Amsterdam to Lake Como River Cruise - Avalon Waterways®

Romantic Rhine with Zurich, Mount Pilatus & Lake Como – Southbound (WAZ1)

12 Day Tour from Amsterdam to Lake Como

2017 Tour Details

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits on this mesmerizing journey along the Rhine. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany’s Black Forest and to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. Disembark your cruise ship in Basel and transfer to Zürich for the Monograms portion of your vacation. Along the way, enjoy a special highlight excursion up Mount Pilatus for spectacular Alpine panoramas and some free time to explore lovely Lucerne. Spend an overnight in vibrant Zürich before your included first-class, high-speed train ride to Como. An included guided walking tour features the charming historic district, the gothic Town Hall, and the imposing Duomo. Enjoy a relaxing included boat ride on Lake Como to renowned Bellagio with its century-old buildings, cobblestone lanes, and charming shops. In your free time, you might like to travel to fashionable Milan, Italy; or take the funicular to the village of Brunate—your Local Host can help you decide!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Cruise:
deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation):
welcome reception
Day 2 Amsterdam:
canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne:
choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk
Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim:
guided sightseeing in Koblenz; 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; excursion to Heidelberg; guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat
Day 6 Strasbourg:
guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration
Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest:
visit a local woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum
Zürich & Lake Como:
4 nights hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast (B); Monograms Local Host service & Destination Guides with city maps; guided sightseeing, inside visits & special features are shown in UPPERCASE; high-speed train (first-class) Zürich-Como; transfers to/from train stations; round-trip boat ride Como–Bellagio.

Scenic Highlights

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Enjoy a special coffee or wine tasting in Rüdesheim.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
•Buffet breakfast daily while in Zürich & Lake Como

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, canals, and bike paths throughout the city make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. Perhaps you would like to take an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans with its traditional houses and Dutch craft workshops. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

NOTE:
Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.)

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Day 2 Amsterdam

There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time in the city this afternoon—you might like to join an optional biking tour (weather permitting). Later, bid tot ziens (farewell) to Holland and set sail for Germany.

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Day 3 Cologne, Germany

Today, enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching Cologne in the afternoon. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years!

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Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim

Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. Here, join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. The dramatic RHINE GORGE is the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. In Rüdesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT before returning to your ship for dinner.

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Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg

Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with “civilized” origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. Join your Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and you’ll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a LOCAL GUIDE, visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it!

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Day 6 Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timber houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion into Alsace wine country is available today. After dinner, enjoy an onboard WOODCARVING demonstration.

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Day 7 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for a visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago.

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Day 8 Basell–Mount Pilatus, Lucerne–Zürich

Disembark your Avalon ship and join the Monograms portion of your vacation, where you will travel to Lucerne for a special highlight excursion to MOUNT PILATUS. Journey almost 7,000 ft. (2,132m) up for spectacular views over central Switzerland (in the event of adverse weather conditions, enter the Swiss Transport Museum instead). There’s free time to explore beautiful Lucerne, then transfer to your Zürich hotel. Your Monograms Local Host can help you with suggestions for the evening.

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Day 9 Zürich–Lake Como, Italy

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first-class) to Como, the city on the lake that bears its name. Your Local Host will be waiting to greet you and offer recommendations so you can make the most of your time in this well-known city. Enjoy a guided walking tour that includes the charming historic center; the Broletto (Town Hall) with its fascinating gothic façade; and the imposing, marble-clad DUOMO, built between the 14th and 18th centuries, and crowned by a high octagonal dome.

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Day 10 Lake Como

Experience a relaxing BOAT RIDE ON LAKE COMO for panoramas of stunning mountain scenery and luxury lakeside villas. Disembark at the original Bellagio with its century-old buildings, stone lanes, and quaint cobblestone stairways lined with shops, where you will have free time for lunch and exploration on your own before returning to Como. Your Local Host will have ideas for your evening in this delightful town.

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Day 11 Lake Como

Today, you may wish to travel to fashionable Milan. Take the funicular to the residential village of Brunate, situated at 2,362 ft. (720m); shop for silk products; or visit the Volta Temple, dedicated to Como’s native son, Alessandro Volta, inventor of the electrical battery. Your Local Host can help you plan your day.

