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The Rhine & Moselle: Canals, Vineyards & Castles

3rd Oct 2024 | 7 nights | Avalon | Avalon Imagery II

Excursions included
Free wi-fi
Drinks included with meals
Amsterdam
Cologne
Koblenz
Cochem
Bernkastel-Kues
Excursions included
Free wi-fi
Drinks included with meals

Itinerary Overview

This magnificent European river cruise vacation begins in Holland’s colorful, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. Then, embark on your picturesque cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne, Germany—a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture. On a guided city walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City. You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns.

Along the Moselle River, stop at the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. In Bernkastel, enjoy a guided walk and taste some of the region’s best-loved wines. Join an included excursion to historical Luxembourg City, offering unique and dramatic views as it is set on two levels—high above on straddling hills and dropping into two river valleys.

Day
Date
 
Arrival
Departure
 
1
3rd Oct 2024 Thursday
Amsterdam
2
4th Oct 2024 Friday
Amsterdam
3
5th Oct 2024 Saturday
Cologne
4
6th Oct 2024 Sunday
Koblenz
5
7th Oct 2024 Monday
Cochem
6
8th Oct 2024 Tuesday
Bernkastel-Kues
7
9th Oct 2024 Wednesday
Grevenmacher
8
10th Oct 2024 Thursday
Grevenmacher
     

Avalon Imagery II is one of two "suite ships" to join Avalon Waterways' fleet in Europe in 2016, although the 361-foot vessel is slightly smaller than Passion, so it can access smaller ports and towns in Europe. Here's what you can expect on Avalon Imagery II:

Fifty 200-square-foot Panorama Suites -- or two decks' worth -- have wall-to-wall panoramic windows, which open seven feet to create an open-air balcony of sorts. Two 300-square-foot Royal Suites will offer an even wider view. The remaining 12 cabins are 172 square feet and have picture windows.

Avalon advertises the fact that its cabins are configured so the beds face the floor-to-ceiling windows. It's a clever idea and one that does set the line apart; who doesn't want to wake up to a view? Note that this is only a feature of the suites.

Cabin amenities include a flat-screen satellite TV, radio, mini-bar, safe and hair dryers. Beds can be configured into two twins or one queen and come with choice of firm or soft pillows, duvets and Egyptian cotton linens. Royal suite occupants also get usage of en-suite complimentary iPads.

Avalon Imagery II has four decks, including a sky deck for sunning and relaxing by the whirlpool. The sky deck also boasts an open-air bistro, the Sky Bistro. There are multiple lounges, an open-seating dining room, an alternative restaurant with lighter fare, an Internet corner, a hairdresser and manicurist, and a small fitness centre. Wi-Fi is free throughout the ship. Smoking is not permitted in interior areas. An onboard elevator is available for passenger use, as are Nordic walking sticks.

In addition to meals and accommodations, sightseeing excursions led by local guides, onboard lectures, piano entertainment, and wine with dinners are included in the fare. Avalon Waterways appeals to mostly English-speaking passengers in the 55-plus range.

Sky Deck
Royal Deck
Sapphire Deck
Indigo Deck

Best for...

English-speaking travellers who want to sail the world by river, exploring at their own pace.

Not the best for...

Families with young children or travellers who depend on wheelchairs.

Who goes on Avalon cruise ships?

Avalon caters to English-speaking travellers from North America, the U.K. and Australia/New Zealand. The average age of passengers is mid-50s to 60s, but the mix varies by itinerary, and on four- and five-night cruises, you'll find more 40-something travellers and others trying out river cruises for the first time. Children ages 8 and older are welcome onboard, but there is no formal youth program.


Do I have to dress up on a Avalon cruise?

No, not really. You can't wear shorts at dinner, but, other than that the dress code is casual. At dinner you'll see mostly open-neck shirts and slacks for men; slacks, skirts or dresses for women. Some people op to dress up a bit nicer, though still relatively casual, for the welcome and farewell dinners (only on Europe river cruises).


Is everything free on Avalon cruises?

Exactly what is included varies somewhat with the itineraries. In Europe, Asia and South America, coffee and tea are available free of charge all day long. In Europe a choice of complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks is included with lunch and dinner, and sparkling wine with breakfast. On the Mekong, Ganges and Amazon rivers, select soft drinks and local beer/spirits are available throughout the day and wine is included with lunch and dinner. Wi-Fi is free (except in the Amazon or Galapagos, where it's not available), as is dining (including breakfast in bed and picnic lunches to take on shore) and all onboard entertainment and enrichment. Most shore excursions are complimentary, including the line's Active Adventure options. You'll pay extra for gratuities, salon or spa treatments, laundry, onboard shop purchases and some special excursions.


What are Avalon's most popular activities?

Shore excursions are at the heart of activities on any Avalon sailing. Options can range from active excursions, such as canoeing the Danube or jogging through Amsterdam, to cultural experiences, like following the life of an Austrian worker or taking part in an Amsterdam painting class. Passengers who prefer to explore on their own can use the AvalonGO app loaded with a list of nearby attractions and hours of operation, historical facts, maps and directions as well as local cafes, restaurants, bars and entertainment options. Onboard, most passengers attend enrichment sessions, and the Local Favourites program brings regional performances onboard, as well as classes: tai chi or Mandarin lessons on the Yangtze, culinary demonstrations in France, etc.


