Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

  • 8 Days

  • Netherlands

One of Europe's most legendary rivers awaits on this captivating journey along the Rhine. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam and guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany's iconic Black Forest and to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town, to explore its imposing castle. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, past the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Services of a cruise director
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 4th November 2017

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Amsterdam Cruise the elegant grachten by canal boat, lined with grand stately homes.
Rüdesheim Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
Strasbourg Explore the half-timbered houses, quaint shops and inviting bistros of the La Petite France district.
Breisach Take an excursion to the Black Forest or visit a Black Forest open-air museum.

Day 1

Amsterdam (Embarkation)

Travel to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for seven nights. Later, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Amsterdam

Included today: Canal cruise. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten, lined with stately homes that date back to Amsterdam's 'Golden Age'. There's free time in the city this afternoon to explore on your own. Later, bid 'tot ziens' (farewell) to Holland and set sail for Germany.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Cologne

Included today: Choice of Guided city walk or Jewish Cologne tour. Enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching Cologne in the afternoon. One of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine and is dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent Gothic cathedral. This afternoon, choose between an included guided city walk or a 'Jewish Cologne' tour. 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Koblenz - Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim

Included today: Guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Overlooking the Deutsches Eck, where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet, 2,000 year old Koblenz is the cultural and business centre of the Middle Rhine region. After a walking tour with a local guide, cruise the dramatic Rhine Gorge, an incredibly beautiful stretch of river where quaint, fairytale castles stand sentry on the steep, terraced banks. Pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, where it is thought the sweet songs of sirens lured enchanted sailors to their doom. Reaching Rüdesheim, enjoy a visit to the fascinating Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and free time to explore the Drosselgasse.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Mainz & Heidelberg

Included today: Mainz guided walk and Gutenberg Museum, Heidelberg Castle visit. Situated on the left bank of the Rhine, opposite the mouth of the Main River, Mainz is Germany's largest and most important wine town. Join your local guide for a guided walk through the Old Town to see the Carnival Fountain on the Schillerplatz and visit the Gutenberg Museum, a tribute to Gutenberg, father of modern printing, who was born here. After lunch, head to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a local guide, visit the imposing castle ruins, built of red sandstone and towering above the city, and see the Great Vat - the world's largest wine barrel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Strasbourg

Included today: Guided sightseeing. 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 and is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. On your guided sightseeing, visit the monumental red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and stained-glass windows and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timbered, houses, shops and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring the Place Kleber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg. After dinner tonight, enjoy an on-board woodcarving demonstration.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

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 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 the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Basel (Disembarkation)

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Your ship

Avalon Tranquility II

The Avalon Tranquility II accommodates 128 passengers. Its intimate setting features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, perfect for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party in the spacious sitting area. Onboard amenities and services include complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and a spacious Sky Deck with shade system, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches of light grill fare.

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: 2015
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 Tranquility II accommodates 128 passengers. Its intimate setting features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, perfect for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party in the spacious sitting area. Onboard amenities and services include complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and a spacious Sky Deck with shade system, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches of light grill fare.

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