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Romantic Rhine

Avalon Waterways

Romantic Rhine

7% discount - 8 days Zürich to Amsterdam

Your discount prices start from only £1822

Set sail from Basel and cruise across the border into Germany for an excursion to the beautiful Black Forest region. In Strasbourg, explore the picturesque La Petite France district before cruising to Mainz, Germany’s largest wine town for a visit to Heidelberg - home to Germany’s oldest university.

Delight in the charming wine village of Rüdesheim and cruise the heart of the Rhine Gorge, a beautiful stretch of river whose banks are dotted with castles perched on lofty cliffs rising 400ft above the water. Pass the fabled Lorelei rock and continue to Koblenz, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet.

In Koblenz and Cologne, guided sightseeing tours will give you an introduction to the history and culture of both. Conclude your journey in Amsterdam, revelling in the city’s history and culture before joining a tranquil canal cruise to explore the heart of the city.

This delightful 8 day Romantic Rhine cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0800 668 1843 and quote the Travel 55 ref: TR55A.

Romantic Rhine
Your Cruising Itinerary

Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1: Zürich - Basel (Embark)

Fly to Zürich where you will be met and transferred to Basel and your ship. (D)

Day 2: Breisach: excursion to the Black Forest, visit a woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air Museum 

Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French- German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest region. Surely the most well-known products from  this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest Gateaux, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Strasbourg - guided sightseeing:  visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral 

On the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. It is the capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament. On your guided tour, visit the 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 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. An optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available today. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Excursion to Heidelberg–Mainz: excursion to Heidelberg, guided castle visit, see the Great Vat. Mainz guided walk and Gutenberg Museum visit

Travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a local guide, visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle. This afternoon, explore Mainz, on the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers, which dates back to around 38 BC and is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. Join your local guide for a walk through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and you’ll visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; cruise the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz

In Rüdesheim 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. The dramatic Rhine Gorge is the most beautiful stretch of river, where ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei. At the confl uence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business centre of the Middle Rhine region. Join a walking tour of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage tour

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. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Amsterdam: canal cruise 

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’. There’s free time in the city this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Amsterdam

Transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK. (B)

This itinerary is also available from Amsterdam to Zürich

Your ships

Your ships

 

SUITE SHIP - TRANQUILITY II

Launched in 2015 the Avalon Tranquility II is another exciting addition to the Avalon Suite Ship fleet and offers the ultimate in comfort, style and superb service. Intimate yet innovative, Avalon Tranquility II is a sleek, contemporary ship featuring two full decks of spacious Panorama Suites, each with wall-to-wall Panoramic Windows that open up to 7 feet across and can transform your stateroom into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Presenting a luxuriously spacious 200 square feet each, every Panorama Suite is 30% larger than industry standard and offers a comfortable, private sitting area. Onboard amenities include free Wi-Fi access, state-of-the-art amenities, impeccable personal service, fine dining and a large Sky Deck with shade system and delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches.

Avalon Tranquility II's innovative design includes

  • A completely new class of ship with a modern approach to technology and design for the ultimate river cruise experience
  • Revolutionary engineering
  • State-of-the-art navigational technologies
  • Elegant and contemporary décor including meticulous woodwork, hand-finished surfaces, and elegant polished metal and glass throughout
  • Impressively spacious public areas
  • Two full decks of suite accommodation sized at a generous 200 sq ft
  • Plush, comfortable furnishings and fabrics renowned for their quality, beauty and functionality
  • Designer lighting
  • Enhanced soundproofing
  • Panoramic windows in all public areas
  • Non-smoking interior

SUITE SHIP - IMAGERY II

Launched in April 2016 the Avalon Imagery II houses two full decks of unrivalled Panorama Suites, each sized at an impressive 200 square feet and featuring wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform your stateroom into a unique Open-Air Balcony. On board amenities will include state of the art technology, contemporary furnishings, free Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with shade system, whirlpool and a chic Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches.

