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The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine

18th Sep 2024 | 17 nights | Avalon | Avalon Vista

Excursions included
Free wi-fi
Drinks included with meals
Vienna
Salzburg
St. Moritz
Zermatt
Bern
Lucerne
Basel
Breisach
Strasbourg
Mainz
Rhine Gorge
Koblenz
Cologne
Amsterdam
Excursions included
Free wi-fi
Drinks included with meals

Itinerary Overview

This amazing European vacation offers the best of both worlds: a land tour of Austria and Switzerland—two of Europe's most scenic countries—and a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River with stops in France, Germany, and Holland!

See the true definitions of palaces and castles while visiting Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace—former home to the long-reigning Habsburg dynasty. In Switzerland, enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva. Pass through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery with a ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train. Travel first class with panoramic windows to admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages on your way to Zermatt, Switzerland. Other scenic highlights include a Danube cruise along the prettiest part of the river on your way to Salzburg; a private boat cruise on the fjord-lake in Lucerne; a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered the most beautiful mountain area in the world; and more. Some sightseeing highlights include the Basilika St. Michael in Mondsee (of The Sound of Music fame), a walk through the Old Town in Innsbruck, and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.

Embark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland, to begin your Rhine River cruise! Visit Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, and an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for 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, or sail to Mainz for a guided walk and visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, and explore Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, with its world-famous museums, wealth of eateries, iconic 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 fabulous land and river cruise adventure!

Day
Date
 
Arrival
Departure
 
1
18th Sep 2024 Wednesday
Vienna
2
19th Sep 2024 Thursday
Vienna
3
20th Sep 2024 Friday
Salzburg
4
21st Sep 2024 Saturday
Salzburg
5
22nd Sep 2024 Sunday
St. Moritz
     
6
23rd Sep 2024 Monday
Zermatt
7
24th Sep 2024 Tuesday
Zermatt
8
25th Sep 2024 Wednesday
Bern
     
9
26th Sep 2024 Thursday
Lucerne
     
10
27th Sep 2024 Friday
Lucerne
     
11
28th Sep 2024 Saturday
Basel
12
29th Sep 2024 Sunday
Breisach
13
30th Sep 2024 Monday
Strasbourg
14
1st Oct 2024 Tuesday
Mainz
15
2nd Oct 2024 Wednesday
Rhine Gorge
15
2nd Oct 2024 Wednesday
Koblenz
16
3rd Oct 2024 Thursday
Cologne
17
4th Oct 2024 Friday
Amsterdam
18
5th Oct 2024 Saturday
Amsterdam

The 166-passenger Avalon Vista was jointly christened with the 128-passenger Avalon Visionary in May 2012.

Vista, a sister "Suite Ship" to 2011's Avalon Panorama, features the same novel cabin setup as its older sibling. Sixty-four cabins -- or two decks' worth -- have wall-to-wall panoramic windows, which open seven feet to create an open-air balcony of sorts.

Vista also features all the classic riverboat accoutrements, including a top-deck whirlpool, bow-to-stern Wi-Fi and spacious sun deck dotted with loungers.

Passengers will also find "light lunch" fare in the boat's lounge during lunch hours for those who wish to skip a trip to the main dining room, and on nice days, a sun deck barbecue offered for up to 40 passengers.

The cruise fare includes guided tours in each port, onboard lectures, evening entertainment and complimentary regional wines with dinner. Wi-Fi is also provided at no additional cost.

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.

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 £5,787 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 £5,930 pp
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