Avalon Waterways
Avalon Panorama

This amazing vacation offers the best of both worlds: a land tour of Austria and Switzerland—two of Europe's most scenic countries—and a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River with stops in France, Germany, and Holland!

If you're a fan of palaces and castles, you'll enjoy a visit to Vienna, Austria’s Schönbrunn Palace, once the home of the Habsburg family. Stand in awe as you hear the stories of this royal family's home. And in Switzerland, you'll enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva. If spectacular scenery is yourinterest, you'll be thrilled with a ride on the world-famous Glacier Express train, where you'll travel first-class with panoramic windows to admire the thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and tiny villages on your way to Zermatt, Switzerland.

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The Best Of Austria & Switzerland With Romantic Rhine 2020
Rivers: Danube River Cruises, Rhine River Cruises
Countries: Austria, France, Germany, Holland (Netherlands), Switzerland
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 Vienna: welcome to Austria

Day 2 Vienna:
guided sightseeing, see the Ringstrasse, Heldenplatz, and visit Schönbrunn Palace

Day 3 Vienna—Melk—Salzburg:
Danube cruise and visit to The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee; guided walking tour and dinner at a local restaurant in Salzburg

Day 4 Salzburg:
day at leisure

Day 5 Salzburg—Innsbruck—St. Moritz:
walk through the Old Town, see the Golden Roof in Innsbruck; travel to St. Moritz

Day 6 St. Moritz—Chur—Täsch—Zermatt: panoramic trip onboard of the Glacier Express train to Zermatt

Day 7 Zermatt:
day at leisure

Day 8 Zermatt—Berne:
visit Chillon Castle; travel to Berne

Day 9 Berne—Interlaken—Lucerne:
guided walking tour in Berne, see the Bear Park and enjoy the panoramic view from the Rose Garden; travel to Lucerne

Day 10 Lucerne:
morning walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge; private boat cruise and farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Day 11 Lucerne—Basel (Embarkation): travel to Basel; onboard welcome reception

Day 12 Breisach:
choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller

Day 13 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 14 Mainz:
choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 15 Rüdesheim—Rhine Gorge—Koblenz:
visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free tim in Koblenz

Day 16 Cologne:
choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 17 Amsterdam:
canal cruise

Day 18 Amsterdam (Disembarkation):
your vacation ends this morning



  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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