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9-nt European Waterways Avalon Vista

Itinerary

DayPorts of Call
1Amsterdam, Netherlands
2Amsterdam, Netherlands
3Cologne, Germany
4Rudesheim, Germany
5Mainz, Germany
6Strasbourg, France
7Breisach, Germany
8Lucerne, Switzerland
9Lucerne, Switzerland
10Lucerne, Switzerland

Know Before You Go

  • Pricing includes cruise portion only. For pre and post accommodations, please contact your PERX travel planner.
  • Please be discreet, do not discuss your industry discounts with other guests aboard your sailing.
  • Please ensure that you have your ID available when boarding.
  • We strongly suggest purchasing travel protection to cover medical expenses in the event that medical attention is required.

Your 10-day European river cruise vacation includes stays in Holland, Germany, France, and Switzerland-embarking from Amsterdam. Before sailing down the Rhine River, you'll enjoy a guided canal cruise through the Netherlands' colorful capital city of Amsterdam.

Visit the German capital city of fascinating Cologne, with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, or take a guided walking tour of important Jewish heritage sites. Next, you'll cruise to Koblenz-with 2,000 years of history in its monuments, fortress walls, and towers. Later, relax on the Sky Deck of your ship as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rudesheim. You'll take a guided tour of Rudesheim's intriguing Mechanical Music Museum.

Sail into Mainz for guided city sightseeing, including a visit to the impressive Gutenberg Museum and continue with an excursion to nearby Heidelberg. Cruise to the beautiful city of Strasbourg, France, then to Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany's Black Forest-an area of unrivaled natural beauty-best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

You'll sail to Basel, Switzerland, to disembark from your Avalon Suite Shipr and continue your European vacation tour with a visit to Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne. With services provided by Monogramsr, you'll have a Local Hostr to arrange your sightseeing, free-time recommendations, and any other assistance you need during your 2-night stay in Lucerne.

Your scenic river cruise on the romantic Rhine River, and complete vacation package in Switzerland are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Amsterdam: Canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne: Choice of Cologne highlightswalking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 4 Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim: Guided sightseeing in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat
Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: Guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided tour of Heidelberg, see the Great Vat
Day 6 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)-Mount Pilatus-Lucerne: Excursion to Mount Pilatus; guided walking tour in Lucerne
Day 9 Lucerne: Full day at leisure
Day 10 Lucerne: Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbitsr
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    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: Classic 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. Discovery 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. Active 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.
  • We've once again expanded Europe's youngest fleet! The Avalon Vista set sail in 2012, adding to our unique offering of Suite Ships. The Avalon Vista's two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Cruise along the legendary Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers, enjoying fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an expanded fitness center, Internet corner, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful open-air bistro.



    Ship Length: 443
    Total Staff: 47
    Guest Capacity: 166

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 Amsterdam: Canal cruise
    Day 3 Cologne: Choice of Cologne highlightswalking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
    Day 4 Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim: Guided sightseeing in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat
    Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: Guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided tour of Heidelberg, see the Great Vat
    Day 6 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
    Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
    Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)-Mount Pilatus-Lucerne: Excursion to Mount Pilatus; guided walking tour in Lucerne
    Day 9 Lucerne: Full day at leisure
    Day 10 Lucerne: Your vacation ends this morning