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Embark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and explore everything the Moselle and Rhine Rivers have to offer as you stop at interesting and unique cities in France and Germany—and end in lively Amsterdam, Holland. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—known to be the gateway to Germany’s famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, then head for the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel! Here, you’ll go on a guided walk and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Visit a medieval castle, then sail back into the Rhine and explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River. Your river cruise vacation ends in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Don’t miss your chance to discover the treasures you’ll cherish along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

  1. Day 1
    BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)
    Welcome to Basel. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

    Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm.

    Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

    Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

    EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

    (D)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
    German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest

    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

    DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Visit 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:

    CLASSIC Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden, 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 its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

    CLASSIC Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

    You may also choose to join 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 centre.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
    Philosophers’ Views and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel

    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,” OR:

    ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

    Enjoy sailing to Rüdesheim this afternoon.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

    DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

    Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Lahnstein.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LAHNSTEIN

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    KOBLENZ
    Fortress Walls and Manor Halls

    CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments, OR:

    CLASSIC Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour.


    Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    BERNKASTEL
    Hillside Vines and German Wines

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    This morning enjoy a leisurely sailing

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses.


    DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.


    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    REMICH. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG
    The Lofty Landscapes of Luxembourg

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TRIER

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    TRIER, GERMANY
    Ancient Worlds, and Old World Charm

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city center, OR:

    CLASSIC Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.


    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    COCHEM
    The Charm of the Moselle Valley

    Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit the hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend.


    AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO COLOGNE

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    COLOGNE
    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

    CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR;

    DISCOVERY Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

    Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT SAILING TO AMSTERDAM

    (B,L,D)

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
    Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

    CLASSIC 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. Alternatively, choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside.

    You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Health and Safety Protocols for Globus Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Globus' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Globus has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Globus' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Globus' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Globus will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Globus will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Globus' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Globus will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Globus' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Globus removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Globus are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Globus will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Globus' commitment to clean, Globus is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Globus has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Gateway city for arrival is Zürich, Switzerland.

Port charges:
$336

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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 / $342
B / Sapphire Deck / $2,142
A / Sapphire Deck / $2,227
P / Royal Deck / $2,399
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4,113

Zurich: Radisson Blu Airport
This modern, stylish hotel 330-room property conveniently offers direct access to the airport terminal, the perfect location for arrivals & departures. Dining options include an Italian restaurant specializing in fresh Italian dishes crafted with a modern twist and a Grill restaurant offering seafood and steaks dishes prepared in an open kitchen. The atrium bar has a 16m-high glass wine tower with over 4,000 bottles of wine and champagne and the outdoor terrace is the place for cocktails and light bites. Other amenities include two fitness centers (one on site and one at the airport), a hammam, as well as a sauna set in a plane's cockpit. Free internet access is available throughout the entire hotel.
Address:
Zuerich Flughafen
Zurich , Switzerland
Amsterdam: Westcord Jakarta
A unique sustainable hotel in Amsterdam, where two worlds connect. At the former location where ships left for Jakarta, lies a green oasis in the centre of the city. Hotel offers 200 luxurious rooms with a Indonesian influenced style. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Café Jakarta or get a drink at the Malabar. Be pampered in luxury and relax in our wellness and swimming pool with views towards the river IJ.
Address:
Javakade 766
Amsterdam , Netherlands

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
5
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
5

Ratings based off 4 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

There were only about 3 men who wore a sports coat on the captain's dinner. The Avalon man at the Amsterdam airport was not especially friendly until about 30 minutes after we first talked with him. Maybe his coffee hadn't kicked in, but he was borderline rude. The cruise people were very organized.

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