River Discovery | Classic European Cities
14 Day Fly, Stay & European River Cruise Holiday with $2500 Bonus Value including Hotel Stays, Exclusive Package Savings & More
Deal Code: MC-99202
14 Day Fly, Stay & European River Cruise Holiday Includes
Economy Flights to London Returning From Zurich
Your Pre Cruise Experience in London & Paris
Bonus 3 Night Hotel Stay to Explore the City of London
Bonus Eurostar Rail Journey from London to Paris
Bonus 3 Night Hotel Stay to Discover the City of Lights – Paris
Bonus Scenic Rail Journey from Paris to Amsterdam
Your 8 Day Luxury Avalon River Cruise
8 Day Relaxed Luxury River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel Onboard Avalon Waterways
Gourmet Onboard Dining with Seasonal & Locally Sourced A la Carte Menus
Regional Wine & Beer with lunch & dinner
Specialty Onboard entertainment
Complimentary Wifi onboard
On Shore Excursions with Expert Guides
Bonus Onboard Gratuities (valued at $354)
Bonus Transfer from Basel to Zurich Airport
Bonus Low Deposit from $799 pp*
Bonus My Cruises Holiday Savings
General Sail Date Information
Set sail on March 28, 2023
Alternate Dates Available
18 July 2023
15 August 2023
24 October 2023
Please note: Seasonal surcharges apply to alternative dates.
Day 1 – 3: London, England
Welcome to London! One of the world’s oldest great cities – its history spanning nearly two millennia – and one of the most cosmopolitan and most visited cities. Immersed in history, London’s rich seams of eye-opening antiquity are everywhere. The city’s buildings are striking milestones in a unique and beguiling biography, and a great many of them – the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben – are instantly recognisable landmarks. London has something for everyone: from history and culture to fine food and good times. Enjoy your 3-night stay to explore the historic city.
Day 4: Rail London to Paris, France
As you farewell London and board the Eurostar for your scenic rail journey to Paris for your 3 Night stay.
Located along the Seine River, Paris is a collection of villages and the sprawl of cobbled lands. Iconic architecture reaches into the sky from the wrought-iron structure of the Eiffel Tower to the medieval times of the Notre Dame cathedral. Galleries, bistros, and boutiques all line the boulevards of Paris. The city of romance is alive and awaits you to explore its treasures.
Day 5 – 6: Paris, France
Enjoy time at leisure to take in the sights and delights Paris is famous for.
Day 7: Rail Paris to Amsterdam, Netherlands
It’s time to farewell Paris as you board your train on your scenic rail journey to Amsterdam. Today you will embark on your 8 Day European River Cruise journey from Amsterdam to Basel. Overnight onboard in Amsterdam
Day 8 – 9: Cologne, Germany
Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities. Explore the old town with its beautiful squares, local markets, and historical monuments. The highlight of this stop is the magnificent World–Heritage-listed Gothic Cathedral. If you fancy going further afield book an excursion to Drachenburg Castle or Bruhl, famous for the Augustus Palace and Falkenlust. Discover gems of the past in the Old Town and explore the modern city which was rebuilt after World War 2. Cologne boasts the World-Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral as well as museums, galleries, and a Roman artifact museum!
Day 10: Rudesheim, Germany
Located in the Rhine Valley, Germany, Rudesheim is best known for winemaking, especially of Riesling wines. In the town centre, visit Drosselgasse, a local laneway lined with shops, taverns, and restaurants. Nearby, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet is a museum of automated musical instruments. Medieval Brömserburg Castle is home to the Rheingau Wine Museum, exhibiting wine paraphernalia from ancient times to the present.
Day 11: Mainz, Germany & Day Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany
Known for its old town, with half-timbered houses and medieval market squares. Stroll through the town centre to visit the Marktbrunnen, a Renaissance fountain with red columns. Nearby, a distinctive octagonal tower tops the Romanesque Mainz Cathedral, built of deep red sandstone. The Gutenberg Museum honors the printing press inventor with exhibits, including 2 of his original bibles.
Your day excursion includes the picturesque township of Heidelberg, Germany. A historic university town, offering you the chance to take in the phenomenal ruins of the Renaissance castle, home to the Imperial Princes. Enjoy some local delicacies as you people-watch in the old town square.
Day 12: Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. Whether you see it via a canal boat or on foot with an insightful local expert, this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests, and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. Situated halfway between Paris and Prague, the Alsatian town of Strasbourg is known as the “Crossroads of Europe.” It’s also located right on the border of France and Germany, which has resulted in Strasbourg’s unique blending of those nations’ traditional culinary and architectural styles. Choose which way you wish to explore it: with a panoramic tour or by rambling through the vibrant streets of Grande Île.
