2019 : Romantic Rhine with 2 Nights Lucerne - Northbound (WZA3) - Vista

10 Day River Cruise Lucerne to Amsterdam

You'll start your European vacation tour with a visit to gorgeous Lucerne, Switzerland. With services provided by Monograms®, you'll have a Local Host® to arrange your sightseeing, free-time recommendations, and any other assistance you need during your 2-night stay in Lucerne. Enjoy a guided walking tour including the Lion Monument, Old Town, Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, Jesuit Church, and a special highlight excursion to Mount Pilatus.

Your dramatic river cruise on the Rhine will commence in Basel, for an amazing vacation which begins in Switzerland and stops in France, Germany, and Holland. You'll sail to Breisach, your starting point for an excursion to Black Forest or a visit to Gouda. Then venture on to Strasbourg, France, to see its gothic cathedral with stunning murals and stained-glass.

Sail to Ludwigshafen for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, or join your Avalon Adventure Host® for a hike up Philosophers' Way. You'll also visit the Gutenberg museum for amazing history of early pioneers of print. Sail to Rudesheim and through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. You'll visit Koblenz and Cologne, and arrive in Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the colorful city.

Your scenic river cruise on the Romantic Rhine River, and complete vacation package in Switzerland are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Lucerne, Switzerland: Welcome in Switzerland
Day 2 Lucerne: Guided walking tour
Day 3 Lucerne, Mount Pilatus-Basel (Embarkation): Excursion to Mount Pilatus; onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 5 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 6 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: Guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
Day 7 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz
Day 8 Cologne: Choice of "Cologne Highlights" walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 9 Amsterdam: Canal cruise
Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
    Classic
    Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
    Discovery
    We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
    Active
    Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1
    LUCERNE
    Welcome to Lucerne! The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this delightful town on the Reuss River.

    Day 2
    (B)
    LUCERNE
    Join a guided sightseeing to explore beautiful Lucerne, including the Lion Monument, Old Town, Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and Jesuit Church. An expert Local Host® will help you get the most out of your stay in Lucerne.

    Day 3
    (D)
    LUCERNE-MOUNT PILATUS-BASEL (EMBARKATION)
    This morning enjoy an excursion to Mount Pilatus.
    Transfer to Basel to board your Suite Ship®.
    EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

    Day 4
    (B, L, D)
    BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
    History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
    Classic
    Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:
    Discovery
    Join a full-day Guided Excursion to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration.
    Explore on your own this afternoon taking a bike from the ship or hiking up to St. Stephan's Cathedral.
    EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

    Day 5
    (B, L, D)
    STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages
    Classic
    Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city's gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, and the magical La Petite France District.
    You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or to the historic Maginot Line-an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France.
    Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber, or pay a visit to one of Strasbourg's many wonderful museums.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

    Day 6
    (B, L, D)
    LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION
    Castle Walls and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine
    Classic
    Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel," OR:
    Active
    Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers' Way for an inspiring view of the city below.
    Enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon.
    MAINZ
    Turning the Pages of History
    Classic
    Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.
    Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ

    Day 7
    (B, L, D)
    RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
    Discovery
    Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
    Active
    Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.
    Discovery
    Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
    Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.
    KOBLENZ
    Travel Through 2,000 Years Of Monumental History
    Classic
    Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ

    Day 8
    (B, L, D)
    COLOGNE
    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City
    Active
    Join a Guided Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host this morning, OR:
    Classic
    Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
    Discovery
    Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites.
    Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years!
    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

    Day 9
    (B, L, D)
    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
    Colorful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age
    Classic
    Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age."
    During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year.
    Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

    Day 10
    (B)
    AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Call (941) 745-1880 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14029810

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2018
    Duration
    10 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Vista

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Lucerne  
    Day 2Lucerne  
    Day 3Basel  
    Day 4Breisach  
    Day 5Strasbourg  
    Day 6Mainz  
    Day 7Koblenz  
    Day 8Cologne  
    Day 9Amsterdam  
    Day 10Amsterdam  
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    Disclaimer

    Gateway city for arrivals is Zurich.

    Port charges:
    $182

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Lucerne:
    in single room $234, in twin room $154

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $199
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
    P / Royal Deck / $1299
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199

    NOTE:

  • Special Interest Cruises: Festive November 30 & December 7 & December 14, Jewish Heritage July 23

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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    The purchase of any travel services offered by Avalon Waterways, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you (the Traveler) and Avalon Waterways, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility.

    Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Avalon Waterways to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.10 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
  • Additional airline-imposed fees for seat assignments may apply and are not included in your total package cost. Please refer to carrier websites for seat assignment policies and applicable pricing.

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    Our volume buying power saves you money. We may be able to provide you with flight arrangements from your gateway city. Avalon Waterways offers 2 air options: Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Early Airfare Price Guarantee locks in a price that is guaranteed not to increase. Air pricing and schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to last travel date in the itinerary. At that time the best air price will be utilized and a new invoice with the air cost and confirmed schedule will be sent. The identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier's codeshare partner, will be assigned and disclosed at this time. If the guaranteed price is the lowest, the schedule with the lowest fare per contracted classes of service will be booked. Any voluntary change to the confirmed flights negates the guaranteed price and is subject to air pricing at the time of the change.

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