Romantic Rhine (Northbound) (View)

Romantic Rhine (Northbound) (View)

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$3964

$2447

Romantic Rhine (Northbound) (View)

8 Days Starting in Basel, Switzerland and ending in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Visiting: Basel, Breisach, Black Forest, Strasbourg, Mainz, Heidelberg, Rüdesheim am Rhein, Rhine Gorge, Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam, Europe

Tour operator:

Avalon Waterways

Ship Name:
Avalon View
Ship Capacity:

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

8-99

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

River Cruise

From:
$3964
$2447 Operator discount: -$1402 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$115 -38%

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Tour Overview

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which begins in Switzerland and visits France, Germany, and Holland! Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland, then head for Breisach, Germany, at the foot of the Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border. Here you’ll find 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. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, and marvel at the red-sandstone Gothic-style 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 Castle, towering magnificently over the city, or stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Sail to the charming wine town of Rudesheim, and a visit to the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, then pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Last stop in Germany is Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral.

At the conclusion of your Rhine River cruise, you’ll spend time in colorful Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on an included canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Spend free time discovering world-famous museums, and an abundance of restaurants in the vibrant, modern capital of Holland.

Highlights

  • Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or sightseeing in Freiburg or bike with your Adventure Host

  • Strasbourg: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure Host

  • Mainz: Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or walk Philosophers’ Way with your Adventure Host, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

  • Rudesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim or hike in the vineyards with your Adventure Host; cruise through the scenic Rhine Gorge with breathtaking views of ancient castles, towering cliffs, and the leg-endary Rock of the Lorelei; free time in Koblenz

  • Cologne: Choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour or bike with your Adventure Host

  • Amsterdam: Choice of canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host

Places You'll See

Radisson Blu Airport

Movenpick Amsterdam City

Radisson Blu Airport

Movenpick Amsterdam City

Itinerary

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Day 1: Basel,Switzerland (Embarkation)

Location: Basel

Meals Included: Dinner


BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION) Welcome to Switzerland.

Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

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Day 2: Breisach,Germany. Excursion To Black Forest

Location: Breisach, Black Forest, Breisach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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:
Join A Guided Tour to explore Freiburg’s medieval city center, sheltered by the Black Forest amid vineyards and gardens of the Upper Rhine Valley.
BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR:

DISCOVERY 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:

CLASSIC Join A Guided Tour to explore Freiburg’s medieval city center, sheltered by the Black Forest amid vineyards and gardens of the Upper Rhine Valley.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

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Day 3: Strasbourg,France

Location: Strasbourg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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 Petite France District.

STRASBOURG, FRANCE A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

ACTIVE Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

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 Petite France District.

You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ

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Day 4: Mainz,Germany. Excursion To Heidelberg

Location: Mainz, Heidelberg, Mainz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Enjoy a Guided City Walk in Mainz, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.

MAINZ, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an inspiring walk in Heidelberg, the Philosophers' way, OR:

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,” OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk in Mainz, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ

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Day 5: Rudesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz

Location: Rüdesheim am Rhein, Rhine Gorge, Koblenz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee.
RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR:

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee.

En route to Koblenz, sail through the Rhine Gorge (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Take in the breathtaking views of ancient castles perched on cliffs 400 feet above the water, and pass the legendary Rock of the Lorelei—where the mythological siren’s songs lured ill-fated sailors.

KOBLENZ

Travel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History

Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ

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Day 6: Cologne

Location: Cologne

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.
COLOGNE Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

ACTIVE Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR:

DISCOVERY Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.

Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

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Day 7: Amsterdam,Holland

Location: Amsterdam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

ACTIVE Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR:

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. You may also choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside.

Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

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Day 8: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Location: Amsterdam

Meals Included: Breakfast


AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION) Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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Ship Details

Avalon View

Image Of Ship

As the newest addition to our fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon View certainly lives up to its name! With the youngest fleet of ships offering the widest views on Europe's waterways, The View continues our outstanding commitment to relaxed luxury. Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. The 200-square-foot Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, with Avalon's signature window-facing "Beds with a View." Onboard amenities include complimentary Starlink Wi-Fi access, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an Adventure Center for bikes and active gear, and an Avalon Adventure Host to assist with active excursions and activities. Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile FlexDining venues, including the casual Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, or elegant glass-walled Dining Room. Library books, cards, and board games are favorites in the Club Lounge, and our Observation Lounge affords the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by. The expansive Sky Deck beckons with a whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, shade system, and deck games-against a backdrop of Europe's most spectacular views!

Ship Name:

Avalon View

Adults Only Areas:

kids allowed

Ship Children Facilities:

none

Ship Nursery:

none

Smoking Areas:

some

Ship Size:

small

Ship Type:

river

Ship Kind:

Riverboat

Ship Currency:

EUR

Ship Language:

en

Ship Launch Year:

2020

Indigo Deck

Cat. D & E Deluxe StateroomsFitness Centre (18)

Royal Deck

Royal SuitesCat. P Panorama SuitesObservation Lounge (7)Panorama Bistro (8)Panorama Lounge (9)Bar (10)Reception (11)Adventure Center (12)Lobby (13)Elevator (14)Club Lounge (15)

Sapphire Deck

Cat. A & B Panorama SuitesGalley (16)Dining Room (17)

Sky Deck

Sky Lounge (1)Navigation Bridge (2)Sky Grill (3)Whirlpool (4)Premium Lounge Chairs and Shade Awnings (5)Deck Game Area (6)

SUITE DREAMS. SWEETER MORNINGS.

Linger a little longer by starting the day with complimentary Continental breakfast room service. With the world at your feet from your window-facing Comfort CollectionSM bed, savour the best view to sweeten your morning coffee with the widest view in river cruising.

AWAKEN TO A NEW WORLD

It's hard to tell where the luxury of your Panorama Suite ends and the world outside begins. Rise each day to your wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling Panorama Window creating the industry's only Open–Air Balcony®—with nothing between you and the view.

CONSIDER YOURSELF AT HOME

Your choice of Comfort Collection? mattresses and pillows. Egyptian cotton sheets and European-style duvets. Premium L’Occitane® bath products. Plush bath towels, robes, and slippers. Marble-top bathrooms with roomy glass-enclosed showers. Fully stocked mini bar. State-of-the-art flatscreen TVs with a bounty of entertainment options, and complimentary Starlink Wi-Fi. These thoughtful amenities, inviting design touches, and generous living space make Avalon an award-winning envy of other river cruise companies. So, consider yourself at home—but with a better view!

