The Best Of Switzerland With Romantic Rhine

Day 1 - Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland. Welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 2 - Zurich - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - St. Moritz. Orientation walk of Zurich's Old Town and taste of traditional chocolate pralines at the Sprungli Confectionery. Stop in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. (B,D)
Day 3 - St. Moritz - Lake Como, Italy - Lugano, Switzerland. Travel via Lake Como to Lugano. (B)
Day 4 - Lugano - Stresa, Italy - Tasch, Switzerland - Zermatt. Stop in Stresa at Lake Maggiore and drive via Simplon Pass to Zermatt. (B)
Day 5 - Zermatt - Lake Geneva. Group picture with the famous Matterhorn in the background. Drive through the Rhone Valley to Lake Geneva. (B,D)
Day 6 - Lake Geneva - Berne - Interlaken - Lucerne. Guided sightseeing in Berne, see the Bear Park, the Rose Garden, and have lunch at a Swiss working farm. Travel via Interlaken to Lucerne. (B,L)
Day 7 - Lucerne. Morning walking tour: see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. Enjoy an included excursion to the top of Mount Pilatus and receive a souvenir cap. Farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 8 - Lucerne - Zurich - Basel (Embarkation). Morning transfer to Zurich and Basel to join your Avalon ship. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (B,D)
Day 9 - 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 10 - 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, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - 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. During a GUIDED WALK, you'll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - 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 water. 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 13 - 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 14 - 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 15 - Amsterdam (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   The Best Of Switzerland With Romantic Rhine
  Tour Code  
XZG5
  Tour Duration    15 Days
  Start City:   Zurich
  End City:   Amsterdam
  Price From   USD $5,518.00   See in Cart
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2018-04-22 USD $5,698.00 See in Cart
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    Prices based on double room occupancy.

    Single room supplement:
    $260

    Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Zurich:
    in single room $149, in twin $100

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room $235-$305, in twin room $135-$170

    Cruise Details:
    Port charges:
    $168

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only..

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    Category / Decks / Price
    B / Sapphire Deck / $649
    A / Sapphire Deck / $699
    P / Royal Deck / $799
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,499

    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 / $1,999
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • Day 1 Zurich: arrive in Zurich, welcome dinner
    Day 2 Zurich - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - St. Moritz: orientation walk of the Old Town; taste Sprungli chocolate pralines; visit the capital of Liechtenstein
    Day 3 St. Moritz - Lake Como, Italy - Lugano, Switzerland: picture stop in Lake Como
    Day 4 Lugano - Stresa, Italy - Tasch, Switzerland - Zermatt: a stop in Stresa at Lake Maggiore; drive to Zermatt
    Day 5 Zermatt - Lake Geneva: drive through the Rhone Valley to Lake Geneva
    Day 6 Lake Geneva - Berne - Interlaken - Lucerne: guided walking tour, stop at the Bear Park and enjoy a panoramic view from the Rose Garden; lunch at a working farm; at Interlaken take pictures of the Jungfrau massif
    Day 7 Lucerne: walking tour including the Lion Monument and Capel Bridge; Mount Pilatus excursion receive a souvenir cap; farewell dinner
    Day 8 Lucerne - Zurich - Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): transfer to Zurich and Basel to join your Avalon Ship; onboard welcome reception
    Day 9 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a woodcarver's workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

    Day 10 Strasbourg:
    guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
    Day 11 Excursion to Heidelberg - Mainz: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat in Heidelberg; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
    Day 12 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 13 Cologne:
    choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk

    Day 14 Amsterdam:
    canal cruise

    Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation):
    your vacation ends this morning
  • Key Differences
  • AW_Always_Included_Europe_2018
  • Launch Date
  • 04/04/17 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Cruise Portion:
    • 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
    Land Portion:
    • Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch in Berne; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Zurich and a farewell dinner in Lucerne.
  • 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.
  • Title
  • The Best of Switzerland with Romantic Rhine
 
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