Romantic Rhine with 2 Nights in Lucerne (Southbound)

10 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Lucerne

Vacation Overview

Your 10-day river cruise vacation includes stays in Holland, Germany, France, and Switzerland—all beginning with your Avalon scenic river cruise embarking from Amsterdam. Before sailing down the Rhine River, you’ll enjoy a guided canal cruise through the colorful city of Amsterdam.

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 Rüdes-heim. You’ll take a guided tour of Rüdesheim’s outstanding Mechanical Music Museum.

Sail into Mainz for a city sightseeing, including a visit to the impressive Gutenberg Museum or choose an ex-cursion to nearby Heidelberg—and cruise to Strasbourg, France. Then, stop in 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 Ship® and continue your European va-cation tour with a visit to Mt. Pilatus and a walking tour in Lucerne. With services provided by Monograms®, you’ll have a Local Host® 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.

Itinerary

 

Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year.

Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

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Day 2 AMSTERDAM

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.

Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT Cruise to Cologne

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Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:

DISCOVERY 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!

Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KOBLENZ

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Day 4 KOBLENZ—RHINE GORGE

Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History

Enjoy free time in Koblenz this morning before sailing through the Rhine gorge to Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of the Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

RÜDESHEIM

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

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Day 5 MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, OR:

CLASSIC 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:

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

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Day 6 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Gothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages

CLASSIC 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 also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

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Day 7 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:

DISCOVERY 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.


You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

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Day 8 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)—MOUNT PILATUS—LUCERNE

Disembark your Avalon ship and join the Monograms portion of your vacation. Enjoy a special highlight excursion to Mount Pilatus. Journey almost 7,000 ft. (2,132 m) up for spectacular views over central Switzerland (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead). Later join a guided walking tour to explore beautiful Lucerne which includes Thorwaldsen’s poignant Lion Monument and the famous Chapel Bridge.

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Day 9 LUCERNE

Today, enjoy a day at leisure in Lucerne. Your Local Host can help you plan your day.

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Day 10 LUCERNE

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Vacation Highlights

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 4 Koblenz—Rhine Gorge—Rüdesheim: free time in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: choice of guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, or guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way

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

Day 7 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller

Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)—Mount Pilatus—Lucerne: excursion to Mount Pilatus (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead; guided walking tour in Lucerne with the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge

Day 9 Lucerne: full day at leisure

Day 10 Lucerne: your vacation ends this morning

  • 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.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Due to “Sail Amsterdam” departures August 8 & August 11 will start in Rotterdam instead of Amsterdam with modifications to the itinerary.

Hotels

Amsterdam

Moevenpick Amsterdam City

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Superior First-Class

A stylish 408-room hotel in the perfect location, this waterfront property offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The chic restaurant serves creative international cuisine and there is a fabulous bar serving drinks and light snacks which is also a great spot for a nightcap. For relaxation there is a Lifestyle Studio featuring a gym, Finnish sauna, bio sauna & ice fountain.

Lucerne

Renaissance

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Superior First-Class

A contemporary 87-room hotel set in an elegant turn-of-the-century building located in the heart of Lucerne. Amenities include a lively South American-inspired restaurant, hip cocktail bar, small fitness center, and a contemporary lounge area where complimentary tea and coffee can be enjoyed during the day.

Lucerne

The Hotel Lucerne

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Deluxe

Designed by the celebrated Parisian architect Jean Nouvel, the hotel is tranquilly and centrally situated next to a pleasant park in the heart of Lucerne. The KKL Culture and Congress Center, the historic quarter with its lake promenade and the train station are all accessible with a 5 minute walk. Celebrating simplicity and spirituality as much as elegance and refinement, the hotel aims to create a unique environment. This idea has been embraced wholeheartedly in the artistic interior which boldly incorporates an imaginative decor, creative features, and inventive touches such as pictures on the ceiling.