YOUR ROOM IS READY

Most small-ship designers miss the boat when it comes to cabins. They think you’ll be happy with a space that amounts to a forgotten spare room. At Avalon, we have a bigger idea. In addition to our award-winning Deluxe Staterooms, 100% of our European fleet of Suite Ships® include our 200-square-foot Panorama SuitesSM or the 300-square-foot Royal Suite - both featuring the widest views in river cruising. Avalon has knocked the notion of a bed facing the wall on its ear - with our sumptuous Comfort Collection Beds? that look to the view, instead of another piece of furniture.

Royal Suite (Grade S )

Located on Royal Deck Suite features include: Comfort Collection BedsLuxurious mattress toppersEgyptian super-combed cotton linensEuropean-style duvetsSoft & firm pillowsExtra blanketsChoice of bed configurationNightly turn-down serviceBedside tables with reading lampsHairdryerL'Occitane bath productsSpacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storageEasy under-bed luggage storageFlatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie optionsAlarm clockMake-up mirrorDirect-dial telephoneBathrobes & slippersWell-stocked minibarComplimentary waterIn-room safeIndividual climate controlElegant, contemporary designLarge mirror in bathroomMarble countertops in bathroomWall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony6-person sitting areaFull shower with glass doorWriting desk and chairVanity and lighted makeup mirrorSofaCoffee tableDouble sinksComplimentary Wi-FiUSB PortsOne King-Sized Bed or Two Twins

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Grade D E )

Located on the Indigo Deck (Forward & AFT) Suite features include: Comfort Collection BedsLuxurious mattress toppersEgyptian super-combed cotton linensEuropean-style duvetsSoft & firm pillowsExtra blanketsChoice of bed configurationNightly turn-down serviceBedside tables with reading lampsHairdryerL'Occitane bath productsSpacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storageEasy under-bed luggage storageFlatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie optionsAlarm clockDirect-dial telephoneBathrobes & slippersWell-stocked minibarComplimentary waterIn-room safeIndividual climate controlElegant, contemporary designLarge mirror in bathroomTwo windowsFull shower with glass doorWriting desk and chairVanity and lighted makeup mirrorComplimentary Wi-FiOne Queen-Sized Bed or Two TwinsUSB Ports

Panorama Suite (Grade A B )

Located on Royal Deck & Sapphire Deck (Forward & AFT)Suite features include: Comfort Collection BedsLuxurious mattress toppersEgyptian super-combed cotton linensEuropean-style duvetsSoft & firm pillowsExtra blanketsChoice of bed configurationNightly turn-down serviceBedside tables with reading lampsHairdryerL'Occitane bath productsSpacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storageEasy under-bed luggage storageFlatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie optionsAlarm clockMake-up mirrorDirect-dial telephoneBathrobes & slippersWell-stocked minibarComplimentary waterIn-room safeIndividual climate controlElegant, contemporary designLarge mirror in bathroomMarble countertops in bathroomWall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony6-person sitting areaFull shower with glass doorWriting desk and chairVanity and lighted makeup mirrorSofaCoffee tableComplimentary Wi-FiOne Queen-Sized Bed or Two TwinsUSB Ports

While we’re frequently lauded for our exceptional cuisine, we’re also praised for our menu of dining venues. Whether you’re in the mood for the elegance of the glass-walled Panorama Dining Room, the coziness of the Panorama Bistro, or the breeziness of the Sky Grill, we have just the table—or picnic basket—for you.

FARM-TO-FORK FARE.

Fresh. Organic. Local. While you take in the bountiful views, our innovative chefs bring the local bounties to your plate.

THE FOODS YOU LOVE…MINUS INGREDIENTS THAT DON’T LOVE YOU BACK

Our Avalon kitchens are designed to cater to your dietary sensitivities with ease. In fact, you’re invited to share any restrictions or preferences with us on day one so that we may make your dining experience worry free and wonderful! Dig in to a variety of delicious options at every meal to accommodate your unique dietary requirements, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, or other special dishes prepared upon request to accommodate any sensitivities or allergies to keep you feeling great!

Our menus are complete with allergen labels, indicating which dishes include the following ingredients: gluten, milk products, eggs, peanuts, fish, crustaceans, lupines, nuts, sulfur dioxide and sulfites, celery, mustard, sesame seed, soy, and mollusks.

Included Amenities

  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
  • Daily breakfast buffet with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily a la carte specials
  • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations. Alternatively, you may dine al fresco at our Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather and itinerary permitting) or enjoy a light lunch in the Panorama Lounge.
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Avalon FlexDining® flexible dining times with menu & venue options
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan, low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, high energy and allergy-free selections
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Included Happy Hour every evening featuring house beer, wine, cocktails and a drink of the day
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Specialty coffees, espresso drinks and beWell Essence flavored and infused water available throughout each day

Dining

A spacious, open-seating dining room with elegant dining service and large panoramic windows is situated on the Sapphire° deck. With an elegantly simple design, you can enjoy a full buffet breakfast or lunch with special options for those who wish to eat lightly, and delicious four-course dinners in the evening. AVALON FRESHWith our exclusive Avalon Fresh menu, you can take an indulgent cruise without drifting from your healthy habits. From energizing juices at breakfast to artfully crafted salads at lunch to high-protein plates at dinner, Avalon Fresh options—including vegetarian and vegan specialties—are available at every meal so you can guiltlessly partake in creative cuisine without sacrificing great taste.

Room Service

Room service is available for Continental breakfast & beverages.

Your favorite chair. Your go-to snack. Your signature sip. You can’t help but feel at home aboard an Avalon Suite Ship. Avalon cruisers know that feeling aboard our intimate Suite Ships—not as another face in the crowd or a number on a guest list. When you cruise with Avalon, there are certain words you’ll never hear on board. “Take a number” is simply not in our vocabulary. That’s because our staff—from captain to crew to housekeeping to chefs—know the meaning of ‘You First’ when it comes to worldclass service. With a 3:1 guest-to-crew ratio, you’ll enjoy personalized VIP treatment delivered with a relaxed luxury that’s never stuffy—just home, sweet home.

CONSIDER YOURSELF AT HOME

Like magic, Avalon makes wide open spaces feel comfy and cozy with the perfect spots to stretch out and enjoy the view, engaging conversation, or the peace and quiet you crave. From the Club Lounge to the Observation Lounge to the Panorama Lounge, you’re sure to find the perfect place to take it all in.

Bar

The Bar is located on the Royal Deck.

Club Lounge

Enjoy a quiet moment in the Club Lounge whilst enjoying a cappuccino.

Panorama Lounge

The Bar is located on the Royal Deck.

Reception

The Reception is located on the Royal Deck.

Active Excursions

FOR THE MOVER.Whether you enjoy sightseeing by kayak, on two wheels, or on your own two feet, you’ll relish the energy of Avalon’s Active excursion collection. Biking, hiking, and boating tours pack real get-up-and-go for those who like to do the same.

