Canals, Vineyards & Paris - Cruise Only Northbound

Day 1 - Remich, Luxembourg (Embarkation). This afternoon board your river cruise vessel and before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. (D)
Day 2 - Trier, Germany. The entire Moselle Valley is famous for its beautiful and tranquil scenery, and at its head is Trier, Germany's oldest city. Some say Trier is even older than Rome and that it was populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived. Many Roman remains have survived, including a 20,000-seat amphitheater; the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement, which still gives access to the town's center; imperial baths; and the Roman Bridge, Germany's oldest bridge, with stone pilings dating from 144-152 AD"all evidence of this once-grand Roman city. Trier also offers pleasant market squares, Germany's oldest Christian church, and a cornucopia of architectural styles"Roman, baroque, neo-classicism, renaissance, and gothic. Choose from an included GUIDED CITY SIGHTSEEING or the more history-focused "ROMAN TRIER" guided tour, followed by some free time, giving you the opportunity to really explore this magnificent town. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Bernkastel. In the middle of the Moselle region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages. Enjoy an included GUIDED WALK that features the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall and the "pointed house," built in 1416. Wine growers in this area look after Germany's largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. Perhaps visit the Wine Museum to learn more about the history of the region's wine, then, before dinner, enjoy a pleasant TASTING of several of the region's varietals. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Cochem. Cochem is a charming and picturesque town with half-timbered houses and winding streets full of history and legends that will be brought to life during your included GUIDED WALK. Visit REICHSBURG CASTLE, built in 1000 AD and furnished with renaissance and baroque furniture. Sitting dramatically atop a conical hill covered in vines, this castle offers splendid views of the little town nestled down below and of the river valley. Cochem is at the heart of the Moselle wine trade and, most notably, the Riesling grape is cultivated, producing a dry to sweet, floral white wine. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim. This morning, cruise through the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. After lunch, arrive in pretty Rudesheim, the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and visit SIEGFRIED'S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM"a real surprise! Here you'll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestoned Drosselgasse, where colorful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Dusseldorf. Dusseldorf lies in the center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region and is an international business and financial center, renowned for its fashion and trade fairs. Join a local expert for GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of this city. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Amsterdam, Holland. This morning, arrive in Amsterdam. Holland's sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. 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 is plenty of free time to explore on your own. Maybe do some shopping, relax at a cozy cafe or take one of several optional excursions on offer. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions of how to make the most of your stay. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Amsterdam (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Canals, Vineyards & Paris - Cruise Only Northbound
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  Tour Duration    8 Days
  Price From   USD $2,789.00   See in Cart
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2016-10-27 USD $2,789.00 See in Cart
2017-04-04 USD $2,849.00 See in Cart
2017-08-04 USD $2,849.00 See in Cart
2017-10-31 USD $2,789.00 See in Cart
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    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

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    Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

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    Category / Decks / Price
    B / Sapphire Deck / $649
    A / Sapphire Deck / $699
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    Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1,399

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    P / Royal Deck / $1,199
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,899

    NOTE:
    • Departure October 25 is offered as an exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
    Day 1 Remich (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or "Roman Trier" sightseeing, see the Porta Nigra
    Day 3 Bernkastel: guided walk, wine tasting
    Day 4 Cochem: guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle
    Day 5 Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; enjoy a special treat
    Day 6 Dusseldorf: Guided sightseeing
    Day 7 Amsterdam: canal cruise
    Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
  • Key Differences
  • AW_Always_Included_Europe_2016
  • Launch Date
  • 04/07/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
    • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes
    • 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 are included daily on board your vessel
  • Notes
  • NOTES:
    • Departure October 25 is offered as an exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.
    • 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 becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Scenic Highlights
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
    Attend a Tasting of the area's Famed Moselle Wine.
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  • Canals, Vineyards & Paris - Cruise Only Northbound
 
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