Cruising Elevated - Fly Free & Save Up to $700CAD

    Your cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers begins in Basel, Switzerland, to explore extraordinary cities in Germany and France, as well as Holland’s capital of Amsterdam | Offer expires April 30, 2023

    Cruising Elevated - Fly Free & Save Up to $700CAD with Avalon Waterways

    Price: $6,244CAD Per Person

    (Featured price is per person, cruise only, based on double occupancy, on the departure date indicated, and includes all taxes and fees and the Avalon $700CAD per couple discount.)

    Offer: Fly Free Plus Save $700CAD Per Couple from Select Canadian Cities on Select 2023 Avalon Waterways Europe River Cruises
    Departure Date: August 10, 2023
    Return Date: August 20, 2023

    Video: Cruising Elevated – Avalon Waterways

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way.

    Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience

    • Classic. Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
    • Discovery. We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
    • Active. Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.


    • 10-night cruise in an outside stateroom
    • Daily included port excursions
    • All meals included while on the ship (including Captain’s & farewell dinners)
    • Complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner

    Photo: Map of The Rhine & Moselle itinerary

    Day 1: Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)

    Welcome to Basel. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board the ship by 5 pm. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

    Day 2: Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the 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.

    Discovery: Join a full-day Guided Tour of the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.

    Discovery: Visit 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 3: Strasbourg, France

    A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France.

    Active: Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host.

    Classic:  Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

    This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

    Day 4: Ludwigshafen, Germany. Excursion to Heidelberg

    Philosophers’ Views 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.

    Classic: Take an entertaining Guided Tour to the famous Frankenstein castle, nestled in the hills of the Western Odenwald area, and enjoy a breathtaking view on the Rhine Valley.

    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."

    Photo: Avalon on the Rhine

    Day 5: Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge

    Breathtaking Views. This morning leave Rüdesheim after breakfast and enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz.

    Koblenz: Fortress Walls and Manor Halls.

    Active: Explore Koblenz's Mosel side by bike with your Adventure Host.

    Classic: Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares, and monuments.

    Classic: Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.

    Day 6: Bernkastel

    Hillside Vines and German Wines. Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. This morning enjoy a leisurely sailing.

    Active: Bike along the Mosel river with your Adventure Host.

    Classic: Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses.

    This afternoon, select a Guided Optional Excursion to a local winery for a wine tasting.

    Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite (category B, A, P)

    Day 7: Remich

    Enjoy a free morning to discover Remich on your own. Alternatively, choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available. During lunchtime enjoy a short sailing to Trier.

    Trier, Germany: Ancient Worlds, and Old World Charm.

    Active: Explore Trier on foot, and hike around the city with your Adventure Host.

    Classic: Take a Guided Sightseeing tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city center.

    Classic: Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.

    Day 8: Cochem

    The Charm of the Moselle Valley. Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

    Active: Bike along the Mosel river with your Adventure Host.

    Discovery: Visit the former bunker of Germany's Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) and immerse yourself in the underground vault where millions of German Mark were kept during the Cold War.

    Classic: Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit the hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend.

    Enjoy a short cruise to Alken, where you have free time to explore at your own pace. Alternatively, select a Guided Optional Excursion to Eltz Castle.

    Day 9: Cologne

    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City.

    Active: Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host.

    Discovery: Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

    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!

    Photo: Cologne, Germany

    Day 10: Amsterdam, Holland

    Canals of Colorful Amsterdam.

    Active: Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam.

    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. Alternatively, choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside. You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.

    Day 11: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    Don't delay, book your trip today! Offer expires April 30, 2023.

    Terms And Conditions

    Book a select 2023 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from YEG, YHZ, YOW, YQR, YUL, YVR, YWG, YXE, YYC, YYJ, YYZ. Other gateway cities are available from $100CAD to $300CAD per person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). The free air offer is based on the lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at the time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with the cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. In lieu of FREE AIR, a $1,600CAD/person land promotion, and in lieu of FREE AIR + $350CAD/person, a $1,900CAD/person land promotion can be requested by calling Avalon Waterways. Limited to new bookings for Canada originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between January 3, 2023, and February 28, 2023. A $550CAD non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air. Groups of 8 passengers or more don't qualify for this offer. Please call for Group promotion options. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and the $350CAD per person land promo, if applicable. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at the time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations are subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300CAD per ticket and 100% of the ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) are also subject to airfare differentials between the originally ticketed air itinerary and the re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to the return travel date. Flight schedules, routings, and air carriers are at the discretion of the Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only.

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