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Romantic Rhine with trip in Lucerne, Paris and London

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Avalon Panorama
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Discover highlights of western Europe on this 14-day journey that combines a Rhine River cruise with land-based exploration of some of the world's most famous cities. Spend two days exploring beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland before venturing to Basel to board Avalon Panorama and set off on your voyage. Choose your preferred excursion between visiting the famous Black Forest or a calming visit to Badischer Winzerkeller. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, or stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Marvel at the soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral in Cologne before disembarking in Amsterdam, where you may take a guided optional excursion to Keukenhof Gardens during tulip season. Continue on to Paris and London for days of exploration.
Explore BaselDiscover charming HeidelbergExplore CologneAmsterdam is known for its citizens' love for bikes!Explore quaint towns along the RhineExplore the legendary city of ParisLondon's glittering financial districtStroll through romantic Strasbourg
Highlights
  • Tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim
  • Join an excursion to see the unrivaled natural beauty of the Black Forest
  • Enjoy the delightful town on the Reuss River in Lucerne
  • Explore the Heidelberg Castle, Great Vat or Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
  • Enjoy guided land-based exploration in Lucerne, Paris, and London
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Lucerne, Switzerland

Welcome to Switzerland! The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this delightful town on the Reuss River. Your Monograms Local Host will help you get the most out of your two nights in Lucerne.

Day 2: Lucerne, Switzerland

  • 1 Breakfast
Your guided walking tour includes the poignant Lion Monument, Old Town, Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and Jesuit Church.

Day 3: Lucerne | Mount Pilatus | Basel | Embark

This morning enjoy a special highlight excursion to Mount Pilatus. Journey almost 7,000 ft. (2,132 m) up for spectacular views over central Switzerland (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead).
 

Day 4: Breisach, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest. Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

Discovery: 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 butter-making demonstration, OR:

Discovery: Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden, and enjoy a wine tasting.

Day 5: Strasbourg, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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—the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

Day 6: Mainz, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Classic: 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:

Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below, OR:

Classic: Enjoy a Guided City Walk in Mainz including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.

Day 7: Rudedsheim, Germany | Rhine George

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discovery: Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:

Active: Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim.

Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

Koblenz

Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History. Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment.

 

Day 8: Cologne, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

Classic: Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:

Discovery: Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

Day 9: Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

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. You may also choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside.
 

Day 10: Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer from your Avalon ship to the train station, where you begin your Monograms package.

Travel to Paris by high-speed train (First class).

Day 11-12: Paris, France

  • 2 Breakfasts
Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a Seine River cruise. Embark your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; Notre Dame Cathedral; Hôtel de Ville, the city's municipal headquarters; the Conciergerie, formerly a notorious prison where Marie-Antoinette spent the last days of her life; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more.
 

Day 13-14: London, United Kingdom

  • 2 Breakfasts
Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. Then, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline.
 

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Royal Suite: 300 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Elegant, contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Double sinks, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets.
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Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, and Hairdryer
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Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, and Hairdryer.
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Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, and Hairdryer
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Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, Hairdryer, and Spacious 3-door closets.
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Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, Hairdryer, and Spacious 3-door closets

Notes

    Throughout the Ship: Complimentary Wi-Fi Panoramic windows Elegant, contemporary design & decor Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area, and premium lounges Covered Observation Lounge Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
    Suites & Staterooms: Comfort Collection Beds with choice of mattress firmness Egyptian super-combed cotton linens Bathrobes & slippers
    • Premium L'Occitane bath products
    • Large bathroom featuring a shower with glass door
    • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
    • Individual climate control and in-room safe
    • USB Ports
    • Complimentary bottled water daily
    • And, much more.

    • Health & Fitness:
    • Bikes
    • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
    • Maps for hiking, biking, and jogging routes
    • Fitness and wellness activities
    • Fitbits®
    • All through your Avalon Adventure Host

    • Dining:
    • FlexDining for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
    • Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options at every meal
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
    • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
    • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
    • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
    • Alternative light lunch at Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
    • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
    • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes, and vegetarian options.
    • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
    • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
    • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
    • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
    • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
    • Notes:
    • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
    • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
    • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
    • Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences.

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