L, D)

Day 8: Remich, Luxembourg

The Lofty Landscapes of Luxembourg

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TRIER (B, L, D)

Day 9: Trier, Germany

Ancient Worlds, and Old World Charm

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Sightseeing tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city center

-OR-

CLASSIC: Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM (B, L, D)

Day 10: Cochem

Reichsburg Castle, Riesling Wine, and the Charm of the Moselle Valley

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem’s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B, L, D)

Day 11: Cologne

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

CLASSIC: Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral

-OR-

DISCOVERY: Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT SAILING TO AMSTERDAM (B, L, D)

Day 12: Amsterdam, Holland

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

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

During tulip season (April-May), you may take an OPTIONAL Guided 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 an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Alternatively, choose an OPTIONAL City Biking Tour to discover the countryside.

You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B, L, D)

Day 13: Amsterdam (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • In the rare event that the high-speed train is unavailable, alternative arrangements will be made.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

Departure Dates

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PERSON sharing a twin cabin.

Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

From Amsterdam (WHZ)
Cruise Start Date
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ window

Category D - Lower Deck aft w/ window
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony
Category P Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
May 20, 2020
Visionary
$5,599
$5,941
$7,569
$7,655
$7,826
$9,369
Jun 13, 2020
Visionary
$5,499
$5,841
$7,469
$7,555
$7,726
$9,269
Jun 28, 2020
Artistry II
$5,499
$5,841
$7,469
$7,555
$7,726
$9,269
Aug 12, 2020
Visionary
$5,399
$5,741
$7,369
$7,455
$7,626
$9,169
Sep 11, 2020
Artistry II
$5,599
$5,941
$7,569
$7,655
$7,826
$9,369
Oct 11, 2020
Visionary
$5,399
$5,741
$7,369
$7,455
$7,626
$9,169
 
From Basel (WZH)
Cruise Start Date
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ window

Category D - Lower Deck aft w/ window
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony
Category P Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Jun 1, 2020
Visionary
$5,499
$5,841
$7,469
$7,555
$7,726
$9,269
Jul 10, 2020
Artistry II
$5,399
$5,741
$7,369
$7,455
$7,626
$9,169
Jul 31, 2020
Visionary
$5,399
$5,741
$7,369
$7,455
$7,626
$9,169
Aug 30, 2020
Artistry II
$5,499
$5,841
$7,469
$7,555
$7,726
$9,269
Sep 29, 2020
Visionary
$5,499
$5,841
$7,469
$7,555
$7,726
$9,269
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges: Additional $312 per passenger.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.
Transfers at the Start/End of the Program are available for purchase. Please inquire for details.

Prices Include:

Daily
• 7-night Cruise in selected cabin category
• Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D)
• Captain's welcome and farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
• Welcome Dinner
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Farewell Dinner
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner onboard
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Daily guided sightseeing program outlined on the itinerary conducted by Certified Local Guides
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port Charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Other personal expenses

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