Paris, Moselle & the Rhine - Amsterdam to Paris

  • 10 Days

  • Netherlands

Experience Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, and France on this compelling river cruise. Begin in Amsterdam with a relaxing cruise through its intricate network of canals. Then, into Germany to enjoy guided sightseeing and a visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in pretty Rüdesheim. Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, and enjoy superb views from Reichsburg Castle above the charming town of Cochem. Visit Luxembourg City and travel to Paris via high-speed train for guided sightseeing over two nights to round off this inspiring adventure.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

of 10 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 6th August 2018

Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Amsterdam canals Cruise along the elegant grachten of this iconic city, before departing for historic Cologne.
Rhine Gorge cruise Sail past Lorelei Rock, where the eponymous siren was believed to lure sailors to their doom.
Cochem Visit Reichburg castle, built in AD1000 and perched atop a vine-covered hill before departing for Paris.

Day 1

Amsterdam, Holland ( Embarkation )

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your ship. Then, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Amsterdam

Included today: Amsterdam canal cruise. 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'. Later, cruise out of Amsterdam and head for Germany.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Cologne: Choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk

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 visit the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artefacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years, and shop for a bottle of '4711', the original eau de cologne.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge

Included today: Cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim. This morning sail through the Rhine Gorge, the most dramatic and beautiful stretch of the 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. Further upstream is pretty Rüdesheim, the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum is 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. Later there's free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobble-stoned Drosselgasse, where colourful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Cochem

Included today: Guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle. This morning, 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. After lunch, arrive in Cochem, a charming, picturesque town with half-timbered houses and winding streets full of history and legends that will be brought to life during your guided walk. Visit Reichburg castle, built in 1000 A.D. 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Bernkastel

Included today: Guided walk in Bernkastel; wine tasting This morning dock in the middle of the Moselle region in 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 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. This afternoon you might like to visit the Wine Museum to learn more about the history of the region's wine. Before dinner, enjoy a pleasant included tasting of several of the region's varietals.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Grevenmacher - Remich: Excursion to Luxembourg City

Included today: Guided sightseeing Today enjoy a tranquil morning of cruising or join an optional excursion to the Roman city of Trier. After lunch drive to Luxembourg. 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 centre occupies a picturesque site, perched high on precipitous cliffs that drop into the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Pétrusse 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Remich, Luxembourg (Disembarkation) - Paris, France

Included today: High-speed TGV train journey; guided sightseeing Today, travel by coach to Luxembourg City or Metz to board a High Speed Train to Paris, and enjoy guided sightseeing upon arrival. Known as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included city sightseeing shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Paris

Included today: At leisure Today in your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre, Palace of Versailles or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacre Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colourful night-life that includes some of the world's most famous cabaret shows. All of this awaits your discovery.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Paris

Transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

Avalon Visionary

The Avalon Visionary delivers an intimate setting for 128 passengers, with two full decks of suites featuring wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform the living space into a unique open-air balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the changing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 37
  • Number of cabins: 64
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 128 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2012
Available cabins on this cruise
Royal Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, double sinks, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity, well-stocked minibar, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, a sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, and a writing desk.

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, a contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, writing desk, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity and a well-stocked minibar.

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom

These staterooms feature an alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, an elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, memory foam mattress toppers, soft and firm pillows, two windows, well-stocked minibar, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, nightly turn-down service, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, vanity and a writing desk.

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

The Avalon Visionary delivers an intimate setting for 128 passengers, with two full decks of suites featuring wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform the living space into a unique open-air balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the changing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.

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