Looking for the ultimate "Trip of a Lifetime?" join us next October for this most amazing way to see Europe. IMPORTANT UPDATE - We are now SOLD out of our Exclusive Group space although Staterooms can be requested.
Exclusive Program (Sold out - on request) October 28th – November 7th , 2017
2 Nights in Paris -7 Night River Cruise
Including 1 night in Amsterdam
$3708.00(CAD) plus taxes $259.00 per person (view discount) ( 2 Sharing Category E - Fixed Window Stateroom– on availability)
$5219.00 (CAD) plus taxes $259.00 per person (view discount) 2 Sharing Category B -French Balcony Stateroom-on availability)
Save additional 5 % (Cruise and land) if you are a Journey’s Club Member (past traveller with Avalon Waterways)
- Airfare approximately $1300.00 tax included (booked separately in Dec 2016)
- Transfers Included if Airfare is booked with Stewart Travel Group.
- $750.00 deposit per person
- (Final due Aug. 1st , 2017) guaranteed departure
- Escorted by Stewart Travel Group (Minimum 9 Staterooms Booked)
Day 1 :Paris, France. Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the River Seine and the “City of Light,” (free day)
Day 2 :Paris Known as one of the world’s most passionate and lively cities, Paris is a delight for your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elyse es with its lavish cafe s, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmar-tre with its gleaming white Sacre Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colorful nightlife that includes some of the world’s most famous cabaret shows. All of this awaits your discovery! (Breakfast)
Day 3 : Paris–Remich, Luxembourg (Embarkation)–Grevenmacher. This morning, board a HIGH-SPEED TRAIN for a swift and comfortable journey to Metz or Luxembourg City. Continue by motorcoach to Remich on the Moselle, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then cruise to Grevenmacher. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4: Grevenmacher. Excursion to Luxembourg City Because of its location and natural geography, Luxembourg City has been a place of strategic military significance throughout history; the first fortifications were built as early as the 10th century. The city center occupies a picturesque site, perched high on precipitous cliffs that drop into the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Pe trusse Rivers. A LOCAL GUIDE will acquaint you with this city whose layout is complex as it is set on two levels, straddling hills and dropping into the two river valleys. Enjoy a tranquil afternoon of cruising or join an optional ex-cursion to the Roman city of Trier. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5: Bernkastel, Germany–Zell. In the middle of the Moselle region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages. Enjoy an included GUIDED WALK that features the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall and the “pointed house,” built in 1416. Wine growers in this area look after Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bern-kasteler Doktor. Then cruise on to pretty little Zell and before dinner, enjoy a pleasant TASTING of several of the region’s va-rietals. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 :Cochem. Cochem is a charming and picturesque town with half-timbered houses and winding streets full of histo-ry and legends that will be brought to life during your included GUIDED WALK. Visit REICHSBURG CASTLE, built in 1000 AD and furnished with renaissance and baroque furniture. Sitting dramatically atop a conical hill covered in vines, this castle offers splendid views of the little town nestled down below and of the river valley. Cochem is at the heart of the Moselle wine trade and, most notably, the Riesling grape is cultivated, producing a dry to sweet, floral white wine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 :Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge. This morning arrive in pretty Ru desheim, the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM—a real surprise! Here you’ll see and hear a large col-lection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestoned Drosselgasse, where colorful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere. Later cruise through the dramatic RHINE GORGE, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Cologne. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a GUIDED CITY WALK or a JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. Later, dur-ing free time, perhaps check out the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman set-tlement on which modern Cologne is built—a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with cafe s, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Ko lsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years, and shop for a bottle of “4711,” the original eau de cologne. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9: Amsterdam, Holland This morning, arrive in Amsterdam. Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafe s and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. 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 is plenty of free time to explore on your own. Maybe do some shopping, relax at a cozy cafe or take one of several optional excursions on offer. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions of how to make the most of your stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: Amsterdam (Disembarkation) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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* See below more information on just a couple of places we will be visiting.
You will see the following on your experience
Amsterdam is the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is the country's largest city and its financial, cultural, and creative centre. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and seven of the world's 500 largest companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. In 2012, Amsterdam was ranked the second best city in which to live by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and 12th globally on quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer. Amsterdam derives its name from the city’s origin as “Dam” of river “Amstel”. In the past, the name was "Amstelredamme" which later changed as “Amsterdam”. The city is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, attracting over 7 million international travellers annually. The city is colloquially known as ''Venice of the North'' because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. There is something for every traveller's taste here; whether you prefer culture and history, serious partying, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city!
Cologne is the largest city in the German federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth-largest city in Germany. In medieval times it was the largest city of the Holy Roman Empire. It is one of the nation's media, tourism and business hotspots. Cologne is known to be one of the most liberal cities in Germany. Cologne is a traditionally Ripuarian-speaking city, though this has mostly been replaced by German, which is now the main language of the city. English-speaking guides and information are available for many of the landmarks of the city. Cologne's citizens are also very friendly and jovial people, welcoming tourists of all types and with all interests.