Grand Rhine River Cruise

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Why Book With Us?

  • Optional rail transfers from anywhere in Europe
  • Luxury River Cruise Boat
  • Choice of Bedrooms
  • Full-board
  • Activities and excursions included
  • ABTA, IPP and tour operator protection

How Do I Book?

  • Book online or over the phone with a 10% Deposit
  • Pay the remainder balance by 90 days before departure

Tour Details

Route: Frankfurt Rhine Gorge Strasbourg Breisach Black Forest Basel

Duration: 5 days

Age Range: The average is between 40 and 70 and popular with couples or solo travellers.

Transport: You’ll travel on the 443ft long Avalon Impression River Cruise Ship

Transfers: We can arrange you train travel to the start city and back from the end city. Please Enquire.

Activities: There’s plenty of included activities along the way, and lots more of optional activities to choose from should you opt for even more!

Meals: Full board

Flexibility: Enquire to add extra nights of accommodation at the start and end of your trip.

Reviews:    All independent reviews

Tour Style

Discover the very best of the River Rhine on this 5-day river cruise tour, as you take a scenic route along the Rhine, sampling charming towns, incredible views and local traditions.

Popular with more experienced travellers of 55 and above, this tour is perfect for anyone wanting an alternative way to travel, whilst maintaining luxurious elements and a true ‘holiday’ feel.

You’ll be joined on your trip by a local expert, on hand to guide you through each destination and uncover the legends and history to each stop on your tour. There will be plenty of chance to add additional activities to your holiday, whilst you are away, with something to appeal to all interests – from cooking class, to painting workshops; all giving you the chance to mingle with like-minded people.

We take all the stress out of travelling so that you’re free to relax and enjoy your trip!

Tour Description

Experience the unique and charming local traditions of Germany, France, and Switzerland on an unforgettable Grand Cruise of the Rhine River. Sail from Frankfurt to Basel and relax on the Sky Deck while cruising through the Rhine Gorge, which offers stunning views with ancient castles perched 400 feet above the water. In Strasbourg, France, marvel at the red-sandstone Gothic Cathedral decorated with ancient murals and an intriguing astronomical clock. Take a leisurely stroll through the charming La Petite France district and enjoy the wonderful variety of picturesque shops and peaceful waterfront promenade. Pause in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to the Black Forest, known for its outstanding natural beauty and famous for Black Forest ham, cherry cake and the cuckoo clock. This European river cruise will leave you with unforgettable memories of extraordinary destinations.


What's Included?

  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption
  • An experienced and local Tour Director to travel with you throughout
  • Daily a la carte breakfast with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily specials
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations.
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Fitness and wellness activities

Day 1 - Frankfurt

Welcome to Germany! Your Suite Ship is ready and awaiting your arrival. Please note that flights into Frankfurt should arrive no later than 2pm. You won’t want to miss a thing, so make sure to be on board the ship by 5pm.

Overnight Cruise South


Day 2 - Rhine Gorge

Experience the most stunning view of the Rhine River while sailing by enjoying a cup of Rüdesheimer Coffee. This local drink mixes brandy and sugar, topped with coffee, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. Take a relaxing day onboard and sail through the Rhine Gorge, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. As you float along, admire breathtaking views of ancient castles standing tall on cliffs that soar 400 feet above the water.

Don’t miss passing the legendary Rock of the Lorelei, where the haunting melodies of mythical sirens once lured ill-fated sailors to their doom. Let your Adventure Host lead you to explore the special activities and classes offered on board. Additionally, take advantage of the chance to delight in a wine tasting onboard or enjoy live entertainment in the evening, as you drift onwards overnight towards to Strasbourg.

Overnight Cruise to Strasbourg

Day 3 - Strasbourg

Explore the magical city of Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, or opt for a City Sightseeing Tour to see the Gothic cathedral adorned with astonishing stained-glass and ancient murals, along with the celebrated astronomical clock, and the enchanting La Petite France District. You could also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit Alsace’s wine country today. Alternatively, spend some leisure time exploring a museum or meandering through the city center. As the night falls, the adventure continues with an overnight cruise to Breisach.

Overnight Cruise to Breisach

Day 4 - Breisach

Experience the enchanting Black Forest on a full-day guided tour which includes a visit to the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, an authentic water mill, and a traditional butter-making demonstration. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about German winemaking and savor a wine-tasting session at a local vineyard in Breisach.