Adventure Center

Adventure Center with gear and guidance to explore your way. Avalon Adventure Host? to direct or accompany you on active pursuits. Also included? Freedom. The freedom to enjoy river cruising your way. You’re not like everyone else.BikesMaps for hiking, biking and jogging routesCanoe, kayak and jogging excursionsMaps for hiking, biking and jogging routesFitbits®Walking SticksBinocularsDaypacksYoga MatsFitness bands

Avalon Adventure Center

Your place for active gear and activities through your Avalon Adventure HostSM, including:BikesMaps for hiking, biking and jogging routesCanoe, kayak and jogging excursionsMaps for hiking, biking and jogging routesFitbits®Walking SticksBinocularsDaypacksYoga MatsFitness bands

Avalon Choice

Raise a glass at an Austrian wine tasting or raise your heart rate on a jogging tour of Cologne. From classic sightseeing in Paris to a classical concert in Vienna to a culinary walk in Lyon or a bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside — the possibilities are wide open on an Avalon river cruise. All at your pace, your preference, your way. We know there is more than one way to explore new destinations. Avalon includes an exceptional variety of excursions and activities so you can experience your cruise your way.CLASSICGet up close and personal with the iconic places you’ve dreamed of seeing. With expert Local Guides, you’ll get preferred access to the famous sites, insider information on local legends and lore, and the true heritage behind the history. DISCOVERYPull up a chair to hear a Vienna waltz, roll up your sleeves to paint like Van Gogh, or grab an apron to whip up a local recipe. Discover the world’s simple pleasures and grand artistry, from famous galleries to farmhouse kitchens. ACTIVEGreet the day with a bike ride, a hike to a hilltop castle, or a kayak excursion through the Gorges de l'Ardeche. If you’re up for an active adventure, the adventure is up to you. 

Classic Excursions

FOR THE DREAMER.Nothing beats the classics! Avalon’s Classic excursions put you in the story with timeless tales on guided tours in iconic cities, capitals, and castles. Skip the lines while your heart skips a beat in the rooms where history happened. 

Discovery Excursions

FOR THE DOER.An awakening for the senses, Avalon’s Discovery excursions present heartwarming, brain-tingling, hands-on adventure. Pull up a chair to hear a Viennese waltz, roll up your sleeves to paint like Van Gogh, or grab an apron to whip up a local delicacy.

There are no special arrangements or activities on board for children.

Saying hello to adventure doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your healthy habits and restorative rituals. From heart-healthy menu options and heart-pumping activities to mindful yoga moves, Avalon makes it easy to remain a picture of health amidst the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Fitness Centre

Although heart rates are naturally elevated on an Avalon cruise, every Avalon SuiteShip features a state-of-the-art fitness center—complete with the latest cardio and weight-training equipment—for those not looking to give their abs, biceps or triceps a vacation.Yoga on boardBefore you set out to discover the lives of kings, queens and conquerors, you can easily find your inner warrior, cobra or happy baby. Avalon Adventure Hosts kick-start each day with a combination of yoga poses, Pilates exercises and gentle stretches in the fresh morning air on the Sky Deck or with panoramic views in the Panorama Lounge. Downward dogs welcome.

Gratuities are included for your Cruise Director and Ship’s Crew only and does not include Local Hosts, Local Guides and drivers. For the Egyptian sailing please note that gratuities are not included for your Cruise Director, Ships Crew, Local Hosts, Local Guides or drivers.

Accessibility

Avalon Waterways makes reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled and mobility impaired travellers but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so. Because we cannot provide individual assistance to travellers in many situations, and most of our transportation services are not equipped with wheelchair ramps, we recommend that you view our terms and conditions for details and contact us to learn more.

Age Restrictions

In our many years of cruising experience, we have found that children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, we do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on our ships.

Air Conditioning & Heating

All rooms on the ships are air conditioned and heated. All ships have individual controls in the staterooms.

Dietary Requirements

Avalon Waterways will try their best to accommodate dietary requirements if they are mentioned at the time of booking.

Disabled Facilities

Passengers must report any disability to Avalon before any reservation is made so that Avalon may advise whether they and/or their suppliers for any particular holiday are able to accommodate the passengers. Avalon may rely on the information provided to them by the passengers regarding the details of any disability° in order to make a decision as to whether the passengers can be accommodated. Avalon will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled passengers, in accordance with the applicable laws.Not all sightseeing stops/sites accommodate wheelchairs and some locations° and sightseeing activities require extensive standing, sitting or walking. Avalon is not responsible for any missed activities due to a participant’s inability° to participate within a group. All of the ships have lifts, however they do not service the SkyDeck. Additionally most stateroom doors and bathrooms are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs, and bathrooms and other doorways may be fitted with coamings. For safety reasons passengers cannot be carried on ramps in ports when the ship is docked. In certain circumstances, they may ask that a disabled person or person with reduced mobility be accompanied° by another person capable of providing any assistance required.

Dress Code

Your comfort is our first concern. Onboard and onshore dress codes are casual. Please bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing. Dinner attire is casual—open-neck shirts and slacks for men; slacks, skirts, or dresses for ladies. Coats and ties may be worn if preferred. The Welcome and Farewell Dinners in Europe are dressy, but not formal. On the Mekong, Amazon, and Galápagos, dress attire, including coats and ties, is not recommended due to the warm, humid climate.

Economic Initiatives

Tourism cares, Traveller iconsOur passion for showing you the world is only matched by our dedication to help preserve both historic treasures and natural resources to be enjoyed for generations to come. That's why we partner with Tourism CaresTM, a non-profit initiative that focuses funding of "Traveler Icons" of North and South America.Rural AidAustralia is not only home to some of the world's most unique wildlife, but its vast and varied landscapes makes it one of the most interesting places on Earth. That is why we are dedicated to helping support Rural Aid, which focuses on providing assistance to farmers and rural communities in times of natural disaster as well as supporting the sustainability of the agricultural community.

Environmental

The right kind of FootprintsWith the philoshophy “take memories; leave only footprints”, we strive to protect and preserve each extraordinary destination for its people, wildlife, and future travelers by finding meaningful ways to reduce our environmental footprint. New! The Ocean CleanupNature's beauty is a gift to travelers and it is our commitment to preserve the precious environment° around us. When you use disposable plastic products like straws and utensils, they can wind up in our rivers and oceans forever. The Globus family of brands is proud to partner with The Ocean Cleanup° in an effort to remove and reduce the presence of plastics in our oceans.Eliminating plastic useWe have taken great measures to make a positive impact on our guests while also reducing our own impact on the environment. Taking sustainability to greater depths, we are committed to removing single-use plastic products—from straws to disposable water bottles on our motor coaches and ships by 2020

Freedom Included. Rules not allowed.

Regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner. Complimentary continental breakfast served in your room. Onboard cultural presentations and local entertainment. Onshore excursions with expert Local Guides. A choice of Avalon FlexDining® menus and venues on board to dine when and where you like. Round-the-clock cappuccinos. Free Wi-Fi. Adventure Center with gear and guidance to explore your way. Avalon Adventure Host? to direct or accompany you on active pursuits. Also included? Freedom. The freedom to enjoy river cruising your way. You’re not like everyone else. Why should your river cruise be like everyone else's?

Internet Access

All Avalon ships in Europe have complimentary Wi-Fi available. On the Mekong, complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in the Panorama Lounge. The signal is not always reliable, as you will be cruising through remote areas. To access the ship's Wi-Fi Internet network, you will be given a PIN number at reception to use on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Wi-Fi is not available in the Amazon or Galápagos.

Laundry

Laundry service is available on board for a modest fee. Check the price list in your stateroom. Clothes cannot be dry cleaned on board. For safety reasons, we ask that passengers do not iron their clothes in the staterooms as this is a safety hazard. Onboard laundry service will press your clothes for a fee. Laundry service is not available in the Galápagos.

Luggage

Luggage AllowanceThough there are no specific luggage restrictions for Avalon vacations, we do recommend you limit your luggage to one bag per passenger for ease of storing and carrying through airports. Porterage for only one bag per passenger is included in the vacation price. If you choose to bring additional pieces° of luggage, we recommend tipping hotel staff and ship crew for the additional items.Luggage allowance, weight, and size regulations may vary by airline. We recommend you check° with your airlines directly on luggage restrictions to avoid any additional or excess luggage fees. A wonderful website to use for updates on the latest allowances by airlines is iflybags.com.Make sure you leave checked luggage unlocked or locked with a TSA-approved lock. Checked bags are often screened on flights and any locks will be cut off for inspections.Luggage Porterage / Luggage ServiceHotel porterage (luggage or baggage service) for one suitcase per passenger is included in the vacation price. This includes transferring your luggage from the hotel lobby to and from your hotel room at time of check-in and check-out, as well as transferring your luggage onto and off of the ship° and into your stateroom. You will be asked prior to loading luggage for any transfers to identify your luggage and confirm all pieces° for your traveling party are accounted for. Airport and/or train station luggage services are not included, unless otherwise specified in your Important Travel Documents. Please be prepared to carry your own luggage on and off airplanes and trains and through airports and train stations. For this reason, we recommend luggage be light enough for you to carry short distances.Hand LuggageCarry-on bags should be small and easy to carry. We recommend your hand luggage have a place for a water bottle and zipper pouches for easy storage. Bags that can be carried in front of you, and not on your back, are better options for traveling, and are less likely to be susceptible to a pesky pickpocket. Generally, wheeled carryon bags that may be suitable for air travel are not suitable as hand luggage on motorcoaches and mini-buses, since wheels° can cause the luggage to move dangerously when stored under seats. It is unsafe to store luggage in the aisles or to have it protrude into your legroom (or the person’s next to you) while traveling. Therefore, carryon bags that do not fit fully under the seat in front of you may need to be stored in the luggage compartments under the motorcoach for the safety of all passengers.Lost LuggageShould your luggage be delayed en route by your airline, please note that it is the responsibility of the airline to ensure that it is delivered to you while traveling. Claims for reimbursement for delayed luggage should be addressed to the airline company directly. To assist in this process, fill out a claim form at the appropriate airline desk upon arrival and provide the carrier with a copy of your hotel list, so delayed luggage may be forwarded correctly. Please complete any lost luggage forms and submit to your airline before exiting customs. Your travel protection/insurance provider may also be able to assist, but for security and privacy reasons, timings and method of luggage retrieval are solely in the hands of the airline° involved. Your Cruise Director or local host may be able to provide assistance contacting the airlines later for information regarding your delayed luggage during your trip, but they cannot submit the initial claim for you.Luggage Size and WeightMost airlines restrict luggage to 62 linear inches, which is measured as length + width + height and to a weight of 50 lbs. We ask you keep your suitcase to a maximum of 50 lbs, unless otherwise noted in your Important Travel Documents. Test the weight of your packed suitcase. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. Drivers, ship’s crew, and hotel porters will be lifting and transporting your luggage during your vacation; on their behalf, we urge you to keep the size and weight within the above limits. For safety reasons, they may refuse to carry very heavy luggage.Please place a luggage tag with your full name on the outside of each piece luggage, as it serves as an identifier throughout your vacation. In addition to your luggage tag, we recommend you put a label with your name, address, and telephone number on the inside of your suitcase and carry-on luggage, as well. In the event your luggage is lost in transit, your contact information° will still be available for airline staff. For security reasons, keep all unchecked luggage in your immediate possession. Luggage left unattended can be confiscated. In addition to your luggage tag, Avalon will supply you with two ship tags in your Important Travel Documents. These tags should be placed on your luggage before exiting the arrival airport, so your baggage can be identified by our personnel and you can be assisted to the correct ship.Important: International air carriers are becoming stricter° about the size and weight of luggage. Please contact your air carrier or travel consultant for details prior to departure, as size and weight limitations vary from airline to airline and even according to destination. We recommend iflybags.com to review airline luggage restrictions and fees for checked and overweight luggage. We are not responsible for additional bags, luggage weight, or luggage handling fees imposed by air carriers

