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- Experience the very best in exclusive, luxury river cruising on board Avalon's state of the art ships
- This romantic Rhine River cruise is sure to be enchanting, including castles, wine tasting and beautiful scenery
- Numerous fascinating shore excursions are included with an expert guide
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Booking 35 days in advance and spending over £500 per person? No need to pay in full today! Just select the 30% deposit option on our payment page (terms & conditions apply)
For any additional information on this offer or assistance in making your reservation please call one of our dedicated team on 0844 8262099 or email email@example.com
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 08:00 – 21:00 and Saturdays & Sundays from 09:00 – 17:30.
Your Itinerary —
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner)
Day 1 Amsterdam.
Fly to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for seven nights and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (D)
Day 2 Amsterdam.
Included today: Canal cruise.
Holland's delightful 700-year-old capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. The works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising along elegant grachten lined by stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's 'Golden Age'. Later, set sail for Cologne. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Cologne.
Included today: Choice of Guided city walk or Jewish Cologne tour.
Cologne is one of Germany's largest cities, with a river skyline dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent gothic cathedral. This afternoon, choose between an included Guided City Walk or a 'Jewish Cologne' tour. The Old Town offers up a great choice of cafés, shops and taverns so be sure to try a Kölsch in one of the many taverns and shop for a bottle of 4711, the original 'eau de cologne'. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Koblenz - Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim.
Included today: Guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
Overlooking the Deutsches Eck, where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet, 2,000 year old Koblenz is the cultural and business centre of the Middle Rhine region. After a walking tour with a local guide, cruise the dramatic Rhine Gorge, an incredibly beautiful stretch of river where quaint, fairytale castles stand sentry on the steep, terraced banks. Pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, where it is thought the sweet songs of sirens lured enchanted sailors to their doom. Reaching Rüdesheim, enjoy a visit to the fascinating Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and free time to explore the Drosselgasse. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Excursions to Mainz & Heidelberg.
Included today: Mainz guided walk and Gutenberg Museum visit, Heidelberg Castle visit.
Situated on the left bank of the Rhine, opposite the mouth of the Main River, Mainz is Germany's largest and most important wine town. Join your Local Guide for a Guided Walk through the Old Town to see the Carnival Fountain on the Schillerplatz and visit the Gutenberg Museum, a tribute to Gutenberg, father of modern printing, who was born here. After lunch, head to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a Local Guide, visit the imposing castle ruins, built of red sandstone and towering above the city, and see the Great Vat - the world's largest wine barrel. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Strasbourg.
Included today: Guided sightseeing.
Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Noteworthy sights include the Gothic Cathedral, the lovely Petite France district, Place Kléber, and Place Gutenberg with its statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion to the Alsace wine region is available. After dinner tonight, enjoy an onboard woodcarving demonstration. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Breisach.
Included today: 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 unrivalled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The region is best known for its cuckoo clocks, Black Forest ham and Black Forest Gateaux. Perhaps visit the workshop of a local wood carver and clock maker, or visit the open-air Museum of Vogtbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Basel - Zürich.
Disembark and transfer to Zürich airport for your flight to the UK. (B)
What's Included? —
- Flights from London Heathrow with British Airways; regional flights at a supplement
- 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom, upgrades at a supplement
- All meals on board
- Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours
- Services of an experienced Cruise Director
- Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
- On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
- Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner
- All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
- Your personal Avalon Chauffeur service by executive car to and from your chosen UK departure point (free within 100 miles of the airport , £1.70 per mile thereafter)
Your Ship —
You will be on one of four Avalon Ships, depending on departure date.
Setting new standards for cruising, River cruises with Avalon are like no other. As the world’s youngest fleet, ships have an average age of just two years.
Relax aboard state-of-the-art river cruise ships and enjoy luxurious accommodation, fine dining and impeccable service as you cruise along the mighty waterways and the fairytale castles of the Rhine.
With a sleek, modern design and contemporary feel on board, most ships feature lifts between ship decks, sun-deck pools and all the latest modern technology – from satellite TVs to individual climate control. All of which set the scene for a stunning cruise experience.
Expect nightly entertainment on board and daily discoveries on well-planned, included shore excursions with expert local guides.
Your Room —
This offer is based on a Deluxe Stateroom, category D or E , depending on departure date. You may choose to upgrade to a higher stateroom category at the next stage of booking process.
Category E (5th April & 9th June departures)
Category D (2nd May & 1st August departures)
Category B (optional upgrade)
Category A (optional upgrade)
Category P (optional upgrade)
The difference between the categories is their position on the ship. For deck plan click here.
All ships provide generously sized stateroom, each equipped to hotel room standards. All staterooms on the Sapphire and Royal decks feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows with a French Balcony, so you can marvel at the beautiful passing scenery.
Even the placement of the bed on the Suite Ships is innovative, facing the window to allow you to watch the splendid passing riverscapes as you lie in comfort.*
From luxurious Comfort Collection Beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian Super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, to the large bathroom with premium L'Occitaine bath products, ample storage space to unpack, fully stocked minibars, complimentary bottled water and flat screen televisions with a film channel for your enjoyment - we think you'll find them hard to leave.
* Beds do not face the window on the all ships
Avalon's one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites are a full 30% larger than the industry standard. Unlike other river cruise companies that use up valuable room space on tiny, unusable balconies, Avalon delivers a full balcony experience that is perfect in any weather conditions and in any season, without compromising your room space.
In Panorama Suites, floor-to-ceiling sliding windows open up to give you a 7 foot opening. Slide the doors wide open and enjoy the feeling of sitting comfortably 'outside' as you float by stunning views of castle ruins, vineyards and ancient cities. They have even furnished your space with a love seat and chairs, as well as a table where you can enjoy a meal, or perhaps entertain your friends.
Your Board Basis —
This offer is based on a full board stay.
You will receive all meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service dinner with quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions, afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats, and a choice of teas and coffees throughout the day.
Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner are also included.
Your Journey —
Flights: London Heathrow to Amsterdam with British Airways (regional departures also available at a supplement, please call 0844 8262099 to book.)
Outbound - Dept 08.20, Arrive 10.40
Inbound - Dept 17.10, Arrive 18.00
All flight times are local
Transfers: Our offer includes UK pick and drop off from your home to the airport in the UK (within 100 miles and £1.70 per mile thereafter)
Start your holiday in style with this complimentary, chauffeur-driven home pick-up service. Your exclusive, air-conditioned executive car will deliver you to your departure terminal, and on your return, your driver will meet you at the arrivals hall. Your driver will take care of your luggage, too.
Please note: flight details are given as a guide only and may change. We will however notify you in advance if flights are more than 2 hours outside the time range given. Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable at time of booking.