Canals, Vineyards and Paris
Experience France, Luxembourg, Germany and Holland on this 11-day rail and river cruise vacation.
Experience France, Luxembourg, Germany and Holland on this 11-day rail and river cruise vacation. Your adventure begins with a stay in the incomparable ìCity of Lightî before boarding the high-speed TGV for the train ride to Metz. Continue on to Remich, Luxembourg, to board your river vessel. Ports of call with unique sightseeing opportunities include Trier, the oldest city in Germany, and Cologne, the capital of Rhineland, as well as Bernkastel, Cochem, Rudesheim and Amsterdam.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Two nights of hotel accommodations in Paris
- Locally hosted program
- Sightseeing and scenic at nearly every stop
- Travel aboard a high-speed train to Metz or Luxembourg City
- Wine tasting
- Visit to Reichsburg Castle
- Tour of Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
- Canal boat cruise
Ship and Stateroom Inclusions:
- Seven nights of comfortable onboard accommodations
- 22 included meals, including 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Baggage handling
- Luxurious cruise along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers
- Captain's welcome and farewell receptions
- Daily afternoon tea
- Complimentary drinks while on the cruise ship
- Onboard enrichment activities
Day 1 - International Flight to Paris
Embark on your transatlantic flight from your U.S. gateway to Paris. (International flight not included in fare.)
Day 2 - Arrive in the City of Light
Welcome to Paris! Arrive in France's capital city and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Paris.
Day 3 - Paris
Embark on a sightseeing tour of the city including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, Madeleine, the Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower. After your tour, take time to marvel at the city's architecture, enjoy a coffee at a sidewalk café or revisit some of the amazing sights you saw earlier today on your city tour. Paris is known for its colorful nightlife including some of the world's best cabarets. You may wish to take in a show tonight. Overnight Paris. (B)
Day 4 - Paris to Remich, Luxembourg (Embarkation)
This morning, board a sleek high-speed train for a swift and comfortable journey to Metz or Luxembourg City. Continue by motorcoach to Remich, situated on the Moselle River, where your river cruise vessel (the Visionary or Artistry II, dependent upon departure date) is docked. Board the ship and settle in to your comfortable cabin. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. Overnight vessel. (B, D)
Day 5 - Grevenmacher. Excursion to Luxembourg City
Because of its location and natural geography, Luxembourg City has been a place of strategic military significance throughout history; the first fortifications were built as early as the 10th century. The city center occupies a picturesque site, perched high on precipitous cliffs that drop into the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers. A local guide will acquaint you with this city whose layout is complex, as it is set on two levels, straddling hills and dropping into the two river valleys. Enjoy a tranquil afternoon of cruising or join an optional excursion to the Roman city of Trier. Overnight vessel. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Bernkastel
In the middle of the Moselle region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel, with its well-preserved half-timbered houses surrounding the beautiful marketplace. Enjoy an included guided walk of the town, or perhaps visit the Wine Museum to learn about the history of the region's wine. Wine growers in this area look after Germany's largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. Before dinner, visit a local wine cellar and taste several of the region's varietals. Overnight vessel. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Cochem
Cochem is a charming and picturesque town with half-timbered houses and winding streets full of history and legends that will be brought to life during your included guided walk. Visit Reichsburg Castle, built in 1000 A.D. and furnished with Renaissance and baroque furniture. Sitting dramatically atop a conical hill covered in vines, this castle offers splendid views of the little town nestled down below and of the river valley. Cochem is at the heart of the Moselle wine trade and most notably, the Riesling grape is cultivated, producing a dry to sweet, floral white wine. Overnight vessel. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim
This morning, cruise through the dramatic Thine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs, which ridde 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. After lunch, arrive in pretty Rüdesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town. Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum for a real surprise! After a special treat, there is free time to explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs. Overnight vessel. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Cologne
One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a guided city walk or a Jewish Heritage Walk. Later, during free time, perhaps check out the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built—a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years, and shop for a bottle of “4711,” the original eau de cologne. Overnight vessel. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Amsterdam, Holland
This morning, arrive in Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated, modern capital city is sophisticated, which is steeped in a rich and fascinating history. The works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums like the Rijksmuseum. There is no better way to see the city than by canal boat. Cruise through the elegant grachten, which are lined with stately homes that date back to Amsterdam's Golden Age. There is plenty of free time to explore on your own. Overnight vessel. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
Your European rail-river cruise adventure ends after breakfast this morning. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Visionary : 2012 ushered in another exciting Suite Ship® cruising along Europe's glorious rivers. The Avalon Visionary delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include a complimentary Internet Corner and Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.
Artistry II : With 2013 came another exciting Suite Ship®. The Avalon Artistry II delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include a complimentary Internet Corner and Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.
Dates & Prices
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|8th July 2018||$3,539||Book Now|
|7th September 2018||$3,739||Book Now|
|8th July 2018||$4,688||Book Now|
|7th September 2018||$4,888||Book Now|
|8th July 2018||$5,438||Book Now|
|7th September 2018||$5,638||Book Now|
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Visionary - Deluxe Stateroom - Category D,E: Departs 8th July 2018 ($3,539), 7th September 2018 ($3,739)
Visionary - Panorama Suite - Category A,B,P: Departs 8th July 2018 ($4,688), 7th September 2018 ($4,888)
Visionary - Royal Suite: Departs 8th July 2018 ($5,438), 7th September 2018 ($5,638)
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Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Port Charges of $168 for 2017 & 2018 sailings. Ships vary based on date of sailing. Pre and post night accommodations are available for all sailings. Single prices are available upon request; triple are not available. Prices are correct at the time of this web page going live; however are subject to confirmation at time of booking.