Meals & Beverages

BeveragesOff Ship: Coffee and tea are usually included with meals off the ship on Avalon itineraries. However, other beverages are not. You may order alternate drinks, including bottled water, sodas and alcohol beverages, with any meal, and will be asked to pay for them upon completion of the meal. Your Cruise Director will advise if payment will be required in cash or if credit cards are acceptable. In many European cities, there is one price for drinks at the bar and a higher price for ordering drinks at your table. Hotel rooms° are usually equipped with a minibar stocked with ice, soft drinks, and other beverages, but we recommend you check the prices before consuming, as they can be quite expensive. Many hotels also require a refundable deposit for the minibar key.On Ship: Coffee, tea, and iced tea are available free of charge throughout the day from the self-service coffee stations on board our Avalon ships. Regional wine and beer or soft drinks are included with every lunch and dinner. The bar in the main lounge is open daily and offers a wide variety of cocktails, spirits, wine, and beer for sale. A full price list is available, and payment is via your shipboard account. Should you wish to bring your own wine on board and drink it in the dining room or lounge, the maître d’hôtel or bartender will be happy to serve it to you—a corkage fee will be charged.DiningAvalon offers FlexDining with flexible seating times to better accommodate your schedule, and more options for menu items and venues, including our Main Dining Room, Panorama Bistro for a casual select buffet, Sky Grill for al fresco favorites, complimentary continental breakfast° via room service, and made-to-order picnic lunch boxes for independent on-shore excursions. Meals that are served in the dining room in a single sitting. There is open seating° so you may sit at different tables for each meal if you wish to meet fellow passengers. In the interest of fairness to all passengers, we cannot make table reservations. All meals on board the ship are included.BreakfastBreakfast is included daily with our itineraries to start your day off right. Each hotel provides a buffet of standard continental breakfast items that may include whole-grain breads, croissants, cereals, eggs, fruit, yogurt, sweet rolls, cheese, and cold cuts. Hot items, such as eggs, sausage, and bacon, are not as common in European hotels, but may be available for an extra charge.Unlike in hotels in the United States and Canada, it is not permitted to remove food from the restaurant in Europe. You will be asked to pay for any food removed from the restaurant.On board your Avalon ship, you can enjoy daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfast—or a wonderfully prepared full breakfast buffet with made-to-order egg station, juices, and complimentary sparkling wine for midrisers. Room service is also available for Continental breakfast and beverage service.LunchesLunches on board Avalon generally include a lunch buffet featuring pasta and carving stations and a variety of other dishes. On some ships you may also dine for lunch in our Sky Bistro/Grill (weather permitting) or enjoy a simple light lunch. Regional wines, beer, soft drinks, coffee, and tea are included with all lunches.DinnersIn the main dining room, dinner consists of a four- or five-course a la carte meal prepared by expert European° chefs. You will have your choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, desserts or cheese, plus all dinners on board your Avalon ship include regional wines (red or white), beer, soda, and after-dinner coffee and tea. Alternately, a more casual dinner option is available on all Suite Ships and features a buffet of select dishes and beverages in the Panorama Bistro.Other Food Aboard Your ShipIn addition to daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, your ship’s crew also makes available to you Afternoon Tea, featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats.

Medical Services

Due to the proximity to land, onshore medical services can be called rapidly. On Amazon and Galápagos ships, first-aid-trained staff is available.

Medications

We recommend you pack an ample supply of drugs/medications you may require while traveling and include copies of your prescriptions and the telephone/fax number of your doctor in case you need them during your travels. Because of strict laws in some countries, drugs/medications you take on doctor’s orders should be carried in their original container showing the prescription° label. As long as this conforms to airline regulations, keep medicines safely in your carry-on luggage, as checked luggage may not be easily accessible while traveling and to avoid problems should your luggage get lost, damaged, or delayed.Here are some additional items you may want to pack for your travels:? An extra pair of eye-glasses and/or a copy of your prescription.? Eye drops if you are traveling in a dry climate and for use while on airplanes. Cabin air can dry out your eyes.? Spare batteries for hearing aids. It may be time consuming and difficult to find new batteries in European countries.VaccinationsPlease contact your doctor or healthcare provider before traveling to determine which vaccinations are recommended for your travels. Most countries where we travel do not require any special vaccinations; however, requirements can change at any time. Your healthcare provider can best guide you in selecting vaccinations based on your itinerary. If you would like to research health and safety topics for your travel, we recommend the Center for Disease Control & Prevention web site: www.cdc.gov/travel.

Money Matters

Fees for cash withdrawal, just like in your home country, vary by ATM and will be advised prior to cash dispensing. Your debit card usually will work in ATM machines worldwide, but you should check with your bank for verifications—not all ATMs take debit cards. ATMs at almost all locations have an English button, so you can be sure of your transaction. Facilities to exchange money° on board Avalon ships are limited and there may be a surcharge.While travelling, your Cruise Director or ship or hotel Reception desk personnel may be able to assist you in locating ATM's.You might also consider purchasing local currency of the countries you are visiting before you leave on your vacation. This is available at major banks and international airports. The exchange rate may not be advantageous, but the convenience and peace of mind may be worth the small extra cost.ATM MachinesATM's connected to bank networks, such as PLUS or Cirrus, are available in most major metropolitan cities, including airports, city centers, and in some hotels. ATM's will be similar to those in the United States and most will offer English as a language option. The PLUS and Cirrus logos are now displayed at many ATM locations worldwide. Your bank can tell you which network your ATM card can access and whether a credit or debit card may be used. Be sure to activate your ATM and/or credit card before travelling, and don't forget to bring your PIN code to facilitate use. There are usually fees associated with money withdrawals; these fees vary from location to location.Credit CardsIt is recommended to notify your bank or credit card company prior to your departure with information on your travels. The number to call for this notification can usually be found on the back of your credit card. In an attempt to prevent fraud and the misuse of cards, banks now monitor accounts to identify unusual card transactions, and if they see anything suspicious, may put a stop on your card. Therefore, we strongly suggest to advise your bank or credit card company which countries you will visit, and that they should also expect charges° from CYPRUS, as the onboard payment system is based in CYPRUS. In addition, we recommend you bring an overseas contact number for your bank or credit card company, in case you require any assistance while travelling.While major credit cards are generally accepted by shops and hotels throughout the world, you may encounter stores° or restaurants that require a minimum charge for using them. Be sure to take more than one credit card, as some outlets may not accept all cards. Check that your credit cards° are valid for at least 30 days after completion of the vacation. As credit card fraud is increasing worldwide, it is becoming more and more common for identification to be requested when making payment by credit card. Therefore, be sure to have your passport with you or a photocopy of your passport or driver’s license/birth certificate in case identification is requested. Shops, restaurants, and bars in some small villages may not accept credit cards at all. Therefore, it is wise to always carry a small amount of cash.When making credit card purchases abroad, you will be charged in local currency by the vendor. Your credit card company will then convert the charges based on the exchange rate they implement and will charge a fee for doing such. Visa, MasterCard, or American Express are usually your best options while travelling, as these will be accepted at most shops, stores, and restaurants. Discover and Diners Club International cards are not accepted in many European cities, and are not recommended as means of payment for travelling in Europe.Exchange RatesCurrency exchange rates vary by currency and change daily. You may find up-to-date exchange rates at AvalonWaterways.com/currency. If you are travelling with a laptop or other mobile device, you can also download exchange rates from the Internet, which will continually update you with information during your travels.General Budgeting“How much money should I bring” is a common question. The answer is difficult, as each person is different and chooses to spend money° on different things. The amount will vary, depending on if you are a “grab a sandwich and soda and walk the city” type of person, or a “sit down and enjoy a good meal” type of person. How much do you like to spend on gifts and mementos for yourself or others? All these things can alter the amount of money you should bring with you while travelling. As a general guideline, we recommend at least 10-20 Euros per day while travelling in Europe. This is the guideline for incidental items such as bottled water, postcards, and a cup of coffee. More will be required for any major gifts you wish to purchase.Traveller's Check'sAlthough a secure means of carrying money, please be forewarned that traveller's checks are rarely accepted and you will experience difficulties° cashing them, even in banks. If you do bring traveller's checks, follow the advice of the company issuing them. Keep your receipts and the list of checks already used in a place separate from the checks themselves. Never countersign a traveller's check until the moment you use it. Banks cashing traveller's checks, if they do so, will charge a processing fee. Be aware that traveller's checks in Euro° are practically impossible to exchange. A fixed-rate service charge is usually levied if you can exchange them. The cashier on board our Avalon ships will not accept or exchange traveller's checks.

