2018 : Romantic Rhine with the Best of Switzerland (XZG1) - Affinity

15 Day River Cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich

This fabulous vacation begins with a river cruise along the legendary Rhine River, which begins in Switzerland and stops in France, Germany, and Holland; then back to Switzerland for an in-depth land tour of everything the stunning country has to offer!

Board your vessel in Basel, Switzerland, then head for Breisach, Germany, where you'll find the gateway to Germany's Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. In Strasbourg, France, be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg's castle, towering magnificently over the city, and stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Holland's popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, offers world-famous museums and an abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. See the treasures of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten before preparing for the land portion of your vacation!

With its stunning mountains, fascinating old towns, and beautiful lakes, Switzerland offers something for everyone. On this tour, experience some of its most beautiful scenery and interesting cities with overnights in Zurich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, Lake Geneva, and Lucerne. And no tour to Switzerland is complete without seeing the stunning scenery, so enjoy a scenic drive following Lake Zurich and Lake Walen through the high Alps to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. In Täsch, board a mountain train to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the famous Matterhorn. If beautiful lakes are what you desire to see, you'll enjoy Lake Como; Lake Maggiore; Lake Geneva; and Lugano, the popular subtropical resort on the shores of Lake Lugano. To bring Switzerland to life, Globus has arranged some unique experiences for you. Enjoy lunch at a traditional Swiss working farm in Berne and a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus to enjoy heavenly views and an alphorn demonstration. Of course, Switzerland is known for its chocolates, so this tour would not be complete without a taste of traditional chocolate pralines.

From stunning scenery and vibrant cities to its special experiences, this river cruise and land tour is sure to delight. So grab your camera and get ready for an amazing vacation!

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 used our 89 years to design 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.

  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
  • Local FavoritesSM - onboard cultural & artisan experiences
  • Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryer
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas
  • Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • And, much more

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome reception

    Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

    Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk

    Day 4 Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat

    Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; excursion to Heidelberg; guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat

    Day 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration

    Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver's workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

    Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation), Switzerland-Zurich: transfer to Zurich; welcome dinner

    Day 9 Zurich-Vaduz, Liechtenstein-St. Moritz: orientation walk of the Old Town; taste Sprungli chocolate pralines; visit the capital of Liechtenstein

    Day 10 St. Moritz-Lake Como, Italy-Lugano, Switzerland: picture stop in Lake Como

    Day 11 Lugano-Stresa, Italy-Täsch, Switzerland-Zermatt: a stop in Stresa at Lake Maggiore; drive to Zermatt

    Day 12 Zermatt-Lake Geneva: drive through the Rh ône Valley to Lake Geneva

    Day 13 Lake Geneva-Berne-Interlaken-Lucerne: guided walking tour, stop at the Bear Park and enjoy a panoramic view from the Rose Garden; lunch at a working farm; at Interlaken take pictures of the Jungfrau massif

    Day 14 Lucerne: walking tour including the Lion Monument and Capel Bridge; Mount Pilatus excursion receive a souvenir cap; farewell dinner

    Day 15 Lucerne-Zurich Airport: this morning transfer to the Zurich Airport

    Meals

  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and 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.
  • In the event that a high-speed train is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the route will be altered or operated by motorcoach.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    Day 1
    Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

    Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated, modern capital. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, canals, and bike paths throughout the city make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. Perhaps you would like to take an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans with its traditional houses and Dutch craft workshops. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner)

    NOTE:
    Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

    Day 2
    Amsterdam

    There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's "Golden Age." There's free time in the city this afternoon to explore on your own. Later, bid tot ziens (farewell) to Holland and set sail for Germany. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 3
    Cologne, Germany

    Today, enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching Cologne in the afternoon. One of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 4
    Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim

    Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. Here, join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. The dramatic RHINE GORGE is the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. In Rudesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, visit SIEGFRIED'S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT before returning to your ship for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 5
    Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg

    Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with "civilized" origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany's largest and most important wine market. Join your Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here-and you'll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a LOCAL GUIDE, visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You'll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel." At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 6
    Strasbourg, France

    Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timber houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion into Alsace wine country is available today. After dinner, enjoy an onboard WOODCARVING demonstration. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 7
    Breisach, Germany. 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 unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for a visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 8
    Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)-Zurich

    This morning, disembark your Avalon ship and transfer to Zurich to join the Globus part of your vacation. Welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

    Day 9
    Zurich-Vaduz, Liechtenstein-St. Moritz

    Orientation walk of Zurich's Old Town and taste of traditional chocolate pralines at the Sprungli Confectionery. Stop in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Day 10
    St. Moritz-Lake Como, Italy-Lugano, Switzerland

    Travel via Lake Como to Lugano. (Breakfast)

    Day 11
    Lugano-Stresa, Italy-Täsch, Switzerland-Zermatt

    Stop in Stresa at Lake Maggiore and drive via Simplon Pass to Zermatt. (Breakfast)

    Day 12
    Zermatt-Lake Geneva

    Group picture with the famous Matterhorn in the background. Drive through the Rh ône Valley to Lake Geneva. (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Day 13
    Lake Geneva-Berne-Interlaken-Lucerne

    Guided sightseeing in Berne, see the Bear Park, the Rose Garden, and have lunch at a Swiss working farm. Travel via Interlaken to Lucerne. (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Day 14
    Lucerne

    Morning walking tour: see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. Enjoy an included excursion to the top of Mount Pilatus and receive a souvenir cap. Farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Day 15
    Lucerne-Zurich Airport

    Morning transfer to Zurich Airport. (Breakfast)

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    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 12/31/2017
    Duration
    15 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Affinity

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Amsterdam  
    Day 2Amsterdam  
    Day 3Cologne  
    Day 4Rudesheim  
    Day 5Mainz  
    Day 6Strasbourg  
    Day 7Breisach  
    Day 8Basel  
    Day 9Vaduz  
    Day 10Lake Como  
    Day 11Stresa  
    Day 12Lake Geneva  
    Day 13Lucerne  
    Day 14Lucerne  
    Day 15Zurich  
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    Disclaimer

    Prices based on double room occupancy.

    Single room supplement:
    $260

    Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room $235-$305, in twin room $135-$170

    Extra nights per person in Zurich:
    in single room $149, in twin $100

    Cruise Details:
    Port charges:

    $168

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Affinity/Felicity
    Category / Decks / Price
    B / Sapphire Deck / $649
    A / Sapphire Deck / $699
    P / Royal Deck / $799
    Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1,499

    Tranquility II/Imagery II
    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo / Deck / $199
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
    P / Royal Deck / $1,299
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,999

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

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