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+44 1756 706500

The Rhine and Moselle 2020

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 £3467pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Heidelberg
  • Boppard
  • Cologne
  • Koblenz
  • Rudesheim
  • Amsterdam

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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 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 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 to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting 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 butter-making demonstration. Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller 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,” 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 Heidelberg this afternoon. Cruise overnight to Rudesheim. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Rüdesheim

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

Day 6 - Koblenz

Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments or visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion this afternoon to visit Koblenz’s geopark, and learn about the region’s volcanic geological history. 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. Cruise to Bernkastel this afternoon. (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. Overnight cruising to Remich. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Remich (Luxembourg)

Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. Cruise overnight to Trier. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Trier (Germany)

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. This afternoon, cruise to Cochem. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Cochem

Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem’s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend. Cruise to Cologne this afternoon. (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! Spend the afternoon cruising to Amsterdam. (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.” 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. Alternatively, choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the 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 after breakfast 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 to Amsterdam and transfer to 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 like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside. Alternatively 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 (Germay)

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 overnight to Koblenz. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Koblenz

Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses 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. This afternoon cruise 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 a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making. Grab Nordic walking sticks or a bike from the ship and explore the surroundings nature trails, or leisurely hike up the hills for breathtaking views of the Moselle. Cruise overnight to Remich. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Remich (Luxembourg)

Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. Cruise to Trier this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Trier (Germany)

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 to Cochem this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Cochem

Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem’s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend. Afternoon cruising to Boppard (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Boppard

Go for a Jog 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 some 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. Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. 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. 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 this afternoon. Cruise to Strasbourg this evening. (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 the splendid Alsace wine country, or a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center. Sample local culinary specialties, such as Tarte flambée. Cruise overnight Breisach. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Breisach (Germany)

Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, 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 butter-making demonstration. Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine. Cruise to Basel this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Basel (Switzerland) - UK

Disembark after breakfast 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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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 20th - Amsterdam to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £4506
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4506 Blue Water Price from: £4762 Blue Water Price from: £5962 Blue Water Price from: £6049 Blue Water Price from: £6219
  • June
    • Jun 1st - Basel to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £4477
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4477 Blue Water Price from: £4721 Blue Water Price from: £5922 Blue Water Price from: £6008 Blue Water Price from: £6178 Blue Water Price from: £7378
    • Jun 13th - Amsterdam to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £4464
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4464 Blue Water Price from: £4720 Blue Water Price from: £5921 Blue Water Price from: £6007 Blue Water Price from: £6177
    • Jun 28th - Amsterdam to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £4486
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4486 Blue Water Price from: £4742 Blue Water Price from: £5941 Blue Water Price from: £6028 Blue Water Price from: £6198 Blue Water Price from: £7398
  • July
    • Jul 10th - Basel to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £4464
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4464 Blue Water Price from: £4720 Blue Water Price from: £5919 Blue Water Price from: £6006 Blue Water Price from: £6177 Blue Water Price from: £7377
    • Jul 31st - Basel to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £4479
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4479 Blue Water Price from: £4735 Blue Water Price from: £5935 Blue Water Price from: £6021 Blue Water Price from: £6192 Blue Water Price from: £7392
  • August
    • Aug 12th - Amsterdam to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £4372
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4372 Blue Water Price from: £4628 Blue Water Price from: £5828 Blue Water Price from: £5914 Blue Water Price from: £6085 Blue Water Price from: £7285
    • Aug 30th - Basel to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £4548
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4548 Blue Water Price from: £4804 Blue Water Price from: £6004 Blue Water Price from: £6090 Blue Water Price from: £6260 Blue Water Price from: £7460
  • September
    • Sep 11th - Amsterdam to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £4568
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4568 Blue Water Price from: £4824 Blue Water Price from: £6024 Blue Water Price from: £6111 Blue Water Price from: £6281 Blue Water Price from: £7481
    • Sep 29th - Basel to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £4756
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4756 Blue Water Price from: £5957 Blue Water Price from: £6043 Blue Water Price from: £6213 Blue Water Price from: £7413
  • October
    • Oct 11th - Amsterdam to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £4431
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4431 Blue Water Price from: £4687 Blue Water Price from: £5887 Blue Water Price from: £5973 Blue Water Price from: £6144 Blue Water Price from: £7344

Price Information

  • Please note pricing is fluid so subject to change daily
Map for The Rhine and Moselle 2020