18 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam 2022

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Vienna to Amsterdam

The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine

Starting from $7,230
Ship(s): , Avalon Panorama
Avalon Waterways
18 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam 2022

River Cruise Description

This amazing European vacation offers the best of both worlds: a land tour of Austria and Switzerland-two of Europe's most scenic countries-and a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River with stops in France, Germany, and Holland!

See the true definitions of palaces and castles while visiting Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace-former home to the long-reigning Habsburg dynasty. In Switzerland, enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva. Pass through some of the world's most spectacular scenery with a ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train. Travel first class with panoramic windows to admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages on your way to Zermatt, Switzerland. Other scenic highlights include a Danube cruise along the prettiest part of the river on your way to Salzburg; a private boat cruise on the fjord-lake in Lucerne; a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered the most beautiful mountain area in the world; and more. Some sightseeing highlights include the Basilika St. Michael in Mondsee (of The Sound of Music fame), a walk through the Old Town in Innsbruck, and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.

Embark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland, to begin your Rhine River cruise! Visit Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany's Black Forest, and an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for 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 visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, and explore Holland's popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, with its world-famous museums, wealth of eateries, iconic 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 fabulous land and river cruise adventure!



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Avalon Choice

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:

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.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
(D)

Day 2 VIENNA

Guided sightseeing includes Schönbrunn Palace and Heldenplatz. Free time this afternoon.
(B)

Day 3 VIENNA–MELK–MONDSEE, SALZBURG

MELK Danube River cruise.
MONDSEE Visit the Parish Church.
SALZBURG Guided walking tour includes Mirabell Gardens, the Great Festival Hall, and Residenz Square. Globus Local Favorite Dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant
(B)

Day 4 SALZBURG

Free day.
(B)

Day 5 SALZBURG–INNSBRUCK–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND

INNSBRUCK Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof. Free time to browse.
Scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine en route to St. Moritz
(B,D)

Day 6 ST. MORITZ–CHUR–TÄSCH–ZERMATT

CHUR Glacier Express train ride to Zermatt includes lunch on board.
(B,L)

Day 7 ZERMATT

ZERMATT Free day.
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Zermatt with an excursion to the Matterhorn Glacier by cable car. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time with your GlobusGO mobile app.
(B,D)

Day 8 ZERMATT–BERNE

ZERMATT Mountain train ride to Täsch.
CHILLON Guided visit of the castle and wine tasting.
(B)

Day 9 BERNE–INTERLAKEN–LUCERNE

BERNE Guided walking tour includes a stop at Bear Park, panoramic views of the city from the Rose Garden and the Old Town.
INTERLAKEN Free time for lunch en route to Lucerne.
(B)

Day 10 LUCERNE

LUCERNE Walking tour includes the Lion monument, the Old Town, and the Chapel Bridge. Private boat cruise this evening followed by farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
(B,D)

Day 11 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 12 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

German winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Active
Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR:
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
Choice of excursion to Black Forest or visit to a local winery in Breisach or bike with your Adventure Host.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.
EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
(B,L,D)

Day 13 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France
Active
Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including the Strasbourg’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
You may also choose to join 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.
EVENING CRUISE TO MAINZ
(B,L,D)

Day 14 MAINZ, GERMANY–EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel
Active
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below, OR:
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:
Classic
Enjoy a Guided City Walk in Mainz 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 15 RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
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
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 16 COLOGNE

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Active
Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral
Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 17 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Active
Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR:
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 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 18 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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