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Romantic Rhine – Northbound 2018 - Avalon Waterways
Romantic Rhine – Northbound 2018 - Avalon Waterways
Lois "This was our second cruise with Avalon. The ships are beautiful, the crew friendly and helpful and the food delicious. However, both cruises did not go according to plan through no fault of Avalon. The first cruise was affected by a lock keepers' strike and the latest due to floods. Whilst it is a lovely way to travel the company needs to warn prospective passengers that there are factors which ma..."
Excellent
20 reviews
Starts
Zurich
+9 Destinations
Rhine
Ends
Amsterdam
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Highlights

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.
Age range
8 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Stateroom / Suite
Max Group Size
160
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20 Reviews

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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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  • AL
    Written on July 27, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    We just got back from the Romantic Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel. It was fabulous. The crew worked hard to ensure we all had a great experience. The tour guides at each port were very informative and always willing to answer your questions. The food was divine at every meal, we had a German buffet one day for lunch which was fantastic. We saw so much, the week went by too fast. I highly recommend this cruise.
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  • LY
    Written on July 27, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    We just got back from our first of, hopefully many, Avalon vacations! We went from Zurich to Amsterdam on the Romantic Rhine Northbound. Everything about this trip was top of the line--rooms, food, service, tours! We went with my parents and brother. It was my parents' 5th Avalon trip!
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  • ML
    Written on July 27, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Was treated like a queen. The crew were amazing, service excellent. Would recommend Avalon to all my friends
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  • MC
    Written on July 27, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Our Ship was new in April and it was a beautiful boat. The crew did a great job! The staff was superb, the excursions were awesome and the food was incredible. Everything went like clockwork and we wanted for nothing. The entertainment was awesome and we had the time of our lives.
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  • LZ
    Written on July 27, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was our second cruise with Avalon. The ships are beautiful, the crew friendly and helpful and the food delicious. However, both cruises did not go according to plan through no fault of Avalon. The first cruise was affected by a lock keepers' strike and the latest due to floods. Whilst it is a lovely way to travel the company needs to warn prospective passengers that there are factors which may mean alternative arrangements may be needed (eg coach travel and hotels). It is a lot of money to pay if cruising is not the main feature.
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Itinerary

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  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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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • January 1, 2017

      I noticed there are several tours off the boat but it isn't clear if these tours are included, or if we would have to pay for each one separately.

      Shore excursions for Avalon Waterways are not included in the cruise price. They can be purchased at the time of booking or on board the ship. You can buy a package or individual tours.

    • January 1, 2017

      I wonder if you have some areas on the boat for teens. Game rooms? Ping pong? Pizza parlor? Other activities?

      Avalon doesn't cater for children however they do have board games and areas where you kids can hang out. They don't have a pizza parlor or ping pong table or any kids club so they would have to entertain themselves. During the summer there are many families who cruise so they would likely meet other teens during the holiday.

    • January 1, 2017

      I would like to know average number of people on these tours.

      Depending on the activity of the tour generally speaking city highlight tours will host up to 50 passengers on a coach. However, the average size would be more like 35. Other shore excursions such as wine tasting, biking or hiking and those will be smaller in group size.

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    • Lorenzo Luis20th May 2018
      Seen so far very easy to get information and excellent online communication. We expect the tour operator and the tour to be as good.

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    About the countries

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    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Switzerland and Germany. Ideally 6 months before travel.

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    Location
    Zurich is the starting point and Amsterdam is the endpoint.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Avalon Waterways to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    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 26 August 2018 the full payment of $2,199 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    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 $2199 for Romantic Rhine – Northbound 2018, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable.
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    The following cards are accepted for Avalon Waterways tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    Destinations

    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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