Avalon Imagery II's innovative design includes

  • A completely new class of ship with a modern approach to technology and design for the ultimate river cruise experience
  • Revolutionary engineering
  • State-of-the-art navigational technologies
  • Elegant and contemporary décor including meticulous woodwork, hand-finished surfaces, and elegant polished metal and glass throughout
  • Impressively spacious public areas
  • Two full decks of suite accommodation sized at a generous 200 sq ft
  • Plush, comfortable furnishings and fabrics renowned for their quality, beauty and functionality
  • Designer lighting
  • Enhanced soundproofing
  • Panoramic windows in all public areas
  • Non-smoking interior

AFFINITY CLASS - FELICITY

Avalon Felicity, built in 2010, her modern and imaginative design creates a feeling of space and light, but, carrying a maximum of just 138 passengers, she also offers an intimate and relaxing way to enjoy our river cruises. Avalon Felicity has 4 suites and 65 staterooms, all of which are spacious and well appointed, and many of which have floor-to-ceiling windows providing amazing views throughout your river cruise. Her staterooms are among the largest available on European river cruise ships and are equipped to provide the highest levels of comfort. On the sun deck, as well as plenty of space to watch the world go by, there is a Jacuzzi to take a refreshing dip while you cruise. Guests have the use of a lift to reach the staterooms.

Avalon Felicity's innovative design includes 

  • Revolutionary engineering
  • State-of-the-art navigational technologies
  • Elegant and contemporary décor including meticulous woodwork, hand-finished surfaces, and elegant polished metal and glass throughout
  • Staterooms generously sized at a minimum of 172 sq ft - the largest on Europe's rivers
  • Impressively spacious public areas
  • Plush, comfortable furnishings and fabrics renowned for their quality, beauty and functionality
  • Designer lighting
  • Enhanced soundproofing
  • Panoramic windows in all public areas
  • Non-smoking interior

Request a brochure for more information on the cruise ships and Avalon

Departure Dates & Prices 2017 - Romantic Rhine

Departure Dates & Prices 2017 - Romantic Rhine

Avalon Cuises brochure prices in Black
Travel 55 discount prices in Red
Tel Avalon Waterways reservations on 0800 668 1843 and quote our Travel 55 ref: TR55A

Departure dates

Cat E prices from

Departure dates

Cat E prices from

April 

£1999
£1860

September

£2389
£2222

May 

£2469
£2297

October

£2199
£2046

June

£2449
£2278

November

£1960
£1822

July 

£2389
£2222

December 

£1959
£1822

August

£2389
£2222
 

Suite Ships: Tranquility ll, Imagery lI - Departures:

Amsterdam - Zurich:

April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 25; December 9.

Zurich - Amsterdam:  

April 8, 15, 22, 29; May  6, 13, 20, 27; June  3, 10, 17, 24; July  1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August  5, 12, 19, 26; September  2, 9, 16, 23, 30; October  7, 14, 21, 28; November  4; December  2, 16. 

Affinity Class: Felicity - Departures:

Amsterdam - Zurich:

April 9, 23; May 7, 21; June 4, 18; July 2, 16, 30; August 13, 27; September 10, 24; October 8, 22.

Zurich - Amsterdam:

April 2, 16, 30; May 14, 28; June 11, 25; July 9, 23; August 6, 20; September 3, 17; October 1, 15, 29.

Prices above are a ‘guide from’ price from London Heathrow, based on two adults sharing a room and are subject to change and availability. Flights are also available from a range of UK regional airports. If you prefer not to fly, Avalon can arrange travel by train. Prices are based on live flight pricing, when available, in order to give you the best price and flight options.The latest prices will be confirmed to you before you book. For holiday information call reservations. Offers are subject to availability and may be subject to change. Prices and dates shown are taken from the Avalon Waterways brochure. Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. Departure dates and joining points are subject to availability.. All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways terms and conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website 
Stateroom upgrade supplements from

Stateroom upgrade supplements from

Category

Deck

Affinity class

Suite ships

D

Indigo

-

£135

B

Sapphire

£425

£785

A

Sapphire

£470

£820

P

Royal

£545

£895

Suite

Royal

£950

£1350

Avalon Waterways

Romantic Rhine

7% discount - 8 days Zürich to Amsterdam

Your discount prices start from only £1822

Set sail from Basel and cruise across the border into Germany for an excursion to the beautiful Black Forest region. In Strasbourg, explore the picturesque La Petite France district before cruising to Mainz, Germany’s largest wine town for a visit to Heidelberg - home to Germany’s oldest university.

