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Avalon Waterways Arrow Europe 2018 Arrow 2018 : Romantic Rhine with Lucerne, Paris & London - Northbound (WZA2) - Affinity
2018 : Romantic Rhine with Lucerne, Paris & London - Northbound (WZA2) - Affinity
16 Day River Cruise from Lucerne to London

Europe's most legendary cities, rivers, and sights await you on this mesmerizing river cruise and land vacation. Your adventure begins with two overnights in lovely Lucerne, Switzerland, where a guided walk features the ornate historic homes lining the walled Old Town and Chapel Bridge-the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe. Enjoy free time to explore on your own and an excursion takes you to the top of Mount Pilatus for spectacular Alpine views! (Departures October 25 to November 2 visit the Swiss Transport Museum as transportation up Mt. Pilatus is unavailable due to maintenance.)

A short transfer delivers you to your Avalon ship to embark your river cruise on the enchanting Rhine River. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Cologne, as well as an excursion to the Black Forest and to Heidelberg-Germany's oldest university town. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river dotted every mile with majestic castles. Visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam. Transfer by high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris for your exciting Monograms extension. Your hotel reservations, sightseeing with local experts, and transfers to and from your hotels will all be arranged. Best of all, you'll have the services of friendly and knowledgeable Local Hosts® who can answer questions, share inside information, help arrange activities and excursions, and more. We know the very best place to photograph the iconic Eiffel Tower, and we'll take you there to get your shots! You'll go to Notre Dame Cathedral to admire its amazing stained-glass Rose Window, and the Louvre museum to see Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and other treasures. With three overnights, the "City of Light" is yours for discovering.

Next, bid "Au Revoir" as an included high-speed train transfer whisks you from Paris to London for three nights and plenty of time to investigate just what makes England so jolly. From your local expert, you'll hear the inside stories of famous places like Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Go inside St. Paul's Cathedral, the iconic cathedral where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married. You'll also see Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus-just to name a few iconic London landmarks. With a full day to explore London on your own, perhaps ride the London Eye, shop at the iconic Harrods department store, or take in a West End theater show. A perfect ending to wonderful Avalon European river cruise and Monograms land vacation!

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 used our 89 years to design 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.

  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
  • Local FavoritesSM - onboard cultural & artisan experiences
  • Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryer
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas
  • Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • And, much more

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1-2 Lucerne: guided walk, see the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; Mount Pilatus excursion

    Day 3 Zurich-Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

    Day 4 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a woodcarver's workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

    Day 5 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

    Day 6 Excursion to Heidelberg-Mainz: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat in Heidelberg; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

    Day 7 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz: visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim and enjoy a special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz

    Day 8 Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk

    Day 9 Amsterdam: canal cruise

    Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): transfer to Paris

    Paris & London: 6 nights hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast; Monograms Local Host Service & Destination Guides with city maps; guided sightseeing, inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE; high-speed Thalys train (first class) from Amsterdam to Paris; high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class*) from Paris to London (porterage available for one suitcase on Paris- London stretch only); transfers to/from train stations

    *NOTE: Upgrade option available on Eurostar.

    Meals

  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

    Notes

  • Departures November 29 and December 13 are offered as exclusive Festive Time Cruises, including special features and visits to Christmas markets at no additional cost. Experience the holiday season the European way! Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local customs and traditions.
  • 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.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    Day 1
    Lucerne

    Welcome to Lucerne! The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this delightful town on the Reuss River.

    Day 2
    Lucerne

    On your GUIDED WALK this morning, admire Thorwaldsen's impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own. (Breakfast)

    Day 3
    Lucerne-Basel (Embarkation)

    This morning, another true Swiss experience: a trip to the top of nearby MOUNT PILATUS, the "Guard of Lucerne," for spectacular vistas over Lucerne, its lake, and the Alpine scenery. Departures October 25 to November 2 will visit the Swiss Museum of Transport, as transportation up Mount Pilatus will be closed for maintenance during this period. This afternoon, a short transfer takes you to Basel to board your river cruise vessel (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Day 4
    Breisach, Germany. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 5
    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 Kleber, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 6
    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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 7
    Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz

    This morning, dock in pretty Rudesheim, 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 Rudesheim 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 8
    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 cafes, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 9
    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, cafes, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 10
    Amsterdam-Paris, France

    Disembark your Avalon ship for your included transfer to the train station, where you will travel via HIGH-SPEED THALYS TRAIN (first class) to join your Monograms package. (Breakfast)

    Day 11
    Paris

    Morning guided sightseeing takes you to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804, to admire its famed 13th-century Rose Window. Pass the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, the Opera, Place de la Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe. Drive by the Seine River with its beautiful bridges and stop to take photos of the iconic Eiffel Tower from one of the best viewing points. Also enter the world's most visited museum, THE LOUVRE, to see Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and other treasures (Louvre replaced with Seine cruise on Tuesdays). (Breakfast)

    Day 12
    Paris

    Your Local Host can suggest options, like an excursion to Monet's Giverny or Versailles Palace, a visit to Musee d'Orsay, where to try French onion soup, and many other possibilities. (Breakfast)

