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DAY 1: DEPART CHICAGO AND ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Timi's Tours will provide transportation to Chicago O'Hare airport.
Overnight flight to Zurich
DAY 2: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland. Afternoon at Leisure.
Included Overnight in Zurich. (Dinner TBD)
DAY 3: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)
Group Tour TBD in the morning. Welcome to Basel. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.
EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (Dinner)
DAY 4: BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST:
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest .
-CLASSIC Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:
-DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Excursion to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration.
Explore on your own this afternoon taking a bike from
the ship or hiking up to St. Stephan's Cathedral.
EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 5: STRASBOURG, FRANCE: Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages
-CLASSIC Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city's gothic stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock,
and the magical La Petite France District.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or to the historic Maginot Line-an impressive installation of pre-WW II defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France.
Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kleber,
or pay a visit to one of Strasbourg's many wonderful museums.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 6: LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG:
Castle Walls and the World's Biggest Barrelof Wine
-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. Enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon.
MAINZ - Turning the Pages of History
-CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7: RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
-DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum
for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
-ACTIVE Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host
and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.
-DISCOVERY Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
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.
Travel Through 2,000 Years of Monumental History
-CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls. towers, squares, and monuments. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 8: COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City
-ACTIVE Join a Guided Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host this morning, OR:
-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.
Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of
Kelsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years!
AFTERNOON/OVER NIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 9: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Colorful Amsterdam -with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age
-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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 10: AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
We fly back to Chicago and are transported home via luxury motorcoach.
This trip has additional policies and information above and beyond our normal policy. Please call our office for a full brochure, that includes these and other details.
One of Europe's most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which begins in Switzerland and stops in France, Germany, and Holland!