The Rhine and Moselle – Southbound (13 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Varies by Departure
Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland
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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. (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! Local musicians will join us onboard for live entertainment. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
Koblenz, Germany

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion this afternoon to visit Koblenz's geopark and learn about the region's volcanic geological history. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
Bernkastel-kues, Germany

Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
Thionville, France
Metz, France
Thionville, France

Ornate Palaces, Opera Houses, and Old Battle Lines. You can choose to follow your excursion to Metz with a Guided Optional Excursion to the regal city of Nancy—with its gilded grand square and 18th-century Place Stanislas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7
Grevenmacher, Germany
Trier, Germany
Grevenmacher, Germany

Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine. This morning you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8
Beilstein, Germany

The Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle. Enjoy free time in Beilstein—known as the "Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle" for its castle-dotted hills, vineyards, and inviting village of the Moselle River Valley. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9
Boppard, Germany

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Ludwigshafen, Germany

Philosophical Views, a Hilltop Castle, and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine. You'll have free time to stroll or shop in Heidelberg this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
Strasbourg, France

Gothic Giants and Varietal Vintages. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace for an afternoon in a French wine country village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12
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 13
Basel, Switzerland

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am. (Breakfast)

The Rhine and Moselle – 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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Cruise-only fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

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