The Best Of Austria & Switzerland With Romantic Rhine

10/24/2018 through 09/08/2019
10/24/2018 through 09/28/2019
Avalon Waterways
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This amazing vacation offers the best of both worlds: a land tour of Austria and Switzerland-two of Europe’s most scenic countries-and a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River with stops in France, Germany, and Holland!

If you’re a fan of palaces and castles, you’ll enjoy a visit to Vienna, Austria’s Schönbrunn Palace, once the home of the Habsburg family. Stand in awe as you hear the stories of this royal family’s home. And in Switzerland, you’ll enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva. If spectacular scenery is your interest, you’ll be thrilled with a ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train, where you’ll travel first-class with panoramic windows to admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages on your way to Zermatt, Switzerland. Other scenic highlights include a Danube cruise along the prettiest part of the river on your way to Salzburg; a private boat cruise on the fjord-lake in Lucerne; a scenic drive into the Swiss Engadine, considered the most beautiful mountain area in the world; and more. Some sightseeing highlights include The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee, a walk through the Old Town in Innsbruck, and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.

After this land tour of the historical sights, castles, palaces and spectacular scenery, you’ll embark your cruise ship in Basel, Switzerland, for an exciting river cruise along the Rhine River! In Breisach, Germany, 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. In Strasbourg, France, be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, and stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, offers world-famous museums and an abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. See the treasures of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” A perfect ending to this fabulous land and river cruise adventure!

Included Features:

Day 1 Vienna: welcome to Austria

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

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

Day 4 Salzburg: day at leisure

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

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

Day 7 Zermatt: day at leisure

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

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

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

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

Day 12 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar

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

Day 14 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 15 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz

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

Day 17 Amsterdam: canal cruise

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

Itinerary

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