CRUISETOUR

Top of Switzerland With Romantic Rhine (13 Days)

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

Welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

DAY 2
Zurich, Switzerland
Affoltern im Emmental, Switzerland, Switzerland
Interlaken, Switzerland

Orientation walk of Zürich's Old Town. Stop in the Emmental Valley to visit the Schaukäserei Affoltern and enjoy a light lunch. Later, arrive in Interlaken. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 3
Interlaken, Switzerland
Grindelwald, Switzerland
Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
Grindelwald, Switzerland
Interlaken, Switzerland

An unforgettable trip to Europe's highest railway station, the Jungfraujoch. Enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the Ice Palace, the Sphinx Observatory, and receive your Jungfrau Passport. (Breakfast)

DAY 4
Interlaken, Switzerland
Brienz, Switzerland
Open-Air Museum Ballenberg, Switzerland, Switzerland
Luzern, Switzerland

A scenic drive through charming mountains brings you to cozy Brienz, where you visit the Woodcarving Museum. Next, is the fascinating Open-Air Museum of Ballenberg, before continuing to picture-book Lucerne. (Breakfast)

DAY 5
Luzern, Switzerland

Your morning walking tour features the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge, and this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6
Luzern, Switzerland
Basel, Switzerland

Transfer to Basel to join your Avalon ship. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night onboard. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7
Breisach, Germany
Black Forest, Germany
Breisach, Germany

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest. Explore on your own this afternoon taking a bike from the ship or hiking up to St. Stephan's Cathedral. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8
Strasbourg, France

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

DAY 9
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Mainz, Germany

Castle Walls and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine. Enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
Rhine Gorge, Germany
Koblenz, Germany

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
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 12
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Top of Switzerland With Romantic Rhine 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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