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The Rhine by River Ship

Day 1: En route from U.S.
Day 2: Arrive in Amsterdam, Netherlands – Embarkation
Day 3: Amsterdam
Day 4: Cologne, Germany
Day 5: Koblenz / Rüdesheim
Day 6: Mainz / Heidelberg
Day 7: Strasbourg, France
Day 8: Breisach, Germany / Black Forest
Day 9: Basel, Switzerland – Disembarkation / Depart Zürich
Optional Extension:
Day 9: Basel / Lucerne
Day 10: Lucerne / Guided Walking Tour / Cruise on Lake Lucerne
Day 11: Depart Lucerne

Day 1: En route from U.S.

Day 2: Arrive in Amsterdam, Netherlands – Embarkation
Welcome to Amsterdam, a 700-year-old city filled with artistic heritage, impressive architecture, historic neighborhoods with urban flair, and a lively atmosphere. This afternoon, board the Avalon Tranquility II and meet your traveling companions and crew at a welcome reception.
Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II (D)

Day 3: Amsterdam
This morning, meander along Amsterdam's famous canals in a glass-topped boat, getting a feel for the quaint 17th-century buildings and picturesque curved bridges. Enjoy an exclusive Orbridge excursion to the Rijksmuseum, renowned for its magnificent collection of 17th-century Dutch paintings. Back on board, enjoy an afternoon tea followed by a special welcome dinner, and relax to piano music in the lounge as your vessel sets sail for Cologne.
Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II (B,L,D)

Day 4: Cologne, Germany
During a leisurely morning on board, watch an exclusive barrel tapping and try a sampling of Kölsch beer, which has been brewed in Cologne for over 100 years.

Later, enjoy a guided walking tour of historic Cologne, including an outside visit to the magnificent Kölner Dom—a Gothic-style Roman Cathedral— known as Cologne’s geographical and spiritual heart and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the rest of the day exploring Cologne on your own: visit the Roman ruins or meet the locals at an Old Town tavern.
Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II (B,L,D)

Day 5: Koblenz / Rüdesheim
This morning, arrive in the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Enjoy a walking tour before re-boarding your river ship for the scenic passage through the Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where remarkable castles overlook the river from their hilltop posts. Marvel at the dramatic Rhine Gorge—considered the most beautiful stretch of the river—and pass legendary Lorelei Rock. It's storied that an enchanting maiden named Lore Lay, in despair over her lover's infidelity, enticed unwitting men to their untimely deaths. As punishment, she is sent to a nunnery, but while traveling there, Lore Lay climbs the rock and believes she sees her lover in the Rhine. Overcome with emotion, she falls to her death, and the rock has retained the echo of her name ever since.

After arriving in Rüdesheim, visit the Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and enjoy some free time to explore this quintessential Rhine Valley wine town on your own.
Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II (B,L,D)

Day 6: Mainz / Heidelberg
Following breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Mainz, including remnants of its Roman heritage, Romanesque cathedral and the captivating Gutenberg Museum housing three extremely rare examples of Gutenberg’s original 42-line Bible. After lunch, visit Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Take a walking tour of Heidelberg for a close-up look at Old Town's outstanding examples of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and to see the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle.
Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II (B,L,D)

Day 7: Strasbourg, France
Dock in picturesque Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region and influenced by the cultures of both France and Germany. Meet a local guide for a canal cruise and sightseeing, including the Gothic Cathedral, the lovely “La Petite France” district, Place Kléber, and the statue of Johannes Gutenberg. Next, take the exclusive Orbridge excursion through the region’s picturesque countryside. Travel the Alsace wine route past charming villages and vineyards that produce the region's famous Riesling, Pinot Noir, Muscat, and Pinot Blanc, and taste some of the renowned varietals.
Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II (B,L,D)

Day 8: Breisach, Germany / Black Forest
Rising above vineyards and the Rhine, Breisach is the gateway to the Black Forest. Known for its stunning scenery of dense forests, undulating meadows and waterfalls, the beauty of the Black Forest landscape is unforgettable. A guided tour of this region includes a visit to a cuckoo clock factory or open-air museum.

Later today, you may choose to join an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar, with its half-timbered houses, cobblestoned lanes and bridge-laced canals.
Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II (B,L,D)

Day 9: Basel, Switzerland – Disembarkation / Depart Zürich
After breakfast, disembark the vessel in Basel, Switzerland, and take your complimentary transfer to the Zürich airport for your flight home. (B)

Optional excursions are at an additional cost.

*Itinerary subject to change

Activity Level:

Moderate

Activities are generally not very strenuous, but a fair amount of walking can be expected. Different paces are available for each excursion, including a basic orientation of the must-sees with time to explore on your own, the traditional sightseeing following a guide at an average pace, or leisurely exploring, where all the same sites will be visited for a shorter amount of time or from a distance. Participation in activities and excursions, included or optional, is up to the individual.

It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to follow a guide through cobblestone streets at an average pace for two hours and walk up and down stairs without assistance. Historic city centers are usually more accessible by foot than vehicle, and sometimes it is not possible for your motor coach to drop you off at the entrances of hotels and sites. Due to the structure of some buildings, handrails may not be present, and facilities for people with disabilities may be limited.