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16 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Zürich to Amsterdam 2022
Spectacular Switzerland with Romantic RhineStarting from $6,680
River Cruise DescriptionThis European tour includes a Globus escorted vacation in stunning Switzerland, along witha 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 unforgettable 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. Visit Geneva, Switzerland's most international and second-largest city, to explore its fantastic lakeside setting and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. Here, you'll enjoy guided sightseeing in the city with 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, or sail to 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 amid 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 in Europe!
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|Aug 5, 2022||Avalon Vista||$6,680||Call Us!|
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|Sep 2, 2022||Avalon Vista||$6,920||Call Us!|
|Sep 16, 2022||Avalon Vista||$6,900||Call Us!|
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
- Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLANDWelcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 ZÜRICH–BIEL/BIENNE–NEUCHÂTEL–GENEVAStart 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.
Day 3 GENEVAGuided sightseeing features a visit to the Reformation Park and a walk through the Old Town.
Day 4 GENEVA–ÉVIAN LES BAINS, FRANCE–BROC– GRUYÈRE AREA, SWITZERLANDStop 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.
Day 5 GRUYÈRE AREA–GSTAAD–GRINDELWALDEnjoy an orientation of one of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts, Gstaad, before arriving in Grindelwald.
Day 6 GRINDELWALD. EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAUHighlights of the day is 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.
Day 7 GRINDELWALD–BERNE–LUCERNEIn Berne, the guided walking tour features the Bear Park, the Old Town, and panoramic views of the city from the Rose Garden. Continue to Lucerne.
Day 8 LUCERNEYour 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.
Day 9 LUCERNE–BASEL, SWITZERLAND (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.
Day 10 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
Day 11 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Day 12 MAINZ, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Day 13 RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE
Day 14 COLOGNE
Day 15 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Day 16 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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