The Rhine & Moselle: Canals, Vineyards & Castles

    The Rhine & Moselle: Canals, Vineyards & Castles aboard the Avalon Artistry II

    This magnificent European river cruise vacation begins in Holland’s colorful, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. Then, embark on your picturesque cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne, Germany—a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture. On a guided city walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City. You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns.

    Along the Moselle River, stop at the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. In Bernkastel, enjoy a guided walk and taste some of the region’s best-loved wines. Join an included excursion to historical Luxembourg City, offering unique and dramatic views as it is set on two levels—high above on straddling hills and dropping into two river valleys.       


    If you have any questions, concerns or special requests you may contact either of your personal Cruise Hosts below

    Tel: 343.370.3700


    Tel: 613.340.5351


    Your Itinerary
    AVALON CHOICE® Enjoy included sightseeing with Certified Local Guides, Guided Optional Excursions and Tours,
    and ample free time to explore on your own. Explore CLASSIC sights, embark on ACTIVE excursions, and make a new
    DISCOVERY through hands-on cultural and artistic experiences shared by local residents and experts.

    Day 1, Friday July 28, 2023

    Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
    Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.
    Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
    During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million
    tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional
    Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

    Day 2, Saturday July 29, 2023

    Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
    CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of the city’s “Golden
    This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
    Day 3, Sunday July 30, 2023
    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
    ACTIVE Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR:
    DISCOVERY Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites, OR

    CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.
    Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!
    Enjoy live entertainment onboard your ship this evening.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 4, Monday July 31, 2023

    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
    En route to Rüdesheim, sail through the Rhine Gorge (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Take in the breathtaking views
    of ancient castles perched on cliffs 400 feet above the water, and pass the legendary Rock of the Lorelei—where the
    mythological siren’s songs lured ill-fated sailors.
    ACTIVE Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards;
    based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR;
    DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience;
    based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.
    Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Koblenz this evening while having dinner onboard.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 5, Tuesday August 1, 2023

    The Charm of the Moselle Valley
    You may want to start your day with an Optional Excursion bike ride from Treis Karden to Cochem, enriched by a lunch
    Alternatively, relax on the Sky Deck of your ship while sailing through the Moselle Valley, famous for the beautiful growing
    villages and their vineyards.
    ACTIVE See Cochem from atop, hike up to an excellent viewpoint with your Adventure Host, OR:

    DISCOVERY Take part to a Guided Visit to one of the oldest mustard mills, dating back to 1810. Under the guidance of the
    head mustard “miller”, you’ll watch mustard being made using traditional skills, more than 200 years of savoir-faire and a
    recipe that has been passed down several generations, OR:
    CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk of Cochem through its half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit the hilltop Reichsburg
    Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 6, Wednesday August 2, 2023

    Castle Vines and German Wines
    Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
    This morning, select a Guided Optional Excursion to Traben-Trarbach for an underground visit or a panoramic drive
    through the Moselle region.
    ACTIVE Head out into the fresh air and hike up to Landshut Castle with your Adventure Host, OR:
    CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval market place and 17th-
    century gabled timber-framed houses.
    DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.
    Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
    Day 7, Thursday August 3, 2023
    Old-World Charm, and World-Class Wine
    This morning, you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to Roman Trier-the oldest city in Germany, or learn more about
    the famous Battle of the Bulge.
    ACTIVE Bike in two countries along the Mosel with your Adventure Host, OR;
    DISCOVERY Enjoy a Wine Walk in Luxembourg’s Moselle Region. Discover the way of life and the daily work in the vineyards
    while enjoying the unique panorama at the Scheuerberg, OR;
    CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along
    the deep gorge terrain.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 8, Friday August 4, 2023

    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
    Flights should not leave Luxembourg City airport before 8 am.