The Best Of Austria & Switzerland With Romantic Rhine

08/19/2020 through 10/03/2021
08/19/2020 through 10/23/2021
Avalon Waterways

This amazing European vacation offers the best of both worlds: a land tour of Austria and Switzerland-two of Europe’s most scenic countries-and a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River with stops in France, Germany, and Holland!

See the true definitions of palaces and castles while visiting Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace-former home to the long-reigning Habsburg dynasty. In Switzerland, enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva. Pass through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery with a ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train. Travel first class with panoramic windows to admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages on your way to Zermatt, Switzerland. Other scenic highlights include a Danube cruise along the prettiest part of the river on your way to Salzburg; a private boat cruise on the fjord-lake in Lucerne; a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered the most beautiful mountain area in the world; and more. Some sightseeing highlights include the Basilika St. Michael in Mondsee (of The Sound of Music fame), a walk through the Old Town in Innsbruck, and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.

Embark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland, to begin your Rhine River cruise! Visit Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, and an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for 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, or sail to Mainz for a guided walk and visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, and explore Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, with its world-famous museums, wealth of eateries, iconic 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 fabulous land and river cruise adventure!

Included Features:

Day 1 Vienna: welcome to Austria

Day 2 Vienna: guided sightseeing, see the Ringstrasse, Heldenplatz, and visit Schönbrunn Palace

Day 3 Vienna–Melk–Salzburg: Danube cruise and visit to The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee; guided walking tour and dinner at a local restaurant in Salzburg

Day 4 Salzburg: day at leisure

Day 5 Salzburg–Innsbruck–St. Moritz: walk through the Old Town, see the Golden Roof in Innsbruck; travel to St. Moritz

Day 6 St. Moritz–Chur–Täsch–Zermatt: panoramic trip onboard of the Glacier Express train to Zermatt

Day 7 Zermatt: day at leisure

Day 8 Zermatt–Berne: visit Chillon Castle; travel to Berne

Day 9 Berne–Interlaken–Lucerne: guided walking tour in Berne, see the Bear Park and enjoy the panoramic view from the Rose Garden; travel to Lucerne

Day 10 Lucerne: morning walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge; private boat cruise and farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Day 11 Lucerne–Basel (Embarkation): travel to Basel; onboard welcome reception

Day 12 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller

Day 13 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral

Day 14 Mainz: choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 15 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Koblenz

Day 16 Cologne: choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 17 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 18 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Vienna, Austria
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Day 2 Vienna
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Day 3 Vienna – Melk – Mondsee, Salzburg
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Day 4 Salzburg
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Day 5 Salzburg – Innsbruck – St. Moritz, Switzerland
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Day 6 St. Moritz – Chur – Täsch – Zermatt
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Day 7 Zermatt
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Day 8 Zermatt – Berne
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Day 9 Berne – Interlaken – Lucerne
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Day 10 Lucerne
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Day 11 Lucerne – Basel (Embarkation)
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Day 12 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 13 Strasbourg, France
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Day 14 Mainz, Germany – Excursion To Heidelberg
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Day 15 Rüdesheim – Rhine Gorge
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Day 16 Cologne
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Day 17 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 18 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
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