2017 SEASON
Aug 2017 - Nov 2017
2018 SEASON
Apr 2018 - Nov 2018

8 Day Romantic Rhine

Avalon River Cruise starting in Zurich and finishing in Amsterdam

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Read 38 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Avalon's 8 Day Romantic Rhine. One of Europe's most legendary rivers awaits you on this mesmerizing journey along the Rhine. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Cologne, as well as an excursion to the Black...read more

Overview

Operator: Avalon
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 8 Days
From: Zurich to Amsterdam
Tour Code: WZA
Visits: Switzerland, Germany, Holland
Our Price From:
$ 2,327
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Arrive In Zurich, Switzerland Transfer To Basel (Embarkation)

Welcome to Switzerland, home of the Matterhorn and the majestic Alps! Transfer by motorcoach to Basel, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D) Please note: Flights into Zurich must arrive before 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
2

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 unrivalled natural beauty. The area got its name because the pine forests are so dense, local residents described them as black. The most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks! You may opt to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Vogtsbauernhof Museum to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B/L/D)
3

Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. On your walking tour you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. 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-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Explore Place Kleber, 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. This afternoon, optional excursions into the Alsace wine country or to the Black Forest are available. (B/L/D)
4

Excursion To Heidelberg, Germany - Mainz

This morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany's oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Visit the 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 7 metres (23 feet) high and 8.5 metres (28 feet) wide, the cask holds over 260,000 litres (58,000 gallons) of wine and has a dance floor on top of it! In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz, which today is Germany's largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz is a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and during a GUIDED WALK you'll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. (B/L/D)
5

Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge - Koblenz

This morning, dock in pretty Rudesheim, a typical 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, and enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT. Downstream from Rudesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 122 metres (400 feet) above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet-the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive statue of German Emperor William I. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of 2,000-year-old Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. (B/L/D)
6

Cologne

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 cafes, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (B/L/D)
7

Amsterdam, Holland

Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland's sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. 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 this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion. (B/L/D)
8

Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Day By Day

1

Arrive In Zurich, Switzerland Transfer To Basel (Embarkation)

Welcome to Switzerland, home of the Matterhorn and the majestic Alps! Transfer by motorcoach to Basel, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Please Note: Flights into Zurich must arrive before 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.) (D)
2

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. The area got its name because the pine forests are so dense, local residents described them as black. The most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks! You may opt to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Vogtsbauernhof Museum to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B/L/D)
3

Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. On your walking tour, you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. 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 halftimbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Explore Place Kleber, 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. This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available. (B/L/D)
4

Excursion To Heidelberg, Germany - Mainz

This morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany's oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Visit the 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 7 metres (23 feet) high and 8.5 metres (28 feet) wide, it holds over 260,000 litres (58,000 gallons) of wine and has a dance floor on top of it! In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz, which today is Germany's largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz is a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here. During a GUIDED WALK, you'll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. (B/L/D)
5

Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge - Koblenz

This morning, dock in pretty Rudesheim, a typical 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, and enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT. Downstream from Rudesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 120 metres (400 feet) above the water. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet-the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive statue of German Emperor William I. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of 2,000-year-old Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. (B/L/D)
6

Cologne

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 cafes, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (B/L/D)
7

Amsterdam, Holland

Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland's sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. 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 this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion. (B/L/D)
8

Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • CRUISE: Deluxe 7-night cruise with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.
  • ZURICH. TRANSFER TO BASEL: Onboard welcome reception.
  • BREISACH. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FORREST: Visit a woodcarver's workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum.
  • STRASBOURG: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral.
  • EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG - MAINZ: Guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat in Heidelberg; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.
  • RUDESHEIM - RHINE GORGE - KOBLENZ: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and enjoy a special treat in Rudesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz.
  • COLOGNE: Choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk.
  • AMSTERDAM: Canal cruise.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Your day-by-day itinerary indicates in UPPERCASE all inside visits, special features, and guided sightseeing. All included guided sightseeing is conducted by a Certified Local Guide. Choose the sightseeing pace that suits you: Leisurely, Traditional, or Independent (where available).
  • LOCAL FAVOURITES: Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
  • MEALS: are indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D); Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes; Welcome dinner; Daily Afternoon Tea; Daily Night Fare; Farewell dinner; Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast

Included Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • Wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land / cruise only. Flights not included

