This exciting river cruise vacation has it all! Begin in Amsterdam with a cruise through the city’s enchanting canals. Then, head north to explore the charming town of Hoorn or take an excursion to Edam and the Beemster Polders. Visit a windmill in Kinderdijk, enjoy guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, Luxembourg City and Strasbourg; see the Roman ruins at Trier, and the unique Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim. Also visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, sail past the legendary Lorelei rock and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, visit pretty Bernkastel, and enjoy excursions to majestic Heidelberg and to Germany’s legendary Black Forest.

City Highlights

Cruise: deluxe 12-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Amsterdam–Hoorn. Excursion to Edam: canal cruise in Amsterdam; choice of guided walk in Hoorn or see the Beemster Polder and guided sightseeing in EdamDay 3 Kinderdijk: guided visit of a windmillDay 4 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walkDay 5 Koblenz: choice of guided city walk, see the Deutsches Eck; or visit Sayn Manor House Day 6 Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or “Roman Trier” sightseeing, see the Porta NigraDay 7 Luxembourg City: Guided sightseeingDay 8 Bernkastel: Guided walkDay 9 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treatDay 10 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk in Mainz, visit the Gutenberg Museum; guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat Day 11 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstrationDay 12 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museumDay 13 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning


Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel


NOTES:In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.