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Top of Switzerland with Romantic Rhine tour

Top of 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
13 days
From: $ 5,669 $ 436 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Welcome to Switzerland
  • Zürich orientation walk; visit the Schaukaeserei Affoltern; travel to Interlaken

  • Day 3 Interlaken. Excursion to the Jungfrau:
  • Visit to the Jungfraujoch railway station
  • Visit the Woodcarving Museum in Brienz; visit the Open-Air Museum in Ballenberg; travel to Lucerne
  • Morning walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge
  • Travel to Basel; onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller

  • Day 8 Strasbourg:
  • Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
  • Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
  • Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Koblenz
  • Choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
  • Canal cruise
  • Your Switzerland guided vacation begins in Zurich, where you will start your Globus tour
  • You’ll enjoy a guided walk through Old Town, a visit to Emmental Valley to visit the Schaukaeserei Affoltern, and then travel to Interlaken for an excursion to the Jungfraujoch—Europe’s highest railway station

Short Description

Your Switzerland guided vacation begins in Zurich, where you will start your Globus tour. You’ll enjoy a guided walk through Old Town, a visit to Emmental Valley to visit the Schaukaeserei Affoltern, and then travel to Interlaken for an excursion to the Jungfraujoch—Europe’s highest railway station. You’ll experience the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the Ice Palace, the Sphinx Observatory, and receive your Jungfrau Passport.

A scenic drive through charming mountains brings you to cozy Brienz, where you visit the Woodcarving Museum. Next, is the fascinating Open-Air Museum of Ballenberg, before continuing to picture-book Lucerne, where you’ll take a walking tour, featuring the powerful Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. Your scenic river cruise on the Rhine will commence in Basel, for an amazing vacation which begins in Switzerland and stops in France, Germany, and Holland. You’ll sail to Breisach, your starting point for an excursion to Black Forest or a visit to Gouda. Then venture on to Strasbourg, France, to see its gothic cathedral with stunning murals and stained-glass.

Sail to Ludwigshafen for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, or join your Avalon Adventure Host® for a hike up Philosophers’ Way. You’ll also visit the Gutenberg museum for amazing history of early pioneers of print. Sail to Rüdesheim and through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. You’ll visit Koblenz and Cologne, and arrive in Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the colorful city.

Your scenic Avalon river cruise on the Romantic Rhine River, and complete Globus vacation package in Switzerland are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.

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 ZÜRICH
End City AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
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Itinerary

Day 1

ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND Welcome dinner at your hotel.

(D)

Day 2

ZÜRICH—EMMENTAL—INTERLAKEN Orientation walk of Zürich’s Old Town. Stop in the Emmental Valley to visit the Schaukaeserei Affoltern and enjoy a light lunch. Later, arrive in Interlaken.

(B,L)

Day 3

INTERLAKEN. 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)

Day 4

INTERLAKEN—BRIENZ—BALLENBERG—LUCERNE A scenic drive through charming mountains brings you to cozy Brienz, where you visit the Woodcarving Museum. Next, is the fascinating Open-Air Museum of Ballenberg, before continuing to picture-book Lucerne.

(B)

Day 5

LUCERNE Your morning walking tour features the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge, and this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

(B,D)

Day 6

LUCERNE—BASEL (EMBARKATION) Transfer from Lucerne to Basel. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

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

EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

(B,D)

Day 7

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

DISCOVERY Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.

Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a free afternoon in Breisach.

EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

(B,L,D)

Day 8

STRASBOURG, FRANCE Gothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages

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

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

(B,L,D)

Day 9

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.

Alternatively enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon and join our included tour.

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 10

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

DISCOVERY Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

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.

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 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)

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.

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 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. You may also choose an Optional City 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)

Day 13

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

(B)

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Avalon transport to hotel

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We came at the airport in amsterdam, the driver came to pick us up in a FORD station car, What a Joke. A small simple car. We expect a Mercedes, BMW or Audi, at least a great German car. The driver was friendly, but how Can they send a bad old car like that ? I could better take a Tesla outside the airport
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We had booked a Danube River Cruise for April 2019 and we had to cancel due to a family emergency. Our travel agent, Cruise Planners in Charleston and Avalon were absolutely FABULOUS about helping us cancel our reservation and were very understanding and sympathetic to our issue.

If we plan another trip in the future, I will not hesitate to use both companies again.
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Thing of a Danube cruise next May...but…

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Thing of a Danube cruise next May...but VERY concerned now with the reports of low level water and big problems...any advice about a May cruise?

Jill Bondarchuk Does not care about terrible experience never use avalon

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Jill Bondarchuk Who is in charge of Avalon waterways did not seem to care about are terrible experience with Avalon romantic reign
Cruise the most important day of the cruise we were crammed on a tour boat hat was way over crowded we could not see any romantic castles
It was terrible I saved up most my life for this and they just did not care I am a hard working man and very rarely get upset but I will not recommend cruise to anyone they seem to not care and for the cost of the cruise which is not cheap gave us 200.00 off for lifetime saving for this special moment got back standard corporate letter from Jill bondarchuck basically saying to bad very disappointed at the uncaring
Of ruining trip of lifetime
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Failure to take responsibility for not delivering on promises

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Had our trip gone according to plan I have no doubt I would be giving Avalon five stars. The five days we cruised, out of fifteen booked, was exceptional. Whilst Avalon cannot be blamed for poor water conditions, they can be blamed for failing to inform us in time to cancel the trip, on failing to offer reasonable compensation, and on exceptionally poor communications from their customer service area.

In short:
We cruised for 5 days out of the advertised 15.
We cruised through part of one country, rather than the advertised five countries.
We were put up in hotels for six nights. Meals, where provided by the hotel at all, were ordinary, at best.
We spent many hours being driven point to point on buses, requiring early morning starts and much packing and repacking. We saw very little in the way of scenery outside of the five days of cruising, spending most of the time on motorways.

The amount of compensation offered was totally inadequate being a small proportion of the total cruise-only cost (nothing for the cost of airfares). When challenged, Avalon just says that is their policy. My requests for a review by a more senior representative seems to have been ignored.

Whilst other cruise companies have suffered similar problems, most seem to be able to transfer passengers relatively small distances to another ship. I suspect this is because most have more ships available.

By all means use Avalon if you can be certain the river conditions will allow one continuous journey - the ship was great, as were the staff on the ship. However where there is any likelihood of problems, it appears Avalon is least likely to be able to minimise the disruption and will not offer fair and reasonable compensation when things go wrong.
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The most enjoyable cruise I have ever been on!

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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

Metropole Hotel

This 96-room hotel has a superb central location offering serene views of the impressive Jungfrau Mountain range from its 18th floor panoramic restaurant. The inviting bar is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and there is also a fitness room, sauna and Free Wifi internet access throughout the property.


Interlaken
Switzerland
Hoeheweg 37

Astoria

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


Lucerne
Switzerland
Pilatusstrasse 29

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.


Amsterdam
Netherlands
Javakade 766

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