Canals, Vineyards & Paris 2018 (Amsterdam to Remich, Cruise-Only)
8-day River Cruise with Avalon Waterways
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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. If your flight arrives early enough, you might like to take one of a selection of optional excursions. Then, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D)
NOTE: Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2 Amsterdam
After breakfast, set out to discover the treasures of this city by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” Later, cruise out of Amsterdam and head for Germany. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Cologne, Germany
One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a GUIDED CITY WALK or a JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (B,L,D)
Day 4 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim
This morning sail through the RHINE GORGE, the most dramatic and beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. Further upstream is pretty Rüdesheim, the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM is a real surprise! Here you’ll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then there’s free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestoned Drosselgasse, where colorful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Cochem
This morning, as you cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River, it quickly becomes obvious why the Moselle Valley is famous for its beautiful and tranquil scenery, and that this is an important wine-growing area. After lunch, arrive in Cochem, a charming, picturesque town with half-timbered houses and winding streets full of history and legends that will be brought to life during your GUIDED WALK. Visit REICHSBURG CASTLE, built in 1000 AD and furnished with renaissance and baroque furniture. Sitting dramatically atop a conical hill covered in vines, this castle offers splendid views of the little town nestled down below and of the river valley. Cochem is at the heart of the Moselle wine trade and, most notably, the Riesling grape is cultivated, producing a dry to sweet, floral white wine. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Bernkastel
This morning dock in the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK that includes the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall and the “pointed house,” built in 1416. Wine growers in this area look after Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. This afternoon you might like to visit the Wine Museum to learn more about the history of the region’s wine. Before dinner, enjoy a pleasant included TASTING of several of the region’s varietals. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Grevenmacher, Luxembourg–Remich. Excursion to Luxembourg City
Today enjoy a tranquil morning of cruising or join an optional excursion to the Roman city of Trier. After lunch drive to Luxembourg. Because of its location and natural geography, Luxembourg City has been a place of strategic military significance throughout history; the first fortifications were built as early as the 10th century. The city center occupies a picturesque site, perched high on precipitous cliffs that drop into the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers. A LOCAL GUIDE will acquaint you with this city whose layout is complex as it is set on two levels, straddling hills and dropping into the two river valleys. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Remich, Luxembourg (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome reception
Amsterdam: canal cruise
Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk
Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat
Cochem: guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle
Bernkastel: guided walk; wine tasting
Grevenmacher–Remich. Excursion to Luxembourg City: guided sightseeing
Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
Attend a tasting of the area's famed Moselle wine.
All This Included
Start this magnificent river cruise vacation in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten.
Begin your scenic cruise along the Rhine River and arrive in Cologne, Germany—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. On a guided city walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City. You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. Along the Moselle River, you’ll stop at the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. The wine village of Bernkastel offers quaint narrow streets and half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages. Relax, take in the scenery, and enjoy a wine-tasting of the area’s best offerings. Before your fabulous European river cruise concludes, visit Luxembourg City with a local expert. This historical city offers unique and dramatic views as it is set on two levels—high above on straddling hills and dropping into two river valleys.
Panoramic windows throughout.
Elegant, contemporary design.
Included excursions with Certified Local Guides; sightseeing as outlined in the day by-day itinerary; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE.
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
24-hour self-serve beverage station.
Premium coffees, cappuccinos & lattes.
Upscale bar serving premium spirits.
Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment.
Comfort Collection BedsSM.
Premium L'Occitane bath products.
Large bathrooms - showers with glass doors.
Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels.
Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage.
Complimentary bottled water daily.
Choice of regional, Western and vegetarian dishes.
Daily early- and late-riser breakfasts.
Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine.
Complimentary juices with breakfast.
Made-to-order egg station at breakfast.
Daily full breakfast buffet with hot/cold menu items.
Complimentary soft drinks with lunch.
Daily lunch buffet with pasta and carving stations.
Alternate grill fare at the Sky Bistro (weather permitting).
Chef-inspired regional recipes.
Four-course dinners with open seating.
Nightly choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese.
Complimentary wine (including regional) at dinner.
Complimentary soft drinks or beer with dinner.
Night Fare served at 10:30 pm.
Well-stocked library with books, cards and games.
Headsets for shore excursions.
Professional Cruise Director.
Friendly, English-speaking crew.
Light dinners and wines in the Panorama Bistro on Suite Ships®.
And, much more.
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Visionary
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $235 to $305, in twin room from $135 to $170
Cabin upgrades are available.
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
In the event that a high-speed train is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the route will be altered or operated by motorcoach.
Port charges: $168.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.
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