Spectacular Switzerland with Romantic Rhine


Summary: This unique vacation gives you a chance to tour stunning Switzerland and enjoy a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River through France, Germany, and Holland.

Begin in spectacular Switzerland, where you'll enjoy the country’s beautiful moun...

Duration
16 Days
Countries
4
Next Departure
08-May-2020
Starting at
USD 6,628.00
USD 5,878.00
Price per day
USD 367.00
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Operator
Avalon Waterways
Ship
Panorama, Vista
Tour
Spectacular Switzerland with Romantic Rhine
Tour Code
XZH5

Highlights

City Highlights

Day 1 Zürich: welcome to Switzerland

Day 2 Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva: Zürich orientation tour; stop in Biel/Bienne, explore the historical center; stop in lakeside Neuchâtel

Day 3 Geneva: guided sightseeing, visit the Reformation Park

Day 4 Geneva–Évian Les Bains–Gruyères–Broc–Charmey: see the Rhône vineyards in Évian-Les-Bains; visit the castle in Gruyères; visit the famous Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Broc

Day 5 Charmey–Gstaad–Grindelwald: orientation tour in Gstaad; travel to Grindelwald

Day 6 Grindelwald. Excursion to the Jungfrau: visit to the Jungfraujoch railway station

Day 7 Grindelwald–Berne–Lucerne: see the Bear Park, the Old Town and enjoy the panoramic view from the Rose Garden in Berne; travel to Lucerne

Day 8 Lucerne: walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge

Day 9 Lucerne–Basel (Embarkation): travel to Basel; onboard welcome reception

Day 10 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar

Day 11 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 12 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 13 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz

Day 14 Cologne: choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 15 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Notes

In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Itinerary

This unique vacation gives you a chance to tour stunning Switzerland and enjoy a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River through France, Germany, and Holland.

Begin in spectacular Switzerland, where you'll enjoy the country’s beautiful mountains and lakes—with overnights in Zürich, Geneva, the Gruyère area, Grindelwald, and Lucerne. The highlight of this tour is the time spent in the mountain resort of Grindelwald, in the vicinity of three mighty mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Globus has arranged an unforgettable rack railway trip to the "Top of Europe," a high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow. Here, at the amazing Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station at 11,332 feet, you can experience the Alpine Sensation, the Ice Palace, and you can also take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. A truly unforgettable experience! Also, visit the magnificent castle in Gruyères and walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture. Geneva, Switzerland's most international and second-largest city, offers a fantastic lakeside setting and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. Here, you'll have guided sightseeing of the city and a visit to the Reformation Park. Enjoy a chocolate tasting at the famous Maison Cailler in Broc; and stop in Gstaad, one of Switzerland's most famous skiing resorts and a popular destination for international celebrities. In Lucerne, enjoy a guided walking tour that includes the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge.

Embark on your river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and head for Breisach, Germany. Here, you’ll find the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, and home to Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. In Strasbourg, France, be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, and stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, offers world-famous museums and an abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. See the treasures of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” A perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

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ARRIVE IN ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
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ZÜRICH–BIEL/BIENNE–NEUCHÂTEL–GENEVA
3.
GENEVA
4.
GENEVA–ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE–GRUYÈRES–BROC–CHARMEY, SWITZERLAND
5.
CHARMEY–GSTAAD–GRINDELWALD
6.
GRINDELWALD. EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAU
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GRINDELWALD–BERNE–LUCERNE
8.
LUCERNE
9.
LUCERNE–BASEL (EMBARKATION)
10.
BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST
11.
STRASBOURG, FRANCE
12.
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
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RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
14.
COLOGNE
15.
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
16.
AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Visited Countries: Switzerland, France, Germany, Netherlands


Ship Information
Ship Name
Panorama
Ship Type
River Cruiser
Summary

A unique Suite Ship®, the Avalon Panorama was the first of its kind in the industry with two full decks of suites featuring a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window that transforms the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony<sup>SM</sup>. As you cruise along Europe's finest rivers, enjoy the fresh breeze and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, the Panorama Suite<sup>SM</sup> is more than 30% larger than the industry standard, and it gives you the unparalleled opportunity to wake up each morning facing the magnificent passing scenery. Exciting onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a well-stocked library, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and delightful Sky Bistro. There's no better way to cruise in Europe than in the spacious comfort offered on the Avalon Panorama.

 
Travel Package
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Cruise Zurich Mainz



This is an Organised River Cruise: you will eat and sleep on-board of the ship. The cruise operator set the itinerary, the destinations, duration and departure dates as well as the price per cabin type/deck. Excursions can be included or optional. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.

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