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • CRUISE: Deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom (Category E) with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.
  • ZURICH. TRANSFER TO BASEL: Onboard welcome reception.
  • BREISACH. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FORREST: Visit a woodcarver's workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum.
  • STRASBOURG: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral.
  • EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG-MAINZ: Guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat in Heidelberg; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.
  • RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE-KOBLENZ: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and enjoy a special treat in Rudesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz.
  • COLOGNE: Choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk.
  • AMSTERDAM: Canal cruise.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Your day-by-day itinerary indicates in UPPERCASE all inside visits, special features, and guided sightseeing. All included guided sightseeing is conducted by a Certified Local Guide. Choose the sightseeing pace that suits you: Leisurely, Traditional, or Independent (where available).
  • LOCAL FAVOURITES: Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
  • MEALS: are indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D); Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes; Welcome dinner; Daily Afternoon Tea; Daily Night Fare; Farewell dinner; Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.

Included Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: River Cruise
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Tips: All Included
Shore Excursions: Some Included, Optionals Available
Flights: Not Included
Ship Style: Premium
Balconies: Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window
Free Onboard WiFi: Onboard
Drinks: Wine & Beer Included with Meals
* Source: Avalon for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual cruises and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (38)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Romantic Rhine with Avalon.
Reviewer

Australia
  “Magic on the Rhine”
Trip Date: 27/05/2017
We undertook this cruise as an alternative to an ocean cruise. We were looking for a more intimate experience with less people. We were not disappointed. Noting was too much trouble for the staff on the cruise. They attended to our every need and were very friendly. We felt very pampered. Cabins were first class and meals were very good. Fellow travellers, were largely American, and very friendly. Memorable highlights included ancient castles on the Rhine and visits to Strasbourg and Cologne. We are happy to recommend Avalon Cruises to anyone. We arrange all our tours through Global Journeys and are very happy to recommend them for their professionalism and their competitive prices.
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New Zealand
  “Romantic Rhine”
Trip Date: 02/04/2017
As with any cruise, the overall experience depends on a combination of the ship and crew, the quality of the itinerary, and the social mix with fellow passengers. On a small ship, such as this, there is the opportunity to develop friendships with other passengers, and to enhance the trip in that way. That was certainly our experience. We were also pleased that most travel between destinations was at night, thus allowing us to make the most of the day in port. The shore excursions were well organised and the guides were exceptional in their knowledge and ability to bring the history of a destination alive. We learnt a great deal.
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Australia
  “Superb, relaxing with unobtrusive well trained staff”
Trip Date: 13/08/2016
This was a perfect introduction to River cruising in a most scenic location providing an easy journey through ports that were central to European history. The ship was just a year old, the tour director kept things running smoothly and was available if needed, but didn't intrude. The cabin crew did a superb job and even my orchid was replaced mid-journey because it wasn't performing well enough. The captain and crew kept us running smoothly and without incident. We had a shore visit every day with a local guide and time to explore on our own and to visit a museum, a cathedral or shop or just relax in a European cafe or bar with the locals. Because we were a relatively small ship our numbers didn't overwhelm the historic cities at which we docked. The food was elegant, plentiful and delicious with many choices for breakfast and lunch and a more formal dinner with wines from the region. The waiters were well trained and polite and, as the crew concert showed, very funny. Avalon has a few sailings where they reserve a few cabins for solo travelers who don't have to pay a penalty which is why I chose the company. People were very nice to me and I didn't stand out because I am a widow on my own. As people age more of us will be left alone and we don't want to limit our horizons. Great journey Avalon. And as a bonus, the sun shone every day.
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Australia
  “Wonderful journey on the Rhine”
Trip Date: 11/08/2016
We thoroughly enjoyed travelling again with Avalon. There staff are fantastic and nothing is too much trouble. Each of the cities we visited was beautiful in its own way and lying on the top deck on a sunny day, watching the castles along the edge of the Rhine was a true pleasure.
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Australia
  “Thank you for the experience”
Trip Date: 11/06/2016
The whole experience was excellent, room was small but it made us comfortable (the bed was too comfortable!). The excursions were well planned and efficient, the staff could not do enough for us. The only comment I would have was that the Movenpick in Zurich had no facilities for showering - this could have helped us settle in after our overnight train from the Netherlands adventure.
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