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Spectacular Switzerland with Romantic Rhine

26th Jul 2024 | 15 nights | Avalon | Avalon Vista

Excursions included
Free wi-fi
Drinks included with meals
Geneva
Grindelwald
Lucerne
Basel
Breisach
Strasbourg
Mainz
Rhine Gorge
Koblenz
Cologne
Amsterdam
Excursions included
Free wi-fi
Drinks included with meals

Itinerary Overview

This European tour includes a Globus escorted vacation in stunning Switzerland, along with 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 unforgettable 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. Visit Geneva, Switzerland's most international and second-largest city, to explore its fantastic lakeside setting and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. Here, you'll enjoy guided sightseeing in the city with 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 that includes 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, or sail to Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to 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. Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, offers world-famous museums and an abundance of restaurants amid 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 in Europe!

Day
Date
 
Arrival
Departure
 
1
26th Jul 2024 Friday
Zürich
2
27th Jul 2024 Saturday
Geneva
     
3
28th Jul 2024 Sunday
Geneva
     
4
29th Jul 2024 Monday
Geneva
     
5
30th Jul 2024 Tuesday
Grindelwald
6
31st Jul 2024 Wednesday
Grindelwald
7
1st Aug 2024 Thursday
Lucerne
     
8
2nd Aug 2024 Friday
Lucerne
     
9
3rd Aug 2024 Saturday
Basel
10
4th Aug 2024 Sunday
Breisach
11
5th Aug 2024 Monday
Strasbourg
12
6th Aug 2024 Tuesday
Mainz
13
7th Aug 2024 Wednesday
Rhine Gorge
13
7th Aug 2024 Wednesday
Koblenz
14
8th Aug 2024 Thursday
Cologne
15
9th Aug 2024 Friday
Amsterdam
16
10th Aug 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.

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!
Prices based on:

Panorama Suite - Royal Deck
Panorama Suite - Royal Deck

  • 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, marble countertops, 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
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic window with open-air balcony
  • 6-person sitting area with sofa & coffee table
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Located on the Royal Deck
  • 200 sq. ft.

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P £5,793 pp
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