Motorcoaches

DriverYour motor coach drivers, who are among the finest professionals in the business, take pride in driving and in their vehicles, keeping them in great working order and spotlessly clean. Our travellers consistently lavish the highest praise on the person behind the wheel! Each driver is a certified, licensed, and experienced professional whose expertise is motor coach handling. They are skilled in manoeuvring through the tight allies and highly complex highway systems, getting you to your destination° on time and safely. Often, the drivers speak English, but in some cities they may not.Emergency WashroomsMotor coaches in Europe are equipped with an emergency restroom. We deliberately use the term “emergency restroom,” because this facility is not meant to be used regularly in lieu of the restrooms at our frequent comfort stops. The emergency restrooms are small, tight, and in some motor coaches, located at the bottom of the motor coach° stairs. They are not easy to maneuver in and out of and for that reason, and for dumping reasons throughout Europe, we recommend its use only in emergencies.Etiquette on the Motor coachEveryone wants to make the most of the time available and to see as much as possible while on vacation. Here are a few guidelines to ensure you and your traveling companions have the best experience possible.? Be on time—all the time. Your Cruise Director will let you know at each stop how much time you haveand when the group will be leaving. Please be on time.? Fasten your seat belts and stay seated at all times when the motorcoach is in motion.? Avoid conversation while commentary is in process. This ensures everyone can hear what is beingsaid.? When reclining seats, please be conscious of the person behind you and recline slowly.? When bringing on extra parcels, please place them in the overhead bins or under your seats. Itemsshould never be left in the aisles or clutter the legroom areas.? Please refrain from using a cell phone on the motorcoach, except in emergencies.? Heavy perfume or strong aftershave can inconvenience other passengers; please use sparingly.? To avoid food odours and to keep the motorcoach as clean as possible, bring only dry foods and water on board, not perishable foods. Sodas, ice cream, alcohol, and hot drinks to-go should be consumed before re-boarding (strong-smelling items, such as peanuts or oranges, can cause allergic reactions inothers).? The motorcoach restroom should be reserved for true emergencies and should not be used in lieu ofthe restrooms at comfort stops.? It is generally not permitted to operate air-conditioning when the motorcoach is stationary, as doing so emits additional gases into the environment. Therefore, air-conditioning is turned off while the motorcoach is parked.LegroomOur motorcoach legroom compares to the airlines’ upgraded “plus” seating.Ride in ComfortEach Avalon motorcoach has upholstered, reclining seats with headrests and individual air-conditioning vents. A high-fidelity sound system broadcasts your professional Cruise Director's or Local Guide’s commentary to every seat, so you will be sure to hear about and enjoy the sights along the way. All Avalon motorcoaches are fully air-conditioned.Smoke-Free CoachesAll of our Avalon motorcoaches are smoke-free. There are plenty of opportunities to smoke during the frequent stops.

Packing

Sometimes, luggage is briefly delayed during air transport. Therefore, we recommend you take a change of clothing and essential toiletries in your carry-on luggage, or pack some of your clothing in your traveling companion’s luggage, so you don't have to wear the clothes you have traveled in until your luggage is delivered. Do not leave essential medication in your checked luggage; always keep it in your carry-on luggage, as long as this conforms to airline regulations. We also recommend placing a copy of the hotel contacts inside each piece of luggage. If your luggage is lost, this will help the airline find you while you're traveling.Traveling light is recommended. Adopt a simple color coordination° plan for your vacation to reduce the quantity of clothing required. For every week of travel, 5-7 tops or shirts and three skirts, shorts, or slacks that can be coordinated are enough. Pack jackets and slacks that have plenty of pockets, so you can carry documents and money in separate places on you, reducing theft and loss risk. Sportswear is fine during the day (there may be a restriction on shorts and bare shoulders for some religious sights). Wrinkle-resistant, easy-care cotton/polyester clothing is preferable for travel.Tip: Put dryer sheets (fabric softener sheets) in your luggage. Your clothes will smell fresh and clean throughout your travels.Below is a list of items to consider when packing for your trip.? Passport, visa(s), Travel Protection/insurance, flight information, and other necessary documents? ATM/debit/credit cards and their PIN codes; do not pack your passport or money in your checked luggage? Jackets and slacks with plenty of pockets° and inner pockets? Light bag with a strap that can be worn crosswise over your body; purses/handbags are best avoided unless they can be carried close to your body in front of you? Sportswear/casual wear for daytime? Smart casual outfits for evenings? Shorts, sneakers, or sweatsuits are not considered acceptable attire for lunches or dinners on board your Avalon vessel, nor when dining at your hotel? Enough underwear/socks to avoid frequent laundry; pack at least one pair of warm socks, even in summer, in case of an unusually cold day? Warm sweater for evenings? A dressier outfit for an evening at the theater, an elegant restaurant, or for the Farewell Cocktail Reception (smart casual clothes are usually fine for cabarets/casinos)? Comfortable, sturdy, tried-and-tested walking shoes (rubber soles help grip slippery/uneven surfaces)? Sandals and/or non-slip socks that double as slippers? Swimwear? Warm jacket, socks, scarf, gloves and cap? Sunglasses? Sunscreen? Sun hat? Insect repellent and balm? Toothbrush and toothpaste? Shampoo and soap (if you prefer to use your own brand)? Razor and shaving cream? Comb, brush, hair ties? Female necessities? Band-aids? Aspirin/Tylenol/Ibuprofen/cold medicine/Pepto Bismol? Motion-sickness pills? Chapstick or lip balm? Antibacterial wipes/small bottle of hand sanitizer gel? Travel pack of Kleenex? Medicines (carried in their original container) and copy of prescriptions, phone/e-mail/fax number of your doctor? Manicure and mending kits? Travel alarm clock (to avoid relying on hotel automatic wake-up calls)? Mini umbrella or fold-up poncho for the occasional shower? Glasses plus extra pair and/or copy of prescription; eye drops for contact lenses? Spare batteries for hearing aids? Collapsible walking stick if you have mobility difficulties? Small travel pillow? Electrical converter(s)/adapter(s)? Camera/video equipment with plenty of memory cards/extra film/spare batteries and label with your name and vacation code; should you lose them, there’s a better chance of their being returned? Cellular phone that works overseas, with international calling plan or international phone cards

