Romantic Rhine plus Lucerne pre cruise

  • 10 Days

  • Switzerland

Your river cruise journey begins with a in the beautiful Swiss city of Lucerne and ends in Amsterdam. Along the way, you can explore Germany’s Black Forest at the foot of the Kaiserstuhl Mountain, discover the ancient murals and astronomical clock of Strasbourg’s old town, visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle and stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. You’ll pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, past Lorelei Rock, where the eponymous siren was said to lure sailors to their death in once-rocky waters. Soak up the Gothic architecture of Cologne before departing for the calm canals of Amsterdam.

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 2nd November 2018

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Breisach Excursion to the Black Forest or visit a Black Forest open air museum
Strasbourg Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral. On board wood carving demonstration
Rüdesheim – Koblenz Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; cruise through the Rhine Gorge and join a guided walk of Koblenz

Day 1

Lucerne

Included today: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this delightful town on the Reuss River.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Lucerne

On your guided walk this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive Lion Monument, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit church. This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Lucerne – Basel (Embarkation)

This morning, visit Swiss Museum of transport, in the afternoon, a short transfer takes you to Basel to board your river cruise vessel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Breisach

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. 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Strasbourg

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 Kléber, 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, optional excursions into the Alsace wine country or to the Black Forest are available.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Excursion to Heidelberg – 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, and during a guided walk you’ll visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Rüdesheim – 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. Downstream from Rüdesheim is 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 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

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-steeples gothic cathedral. Choose between an included guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk. 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 9

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 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Return 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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