13 Day The Rhine & Moselle

Avalon River Cruise starting in Amsterdam and finishing in Basel

Read 8 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Avalon's 13 Day The Rhine & Moselle. Your river cruise vacation starts in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant...read more
Overview
Operator: Avalon
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 13 Days
From: Amsterdam to Basel
Tour Code: WARZ
Visits: Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland
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$ 4,567
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Amsterdam, Holland (Embark)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Your day in Amsterdam is free explore at your leisure. 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 (D)
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Amsterdam
Colourful 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." Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savoury and sweet Dutch specialties. You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam's many fascinating museums or galleries. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B/L/D)
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Cologne, Germany
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City. Active - Join a Guided Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host this afternoon, 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! Local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ (B/L/D)
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Koblenz
Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet. Classic - Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments, OR: Classic - Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion this afternoon to visit Koblenz's geopark, and learn about the region's volcanic geological history. Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL (B/L/D)
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Bernkastel
Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley. Classic - Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel-with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses, OR: Active - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike to nearby castle ruins, OR: Discovery - Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO THIONVILLE (B/L/D)
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Thionville, France
Ornate Palaces, Opera Houses, and Old Battle Lines. Classic - Visit the historic Maginot Line-pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, OR: Classic - Join a Guided Excursion to Metz-a city with 3,000 years of history-to see its gothic cathedral, Imperial Palace, and France's oldest opera house. You can choose to follow your excursion to Metz with a Guided Optional Excursion to the regal city of Nancy- with its gilded grand square and 18th-century Place Stanislas. Alternatively, consider an afternoon bike ride on your own to leisurely explore Thionville. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GREVENMACHER (B/L/D)
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Grevenmacher Excursion To Trier
Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine. Active - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Run in Grevenmacher on the banks of the Moselle River in beautiful wine country. This morning you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Luxembourg City-with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. Classic - Take a Guided Sightseeing tour of Trier- Germany's oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city centre, OR: Classic - Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilisation in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheatre, and imperial baths. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BEILSTEIN (B/L/D)
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Beilstein, Germany
The Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle. Enjoy free time in Beilstein-known as the "Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle" for its castle-dotted hills, vineyards, and inviting village of the Moselle River Valley. Go for a morning bike ride through the unspoiled 15th-century buildings and chiming church bells before sailing to Treis-Karden. TREIS-KARDEN: Stiftskirche Steeples and Soaring Castles. Classic - Choose from two Guided Tours to explore medieval castles towering on the slopes above the Moselle River. Take some free time to stroll through the romantic village before enjoying live entertainment on board tonight. EVENING CRUISE TO BOPPARD (B/L/D)
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Boppard - Rhine Gorge
A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge. Active - Go for a Run this morning through the village of Boppard with your Avalon Adventure Host. Alternatively, choose to explore Boppard's beautiful views and forested surroundings on a bike ride or hike at your own pace. Spend free time this morning visiting a local cafe for a cup of German coffee. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rudesheim. RUDESHEIM: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. Discovery - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR: Active - Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards, OR: Active - Combine a cable-car ride and a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host to explore the picturesque hills and vineyards of Rudesheim. Discovery - Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN (B/L/D)
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Ludwigshafen Excursion To Heidelberg
Philosophical Views, a Hilltop Castle, 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. You'll have free time to stroll or shop in Heidelberg this afternoon. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B/L/D)
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Strasbourg, France
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages. Active - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk, OR: Classic - Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city's gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace for an afternoon in a French wine country village. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. Sample local culinary specialties, such as Tarte flambee. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH (B/L/D)
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Breisach, Germany Excursion To The 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 Visit 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. Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL (B/L/D)
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Basel, Switzerland (Disembark)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Zurich airport before 10 am. (B)
Avalon Inclusions
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River Cruise Inclusions
  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds for a great night's sleep.
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath products.
  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary, including daily four-course a la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts, and Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides.
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore.
  • Onboard local entertainment.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions.
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions.
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey.
  • Gratuities to Cruise Director, Crew, Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
Included Meals
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 11 Lunches
  • 12 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Reviews (8)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on The Rhine & Moselle with Avalon.
QLD, Australia
Oct 2017
4 Helpful Votes
2 Trips
“Avalon Waterways Amsterdam to Basel Cruise”
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Our first river cruise was with APT in 2016, so we can only use that very good experience as a comparison to the Avalon cruise. The upgrade to deck 2 was a real bonus. Another bonus was the optional excursions offered by Avalon. As with APT, most of the included excursions are half day, leaving a fair bit of time on the cruise spent on the ship or on 'own time' in the town where the ship is moored.

