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Romantic Rhine with 3 Nights in Lake Como & 1 Night in Lucerne & Mount Pilatus (Northbound) tour
Amsterdam Basel Romantic Rhine with 3 Nights in Lake Como & 1 Night in Lucerne & Mount Pilatus (Northbound) Trip

Romantic Rhine with 3 Nights in Lake Como & 1 Night in Lucerne & Mount Pilatus (Northbound)

Avalon Waterways
4.8 . Excellent
Travel Style: N/A
Physical Level: Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. 1- Very easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
12 days
From: $ 4,498 $ 375 / day
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Highlights (Bullets)

  • Welcome to Italy
  • Guided walking tour
  • Boat ride on Lake Como to Bellagio
  • Transfer by High Speed Train (First Class); guided walking tour in Lucerne, with the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge
  • Excursion to Mount Pilatus (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead); transfer to Basel to join your ship; onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to a local winery in Breisach or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers' Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
  • Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Koblenz
  • Choice of 'Cologne Highlights' walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tour or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host
  • Your European vacation begins with a Monograms® vacation package in Lake Como and Lucerne, with a special excursion up Mount Pilatus for spectacular Swiss Alpine panoramas
  • Your Local Host® is on hand to assist you with sightseeing, free-time recommendations, and any other assistance you need during your stay in Lake Como and Lucerne

Short Description

Your European vacation begins with a Monograms® vacation package in Lake Como and Lucerne, with a special excursion up Mount Pilatus for spectacular Swiss Alpine panoramas. Your Local Host® is on hand to assist you with sightseeing, free-time recommendations, and any other assistance you need during your stay in Lake Como and Lucerne. In Como, an included guided walking tour features the charming historic district, the Gothic-style Town Hall, and the impressive Duomo. Enjoy a guided walking tour, including the Lion Monument, Old Town, Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, Jesuit Church, and an excursion to Mount Pilatus.

Embark on your Rhine River cruise through 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 Rüdesheim, 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.

Style Group tour
Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City LAKE COMO
End City AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning


Day 1

LAKE COMO, ITALY Welcome to Italy! The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this delightful town on the Lake Como. Your Monograms Local Host will help you get the most out of your three nights in Como.

Day 2

LAKE COMO Historic Center and Gothic Style

Your Guided Walking Tour includes the charming historic center; the Broletto (Town Hall) with its fascinating gothic façade, and the imposing, marble-clad Duomo. Embark on a Boat Ride on Lake Como which includes a stop in beautiful Bellagio.


Day 3

LAKE COMO Breath-taking Views

Enjoy the day at leisure to relax, recharge or explore the lakeshores. Your Local Host can point you in the right direction to experience the best of this area.


Day 4

LAKE COMO–LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND Travel by high-speed train (First class) to Lucerne. Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour to explore beautiful Lucerne which includes Thorvaldsen’s poignant Lion Monument and the famous Chapel Bridge.


Day 5

LUCERNE–MOUNT PILATUS–BASEL (EMBARKATION) This morning enjoy a special Highlight Excursion to Mount Pilatus. Journey almost 7,000 ft. (2,132 m) up for spectacular views over central Switzerland (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead).

Transfer to Basel to board your Suite Ship®.



Day 6

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:

DISCOVERY Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting.

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.



Day 7

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.



Day 8

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

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below, 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.



Day 9

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; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.


Travel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History

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



Day 10

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!



Day 11

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.



Day 12

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



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Romantic Rhine with 3 Nights in Lake Como & 1 Night in Lucerne & Mount Pilatus (Northbound)

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rating zero stars

I will rate zero stars. Left voicemail with rep to reserve a cruise and she never called me back. I find customer service reps to be way below sub-par. Seems to me sales people don’t care about sales. I’m having this much trouble now what will cruise be like?
It probably only gets worse from there.
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Rhine River Cruise - Never Again

Recently returned back from a river cruise on the Rhine. I give one star for the way the company reacted when we had a serious problem. They did nothing to help us just left us high and dry to sort ourselves out. We booked a package tour including flights that were apparently the only flights available on their 'deal'. The flights were with Lufthansa via Munich and not direct to Basel from Birmingham (UK), we did question this but were told if anything went wrong it would be up to Avalon to get us to the boat. How wrong that turned out to be. We were due to arrive in Basel at 1pm with plenty of time to catch the short transfer to the boat. Lufthansa cancelled our 12pm flight and could not get us on another flight until 6pm in the evening, too late to catch the boat before scheduled sailing time of 6pm. We called the boat cruse director and Avalon at all times to keep them informed of our late arrival, fully expecting them to step in and arrange alternative transport or hold the boat back a few hours so we could arrive. But no, we were told we would have to make our own way to the next berthing stop some 30-40km upriver. We had to frantically google how to get to the next stop and had to research bus/trains ourselves to transport ourselves to the next stop (remember this was booked as a package tour!). Then once we managed to get to the next town, we called the boat numerous times to confirm exact docking location but just got an answerphone! thank goodness for googling and websites that track boats, eventually managed to locate the berthing location ourselves. In the end we managed to reach the boat at 2.30am in the night, wheels literally fell off my suitcase having to pull over 3km to reach the boat. not a good start to a 7-day cruise and the reason for a one-star review. when we got onboard. room and staff were good. Tours OK, but a little rushed at times. Cruse director didn't seem to be too concerned at our ordeal! We missed the safety briefing the night before, but nobody said anything about it or made any attempt to give us a tour briefing the next morning. I would certainly think twice before booking with this company and in hindsight I would not accept their package flights.
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Totally ripped off my Avalon Taste of Egypt "cruise"

