Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine (Southbound) 2020

8 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Budapest

Cruise WAZ

From 

£2,299  pp

Cruise only

Departing 28 November 2020

From 

£2,632  pp

Cruise with flights & transfers

From London Luton

Overview

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this special winter voyage along the Rhine River across Germany, and touching in Holland, France, and Switzerland! This magnificent festive season Rhine river cruise begins in Amsterdam, Holland, with a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Cruise to the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne, Germany. Try a locally brewed Kölsch beer, marvel at the amazing gothic architecture, and stroll the Christkindlesmarkt for mementos, confections, and hot drinks. You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim where you’ll be enchanted by the festive Christmas market glow. Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum for extra holiday cheer. In Mainz, enjoy the remarkable Gutenberg Museum and lovely holiday markets. Join an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, home to the Great Vat (the world’s largest barrel of wine)! In Strasbourg, France, see the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals, and the city’s astronomical clock, as well as Strasbourg’s famous Christmas market—one of the oldest and finest in Europe. You’ll sail to the gateway of the beautiful Black Forest in Breisach, Germany, and experience the magical charm, festive lights, and traditional décor of each destination’s shining Christmas markets. At every stop, you’ll experience the magical charm of this time of year, with the towns decked out in festive lights and décor, and the Christmas markets waiting to be explored.

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this special winter voyage along the Rhine River across Germany, and touching in Holland, France, and Switzerland! This magnificent festive season Rhine river cruise begins in Amsterdam, Holland, with a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Cruise to the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne, Germany. Try a locally brewed Kölsch beer, marvel at the amazing gothic architecture, and stroll the Christkindlesmarkt for mementos, confections, and hot drinks. You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim where you’ll be enchanted by the festive Christmas market glow. Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum for extra holiday cheer. In Mainz, enjoy the remarkable Gutenberg Museum and lovely holiday markets. Join an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, home to the Great Vat (the world’s largest barrel of wine)! In Strasbourg, France, see the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals, and the city’s astronomical clock, as well as Strasbourg’s famous Christmas market—one of the oldest and finest in Europe. You’ll sail to the gateway of the beautiful Black Forest in Breisach, Germany, and experience the magical charm, festive lights, and traditional décor of each destination’s shining Christmas markets. At every stop, you’ll experience the magical charm of this time of year, with the towns decked out in festive lights and décor, and the Christmas markets waiting to be explored.

Itinerary

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 three 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.

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.

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.

Classic
<p>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.</p>
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.

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.

Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

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.

With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition or join a Guided Optional

Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

VERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Day 2 AMSTERDAM

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

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.

Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

ATERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

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.

Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.

Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Cologne’s Christmas markets.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

Day 4 RHINE GORGE—RÜDESHEIM

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Eat, Drink and be Merry in Wine Country

Sail through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim past the legendary rock of The Lorelei–where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

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.

Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

Don’t miss the tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of sparkling winter wonderlands in the city.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

Day 5 MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

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.

Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.

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.

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.”

In your free time visit the local Christmas market: explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sound.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

Day 6 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages

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.

Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petit France District.

Savor the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending your free time wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season.

You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit Alsace’s wine country today.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

Day 7 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

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.

Visit Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden and learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:

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.

Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood.

You may choose to follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with 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 8 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am.

Questions? Our travel specialists can help with any queries, quotes or special requirements.  Request a callback or email us.

What's included

Cruise only

From £2,299 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Cruise Only holiday option.

  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All port taxes
  • Onboard meals including à la carte dinners
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides

Cruise with flights & transfers

From £2,632 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes private home pick-up to your chosen airport, return flights, and overseas transfers to your ship.

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • Headset
  • All airport and port taxes
  • Onboard meals including à la carte dinners
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary wi-fi onboard

Ship details

Onboard every one of our Suite Ships you'll find the same exacting standards and attention to detail. They all feature our one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites, with the widest opening windows in river cruising, and beds facing the incredible views. This cruise operates on the following ships.

Avalon Panorama

Avalon Panorama accommodates 166 passengers. A unique Suite Ship, it was the first of its kind in the industry with two full decks of suites featuring a wall-to-wall panoramic window that transforms the living space into a unique open-air balcony. The suites' full-size seating area is ideal for quiet moments to yourself, or is spacious enough to host a private cocktail party for new found friends. The clever positioning of the bed ensures superb river views when you wake and retire.

Deluxe Stateroom (D,E)
172 sq.ft., Indigo Deck
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward - floorplan
Picture of Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward (172sq ft)
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Panorama Suite (A,B,P)
200 sq.ft, Sapphire and Royal Decks
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft - floorplan
Picture of Panorama Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Sapphire Deck Aft (200sq ft)
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air BalconySM
  • Open-Air BalconySM with 6-person seating area
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Royal Suite (S)
300 sq.ft., Royal Deck
Royal Suite - Royal Deck - floorplan
Picture of Royal Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Royal Deck (300sq ft)
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air BalconySM
  • Open-Air BalconySM with 6-person seating area
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twin beds, one queen-size bed or one king-size bed (Royal Suites only)
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available
Deck Plans
Avalon Panorama deck plan

Deck plan key

  • Sky Lounge
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Grill
  • Sky Deck Whirlpool
  • Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Deck Game area
  • Observation Lounge
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Bar
  • Reception/Guest services
  • Lift
  • Atrium
  • Club Lounge with well-stocked library, board games and self-service beverage station
  • Galley
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Fitness centre

Stateroom categories

  • Royal Suite
  • Royal Deck
  • Category P
  • Panorama Suite - Royal Deck
  • Category A
  • Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Forward
  • Category B
  • Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft
  • Category D
  • Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Aft
  • Category E
  • Deluxe stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward

Avalon Vista

Accommodating 166 passengers, Avalon Vista delivers a river cruising experience like no other. As one of Avalon Waterways' innovatively designed Suite Ships, Avalon Vista offers two full decks of Panorama Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique open-air balconies. Designed with comfort in mind and with upgrades and enhancements throughout, Avalon Vista offers impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as elegant dining and sleek, contemporary decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

Deluxe Stateroom (D,E)
172 sq.ft., Indigo Deck
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward - floorplan
Picture of Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward (172sq ft)
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Panorama Suite (A,B,P)
200 sq.ft, Sapphire and Royal Decks
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft - floorplan
Picture of Panorama Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Sapphire Deck Aft (200sq ft)
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air BalconySM
  • Open-Air BalconySM with spacious seating area
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Royal Suite (S)
300 sq.ft., Royal Deck
Royal Suite - Royal Deck - floorplan
Picture of Royal Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Royal Deck (300sq ft)
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air BalconySM
  • Open-Air BalconySM with spacious seating area
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twin beds, one queen-size bed or one king-size bed (Royal Suites only)
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Deck Plans
Avalon Vista deck plan

Deck plan key

  • Sky Lounge
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Bistro
  • Whirlpool
  • Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Deck Game area
  • Observation Lounge
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Bar
  • Reception/Guest services
  • Lift
  • Atrium
  • Club Lounge
  • Galley
  • Dining room
  • Fitness centre

Stateroom categories

  • Category E
  • Deluxe stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward
  • Category D
  • Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Aft
  • Category B
  • Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft
  • Category A
  • Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Forward
  • Category P
  • Panorama Suite - Royal Deck
  • Royal Suite
  • Royal Deck