Style : River cruise
The Best of the Rhine with 2 Nights in Frankfurt tour

The Best of the Rhine with 2 Nights in Frankfurt

Avalon Waterways
4.8 . Excellent
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Travel Style: N/A
Physical Level: Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
7 days
From: $ 2,588 $ 370 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Welcome to Frankfurt
  • Guided tour
  • Guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; onboard welcome reception
  • Cruise through the scenic Rhine Gorge with breathtaking views of ancient castles, towering cliffs, and the legendary Rock of the Lorelei.
  • Choice of guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest or wine tasting
  • Discover extraordinary destinations in Germany, France and Switzerland on this Rhine River cruise to sample local charms and traditions from Frankfurt to Basel
  • Before your cruise, spend two nights in Frankfurt, with guided sightseeing of this charming city

Short Description

Discover extraordinary destinations in Germany, France and Switzerland on this Rhine River cruise to sample local charms and traditions from Frankfurt to Basel. Before your cruise, spend two nights in Frankfurt, with guided sightseeing of this charming city. Enjoy a guided tour of Heildelberg before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship®. Relax on the Sky Deck and 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. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Before the end of your European river cruise vacation, stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest. Here, find unrivaled natural beauty in the area best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

Style River cruise
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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 FRANKFURT
End City BASEL

Destinations

France Germany Switzerland

Attractions & Cities Visited

Basel Frankfurt Heidelberg Strasbourg

Activities & Interests

Culture River cruise

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Itinerary

Day 1

FRANKFURT, GERMANY (EMBARKATION) Welcome to Germany.

Your day in Frankfurt is free to explore at your leisure.

Day 2

FRANKFURT Charm in Frankfurt

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Frankfurt to see the city’s cultural landmarks and gleaming financial headquarters combined with the cozy ambience of quaint neighborhoods.

(B)

Day 3

FRANKFURT. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG (EMBARKATION) Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel

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."

Sail to Rüdesheim while having dinner on your first night onboard.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

(D)

Day 4

RHINE GORGE The Most Beautiful View of the Rhine River

DISCOVERY While sailing enjoy a cup of Rüdesheimer Coffee, a local drink prepared mixing brandy and sugar, topped with coffee and a layer of whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Enjoy a relaxing day onboard and 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.

ACTIVE Join your Adventure Host to discover today’s special activities and classes.

DISCOVERY Enjoy a wine tasting onboard.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

(B,L,D)

Day 5

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.

Choose a Guided Optional Excursion to 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 BREISACH

(B,L,D)

Day 6

BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest

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 Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden, 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL

(B,L,D)

Day 7

BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.

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Apr-28-2023May-04-2023$ 2,588YesAvailable Reserve
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The Best of the Rhine with 2 Nights in Frankfurt

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Would never book with Avalon again.

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Had booked our first river cruise with Avalon. We were due to do a Danube cruise from 8 July 2022. Unexpectedly my wife was diagnosed with a serious medical complaint on 31 May, and so, we had to cancel the cruise - 5 weeks before it began. Having contacted Avalon, they initially refused to either, return any of the £3430 already paid, or allow us to take a later cruise - even though they would have been able to resell our cruise! Could not believe that a company could be so mercenary. After much angst, they reluctantly agreed to reimburse £534 but no more. OK we are now having to reclaim what we can through our travel insurance but their callous approach still amazes and leaves a bad taste. If we could have given no stars we would have!
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Disappointed on the cruise from Croatia to…

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We took the cruise from Croatia to Black Sea and were super disappointed due to the following:
1. Dissatisfied with food:
a. The food quality was not even close to mediocre. Frozen foods were utilized to make dishes.
b. There was not even one day when the food tasted good. Even the desserts were horrible.
c. Choice of restaurants and menu items outside on excursions was horrible.
3. Cleanliness on the ship was not up to the mark. There were cob webs everywhere in the room. So many mosquitoes, moths, spiders and other bugs were everywhere.
4. There were no social evening activities planned. There was one informational talk at 6:45 pm by cruise director followed by dinner every night.
5. Enthusiasm of the staff members was low. They did not interact nor engaged in activities nor conversations.
6. For physical activity on the ship, there was a tiny gym on board and one 30 minute stretch class at 6:30am daily.
Overall we were very disappointed with Avalon waterways and will not be recommending it to any one in the future.
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I have very good time in Europe trip…

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I have very good time in Europe trip specially Mr Toni is Very good service he gave I want travel one More Time really is very good me and my family enjoy thank you
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German grandour East bound

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We’ve done many Globus trips all over Europe but this is our first river cruise. We didn’t know what to expect, but we have been pleasantly surprised.
Rooms-we stayed in the Panoramic suite. Wonderful room with big sliding doors. So nice to cruise with door open. Beds were extremely comfortable too.
Food- amazing!!! They really cater to your needs. The drinks flowed freely at lunch and dinner too.
I highly recommend this cruise. We will be back!
Ship was Tranquility II.
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Danube cruise with Transylvania…

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Danube cruise with Transylvania extension.
Beautiful ship with much larger cabins than many of its competitors. Pleasant public areas. Excellent, friendly, helpful staff.
The food was OK, but not wonderful. The soups tasted too similar and often had an oily skin. A prawn cocktail with one (!) prawn is not a prawn cocktail. Food was obviously cooked well in advance and kept hot, so the meat and fish was often dried out.
The tours and guides were good, especially the optional Puszta tour to a ranch, preceded by a Budapest city tour. Really enjoyable.
However, a lot of the tours were rushed. There was only enough time for a quick guided tour of the museum at Constanza and Lepenski Vir, then we had to rush back for meals, instead of having an extra 20 - 30 minutes to look around on our own.
As a superficial introduction to the region it is fine, but much too rushed to be really enjoyable.
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Amsterdam Active Discovery was Amazing

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We just returned (5/8/22) from the Avalon Tranquility II cruise from Amsterdam, to Rotterdam, to Antwerp and back to Amsterdam. This is our second Avalon tour and we were thrilled with all aspects of the cruise. The ship is beautiful and wonderfully maintained. The cruise director, Simone T. was charming, smart, organized and in control of all aspects of a perfect trip. The sailors, servers, housekeeping were all professional, personable and as helpful as could be. The excursions, food, and logistics were outstanding. This trip was about the cities and not so much about the countryside, so there was much more exposure to the industrial ports than on other European river excursions.
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Accommodations



The Westin Grand Frankfurt

This classic luxury 371-room hotel offers high quality service and an excellent location, just steps away from the famous Zeil shopping mile and exclusive Goethestrasse with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout the property. Three restaurants and bars offer a great choice of cusine to suit every palate, you may choose between regional or international cuisine, Japanese sushi & teppanyaki as well as Chinese. For relaxation and revitalization, there is an indoor swimming pool and fitness area complete with Finnish sauna and steam room.


Frankfurt
Germany
Konrad-Adenauer Str. 7

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AVALON-WWZQ

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