This exciting river cruise vacation has it all! Arrive in Zürich and transfer to your ship, which is docked in Basel. Then, head north on the Rhine and enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Cologne, and Koblenz. See the Roman ruins at Trier, Reichsburg Castle above charming Cochem, and the unique Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary Lorelei rock and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, visit pretty Bernkastel, and a windmill in Kinderdijk, 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 Zürich–Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Breisach: excursion to the Black Forest or visit a Black Forest open-air museumDay 3 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedralDay 4 Excursion to Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle, see the Great VatDay 5 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; cruise through the Rhine GorgeDay 6 Excursion to Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or “Roman Trier,” see the Porta Nigra in TrierDay 7 Luxembourg City: guided sightseeingDay 8 Bernkastel: guided walkDay 9 Koblenz: choice of guided sightseeing or visit Sayn Manor HouseDay 10 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walkDay 11 Kinderdijk: visit a windmillDay 12 Hoorn–Amsterdam: choice of guided walk in Hoorn or excursion to Edam and the Beemster Polder; canal cruise in AmsterdamDay 13 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: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.Arrival flights into Zürich must arrive before 3 pm.

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