CRUISETOUR

The Best of Austria and Switzerland With Romantic Rhine (18 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Vienna, Austria to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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DAY 1
Vienna, Austria

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

DAY 2
Vienna, Austria

Start your guided sightseeing with a visit to magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. Then, drive along the Ringstraße, pass the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, a winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards, famous Heldenplatz, and awesome St. Stephen's Cathedral. The balance of the day is at leisure and you can choose from our exciting optional excursions to enhance your stay. (Breakfast)

DAY 3
Vienna, Austria
Melk, Austria
Mondsee, Austria
Salzburg, Austria

Enjoy a leisurely Danube cruise along the prettiest part of the river. Afterwards, catch glimpses of historic Melk Abbey, and continue through the romantic Salzkammergut lakeland, made famous in The Sound of Music movie. Stop in Mondsee to visit the Parish Church, which was used for the wedding scenes, and continue to Salzburg. During your guided walking tour admire the exquisite Mirabell Gardens, Great Festival Hall, St. Peter's Monastery, and magnificent Residenz Square, where some scenes of The Sound of Music movie were filmed. Also take pictures of Mozart's birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. A special dinner and Salzburger Nockerl (sweet dessert soufflé) have been prepared for you at the famous St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4
Salzburg, Austria

Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler's Eagles Nest. (Breakfast)

DAY 5
Salzburg, Austria
Innsbruck, Austria
St. Moritz, Switzerland

Enter the Tyrolean Alps and stop in the capital of crystal, Innsbruck. Enjoy a pleasant walk through its quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian's Golden Roof. Next, a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world with its deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests that turn golden in the fall, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style. The rest of the day is at leisure in ritzy St. Moritz. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Chur, Switzerland
Zermatt, Switzerland

Drive through exhilarating Alpine scenery. At Chur, board the first-class panoramic coach of the world-famous Glacier Express Train, which connects two of Switzerland's most famous skiing areas: St. Moritz and Zermatt. Enjoy your first-class ride with panorama windows and admire thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages as you pass through the Valais, a region known for its great mountain resorts and excellent wines. Lunch will be served on the train. This afternoon you are in Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 7
Zermatt, Switzerland

An entire day at leisure gives you the possibility to join a spectacular optional excursion to the Klein Matterhorn for breathtaking panoramic views of the Matterhorn and the Alps. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8
Zermatt, Switzerland
Täsch, Switzerland
Château de Chillon, Montreux, Switzerland
Bern, Switzerland

Board the mountain train to Täsch and motor through the lower Rhône Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva. Here, enjoy a highlight visit to Chillon Castle, the 12th-century water fortress immortalized by poet Lord Byron. Arrive in Berne for your overnight stay. (Breakfast)

DAY 9
Bern, Switzerland
Interlaken, Switzerland
Luzern, Switzerland

Your guided tour starts with a stop at the Rose Garden for a panoramic view of the city. Walk through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town, witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and marvel at the ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Stop at the Bear Park, symbol for the name of the town. Next is Interlaken, where you can take pictures of the towering Jungfrau, then continue across Brünig Pass to picturesque Lucerne. An optional evening is available to a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking. (Breakfast)

DAY 10
Luzern, Switzerland

On your walking tour this morning, admire Thorvaldsen's impressive Lion Monument, dedicated to the fallen 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. Afterwards, shop for watches, and you may wish to join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. This evening, enjoy a private boat cruise on the fjord-like lake, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Swiss vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

The Best of Austria and Switzerland With Romantic Rhine map

What's Included

Included

  •  Services of a professional Cruise Director | Onboard lectures | Complimentary Wi-Fi access | Activities & Nightly piano music | Sightseeing with Local Guides | Headsets for all guided shore excursions | Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner | Quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner | One sitting with open seating arrangements

Not Included

  •  Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

About Us

When designing its new ships, Avalon Waterways started with the traveler instead of the ship. This is a river cruise company that invites innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be its guide. The result? More space. Bigger views. More comfort … All thanks to one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships®. The Suite Ships of Avalon are revolutionizing the river cruise industry. For instance, on these signature vessels, Avalon brings an unprecedented level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to every aspect of the Panorama Suites, providing travelers an oasis to escape to, not escape from. Even better? Avalon doesn’t offer travelers just a few Panorama Suites on each ship. Instead, 80 percent of the guest rooms on Suite Ships are Panorama Suite (they’re 30 percent larger than the average river cruise room). In designing its ships, Avalon has refused to see space as a barrier. That fact couldn’t be truer when looking at the company’s inspired indoor/outdoor space. For instance, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies®, a completely new concept, make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space. How? Giant wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with a 7-foot opening. Avalon has considered every detail of the cruise experience. But perhaps it’s what the company hasn’t done that makes it so unique. It hasn’t filled ships to capacity with people. In fact, because the river cruise line made its rooms so spacious, there’s more room for less people. Simply put, Avalon Waterways is built differently

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