From the very start Avalon's Taste of Egypt and Jordan tour was off. They started by giving us instructions to bring rain gear and nothing for the boiling weather in Egypt (clearly a cut and paste from their Europen cruises) The guides were either disinterested or going on about lenghty historical details of every Ramses form number 1 to 22. No talk of life in Egypt. or camels, or oases..things a tourist would care about.
The river cruise portion(supposedly 4 days) was moored for 1.5 days. Then it Collided with another ship, then travelled at night so zero views. The ship (Farah) had no internet for passengers for most of the 4 days yet the ship itself did. (I know , they coded me in eventually if I promised to tell no one).
Meals were okay but crowded and adorned with cheap wine and service that didn't know anything about the food or wine.
Avalon never stepped in, or corrected , or apologized for any of this.
Instead they missed no chance to tell us how much to tip for the non-service and the non-delivery of service.
We were made to catch planes at 2 in the morning. We frequently didn't stop for meals for up to 13 hours (I'm not kidding. Many of us were in our 70's and one was 80) but we never missed those stops where they give the tourists a 5 minute demonstration followed by the "opportunity" to by from the shop.We were sheep delivered to be shorn while our guide got his free meal or baksheesh.
I could go on for an hour. They finally sent me a survey after the trip to rate their EUROPEAN cruise. Another cut and paste.
They were at least 50% more expensive than the next that was similar.
To sum up, I will NEVER recommend Avalon for a cruise. In fact, I will go out of my way to warn people of this slipshod junky organization
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Outstanding - I recently wrote a review about the booking service with Avalon which was outstanding and now I have the pleasure of reviewing the holiday.
Just returned from Danube Dreams on the Avalon Passion. From start to finish it was perfect. After arriving at Munich airport we were greeted by our Avalon driver who escorted us to the minibus and then to the Boat. Once aboard the staff had laid on a beautiful lunch while we waited for our suites. We explored our new surroundings and were not disappointed.The staff and crew made you feel so special, the cruise director was helpful funny and seemed to never sleep ! He was always available keeping everyone up to date with everything. The bar staff were so funny and joined the guests dancing and sang one night ! They were lovely to chat to. Housekeeping always said good morning and wished us a nice day. The food was outstanding it was far more than I’d expected beautifully presented. Buffet breakfast, buffet lunch or lite lunch, afternoon tea then dinner served and wines and beer regional to the country with lunch and dinner. Happy hour every day so cocktails worked out £5 bargain. Coffee machine was lovely just help yourself cappuccino latte expresso etc.Always served with nuts and snacks. Every day trips were included and excellent, we did the optional classical concert in Vienna which was fantastic. We had two opera singers who were very entertaining and two dancers. Most people dressed casual smart.
The sliding doors in the suite was lovely. The room was immaculate and cleaned and tidied twice a day.
We had entertainment casual twice which was enough as the trips start at 9am so you do get quite worn out but in a good way. I’d love to go again and would now always go with Avalon it felt as if you were on holiday with friends and family.
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Custmer service before trip is lacking.

Booked a 2023 Rhine river cruise at end of 2021. Can not get anyone to assist in issues from free air fair to pretravel days in Amsterdam. Have called several times only to be hung up on. Orginal agent is no longer with Avalon. Was told that the down payment included travel insurance and only $500 of orginal deposit can be refunded if cancelled. Wondering if I need to just cancell this trip and book with another company with better client service.
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I’m reviewing the booking procedure-…

I’m reviewing the booking procedure- totally customer care amazing!
Avalon have been fantastic helping us book a Danube river cruise - we receive regular email updates and the App they provide is so helpful listing all the trips selected your flights a day by day guide to all destinations. Any queries answered in person with hours we cannot speak highly enough of the service so far -and information provided. Will review again after the trip
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Optional Activities

WZA|Romantic Rhine (Northbound)
WZA1|With 3 Nights in Paris & 3 Nights in London
WZA2|With 2 Nights in Lucerne, 2 Nights In Paris & 2 Nights in London
WZA3|With 2 Nights in Lucerne
WZA4|With 2 Nights in Paris & 2 Nights in London
WZA5|With 3 Nights in Lake Como & 1 Night in Lucerne & Mount Pilatus
WZA6|With 3 Nights in Lake Como, 1 Night in Lucerne, Mount Pilatus, 2 Nights in Paris & 2 Nights in London
WAZ|Romantic Rhine (Southbound)


Barchetta Excelsior

Overlooking Piazza Cavour, this modern 84-room hotel is just steps away from the shores of Lake Como with free Wi-Fi access available throughout. Italian and international cuisine is served in the Bistro restaurant on the ground floor where drinks and light meals can also be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace during the summer season. The American lobby bar offers the perfect place to unwind and relax with a drink.

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Ideally located in the heart of Lucerne, surrounded by mountains, close to its lake boasting crystal clear waters, the historic old town, and famous Chapel Bridge. All 252 contemporary rooms have a minibar and Wi-Fi. There's a plush cocktail lounge, a stylish café, and a rooftop bar affording city views. Other facilities include a full equipped modern gym.

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Movenpick Amsterdam City

A stylish 408-room hotel in the perfect location, this waterfront property offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The chic restaurant serves creative international cuisine and there is a fabulous bar serving drinks and light snacks which is also a great spot for a nightcap. For relaxation there is a Lifestyle Studio featuring a gym, Finnish sauna, bio sauna & ice fountain.

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