If you desire further exploration, you have the option of joining a guided excursion in the morning to the picturesque village of Colmar, famous for its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance architecture.

In the evening, embark on an overnight cruise to Basel, to conclude your memorable Black Forest adventure.

Overnight Cruise to Basel

Day 5 - Basel

Your unforgettable cruise journey comes to a delightful end with a scrumptious breakfast spread. It’s time to soak in the last moments of your serene surroundings before disembarking and beginning a brand new day. As you indulge in the mouthwatering breakfast fare, take one last look at the panoramic views of the majestic River Rhine, recapping with fond memories the beautiful journey you’ve had.

Optional Train Transfers


Euroventure are experts in European travel and can organise your travel from anywhere in Europe to the start city of your cruise and back again from the last city. With Euroventure you have the option to turn your river cruise into a bigger holiday with first class European rail travel.

This is an example route from London (but the possibilities across Europe are endless):

Outbound Route: London Eurostar to Paris (1 night in a hotel) Train to Frankfurt (1 night in a hotel)

5-Day River Cruise from Frankfurt to Basel

Return Route: Basel (2 nights in a hotel) Train to Zurich (2 nights in a hotel)   Train to Paris (1 night in a hotel)   Eurostar to London

The Ship

The Avalon Impression is the gem among the award-winning fleet of Suite Ships. Offering an exceptional river cruising experience, this stunning ship boasts two entire levels of Panorama Suites with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that can transform into an Open-Air Balcony. Imagine waking up each morning to the most splendid views of the passing scenery from your bed, which faces the large windows. And with a whopping 30% more space than the industry average, the Panorama Suites are an absolute treat.

But the perks don’t stop there. The Avalon Impression comes with some of the best amenities you can find on a river cruise. There’s the delightful Panorama Bistro, which offers light dining options for when you want to enjoy a casual meal, as well as the Fitness Centre, where you can keep up with your exercise routine. And when it’s time to relax, head to the expansive Sky Deck, which features premium lounge chairs, a whirlpool, and light meals at the Sky Bistro.

The Avalon Impression promises an unbeatable combination of casual luxury and exceptional amenities, making it an experience that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Get ready to explore the most picturesque parts of the world in style and comfort, and create unforgettable memories on board this magnificent ship!

Throughout the Ship

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & décor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day


  • Avalon FlexDining® for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Daily a la carte breakfast with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily specials
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations. Alternatively, you may dine al fresco at our Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather and itinerary permitting) or enjoy a light lunch in the Panorama Lounge.
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro – a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

Health and Fitness

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities

Suites and State Rooms

  • Comfort Collection Beds with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L’Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • USB Ports
  • And, much more


Deck Plans

The Rooms

Avalon have the newest river cruise ships in Europe, with the best layouts, maximising on window space and ensuring comfort regardless of whether you choose a deluxe stateroom, panorama suite or royal suite. 

The Experience

Included Excursions

There are three types of experiences for you to pick and choose from at each destination on your cruise:

CLASSIC: Experience the expertise of a local guide as they lead you on a journey through the history and rich heritage of the local destinations. Prepare to be amazed by the captivating stories, traditions, and remarkable architectural wonders of the iconic and historically significant sites.

DISCOVERY: Unearth engaging and hands-on experiences tailored to your interests. Whether it’s participating in cooking classes or immersing yourself in painting workshops, each activity will allow you to deeply engage with the culture of the places you explore.

ACTIVE: Embark on invigorating adventures that will keep you active and constantly on the move. From a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam to cycling, kayaking, and hiking through breathtaking locations, you’ll experience the thrill of exploration firsthand.


Experience a luxurious cruise while staying true to your healthy lifestyle with our exclusive Avalon Fresh menu. Indulge in a guilt-free culinary journey that caters to your well-being. From revitalizing breakfast juices to meticulously crafted salads for lunch and protein-rich dishes for dinner, Avalon Fresh offers a wide array of options, including vegetarian and vegan specialties. Enjoy creative cuisine that tantalizes your taste buds without compromising on health.

In addition to the delectable menu, we offer a range of dining experiences to enhance your journey. Start your day with breakfast in bed, courtesy of our complimentary room service. Delight in buffet lunches, savour afternoon tea, and indulge in four-course dinners in the panoramic dining room. All your meals are included, and you can complement your dining experience with included wine, beer, and soft drinks.

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