  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily
  • Sky Grill with made-to-order al fresco dining
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board
  • Complimentary happy hour before dinner
  • Complimentary water stations
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas; cookies available throughout the day
  • Overseas transfers to and from ship
  • Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff delivering consummate personal service
  • Avalon Choice® with your preference of Classic, Active, or Discovery included excursions and sightseeing with Certified Local Guides; and MyAvalonSM Guided Optional Excursions
  • AvalonGO mobile app with itinerary information before and during your cruise, including schedules, transfer details, daily itineraries, GPS, and dining and entertainment options—and social media feature for real-time posts
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Complimentary computer stations
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Centre

Inclusions may differ depending on region. Please check with our team.

Sail Solo & Save

Sail Solo & Save

Set your adventurous spirit free by sailing solo on an Avalon Waterways river cruise. Avalon Waterways celebrates solo cruisers by waiving the single supplement on some Europe departures and select sailings on the Mekong and Ganges in Southeast Asia.

Join other single cruisers, like you, who choose to travel solo and discover diverse destinations while weaving along the world’s wondrous waterways. When you go solo, Avalon Waterways’ Cruise Directors and expert Local Guides will be on-hand to help you turn big dreams into even bigger (and better) memories. And, speaking of dreams, Avalon reserves staterooms for each departure to accommodate solo travellers, including their award-winning Panorama Suites with unmatched views.

Why go solo?

  • Enjoy a room – and all the space you need – all to yourself without paying an additional single supplement fee.
  • Unpack once and settle into one of Avalon's Deluxe Staterooms or Panorama Suites while cruising the world’s inspiring rivers.
  • Sail on a special interest cruise with like-minded enthusiasts - from wine lovers to history buffs.
  • Feel inspired with on-your-own, but never alone, travel – meeting fellow cruisers on your Suite Ship and mingling with locals in each port.
  • Holiday safely and securely with personalised attention by your crew in an intimate, Suite Ship setting.
  • Dine on your time with as few or as many fellow travellers as you’d like with 2-, 4-, 6- or 8-top tables, for your comfort.
  • Indulge in breakfast in bed or dine on the Sky Deck for customisable rest and relaxation.
  • Explore your personal passions with Classic, Active & Discovery excursions and activities that invite you to see, do, and engage your way.
  • Keep fit and fascinated on and off the ship with the company of your Avalon Adventure Host.
  • Stretch your mind, body and soul with onboard yoga and conditioning classes, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
  • Embark on an Avalon Waterways river cruise and take time for you!

River Cruises for Wine Lovers

River Cruises for Wine Lovers

Sail from £376

Welcome to the epitome of luxury, relaxation, and exploration—a European River Wine Cruise, where every moment is an enchanting journey into the heart of Europe's finest wine regions. Embark on a captivating adventure that combines the serene beauty of cruising along iconic rivers with the indulgence of savouring exquisite wines and savouring the rich cultural tapestry of the continent.

Cruise Itinerary:

Imagine yourself gliding gently along the romantic Rhine, the majestic Danube, or the scenic Douro, embraced by picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and historic cities. Each day brings a new destination, a new story, and a new wine experience.

Wine Tastings:

Prepare your palate for an unforgettable gastronomic journey. Onboard and during shore excursions, you'll be treated to expert-led wine tastings in renowned vineyards and cellars. Immerse yourself in the intricate art of winemaking, from the lush vineyards to the barrel rooms where vintages mature to perfection. Learn from passionate local winemakers who will guide you through the nuances of each sip.

Gourmet Dining:

Savour the synergy of wine and cuisine with exquisite onboard dining experiences. Gourmet meals thoughtfully paired with regional wines will transport you into a realm of sensory delight. Indulge in flavors that harmonise with the landscape you're passing through, from hearty German dishes along the Rhine to delicate Portuguese creations along the Douro.

Cultural Immersion:

Beyond the vineyards, explore enchanting villages and cities rich with history and culture. From exploring fairy-tale castles and medieval towns to wandering through lively markets, your journey will reveal the soul of Europe. Engage with locals, learn their traditions, and immerse yourself in the beauty of diversity.

Luxury Accommodations:

Unwind in elegant, spacious staterooms with panoramic views. Modern comforts seamlessly blend with classic European style, ensuring that your cruise experience is one of pure relaxation.

Personalised Service:

Dedicated staff are committed to ensuring your comfort and satisfaction. From attentive service to curated activities, your every need will be met, allowing you to focus solely on creating cherished memories.

Wellness and Relaxation:

Indulge in wellness activities and relaxation amenities on board. Whether it's a soothing massage or a dip in the pool overlooking the river, you'll find tranquillity in every moment.

Timeless Memories:

A European River Wine Cruise is more than a holiday; it's a transformative experience that will leave you with timeless memories. The friendships forged, the landscapes admired, the wines savoured - they all come together to create a symphony of experiences that will linger in your heart long after you've returned home.

Intrigued? Allow us to craft an enchanting journey that caters to your desires, immersing you in the enchanting world of European wines, culture, and landscapes. Prepare to raise your glass to the adventure of a lifetime on a European River Wine Cruise. Cheers to exploration, relaxation, and the finer things in life!

Prices based on:

Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward

  • One queen-sized bed or two twin Comfort Collection beds with luxurious mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets and soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps & USB ports
  • En-suite with full shower with glass door, large mirror, L'Occitane bath products, bathrobes, slippers & hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Lighted make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Located on the Indigo Deck
  • 172 sq. ft.

Cabin Grade Cruise
E £2,343 pp
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Aft
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Aft

  • One queen-sized bed or two twin Comfort Collection beds with luxurious mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets and soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps & USB ports
  • En-suite with full shower with glass door, large mirror, L'Occitane bath products, bathrobes, slippers & hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Lighted make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Located on the Indigo Deck
  • 172 sq. ft.

Cabin Grade Cruise
D £2,486 pp
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