The Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam to Basel

  • 13 Days

  • Netherlands

Begin this exciting European adventure with a relaxing cruise through Amsterdam’s enchanting canals. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, Luxembourg City and Strasbourg; see the Roman ruins at Trier, and the unique Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary Lorelei rock and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, visit pretty Bernkastel, and enjoy excursions to majestic Heidelberg and to Germany's legendary Black Forest.

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 7

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

of 13 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 10th April 2018

Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Amsterdam canals Cruise the elegant grachten, lined with elegant stately homes, by canal boat.
Strasbourg Explore the half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros and waterfront promenade of the La Petite France district.
Breisach Visit the workshop of a local woodcarver and clock maker in Germany's iconic Black Forest.

Day 1

Amsterdam (Embarkation)

On arrival you will be met and transferred to the ship. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Amsterdam

Included today: 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 that date back to Amsterdam's 'Golden Age'. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or join in one of a number of optional excursions on offer.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Cologne

Included today: Choice of guided city 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 check out the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts 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

Koblenz

Included today: choice of guided city walk or visit Sayn Manor House. At the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business centre of the Middle Rhine region. Join a Local Guide for a walking tour of the city, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments; or visit nearby Sayn manor house, belonging to the counts of the same name. This afternoon, 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 producing area.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Bernkastel

Included today: guided walk; on board 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 a guided walk that includes the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall, built in 1608, and the 'pointed house', built in 1416. Wine makers in this area look after Germany's largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. Before dinner enjoy an onboard tasting of some of the local wines.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Thionville

Included today: Choice of guided sightseeing or visit the Maginot Line. Today, the choice is yours. Join an excursion to Metz, a city with a rich history and many cultural and architectural gems, or history buffs may prefer to participate in an excursion to a nearby area of the Maginot Line, which stretched from Switzerland to the Belgian border. The line was composed of huge fortresses with smaller defensive posts or simple blockhouses. Return to your vessel in time for lunch. The afternoon is free with the possibility to join an optional excursion.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Remich

Included today: Guided sightseeing of Luxembourg City; choice of guided sightseeing in Trier or 'Roman Trier', see the Porta Negra. 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. At the head of the Moselle Valley is Trier, 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 amphitheatre; the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement, which still gives access to the town's centre; 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Beilstein

Included today: excursion to Eltz Castle. A leisurely day today - free time this morning to explore the quaint little town of Beilstein. Then this afternoon visit medieval Eltz Castle, still today owned by a branch of the family who lived there in the 12th century.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim.

Included today: Cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. A highlight this morning after breakfast: cruise through 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. Then, arrive in Rüdesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit Siegfried's 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. Enjoy a special treat, then there's free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestoned Drosselgasse, where colourful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Heidelberg - Speyer

Included today: Guided visit to Heidelberg Castle visit. This morning an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a local expert, 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, known as 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 ship in Speyer one of Germany's oldest cities. 

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Strasbourg

Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and gothic cathedral. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Noteworthy sights include the Gothic Cathedral, the lovely Petite France district, Place Kléber, and Place Gutenberg with its statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion to the Alsace wine region is available. After dinner tonight, enjoy an onboard woodcarving demonstration.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Breisach.

Included today: 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 unrivalled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense the local residents describe them as black. The region is best known for its cuckoo clocks, Black Forest ham and Black Forest Gateaux. Perhaps visit the workshop of a local wood carver and clock maker, or visit an open-air museum to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Basel (Disembarkation)

Disembark and transfer to Basel airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

Avalon Felicity

Avalon Felicity combines the intimate feeling of a small ship while providing the space passengers have come to expect from the fleet. Avalon Felicity accommodates 138 passengers and has four suites and 65 staterooms, all of which are spacious and well appointed, and many of which have floor-to-ceiling windows providing superb views throughout your river cruise. Her staterooms are among the largest available on European river cruise ships and are equipped to provide the highest levels of comfort. On the sun deck, as well as plenty of space to watch the world go by, there is also a Jacuzzi to take a refreshing dip in while you cruise. Guests have the use of a lift to reach the staterooms.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 39
  • Number of cabins: 69
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 138 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: 2010
Available cabins on this cruise
Avalon Suite

Avalon Suites feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, spacious living area, Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 258 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom (Cat P, A, B)

These staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, flatscreen satellite TV with film channels & radio, comfortable, hotel-style beds, Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, easy under-bed luggage storage, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom (Cat E)

These staterooms have Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, easy under-bed luggage storage, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

Avalon Felicity combines the intimate feeling of a small ship while providing the space passengers have come to expect from the fleet. Avalon Felicity accommodates 138 passengers and has four suites and 65 staterooms, all of which are spacious and well appointed, and many of which have floor-to-ceiling windows providing superb views throughout your river cruise. Her staterooms are among the largest available on European river cruise ships and are equipped to provide the highest levels of comfort. On the sun deck, as well as plenty of space to watch the world go by, there is also a Jacuzzi to take a refreshing dip in while you cruise. Guests have the use of a lift to reach the staterooms.

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