Safety Tips

General Hints? Carry all documents, money, passport, tickets, traveler's checks, driver’s license, photocopy of your contact information, cash, and credit cards on your person, but not all in the same place to limit the inconvenience in case of loss.? Never keep money or jewelry in your suitcase.? Medicines should be kept in your hand luggage for easy access.? Never leave your carry-on luggage unattended or out of sight in public areas.? Be observant at all times, especially in crowded places.? Avoid excessive displays of wealth (only carry sufficient cash for daily needs).? Divide and carry cash, etc., between yourself and your traveling companion.? Hide a couple of $50 or €50 bills on your person as emergency vacation funds.? Be wary of strangers approaching you in the street asking for directions or wanting to lend assistance. Tricksters also pose as policemen—either plainclothes or in uniform. Do not hand over your wallet containing money unless you are sure of the person’s credentials.? Use hotel/ship safes or leave items with the front desk manager. Be sure to check them before checking out of your hotel or stateroom.? Pay particular attention to bicycle lanes, which are often on the sidewalk? Be wary of anyone offering unofficial taxi services. Always use official taxi desk or taxi lines, and choose only those vehicles with a meter and taxi signHotelsBathtubs may be higher or of a different design than back home. Pay careful attention when entering or exiting a bathtub, as the floor may be lower than the tub. Ask at Reception if you require a non-slip bathmat, which most hotels° can deliver to your room. Showers and shower equipment may also be unusual (no shower curtains, half screens), and floors may be more wet than you expect. Please be careful when stepping out of the shower or bathtub.Also check fire exits at each hotel and familiarize yourself with the hotel layout upon arrival. Use door locks in your hotel and verify credentials before opening the door to strangers.MotorcoachWatch stairs and overhead entrances when getting on and off the motorcoach. The doorway may be lower than you think. Fasten your seat belt and stay seated while the motorcoach is in motion. Always check for traffic when exiting and walking away from the motorcoach and when re-entering. Heavy items, bottles, and odd-sized objects, should not be stored overhead, as contents may shift while traveling and removing heavy items can be tricky. Hand luggage should be placed safely under your seat. Please keep aisles clear of bags to prevent tripping hazards.PhotocopiesDue to government or country regulations and laws, some hotels are required to keep your passport at Reception throughout your stay. Therefore, we recommend you bring a photocopy of your passport and visas with you, which you can carry on you at all times. We also suggest you photocopy your airline tickets, credit cards, medical cards (front and back), and perhaps bring a copy of your driver’s license and/or birth certificates. These document copies° can help speed up replacements in the event that the originals are lost. Keep the copies in a place separate from your originals. Another suggestion is to scan your passport, airline tickets, and credit card numbers and send them to yourself as attachments to your e-mail. In case of loss, you can access copies to assist in replacement.Please remember to fill out the “Emergency Next of Kin” section in your passport. Make sure your passport does not expire within six months of your date of travel, since a majority of countries insist that your passport be valid for at least a 6-month time period.

Sightseeing & Timings

Local sightseeing is included, as per your itinerary description. In each instance, this has been arranged in such a way as to show you each destination’s most important sights, with the most amount of free time available, dependent on the cruise and lock schedule. Sightseeing generally involves walking. If you lead a sedentary life, enjoy walks to improve your physical condition° before leaving home. Participation in the included sightseeing is not obligatory. It is, however, your responsibility to be back at the motorcoach or ship in time for departure for the next activity. You will always be clearly informed of the departure time by your Cruise Director or Local Guide. Many streets in Europe are narrow, and motorcoaches may not be allowed to drop travelers off “at the front door.” In these instances, we will get as close as we can, but please be prepared to walk.AvalonGo AppOur complimentary AvalonGo App, available for your mobile device, keeps you informed and on course before and during your vacation. Find schedules, transfer details, daily itineraries, GPS, and dining and entertainment options for free time in each destination. More information can be found in your Important Travel Documents, which are available approximately 2-3 weeks prior to your vacation.

Smoking Policy

All ships have non-smoking interiors. Smoking is permitted only in a designated outdoor area of each ship.

Social Initiative

MAKE-A-WISHBringing families together to experience some of the world's most remarkable destinations is what we do best. Globus family of brands is committed to supporting our local communities and is honored to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to offer trips to children and their families facing life-threatening illnesses.Landmine DesignOur partnership with Landmine Design, a social enterprise committed to educate and provide jobs for women living in poverty in Cambodia, has provided dozens of women with the opportunity to work at home with their children and avoid the dangers of traveling to neighboring cities for work. By hand rolling paper beads and crafting them into beautiful jewelry, we are creating hope where there once was despair.Childsafe networkWe are committed to improving the lives of the individuals who call our travel destinations home. As a partner of the Childsafe Network, we help raise awareness, provide education, training, employment, and shelter for children° and their families who otherwise live on the streets, including the Kaliyan Mith program in Siem Reap, Cambodia.Wildland Firefighter FoundationFor over three decades, we have introduced travelers to the beauty of America's national parks. We are proud to recognize and honor the brave firefighters who risk their lives to help protect our private° and public lands from fire. Each year, we contribute to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which provides immediate financial and crisis assistance to families of injured or fallen wildland firefighters.Wildlife Conservation NetworkWhen you travel with us, you are securing the future of the world's wildlife! By partnering with Wildlife Conservation Network, Globus helps to support a world network of leading conservationists with the most effective solutions to saving our planet's wildlife—with every dollar translating into tangible, lasting impact on endangered wildlife and the long-term protection of 87 species in crisis across 38 countries.South African National Parks Honorary RangersEducation is critical to preserving protected lands and its inhabitants. That is why we make a contribution to the South African National Parks Honorary Rangers, who work tirelessly to protect and preserve South African National Parks. This includes the Lion Recovery Fund, which provides education to protect African Lion habitats and populations by preventing poaching and promoting co-existence for local farmers and communities.Globus gives back Every year, Globus family of brands gives back to each of our local office communities. Every year, on Earth Day, we come together° to help restore trails at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater to preserve the beauty of our state parks for future generations.UNICEFEvery child deserves to grow up in a safe and inclusive environment. That is why we are proud to support UNICEF in their efforts to help all children – especially the most disadvantaged and marginalized – to lead safe, healthy lives and realize their full potential.

Sustainable Travel

Avalon is committed to minimizing its impact on the environment and to reducing its dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavor, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.Avalon maintains a policy of "Leave Only Footprints and Take Only Photos." Our staff and major service providers strive to ensure that no removal of any natural or cultural artifacts or materials occurs to ensure each environment looks and functions the same before and after our visit. Our cruise directors educate passengers on our "do no harm" code of conduct to ensure passenger compliance.

