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  • Embrace your independent spirit with the freedom to discover the world without getting lost. Enjoy independent travel confidently with guided sightseeing, loads of free time, and a knowledgeable Monograms Local Host in each destination.

  • Happiness flows on an Avalon river cruise. From Asia to South America and Europe to the Nile, you’ll cruise in relaxed luxury with river cruising’s widest views of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.

2022 Season

Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with 1 Night in Amsterdam, Mount Pilatus, 1 Night in Lucerne, 3 Nights in Lake Como & 2 Nights in Milan (Southbound)


cruise: WAZ6-T1
15 Days from Amsterdam to Milan
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! Begin your Romantic Rhine vacation your way with a one-night stay in Amsterdam! Join us for a off-the-beaten-path guided walking tour through its cob-blestone streets before embarking on your Suite Ship®. Continue to explore this 700-year-old city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten, lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its Gothic architecture—will be an exciting stop with its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Cruise to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim and visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue your Rhine River cruise to Mainz for a guided walk and visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum, or take an excursion to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Before the end of your European river cruise vacation, stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest. Here, find unrivaled natural beauty in the area best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. At every stop, you’ll experience the magical charm of this time of year, with the towns decked out in festive lights and décor, and the Christmas markets waiting to be explored. Disembark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel and begin your Monograms® vacation in Switzerland and Italy. Start with a special excursion up Mount Pilatus for spectacular Alpine panoramas and a guided walking tour to explore lovely Lucerne. Transfer by high-speed train to Como, where an included guided walking tour features the charming historic district, the Gothic Town Hall, and the imposing Duomo. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Como to renowned Bellagio with its centuries-old buildings, cobblestone lanes, and charming shops. Travel to fashionable Milan for the last two nights of your vacation. Your Monograms Local Host® can help you make this fabulous vacation just perfect for you!

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Day 1 Amsterdam: Welcome to Amsterdam

Day 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Off the beaten path walking tour; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Amsterdam: Canal cruise

Day 4 Cologne: Guided walk; Christmas market

Day 5 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: Scenic sailing through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; Christmas market

Day 6 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: Choice of guided walk in Mainz with visit of the Gutenberg Museum or guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat or a hike up Philosophers’ Way; Christmas market

Day 7 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 8 Breisach: Choice of Black Forest Excursion or visit to a local winery in Breisach

Day 9 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 10 Lucerne–Lake Como: Transfer by high speed train (First class) to Lake Como; guided walking tour

Day 11 Lake Como: Boat ride on Lake Como to Bellagio

Day 12 Lake Como: Full day at leisure

Day 13 Lake Como–Milan: Transfer to Milan; guided sightseeing

Day 14 Milan: Full day at leisure

Day 15 Milan: Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning

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. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

notes


  • 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.
The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown. Any included overnight stay in Canada, applicable GST/HST is also included in the price shown. International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.