Romantic Rhine With Jewish Heritage (Northbound)
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which begins in Switzerland and visits 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 cathedral with ancient murals, the fascinating astronomical clock, and the old streets of the Jewish quarter. 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, 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 architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral. Enjoy the opportunity to take a Jewish history tour in this fascinating city.At the conclusion of your Rhine River cruise, you’ll spend time in colorful Amsterdam, the city where Anne Frank lived and wrote her famous diary. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on an included canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Do not miss a visit to the ancient Jewish quarter. Spend free time discovering world-famous museums and abundance of restaurants in the vibrant, modern capital of Holland. Attend fascinating onboard presentations to learn more about the European Jewish culture, history and traditions.
Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer WinzerkellerDay 3 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district, the Gothic cathedral and the Jewish quarterDay 4 Mainz: Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in MainzDay 5 Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz: Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in KoblenzDay 6 Cologne: Choice of ‘Cologne Highlights’ walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 7 Amsterdam: Canal cruise, see the Jewish quarterDay 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning
Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
Ludwigshafen, Germany. Excursion To Heidelberg
Rüdesheim – Rhine Gorge