If you want a unique window on the world, travel with Avalon down its legendary rivers.

Avalon's Suite Ships feature one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites with the widest-opening windows in river cruising, the industry’s only open-air balcony and beds that face the incredible views.

Avalon take care of everything, including gratuities, all meals, flights and transfers, excursions and port fees, plus a private home pick-up service to take you and from your UK airport.

All that’s left to do is relax and enjoy your river cruise experience with Avalon.

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Your Cruise Itinerary - Romantic Rhine

Day 1: Zürich - Basel, Switzerland (embarkation) 

Welcome to Basel. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Guests must be on board ship by 5pm. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board. Evening cruise to Breisach (D)

Day 2: Breisach,  Germany - excursion to the Black Forest - history, artistry, and the beautiful Black Forest 

  • Classic:  Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:
  • Discovery: Join a full-day Guided Excursion to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration.

Explore on your own this afternoon taking a bike from the ship or hiking up to St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Evening cruisde to Strasbourg. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Strasbourg,  France - Gothic giants, military marvels, and varietal vintages

  • Classic: Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, and the magical La Petite France District.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or to the historic Maginot Line—an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifi cations designed to protect the eastern border of France. Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber, or pay a visit to one of Strasbourg’s many wonderful museums. Evening/overnight cruise to Ludwigshafen. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Ludwigshafen, Germany - excursion to Heidelberg - castle walls and the world’s biggest barrel of wine

  • Classic: Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnifi cent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel,” OR:  
  • Acitve: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

Enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon. 

Mainz - turning the pages of history

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

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening. Overnight docking in Mainz. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge - eat, drink, and be merry in wine country

  • Discovery: Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-akind instrumental experience, OR: 
  • Active: Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down
  • Discovery:  Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Co ee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. 

Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

Koblenz - travel through 2,000 years of monumental history 

  • Classic: Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments.

Overnight docking in Koblenz. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Cologne - Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's capital city

  • Active: Join a Guided Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host this morning, OR:
  • Classic: Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR: 
  • Discovery: Choose 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 7: Amsterdam, Holland - colourful Amsterdam—with canals, crooked houses, and cuisine of a golden age

  • Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’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. Overnight docking in Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Amsterdam (disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

This itinerary is also available from Amsterdam to Basel - call for itinerary

Looking to enrich your adventures while you sail? Festive Time cruises are available to help you delve deeper into what you’re passionate about. Call for details of itinerary modifications and inclusions.

Departure Dates and Prices 2019 - 7% Discount on all Departure Dates

  • Avalon Cruises brochure prices from £1799pp
  • River Cruise Holidays discount prices from £1674
  • Tel Avalon Waterways reservations on 0800 668 1843 and quote our code TR55A

Avalon access real-time airline pricing to offer you the best holiday price available on the day you book. The from price shown above is a guide at the time of going to print, based on two people sharing a Cat E Stateroom in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo deck, travelling on 2 April 2019. Please call Avalon to get a quote for your own party size, stateroom category, chosen departure date and point. 

Eight days - Amsterdam to Basel from £1674 - tour code WAZ

Departure Dates

Departure Dates

Departure Dates

Departure Dates

April 2, 16, 27, 30

July 9, 13, 20, 23*, 27

Sept 3, 7, 14, 17, 21 November 30*

May 4, 14, 18, 25, 28

August 6, 10, 17, 20, 24

Oct 1, 5, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 29 December 7*, 14*

June 1, 11, 15, 22, 25, 29

Eeight days - Basel to Amsterdam from £1674 - tour code WZA

April 9, 23

July 2, 6, 16, 20, 27, 30 

Sept 10, 14, 21, 24, 28

November 2, 5, 30

May 4, 7, 11, 21, 25 Aug 3, 13, 17, 24, 27, 31 Oct 8, 12, 19, 22 December 7, 14
June 1, 4, 8, 18, 22, 29

*Special Interest Cruises: Festive Nov 30 & Dec 7 & Dec 14, Jewish Heritage Jul 23

Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships Artistry II, Expression, Panorama, or Vista. Extra nights in Amsterdam are available, call for detials. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travellers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available. All prices per person based on double occupancy.

Upgrade pricing:

Category/deck - E Indigo nil : D Indigo £140 : B Sapphire £799 :  A Sapphire £849 : P Royal £899 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £2329

All holidays subject to Avalon Terms Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors on this website.

Avalon Waterways Romantic Rhine

8 Days - 7% discount

Prices from only £1674

Embark from Basel on this Romantic Rhine cruise and on to Breisach, on the French/German border, the gateway to Germany's Black Forest region. There is a guided sightseeing tour of Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region, you will visit the gothic cathedral as well as the magical La Petite France disctrict, home to half-timber houses, quaint shops and waterfront promenade. Then to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, with a local guide, visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle. The dramatic Rhine Gorge is the most beautiful stretch of river, where ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns.

There is a reverse course option on this cruise - call for details.

This 8 day Romantic Rhine cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0800 668 1843 and quote our discount code TR55A.

Book now any Avalon Waterways luxury river cruise holiday and recieve a 7% discount. Call them direct on 0800 668 1843 and quote our code TR55A.

Your choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations. In addition to included ACTIVE , DISCOVERY and CLASSIC activities, Avalon offer Guided Optional Excursions with options to personalise your experience even more. And they are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.

CLASSIC - Take a Guided canal tour and float along the waterways of Amsterdam.

• Spend an afternoon on a Guided Optional Excursion in the Alsace wine country for local vintages and fantastic views.

• Take a picnic lunch to Place Kléber in the heart of Strasbourg on a free afternoon.

VIP private home pick up service

Your Avalon experience begins long before you reach the ship. Fom the moment you close your front door, their private VIP pick-up service will arrive to take you to the airport (within 100 miles) in air-conditioned comfort in plenty of time for your flight.

Your driver will load and unload your luggage for you, so you can make your way to the departure lounge feeling relaxed. And when you return, a driver will be waiting for you in arrivals, ready to load your bags and take you back home again.

Onboard dining offerings and choices

  • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Daily choices of regional recipes, familiar favourites and Avalon fresh vegetarian and healthy cuisine including fresh local ingredients at every meal
  • Daily full breakfast buffet with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu itmes and complimentary sparkling wine and juices
  • Choice of daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfasts
  • Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge
  • Enjoy Avalon's Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buffet of select dishes and beverages
  • Daily afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats and sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer and soft drinks
  • Complimentary room service available for Continental breakfast and beverages
  • FlexDining with flexible seating-times to better accommodate your schedule and more options for menu itmes and venues including the Main Dining Room, Panorama Bistro for a casual select buffet, Sky Grill for al fresco favourites, complimentary continental breakfast via room service and made-to-order pcinic lunch boxes for independent on-shore excursions 

Always included

• Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board

• Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners

• Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides

• Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore

• Onboard local entertainment

• Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

• VIP private home pick-up service to and from your UK departure point

• Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew, and all port charges

See below for complete list of standard inclusions

Included for every Avalon guest

  • VIP private home pick-up service within 100 miles of your UK airport or Eurostar terminal
  • Flights, transfers and port fees
  • All gratuities throughout your holiday
  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon's executive Comfort Collection Beds for a great night's sleep
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D) on the itinerary pages
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes and who assists with requests and additional excursions
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activites and active excursions

Avalon Choice

  • Enjoy included sightseeing with certified local guides, guided optional excursions and tours and ample free time to explore on your own. Explore CLASSIC sights, embark on ACTIVE excursions and make a new DISCOVERY through hands-on culltural and artistic experices shared by local residents and experts  
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