Your Cruising Itinerary The Rhine and Moselle

Day 1: Amsterdam, Holland (embarkation)

Welcome to Holland. 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 to 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. Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Amsterdam - canals of colourful Amsterdam 

  • Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside. Alternatively, spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.

Afternoon/overnight cruise to Cologne. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cologne, Germany - prost! celebrate in the Rhineland’s capital city 

  • 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 Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! Local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

Overnight cruise to Koblenz. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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.

Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountaintop 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 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:
  • Discovery: Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.

Grab Nordic walking sticks or a bike from the ship and explore the surroundings nature trails, or leisurely hike up to the hills for breathtaking views of the Moselle.

Overnight cruise to Remich. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Remich. Excursion to Luxembourg - the lofty landscapes of Luxembourg

  • Classic: Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City— with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and
    modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

Evening/overnight cruise to Trier. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7:  Trier, Germany - ancient worlds, old world charm

  • 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 center, OR:
  • Classic: Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of
    Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.

Afternoon/overnight cruise to Cochem. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cochem - Reichsburg Castle, Riesling wine, and the charm of the Moselle Valley

  • Classic: Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem’s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend.

Afternoon/evening cruise to Boppard.  Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Boppard - Rhine Gorge - a peaceful jewel in the Rhine Gorge

  • Active: Go for a jog 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 café for a cup of German coffee.

Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.

Rudesheim - eat, drink, and be merry in wine country

  • Discovery: Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
  • 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 Rüdesheim.

Overnight cruise to Ludwigshafen. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: 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 magnifi cent 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Strasbourg, France - gothic giants 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 the splendid Alsace wine country, or a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. Sample local culinary specialties, such as Tarte flambée.

Overnight cruise to Breisach. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest 

  • Classic: Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover
    Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, 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 Badische Winzerkeller 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) 

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am.

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.


Departure dates and prices 2021 The Rhine and Moselle : 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Avalon to add flights

Avalon brochure price in black from £3422

Travel 55 discount price in red from £3183

Telephone Avalon on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55


Cruise Amsterdam to Basel : tour code WAZ - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Royal Suite Panorama Suite Delux Stateroom
May 5
SOLD OUT £4191
July 10
SOLD OUT £4122
August 3
September 10
October 18
SOLD OUT £4122

Prices include daily excursions, full-board dining and gratuities but exclude flights. Book your flights with us and we'll also include overseas transfers and ATOL protection. All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & 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

Avalon Waterways
The Rhine and Moselle

13 days escorted Rhine/Moselle Cruise

2021 discount prices from only £3183

Your European river cruise vacation starts in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this colorful, historic city on a canal cruise through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which spans both sides of the Rhine River, then visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Explore the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages still standing! Take a guided walk through the delightful marketplace, see the renaissance-era Town Hall, and taste famed Moselle wines! Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim, then visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s Castle, towering magnificently over the city. Continue your stunning European river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—the gateway to Germany’s legendary Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Dis-embark your river cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Beauty, new discoveries, and delightful surprises are plentiful on your European river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

Book this wonderful holiday The Rhine and Moselle with Avalon Waterways direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 to receive your discount. All departure dates come with a 7% discount saving when you book direct. 

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Your choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations.

In addition to included Active, Discovery, and Classic excursions and activities, they offer Guided Optional Excursions designed to personalize your experience even more. And they are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.


  • Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosphers’ Way in the hills above Heidelberg.
  • Join a Guided Optional Excursion to a lovely French vineyard village in Alsace
  • Spend some free time strolling through village shops, hiking, or biking along the river bank, or sampling local culinary favourites.

Your Ship - Avalon Artistry II

Avalon Artistry II

Part of Avalon's award-winning fleet of Suite Ships®, the Avalon Artistry II features two full decks of Panorama SuitesSM with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform the living space into river cruising's only Open-Air BalconySM. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning to splendid passing scenery from your window-facing bed. Stretch out on your Comfort CollectionSM bed and cruise with the world at your feet. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck. A true work of art in relaxed luxury on board and amazing adventures on shore!


Book your cruise with or without flights

Cruise prices are shown without flights included in case you wish to book them separately, or aren't ready to return home when you disembark! Or we can book your flights for you from most UK airports, with overseas transfers and ATOL protection included. The choice is yours!

Onboard dining offerings and choices

Welcome and farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapes

Daily full breakfast buffet with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items, and complimentary sparkling wine and juices

Choice of daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfasts

Daily lunch buffet with pasta & carving stations and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks

Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge

Enjoy our Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buffet of select dishes and beverages

Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats and sandwiches

Daily four-course à la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks



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