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CANALS, VINEYARDS & CASTLES - CATEGORY E - 2019

Start this magnificent river cruise vacation in Holland’s popular, 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, begin your scenic cruise along the Rhine River and come to Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic 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, you’ll 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. Go on an 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.

Inclusions

7 breakfasts
7 lunches
7 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $4,309
Start Location
Amsterdam, Luxembourg
End Location
Remich, Luxembourg
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
02 May 201909 May 2019OpenAUD $4,309
13 Jun 201920 Jun 2019OpenAUD $4,309
25 Jul 201901 Aug 2019OpenAUD $4,309
05 Sep 201912 Sep 2019OpenAUD $4,547
17 Oct 201924 Oct 2019On RequestAUD $4,072
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Spend free time exploring the colourful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam-with its many cafes and art galleries. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)
Day 2: AMSTERDAM.
Colourful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. CLASSIC - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties. Or you may enjoy an Optional Bike Tour to discover the Dutch countryside. Alternatively take a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle-the most beautiful and best-kept medieval castle in Holland. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 3: COLOGNE, GERMANY.
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne - with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR: DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites. Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Day 4: RHINE GORGE-RUDESHEIM.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. This morning, relax on the Sky Deck while sailing through the magnificent Rhine Gorge. DISCOVERY - Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR; ACTIVE - Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards. DISCOVERY - Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS (B,L,D)
Day 5: COCHEM.
Reichsburg Castle, Riesling Wine, and the Charm of the Moselle Valley. Relax on the Sky Deck of your ship while sailing through the Moselle Valley, famous for the beautiful growing villages and their vineyards. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town's half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem's hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird's-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL (B,L,D)
Day 6: BERNKASTEL.
Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel-with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses, OR: Spend some free time at your leisure this afternoon-hike to view the vast vineyard landscapes, bike through the Renaissance-style village, or relax with a glass of German wine. DISCOVERY - Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making. Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH (B,L,D)
Day 7: REMICH, LUXEMBOURG.
Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City-with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH (B,L,D)
Day 8: REMICH (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Luxembourg City airport before 8 am. (B)