Delight in the charming wine village of Rüdesheim and cruise the heart of the Rhine Gorge, a beautiful stretch of river whose banks are dotted with castles perched on lofty cliffs rising 400ft above the water. Pass the fabled Lorelei rock and continue to Koblenz, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet.

In Koblenz and Cologne, guided sightseeing tours will give you an introduction to the history and culture of both. Conclude your journey in Amsterdam, revelling in the city’s history and culture before joining a tranquil canal cruise to explore the heart of the city.

This delightful 8 day Romantic Rhine cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0800 668 1843 and quote the Travel 55 ref: TR55A.

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0800 668 1843  and quote Ref: TR55A you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

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Group Organisers

Festive cruises

Festive cruises

2nd and 16th December departures (Zürich to Amsterdam);

25th November and 9th December departures (Amsterdam to Zürich)

Extend your holiday

Extend your holiday

2 nights in Lucerne

At the beginning of your holiday, transfer from Zürich airport to Lucerne for two nights. On the included guided walk, visit the Lion Monument, see ornate Patrician houses in the walled Old Town and cross the famed Covered Bridge. Also venture to the top of nearby Mount Pilatus for spectacular views over Lucerne, its lake and Alpine scenery. Transfer to Basel on Day 3 to board your ship and begin your Avalon cruise.

Included Avalon advantages

Included Avalon advantages

  • Personal airport chauffeur service (within 100 miles*) - see below
  • Flights from London (regional flights available)
  • 7 nights in deluxe stateroom accommodation
  • All meals on board (B,L,D)
  • Tea & coffee all day
  • Wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Included excursions and guided sightseeing
  • Experienced Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • Captain’s reception, Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
  • All transfers, port charges and airport taxes
Every meal is part of the journey

Every meal is part of the journey

With Avalon Choice®, mealtimes will be a highlight of your journey. Beginning with fresh, quality ingredients and incredible recipes, their  expert chefs will ensure you look forward to each meal the same way you look forward to each port.

With open seating throughout, sit down to delicious dishes inspired by the regions you travel through, or opt for favourites you’re more familiar with at home.

With mouth-watering buffet breakfasts and lunches, à la carte waiter service at dinner and gala meals, al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro and light dinners in the Panorama Bistro, the choice of dining options is yours.

Think healthy food should also taste good? Avalon do, too. And while Avalon cruises have always provided a selection of nutritious, delicious recipes, this year, theye’re really raising the bar with Avalon Fresh. They’ve teamed up with two of Europe’s rising culinary stars, the Wrenkh brothers, to design an exciting collection of wholesome menu items so mouth- watering, you won’t believe they’re healthy. Avalon focus on fresh, local ingredients from small farms and producers comes together with a splash of innovation that will leave you feeling great. They also cater for a range of dietary requirements and offer gluten-free options.

 

Private chauffeur service

Private chauffeur service

A private, chauffeur-driven executive car will take you to and from your international departure point. Everything will be explained when you book, including how to change your pick-up point, if you wish, and how to contact your driver. This service is included at no extra cost if you live within 100 miles of your chosen international departure point (*if you live more than 100 miles away, you can still enjoy the same service for a supplement of £1.70 per car, per mile).

Flexible travel options

Flexible travel options

Fly from your local airport

Avalon offers more regional airports than any other river cruise operator. So no matter where you are in the UK, your personal Avalon chauffeur will whisk you off to the airport and collect you again at the end of your trip.

Relaxing rail connections

Book with Avalon and you’ll have the option to arrive at your river cruise departure point by train. Many of our itineraries offer rail connections to Paris, Amsterdam, Zürich, Vienna and beyond. What better way to start a relaxing holiday? Bypass the airport and admire the passing scenery, with plenty of space to move around.

Your holiday, your way

• Take the train to your cruise departure point and fly home at the end

• Spend a night or two in London before joining the Eurostar service at St Pancras International

• How about a few nights in Paris, or another European city, en-route to your cruise?

• Upgrade your rail or flight tickets to make your holiday that little bit more special