Romantic Rhine – Southbound

Romantic Rhine – Southbound 2016 / 2015

8 Day River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits on this mesmerizing journey along the Rhine. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany’s Black Forest and to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.

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Special Interest Cruises Available

We offer cruises tailored to your passions so you can experience the very essence of your destination. Click to learn more about what special interest is available on this cruise and to view the specific departure dates. These limited-edition, no additional cost cruises allow you to enhance your subject knowledge with expert onboard presentations and to mingle with others who share your same interests.


Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk

Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; excursion to Heidelberg; guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat

Day 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration

Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Enjoy a special treat in Rüdesheim.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel

NOTES:

  • Departures November 26 and December 10 are offered as exclusive Festive Time Cruises, including special features and visits to Christmas markets at no additional cost. Experience the holiday season the European way! Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local customs and traditions.
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Departure flights should not leave Zürich Airport before 10:00am.

  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.

    Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.

  • Personalized room options.

    Personalized room options.

  • Space to relax & unwind.

    Space to relax & unwind.

  • A lounge serving premium spirits.

    A lounge serving premium spirits.

  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center.

    Maintain your routine in the fitness center.

  • Alternate lunch option - Sky Bistro.

    Alternate lunch option - Sky Bistro.

  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.

    Chef-inspired regional recipes.

  • Four-course dinners with open seating.

    Four-course dinners with open seating.

  • Complimentary wine at dinner.

    Complimentary wine at dinner.

  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.

    Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.

  • Panoramic windows throughout every ship.

    Panoramic windows throughout every ship.

  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout.

    Elegant, contemporary design throughout.

  • Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.

    Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.

  • Premium L'Occitane bath products.

    Premium L'Occitane bath products.

  • Friendly, English speaking crew.

    Friendly, English speaking crew.

  • Light lunch alternative.

    Light lunch alternative.

  • Headsets for shore excursions.

    Headsets for shore excursions.

You see life differently. While others chase what’s popular, you follow your own path. At Avalon, we share your unique point of view. That’s why we've used our 85-plus years to design a cruise experience that’s just a bit different. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout.
  • Elegant, contemporary design.
  • Remarkable service.
  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station.
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos & lattes.
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits.
  • Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM.
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products.
  • Large bathrooms - showers with glass doors.
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels.
  • Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage.
  • Complimentary bottled water daily.
  • Choice of regional, Western and vegetarian dishes.
  • Daily early- and late-riser breakfasts.
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine.
  • Complimentary juices with breakfast.
  • Made-to-order egg station at breakfast.
  • Daily full breakfast buffet with hot/cold menu items.
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch.
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta and craving stations.
  • Alternate grill fare at the Sky Bistro (weather permitting).
  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.
  • Four-course dinners with open seating.
  • Nightly choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese.
  • Complimentary wine (including regional) at dinner.
  • Complimentary soft drinks or beer with dinner.
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm.
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards and games.
  • Headsets for shore excursions.
  • Professional Cruise Director.
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew.
  • Non-smoking interior.
  • Light dinners and wines in the Panorama Bistro on Suite Ships®.
  • And, much more.

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