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Avalon Waterways Arrow Europe 2018 Arrow 2018 : Romantic Rhine with Zurich, Mount Pilatus & Lake Como - Southbound (WAZ1) - Tranquility II
2018 : Romantic Rhine with Zurich, Mount Pilatus & Lake Como - Southbound (WAZ1) - Tranquility II
12 Day River Cruise from Amsterdam to Lake Como

One of Europe's most legendary rivers awaits you on this mesmerizing river cruise along the Rhine River. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam, as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany's Black Forest and to Heidelberg-Germany's oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. Disembark your river cruise ship in Basel and join the Monograms portion of your vacation starting with a special excursion up Mount Pilatus for spectacular Alpine panoramas and some free time to explore lovely Lucerne. Transfer to vibrant Zurich for an overnight before your included first-class, high-speed train ride to Como. An included guided walking tour features the charming historic district, the gothic Town Hall, and the imposing Duomo. The next day enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Como to renowned Bellagio with its centuries-old buildings, cobblestone lanes, and charming shops. In your free time, you might like to travel to fashionable Milan, Italy; or take the funicular to the village of Brunate-your Local Host® can help you decide how to make this fabulous vacation just perfect for you!

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've used our 89 years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
  • Local FavoritesSM - onboard cultural & artisan experiences
  • Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryer
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas
  • Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • And, much more

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Meals

  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

    Notes

  • In the event that a high-speed train is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the route will be altered or operated by motorcoach.
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    Day 1
    Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

    Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated, modern capital. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, canals, and bike paths throughout the city make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam
    has the highest museum density in the world. Perhaps you would like to take an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans with its traditional houses and Dutch craft workshops. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner)

    NOTE:
    Guests must be on board ship by 5

    Day 2
    Amsterdam

    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 in the city this afternoon to explore on your own. Later, bid tot ziens (farewell) to Holland and set sail for Germany. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 3
    Cologne, Germany

    Today, enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching Cologne in the afternoon. 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 4
    Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim

    Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. Here, join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. The dramatic RHINE GORGE is 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 unwitting sailors to their doom. In Rudesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, visit SIEGFRIED'S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from
    the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT before returning to your ship for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 5
    Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg

    Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with "civilized" origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany's largest and most important wine market. Join your Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here-and you'll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a LOCAL GUIDE, visit the imposing 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, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 6
    Strasbourg, France

    Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, 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. Also spend time exploring 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. An optional excursion into Alsace wine country is available today. After dinner, enjoy an onboard WOODCARVING demonstration. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 7
    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 with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for a visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 8
    Basel-Mount Pilatus, Lucerne-Zurich

    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). There's free time to explore beautiful Lucerne, then transfer to your Zurich hotel. Your Monograms Local Host can help you with suggestions for the evening. (Breakfast)

    Day 9
    Zurich-Lake 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
    Lake Como

    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
    Lake Como

    Today, 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
    Lake Como

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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    Cruise LineAvalon Waterways
    OfferOffer valid through 12/31/2017
    Duration
    12 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Tranquility II
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    Itinerary
    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Amsterdam  
    Day 2Amsterdam  
    Day 3Cologne  
    Day 4Rudesheim  
    Day 5Mainz  
    Day 6Strasbourg  
    Day 7Breisach  
    Day 8Mount Pilatus  
    Day 9Lake Como  
    Day 10Lake Como  
    Day 11Lake Como  
    Day 12Lake Como  
    Dates/Pricing
    Click Quote or call us to get additional information on your chosen travel date. Special offers or competitive pricing may be available!

