Cruise down Romantic Rhine

DC Vekic blog February 12, 2013

This one was planned for a long time, as I wanted to offer a brand new ship Avalon Artistry II – known as the suite ship. Year built is 2013!

We will be cruising down the river Rhine visiting Switzerland, France, Germany and Netherlands in a luxury brand new ship that offers such amenities as Internet corner, complimentary Wi-Fi access, fitness center, Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool & game area: Open-air bistro. Non-smoking interior, Elevator, Outside Viewing Deck, Headsets for all guided shore excursions with Certified Local Guide, English-speaking crew, Cruise Director, Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment, Room service available featuring Continental breakfast and beverages, Hair salon, Onboard movie nights, Optional biking excursions in Amsterdam, Alternate dining experience with local specialties & lighter fare in the Panorama Bistro, Avalon Choice cruising experience, Behind-the-scenes ship tour, Choice of excursions, Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options, Local maps, Culture & Cruise onboard experiences, Expanded “on-demand” in-room entertainment.

Zürich to Amsterdam   November 3 – 10, 2013 


DAILY ITINERARY
Day 1 Zürich, Basel – Embarkation (Dinner)

Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland. Transfer to Basel (Embarkation)

Flights into Zürich must arrive before 3 pm. Your river cruise vessel is docked on the Rhine River in Basel, where France, Germany, and Switzerland meet. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception at 6 pm.

 

Day 2 Strasbourg, France (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Strasbourg, France

 

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. A Certified Local Guide shows you the noteworthy sights: the GOTHIC CATHEDRAL, the lovely LA PETITE FRANCE district, Place Kléber, and Place Gutenberg with the statue of the inventor of the printing press. Strasbourg is also home to the Kronenbourg Brewery. An optional excursion into the Alsace wine region is available.
Day 3 Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany

 

Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university town, of Student Prince fame, a world-famous love musical. Take pictures of the ruins of the imposing Heidelberg Castle, built of red sandstone and towering above the city, and enjoy free time to explore.
Day 4 Mainz–Rüdesheim (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Mainz–Rüdesheim

 

Situated on the left bank of the Rhine, opposite the mouth of the Main River, Mainz is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. The Old Town has many interesting shops, tea rooms, and restaurants, and a fountain on the Schillerplatz is decorated with scenes of the famous carnival held here every year. Gutenberg, the father of modern printing, was born here and you’ll visit the GUTENBERG MUSEUM. Leave Mainz in the late morning; during lunch, sail to Rüdesheim. This pretty little town is the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town. SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM is a real surprise! Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then there’s free time to explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs.
Day 5 Rhine Gorge–Koblenz (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Rhine Gorge–Koblenz

Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river and dotted every mile with castles. Pass the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where sweet songs of local beauties lured enchanted sailors to their doom. Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region.

 

Day 6 Cologne (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Cologne

Cologne is the capital of the Rhineland and one of Germany’s largest cities. The soaring twin steeples of Cologne’s magnificent gothic cathedral—which took more than 600 years to build—dominate the river skyline. The Germano-Roman Museum next to the cathedral is a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with taverns, cafés, and shops. The favorite local beer here is Kölsch.

 

Day 7 Amsterdam, Holland (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Amsterdam, Holland

Holland’s capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambience. The works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

 

Day 8 Amsterdam – Disembarkation  (Breakfast)

Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. There are optional add-ons for post cruise and pre cruise hotels.
PRICING INFORMATION – 
Save $500 off the prices below when you book this cruise with Cosmopolitan Travels!
 
~ Cruise rates from $2,249 $1,749 – if you book with us per person based on double occupancy (CAT E) –   
                         
category E – 172 sq.ft.
 
~ Additional Charges for Cabin Upgrades from CAT E are Listed Below
$149 per person CAT D
 
$799 per person CAT B
$849 per person CAT A
$999 per person CAT P
 
category A,B,P 200 sq.ft.
 
 
~ Port Charges per person: $126
~ Optional travel insurance available
~ Airfare available on request for an addtional price and deposit
~ Pre & Post stays available upon request
 
ALWYAS INCLUDED: Complimentary beer, wines, and soft drinks at dinner; complimentary soft drinks with
lunch; Full breakfast with sparkling wine.
 
It is our pleasure to present this river cruise to you at an amazing value. Please contact us for more information dc@cosmopolitantravels.com 800-303-7901