Paris, Moselle & the Rhine - Paris to Amsterdam

Price per person
from £2,521

Price based on
London Gatwick
8th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • France

  • River cruise

Experience France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Holland on this diverse cruise. Your adventure starts with a two-night stay in Paris with guided sightseeing included. Take the high-speed train from Paris to Metz or Luxembourg City, then travel to Remich to board your river vessel. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Trier, the oldest city in Germany. Cruise through the beautiful Rhine Gorge and pass the legendary Lorelei rock. Taste vintage wines in Bernkastel, explore Reichsburg Castle in Cochem and visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim. Explore Cologne and conclude your trip in Amsterdam, with time to explore on your own.

At a glance


Paris Enjoy guided sightseeing: stroll the Champs-Elysées or visit the world-famous Louvre museum.
Rhine Gorge Sail past Lorelei Rock, where the eponymous siren was believed to lure sailors to their doom.
Cologne Explore the Old Town and magnificent Gothic cathedral before departing for Amsterdam.

What's included

  • 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

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Paris

Day
1

Travel to Paris where you will be met and transferred to the Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Hotel or InterContinental (or similar) for two nights.

No meals included

Paris

Day
2

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Paris delights the senses. Your included city sightseeing shows you magnificent must see sights, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Paris - Remich (Embarkation) - Grevenmacher

Day
3

Included today: High-speed TGV train journey. This morning, board a high-speed train for a swift and comfortable journey to Metz or Luxembourg City. Continue by coach to Remich on the Moselle, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, before cruising to Grevenmacher.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Grevenmacher

Day
4

Owing to 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. Enjoy a tranquil afternoon of cruising or join an optional excursion to the Roman city of Trier.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bernkastel

Day
5

Included today: Guided sightseeing and Wine tasting. 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 an included guided walk that features the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall and the ‘pointed house’, built in 1416. Wine producers in this area look after Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. During your free time, you might like to visit the Moselle Wine Museum. This afternoon, enjoy a tasting of some of these well-loved German wines.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cochem

Day
6

Included today: Guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle. Cochem is a charming and picturesque town with half-timbered houses and winding streets full of history and legends that will be brought to life during your included guided walk. Visit Reichsburg castle, built in 1000 AD 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

Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge

Day
7

Included today: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; cruise through the Rhine Gorge. This morning arrive in pretty Rüdesheim, the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, a real surprise. Hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Later there is 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. Later cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river. 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cologne

Day
8

Included today: Guided sightseeing 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 check out 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

Amsterdam

Day
9

Included today: Amsterdam canal cruise. This morning, arrive in Amsterdam. Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, and lively marketplace 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 is plenty of free time to explore on your own.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Day
10

Disembark and transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris

The Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris sits among iconic Paris landmarks, 10 minutes' walk from the Champs-Élysées. Step back to the glamour of the 1930s as you indulge in the mosaic-decorated spa or soak up the Art Deco style at the Purple Bar. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    The hotel faces Parc Monceau, 15 minutes from the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord. The Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe are a few minutes' walk away. 

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Spa with 7 treatment rooms
    • Fitness room
    • Room service
    • Free WiFi
Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris

InterContinental Paris - Le Grand

Lavish historic charm in the heart of Paris. The hotel, which dates back to 1862, overlooks the famous Palais Garnier, home to the esteemed Paris Opera. Two acclaimed restaurants await you - Café de la Paix, with its rich history, and La Verrière, set in a beautiful winter garden. Official rating: 4 stars.

  • Location

    A 4-minute walk from Opera metro station.

  • Facilities

    • Spa
    • Fitness centre
    • Fine dining restaurant
    • Bar
    • Sauna

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel Hotel

This recently renovated hotel is a stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower and within easy reach of Paris' major attractions. Enjoy a bite to eat or a glass of wine with stunning views of Paris' most iconic landmark. Official rating: 4 stars.

  • Location

    Set in the heart of Paris, on the doorstep of the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero. 

  • Facilities

    • Fitness centre
    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Room service
    • WiFi

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.

