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All Categories are Panorama Suites
Category B is located on the Sapphire Deck, Aft.
Category A is located on the Sapphire Deck, Forward
Category P is located on the Royal Deck
Travel protection is strongly recommended for each traveler; please call our office for a quote.
Medicare doesn’t cover expenses out of the country.
Your trip includes round trip airfare and transportation to/from the airport, land/cruise, port charges, 20 meals (7B, 6L, 7D), accommodations as specified in the itinerary, and sightseeing and services of a professional cruise director. Airfare is subject to change. Should an increase occur, the difference will be the responsibility of the traveler. Pre-paid gratuities are also included for Avalon Waterways and Timi's Tours, with the exception of driver tips for the motorcoach airport transfers (not included) and tips for the guides on your selected excursions (not included).
Luggage fees charged by airlines are NOT included in the price of this trip and may vary based on airline policies, fees, restrictions, etc. The price of these luggage fees are the sole responsibility of each guest and are not determined by Timi's Tours.
PLEASE NOTE: This trip is presented by Timi's Tours with Avalon Waterways, and has additional policies and conditions for travel that are above and beyond our normal policy including but not limited to cancellation deadlines, non-refundable deposits, travel document requirements, and more. Complete terms are available in the trip brochure; please inquire when booking. By booking this trip, you agree to those additional policies.
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One of Europe's most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey, presented by Timi's Tours with Avalon Waterways! This amazing trip will include stops in Switzerland, France, Germany, and Holland, and offer a host of excursion options for you to choose from along the way!
Day 1: Depart Chicago on an overnight flight to Europe
We’ll travel via luxury motorcoach to Chicago then we will board our overnight flight to Zurich.
Day 2: Zurich, Switzerland
We’ll arrive in Zurich, Switzerland and you may spend the day/evening to rest or explore as you wish.
Day 3: Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
We’ll journey from Zurich to Basel, where we’ll board our Suite Ship® with Avalon Waterways! You’ll enjoy dinner onboard the ship before we cruise to Breisach, Germany overnight.
Day 4: Breisach, Germany – Excursion to the Black Forest
Active: Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR 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 a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German wine making 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 its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.
Day 5: Strasbourg, France
Active: Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR 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 – Excursion to Heidelberg
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 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 Classic: Enjoy a Guided City Walk in Mainz, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing. Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
Day 7: Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge – Koblenz
Active: Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR 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. 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. Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment.
Day 8: Cologne
Active: Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR Discovery: Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites, OR Classic: Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne – with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager – locally brewed for over 100 years!
Day 9: Amsterdam, Holland
Active: Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.
Day 10: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
After breakfast, we’ll depart the ship and begin our journey home with once-in-a-lifetime memories along the Rhine River.
*Please note that each guest will have excursion options to choose from, rather than able to enjoy each activity listed (i.e. one may need to choose between a bike ride, a museum trip, OR a winery visit at a particular destination)
Your trip includes 20 meals: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 7 Dinners