Day 13: Breisach, Germany & Day Excursion to the Black Forest
Set amongst the rolling vineyards between the Rhine River and Black Forrest, Breisach makes the perfect gateway to discover the wine & food-loving culture of the region.
Day 14: Basel, Switzerland to Zurich, Switzerland
Today to set ashore to the medieval town of Basel, where your river journey concludes. Take some time to explore the town’s medieval old town centers around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Take a short transfer to Zurich for your flight home or ask us about our flexible flights & extend your stay.
Upgrade to a Panorama Suite with Open Air Balcony from only $999 per person
Part of Avalon’s award-winning fleet of Suite Ships, your Avalon River Ship features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform the living space into river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony.
Included amenities onboard your Avalon Suite Ship –
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
Panoramic windows throughout the ship
Elegant, contemporary design & decor
Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
Covered Observation Lounge
Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Staterooms (Category E & D)
Avalon Deluxe staterooms are a comfortable 172SQ FT & feature two picture windows, along with two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed. Each Deluxe Stateroom has multiple closets with ample storage, satellite flat-screen TV & private ensuite facilities with shower. Also included are a pillow menu, hairdryer, bathrobes & slippers, complimentary bottled water & Wifi.
Panorama Suites (Category B, A & P)
Avalon Panorama Suites are a luxurious 200 SQ FT and the standout feature is the wall-to-wall Panoramic Window which opens to transform your living space into an open-air balcony. Your living space includes a comfortable sofa, coffee table and satellite flat-screen TV – the perfect oasis for meandering along the intimate waterways of Europe. Your Panorama Suite has been strategically designed so that the queen-sized bed (converts to a twin) is facing the ever changing views from the panoramic window. Offering a deluxe pillow menu along with hairdryer, bathrobes & slippers, complimentary bottled water & Wifi.
Royal Suites (Category S)
The ultimate in spacious and relaxed luxury, your Avalon Royal Suite is a massive 300 SQ FT in size – almost 50% larger than other river ship suites. Designed with “bringing the outside in”, your suite features Avalon’s Wall-to-wall panoramic windows which open to transform your suite into a luxurious & spacious open air balcony. Your King Size bed has been positioned in the perfect spot to take in all of the ever-changing scenery as you discover the intimate heart of Europe’s scenic waterways. With more choice than ever before, your Royal Suite affords you a deluxe pillow menu along with hairdryer, bathrobes & slippers, complimentary bottled water & Wifi.
Travel based on Cruise Departure 28 March 2023
Prices are per person twin share in AUD, and subject to availability and currency fluctuations.
Pricing is subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Accommodation is subject to change and availability.
Surcharges may apply. Flights may not be direct or operate daily. Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur. ^Flexible Booking Conditions: At any time prior to the due date of your second deposit, you have the option to: 1. Change your departure dates OR 2. Cancel your booking, in which case My Cruises will hold all funds paid in the form of a credit; which can used for a future booking with My Cruises. Changes made after the second deposit payment are subject to standard cancellation terms & conditions. Departure date changes are subject to availability & blackout dates. No refund will be given if you are not able to change your departure date as a result of alternate dates not being available. Your My Cruises Specialist will provide further details at time of booking. Shore excursions and other items such as alcoholic beverages & laundry are an additional cost. Should gratuities or hotel service charges not already be included in your package, these are mandatory and charged by the cruise line to your onboard account on a day by day basis.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Please note – onboard benefits valued at has been converted into Australian Dollars from the onboard currency. Details of the onboard currency can be provided by your consultant at the time of enquiry.
Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
These fares/prices may change due to availability or currency fluctuations.
Please note upgrade amounts advertised may be based on lead in obstructed view staterooms.
Please note that a majority of US based (including Hawaii) hotels impose a daily mandatory additional charge that is automatically added to your bill by the hotel. There are various inclusions provided for these resort fees. These fees are separate from, cannot be prepaid prior to arrival and are in addition to our advertised package.
Please note many European hotels charge a nominal daily City Tourist Tax which is utilised locally for tourism-related purposes and to improve the local infrastructure in the area. This tax is collected by the hotels directly from the customer and the amount can vary by region, hotel size or type. Local regulations state this must be collected by the hotel and cannot be prepaid.
All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia.
Please check Visa requirements for all countries visited on this itinerary.
China, Russia, India, Canada and the USA require visas to be arranged prior to sailing for all Australian passport holders.
For Non-Australian passport holders please check with the appropriate embassy.
** Low Deposit Policy
A second deposit (part payment) will be required/date & amount will be supplied by the consultant at time of booking.
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