Spectacular Switzerland with Romantic Rhine (XZH52018)

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Tour Length: 16 Days
Countries Visited: France, Switzerland
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Tour Category: Other Avalon Tours
Tour Operator: Avalon Waterways
Tour Code: XZH5-2018
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Spectacular Switzerland with Romantic Rhine

Vacation Overview
This unique vacation gives you a chance to tour stunning Switzerland and enjoy a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River through France, Germany, and Holland.Begin in spectacular Switzerland, where you'll enjoy the country’s beautiful mountains and lakes—with overnights in Zürich, Geneva, the Gruyère area, the Interlaken area, and Lucerne. The highlight of this tour is the time spent in the Interlaken area. The town is nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by three mighty mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. From Interlaken, Globus has arranged an unforgettable rack railway trip to the "Top of Europe," a high alpine wonderland of ice and snow. Here, at the amazing Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station at 11,332 feet, you can experience an audiovisual journey through the alpine world; stand on the observation platform to view the glaciers; and witness a panoramic view overlooking France, Germany, and Italy. A truly unforgettable experience! Also, visit the magnificent castle in Gruyères and walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture. Geneva, Switzerland's most international and second-largest city, offers a fantastic lakeside setting and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. Here, you'll have guided sightseeing of the city and a visit to the Reformation Park. Enjoy a chocolate tasting at the famous Maison Cailler in Broc; and stop in Gstaad, one of Switzerland's most famous skiing resorts and a popular destination for international celebrities. In Lucerne, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge.Embark on your river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and head for Breisach, Germany. Here, you’ll find the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, and home to Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. In Strasbourg, France, be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, and stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, offers world-famous museums and an abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. See the treasures of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” A perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

 

Meals


Cruise Portion:
Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

Land Portion:
Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch (L); 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Zürich and a farewell dinner in Lucerne.

 
Day 1:
Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland. Welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2:
Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva. Orientation walk of Zürich’s Old Town. Stop in Biel/Bienne and explore the historical center, and in lakeside Neuchâtel, before arriving in Geneva. (B)

Day 3:
Geneva. Guided sightseeing features a visit to the Reformation Park and a walk through the Old Town. (B)

Day 4:
Geneva–Évian-les-Bains, France–Broc–Gruyère Area, Switzerland. Stop in the famous spa town of Évian-les-Bains, and see the Rhône vineyards. Arrive in Gruyère and visit the magnificent castle, followed by lunch. Then, visit the famous Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Broc. Stay overnight in nearby Charmey. (B,L,D)

Day 5:
Gruyère Area–Gstaad–Interlaken Area. Enjoy an orientation of one of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts, Gstaad, before arriving in Interlaken. Stay overnight in Grindelwald. (B)

Day 6:
Interlaken Area. Excursion to the Jungfrau Massif. An unforgettable trip to Europe’s highest railway station, the Jungfraujoch. Enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the Ice Palace, and receive your Jungfrau Passport. (B,D)

Day 7:
Interlaken Area–Berne–Lucerne. In Berne, see the Bear Park, the Old Town, and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden. Continue to Lucerne. (B)

Day 8:
Lucerne. Morning walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge, and enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9:
Lucerne–Zürich. Transfer to Basel (Embarkation). Morning transfer to Zürich and Basel to join your Avalon ship. (B)

Day 10:
Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest. Excursion to the Black Forest. Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. The area got its name because the pine forests are so dense, local residents described them as black. The most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks! You may opt to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Vogtsbauernhof Museum to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B,L,D)

Day 11:
Strasbourg, France. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. On your walking tour, you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Explore Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available. (B,L,D)

Day 12:
Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany–Mainz. This morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Visit the ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, it holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor on top of it! In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz, which today is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz is a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here. During a GUIDED WALK, you’ll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. (B,L,D)

Day 13:
Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz. This morning, dock in pretty Rüdesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, and enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT. Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the water. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet—the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive statue of German Emperor William I. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of 2,000-year-old Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. (B,L,D)

Day 14:
Cologne. 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. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (B,L,D)

Day 15:
Amsterdam, Holland. Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion. (B,L,D)

Day 16:
Amsterdam (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
         
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City Highlights


Day 1 Zürich:
arrive in Zürich, Switzerland; welcome dinner

Day 2 Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva:
orientation walk of the Old Town; stop in Biel/Bienne to visit the historical center; arrive in Geneva

Day 3 Geneva:
guided sightseeing

Day 4 Geneva–Évian–Les-Baines, France–Broc–Gruyère Area:
stop on the French side of Lake Geneva; visit the castlein Gruyères town, followed by a special lunch with local specialties and double crème; chocolate tasting at Maison Cailler in Broc

Day 5 Gruyère Area–Gstaad–Interlaken Area:
orientation in Gstaad

Day 6 Interlaken Area:
excursion to the Junggrau massif

Day 7 Interlaken Area–Berne–Lucerne:
see the Bear Park in Berne, enjoy a panoramic view from the Rose Garden of Old Town

Day 8 Lucerne:
walking tour including the Lion Monument and Capel Bridge; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Day 9 Lucerne–Zürich–Basel (Embarkation):
transfer to Zürich and Basel; onboard welcome reception

Day 10 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest:
visit a woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

Day 11 Strasbourg:
guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 12 Excursion to Heidelberg–Mainz:
guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat in Heidelberg; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 13 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz:
visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim and enjoy a special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz

Day 14 Cologne:
choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk

Day 15 Amsterdam:
canal cruise

Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation):
your vacation ends this morning

Notes
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.

 

Price Details US
Prices based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $527Triples not available.Extra nights per person in Zurich:in single room $171-$308, in twin $91-$194Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:in single room $235-$305, in twin room $135-$170 Cruise Details:Port charges:$168Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Affinity/Felicity
Category / Decks / PriceB / Sapphire Deck / $649A / Sapphire Deck / $699P / Royal Deck / $799Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,499

Tranquility II/Imagery II
Category / Decks / PriceD / Indigo / Deck / $199B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199P / Royal Deck / $1,299Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1,999

 
 

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