8 DAY RIVER CRUISE AMSTERDAM TO BASEL
SEPTEMBER 21-28, 2019
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!
Our own Kate Thomson is hosting this magnificent river cruise which begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”
You’ll also visit the dynamic city of Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, and the many shops, cafés, and taverns of popular Old Town.
You’ll sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River—where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit 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. Join a guided 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—an area of unrivaled natural beauty—best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.
The Avalon Vista's two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. Enjoy fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include a Fitness Center,complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.
Day 1: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. 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 (D).
Day 2: AMSTERDAM
Colorful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, or a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle-Holland's most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle. You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam's many fascinating museums or galleries. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
Day 3: COLOGNE, GERMANY
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City 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 SAILING TO KOBLENZ (B,L,D).
Day 4: KOBLENZ-RHINE GORGE
Travel Through 2,000 Years of Monumental History CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise 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. DISCOVERY Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM (B,L,D)
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. 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 an afternoon Hike up Philosophers' Way for an inspiring view of the city below. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D).
Day 6: STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,L,D).
Day 7: BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest CLASSIC Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR: DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration. Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine. EVENING CRUISE TO BASEL. (B,L,D).
Day 8: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.(B).
$4,466.00 CAD PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
Price based on land/cruise itinerary in an entry level cabin category E with port changes. Airfare, extra nights, transfers, travel insurance, etc are extra. Please inquire with Murdoch Travel.
Journey's Club Members save an additional 5% Receive free prepaid gratuities and two free drink vouchers on 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises, when booking as part of a group.* Additional promotions may apply.
- Flights: Approx $1500 per person
***flight schedules/prices will be available late 2018***
- Prepaid Gratuities: $163 total per person included in price for this select sailing only!
- Travel Insurance: Starting at $680 total per person
- Extra Night in Amsterdam: $220 total per person, per night, based on double
***extra nights are on request and subject to availability***
- Extra Night in Zurich: $185 total per person, per night, based on double
***extra nights are on request and subject to availability***
- Arrival Transfers: From $45 per person
- Departure Transfers: From $45 per person
- Upgrade to Category P: $1499 total per person, based on double
- Upgrade to Category A: $1299 total per person, based on double
- Upgrade to Category B: $1249 total per person, based on double
- Upgrade to Category D: $239 total per person, based on double
***For pictures of the differences in room categories, see page 274 in the 2019 Avalon Waterways Brochure or click here. ***
To book, contact Murdoch Travel