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Day 12 Lake Como

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Accommodations

Amsterdam
Zurich
Lake Como

Amsterdam

Room Mate Aitana

Superior First-Class

Room Mate Aitana Ijdok 6, Amsterdam,  Netherlands

Ijdok 6
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A 284 room designer hotel recently built on the new artificial island in the IJ river and offers free Wi-Fi throughout. The hotel boasts a trendy cosmopolitan restaurant, which serves international food, the lounge bar provides a stylish setting for drinks and there is also a fitness center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access

Zurich

Renaissance Zurich Tower

Superior First-Class

Renaissance Zurich Tower Turbinenstrasse 20, Zurich,  Switzerland

Turbinenstrasse 20
Zurich, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This 300 room luxury hotel is housed in a modern tower building located in the vibrant Zurich West quarter. The exclusive Grill restaurant serves urban cuisine and the lounge bar offers drinks, snacks and cocktails. Other amenities include a fitness area on the 15th floor with city views, sauna and steam bath.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Ice Machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Spa Services
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Window Opens
  • Alarm Clock
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access

Lake Como

Barchetta Excelsior

First-Class

Barchetta Excelsior Piazza Cavour 1, Como,   Italy

Piazza Cavour 1
Como, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Lake Como
Amsterdam
Rudesheim
Strasbourg
Breisach
Packages

LakeComo

Bellagio Art Experiences

Bellagio Art Experiences

Spend a day in Bellagio creating your own artwork. Sculpture and plein-air painting, classical Italian arts that can't be forget! Enjoy the romantic and calm scenery of San Giovanni di Bellagio, a small suggestive borgo lying on the lake shores, hidden in nature, secret in history and so lovable. A real Bottega d'Arte mastered by a passionate artist and teacher.

Price Range: $$$$

Golf Experience on the Lake

Golf Experience on the Lake

A cradle of Italian beauty. A corner reminiscent of Britain overlooking Lake Como. A natural course with old world appeal. A heritage of golfing culture. The Lake Como Golf Club encompasses all of the above.

Price Range: $$$$

Cooking Class at a Villa

Cooking Class at a Villa

Did you ever dream of cooking a true Italian meal at a beautiful Villa on Lake Como?

Price Range: $$$$

Dinner in Como

Dinner in Como

Enjoy an evocative walk along the shore of Lake Como. After the walk you will be ready to enjoy a delicious dinner in the city center.

Price Range: $$$

Visit the Charming Villa Carlotta

Visit the Charming Villa Carlotta

Built on the shores of beautiful Lake Como, Villa Carlotta is a grand 17-acre estate renowned for its incredible art collection and spectacular botanic gardens.

Price Range: $

Amsterdam

Keukenhof Flower Exhibition

Keukenhof Flower Exhibition

Historical Keukenhof with over 7 million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and all the other spring bulbs, is a must. The floral displays in the park and the flower shows in the various pavilions are a glorious visual feast.

Price Range: $

Amsterdam Biking

Amsterdam Biking

The Netherlands is known for being the perfect country to go for a bike ride.

Price Range: $$

Muiderslot Castle

Muiderslot Castle

Visit the imposing Amsterdam Castle, the Muiderslot, which gives you a real taste of Dutch history. It is part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam and included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Price Range: $$

Amsterdam Culinary Walk

Amsterdam Culinary Walk

Let us take you away from the guidebooks to our favorite local haunts. We'll introduce you to stores and cafés keeping Dutch food & drink traditions alive and we'll explore architecture and little-known historical sites & hidden courtyards along the way. Our local guide loves to tell you interesting stories, enhancing your experience whilst you eat and drink.

Price Range: $$

Rudesheim

German Dinner

German Dinner

Savor a typical German Dinner Rheinisch style with most typical local fare, "Schnapps vom Brett" and a wonderful home-made soup.

Price Range: $$

Strasbourg

Maginot

Maginot

The Maginot Line - named after the War Minister Andre Maginot - was completed by the end of 1930s along the Franco-German border, stretching from Switzerland to the vicinity of the Belgian frontier. A true must for all history lovers.

Price Range: $$

Alsace

Alsace

The famous Alsace Wine Route, or "Route des Vins,, is a winding ribbon of flower decorated villages in the north of Alsace. This guided excursion takes you on the back roads through the heart of the wine-making country.

Price Range: $

Breisach

Biking through the Kaiserstuhl Region

Biking through the Kaiserstuhl Region

There is no better way to experience the Rhenish countryside, than by taking a bicycle.

Price Range: $$

Colmar

Colmar

Known as the birthplace of the father of The Statue of Liberty, Colmar is indeed, one of the most beautiful, small towns in France.

Price Range: $

Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebrating a birthday or anniversary while you're cruising? Add an Avalon Celebration Package to your vacation. You can make your special day even more memorable with special touches ranging from flowers to a private cocktail reception.

Price Range: $$

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