Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. 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 (D)
Day 2 AMSTERDAM
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age”
You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.
Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
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 Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!
Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ (B,L,D)
Day 4 KOBLENZ—RHINE GORGE
Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History
Enjoy free time in Koblenz before sailing through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of the Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
DISCOVERY Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM (B,L,D)
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 (B,L,D)
Day 6 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Gothic Giants, Petit France & Varietal Vintages
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 choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.
Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,L,D)
Day 7 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
DISCOVERY Visit to Badische 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, 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 Bavarian butter-making demonstration.
Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a free afternoon in Breisach.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL (B,L,D)
Day 8 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)-INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA
This morning bid farewell to your crew after breakfast and drive to Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian region of Tyrol.
This afternoon, join your local guide for a guided sightseeing of Innsbruck, visit St. James Cathedral and the Hofkirche.
This evening a Folklore Show will be on offer. (B)
Day 9 INNSBRUCK. EXCURSION TO MERANO AND BOLZANO, ITALY
Today enjoy a full day excursion which will bring you in Italy to discover South Tyrol.
Join your local guide for a guided sightseeing of the Alpine towns of Merano and Bolzano. (B)
Day 10 INNSBRUCK. VISIT TO NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, GERMANY—OBERAMMERGAU
This morning take a scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps to King Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to picturesque Oberammergau. (B,D)
Day 11 OBERAMMERGAU. PASSION PLAY
The afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the people of Oberammergau. Dinner will be served during intermission. (B,L,D)
Day 12 OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH
This morning, depart for Germany’s lively city–Munich. Then, enjoy time on your own in this vibrant city. Watch the famous Glockenspiel, which recreates a royal wedding from the 16th century; enjoy the pedestrian zone; linger at an outdoor café; or relax alongside the locals at one of the many Biergärten or breweries to sample one of the Bavarian beer specialties. An evening optional dinner is on offer. (B)
Day 13 MUNICH
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: free time in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Sieg-fried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat
Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: choice of guided walk or visit to the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz or guided tour of Heidelberg Castle; see the Great Vat
Day 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing to visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: full-day guided tour to Black Forest
Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)–Innsbruck: travel from Basel to Innsbruck with guided sightseeing in Innsbruck
Day 9 Innsbruck. Excursion to Merano and Bolzano: guided sightseeing in Merano and Bolzano
Day 10 Innsbruck-Oberammergau: travel by motorcoach to Oberammergau with a stop to visit Neuschwanstein Cas-tle Day 11 Oberammergau: attend the Passion Play
Day 12 Oberammergau-Munich: travel to Munich; guided sightseeing
Day 13 Munich: your vacation ends this morning
All This Included
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting Rhine River cruise, which takes you across Germany and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! You’ll also be our guest in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau for the once-a-decade performance season of the world renowned Passion Play.
This magnificent European river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland, where you’ll enjoy a guided cruise along its legendary canals. Visit Cologne, Germany a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture, famous twin spired cathedral, and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, then continue your cruise to Mainz to visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum or Heidelberg Castle. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest an area of unrivaled natural beauty best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.
Continue your European vacation on shore for a guided tour of Austria and Germany and Italy, starting with sight-seeing in Innsbruck. Continue with a visit to Merano, Bolzano, and Neuschwanstein Castle. The highlight of your trip is a visit to the idyllic Bavarian village of Oberammergau, Germany, to attend the Passion Play. Performed once every ten years by the residents of Oberammergau, the Passion Play is a stunning theatrical event dating back to 1634. Enjoy VIP seating and accommodations in the heart of Oberammergau. Next, enjoy guided sightseeing in Munich, including Nymphenburg Palace, the Marienplatz, and gothic Frauenkirche. Sample Munich’s Biergärtens and cafés, and see the famous Glockenspiel. The perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and inspiration your Avalon Rhine River cruise with the once-a-decade performance of Oberammergau’s Passion Play is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Panorama or Avalon Vista
Amsterdam: Moevenpick Amsterdam City
Innsburck: Grand Hotel Europa or Hilton Innsbruck
Oberammergau: Romantik Hotel Boeld
Munich: Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
Prices do not include port charges of $182 per person.
Cabin upgrades are available.
In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included on the Avalon portion only.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples are 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.