- Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam aboard a canal cruise
- Visit some of Amsterdam’s fascinating museums & galleries
- Celebrate in Cologne – the Rhineland’s Capital City
- See the soaring twin-steepled Cologne Cathedral
- Discover 2000 years of monumental history in Koblenz
- Relax on the Sky Deck as you cruise down the Rhine Gorge
- Sail past the legendary Rock of the Lorelei
- Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at the Mechanical Music Museum
- Learn about the captivating history of printing at the Gutenberg Museum
- See the ruins of the Heidelberg Castle
- Visit Strasbourg’s gothic cathedral & astronomical clock
- Explore the magical Black Forest
- Discover the contemporary city of Zurich
- Spend a day in Lucerne, one of Switzerland’s most idyllic medieval cities
- Travel aboard the Golden Pass train to Montreux & Lausanne
- Visit the delightful Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt
- Journey to Gornergrat aboard Europe’s highest rack railway
- Cross the Swiss Alps aboard the spectacular Glacier Express train journey
- Discover the world-famous mountain resort of St Moritz
- Take the breathtaking Bernina Express train ride to Tirano
Romantic Rhine Cruise & Swiss Trains
$10,490 per person, twin share*
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21 days | Departs 19 Aug 2019 –
Relax aboard a luxurious river cruise as you sail from Amsterdam to Basel, then explore the spectacular Swiss alpine scenery aboard 3 famous train journeys. A Greek Islands Cruise extension is also available.
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- Return flights from Australia to Europe
- Luxury river cruise down the Rhine River
- Guided touring around Switzerland
- 3 famous rail journeys (Golden Pass, Bernina Express & Glacier Express)
- 20 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) & 11 dinners (D)
Depart Australia on your flight to Europe tonight.
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Your day in Amsterdam is free explore at your leisure. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
❱ River cruise: Avalon Suite Ship (7 nights)
Colourful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. 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 a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle-Holland’s most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle. You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City. Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR Choose 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! Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
Travel through 2000 Years of Monumental History. Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares and monuments. Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of the Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience. Enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Then, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine. Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing. OR Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel,” OR Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an afternoon Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages. CLASSIC – Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line-an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France or visit Alsace’s wine country today.
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest. Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration. Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine. This evening, continue on the journey to Basel.
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Upon disembarkation, transfer to you hotel in the centre of Basel, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
❱ Hotel stay: Basel (1 night)
After breakfast, travel by train through the beautiful county side of Switzerland. Check into your hotel on arrival in Zurich and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the city.
❱ Hotel stay: Zurich (3 nights)
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Zurich, one of the world’s most liveable cities. Explore the city’s winding lanes and tall churches and discover the city’s contemporary heart. Visit the iconic twin-towered Romaneque Grossmunster Cathedral, the 11th century Fraumunster Church and go for a stroll down Bahnhofstrasse, one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues.
Enjoy another free day to explore the vibrant city of Zurich. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional tour to Liechtenstein (extra cost). Tonight, meet your fellow travellers for a highlight dinner.
Today, journey by train from Zurich to Lucerne. Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most idyllic medieval cities, surrounded by a beautiful lake and nestled amidst snowcapped Alps. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the delights of this charming city or to join one of the optional excursions.
❱ Hotel stay: Lucerne (1 night)
Leave Lucerne on the Lucerne-Interlaken Express. Cross Brunig Pass en route to Interlaken, where you spend some time strolling through the quaint streets. From Interlaken, take the BLS RegioExpress train to Zweisimmen. Continue on the Montreux-Oberland Bernois Panoramic train for your unforgettable journey to Montreux, then continue to Lausanne.
❱ Hotel stay: Lausanne (1 night)
Depart for the delightful Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt. En route, stop to visit the town of Montreux, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and known as the “Swiss Riviera.” Time for leisure or maybe join the optional guided excursion to Chillon Castle before continuing by train to Zermatt.
❱ Hotel stay: Zermatt (2 nights)
Enjoy the included excursion to the famous Gornergrat, travelling on board Europe’s highest rack railway. The views from its summit are spectacular. The rest of the day is at leisure in Zermatt-with a variety of interesting shops, cafes, bars, and narrow streets to explore.
The train journey today aboard the spectacular Glacier Express train is without a doubt one of the main highlights of the tour. Enjoy an unforgettable journey as you make your way through the unspoiled natural beauty of the Alps on the direct route from Zermatt to the world-famous mountain resort of St. Moritz.
❱ Hotel stay: St Moritz (2 nights)
Take the Bernina Express train (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to Tirano and back for one of Europe’s most spectacular and breathtaking train rides. Travel across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina, witnessing an array of beautiful mountain streams, glaciers, and alpine scenery along the way.
Leave St. Moritz for the journey back to Zurich (Standard class between Samaden and Sagliains). Enjoy some time at leisure in Zurich.
❱ Hotel stay: Zurich (1 night)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Sadly, today marks the end of your Europe adventure. Arrive back in Australia this evening on your flight.
Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
19 Aug 2019, 19 Aug 2019 (with Greek Islands Cruise)
The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:
- Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Virgin Australia ‘Q’ Class Economy airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
- The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
71 to 100 days before departure – 35% of total booking value plus deposit;
41 to 70 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
Within 40 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
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