AVALON 2020: Festive Season on Romantic Rhine with 3 Nights in Paris & 3 Nights in London (Northbound) (WZA1-T1)
14 Day River Cruise Basel to London
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 lit and decorated and strains of Christmas carols fill the air. You'll board your Avalon Suite Ship in Basel, Switzerland. Sail for Breisach, Germany, the gateway to the Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Explore the warm and friendly Christmas market with traditional festive offerings. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, home to one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe with a spectacular Christmas tree. Visit Heidelberg's castle ruins towering above the city, and watch the skaters on the ice rink below, and Mainz and browse its charming Christmas market. Sail to charming Rudesheim, home to Europe's largest nativity scene, and pass through the dramatic views of the Rhine Gorge on your way to the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne. Wander through Cologne's brilliant Christmas market, and try traditional Lebkuchen and Gluhwein. You'll visit Holland's popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, and take a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city's 'Golden Age.'Transfer by high-speed train to Paris to start your Monograms vacation package with 3 nights in 'The City of Light'. Enjoy a VIP sightseeing with an expert guide, drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, and join a Seine river cruise. You'll enjoy guided VIP sightseeing in England's most famous destination, as well as free time to really get to know the city. Sightseeing includes Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Your Monograms vacation package includes helpful onsite support from your expert Local Hosts both in Paris & London. Your scenic river cruise on the Romantic Rhine River, and complete vacation package in Paris and London are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.
|Day 1||Basel||Welcome to Switzerland. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding.Flights into Zurich must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition. EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (D)|
|Day 2||Breisach||History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black ForestDISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:DISCOVERY Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany's southernmost wine country in Baden and learn about the vintners' process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting.You may choose to follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG(B,L,D)|
|Day 3||Strasbourg||Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg's gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petit France District. Savor the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending your free time wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season. You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit Alsace's wine country today.OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN (B,L,D)|
|Day 4||EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG, GERMANY MAINZ||Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Barrel of 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. CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing. In your free time visit the local Christmas market: explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sound. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ(B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Koblenz||Eat, Drink and be Merry in Wine Country DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.Sail through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim, past the legendary rock of The Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.Don't miss the tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of sparkling winter wonderlands in Koblenz. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE(B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Cologne||Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR: Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Cologne's Christmas markets. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM(B,L,D)|
|Day 7||Amsterdam||Canals of Colorful Amsterdam CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's 'Golden Age.' With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition or join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM(B,L,D)|
|Day 8||Paris||Transfer from your Avalon ship to the train station, where you begin your Monograms package. Travel to Paris by high-speedtrain (first class). (B)|
|Day 9||Paris||Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a SEINE RIVER CRUISE. Embark your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804; Hotel de Ville, the city's municipal headquarters; the Conciergerie, formerly a notorious prison where Marie-Antoinette spent the last days of her life; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more. (B)|
|Day 10||Paris||Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the 'City of Lights'. Your Local Host will help you get the most out of your stay in Paris(B)|
|Day 11||London||Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class)(B)|
|Day 12||London||Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London's famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister's Downing Street; Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. Take photos of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit St. Paul's Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London's skyline.(B)|
|Day 13||London||Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore London at your own pace. Your Local Host will help you get the most out of it.(B)|
|Day 14||London||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Gateway city for arrivals is Zurich.Port charges: $182Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.Extra nights per person in Zurich: in single room from $198 to $433, in twin room from $129 to $250 All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:Category / Decks / PriceD / Indigo Deck / $199B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199P / Royal Deck / $1,299Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,199
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