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 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.

City Highlights

Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Zürich–Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedralDay 3 Excursion to Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle, see the Great VatDay 4 Mainz–Rüdesheim: visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treatDay 5 Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of guided sightseeing in Koblenz or visit Sayn Manor HouseDay 6 Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walkDay 7 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Meals

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

NOTES:Departure December 3 is offered as an exclusive Festive Time Cruise, including special features and visits to Christmas markets at no extra cost. Experience the holiday season the European way! Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local customs and traditions.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.

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