Romantic Rhine – Northbound 2018

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  • Relax on the deck as you drift through the Rhine Gorge,
  • Visit towering Heidelberg Castle the fairytale Black Forest
  • Be charmed by the timbered houses of La Petite France
  • See a wine barrel so large it has a dance floor on top!
  • Explore bohemian Amsterdam on a canal boat ride
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
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Travel style
River Cruise, In-depth Cultural
Start in Zurich and end in Amsterdam ! With the river cruise tour Romantic Rhine – Northbound 2018, you have a 8 day tour package taking you from Zurich to Amsterdam and through Zurich, Switzerland and 10 other destinations in Europe. Romantic Rhine – Northbound 2018 includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • PK
    Written on September 27, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Over rated !!! I got food poisoning on the last day as did three others - there was no response to our needs - simply asked to leave to make way for passengers taking the river cruise back to Amsterdam. I cannot recommend this cruise.
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  • AV
    Written on August 25, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic cruise on the Rhine with helpful cooperative staff and great coordination from Monica from the Hospitality Desk. Also great optional tours to enhance knowledge. May I suggest that the gratuities are either included upfront as an all-in package or the relative envelopes left in the individual cabins duly marked with names of contributors (or cabin number) and not left anonymous.
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  • JB
    Written on July 31, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Avalon really got everything right. Personalized but organized. Great value. Great service.
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  • YH
    Written on June 11, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    This cruise was amazing and far exceeded my expectations.
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  • AR
    Written on June 9, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Outstanding service in every respect
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  • GJ
    Written on April 28, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Fine dining filled by fine dancing
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  • LB
    Written on May 7, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    The boat and staff were lovely but the cruise itself was disappointing. You are led to believe that it is beautiful cruising the Rhine with all the scenary however that was only 1 day of the 7 we were on there. The rest of the time was passing industrial areas very boring sights. The excursions on land though were generally great. Would not bother with Cologne though - not worth it.
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  • AC
    Written on August 17, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    The Avalon Waterways Cruise is simply stunning. Compared to other cruise ships that sail along with us, Avalon seems to be shining out than the rest. From the moment you embark the ship, you feel like entering into a five star hotel. The Captain, the Cruise Director and the crew are all very professional and service oriented. Even to the activities of the day, the bus comes on time and the day tour went on very smoothly. Upon disembarkation, I kept telling to myself that someday, I will be on that ship again for another voyage to enjoy!
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  • SB
    Written on July 27, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    We loved our Romantic Rhine cruise! The small ship experience is so much more relaxing than a cruise ship. The crew took such great care of everything, excellent food and service! The tours included were educational and fun, something special at each destination. We love Avalon!
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  • ML
    Written on July 27, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Avalon was our best first river cruise in 2014 on the Romantic Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam during the Christmas markets. We loved our room, the wonderfully prepared meals and all the staff. We plan on going again this year on the Heart of Germany tour.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland. Transfer to Basel (Embarkation)
  2. Day 2: Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest
  3. Day 3: Strasbourg, France
  4. Day 4: Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany–Mainz
  5. Day 5: Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz
  6. Day 6: Cologne
  7. Day 7: Amsterdam, Holland
  8. Day 8: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

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  • Are the shore excursions included in the tour price?

    Everything in the itinerary in CAPITAL letters is included in the tour price. In the trip notes and under the 'Whats Included' tab you can find a list of the optional excursions. Please be aware that these are subject to change, however, if an excursion does become unavailable an alternative will be offered.

  • Would this tour be suitable for children and teens?

    Avalon doesn't cater for children however they do have board games and areas where kids can hang out. During the summer there are many families who cruise so they would likely meet other children and teens during the holiday.

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Zurich is the starting point and Amsterdam is the endpoint.
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TourRadar only requires a deposit of $250 to confirm this Avalon Waterways booking. The remaining balance is then payable 90 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 17 January 2019 the full payment of $2,449 is necessary.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 90 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2449 for Romantic Rhine – Northbound 2018, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable.
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Covering a total distance of approx 775 km.
  • Zurich (Switzerland)
  • 74 km
  • Basel (Switzerland)
  • 53 km
  • Breisach am Rhein (Germany)
  • 55 km
  • Black Forest (Germany)
  • 43 km
  • Strasbourg (Germany)
  • 113 km
  • Heidelberg (Germany)
  • 73 km
  • Mainz (Germany)
  • 23 km
  • Rudesheim (Germany)
  • 49 km
  • Koblenz (Germany)
  • 78 km
  • Cologne (Germany)
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