APT didn't offer any optional trips, so Avalon has the advantage in that respect. The only negative issue was that the buffet breakfast dishes were consistently lukewarm to cold. Similar dishes at lunch were fine. Overall, we'd be happy to travel with Avalon again. After four trips to Europe, which centered mainly on the culture (churches, cathedrals, palaces and castles), we'll be looking for something that offers a different theme next time. Maybe food, wine etc.
NSW, Australia
Oct 2017
4 Helpful Votes
5 Trips
“Beautiful scenery”
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Very lucky with the weather for the time of year - lots of sunny days. Our 2nd trip with Avalon and overall very happy. There appeared to be less staff in bar and restaurant than previous trip - maybe cost cutting? Some staff didn't appear to be very happy (maybe the end of season is near?). Captain, Cruise Director, room staff & food were very good. Included and optional excursions were great. The availability of bikes on board now is an added plus.

Our stateroom (213) was located in the centre of the ship and a good size. Housekeeping staff did a great job of maintaining the room. The scenery along the Moselle was stunning and would highly recommend a cruise along this river - Avalon go further than many of the other cruise lines. The Rhine was beautiful - always something to see! The evening entertainment was mainly the on board keyboard player, they did bring on various musicians along the way. But as dinner didn't usually finish till 9.00pm most people went straight to their cabins as the days were busy when on the excursions. The age of fellow travellers was a lot older for this cruise with more people taking the gentle walkers group than previous tour. Would recommend Avalon for good value. Very happy with all dealings with Global Journeys - you all do an excellent job and we very much appreciate it!
WA, Australia
Jun 2017
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“Avalon Cruise on the Rhine & Moselle”
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Many thanks to Georgie at Global Journeys for your help with organising our European River Cruise. We enjoyed the experience a great deal and much of this was due to you. I do have some comments about Avalon specifically which I will itemise :

1. The cruise itinerary was great especially to places where we had not cruise before ie the Moselle River. I would recommend this to anyone
2. The content was varied and generally the operation went smoothly. We were supplied with plenty of information en route. In my critique to Avalon I did say the cruise director talked was too much during her daily 'port briefs' , however in her defense I know many on the cruise thought she was entertaining.
3. Personally I thought the meals were too fussy but as I had the choice of eating in the lounge at midday I did miss the evening meals on several occasions. Again I know others felt it was all fine and I will admit to being a 'non-foodie'
4. The cruise passengers were generally seniors from the USA, Canada, Australia, and NZ. We all got along well and we established some friendships
5. I was miffed with Avalon charging me $600 for the amendments to my flight details when I felt the mistake was not my doing. I have he email detailing my requirements which they did not seem to follow however as I did not notice this until much later in the booking process I did not feel justified in making a big issue of the matter.
6. Would I recommend this cruise to anyone - yes, but I would hesitate going with Avalon (this was my third and last trip with them). There did seem to be a big difference in what we Australians pay to that paid in the UK and the USA.
Australia
Apr 2016
2 Trips
“We had an amazing trip along the Rhine & Moselle rivers.”
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The hole experience was amazing. The staff were very friendly and the other passengers on board were all friendly as well, which really added to the enjoyment of the cruise. All of the included excursions were extremely good as well, with the guides all being very knowledgeable and friendly. We travelled in May and the weather was a bit hit and miss. Some days were cold and wet and others were quite pleasant. I don't think we would choose to travel at that time of year again. Avalon Waterways lived up to all of our expectations and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to others. Finally we wish to thank Global Journeys for their efficient service and friendly staff. Michelle White was our contact there and she was always very helpful and friendly. We have booked through Global Journeys before and intend to book our next trip through them again.
Australia
Jul 2013
1 Trip
“We had an amazing time”
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We had an amazing time, thank you for all your help, the trip was excellent so glad we went through the Moselle River it was absolutely gorgeous. Avalon Affinity was excellent, the food was fantastic and the service impeccable. We enjoyed our cabin it was again excellent. We can't speak highly enough of Avalon and Global Journeys. Thank you for all your help and look forward to returning to Europe in the next couple of years.
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Gratuities: Gratuities Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Shore Excursions: Included
Drinks: Wine & Beer Included with Meals
Destinations: Asia & Europe
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Category E & D Stateroom
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Category E & D Stateroom

  • Deluxe Stateroom (172 sq ft)
  • Twin Windows
  • Comfort Collection Bed with Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets & European style duvets
  • Private bathroom featuring full shower, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath amentities
  • Spacious three-door closets and easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite with movie channel
  • In-room safe, writing Desk/Vanity & direct-dial telephone
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Individual thermostat
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
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