Lucerne

Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann

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First-Class

Comprised of 7 historic town houses, this delightful property is an oasis of charm and hospitality snuggled in the picturesque old town of Lucerne. Complimentary coffee/tea making facilities are available in the public area, the spacious lounge is an inviting place to relax and the hotel's two restaurants offer a choice of local specialties and international cuisine.

Dates and Prices

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The price listed does not include your airfare, taxes or fees. Once you click "Reserve Now", you will be able to receive an air quote and a final cruise quote.



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07/11/2020 07/20/2020 00711 Vista $4,620 $5,769 $6,819 NOT AVAILABLE   
07/14/2020 07/23/2020 00714 Expression $4,620 $5,769 $6,819 NOT AVAILABLE   
07/18/2020 07/27/2020 00718 Panorama $4,620 $5,769 $6,819 NOT AVAILABLE   
07/25/2020 08/03/2020 00725 Vista $4,620 $5,769 $6,819 NOT AVAILABLE   
08/08/2020 08/17/2020 00808 Vista $4,620 $5,769 $6,819 NOT AVAILABLE   
08/11/2020 08/20/2020 00811 Expression $4,620 $5,769 $6,819 NOT AVAILABLE   
08/22/2020 08/31/2020 00822 Vista $4,620 $5,769 $6,819 NOT AVAILABLE   
08/23/2020 09/01/2020 00823 Artistry II $4,620 $5,769 $6,819 NOT AVAILABLE   
08/25/2020 09/03/2020 00825 Expression $4,620 $5,769 $6,819 NOT AVAILABLE   
08/29/2020 09/07/2020 00829 Panorama $4,620 $5,769 $6,819 NOT AVAILABLE   
09/05/2020 09/14/2020 00905 Vista $4,820 $5,969 $7,019 NOT AVAILABLE   
09/08/2020 09/17/2020 00908 Expression $4,870 $6,019 $7,069 NOT AVAILABLE   
09/12/2020 09/21/2020 00912 Panorama $4,870 $6,019 $7,069 NOT AVAILABLE   
09/15/2020 09/24/2020 00915 Impression $4,870 $6,019 $7,069 NOT AVAILABLE   
09/19/2020 09/28/2020 00919 Vista $4,870 $6,019 $7,069 NOT AVAILABLE   
09/26/2020 10/05/2020 00926 Panorama $4,870 $6,019 $7,069 NOT AVAILABLE   
09/29/2020 10/08/2020 00929 Impression $4,870 $6,019 $7,069 NOT AVAILABLE   
10/03/2020 10/12/2020 01003 Vista $4,820
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10/06/2020 10/15/2020 01006 Expression $4,770 $5,919 Sold Out Reserve Now
10/10/2020 10/19/2020 01010 Panorama $4,670
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$5,069
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10/17/2020 10/26/2020 01017 Vista $4,520 $5,669 $6,719 Reserve Now
10/20/2020 10/29/2020 01020 Expression $4,669
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10/24/2020 11/02/2020 01024 Panorama $4,324
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10/31/2020 11/09/2020 01031 Vista $4,128
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$5,277
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11/04/2020 11/13/2020 01104 Tranquility II Sold Out $5,177
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$6,227
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11/21/2020 11/30/2020 01121 Vista $3,828
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$4,977
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$6,027
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11/28/2020 12/07/2020 01128 Panorama $3,978
$3,728
$5,127
$4,877
$6,177
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12/05/2020 12/14/2020 01205 Vista $3,978
$3,728
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12/12/2020 12/21/2020 01212 Panorama $3,978
$3,728
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Special Interest Cruises Available

Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine with 2 Nights in Lucerne (Southbound) - 11/28/2020, 12/05/2020, 12/12/2020
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Gateway city for departures is Zürich, Switzerland.

Port charges:
$182

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:

in single room from $221 to $401, in twin room from $140 to $237

Extra nights per person in Lucerne:
in single room from $278 to $363,in twin room from $161 to $203

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,199

NOTES:
Special Interest Cruises: Festive November 28 & December 5 & December 12, Jewish Heritage July 21



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