Apr 2017 - Nov 2017

8 Day Romantic Rhine

Avalon River Cruise starting in Amsterdam and finishing in Basel (Zurich)

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Read 54 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Avalon's 8 Day Romantic Rhine. One of Europe's most legendary rivers awaits on this fascinating journey. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Cologne, as well as an excursion to majestic Heidelberg and a canal...read more


Operator: Avalon
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 8 Days
From: Amsterdam to Basel (Zurich)
Tour Code: WAZ
Visits: Holland, Germany, Switzerland
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Day By Day


Arrive In Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated, modern capital. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, canals, and bike paths throughout the city make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. Perhaps you would like to take an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans with its traditional houses and Dutch craft workshops. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D) Please note: Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.


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 in the city this afternoon-you might like to join an optional biking tour (weather permitting). Later, bid tot ziens (farewell) to Holland and set sail for Germany. (B/L/D)

Cologne, Germany

Today, 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 known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. The Old Town abounds with cafes, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (B/L/D)

Koblenz - Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim

Situated 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. Here, join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. The dramatic RHINE GORGE is the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 122 metres (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. In Rudesheim, the quintessential 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. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT before returning to your ship for dinner. (B/L/D)

Mainz Excursion To Heidelberg

Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with "civilised" origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany's largest and most important wine market. Join your Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and you'll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a LOCAL GUIDE, 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, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel." At nearly 7 metres (23 feet) high and 8.5 metres (28 feet) wide, the cask holds over 260,000 litres (58,000 gallons) of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! (B/L/D)

Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, 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-timber houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kleber, 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. An optional excursion into Alsace wine country is available today. After dinner, enjoy an onboard WOODCARVING demonstration. (B/L/D)

Breisach, Germany 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 that local residents described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for a visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B/L/D)

Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B) Please note: Departure flights should not leave Zurich Airport before 10 am.

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • CRUISE: Deluxe 7-night cruise with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.
  • AMSTERDAM: Welcome reception; canal cruise.
  • COLOGNE: Choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk.
  • KOBLENZ - RHINE GORGE - RUDESHEIM: Guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat.
  • MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG: Guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; excursion to Heidelberg; guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat.
  • STRASBOURG: Guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration.
  • BREISACH. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST: Visit a local woodcarver's workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Your day-by-day itinerary indicates in UPPERCASE all inside visits, special features, and guided sightseeing. All included guided sightseeing is conducted by a Certified Local Guide. Choose the sightseeing pace that suits you: Leisurely, Traditional, or Independent (where available).
  • LOCAL FAVOURITES: Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
  • MEALS: are indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D); Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes; Welcome dinner; Daily Afternoon Tea; Daily Night Fare; Farewell dinner; Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.

Included Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land / cruise only. Flights not included

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: River Cruise
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Tips: Onboard Included, Local Guides Not Included
Shore Excursions: Some Included, Optionals Available
Flights: Earlybird Air Deals Available
Ship Style: Premium
Balconies: Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window
Free Onboard WiFi: Onboard
Drinks: Wine Included with Dinner, Beer & Spirits Included
* Source: Avalon for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual cruises and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (54)


Trip Date: 17/07/2016

“Relaxing time”

Very relaxing holiday with heaps to see and do. Wonderful crew on the Avalon Felicity who looked after us to a T. Upgraded us to a suite when the air conditioner in our room leaked. The food was first class and the choice of wine was perfect.

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Trip Date: 05/06/2016

“Plenty of 'ups', some 'downs'”

Most of the cruise was very enjoyable, with a comfortable standard of ship, food and service. Visits to towns along the way we're interesting though brief. Unfortunately the ship did not take us past Mannheim due to high water. Alternative arrangements were very efficient, but of course involved many hours of bus travel. River travel is subject to the vagaries of nature!

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Trip Date: 30/04/2016

“8 Day Rhine River cruise with Avalon”

The whole trip ran very smoothly and was well organised by the operator operator Avalon and its staff on board. I would happily travel, with Avalon on another river cruise. The ship was called Imagery II. It began cruises in 2016 , so everything on board was very new. Trip highlights :- All the included shore excursions esp Heidelberg. Optional excursion to tulip flower show at Keukenhof, Holland was stunning. Being a solo traveller, I appreciated the opportunity mix with all passengers and dine with different people at every single meal. I was never alone. All the meals were of excellent quality and most suited to me being a diabetic as I could choose easily between many options offered. My cabin was spacious and the bed was extremely comfortable. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole cruise.

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Trip Date: 10/10/2015

“We certainly recommend this cruise!”

We had an enjoyable, relaxing and fun Romantic Rhine River cruise. The quality of food and beverages was very good and the atmosphere was excellent. As the cruise ship which we on was quite new, the facilities were excellent. Booking our holiday was a breeze with Global Journeys and all inquires were quickly and professionally attended to by our cruise consultant, Emily. We certainly recommend this cruise! Thank you.

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