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Romantic Rhine River Cruise
from Amsterdam to Basel

This is the perfect chance to experience a river cruise on Avalon Waterways – the “Romantic Rhine with Mount Pilatus”, sailing from Amsterdam to Basel.

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey on a Rhine River cruise, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! This magnificent European river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. Experience the best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city with a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

There is also an optional post cruise land package available which includes one night in Lucerne (Hotel Astoria) and three nights in Lake Como, Italy (Hotel Barchetta Excelsior)!

For more information, contact Sue Chisholm
Maritime Travel – Sullivan Square Centre
Unit 110-15375 #10 Highway, Surrey
schisholm@maritimetravel.ca
Direct: 604-575-5097 • Office: 604 575-5044

August 24 – 31, 2024

$3,625 CAD per person
Based on Cat. E Window

Rates are available for other categories!

Travel: 7 Days River Cruise
Aboard the Avalon Vista
Travel: Add 4-Night Post Cruise Package: Lucerne & Lake Como
August 31 – September 4, 2024
From $1,650 CAD per person

CRUISE AT A GLANCE

  • Day 1: Amsterdam (Embarkation)
  • Day 2: Amsterdam
  • Day 3: Cologne
  • Day 4: Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim
  • Day 5: Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg
  • Day 6: Strasbourg
  • Day 7: Breisach

Add 4-Night Post Cruise Package:

  • August 31 – September 4 • 1 night in Lucerne & 3 nights in Lake Como
  • Day 8: Basel (Disembarkation) – Mount Pilatus – Lucerne
  • Day 9: Lucerne – Lake Como
  • Day 10 – 12: Lake Como
  • From $1650 CAD PP

Itinerary

River Cruise From Amsterdam to Basel • August 24 – 31, 2024
Post Cruise Package: 1 night in Lucerne & 3 nights Lake Como • August 31 – September 4, 2024

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.
Guests must be on board 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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Dinner

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Classic – Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available or take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Active – Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery – Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites, OR:
Classic – Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral.
Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!
Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
En route to Rüdesheim, sail through the Rhine Gorge (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Take in the breathtaking views of ancient castles perched on cliffs 400 feet above the water, and pass the legendary Rock of the Lorelei—where the mythological siren’s songs lured ill-fated sailors.
Active – Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR:
Discovery – Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel
Active – Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below, OR:
Classic – Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, OR:
Classic – Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel”.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
Active – Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic – Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
Choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.
Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest
Discovery – Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:
Discovery – Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Add 4-night post cruise package • August 31 – September 4, 2024
Includes one (1) night Lucerne and three (3) nights in Lake Como.

Spectacular Views in Switzerland
This morning disembark your Avalon ship and take a motorcoach transfer to Mount Pilatus
Classic – Enjoy a special highlight excursion to Mount Pilatus. Journey almost 7,000 ft. (2,132 m) up for spectacular views over central Switzerland (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead).
LUCERNE
A Historic Bridge and Heart of a Lion
Classic – Join a Guided Walking tour to explore beautiful Lucerne, which includes Thorvaldsen’s poignant Lion Monument and the famous Chapel Bridge.
Breakfast

History in Grand View
Travel by high-speed train (first class) to Como, the city on the lake that bears its name.
Breakfast

Legendary Lake Houses
Classic – Take a Guided Walking tour which includes the charming historic center, the Broletto (Town Hall) with its fascinating Gothic façade, and the imposing, marble-clad Duomo.
Classic – Experience a Boat Ride on Lake Como for panoramas of stunning mountain scenery and luxury lakeside villas. Disembark at picturesque Bellagio for exploration on your own, returning by boat to Como.
Breakfast

Italian Beauty on the Banks
Enjoy a free day to explore Como and its surroundings at your own pace. Como offers you every kind of solutions for your spare time. Choose a boat trip on the lake, a relaxing walk on the riverbanks or make shopping in the city centre. And be sure to taste authentic Italian specialties in a local restaurant!
Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast

B = BREAKFAST L = LUNCH D = DINNER

Terms & Conditions:

Price quoted is per person, based on double occupancy. Cruise/Land only and includes tax and prepaid gratuities. To reserve your spot, a non-refundable deposit of $250.00 per person is due at time of booking. Final payment is due May 26, 2024. Single rates are available on request. Airfare is extra. Travel insurance is highly recommended and will be quoted at time of booking. Prices and availability are subject to change at any time. A passport is required and must be valid at least 6 months past return date. BCCP #51189

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