Join the Avalon Artistry II on an 8-day voyage sailing from the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, to Basel, Switzerland. Follow the romantic Rhine through quaint villages in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands to explore Gothic cathedrals, grand palaces, and imposing fortresses. Visit Cologne, where you can view Germany's most visited landmark, the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral. Stroll Rüdesheim's famous Drosselgasse and savor a locally produced pinot noir at a wine tavern. Make your way to Mannheim, where the bicycle was born, and stop in the quaint town of Germersheim, best known for its iconic Weissenburg Gate. Finally, tour Strasbourg, which is one of the world's most photogenic towns, before disembarking in Basel.
Join an excursion to the unrivaled natural beauty of Black Forest.
Visit the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral.
Tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim.
Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host.
Everyone has an image of Amsterdam. For some, it’s small boats gliding on the canals and locals two-wheeling on bikes to work and, as frequently, to meet friends for drinks. For others, its gabled buildings leaning, seemingly precariously, over cobbled streets and cozy taverns illuminated by candles. Still, others imagine tulips in bloom and the paintings Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Each vision is even more beguiling when experienced in person. Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age."
Germany’s most visited landmark – the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral – dominates the skyline here, its magnificent Gothic twin-spires reaching toward the heavens. Peel your eyes away from the Kölner Dom, its local name, to see the space needle-like Rhine Tower, ancient Roman ruins, a modern museum, cozy beerhalls and the arches of the Hohenzollern Bridge, reconstructed after the war.
Sail through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim and past the legendary rock of the Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim; or 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.
Overnight docking in Rudesheim.
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel. Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing. 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.”
Overnight cruise to Strasbourg.
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. Choose 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.
Overnight cruise to Breisach.
German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest. 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. Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.
Overnight cruise to Basel.
Day 8: Basel, Switzerland | Disembark
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.
Initial deposit is $450, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, and American Express. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge
We are so glad that we chose Adventure Life. The service is top-notch. Everything is well taken care of and we just have to print the documents and go. Franny even gave us timely updates on possible airport strike.