    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    April 07, 2018Cat D, E $3,180.00 (USD)Quote
    April 07, 2018Cat A, B, P $4,379.00 (USD)Quote
    April 07, 2018Royal Suite $5,179.00 (USD)Quote
    April 21, 2018Royal Suite  Quote
    April 21, 2018Cat D, E $3,951.00 (USD)Quote
    April 21, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,100.00 (USD)Quote
    May 05, 2018Cat D, E $4,401.00 (USD)Quote
    May 05, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,550.00 (USD)Quote
    May 05, 2018Royal Suite $6,400.00 (USD)Quote
    May 19, 2018Cat D, E $4,451.00 (USD)Quote
    May 19, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,600.00 (USD)Quote
    May 19, 2018Royal Suite $6,450.00 (USD)Quote
    June 02, 2018Cat D, E $4,451.00 (USD)Quote
    June 02, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,600.00 (USD)Quote
    June 02, 2018Royal Suite $6,450.00 (USD)Quote
    June 16, 2018Cat D, E $4,451.00 (USD)Quote
    June 16, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,600.00 (USD)Quote
    June 16, 2018Royal Suite $6,450.00 (USD)Quote
    June 30, 2018Cat D, E $4,101.00 (USD)Quote
    June 30, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,250.00 (USD)Quote
    June 30, 2018Royal Suite $6,100.00 (USD)Quote
    July 14, 2018Cat D, E $4,101.00 (USD)Quote
    July 14, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,250.00 (USD)Quote
    July 14, 2018Royal Suite $6,100.00 (USD)Quote
    July 28, 2018Cat D, E $4,101.00 (USD)Quote
    July 28, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,250.00 (USD)Quote
    July 28, 2018Royal Suite $6,100.00 (USD)Quote
    August 11, 2018Cat D, E $4,351.00 (USD)Quote
    August 11, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,500.00 (USD)Quote
    August 11, 2018Royal Suite $6,350.00 (USD)Quote
    August 25, 2018Cat D, E $4,580.00 (USD)Quote
    August 25, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,729.00 (USD)Quote
    August 25, 2018Royal Suite $6,579.00 (USD)Quote
    September 08, 2018Cat D, E $4,601.00 (USD)Quote
    September 08, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,750.00 (USD)Quote
    September 08, 2018Royal Suite $6,600.00 (USD)Quote
    September 22, 2018Cat D, E $4,594.00 (USD)Quote
    September 22, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,743.00 (USD)Quote
    September 22, 2018Royal Suite $6,593.00 (USD)Quote
    October 06, 2018Cat D, E $4,494.00 (USD)Quote
    October 06, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,643.00 (USD)Quote
    October 06, 2018Royal Suite $6,493.00 (USD)Quote
    November 24, 2018Cat D, E $3,366.00 (USD)Quote
    November 24, 2018Cat A, B, P $4,515.00 (USD)Quote
    November 24, 2018Royal Suite $5,365.00 (USD)Quote
    December 08, 2018Cat D, E $3,366.00 (USD)Quote
    December 08, 2018Cat A, B, P $4,515.00 (USD)Quote
    December 08, 2018Royal Suite $5,365.00 (USD)Quote
    Disclaimer

    Port charges:
    $168

    Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam
    in single room from $185 to $355, in twin room from $115 to $245

    Extra nights per person in Lake Como
    in single room from $175 to $388, in twin room from $110 to $217

    Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Affinity/Felicity
    Category / Decks / Price
    B / Sapphire Deck / $649
    A / Sapphire Deck / $699
    P / Royal Deck / $799
    Suite / Royal Suite / Royal Deck $1,499

    Imagery II/Tranquility II/Visionary
    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo / $199
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
    P / Royal Deck / $1,299
    Suite / Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,999

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

    Travel Terms & Conditions
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    Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Avalon Waterways to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.10 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
  • Additional airline-imposed fees for seat assignments may apply and are not included in your total package cost. Please refer to carrier websites for seat assignment policies and applicable pricing.

    Booking your Vacation with Air
    Our volume buying power saves you money. We may be able to provide you with flight arrangements from your gateway city. Avalon Waterways offers 2 air options: Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Early Airfare Price Guarantee locks in a price that is guaranteed not to increase. Air pricing and schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to last travel date in the itinerary. At that time the best air price will be utilized and a new invoice with the air cost and confirmed schedule will be sent. The identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier's codeshare partner, will be assigned and disclosed at this time. If the guaranteed price is the lowest, the schedule with the lowest fare per contracted classes of service will be booked. Any voluntary change to the confirmed flights negates the guaranteed price and is subject to air pricing at the time of the change.

    Guaranteed air-inclusive prices - air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional non-refundable air deposit of $300 per person is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Avalon in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus a non-refundable per person service fee of $30 (North/Central America), $50 (Europe/Middle East) or $80 (all other international destinations). Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Avalon has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.

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    Air-inclusive vacations include government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking and will be shown as a Total Amount. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. At the time of booking your air-inclusive vacation online, carrier Websites will be provided to check baggage fees, or you can visit www.iflybags.com for up-to-date baggage pricing/restrictions. For return travel from some countries, international travelers are required to pay entry and/or exit fees at the airport. These fees will be collected by the local government and are payable by the traveler at time of travel. Your confirmation booking information will contain information about these fees.