2023 Season

Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with 2 Nights Lucerne (Northbound)


cruise: WZA3-T1 10 days from Lucerne to Amsterdam
You’ll start your European vacation with a visit to gorgeous Lucerne, Switzerland. With services provided by Monograms®, your expert Local Host® is on hand to arrange your sightseeing, free-time recommendations, and any other assistance you need during your 2-night stay in Lucerne. Enjoy a guided walking tour including the Lion Monument, Old Town, Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, Jesuit Church, and a special highlight excursion to Mount Pilatus.

Your winter wonderland river cruise on the Rhine will commence in Basel, Switzerland, with stops in France, Germany, and Holland. Each town is festively lit and decorated and strains of Christmas carols fill the air. You’ll sail to Breisach, your starting point for an excursion to Black Forest. Then venture on to Strasbourg, France, to see its gothic cathedral with stunning murals and stained-glass and home to one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe and its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree.

Sail to Mainz for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle. You can alternatively visit the Gutenberg Museum for amazing history of the early pioneers of printing. Sail to Rüdesheim and be enthralled by the life-size figures of Europe’s largest nativity scene on the Market Square, before gliding through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. You’ll visit Koblenz and Cologne– your last stop in Germany. Here, wander through the Christmas market, try some traditional Lebkuchen and get some inner warmth with a cup of Glühwein. Arrive in Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the colorful city.

Your scenic river cruise on the Rhine River, and Monograms vacation package in Switzerland are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.
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at-a-glance


Day 1 Lucerne, Switzerland: Welcome to Switzerland

Day 2 Lucerne: Guided walking tour with the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge

Day 3 Lucerne, Mount Pilatus-Basel (Embarkation): Excursion to Mount Pilatus (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead); onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller

Day 5 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral

Day 6 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: Choiceof guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or guided walk in Mainz with visit of the Gutenberg Museum; Christmas market

Day 7 Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz: Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; Christmas market; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; Christmas market

Day 8 Cologne: Guided walk; Christmas market

Day 9 Amsterdam: Choice of canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning
highlights

cities and locations


Avalon Choice

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. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

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.
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