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

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

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

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

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 on board

Age Restriction

Avalon Waterways do not accept bookings for children under 8. There are no special arrangements or activities on board for children and they cannot accept bookings from unaccompanied children under 18 years of age and any travellers under this age must share the adult’s accommodation.

Dietary Requirements

Avalon Waterways will try their best to accommodate dietary requirements if they are mentioned at the time of booking.

Disabled Facilities

Passengers must report any disability to Avalon before any reservation is made so that Avalon may advise whether they and/or their suppliers for any particular holiday are able to accommodate the passengers. Avalon may rely on the information provided to them by the passengers regarding the details of any disability in order to make a decision as to whether the passengers can be accommodated. Avalon will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled passengers, in accordance with the applicable laws.Not all sightseeing stops/sites accommodate wheelchairs and some locations and sightseeing activities require extensive standing, sitting or walking. Avalon is not responsible for any missed activities due to a participant’s inability to participate within a group.All of the ships have lifts, however they do not service the SkyDeck. Additionally most stateroom doors and bathrooms are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs, and bathrooms and other doorways may be fitted with coamings.For safety reasons passengers cannot be carried on ramps in ports when the ship is docked. In certain circumstances, they may ask that a disabled person or person with reduced mobility be accompanied by another person capable of providing any assistance required.

Dress Code

The dress code for dinner is casual and comfortable. The Welcome and Farewell Dinners give you a chance to dress up but are not formal.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted on transportation that is exclusively provided by Avalon. On European river cruise ships smoking is allowed only in specific outside areas where ash trays are available.

Deck Games Area

Relax after a long day and play a game with your fellow guests at the Game area towards the rear of the deck.

Fitness Centre

The ship is fitted with a fully equipped Fitness Centre for you to release some tension.

Hairdressing Salon

Visit the Hair Salon to pamper yourself with a new style by a professional hairdresser. Other treatments are available.

Observation Lounge

The Observation Lounge on the Royal Deck, gives guests a prime view to enjoy the premium spirits.

Sky Lounge & Bistro

On the Sun deck you will find the Sky Lounge, where you can relax and catch the sun's rays whilst enjoying a drink or snack from the nearby Sky Bistro. 

Internet Corner

Complimentary Wi-Fi access and free use of computers or laptops is available to help you stay in touch with friends and family.

Shore Excursions

On shore, Avalon includes a great range of comprehensive sightseeing excursions led by knowledgable Certified Local Guides. They also provide individual personal audio headsets to ensure you still have the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.

If you'd like to experience something slightly off the beaten track, they offer unique alternative excursions in select destinations. In many cities they also give you a choice of sightseeing pace: 'Traditional' to see all the major sights, 'Leisurely' available on walking tours when you want to take it slower, and 'Independent' allowing you to explore on your own. Have a chat with your Cruise Director to learn about the available options.

They even provide Nordic walking sticks to put that extra spring in your step!

Dining Room

The ship’s main venue is the Dining Room situated on the Sapphire deck. With an elegantly simple design, you can enjoy a full buffet breakfast or lunch with special options for those who wish to eat lightly, and delicious four-course dinners in the evening. 

Panorama Lounge & Bistro

The Panorama Lounge & Bistro, with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows for a stunning view, offers a casual atmosphere for guests to enjoy a variety of regional and tapas-style dishes, hand-paired with local wines.

Room Service

Room service is available for Continental breakfast & beverages.

Sky Bistro

On a sunny day, enjoy hand carved meats and expansive buffets including fresh salads and amazing homemade soups, all a view courtesy of our Sky Bistro.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Fitness Centre
  • Deluxe Staterooms

Deck 2

  • Observation Lounge & Bar
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Internet Centre
  • Reception
  • Atrium
  • Hairdressing Salon
  • Club Lounge
  • Royal Suites
  • Panorama Suites

Deck 3

  • Dining Room
  • Panorama Suites

Deck 4

  • Sky Lounge & Bistro
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Whirlpool
  • Premium Lounge Chairs and Shade Awnings
  • Deck Game Area

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