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Canals, Vineyards & Castles with 2 Nights in Paris 2020
(Northbound)

10 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 PARIS, FRANCE
Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the River Seine and “City of Lights,” where romance fills the air! You have plenty of time to visit the city on your own pace.

Day 2 PARIS
Your included City Sightseeing tour shows you must-see sights, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy free time strolling along the Champs-Elysées, or hiking to Montmartre, see its gleaming Sacré Coeur Basilica, and local artists performing in Place du Tertre. (B)

Day 3 PARIS–REMICH, LUXEMBOURG (EMBARKATION)
This morning, board a high-speed train for Metz or Luxembourg City. Continue to Remich to embark on your Avalon Suite Ship® and enjoy dinner onboard this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH (B,D)

Day 4 REMICH. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG
Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine

This morning, you might take a history-focused Guided Optional Excursion to Roman Trier to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in the oldest city in Germany. After your tour, enjoy some free time in Trier.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL (B,L,D)

Day 5 BERNKASTEL, GERMANY
Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses, OR: 

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike to nearby castle ruins.

Spend some free time at your leisure this afternoon, perhaps biking through the Renaissance-style village, or visiting a café to sample Apfelkuchen or other wonderful German desserts.

DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.

Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM (B,L,D)

Day 6 COCHEM
Reichsburg Castle, Riesling Wine, and the Charm of the Moselle Valley

CLASSIC 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. 

Relax on the Sky Deck of your ship while sailing through the Moselle Valley, famous for the beautiful growing villages and their vineyards.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM (B,L,D)

Day 7 RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
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. 

Later, relax on the Sky Deck while sailing through the magnificent Rhine Gorge on your way to Engers.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS (B,L,D)

Day 8 COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

Start your day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR: 

DISCOVERY Join 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!

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)

Day 9 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of the city’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. Alternatively, choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside.

You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon by visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries. Tonight, enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Amsterdam on your own.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)

Day 10 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Day 1 Paris: welcome to France!
  • Day 2 Paris: guided tour
  • Day 3 Remich (Embarkation): travel from Paris to Metz or Luxembourg City by high-speed train, and onward to Remich by motorcoach; onboard welcome reception
  • Day 4 Remich. Excursion to Luxembourg City: guided tour in Luxembourg City
  • Day 5 Bernkastel: guided tour; wine tasting
  • Day 6 Cochem: guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle
  • Day 7 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: special treat; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; cruise through the Rhine Gorge
  • Day 8 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
  • Day 9 Amsterdam: canal cruise
  • Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
All This Included
Your river cruise vacation gets underway in romantic Paris—the “City of Light.” See Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A city tour will show you all the must-see sights! After your stay in Paris, take a high-speed train from Paris to Luxembourg City to board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Remich on the beautiful Moselle River. Enjoy a guided walk in the charming wine village of Bernkastel and taste some of the region’s best wines. Cruise the Moselle River to the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Sail into the Rhine River to the quintessential Rhine valley town of Rüdesheim. Here visit the amazing Mechanical Musical Instruments Museum, and enjoy a stroll through the town’s famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns.

Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. On a guided walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral of Cologne, and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City. Before this fabulous European river cruise concludes, you’ll visit Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. Your scenic river cruise on the Rhine and the Moselle Rivers takes you through both the spectacular and the charming destinations of France and Germany. Enjoy each moment and new discovery while we take care of all the details for your best European vacation yet!
  • Ship Amenities - Avalon Artistry II:
    • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
    • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area
    • State-of-the-art fitness center
    • Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
    • Convenient Elevator Service
    • Elegant, contemporary design
    • Outside viewing deck
    • Headsets for guided shore excursions
    • English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
    • Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
    • Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
    • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
    • Sky Deck whirlpool
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
    • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Breisach
    • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft & maps
    • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
    • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
    • Choice of Classic, Active or Discovery excursions so that you can experience your cruise your way
    • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
    • Onshore & Onboard experiences with regional customs, cultures & tastings with local artisans, experts & entertainers
    • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
    • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
    • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and board games
    • Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and cookies available throughout the day
    • Full-size closet mirror
  • Ship Dining - Avalon Artistry II:
    • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
    • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
    • Daily early-riser breakfast
    • Daily late-riser breakfast
    • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
    • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
    • Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
    • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
    • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
    • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
    • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
    • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
    • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
    • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
    • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
    • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
    • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
    • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
    • Healthy meal options
    • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
    • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
    • Coffee or tea after dinner
    • Light lunch in the Panorama Lounge
    • FlexDining flexible dining times with menu & venue options
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising:
Cabin onboard Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Tranquility II
Paris: Paris Marriott Opéra Ambassador, Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel or Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris
Amsterdam: Westcord Jakarta 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room from $430 to $496, in twin room from $243 to $276

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $249 to $367,in twin room from $160 to $242


Notes
  • 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.
  • Port charges: $182
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
  • All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. 
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* 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.



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