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: Cochem - The Charm of the Moselle Valley

This morning, select a Guided Optional Excursion to Eltz Castle.

Active: Bike along the Mosel river with your Adventure Host, OR

Discovery: Visit the former bunker of Germany's Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) and immerse yourself in the underground vault where millions of German Mark were kept during the Cold War, OR:

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.

This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

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

Day 5: Remich. Excursion to Trier

Ancient Worlds and Old World Charm

Active: Explore Trier on foot, hike around the city with your Adventure Host, OR:

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 Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.

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.

Evening/Overnight cruise to Bernkastel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bernkastel. Hillside Vines and German Wines

Active: Bike along the Mosel river with your Adventure Host, OR:

Classic: Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses.

This afternoon, select a Guided Optional Excursion to a local winery for a wine tasting.

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

Day 7:  Koblenz - Rhine Gorge- Rudesheim

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls

Active: Explore Koblenz's Mosel side by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

Classic: Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments, OR:

Classic: Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour.

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


Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. Enjoy free time this evening to explore this picturesque village.

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

Day 8: Ludwigshafen - Excursion to Heidelberg - Speyer

Philosophers’ Views and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel

Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below, OR:

Classic: Take an entertaining Guided Tour to the famous Frankenstein castle, nestled in the hills of the Western Odenwald area, and enjoy a ,breathtaking view on the Rhine Valley. OR:

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."

This afternoon a short sailing will bring you to Speyer, where you will have free time to explore at your own pace.

Evening/Overnight cruise to Strasbourg. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Strasbourg, France

A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

Active: Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, 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.

This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.

Evening/Overnight cruise to Breisach. included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Breisach, Germany. Excursion to black Forest

German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest

Discovery: Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:

Discovery: Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden and enjoy a wine tasting

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

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

Day 11: Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) 

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.

Departure dates and prices 2022 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 £1429

Travel 55 discount price in red from £1329

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 Delux Stateroom Panorama Suite Royal Suite
May 6
June 23
July 28
September 1 £3513
October 6 £2919

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

2022 discount prices from only £1329

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 cruise 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 Ship - Avalon Tranquility II

Tranquility II

Your Avalon river cruise will bring new tranquility to your traveler's soul, but you'll also find plenty of ways to excite your adventurous spirit to cruise your way! While on board, enjoy the intimate setting of the Avalon Tranquility II with two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that create river cruising's only Open-Air Balcony. Spanning 200 square feet, the Passion's Panorama Suites are 30% larger than the industry standard. It's the perfect place to stretch out on your window-facing Comfort Collection bed with the world at your feet. Host a private cocktail party in the spacious sitting area-comfortably accommodating six guests. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access, complimentary computer use in public areas, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, an elevator, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare. Relaxed luxury and new discoveries await from ship to shore on the Avalon Tranquility II.

Included Amenities

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
  • Elevator
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms

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.

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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