2019 : The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine (XZC5) - Panorama
18 Day River Cruise Vienna to Amsterdam
This amazing vacation offers the best of both worlds: a land tour of Austria and Switzerland-two of Europe's most scenic countries-and a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River with stops in France, Germany, and Holland!
If you're a fan of palaces and castles, you'll enjoy a visit to Vienna, Austria's Schönbrunn Palace, once the home of the Habsburg family. Stand in awe as you hear the stories of this royal family's home. And in Switzerland, you'll enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva. If spectacular scenery is your interest, you'll be thrilled with a ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train, where you'll travel first-class with panoramic windows to admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages on your way to Zermatt, Switzerland. Other scenic highlights include a Danube cruise along the prettiest part of the river on your way to Salzburg; a private boat cruise on the fjord-lake in Lucerne; a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered the most beautiful mountain area in the world; and more. Some sightseeing highlights include The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee, a walk through the Old Town in Innsbruck, and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.
After this land tour of the historical sights, castles, palaces and spectacular scenery, you'll embark your cruise ship in Basel, Switzerland, for an exciting river cruise along the Rhine River! In Breisach, Germany, find the gateway to Germany's Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. In Strasbourg, France, be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg's castle, towering magnificently over the city, and stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. In the charming wine town of Rudesheim, visit the unique Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Holland's popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, offers world-famous museums and an abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. See the treasures of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city's "Golden Age." A perfect ending to this fabulous land and river cruise adventure!
Day 1 Vienna:Welcome to Austria
Day 2 Vienna:Guided sightseeing, see the Ringstrasse, Heldenplatz, and visit Schönbrunn Palace
Day 3 Vienna-Melk-Salzburg:Danube cruise and visit to The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee; guided walking tour and dinner at a local restaurant in Salzburg
Day 4 Salzburg:Day at leisure
Day 5 Salzburg-Innsbruck-St. Moritz:Walk through the Old Town, see the Golden Roof in Innsbruck; travel to St. Moritz
Day 6 St. Moritz-Chur-Tasch-Zermatt:Panoramic trip onboard of the Glacier Express train to Zermatt
Day 7 Zermatt:Day at leisure
Day 8 Zermatt-Berne:Visit Chillon Castle; travel to Berne
Day 9 Berne-Interlaken-Lucerne:Guided walking tour in Berne, see the Bear Park and enjoy the panoramic view from the Rose Garden; travel to Lucerne
Day 10 Lucerne:Morning walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge; private boat cruise and farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Day 11 Lucerne-Basel (Embarkation):Travel to Basel; onboard welcome reception
Day 12 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest:Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 13 Strasbourg:Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 14 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz:Guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
Day 15 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz:Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz
Day 16 Cologne: Choice of "Cologne Highlights" walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 17 Amsterdam:Canal cruise
Day 18 Amsterdam (Disembarkation):Your vacation ends this morning
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 designed 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. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship: Complimentary Wi-Fi Panoramic windows Elegant, contemporary design & decor Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges Covered Observation Lounge Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Suites & Staterooms: Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness Egyptian super-combed cotton linens Bathrobes & slippers Premium L'Occitane bath products Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels Individual climate control and in-room safe Complimentary bottled water daily And, much more.
Health & Fitness: Bikes Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes Fitness and wellness activities Fitbits® All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM
Dining FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner Early and Late Riser breakfast options Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options. Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests Cocktails available on the Sky Deck Fresh fruit available throughout the day
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Welcome dinner at your hotel.
Guided sightseeing features a visit to magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the Ringstrasse, and Heldenplatz.
Enjoy a Danube cruise and visit The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee before arriving in Salzburg. Guided walking tour and dinner at a local restaurant.
AT LEISURE IN SALZBURG
An optional excursion is available to Berchtesgaden and Hitler's Eagles Nest.
SALZBURG-INNSBRUCK-ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND
In Innsbruck, walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof. Drive through the Swiss Engadine to St. Moritz.
Board the first-class panoramic coach of the Glacier Express train and arrive in Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn.
AT LEISURE IN ZERMATT
An optional excursion is available to the Klein Matterhorn.
Visit Chillon Castle and arrive in Berne.
The guided walking tour of Berne features a panoramic view from the Rose Garden and the Bear Park. Drive across Brunig Pass to Lucerne.
Your morning walking tour includes the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. This evening, enjoy a private boat cruise followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Transfer to Basel to join your Avalon ship
Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.
EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH
(B, L, D)
BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:
Join a full-day Guided Excursion to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration.
Explore on your own this afternoon taking a bike from the ship or hiking up to St. Stephan's Cathedral.
EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
(B, L, D)
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages
Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city's gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, and the magical La Petite France District.
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.
Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber, or pay a visit to one of Strasbourg's many wonderful museums.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN
(B, L, D)
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Castle Walls and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine
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," OR:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers' Way for an inspiring view of the city below.
Enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon.
Turning the Pages of History
Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ
(B, L, D)
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.
Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.
Travel Through 2,000 Years Of Monumental History
Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ
(B, L, D)
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City
Join a Guided Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host this morning, OR:
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites.
Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years!
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
(B, L, D)
Colorful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "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.
Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Notes 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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered. Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Vienna:
in single room from $144 to $175, in twin room from $80 to $104
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
P / Royal Deck / $1299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199
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.
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