Wi-Fi

All Avalon ships in Europe have complimentary Wi-Fi available. Internet cafes can be found in many towns in Western Europe, generally with reasonable charges.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation in a suite or stateroom of your choice

  • Meals

    Full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in our panoramic restaurant

  • All gratuities

  • Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions

  • Avalon Choice® with your preference of Classic, Active, or Discovery included excursions and sightseeing with Certified Local Guides; and MyAvalonSM Guided Optional Excursions

  • Club lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station and sweet treats

  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board

  • Daily Complimentary Happy Hour and Daily Afternoon Tea

  • Expert Cruise Director

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Accommodation

Zurich:Radisson Blu Airport
Amsterdam:Movenpick Amsterdam City

Direction

Northbound

Check out our Q&As

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    In our many years of cruising experience, we have found that children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, we do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on our ships.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

  • What is the AvalonGO mobile app?

    Download the AvalonGO mobile app for itinerary information before and during your cruise, including schedules, transfer details, daily itineraries, GPS, and dining and entertainment options—and social media feature for real-time posts.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Cuisine

    All meals on board are prepared by accomplished chefs who prepare regional specialties as well as familiar favorites with only the freshest, local ingredients. Our Suite Ships® feature daily buffet-style breakfast and lunch with your choice of soups, main courses with starter, salad, or sandwich, and, of course, dessert. Complimentary room service is also available with Continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On the Mekong and Ganges, a mix of Western and local dishes is offered; in the Galápagos, you'll be able to taste some Ecuadorian specialties; and in the Amazon, you will be able to sample Peruvian specialties along with Western dishes.

  • Cruise Director

    A professional, experienced, English-speaking Cruise Director accompanies every departure. Naturalists are on board in the Amazon and Galápagos. Special Interest cruises typically include an expert specific to the cruise theme—from Wine Masters to History Experts.

  • What about young travellers and children?

    In our many years of cruising experience, we have found that children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, we do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on our ships.

  • What are single room supplements?

    For single travellers who prefer the privacy of their own room and stateroom, single accommodation can, of course, be requested.

  • Clothing & Dress Code

    Your comfort is our first concern. Onboard and onshore dress codes are casual. Please bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing. Dinner attire is casual—open-neck shirts and slacks for men; slacks, skirts, or dresses for ladies. Coats and ties may be worn if preferred. The Welcome and Farewell Dinners in Europe are dressy, but not formal. On the Mekong, Ganges, Amazon, and Galápagos, dress attire, including coats and ties, is not recommended due to the warm, humid climate.

  • When will I receive my digital travel documents?

    Avalon will email you a set of travel documents, which includes a copy of your itinerary and, where applicable, information on your hotels and optional excursions. Electronic Travel documents, including applicable eTicket receipts, itineraries, and other information are sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure, provided full payment has been received.

  • Where can I find the docking location for my cruise ship?

    Avalon Waterways strives to bring you the best docking locations along Europe’s rivers. In many cities, this includes multiple docking sites. Docking positions at each port are assigned by local authorities, and may vary depending upon the number of ships in port on any given day. This can sometimes result in double-docking with more than one ship assigned to the same dock and the ships “rafted” together, temporarily obstructing some views from on board the ships. Exact docking locations will be available 24-72 hours prior to embarkation. Before your cruise’s docking location is available, you can download a map of all possible docking sites for your embarkation city at www.AvalonWaterwaysPorts.com. Once your ship’s docking assignment is available, you can download a map that shows only that specific location, including address.

  • Are Avalon River Cruises Handicap Accessible?

    Avalon Waterways makes reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled and mobility impaired travellers but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so. Because we cannot provide individual assistance to travellers in many situations, and most of our transportation services are not equipped with wheelchair ramps, we recommend that you view our terms and conditions for details or contact us to learn more.

  • Internet Access

    All Avalon ships in Europe have complimentary Wi-Fi available. On the Mekong and Ganges, complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in the Panorama Lounge. The signal is not always reliable, as you will be cruising through remote areas. To access the ship's Wi-Fi Internet network, you will be given a PIN number at reception to use on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Wi-Fi is not available in the Amazon or Galápagos.

  • Onboard Language

    The language on board is English. All staff, crew, and tour guides speak English. All announcements and commentary will be in English.

Reviews of this operator

Kristina McGuire  

Rhône river from Carmargue to Lyon

07-Jul-2023

I am in my 70’s And travelled with my son who is in his mid 30’s. We both had different experiences and many shared ones. We both agree that the Avalon cruise on the Rhone was a great experience. The crew,without exception, was friendly and helpful, the accommodation comfortable and food and wine, delicious. We both gained a lot from our daily shore based experiences,learning about many facets of France, history, culture, economy, farming, industry and the great and varied beauty. I definitely felt my experience extended me in many ways and my son did too. Highly recommend a cruise. Thank you

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MaryEllen Ferderber  

8 day active and discovery on the Moselle from Luxembourg to Frankfurt

07-Jul-2023

8 day active and discovery on the Moselle. Fabulous itinerary and well selected guides. The scenery and weather June 4th, were perfect. Katy, our cruise director was outstanding and well organized. Bitak, the activity host was wonderful, very personable, and helpful. Really all the staff were very professional, kind, and ready to make our vacation a trip of a life time. The chef, Michael I believe was 5 star! Can’t wait to book another river cruise.

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Fernand Baillargeon  

Memorable cruise on the Mekong

17-Mar-2023

The Vietnam/Cambodia Mekong cruise on the Avalon Saigon was our First river cruise and overall it was fantastic. Excellent service on board and outstanding guides for the shore excursions. The Crew/staff were friendly and professional. All of it conducted like a symphony by our excellent Cruise director, Khan. The only thing we would like to see improved is a two nights stay at the Vinpearl, Halong bay (one night is not adequate). Thank you Avalon and the Crew of the Saigon for making our trip memorable.

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Larry Preston Omo   Portugal

Festive Season in the Heart of Germany (Tranquility II)

14-Dec-2023

This tour with Avalon was our first river boat cruise. Overall we enjoyed the experience. The ship was very nice, the crew was terrific and the food was good and presented very well. Our room was fine and the cleaning staff did a remarkable job. We enjoyed all of the excursions and the beautiful German towns we visited, particularly Rothenburg - what a delightful place. We appreciate all of the assistance Tourhub provided prior to our trip. We will continue to use your services. Thanks for everything.

Bob K  

1st River Cruise Exceeded Expectations

07-Aug-2023

My wife and I were looking to do something special for our 50th anniversary so we booked a weeklong cruise on the Rhone. We had done many ocean cruises but this was our first river cruise and it was wonderful. The food, the entire staff, and the excursions were all first rate. We made many new friends during the cruise and I suspect we'll be back on a 2nd river cruise with Avalon in the not too distant future.

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