The Rhine & Moselle - Southbound

Day 1 - Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation). Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland's capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes, restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. If your flight arrives early enough, you might like to take one of the optional excursions on offer. Then, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D)

NOTE:
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm
Day 2 - Amsterdam - Hoorn. After breakfast, set out to discover the treasures of this city by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's "Golden Age." At lunchtime, sail out of Amsterdam and head for Hoorn, situated on the Ijsselmeer north of Amsterdam. Choose from a GUIDED WALK of this charming town that gave its name to Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America, or an excursion to Edam, whose cheese of the same name has become famous worldwide and where cheese markets are still held in the summer months. A GUIDED WALK shows you the Old Town center, which still has lovely characteristic Waterland houses, You'll also see the Beemster Polder, the first in the Netherlands that was reclaimed from a lake, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Kinderdijk. This morning, stop in Kinderdijk, a quintessential Dutch scene with its 19 splendid windmills standing on reclaimed polder land between the Rivers Lek and Noord. Windmills have become a symbol of Holland, and a visit to one of these WINDMILLS will explain their function as pumps when the water was drained from the polders around 1740s. Be sure to take photos, then after some free time, rejoin your ship for lunch. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of cruising on your way to Cologne. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Cologne, Germany. One of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a GUIDED CITY WALK or a JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. Later, during free time, perhaps check out the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built"a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with cafes, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years, and shop for a bottle of "4711," the original eau de cologne. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Koblenz. At the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. Join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the city, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments; or visit nearby SAYN MANOR HOUSE, belonging to the counts of the same name. This afternoon, as you cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River, it quickly becomes obvious why the Moselle Valley is famous for its beautiful and tranquil scenery, and that this is an important wine-growing area. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Trier. At the head of the Moselle Valley 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. A choice of GUIDED CITY SIGHTSEEING or the more history-focused "ROMAN TRIER" guided tour, followed by some free time, gives you the opportunity to discover this magnificent town. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Luxembourg City. Because of its location and natural geography, Luxembourg City has been a place of strategic military significance throughout history; the first fortifications were built as early as the 10th century. The city center occupies a picturesque site, perched high on precipitous cliffs that drop into the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Petrusse Rivers. A LOCAL GUIDE will acquaint you with this city whose layout is complex as it is set on two levels, straddling hills and dropping into the two river valleys. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Bernkastel, Germany. 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 a GUIDED WALK that includes the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall"built in 1608"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. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim. A highlight this morning after breakfast: 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. Then, arrive in Rudesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIED'S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to 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 there's 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 10 - Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg. Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is the city of Mainz, with "civilized" origins dating back to around 38 BC and evidence of settlements as far back as 300,000 BC. Today this is Germany's largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and during your GUIDED WALK you'll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a local expert, visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You'll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel. At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Strasbourg, France. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kleber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available. After dinner tonight, enjoy an onboard WOODCARVING demonstration. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest. Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border is the gateway to Germany's BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are cuckoo clocks, Black Forest ham, and Black Forest cherry cake. Choose to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver and clock maker, and purchase some locally made souvenirs, or visit an OPEN-AIR MUSEUM to see just how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   The Rhine & Moselle - Southbound
  Tour Code  
WARZ
  Tour Duration    13 Days
  Start City:   Amsterdam
  End City:   Basel
  Price From   USD $4,299.00   See in Cart
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Land Start Date Price From:
2016-10-18 USD $4,299.00 See in Cart
2017-05-07 USD $4,499.00 See in Cart
2017-06-04 USD $4,549.00 See in Cart
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    Gateway for departure is Zurich, Switzerland.

    Port charges:
    $252

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room from $250 to $330, in twin room from $152 to $185

    Extra nights per person in Zurich:
    in single room $155 to $205, in twin room $105 to $125

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

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    Category / Decks / Price
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    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,398

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    A / Sapphire Deck / $1,884
    P / Royal Deck / $2,055
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $3,255
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • Cruise: deluxe 12-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
    Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 Amsterdam - Hoorn. Excursion to Edam: canal cruise in Amsterdam; choice of guided walk in Hoorn or see the Beemster Polder and guided sightseeing in Edam
    Day 3 Kinderdijk: guided visit of a windmill
    Day 4 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk
    Day 5 Koblenz: choice of guided city walk, see the Deutsches Eck; or visit Sayn Manor House
    Day 6 Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or "Roman Trier" sightseeing, see the Porta Nigra
    Day 7 Luxembourg City: Guided sightseeing
    Day 8 Bernkastel: Guided walk
    Day 9 Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; enjoy a special treat
    Day 10 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk in Mainz, visit the Gutenberg Museum; guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat
    Day 11 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration
    Day 12 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver's workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum
    Day 13 Basel (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:
    • 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 cuckoo clock carving demonstration, and enjoy an onboard accordion music presentation.
  • Title
  • The Rhine & Moselle - Southbound
 
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