CRUISETOUR

Spectacular Switzerland With Romantic Rhine (16 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Varies by Departure
Zurich, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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DAY 1
Zurich, Switzerland

Welcome to Zürich! At 6 pm, meet your tour director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

DAY 2
Zurich, Switzerland
Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zürich's Old Town, Switzerland's center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zürich and start your Swiss adventure. You'll quickly discover that Switzerland isn't just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. (Breakfast)

DAY 3
Geneva, Switzerland

During your guided sightseeing see the elegant buildings that house many international organizations, including headquarters of the International Red Cross and many United Nations agencies. You will also hear about John Calvin, the French theologian who helped reform the church in Geneva in the mid-16th century, visit the Reformation Park with its International Monument to the Reformation and walk through the Old Town to see St. Pierre Cathedral. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore this fascinating city. An exciting optional lake cruise is available to make the most of your stay. (Breakfast)

DAY 4
Geneva, Switzerland
Évian-les-bains, France
Gruyères, Switzerland
Broc, Switzerland
Charmey, Switzerland

Enter France and follow Lake Geneva along the southern shore, stopping in the famous spa town of Évian-les-Bains, renowned for its mineral water and a popular holiday resort. A scenic drive returns you to Switzerland. Cross the Rhône, France's largest river, which flows into Lake Geneva. See the vineyards, where some of the best Swiss wines are produced, then leave this "Swiss Riviera" and continue to Gruyère. Visit the magnificent castle. Walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture, and enjoy lunch with local specialties and a traditional dessert with meringue and double crème. Then, stop in Broc for a visit to Maison Cailler chocolate factory to taste this delicious Swiss specialty. Continue to your comfortable hotel in nearby Charmey. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
Charmey, Switzerland
Gstaad, Switzerland
Interlaken, Switzerland
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Leave the Gruyère area and enjoy a scenic drive to Gstaad, one of Switzerland's most popular ski resorts, for an orientation of this pretty place. Then, continue to Interlaken. The town's unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views. Later, arrive at your charming hotel in Grindelwald and look forward to tomorrow's included highlight: the Jungfrau excursion! (Breakfast)

DAY 6
Grindelwald, Switzerland
Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland
Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland
Grindelwald, Switzerland

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. At an amazing 11,332 feet, the Jungfraujoch is Europe's highest railway station. Jungfrau's 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the Ice Palace, and take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Also receive your Jungfrau Passport as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the "Top of Europe" by mountain train will take most of the day. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7
Grindelwald, Switzerland
Bern, Switzerland
Langnau, Switzerland
Luzern, Switzerland

Arrive in the stately capital of Berne. See the Bear Park, enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden, and the Old Town with the Clock Tower and the ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Leave the Berner Oberland and drive via Langnau in the Emmental Valley to picturesque Lucerne. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner excursion to a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing. (Breakfast)

DAY 8
Luzern, Switzerland

During your walking tour, admire Thorvaldsen's impressive Lion Monument, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit church. An exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Pilatus, and tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at a local restaurant for a proper auf Wiedersehen. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9
Luzern, Switzerland
Cruise starts
Basel, Switzerland

Your Globus tour ends today with a late-morning transfer by coach to Basel, where your Avalon ship is docked for embarkation. Please reconfirm all transfer details directly with your Globus tour director while on tour. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10
Breisach, Germany
Black Forest, Germany
Breisach, Germany

Excursion to the Black Forest. Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany's Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. The area got its name because the pine forests are so dense, local residents described them as black. The most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks! You may opt to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Vogtsbauernhof Museum to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. On your walking tour, you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone 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-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Explore Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12
Speyer, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Speyer, Germany
Mainz, Germany

This morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany's oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You'll also see the famed Great Vat, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel". At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, it holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor on top of it! In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz, which today is Germany's largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz is a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here. During a guided walk, you'll visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
Rhine Gorge, Germany
Koblenz, Germany

This morning, dock in pretty Rüdesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum to see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, and enjoy a special treat. Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the water. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet—the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive statue of German Emperor William I. Join your local guide for a walking tour of 2,000-year-old Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14
Cologne, Germany

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. Choose between an included guided city walk or Jewish heritage walk. 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! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 15
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland's sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's "Golden Age". There's free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 16
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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