Festive Season On Romantic Rhine With 2 Nights In Lucerne (Northbound)

01/10/2021 through 12/06/2021
01/10/2021 through 12/18/2021
Avalon Waterways

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this winter wonderland journey along the Rhine River, which starts in Switzerland with stops in France, Germany, and Holland! Each town is festively decorated with lights and strains of Christmas carols filling the air. You’ll start your European vacation with a visit to gorgeous Lucerne, Switzerland. With services provided by Monograms®, a Local Host® is on hand to arrange your sightseeing, free-time recommendations, and any other assistance you need during your 2-night stay in Lucerne. Enjoy a guided walking tour including the Lion Monument, Old Town, Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, Jesuit Church, and a special highlight excursion to Mount Pilatus.

Board your Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland, then head for Breisach, Germany, the gateway to the Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. Enjoy the first of many lovely Christmas markets offering traditional regional treasures and traditions. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where you’ll visit the red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe and its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, and watch the skaters on the ice rink below, and Mainz for a guided walk and visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Next up is the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, and unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. You’re sure to be enthralled by the life-size figures of Europe’s largest nativity scene on the Market Square. Pass through the dramatic views of the Rhine Gorge before arriving in Cologne-your last stop in Germany. Here, you’ll explore the 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral. Wander through the Christmas market, try some traditional Lebkuchen and get some inner warmth with a cup of Glühwein.

Celebrate your magical Rhine river cruise in Holland’s capital of Amsterdam. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

Included Features:

Day 1 Lucerne, Switzerland: Welcome to Switzerland

Day 2 Lucerne: Guided walking tour with the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge

Day 3 Lucerne, Mount Pilatus-Basel (Embarkation): Excursion to Mount Pilatus (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead); onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer; Christmas market

Day 5 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 6 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: Excursion to Heidelberg, guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat; guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; Christmas market

Day 7 Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge: Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; scenic sailing through the Rhine Gorge; Christmas market

Day 8 Cologne: Guided city walk; Christmas market

Day 9 Amsterdam: Canal cruise

Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Lucerne, Switzerland
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Day 2 Lucerne
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Day 3 Lucerne – Mount Pilatus – Basel (Embarkation)
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Day 4 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 5 Strasbourg, France
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Day 6 Excursion To Heidelberg, Germany. Mainz
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Day 7 Rüdesheim – Rhine Gorge – Koblenz
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Day 8 Cologne
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Day 9 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
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