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2023 Season

The Rhine & Moselle with 2 Nights in Lucerne (Northbound)


cruise: WZH1
13 days from Lucerne to Amsterdam
Your European vacation begins with a Monograms® vacation package in Lucerne, Switzerland. Your Local Host® is on hand to assist you with 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 an excursion to Mount Pilatus.

Your cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers begins in Basel, Switzerland, to explore extraordinary cities in Germany and France, as well as Holland’s capital of Amsterdam. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—the gateway to Germany’s beautiful Black Forest. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone Gothic-style cathedral with ancient murals and its fascinating astronomical clock. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city, then sail for the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim.

Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge for the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel. Here, you’ll go on a guided walk and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Visit a medieval castle, then sail back into the Rhine and explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which spans both sides of the Rhine River. Your river cruise vacation ends in marvelous Amsterdam. Take in the sights on a canal cruise through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

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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); transfer to Basel to join your ship; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to a local winery in Breisach

Day 5 Strasbourg: Choice of guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike tour with your Adventure Host or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 6 Ludwigshafen. Excursion to Heidelberg–Rüdesheim: Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or visit Frankenstein Castle or hike up Philosophers' Way with your Adventure Host; free time in Rüdesheim in the evening

Day 7 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: Cruise through the Rhine Gorge; in Koblenz choice of guided tour or visit to Sayn Manor House or bike tour with your Adventure Host

Day 8 Bernkastel: Guided walk or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 9 Remich–Trier: Free time in Remich; in Trier choice of guided tour or 'Roman Trier' tour, see the Porta Nigra or hike with your Adventure Host

Day 10 Cochem–Alken: Choice of guided tour, visit Reichsburg Castle or visit to Bundesbank bunker or bike tour with Adventure Host; free time in Alken

Day 11 Cologne: Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 12 Amsterdam: Choice of canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 13 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

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.

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