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The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine

Explore down the Romantic Rhine on this 18 day adventure, designed to speed run you through all the highlights of Austria and Switzerland.

Enjoy a range of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, canals, castles, forests, churches and more. You’ll have the chance to tailor your adventure on an itinerary that rotates Classic, Active and Discovery excursions to suit your interests.

Relax in style aboard either the Avalon Vista or the Avalon Panorama – valued members of the Rhine fleet that were designed with the guest experience in mind. You’ll enjoy sleek design, spacious cabins, surplus storage and access to a range of modern amenities throughout your stay

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Vista / Avalon Panorama
  • Duration: 17 Nights
  • Departure: May - Sep
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The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine Cruise Itinerary

Jump into an itinerary packed with treats, tours, trains and other treasures. Led by your Avalon Adventure Host, you’ll hike, bike, taste and sail your way through a variety of attractions and adventures.

Day 1


Welcome to Vienna – at 6pm you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant with your our Director and fellow guests.

Day 2


Today, enjoy guided sightseeing – including visits to Schonbrunn Palace and Heldenplatz.

Day 3

Krems / Mondsee / Salzburg

Today, you’ll enjoy multiple stops. In Krems, you’ll enjoy a Danube River Cruise. In Mondsee, you’ll visit the Parish Church and in Salzburg you’ll embark on a guided walking tour.

Day 4


Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Salzburg according to your own tastes.

Day 5


Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof, before enjoying some free time to browse.

Day 6

St. Maritz / Chur

In Chur, take the Glacier Express train to Zermatt with included on-board lunch.

Day 7


Enjoy a day spent at leisure.

Day 8

Zermatt / Berne

Today, embark on a mountain train ride to Tasch. After, take a guided visit to Chiron Castle with wine tasting.

Day 9

Berne / Interlaken

At Berne, enjoy a guided walking tour – including a stop at bear park.

Day 10


Embark on a walking tour around Lucerne, followed by a private evening boat cruise and farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 11

Lucerne / Basel (EMBARK)

Transfer from Lucerne to Basel in order to board your suite ship.

Day 12


Bike down the Rhine alongside your Adventure Host, join a full-day guided tour to the Black Forest or pay a visit to a local winery in Breisach.
You may also choose to embark on an optional excursion to Colmar in the morning.

Day 13


Discover Strasbourg by bike alongside your Adventure Host or join a city sightseeing tour.
You may also join an optional excursion to Maginot Line.

Day 14


Wander through Heidelberg alongside your Adventure Host, tour Heidelberg Castle or enjoy a guided city walk in Mainz.
This evening, there will be live entertainment on board your ship.

Day 15

Rudesheim / Rhine Gorge / Koblenz

Hike through the vineyards of Rudesheim or take a guided tour of the Mechanical Music Museum.
En route to Koblenz, enjoy a scenic sailing through the UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge.
Upon arrival, enjoy time at leisure to explore as you please.

Day 16


Bike alongside your Adventure Host, embark on a walking tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites or enjoy a guided city walk of Cologne.

Day 17


Start your day with an early morning walk with your Adventure Host and explore Amsterdam on a guided canal cruise.
During tulip seasons – you may opt into an excursion to the Keukenhof gardens.

Day 18

Amsterdam (DISEMBARK)

After breakfast, disembark and begin your journey home.

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17 Nights
May Sep

The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine

  • Vienna
  • Krems / Mondsee / Salzburg
  • Salzburg
  • Innsbruck
  • St. Maritz / Chur
  • Zermatt
  • Zermatt / Berne
  • Berne / Interlaken
  • Lucerne
  • Lucerne / Basel (EMBARK)
  • Breisach
  • Strasbourg
  • Mainz
  • Rudesheim / Rhine Gorge / Koblenz
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam (DISEMBARK)
£5,798pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Vista / Avalon Panorama

The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine Cruise Review

“An itinerary filled with informative tours as well as ways to keep your body moving. My suite was clean, spacious and filled with plentiful storage space – everything I could ask for.”

John Ward, London

The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romantic Rhine FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Will I have access to Wi-Fi whilst on board?

Yes. Our Avalon Fleets all feature complimentary Wi-FI access in locations throughout the ship.

What is an Adventure Host?

Your Adventure Host is a member of Avalon Waterways’ dedicated on-board staff, whose role is guiding you through a variety of activities and excursions.

How many days of the itinerary will be spent cruising?

You’ll spend 8 days aboard either the Avalon Vista or the Avalon Panorama cruising down the Rhine River.

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