Romantic Rhine & Jewish Heritage With 2 Nights Lucerne

05/25/2019 through 07/20/2019
05/25/2019 through 08/01/2019
Avalon Waterways

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting Rhine River cruise to explore Jewish culture and heritage, which takes you across Germany-and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland!

This magnificent river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age” and the Jewish Quarter . During your stay in Amsterdam you will have the possibility to join a guided tour to the Anne Frank house and attend an evening concert at the Portuguese Synagogue. Cologne, Germany-a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture-will be an exciting stop with its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns and take a Jewish history tour. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge-the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. And nearby, in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue your Rhine river cruise to Mainz for a guided walk, visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum and learn more about the Jewish past of this city. An excursion takes you to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle or you might want to visit Worms with its incredible Jewish Heritage. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals, fascinating astronomical clock and by the old streets of the Jewish quarter. 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-an area of unrivaled natural beauty-best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. During the cruise, Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, will travel with you. Enjoy her lectures on board and a special visit to Anne Frank’s house with her!

You’ll sail to Basel, Switzerland, to disembark from your Avalon Suite Ship® and continue your European vacation tour with a visit to Mt. Pilatus and a walking tour in Lucerne. With services provided by Monograms®, you’ll have a Local Host® to arrange your sightseeing, free-time recommendations, and any other assistance you need during your 2-night stay in Lucerne. Your scenic river cruise on the Romantic Rhine River, and complete vacation package in Switzerland are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; concert at the Portuguese Synagogue

Day 2 Amsterdam: Anne Frank house ; canal cruise, pass through the Jewish Quarter

Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or visit Worms

Day 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district, the gothic cathedral and Jewish quarter

Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar

Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)–Mount Pilatus–Lucerne: excursion to Mount Pilatus; guided walking tour in Lucerne

Day 9 Lucerne: full day at leisure

Day 10 Lucerne: your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Amsterdam
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Day 3 Cologne, Germany
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Day 4 Koblenz-rhine Gorge
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Day 5 Mainz. Excursion To Heidelberg
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Day 6 Strasbourg, France
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Day 7 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To The Black Forest
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Day 8 Basel, (Disembarkation)-mount Pilatus-lucerne
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Day 9 Lucerne
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Day 10 Lucerne
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