2019 : The Rhine & Moselle - Northbound (WZRA) - Visionary

13 Day River Cruise Basel to Amsterdam

Embark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and explore everything the Moselle and Rhine Rivers have to offer as you stop at interesting and unique cities in France and Germany-and end in lively Amsterdam, Holland.

At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach-known to be the gateway to Germany's famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg's castle, towering magnificently over the city, then head for the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rudesheim.

Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel! Here, you'll go on a guided walk and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Visit a medieval castle, then sail back into the Rhine and explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River.

Your river cruise vacation ends in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city's "Golden Age." Don't miss your chance to discover the treasures you'll cherish along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest : Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 3 Strasbourg : Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 4 Ludwigshafen. Excursion to Heidelberg : Guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat
Day 5 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge : Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge
Day 6 Koblenz : Choice of guided sightseeing or visit Sayn Manor House
Day 7 Bernkastel : Guided walk; wine tasting
Day 8 Thionville : Choice of guided tour in Metz, or excursion to the Maginot Line area
Day 9 Grevenmacher. Excursion to Trier : Choices of guided tour, or "Roman Trier" tour, see the Porta Nigra
Day 10 Beilstein-Treis-Karden : Free time in Beilstein; excursion to a medieval castle
Day 11 Cologne : Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 12 Amsterdam : Canal cruise
Day 13 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits┬«
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1

    (D)

    BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)

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

    Flights into Zurich must arrive by 3 pm.

    Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

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

    EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

    Day 2

    (B, L, D)

    BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

    History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
    Classic Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, 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 Bavarian butter-making demonstration.
    Follow your visit to Colmar 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

    Day 3

    (B, L, D)

    STRASBOURG, FRANCE

    Gothic Giants and 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 a Guided Optional 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 flambee.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

    Day 4

    (B, L, D)

    LUDWIGSHAFEN. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION

    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,"
    You'll have free time to stroll or shop in Heidelberg this afternoon.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM

    Day 5

    (B, L, D)

    RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE

    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
    Discovery Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.
    Discovery Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
    Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ

    Day 6

    (B, L, D)

    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 a Guided Optional 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

    Day 7

    (B, L, D)

    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.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO THIONVILLE

    Day 8

    (B, L, D)

    THIONVILLE, FRANCE

    Ornate Palaces, Opera Houses, and Old Battle Lines
    Classic Visit the historic Maginot Line-pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, OR:
    Classic Join a Guided Excursion to Metz-a city with 3,000 years of history-to see its gothic cathedral, Imperial Palace, and France's oldest opera house.
    You can choose to follow your excursion to Metz with a Guided Optional Excursion to the regal city of Nancy-with its gilded grand square and 18th-century Place Stanislas.

    Alternatively, consider an afternoon bike ride on your own to leisurely explore Thionville.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GREVENMACHER

    Day 9

    (B, L, D)

    GREVENMACHER. EXCURSION TO TRIER

    Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine

    This morning you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Luxembourg City-with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.
    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.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BEILSTEIN

    Day 10

    (B, L, D)

    BEILSTEIN, GERMANY

    The Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle

    Enjoy free time in Beilstein-known as the "Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle" for its castle-dotted hills, vineyards, and inviting village of the Moselle River Valley.

    Go for a morning bike ride through the unspoiled 15th-century buildings and chiming church bells before sailing to Treis-Karden.

    TREIS-KARDEN
    Stiftskirche Steeples and Soaring Castles
    Classic Join a Guided Tour to explore a medieval castle towering on the slopes above the Moselle River.
    Take some free time to stroll through the romantic village before enjoying live entertainment on board tonight.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

    Day 11

    (B, L, D)

    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 Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! Local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT SAILING TO AMSTERDAM

    Day 12

    (B, L, D)

    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

    Colorful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age
    Classic Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age."
    Join a Guided Optional Bike Excursion in the Dutch 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

    Day 13

    (B)

    AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Call (828) 345-5000 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14029935

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2018
    Duration
    13 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Visionary

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Basel  
    Day 2Breisach  
    Day 3Strasbourg  
    Day 4Ludwigshafen  
    Day 5Rhine Gorge  
    Day 6Koblenz  
    Day 7Bernkastel  
    Day 8Thionville  
    Day 9Grevenmacher  
    Day 10Karden  
    Day 11Cologne  
    Day 12Amsterdam  
    Day 13Amsterdam  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    07/21/2019Quote
    10/13/2019Quote
    Disclaimer

    Gateway for arrival is Zurich, Switzerland.

    Port charges:
    $312

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Zurich:
    in single room from $185 to $349, in twin room from $120 to $208

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $341
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1970
    A / Sapphire Deck / $2055
    P / Royal Deck / $2227
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $3770

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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