2022 Season

Storybook Scenery, Sarcasm & Satire


cruise: WZA-T2 8 Day River Cruise Basel to Amsterdam
MAKE MEMORIES WITH CHRISTOPHER MOORE

The Rhine isn’t just a river for poets, princes and painters … when you’re with Avalon Waterways, it’s a river for satirical scribes. If you’re looking for more Christopher Moore in your life (the writer who imagined Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff), look no further! This is no Fluke! You’re invited on a once-upon-a-river chance to meander through storied scenery – from Basel to Amsterdam – with comic spin and your favorite novelist. To wake-up to the Old World in new ways, with a witty companion. To visit clifftop castles with a satirist who’s on top of his craft. And enjoy the Sacré Bleu waters of the Netherlands and Germany –on a Suite Ship sailing. It’s A Dirty Job but only 150 people get to do it! Will you be one? You will experience two, exclusive on-ship events with your celebrity host, plus you will have the opportunity to share the entire vacation experience with Christopher Moore.

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which begins in Switzerland and visits France, Germany, and Holland! Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland, then head for Breisach, Germany, at the foot of the Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border. Here you’ll find 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. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, and marvel at the red-sandstone Gothic-style cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city, or stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Sail to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, and a visit to the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, then 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.

Last stop in Germany is Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral.At the conclusion of your Rhine River cruise, you’ll spend time in colorful Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on an included canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Spend free time discovering world-famous museums, and an abundance of restaurants in the vibrant, modern capital of Holland.
Christopher Moore

Make Memories with Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is the author of 17 novels, including the international best-sellers Lamb, Noir, and his latest, Shakespeare for Squirrels. His last nine books have been New York Times bestsellers.

Chris grew up in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of a highway patrolman and a home appliance salesperson, and was mediocre student and athlete in school. He attended Ohio State University where he studied anthropology and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, where he studied ramen noodles and alcohol. 

Chris currently lives in San Francisco with his wife of 20-ish years.


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at-a-glance


Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 3 Strasbourg: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 4 Mainz: Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers' Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 5 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim or hike in the vineyards with your Adventure Host; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Koblenz

Day 6 Cologne: Choice of 'Cologne Highlights' walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tour or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 7 Amsterdam: Choice of canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning
highlights

cities and locations


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. 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.
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