Top of Switzerland with Romantic Rhine
Your Switzerland guided vacation begins in Zurich, where you will start your Globus tour. You’ll enjoy a guided walk through Old Town, a visit to Emmental Valley to visit the Schaukaeserei Affoltern, and then travel to Interlaken for an excursion to the Jungfraujoch—Europe’s highest railway station. You’ll experience the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the Ice Palace, the Sphinx Observatory, and receive your Jungfrau Passport. A scenic drive through charming mountains brings you to cozy Brienz, where you visit the Woodcarving Museum. Next, is the fascinating Open-Air Museum of Ballenberg, before continuing to picture-book Lucerne, where you’ll take a walking tour, featuring the powerful Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. Your scenic river cruise on the Rhine will commence in Basel, for an amazing vacation which begins in Switzerland and stops in France, Germany, and Holland. You’ll sail to Breisach, your starting point for an excursion to Black Forest or a visit to Gouda. Then venture on to Strasbourg, France, to see its gothic cathedral with stunning murals and stained-glass. Sail to Ludwigshafen for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, or join your Avalon Adventure Host® for a hike up Philosophers’ Way. You’ll also visit the Gutenberg museum for amazing history of early pioneers of print. Sail to Rüdesheim and through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. You’ll visit Koblenz and Cologne, and arrive in Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the colorful city. Your scenic Avalon river cruise on the Romantic Rhine River, and complete Globus vacation package in Switzerland are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.
Day 1 Zürich: welcome to SwitzerlandDay 2 Zürich–Emmental–Interlaken: Zürich orientation walk; visit the Schaukaeserei Affoltern; travel to InterlakenDay 3 Interlaken. Excursion to the Jungfrau: visit to the Jungfraujoch railway stationDay 4 Interlaken–Brienz–Ballenberg–Lucerne: visit the Woodcarving Museum in Brienz; visit the Open-Air Museum in Ballenberg; travel to LucerneDay 5 Lucerne: morning walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel BridgeDay 6 Lucerne–Basel (Embarkation): travel to Basel; onboard welcome receptionDay 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in ColmarDay 8 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedralDay 9 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in MainzDay 10 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in KoblenzDay 11 Cologne: choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 12 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 13 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.