Day 1:AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. 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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Colorful Canals of Amsterdam
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.
Alternatively spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
Day 3:COLOGNE, GERMANY
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral, OR:
Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.
Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!
Local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ
Fortress Walls and Manor Halls
Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments, OR:
Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour.
Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL
Hillside Vines and German Wines
Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses.
Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.
Grab Nordic walking sticks or a bike from the ship and explore the surroundings nature trails, or leisurely hike up the hills for breathtaking views of the Moselle.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH
Day 6:REMICH. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG
The Lofty Landscapes of Luxembourg
Join your Adventure host for today’s special activities.
Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TRIER
Day 7:TRIER, GERMANY
Ancient Worlds, and Old World Charm
Take a Guided Sightseeing tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city center, OR:
Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM
The Charm of the Moselle Valley
Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem’s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend.
AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO BOPPARD
Day 9:BOPPARD-RHINE GORGE
A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge
Spend some free time this morning visiting a local café for a cup of German coffee. Alternatively, choose to explore Boppard’s beautiful views and forested surroundings on a bike ride or hike at your own pace.
Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:
Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a special treat, OR:
Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN
Day 10:LUDWIGSHAFEN. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Philosophers’ Views and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
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:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
Day 11:STRASBOURG, FRANCE
A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France
Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
Consider 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
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
Day 12:BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest
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:
Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden 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 its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL
Day 13:BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Zurich airport before 10 am.