Your Cruising Itinerary

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. (D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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.  (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) 

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

There is a reverse course option on this cruise - Basel to Amsterdam

Day 1, Basel (Embarkation); Day 2, Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest; Day 3, Strasbourg; Day 4, Ludwigshafen. Excursion to Heidelberg; Day 5, Rüdesheim—Rhine Gorge; Day 6, Koblenz; Day 7, Bernkastel; Day 8, Remich. Excursion to Luxembourg; Day 9, Trier; Day 10, Cochem; Day 11, Cologne; Day 12, Amsterdam; Day 13, Amsterdam (Disembarkation), your cruise ends this morning.

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. 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.

Departure dates and prices 2020 - The Rhine and Moselle : 7% discount on all dates

Avalon brochure price in black from £4064
Travel 55 discount price in red from £3780
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0330 808 5036 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Amsterdam to Basel : tour code WHZ - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
May 20 £4201
Sep 11 £4201
Jun 13, 28 £4133
Oct 11 £4064
Aug 12** £4064
Basel to Amstserdam : tour code WZH - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
June 1 £4133
Aug 30 £4133
July 10, 31** £4064
Sep 29 £4133

WHZ: Gateway city for departures is Zürich; WZH: Gateway city for arrivals is Zürich. ** Due to “Sail Amsterdam” departure WHZ Aug 12 will start in Rotterdam instead of Amsterdam with modifications to the itinerary, departure WZH Jul 31 will end in Rotterdam instead of Amsterdam with modifications to the itinerary. Prices shown above are for the cruise only. This means you have the freedom to arrange your own flights and transfers to suit your needs. Alternatively we can take care of everything for you. Complete holiday price including flights, transfers and private home pick-up service (within 100 miles) from £4,623pp - based on Oct 11 departure from London Luton. Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships® Artistry II, Visionary. Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included. Extra nights before and after your cruise may be available, please call for details and prices. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available. Note: responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

†From price based on cruise without flights and transfers, Oct 11 departure. All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck

Upgrade pricing:

Category/deck - E Indigo nil : D Indigo £256 : B Sapphire £1465 :  A Sapphire £1542 : P Royal £1713 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £2913

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.

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

Your discount prices start from only £3780 - 7% discount

Your cruise ship is moored in Amsterdam for the first night so you can venture ashore to enjoy the city’s eclectic history and culture. Cruise to Cologne and on to 2,000-year-old Koblenz. Guided tours of both cities offer a great insight into their history and heritage before visiting the lovely wine village of Bernkastel. On to Boppard and the Rhine Gorge. Visit Strasbourg where you can take a city sightseeing tour and enjoy wine tasting in Baden.

There is a reverse course option on this cruise. 

Book with Avalon Waterways direct on 0330 808 5036 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55A 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 808 5036  and quote code TR55A you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Included for every Avalon guest

  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM for a great night’s sleep. (See deck plans for additional stateroom amenities.)
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L’Occitane® bath products
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary pages
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions 
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board 
  • Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

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.

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

Private home pick up service

Your Avalon experience begins long before you reach the ship. Fom the moment you close your front door, their private pick-up service will arrive to take you to the airport (within 100 miles) in air-conditioned comfort in plenty of time for your flight.

Your driver will load and unload your luggage for you, so you can make your way to the departure lounge feeling relaxed. And when you return, a driver will be waiting for you in arrivals, ready to load your bags and take you back home again.


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