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Romantic Rhine
Seven days. Four countries.

ROMANTIC RHINE (NORTHBOUND)

Avalon View
Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 6-13, 2025
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One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which begins in Switzerland and visits France, Germany, and Holland! Board the Avalon View in Basel, Switzerland, then head for Breisach, Germany, at the foot of the Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border. Here you’ll 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. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, and marvel at the red-sandstone Gothic-style 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 Castle, towering magnificently over the city, or stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Sail to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, and a visit to the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, then pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Last stop in Germany is Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral.

At the conclusion of your Rhine River cruise, you’ll spend time in colorful Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on an included canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Spend free time discovering world-famous museums, and an abundance of restaurants in the vibrant, modern capital of Holland.

ITINERARY

Apr 6 - Basel, Switzerland (embarkation)
Apr 7 - Breisach, Germany
Apr 8 - Strasbourg, France
Apr 9 - Mainz, Germany
Apr 10 - Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge - Koblenz, Germany
Apr 11 - Cologne, Germany
Apr 12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands (disembarkation)
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As the newest addition to their fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon View certainly lives up to its name! Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. The 200-square-foot Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, with Avalon's signature window-facing "Beds with a View." Onboard amenities include complimentary Starlink Wi-Fi access, a small state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an Adventure Center for bikes and active gear, and an Avalon Adventure Host to assist with active excursions and activities.

Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile FlexDining venues, including the casual Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, or elegant glass-walled Dining Room. Library books, cards, and board games are favorites in the Club Lounge, and our Observation Lounge affords the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by. The expansive Sky Deck beckons with a whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, shade system, and deck games-against a backdrop of Europe's most spectacular views!

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SUITE TYPES

The suites on Avalon View are luxurious and spacious, featuring elegant furnishings and upscale amenities. All  offer stunning river views and well-appointed bathrooms, providing guests with a serene and opulent retreat.

Open–Air Balconies and Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows in all Panorama SuitesSM

Comfort Collection Beds with choice of mattress firmness

Egyptian super-combed cotton linens

Bathrobes & slippers

Premium L'Occitane® bath products & hairdryer

Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door

Wide selection of free movie channels and English-speaking TV

Individual climate control and in-room safe

Full-size closet and mirror

Additional under-bed storage

Well-stocked mini-bar

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Deluxe Stateroom
172 sq ft
From $3237 CAD per person
(based on double occupancy)

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Panorama Suite
200 sq ft
From $4986 CAD per person
(based on double occupancy)

Limited solo cabins may be available (contact me for pricing). 
Pricing in place until Oct 1, 2024.

 

All ship images courtesy of Avalon Waterways. Some images are sister ships of Avalon View.

What's included:
Onshore excursions with expert local guides*
Regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner
Complimentary continental breakfast served in your room
Onboard cultural presentations and local entertainment
A choice of Avalon FlexDining® menus and venues on board to dine when and where you like
Round-the-clock cappuccinos
Free Wi-Fi
Adventure Center with gear and guidance to explore your way
Avalon Adventure Host to direct or accompany you on active pursuits
Gratuities

* Excursions may vary, but you can view common selections on this itinerary here


What's not included, but can be arranged:
International flights
Transfers to and from the airport
Pre or post cruise hotel stays
Travel insurance

 

Payment schedule:
Due at booking $250 CAD per person
Payment can be made any time until final payment
Final payment: Dec 20, 2024

Interested in learning more? Contact me for more information.

Images taken by me on my visits to these locations.

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