Our Rhine River cruise and vacation takes us through Holland, Germany, France, and Switzerland—all beginning with an overnight stay in Amsterdam for touring. Enjoy a beautiful and relaxing riverboat that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, plus beer and wine. Also included are your daily excursions in each port and we end with 2 post-cruise nights in Lucerne. Join Lori on this escorted group tour that is a perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.
To request a full brochure – click HERE or call Lori 319-393-1359
Sunday, July 7: Depart USA for Europe
Depart USA for our overnight flight.
Monday, July 8: Arrive in Holland
After arriving in Amsterdam, our day is free to explore at our leisure. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance.
Tuesday, July 9: Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Today we will embark our riverboat and begin our exploring.
Classic: Discover the true beauty of Amsterdam with an off-the-beaten-path Guided Walking Tour through its cobblestone streets for a captivating look at this legendary city.
This afternoon perhaps join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. We remain docked overnight in Amsterdam. (B,D)
Wednesday, July 10: Amsterdam, Holland
A day to discover beautiful Amsterdam.
Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age."
This afternoon you can choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available or take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops. Cruise to Cologne. (B,L,D)
Thursday, July 11: Cologne
One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine.
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, OR:
Active: Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host.
Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. (B,L,D)
Friday, July 12: Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. En route to Rüdesheim, sail through the Rhine Gorge. 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.
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; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening and remain docked overnight. (B,L,D)
Saturday, July 13: Mainz—Excursion To Heidelberg
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel
Classic: Tour 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, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, OR:
Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.
Sunday, July 14: Strasbourg, France
Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way.
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.
Choose 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. (B,L,D)
Monday, July 15: Breisach, Germany. Excursion To The Black Forest
German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest
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:
Discovery: Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking 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 half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. (B,L,D)
Tuesday, July 16: Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)
Spectacular views in Switzerland. This morning we disembark our ship and take a motorcoach transfer to Mount Pilatus.
Classic: Enjoy a special highlight excursion to Mount Pilatus. Journey almost 7,000 ft. (2,132 m) up for spectacular views over central Switzerland (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead).
Historic Houses and a Wooden Bridge
Classic: Join a Guided Walking tour to explore beautiful Lucerne, which includes Thorwaldsen’s poignant Lion Monument and the famous Chapel Bridge.
Wednesday, July 17: Lucerne, Switzerland
Lake and Mountains.
Today, enjoy a day at leisure in Lucerne. 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. (B)
Thursday, July 18: Depart and return home
Our vacation ends with breakfast this morning. We will transfer to the airport and return home with new friends and wonderful memories. (B)
Customize your trip by selecting your daily optional excursions—all included with your tour!
CLASSIC: Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
DISCOVERY: We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
ACTIVE: Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
- Group transfers from the airport to hotel, hotel to ship, ship to hotel, hotel to airport
- 1-night hotel accommodations in Amsterdam, Holland
- 2-nights hotel accommodations in Lucerne, Switzerland
- 7-night accommodations on river cruise ship
- 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- Complimentary room service onboard for Continental breakfast
- Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks onboard during lunch and dinner
- Complimentary wine, beer and cocktails during onboard Happy Hour
- Self-serve complimentary onboard tea, hot chocolate and premium coffees
- Complimentary afternoon tea featuring tea, coffee and sweet treats.
- Complimentary included daily excursions while onboard
- Complimentary bicycles available
- Complimentary computer use in public areas and complimentary Wi-Fi access
- Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
- English-speaking staff
- Port charges of $210 per person
- International airfare (group air available October 2023)
- Other optional tours
- Personal items
- Meals not listed in itinerary
- Tips & Gratuities
- Travel Insurance
For more information about this tour and to request a full brochure – call Lori at 319-393-1359 or email: Lori@duagency.com