Festive Season On The Romantic Rhine With Mount Pilatus, 1 Night In Lucerne & 3 Nights In Lake Como

05/25/2019 through 12/02/2020
05/25/2019 through 12/16/2020
Avalon Waterways

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this delightful winter journey along the Rhine River, which takes you across Germany-and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! This magnificent river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. 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.” Cologne, Germany-a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture-will be an exciting stop with its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. While you’re there, why not try a locally-brewed Kölsch beer? Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge-the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. And nearby, in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue your Rhine river cruise to Mainz for a guided walk and visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum, or take an excursion to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle towering magnificently over the city. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. The city’s Christmas market is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Before the end of your European river cruise vacation, stop in Breisach, Germany, located on the French-German border, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest-an area of unrivaled natural beauty-best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. At every stop, you’ll experience the magical charm of this time of year, with the towns decked out in festive lights and décor, and the Christmas markets waiting to be explored. Disembark your river cruise ship in Basel and join the Monograms portion of your vacation starting with a special excursion up Mount Pilatus for spectacular Alpine panoramas and a guided walking tour to explore lovely Lucerne. Transfer by high-speed train to Como, where an included guided walking tour features the charming historic district, the gothic Town Hall, and the imposing Duomo. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Como to renowned Bellagio with its centuries-old buildings, cobblestone lanes, and charming shops. In your free time, you might like to travel to fashionable Milan, or take the funicular to the village of Brunate-your Local Host® can help you decide how to make this fabulous vacation just perfect for you!

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: guided city walk; Christmas market

Day 4 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: scenic sailing through the Rhine Gorge; special treat; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; Christmas market

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: choice of guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, or excursion to Heidelberg, guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat; Christmas market

Day 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 7 Breisach: choice of Black Forest Excursion, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer

Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)-Mount Pilatus-Lucerne: excursion to Mount Pilatus (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead), guided walking tour in Lucerne with the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge

Day 9 Lucerne-Lake Como: transfer by high speed train (first class) to Lake Como; guided walking tour

Day 10 Lake Como: boat ride on Lake Como to Bellagio

Day 11 Lake Como: full day at leisure

Day 12 Lake Como: your vacation ends with breakfast this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Amsterdam
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Day 3 Cologne, Germany
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Day 4 Rhine Gorge-rüdesheim
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Day 5 Mainz. Excursion To Heidelberg
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Day 6 Strasbourg, France
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Day 7 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To The Black Forest
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Day 8 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) - Mount Pilatus - Lucerne
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Day 9 Lucerne-lake Como, Italy
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Day 10 Lake Como
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Day 11 Lake Como
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Day 12 Lake Como
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