Romantic Rhine River Cruise
Romantic Rhine River Cruise
April 27 - May 8, 2019
TWO NIGHTS IN AMSTERDAM PRE-CRUISE & ONE NIGHT IN SCHAFFHAUSEN, SWITZERLAND POST CRUISE
April 27 - Overnight flight from JFK to Amsterdam.
April 28 - Private pickup at the airport followed by a scenic drive to the city of Edam. Here we will enjoy a stroll through the town enjoying the architecture and history and enjoy refreshment at a local inn.
Next we head to a local cheese farm where we'll discover the many varieties of Dutch cheese. Then on to the town of Zaanse Schans, which is a fully functioning open-air museum town depicting life in years gone by, complete with windmills and shops. Here you can explore and find some lunch before we head back to Amsterdam to check in for two nights at the Estherea Hotel.
You will have time to freshen up and explore the neighborhood at leisure before we enjoy an early 3 Course Dinner including wine at Haesje Claes restaurant. (D)
April 29 - This morning after breakfast we will stroll to the Anne Frank House museum where we will have entrance tickets provided. The tour is via audio-guide included in the entrance fee.
After the tour, we'll head back to the hotel and board a classic salon boat for an hour and a half canal tour of Amsterdam. Coffee and tea is complimentary and bar beverages are available for purchase. We'll experience some of the smaller canals that the larger boats can't manage and our pilot will be our tour guide.
The afternoon and evening are completely free for you to explore Amsterdam. (B)
April 30 – This morning after breakfast, we'll load our luggage into the coach and head off to the famous Keukenhoff Gardens. You will enjoy the beauty of the countryside long before you get to spend an hour and a half enjoying the gardens on your own. Entrance to the gardens is included.
We then head back to Amsterdam and board our luxurious River Cruise ship. Depending on where our ship is docked will depend on whether we can walk to the VOC Cafe also known as the Weeping Tower, to enjoy a light lunch or beverage, or whether we will stay onboard the ship. We will enjoy a welcome dinner onboard the ship. (B, D)
May 1 – Amsterdam. Morning Canal tour of Amsterdam (this is a larger boat touring the larger canals). Afternoon free or Optional Guided Tour Choices: Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, OR Excursion to Muiderslot Castle. (B, L, D)
May 2 – Cologne. Tour Choices: Guided City Walk of Cologne, OR Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites. Or maybe simply enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch. Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. (B, L, D)
May 3 – Koblenz & Rüdesheim. Guided Tour in Koblenz: 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. Guided Tours in Rüdesheim: Tour of the Mechanical Music Museum with Coffee Tasting or Wine Tasting. Overnight Docking in Rüdesheim. (B, L, D)
May 4 – Mainz. Guided Tours Choices: City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum, OR Tour to Heidelberg Castle, OR Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an afternoon Hike up Philosophers’ Way. (B, L, D)
May 5 – Strasbourg. Guided Tour: City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s gothic cathedral and La Petite France District, OR Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line OR the Alsace wine region. (B, L, D)
May 6 – Breisach. Guided Tour Choices: Tour of the village of Colmar in the morning with your afternoon free, OR Full-Day Tour to Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration. (B, L, D)
May 7 – Basel. We disembark the cruise in Basel after breakfast and board our private transfer to head towards Zurich. Outside the city we'll be welcomed by the Zweifel family to their vineyards where we'll enjoy sampling their own wines along with local cold cuts, cheeses and bread.
Then we head north to enjoy a boat ride to view the Rhine Falls. These are the largest waterfalls in Europe and the beautiful area includes a castle and much history.
We continue to the medieval town of Schaffhausen where we'll spend our last night (HOTEL TBD) and enjoy a Farewell Dinner. (B, L, D)
May 8 - After breakfast this morning and some free time to wander the gardens, we'll load our luggage and take our private transfer to the Zurich airport for our flight home, filled with more great memories!
Pricing starting at $5730*/person Double Occupancy
Non-refundable $250/person Deposit
DUE BY ASAP to receive current pricing
FURTHER DISCOUNT AVAILABLE FOR AVALON PAST GUESTS!
- Deluxe Stateroom
- Fixed Windows
- 172 sq. ft.
- Indigo Deck
- Panorama Suite
- Open Air Balcony
- 200 sq. ft.
- Royal Deck
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SUITE CATEGORY CABIN
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*Pricing Includes: Roundtrip Economy Airfare from NY, 2 Nts Amsterdam, 1 Nt Schaffhausen, Switzerland, Welcome & Farewell Dinners, Daily Breakfast, All Transportation/Tours/Entrances listed in the itinerary, All Meals on Cruise, Daily Excursions During Cruise, Taxes & Gratuities(cruise only) and $250 Discount if booked early!
Pricing DOES NOT Include: Recommended Travel Protection, additional meals not listed and items of a personal nature.