Romantic Rhine With Lucerne Extension - Northbound

Day 1 - Lucerne. Welcome to Lucerne! The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this delightful town on the Reuss River.
Day 2 - Lucerne. On your GUIDED WALK this morning, admire Thorwaldsen's impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own. (B)
Day 3 - Lucerne - Basel (Embarkation). This morning, another true Swiss experience: a trip to the top of nearby Mount Pilatus, the "Guard of Lucerne," for spectacular vistas over Lucerne, its lake, and the Alpine scenery. Departures WZAE 1019 to 1102 will visit the Swiss Museum of Transport, as transportation up Mount Pilatus will be closed for maintenance during this period. This afternoon, a short transfer takes you to Basel to board your river cruise vessel
Day 4 - 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. The area got its name because the pine forests are so dense, local residents described them as black. The most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks! You may opt to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Vogtsbauernhof Museum to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Strasbourg, France. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. 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. Explore 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. This afternoon, optional excursions into the Alsace wine country or to the Black Forest are available. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany - Mainz. This morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany's oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Visit the 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, it holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor on top of it! In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz, which today 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 is a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and during a GUIDED WALK you'll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge - Koblenz. This morning, dock in pretty 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, and enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT. 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 sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet"the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive statue of German Emperor William I. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of 2,000-year-old Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - 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 an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. 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! (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Amsterdam, Holland. Amsterdam, Holland. Welcome to 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 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's free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Amsterdam (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


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  Tour Name   Romantic Rhine With Lucerne Extension - Northbound
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  Tour Duration    10 Days
  Start City:   Lucerne, Zurich
  End City:   Amsterdam
  Price From   USD $3,095.00   See in Cart
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2017-03-31 USD $3,295.00 See in Cart
2017-04-06 USD $3,545.00 See in Cart
2017-04-13 USD $3,795.00 See in Cart
2017-04-14 USD $3,795.00 See in Cart
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    Gateway for arrival is Zurich, Switzerland.

    Port charges:

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Lucerne:
    in single room $369 to $443, in twin room $235 to $259

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room from $179 to $445, in twin room from $112 to $245

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

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    B / Sapphire Deck / $649
    A / Sapphire Deck / $699
    P / Royal Deck / $799
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,399

    Tranquility II/Imagery II
    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo / Deck / $199
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
    P / Royal Deck / $1,299
    Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1,899

    • Departure December 2 & 16 are offered as exclusive Festive Time Cruises, including special features and visits to Christmas markets at no extra cost. Experience the holiday season the European way! Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local customs and traditions.


  • City Highlights
  • Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
    Day 1 Lucerne: Welcome to Switzerland!
    Day 2 Lucerne: Guided sightseeing, see the Lion Monument, walk across CHAPEL BRIDGE
    Day 3 Lucerne - Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): excursion up Mt. Pilatus (departures October 19 to November 2 visit the Swiss Museum of Transport); onboard welcome reception
    Day 4 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a woodcarver's workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

    Day 5 Strasbourg:
    guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
    Day 6 Excursion to Heidelberg - Mainz: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat in Heidelberg; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
    Day 7 Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge - Koblenz: visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim and enjoy a special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz

    Day 8 Cologne:
    choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk

    Day 9 Amsterdam:
    canal cruise

    Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation):
    your vacation ends this morning
  • Key Differences
  • AW_Always_Included_Europe_2017
  • Launch Date
  • 04/05/16 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; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
    • Buffet breakfast daily while in Lucerne
  • Notes
  • NOTES:
    • Departures December 2 & 16 are offered as exclusive Festive Time Cruises, including special features and visits to Christmas markets at no extra cost. Experience the holiday season the European way! Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local customs and traditions.
    • 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.
    Enjoy a special coffee or wine tasting in Rudesheim.
  • Title
  • Romantic Rhine with Lucerne Extension - Northbound
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