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13-nt European Waterways Avalon Expression

Itinerary

DayPorts of Call
1Basel, Switzerland
2Breisach, Germany
3Strasbourg, France
4Mainz, Germany
5Koblenz, Germany
6Cologne, Germany
7Amsterdam, Netherlands
8Paris, France
9Paris, France
10Paris, France
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Know Before You Go

  • Pricing includes cruise portion only. For pre and post accommodations, please contact your PERX travel planner.
  • Please be discreet, do not discuss your industry discounts with other guests aboard your sailing.
  • Please ensure that you have your ID available when boarding.
  • We strongly suggest purchasing travel protection to cover medical expenses in the event that medical attention is required.

Your stunning river cruise on the Rhine will commence in Basel, for an amazing vacation which begins in Switzerland and stops in France, Germany, and Holland. You'll sail to Breisach, your starting point for an excursion to Black Forest or a visit to Gouda. Then venture on to Strasbourg, France, to see its gothic cathedral with stunning murals and stained-glass.

Sail to Ludwigshafen for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, or join your Avalon Adventure Hostr for a hike up Philosophers' Way. You'll also visit the Gutenberg museum for amazing history of early pioneers of print. You'll visit Koblenz and Cologne, and arrive in Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the colorful city.

Transfer by high-speed train to Paris to start your Monograms vacation package with 3 nights in "The City of Lights". Your VIP sightseeing with an expert guide, includes the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre Museum. You'll enjoy guided VIP sightseeing in England's most famous destination, as well as free time to really get to know the city. Sightseeing includes Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Your Monograms vacation package includes helpful onsite support from your expert Local Hostsr both in Paris & London. Your scenic river cruise on the Romantic Rhine River, and complete vacation package in Paris and London are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 3 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 4 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: Guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
Day 5 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz
Day 6 Cologne: Choice of "Cologne Highlights" walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 7 Amsterdam: Canal cruise
Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)-Paris, France: Travel to Paris by high-speed train
Day 9 Paris: Guided sightseeing
Day 10 Paris: Full day at leisure
Day 11 Paris-London, England: Travel to London by high-speed train
Day 12 London: guided sightseeing
Day 13 London: Full day at leisure
Day 14 London: Your vacation ends with morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbitsr
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    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. There are 3 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.
    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.
    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.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
  • The Avalon Expression's two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Cruise along the legendary Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers, enjoying fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an expanded fitness center, Internet corner, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful open-air bistro.



    Ship Length: 443
    Total Staff: 47
    Guest Capacity: 166

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
    Day 3 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
    Day 4 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: Guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
    Day 5 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz
    Day 6 Cologne: Choice of "Cologne Highlights" walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
    Day 7 Amsterdam: Canal cruise
    Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)-Paris, France: Travel to Paris by high-speed train
    Day 9 Paris: Guided sightseeing
    Day 10 Paris: Full day at leisure
    Day 11 Paris-London, England: Travel to London by high-speed train
    Day 12 London: guided sightseeing
    Day 13 London: Full day at leisure
    Day 14 London: Your vacation ends with morning