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+44 1756 706500

The Rhine and Moselle 2019

Embark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and explore everything the Moselle and Rhine Rivers have to offer as you stop at interesting and unique cities in France and Germany—and end in lively Amsterdam, Holland.

Fly Cruise
12 nights from £2904pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Beilstein
  • Beilstein Castle
  • Strasbourg
  • Koblenz

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Embark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and explore everything the Moselle and Rhine Rivers have to offer as you stop at interesting and unique cities in France and Germany—and end in lively Amsterdam, Holland.

At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—known to be the gateway to Germany’s famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, then head for the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful stretch 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 straddles both sides of the Rhine River.Your river cruise vacation ends in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Don’t miss your chance to discover the treasures you’ll cherish along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

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Basel to Amsterdam

Day 1 - UK - Basel (Switzerland)

Fly from the UK to Basel and embark your ship. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board. Cruise to Breisach this evening. (D)

Day 2 - Breisach (Germany)

Visit the charming village of Colmar on a guided tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings or join a full-day guided visit to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration. Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine. Cruise to Strasbourg this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Strasbourg (France)

Take a city sightseeing tour, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to beautiful Alsace for an afternoon in a French wine country village. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. Sample local culinary specialties, such as Tarte flambée. Cruise overnight to Ludwigshafen. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Ludwigshafen (Germany)

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.” You’ll have free time to stroll or shop in Ludwigshafen this afternoon. Cruise overnight to Rudesheim. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Rüdesheim

Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience. Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz. Moor overnight in Koblenz. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Koblenz

Take a guided city walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments, visit the Sayn Manor House on a guided tour. Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. This afternoon cruise to Bernkastel. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Bernkastel

Take a guided walking tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses. Join a wine tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making. Cruise this afternoon to Thoinville. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Thionville (France)

Visit the historic Maginot Line—pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or join a guided excursion to Metz—a city with 3,000 years of history—to see its gothic cathedral, Imperial Palace, and France’s oldest opera house. Alternatively, consider an afternoon bike ride on your own to leisurely explore Thionville. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. Overnight cruising to Grevenmacher (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Grevenmacher

This morning you may choose to join a guided optional excursion to Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. Take a guided sightseeing tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city center, or join a history-focused Roman Trier guided tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Beilstein (Germany)

Enjoy free time in Beilstein—known as the “Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle” for its castle-dotted hills, vineyards, and inviting village of the Moselle River Valley. Go for a morning bike ride through the unspoiled 15th-century buildings and chiming church bells before sailing to Treis-Karden. Join a guided tour to explore a medieval castle towering on the slopes above the Moselle River. Take some free time to stroll through the romantic village. Cruise overnight to Cologne. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Cologne

Take a guided city walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, or 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! Local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. Cruise to Amsterdam this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Amsterdam (Holland)

Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” Join a guided optional bike excursion in the Dutch countryside. You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Amsterdam - UK

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Amsterdam to Basel

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)

Fly from the UK to Amsterdam and embark your ship. (D)

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a guided canal cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries. Cruise to Cologne this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Cologne (Germany)

This afternoon join your Avalon Adventure Host on a Walk in Cologne or take a guided city walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Alternatively, 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! Local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. Cruise overnight to Koblenz. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Koblenz

Take a guided city walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments, or visit the Sayn Manor House on a guided tour. Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. Afternoon cruising to Bernkastel. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Bernkastel

Take a guided walking tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses, join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike to nearby castle ruins or join a wine tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making. Cruise to Thoinville this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Thionville (France)

Visit the historic Maginot Line—pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or join a guided excursion to Metz—a city with 3,000 years of history—to see its gothic cathedral, Imperial Palace, and France’s oldest opera house. Alternatively, consider an afternoon bike ride on your own to leisurely explore Thionville. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. Cruise overnight to Grevenmacher. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Grevenmacher

Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early morning run in Grevenmacher on the banks of the Moselle River in beautiful wine country. This morning you may choose to join a guided optional excursion to Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. Take a guided sightseeing tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city center or join a history-focused Roman Trier guided tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths. Cruise overnight to Beilstein. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Beilstein (Germany)

Enjoy free time in Beilstein—known as the “Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle” for its castle-dotted hills, vineyards, and inviting village of the Moselle River Valley. Go for a morning bike ride through the unspoiled 15th-century buildings and chiming church bells before sailing to Treis-Karden. Join a Guided Tour to explore a medieval castle towering on the slopes above the Moselle river. Take some free time to stroll through the romantic village before enjoying live entertainment on board tonight. Cruise to Boppard this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Boppard

Go for a run this morning through the village of Boppard with your Avalon Adventure Host. Alternatively, choose to explore Boppard’s beautiful views and forested surroundings on a bike ride or hike at your own pace. Spend free time this morning visiting a local café for a cup of German coffee. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim. Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience or take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards or combine a cable-car ride and a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host to explore the picturesque hills and vineyards of Rüdesheim. Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee tasting or a Wine Tasting. Cruise overnight to Ludwigshafen. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Ludwigshafen

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,” or join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below. You’ll have free time to stroll or shop in Ludwigshafen this afternoon. This evening cruise to Strasbourg. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Strasbourg (France)

Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a morning walk, or take a city sightseeing tour, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to beautiful Alsace for an afternoon in a French wine country village. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. Sample local culinary specialties, such as Tarte flambée. Cruise overnight to Breisach. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Breisach (Germany)

Visit the charming village of Colmar on a guided tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, or join a full-day guided visit 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. Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine. Cruise overnight to Basel. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Basel (Switzerland) - UK

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 12-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • October
    • Oct 13th - Basel to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £2930
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2930 Blue Water Price from: £3931 Blue Water Price from: £6308
    • Oct 25th - Amsterdam to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £2904
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2904 Blue Water Price from: £3695 Blue Water Price from: £6489

Price Information

  • Please note pricing is fluid so subject to change daily
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