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The Best of the Rhine

Travel through Germany, France and Switzerland on a five-day adventure from Frankfurt to Basel.

Pick and choose from a wide selection of classic, active and discovery excursions via your Adventure Host, who’ll help tailor your experience to your interests. Enjoy a variety of guided tours, tastings and demonstrations.

Enjoy show-stopping views from aboard the Avalon Tranquility II, complete with contemporary decor, spacious lounge areas, cabins 30% larger than the industry standard and a host of organised on-board activities.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Tranquility II
  • Duration: 4 Nights
  • Departure: May - Sep
£1,899pp
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The Best of the Rhine Cruise Itinerary

From scenic sailings to cathedrals and open-air museums, enjoy a hand-picked itinerary of the Rhine’s must-sees. Choose from a combination of classic, active and discovery excursions to direct your adventure towards whatever you find most appealing.

Day 1

Frankfurt (EMBARK)

Board your ship promptly by 5pm, enjoy the option to embark on a guided sight-seeing tour of Frankfurt, nicknamed the ‘Mainhattan of Europe’.

Day 2

Rhine Gorge (Scenic Sailing)

Enjoy a scenic on-board sailing through the UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge. Enjoy an on board wine tasting, local Rudesheimer Coffee and report to your adventure host for an overview of the day’s activities and classes.

Day 3

Strasbourg

Discover Strasburg by bike with your Adventure Host or embark on a city sightseeing tour, including Strasbourg’s Gothic stained-glass cathedral and the La Petite France District.

Day 4

Breisach, excursion to Black Forest

Join a full-day guided tour to the Black Forest, the Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum and an authentic water mill also, view a traditional butter-making demonstration. Alternatively, visit a local winery in Breisach or enjoy a guided tour to Freiburg’s medieval city centre. You may also choose an Optional Excursion to the village of Colmar.

Day 5

Basel (DISEMBARK)

Disembark your ship after breakfast this morning.

The Best of the Rhine Cruise Ships

Avalon Tranquility II

Climb aboard to enjoy a peaceful stay in Avalon’s signature panorama suites, which are 30% larger than the industry standard, making them the perfect place to stretch out and enjoy the world at your feet, quite literally.

16 Staterooms
Spacious Bathrooms
Whirlpool

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4 Nights
May Sep

The Best of the Rhine

  • Frankfurt (EMBARK)
  • Rhine Gorge (Scenic Sailing)
  • Strasbourg
  • Breisach, excursion to Black Forest
  • Basel (DISEMBARK)
£1,899 Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Tranquility II  

The Best of the Rhine Cruise Review

“A good length cruise, lots of fun, accessible activities. The crew was helpful, knowledgeable and full of suggestions. A real highlight for me was the on-board activities and tastings, a great variety of options to keep you entertained.”

John Smith

The Best of the Rhine FAQ

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

Does the Avalon Tranquility II have a pool?

Yes. The sky deck features a whirlpool, alongside shade awnings and a game area to keep you entertained.

What kind of activities can I expect during the cruise?

Avalon Waterways blends a selection of classic, active and discovery excursions. From bike rides and walking tours to demonstrations and tastings, there’s something accessible to everyone.

How long will it take to cruise through the Rhine Gorge?

Day 2 of this cruise is dedicated to scenic sailing through Rhine Gorge. Kick back and relax on the Sun Deck to witness show-stopping views, or report to your Adventure Host for a run down on the day’s planned on-board activities.

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