Trip Type : River Cruise
Spectacular Switzerland with Romantic Rhine tour
Amsterdam Basel Spectacular Switzerland with Romantic Rhine Trip

Spectacular Switzerland with Romantic Rhine

Avalon Waterways
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
16 days
From: $ 6,409 $ 401 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Welcome to Switzerland
  • Zürich orientation tour; stop in Biel/Bienne, explore the historical center; stop in lakeside Neuchâtel
  • Guided sightseeing, visit the Reformation Park
  • See the Rhône vineyards in Évian-Les-Bains; visit the castle in Gruyères; visit the famous Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Broc
  • Orientation tour in Gstaad; travel to Grindelwald
  • Visit to the Jungfraujoch railway station
  • See the Bear Park, the Old Town and enjoy the panoramic view from the Rose Garden in Berne; travel to Lucerne
  • Walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge
  • Travel to Basel; onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
  • Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
  • Guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
  • Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz
  • Choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
  • Canal cruise
  • This unique vacation gives you a chance to tour stunning Switzerland and enjoy a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River through France, Germany, and Holland


  • Begin in spectacular Switzerland, where you'll enjoy the country’s beautiful mountains and lakes—with overnights in Zürich, Geneva, the Gruyère area, the Interlaken area, and Lucerne

Short Description

This unique vacation gives you a chance to tour stunning Switzerland and enjoy a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River through France, Germany, and Holland.

Begin in spectacular Switzerland, where you'll enjoy the country’s beautiful mountains and lakes—with overnights in Zürich, Geneva, the Gruyère area, the Interlaken area, and Lucerne. The highlight of this tour is the time spent in the Interlaken area. The town is nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by three mighty mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. From Interlaken, Globus has arranged an unforgettable rack railway trip to the "Top of Europe," a high alpine wonderland of ice and snow. Here, at the amazing Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station at 11,332 feet, you can experience an audiovisual journey through the alpine world; stand on the observation platform to view the glaciers; and witness a panoramic view overlooking France, Germany, and Italy. A truly unforgettable experience! Also, visit the magnificent castle in Gruyères and walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture. Geneva, Switzerland's most international and second-largest city, offers a fantastic lakeside setting and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. Here, you'll have guided sightseeing of the city and a visit to the Reformation Park. Enjoy a chocolate tasting at the famous Maison Cailler in Broc; and stop in Gstaad, one of Switzerland's most famous skiing resorts and a popular destination for international celebrities. In Lucerne, enjoy a guided walking tour that includes the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge.

Embark on your river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and head for Breisach, Germany. Here, you’ll find the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, and home to 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. 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 once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City ARRIVE IN ZÜRICH
End City AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
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Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND Welcome dinner at your hotel.

(D)

Day 2

ZÜRICH–BIEL/BIENNE–NEUCHÂTEL–GENEVA Start the day with an orientation tour of Zürich’s Old Town. Stop in Biel/Bienne and explore the historical center, and in lakeside Neuchâtel, before arriving in Geneva.

(B)

Day 3

GENEVA Guided sightseeing features a visit to the Reformation Park and a walk through the Old Town.

(B)

Day 4

GENEVA–ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE–GRUYÈRES–BROC–CHARMEY, SWITZERLAND Stop in the famous spa town of Évian-les-Bains, and see the Rhône vineyards. Arrive in Gruyères and visit the magnificent castle, followed by lunch. Then, visit the famous Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Broc.

(B,L,D)

Day 5

CHARMEY–GSTAAD–GRINDELWALD Enjoy an orientation of one of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts, Gstaad, before arriving in Grindelwald.

(B)

Day 6

GRINDELWALD. EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAU An unforgettable trip to Europe’s highest railway station, the Jungfraujoch. Enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the Ice Palace, the Sphinx Observatory and receive your Jungfrau Passport.

(B,D)

Day 7

GRINDELWALD–BERNE–LUCERNE In Berne, see the Bear Park, the Old Town, and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden. Continue to Lucerne.

(B)

Day 8

LUCERNE Your morning walking tour includes the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. This evening a farewell dinner has been prepared for you at a local restaurant.

(B,D)

Day 9

LUCERNE–BASEL (EMBARKATION) 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,D)

Day 10

BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

CLASSIC Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:

DISCOVERY 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)

Day 11

STRASBOURG, FRANCE Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages

CLASSIC 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)

Day 12

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

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 a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon.

MAINZ

Turning the Pages of History

CLASSIC 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)

Day 13

RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:

ACTIVE Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.

DISCOVERY 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.

KOBLENZ

Travel Through 2,000 Years Of Monumental History

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ

(B,L,D)

Day 14

COLOGNE Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

ACTIVE Join a Guided Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host this morning, OR:

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.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)

Day 15

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)

Day 16

AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

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Amsterdam to Budapest. Just returned River was low. My travel agent called for three days in a row before our departure. She was told there were no low water issues. The day we were to depart we were told there would be two nights on land in Frankfort. We could obtain a full refund and cancel the trip. But the rest of the trip would be fine. Not so we were "tossed off the second ship' the last two days and bused to Budapest. There is no way Avalon did not know of this schedule change. You do not make arrangements overnight for 100+ people to spend six days and four nights off the ship. Avalon was not truthful gave us a paltry return of our costs. We also found out the ships were loaded with other guests who were also being shuffled around. Terrible way to run a business. I would not endorse them to anyone....ever. Ruined a very expensive fifteen day holiday.
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Sheraton Zurich

A newly opened 197 room hotel set in an urban cosmopolitan district with a cozy lobby lounge fireplace and complimentary wireless internet access in public areas. The à-la-carte restaurant has an emphasis on fresh regional food with exciting cooking displays and there is a hip Italian hotel bar serving snacks and drinks as well as a fitness room for workouts.


Zurich
Switzerland
Pfingstweidstrasse 100

Royal Manotel

In the heart of Geneva, this 203 room hotel welcomes you into a warm cozy atmosphere, where you will be met with tradition in a neoclassical ambiance with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout the hotel. Dining options include an upscale restaurant, a bistro and bar and leisure facilities comprise of a fitness area, sauna and hammam.


Geneve
Switzerland
41-43, Rue De Lausanne

Cailler

A charming 63 room chalet style hotel set in a magnificent natural setting in the Freiburg foothills of the Alps with two restaurants, a bar and Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The hotel is connected to the thermal baths of La Gruyère which include indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, Turkish steam bath and Spa facilities.


Charmey
Switzerland
Gros Plan 28

Sunstar Hotel

Enjoying a quiet yet central location in the popular Alpine resort of Grindelwald which has beautiful unspoilt panoramic views of the famous North Face of the Eiger and the Wetterhorn. This 217 room chalet style property has a stylish lobby bar area with open fireplace and offers Free Wi-Fi internet access, two restaurants, a fitness centre and also boasts a wellness oasis with swimming pool, steambath and sauna.


Grindelwald
Switzerland
Dorfstrasse 168

Astoria

Modern Eight-story Hotel located in the center of Lucerne, 3 minutes from train station or lake.


Lucerne
Switzerland
Pilatusstrasse 29

Moevenpick Amsterdam City

A stylish 408-room hotel in the perfect location, this waterfront property offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The chic restaurant serves creative international cuisine and there is a fabulous bar serving drinks and light snacks which is also a great spot for a nightcap. For relaxation there is a Lifestyle Studio featuring a gym, Finnish sauna, bio sauna & ice fountain.


Amsterdam
Netherlands
Piet Heinkade 11

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