Guided tour - Rhine River Cruise

  • Dates:July 20-29, 2017
  • Duration:9Days

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits on this mesmerizing journey along the Rhine. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Cologne, as well as an excursion to the Black Forest and to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river dotted every mile with castles. Visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam. Be sure to pack your camera so you can capture the romance and splendor of this magical journey.

Save up to $500 per couple on reservations made by April 4! 

 

Thursday, July 20
Depart for Europe

Depart USA for our overnight flight.

Friday, July 21
Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland

Welcome to Switzerland, home of the Matterhorn and the majestic Alps! Enjoy a relaxing evening in the heart of Zurich, a leading financial center and global city.

Saturday, July 22
Transfer to Basel (Embarkation)

This morning we will depart Zürich for Basel, located at the convergence of France, Germany and Switzerland, and the embarking point for our Rhine River Cruise. We board our Avalon Tranquility II ship, meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (B, D)

Sunday, July 23
Breisach, Germany. Excursion To The Black Forest

Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. The area got its name because the pine forests are so dense, local residents described them as black. The most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks! You may opt to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Vogtsbauernhof Museum to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B,L,D)

Monday, July 24
Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. On your walking tour you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Explore Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. This afternoon, you might enjoy an optional excursion into the Alsace wine country. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, July 25
Excursion To Heidelberg, Germany–Mainz

This morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, it holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor on top of it! In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz, which today is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz is a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and during a guided walk you’ll visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, July 26
Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz

This morning, dock in pretty Rudesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit Siegried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, and enjoy a special treat. Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet—the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive statue of German Emperor William I. Our local guide will take us on a walking tour of 2,000-year-old Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. (B,L,D)

Thursday, July 27
Cologne

One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included guided city walk or Jewish heritage walk. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (B,L,D)

Friday, July 28
Amsterdam, Holland

Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion. (B,L,D)

Saturday, July 29
Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Our vacation ends with breakfast this morning. We will transfer to the airport and return home with new friends and wonderful memories.  (B)

Early Booking Discount:
Save $600 per person for reservations booked by October 21.

Past Passenger Discount:
Save $150 per person for past passengers of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon, who have traveled in the last 5 years. Some restrictions apply.

PRICING
Royal Deck
200 sq ft with wall-to-wall panoramic window with open-air balcony.
Category P: $ 5627 - Only 2 cabins left

Sapphire Deck
200 sq ft with wall-to-wall panoramic window with open-air balcony.
Category A: $ 5527 - SOLD OUT
Category B: $ 5477 - SOLD OUT

Indigo Deck
172 sq ft with two narrow, high windows.
Category D: $ 4527 - Only 3 cabins left
Category E: $ 4327 - SOLD OUT

Suites available upon request.

Price quoted per person based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

Single rates are available upon request. Triples and Quads are not available.

Deposit: $750 per person is required to confirm your reservation.

Final Payment: Due on or before April 7, 2017.

Cancellation Policy:  Deposit is nonrefundable.  After April 7, 2017, entire trip cost is nonrefundable.

Included Highlights: 

  • Group transfers from the airport to hotel, hotel to ship, ship to airport
  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 7-night riverview stateroom on the Avalon Tranquility II 
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks onboard during lunch and dinner
  • Self-serve complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
  • Walking tour excursions during the river cruise
  • Complimentary bicycles available
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas and complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • English-speaking staff
  • Port charges of $168 per person

Not included:

  • International airfare (group air available September 2016)
  • Other optional tours
  • Personal items
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

 

GROUP PHOTO POLICY

Destinations Unlimited, inc./Travel Leaders reserve the right to take photos during any part of the tour and to use them for promotional purposes.  By booking a reservation with Destinations Unlimited, inc./Travel Leaders, group members agree to allow their images to be used in such photos.  Group members who prefer that their images not be used are asked to advise their group escort at the beginning of the tour.

PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP

All passengers are required to have a passport valid through January 30, 2018.  Non-US citizens must have a valid passport and advise Destinations Unlimited, inc./Travel Leaders of your nationality at the time of deposit.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is highly recommended and available through Destinations Unlimited, inc./Travel Leaders.  If the insurance premium is paid within 14 days of deposit, pre-existing conditions are covered, some limitations apply.  Optional Required to Work coverage is also available to protect against business-related reasons for cancellation:  (Required to work, business/company merger, business unsuitable due to fire, flood, natural disaster or burglary).  If you decline Access America insurance, we strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance through another broker.

 RESPONSIBILITY

Destinations Unlimited, inc./Travel Leaders, escorts and hosts, selected air carrier, selected hotel, ground operators, Globus/Avalon Cruise Lines, the shipowner, and their affiliates, shall have no liability for loss or damage to baggage and property, or for personal injuries or delay due to the acts or omissions of any carrier, hotel operator, restaurant, or any other supplier of services or facilities caused by weather, strike, war, quarantine or for any other reason or by the shipowner, and is governed by the terms and conditions printed on the cruise contract which is issued to all guests.  Please read this contract carefully.  Any payment constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions. The itinerary, as published, will be followed as closely as possible.  If, it is rendered necessary to make changes in this itinerary, the above named providers will not be responsible for any loss or expense caused guests by reason of such change.  The above named providers reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any person, whether with or without cause, at any time.  It is understood and agreed that a refund may not be made to guests who do not complete a cruise for any cause whatsoever.  Please note that information on this flyer is based on details available at the time of printing and is subject to change.