    Day 13
    Paris-London, England

    Travel to London by HIGH-SPEED EUROSTAR TRAIN (Standard class). (Breakfast)

    Day 14
    London

    Morning guided sightseeing includes London's landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister's Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus. Take photos of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London's skyline. (Breakfast)

    Day 15
    London

    Your Local Hosts will be pleased to give you some interesting suggestions for the day-perhaps a visit to the blood-curdling London Dungeon or Madame Tussauds' celebrity wax figure exhibition, and an acclaimed West End show with pre-theater dinner at a London restaurant. (Breakfast)

    Day 16
    London

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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    Duration
    16 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Affinity
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    Itinerary
    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Lucerne  
    Day 2Lucerne  
    Day 3Basel  
    Day 4Breisach  
    Day 5Strasbourg  
    Day 6Excursion to Heidelberg  
    Day 7Koblenz  
    Day 8Cologne  
    Day 9Amsterdam  
    Day 10Paris  
    Day 11Paris  
    Day 12Paris  
    Day 13London  
    Day 14London  
    Day 15London  
    Day 16London  
    Dates/Pricing
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    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    April 13, 2018Cat D, E $5,266.00 (USD)Quote
    April 13, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,915.00 (USD)Quote
    April 13, 2018Royal Suite $6,765.00 (USD)Quote
    April 27, 2018Cat D, E $5,669.00 (USD)Quote
    April 27, 2018Cat A, B, P $6,318.00 (USD)Quote
    April 27, 2018Royal Suite $7,168.00 (USD)Quote
    May 11, 2018Cat D, E $6,019.00 (USD)Quote
    May 11, 2018Cat A, B, P $6,668.00 (USD)Quote
    May 11, 2018Royal Suite $7,518.00 (USD)Quote
    May 25, 2018Cat D, E $6,019.00 (USD)Quote
    May 25, 2018Cat A, B, P $6,668.00 (USD)Quote
    May 25, 2018Royal Suite $7,518.00 (USD)Quote
    June 08, 2018Cat D, E $5,911.00 (USD)Quote
    June 08, 2018Cat A, B, P $6,560.00 (USD)Quote
    June 08, 2018Royal Suite $7,410.00 (USD)Quote
    June 22, 2018Cat D, E $5,769.00 (USD)Quote
    June 22, 2018Cat A, B, P $6,418.00 (USD)Quote
    June 22, 2018Royal Suite $7,268.00 (USD)Quote
    July 06, 2018Cat D, E $5,610.00 (USD)Quote
    July 06, 2018Cat A, B, P $6,259.00 (USD)Quote
    July 06, 2018Royal Suite $7,109.00 (USD)Quote
    August 03, 2018Cat D, E $5,610.00 (USD)Quote
    August 03, 2018Cat A, B, P $6,259.00 (USD)Quote
    August 03, 2018Royal Suite $7,109.00 (USD)Quote
    August 17, 2018Cat D, E $5,610.00 (USD)Quote
    August 17, 2018Cat A, B, P $6,259.00 (USD)Quote
    August 17, 2018Royal Suite $7,109.00 (USD)Quote
    August 31, 2018Cat D, E $6,171.00 (USD)Quote
    August 31, 2018Cat A, B, P $6,820.00 (USD)Quote
    August 31, 2018Royal Suite $7,670.00 (USD)Quote
    September 14, 2018Cat D, E $6,171.00 (USD)Quote
    September 14, 2018Cat A, B, P $6,820.00 (USD)Quote
    September 14, 2018Royal Suite $7,670.00 (USD)Quote
    September 28, 2018Cat D, E $6,071.00 (USD)Quote
    September 28, 2018Cat A, B, P $6,720.00 (USD)Quote
    September 28, 2018Royal Suite $7,570.00 (USD)Quote
    October 12, 2018Cat D, E $5,821.00 (USD)Quote
    October 12, 2018Cat A, B, P $6,470.00 (USD)Quote
    October 12, 2018Royal Suite $7,320.00 (USD)Quote
    October 26, 2018Cat D, E $5,319.00 (USD)Quote
    October 26, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,968.00 (USD)Quote
    October 26, 2018Royal Suite $6,818.00 (USD)Quote
    Disclaimer

    Gateway for arrival is Zurich, Switzerland.

    Port charges:
    $168

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Lucerne:
    in single room from $370 to $445, in twin room from $240 to $260

    Extra nights per person in London:
    in single room from $188 to $291, in twin room from $97 to $148

    Supplement to upgrade to standard premier on Eurostar train Paris-London: $185

    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 / Price
    B / Sapphire Deck / $649
    A / Sapphire Deck / $699
    P / Royal Deck / $799
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,499

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

    NOTE:

  • Departures December 1 & 15 are offered as exclusive Festive Time Cruises, including special features and visits to Christmas markets at no additional cost. Experience the holiday season the European way! Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local customs and traditions.

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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    2018 : Romantic Rhine with Lucerne, Paris & London - Northbound (WZA2) - Affinity
    From $5,266.00 (USD)

    Destination: Europe
    Ship: Affinity
    Europe's most legendary cities, rivers, and sights await you on this mesmerizing river cruise and land vacation.
     
     
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