Romantic Rhine With Mount Pilatus
Amsterdam canal cruise
Rhine River Cruise
Sightseeing in Strasbourg
Excursion to Mount Pilatus in the Swiss Alps
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
Day 2 - AMSTERDAM Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities.
CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age".
This afternoon choose among the many Guided Optional Excursions available.
Take some free time to explore Amsterdam's colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
Day 3 - COLOGNE, GERMANY Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
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.
Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager - locally brewed for over 100 years!
Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
Day 4 - RÜDESHEIM Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Sail through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim and past the legendary rock of the Lorelei - where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.
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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM
Day 5 - MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, 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:
ACTIVE 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 6 - STRASBOURG, FRANCE Gothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages
Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg's 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"an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive 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/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
Day 7 - BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST History, Artistry, 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 Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany's southernmost wine country in Baden"ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners' process in the vineyards here, 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL
Day 8 - BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION) - MOUNT PILATUS - LUCERNE Disembark your Avalon ship and join the Monograms portion of your vacation. 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). Later join a guided walking tour to explore beautiful Lucerne which includes Thorwaldsen's poignant Lion Monument and the famous Chapel Bridge.
Day 9 - LUCERNE - LAKE COMO, ITALYTravel by high-speed train (First class) to Como, the city on the lake that bears its name. Your Local Host will be waiting to greet you and offer recommendations so you can make the most of your time in this well-known city. Your guided walking tour includes the charming historic center; the Broletto (Town Hall) with its fascinating gothic facade; and the imposing, marble-clad Duomo.
Day 10 - LAKE COMO Experience a boat ride on Lake Como for panoramas of stunning mountain scenery and luxury lakeside villas. Disembark at picturesque Bellagio for exploration on your own, returning by boat to Como.
Day 11 - LAKE COMO Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.
Day 12 - LAKE COMO Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.