CRUISETOUR

Romantic Rhine With 1 Night Lucerne, Mount Pilatus, and 3 Nights Lake Como – Southbound (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Varies by Departure
Amsterdam, Netherlands to Como, Italy
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be onboard 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. (Dinner)

DAY 2
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, or a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot castle—Holland's most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3
Cologne, Germany

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City. Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
Koblenz, Germany
Rhine Gorge, Germany
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany

Travel Through 2,000 Years of Monumental History. Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
Mainz, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Mainz, Germany

Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
Strasbourg, France

Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages. You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France or visit Alsace's wine country today. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7
Breisach, Germany
Colmar, France
Breisach, Germany

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest. Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8
Basel, Switzerland
Luzern, Switzerland

Disembark your Avalon ship and join the Monograms portion of your vacation, where you will travel to Lucerne for a special highlight excursion to Mount Pilatus. Journey almost 7,000 ft (2,132 m) up for spectacular views over central Switzerland (in the event of adverse weather conditions, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead). Later join a guided sightseeing to explore beautiful Lucerne. (Breakfast)

DAY 9
Luzern, Switzerland
Como, Italy

Travel by high-speed train (first class) to Como, the city on the lake that bears its name. Your local host will be waiting to greet you and offer recommendations so you can make the most of your time in this well-known city. Enjoy a guided walking tour that includes the charming historic center, the Broletto (Town Hall) with its fascinating Gothic façade, and the imposing marble-clad Duomo, built between the 14th and 18th centuries, and crowned by a high octagonal dome. (Breakfast)

DAY 10
Como, Italy
Bellagio, Italy
Como, Italy

Experience a relaxing boat ride on Lake Como for panoramas of stunning mountain scenery and luxury lakeside villas. You may wish to disembark at picturesque Bellagio with its century-old buildings, stone lanes, and quaint cobblestone stairways lined with shops, where you will have free time for exploration on your own before catching the boat for the return trip to Como. Your local host will give you all the details, as well as suggestions for your evening in this delightful town. (Breakfast)

DAY 11
Como, Italy

Today, enjoy a day at leisure in Como. You might choose to travel to fashionable Milan; take the funicular to the residential village of Brunate, situated at 2,362 ft (720 m); shop for silk products; or visit the Volta Temple, dedicated to Como's native son, Alessandro Volta, inventor of the electrical battery. Your local host can help you plan your day. (Breakfast)

DAY 12
Como, Italy

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Romantic Rhine With 1 Night Lucerne, Mount Pilatus, and 3 Nights Lake Como – Southbound map

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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