Ladies Romantic Rhine
8 Day Basel to Amsterdam!
June 6-13, 2020 Escorted by Shelley
Romance: a feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life.
Sailing the Rhine
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences! We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP!
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner Wine, beer, and soft drinks included with Lunch and Dinner!
DAY 1 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION) (D)
Welcome to Switzerland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding!
Flights into Zürich must arrive by 3 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.
EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH
BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST (B,L,D)
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.
Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a free afternoon in Breisach.
EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
DAY 3 STRASBOURG, FRANCE (B,L,D)
Gothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages
Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.
Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG (B,L,D)
Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine
Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel,” OR:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.
Alternatively enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon and join our included tour.
Turning the Pages of History
Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ
DAY 5 RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE (B,L,D)
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.
Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.
Travel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History
Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ
DAY 6 COLOGNE (B,L,D)
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.
Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
DAY 7 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (B,L,D)
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam!
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. You may also choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside.
Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM!
DAY 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION) (B)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
Pricing (cruise only)
Category E- 3811.00 per person double occupancy
Category D- add 249.00 pp
Category B- add 1299.00 pp
Category A- add 1349.00 pp
Category P - add 1499.00 pp
Taxes 238.00 per person Transfers 90.00 per person
Single space is very limited. Please contact Shelley for pricing.
Optional Avalon tour extension: add Lucerne 2 nights pre-cruise!
(Ask Shelley for details)
It is also recommended to add pre-nights in Zurich (we fly into Zurich) and/or post nights in Amsterdam for your own exploration! Shelley can assist with this.
Maximum group size 22 4 SPOTS LEFT! 1 female looking for a roommate
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS NOT INCLUDED AND IS STRONGLY ADVISED FOR CANCELLATION AND OUT OF COUNTRY MEDICAL.
A VALID PASSPORT IS REQUIRED AND MUST BE VALID 6 MONTHS AFTER DATE OF RETURN.
A non-refundable* deposit of 250.00 is due upon booking. Deposits can be made over the phone by credit card or contact Shelley for an appointment.
Final payment* will be due February, 2020. Air payment or deposit may be due before that time.
* After final payment trip is non-refundable.
In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.