Romantic Rhine with 2 Nights Lucerne – Southbound
Your 10-day European river cruise vacation includes stays in Holland, Germany, France, and Switzerland—embarking from Amsterdam. Before sailing down the Rhine River, you’ll enjoy a guided canal cruise through the Netherlands’ colorful capital city of Amsterdam. Visit the German capital city of fascinating Cologne, with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, or take a guided walking tour of important Jewish heritage sites. Next, you’ll cruise to Koblenz—with 2,000 years of history in its monuments, fortress walls, and towers. Later, relax on the Sky Deck of your ship as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim. You’ll take a guided tour of Rüdesheim’s intriguing Mechanical Music Museum. Sail into Mainz for guided city sightseeing, including a visit to the impressive Gutenberg Museum and continue with an excursion to nearby Heidelberg. Cruise to the beautiful city of Strasbourg, France, then to Breisach, Germany, 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.You’ll sail to Basel, Switzerland, to disembark from your Avalon Suite Ship® and continue your European vacation tour with a visit to Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne. 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. 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.
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlightswalking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treatDay 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided tour of Heidelberg, see the Great VatDay 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedralDay 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in ColmarDay 8 Basel (Disembarkation)–Mount Pilatus–Lucerne: excursion to Mount Pilatus; guided walking tour in LucerneDay 9 Lucerne: full day at leisureDay 10 Lucerne: your vacation ends this morning
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.