The Rhine & Moselle - Northbound

Day 1 - Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland. Transfer to Basel (Embarkation). Welcome to Switzerland. (D)

NOTE:
Flights into Zurich must arrive before 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2 - Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest. Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach 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 Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for a visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the OPEN-AIR MUSEUM of Vogtbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Strasbourg, France. This morning, wake up in Strasbourg. Situated on the border of France and Germany, this city 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. In fact, on your WALKING TOUR you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. 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 to the Alsace wine region is available today. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany - Mainz. This morning an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, which was founded in 1386. 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! Rejoin your vessel in time for lunch, and sail to Mainz. Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers, Mainz is Germany's largest and most important wine market and is also the birth place of Gutenberg, father of modern printing. There is time to explore on your own: stroll through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge. Pretty Rudesheim is a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Here, visit SIEGFRIED'S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, where 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 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. Downstream from Rudesheim is 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. Enjoy an afternoon relaxing on board. The confluence of the Moselle and Rhine is at Koblenz and here you enter the Moselle River, some 312-miles long, rising in the Vosges Mountains of northeastern France and entering Germany at Trier. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Trier. Disembark after breakfast for an excursion to the venerable episcopal city of Trier. At the head of the Moselle Valley, Trier is 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. Trier's most famous son was socialist revolutionary Karl Marx. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Luxembourg. Because of its location and natural geography, Luxembourg City has, throughout history, been a place of strategic military significance, the first fortifications having been 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. The entire Moselle Valley is famous for its beautiful and tranquil scenery, and in the middle of this region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its well-preserved 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 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 local Wine Museum to learn more about the history of the region's wine. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Koblenz - Konigswinter. Situated 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. Here, join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the city, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. Later, enjoy some free time in the city; alternatively, opt to visit nearby SAYN MANOR HOUSE, belonging to counts of the same name. Later, your ship sails to Konigswinter, located at the foot of Drachenfels mountain, where you remain docked this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Cologne. Early this morning, arrive in Cologne. One of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of 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 be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! Before lunch set sail for Holland and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Kinderdijk, Holland. 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 1740. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Hoorn - Amsterdam. North of Amsterdam and situated on the Ijsselmeer is Hoorn, a charming town that gave its name to Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America. Choose from a GUIDED WALK of this town or an excursion to Edam, whose cheese of the same name has become famous worldwide. 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. Rejoin your ship and sail to Amsterdam. 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." (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Amsterdam (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   The Rhine & Moselle - Northbound
  Tour Code  
WZRA
  Tour Duration    13 Days
  Start City:   Basel, Zurich
  End City:   Amsterdam
  Price From   USD $4,299.00   See in Cart
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Pricing (Per Person)

Land Start Date Price From:
2016-10-06 USD $4,299.00 See in Cart
2017-07-02 USD $4,499.00 See in Cart
2017-09-16 USD $4,899.00 See in Cart
2017-10-24 USD $4,299.00 See in Cart
    Gateway for arrival 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 Zurich:
    in single room $155 to $205, in twin room $105 to $125

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

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

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Luminary
    Category / Decks / Price
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1,113
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1,198
    P / Royal Deck / $1,370
    Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $2,398

    Visionary
    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo / Deck / $341
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1,798
    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 Zurich - Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 Breisach: excursion to the Black Forest or visit a Black Forest open-air museum
    Day 3 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
    Day 4 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 Excursion to Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or "Roman Trier," see the Porta Nigra in Trier
    Day 7 Luxembourg City: guided sightseeing
    Day 8 Bernkastel: guided walk
    Day 9 Koblenz: choice of guided sightseeing or visit Sayn Manor House
    Day 10 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk
    Day 11 Kinderdijk: visit a windmill
    Day 12 Hoorn - Amsterdam: choice of guided walk in Hoorn or excursion to Edam and the Beemster Polder; canal cruise in Amsterdam
    Day 13 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:
    • 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.
    • Arrival flights into Zurich must arrive before 3 pm.
  • 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 - Northbound
 
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