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Timeless Rivers of Europe: the Rhine and Seine with 2 Nights in Lucerne 2025

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Immerse yourself in German and France culture on this fabulous Europe river cruise vacation along the Seine and Rhine rivers. The views will be spectacular so be sure to pack your camera so you can capture the romance and splendor of this magical journey. You’ll start your European vacation with a 2 night stay in Lucerne, Switzerland. Enjoy a guided walking tour including the Lion Monument, Old Town, Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, Jesuit Church, and a special highlight excursion to Mount Pilatus (or Mount Stanserhorn per seasonal accessibility). Next, transfer to Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Strasbourg, France, located on the French-German border, perfectly blends the cultures of both countries. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Cologne, Germany—a 2,000-year-old city best known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, comes alive on a guided walk. Continue to Amsterdam, the modern capital of Holland. Transfer to Paris by high speed train to start your Seine river cruise. Enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without some time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! Discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.

  1. Day 1
    LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
    Welcome to Switzerland

    The day is free to start exploring this delightful town on the Reuss River. Discover the many squares and churches and how tradition and modernity stand side-by-side or spend your free time to enjoy some shopping in the city center.

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  2. Day 2
    LUCERNE
    A Historic Bridge and Heart of a Lion

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour, which includes the poignant Lion Monument, Old Town, Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and Jesuit Church.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    LUCERNE–SWISS ALPS–BASEL (EMBARKATION)
    Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

    CLASSIC This morning enjoy a special Highlight Excursion to Mount Pilatus (or Mount Stanserhorn per seasonal accessibility) for spectacular views over central Switzerland (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead).

    EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

    (B,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    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.

    ACTIVE Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR:

    DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour 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 Join A Guided Tour to explore Freiburg’s medieval city center, sheltered by the Black Forest amid vineyards and gardens of the Upper Rhine Valley.

    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 CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

    ACTIVE Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

    CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’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 center.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    MAINZ, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
    Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel

    ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an inspiring walk in Heidelberg, the Philosophers' way, OR:

    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:

    CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk in Mainz, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.

    This evening enjoy live entertainment on board your ship after a short sailing to Rüdesheim.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

    ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR:

    DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee.

    En route to Koblenz, sail through the Rhine Gorge (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Take in the breathtaking views of ancient castles perched on cliffs 400 feet above the water, and pass the legendary Rock of the Lorelei—where the mythological siren’s songs lured ill-fated sailors.

    KOBLENZ

    Travel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History

    Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    COLOGNE
    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    ACTIVE Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR:

    DISCOVERY Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites, OR:

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

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

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

    (B,L,D)


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
    Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

    ACTIVE Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR:

    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. You may also choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside.

    Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)–PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)
    This morning, board a high-speed train for Paris to embark on your Avalon Suite Ship® and enjoy dinner onboard this evening.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON

    (B,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    VERNON
    Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour

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

    ACTIVE Explore Vernon's Chateau des Tourelles by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Giverny, home and inspiration of the master impressionist painter Claude Monet. Walk the grounds and see Monet’s charming residence, and the flower and water gardens captured in his masterpieces*, OR:

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle—called “Normandy’s Versailles” for its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables.

    DISCOVERY While sailing, enjoy a traditional French luncheon of authentic French crêpes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.

    This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.

    LES ANDELYS

    Serenity on the Seine

    ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys—one of France’s most picturesque spots on the Seine.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC

    (B,L,D)

    *Monet’s House is closed in March and November. During this period this excursion will be replaced with a Guided Tour of La Roche-Guyon and its castle

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    CAUDEBEC
    Ancient Abbeys Along the Seine

    ACTIVE Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the river with your Adventure Host, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Trip along the Normandy Abbeys Route—where more than 100 medieval Benedictine and Augustine abbeys and churches were built along the Seine.

    This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY
    Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Normandy’s WWII landing beaches, visit significant U.S. sites, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tour of the British and Canadian commemorative sites, including the British cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, the seaside town of Arromanches, the Juno Beach Center, and the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, OR:

    CLASSIC Join “A Taste of Normandy” Guided Tour for an in-depth look at this rich agricultural region. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry, visit the beautiful village of Beuvron en Auge and taste Calvados at a local distillery.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

    EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    ROUEN
    The Cathedral of Our Lady and a Heroine for France

    ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour to discover and explore the most famous monuments and the lesser known hidden gems of Rouen on two wheels, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen—site of Saint Joan of Arc’s martyrdom—and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    CONFLANS
    The Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV

    ACTIVE Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the Seine with your Adventure Host, OR:

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise, home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a Guided tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison*—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.

    Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings.

    EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS

    (B,L,D)

    *Château de Malmaison is closed the 1st Monday of each month and on 22nd September. On these dates, this excursion will be replaced by a visit to Château de Chantilly

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  16. Day 16
    PARIS
    Cafés, Cathedrals and Canvases in the city of Light

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    ACTIVE Experience the Seine river by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:

    CLASSIC Discover the ancient heart of Paris on a captivating Guided Walk featuring the Palais-Royal, Louvre pyramid, ancient sites on Île de la Cité, the Left Bank, bustling Latin Quarter, and more, OR:

    CLASSIC Join a Guided City Tour, that shows you the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées.

    Stroll through Paris on your own or linger over wine in a literary café on the Left Bank.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  17. Day 17
    PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)

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    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.
•Due to “Sail Amsterdam” departure August 10 will end in Rotterdam instead of Amsterdam with modifications to the itinerary.
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Accommodations

Gateway city for arrivals is Zürich.

Port charges:
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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.

Lucerne: Renaissance
A contemporary 87-room hotel set in an elegant turn-of-the-century building located in the heart of Lucerne. Amenities include a lively South American-inspired restaurant, hip cocktail bar, small fitness center, and a contemporary lounge area where complimentary tea and coffee can be enjoyed during the day.
Address:
Pilatusstrasse 15
Lucerne , Switzerland
Lucerne: Radisson Blu
Situated on the shore of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by Swiss mountains, this contemporary 189-room hotel is conveniently located close to the historic Old Town with many shops and restaurants just a short walk away. Spacious, light-filled guest rooms have large floor-to-ceiling windows with a stylish chic decor and amenities include air-conditioning, coffee/tea making facilities, minibars and Free Wi-Fi internet access. Mediterranean dishes are served in the LUCE Restaurant with an outdoor terrace for Summer dining, creative cocktails can be enjoyed in the LUCE Bar and a great selection of vintage wines are available in the LUCE Wine Lounge. On-site services include a fitness center on the fifth floor, a sauna, a steam bath and a relaxation room with a view of Mount Pilatus. Room service is delivered by the hotel's resident robot butler, aptly named" Jeeves" after the legendary quintessential butler invented by British-American author P.G. Wodehouse.
Address:
Inseliquai 12
Lucerne , Switzerland
Paris: Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
Enjoying an unbeatable location next to the iconic Eiffel Tower, this 456-room sleek, modern hotel offers free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and has a California-inspired Brasserie with open kitchen and stylish wine bar. Other amenities include a large gym on the 9th floor with panoramic rooftop vistas.
Address:
18,Avenue De Suffren
Paris , France

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