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DISCOVER ITALY & THE RHINE - 15 Night Fly, Cruise & Stay PACKAGE - Rome to Amsterdam (AVA44127)

Embark on a 15 night holiday onboard Avalon Vista and discover Italy & the Rhine.

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Tour Departure: Jul 26, 2024


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Highlights

Nothing shouts romance more like this Europe holiday combo! A week spent in three fantastic Italian cities, followed by a luxurious cruise along the Rhine River, where fairytale settings await.
 
 

Inclusions:

15 Night Package includes:
  • International flight from Australia to Rome and return from Amsterdam+
  • Arrival transfer in Rome
  • 3 nights in Rome, 
  • 2 nights in Florence 
  • 2 nights in Venice with Independence by Globus. Including superior hotel accommodation, guided sightseeing and select meals
  • Departure transfer in Venice
  • Flight from Venice to Zurich+
  • 1 pre-cruise night in Zurich
  • Transfer from Zurich to Basel
  • 7-night Avalon Waterways cruise from Basel to Amsterdam on Avalon Vista
  • Main meals~ and entertainment on board 
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; select wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions.
  • Departure transfer in Amsterdam
  • All port charges & gratuities
please note: No arrival transfer in Zurich is required as the hotel is located at the airport.

  • 7 night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam aboard Avalon Vista
  • PLUS Return Economy airfare from Australia±± ,3 nights in Rome, 2 nights in Florence and 2 nights in Venice & more!
  • Visit: Breisach, Strasbourg, Mainz, Cologne & more!

EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE!

Valid until 5 April 2024, unless sold prior. 


Itinerary

Day 1:Melbourne Flights
Fri 26 Jul 2024
Day 1 - 9:8 Night Stay pre -cruise package provided by Avalon Waterways
DAY 1:   ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY
Welcome to Rome! A Globus Local Host will be waiting to welcome you at the hotel between 5pm and 7pm. Free time this afternoon.
Today's I-Time Tips
Join us for an optional dinner at an elegant restaurant just steps away from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Your exquisite four-course meal features fresh ingredients and a delightful atmosphere. There's so much to love in Roma. After all, spelled backwards, it's amor - the word for love. Find the perfect pasta and seafood, bakeries and wine bars, and afternoons of aperitivo specialties - all at the touch of your GlobusGO app.
DAY 2:   ROME
Follow your local guide for a walking tour around the Eternal city. Toss a coin in the Trevi fountain to guarantee you'll be back to Rome, visit the Pantheon and take pictures of the world- renowned Piazza Navona. (B)
Today's I-Time Tips
Rome wasn't built in a day, but you can build a lasting memory of this sumptuous city with an optional eBike tour to explore the treasures of Rome on this half-day guided adventure. Pedal past the ancient sites of the Colosseum, Circus Maximus and more! Step in another country and visit magnificent St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City, framed by St. Peter's Basilica and Bernini's colonnade. More hints are available on your GlobusGo app.
DAY 3:   ROME
The day is yours to explore as you please. (B)
Today's I-Time Tips
Become an Italian pizzaiolo with an interactive optional cooking class in a 17th-century palazzo with a professional chef to master two Italian specialties: pizza and gelato. Enjoy your own creations included with a delicious meal. Delizioso! Take the free time you crave with a stroll to the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo. More must-see sights are all at your fingertips with your GlobusGO mobile app.
DAY 4:   ROME - FLORENCE
Travel by high-speed train to Florence. Walk with your local guide through Piazza del Duomo; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the centre of the city's political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River. (B)
Today's I-Time Tips
Enjoy an optional traditional Steak Florentine dinner at a local restaurant in vibrant Piazza Santa Croce. A scrumptious dessert and unlimited wine, beer, or soft drinks are included, so be sure to bring your appetite! During your free time why not browse the artisan leather and gold shop to pick up an authentic Florentine memento. Consult your GlobusGo app for more ideas.
DAY 5:   FLORENCE
The day is yours to explore as you please. (B)
Today's I-Time Tips
See more of Tuscany with an optional excursion to the charming medieval town of San Giminiano. To complete the Tuscan experience this excursion also includes time at a vineyard for a local wine and specialties tasting. Spend free time strolling through the picturesque Palazzo Vecchio overlooking the Piazza della Signoria and the replica of Michelangelo's David. This and more magical moments can be found on your GlobusGO mobile app!
DAY 6:   FLORENCE - VENICE ISLAND
Travel by high-speed train to Venice. Guided walking tour features St. Mark's Square and sights of Doge's Palace and the poignant Bridge of Sights. (B)
Today's I-Time Tips
This evening why not join us for an unforgettable meal in a traditional Venetian trattoria? Don't miss the chance to sample delicious specialties in a delightful location! More hints on how to make to most of your time in Venice can be found on your GlobusGo app.
DAY 7:   VENICE ISLAND
The day is yours to explore as you please. (B)
Today's I-Time Tips
Venice is a unique city and the best way to really appreciate it is from the water, even better if you are relaxing in the most authentic mode of Venetian transport- the gondola. Join an optional excursion and be steered around Venice's iconic canals by an expert gondolier. Take time to indulge in the traditions of Venice spritz and cicchetti. Your GlobusGO mobile app can point you in the right direction to find the best tables in town.
DAY 8:   VENICE ISLAND - ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Your Independence by Globus portion of your trip ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Internal flight from Venice to Zurich (02 Aug) is required (not included).
 DAY 9:   ZURICH – BASEL (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Switzerland for the cruise portion of your trip.
Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zurich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board. EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (D)
DAY 10:   BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest
Visit the Adventure Centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host.
 ACTIVE Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR:
DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:
DISCOVERY Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to explore Freiburg's medieval city centre, sheltered by the Black Forest amid vineyards and gardens of the Upper Rhine Valley.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D)
DAY 11:   STRASBOURG, FRANCE
A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France
ACTIVE Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg's Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line-the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace's wine country today. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ (B,L,D)

DAY 12:   MAINZ, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Wine Barrel
ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an inspiring walk in Heidelberg, the Philosophers' way, OR:
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel," OR:
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk in Mainz, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ (B,L,D)
DAY 13:   RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rudesheim, OR:
DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rudesheimer coffee.
En route to Koblenz, 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.
KOBLENZ Travel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History
Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ (B,L,D)
DAY 14:   COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities.
ACTIVE Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR:
DISCOVERY Choose 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 Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
DAY 15:   AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Canals of Colourful Amsterdam
ACTIVE Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR:
CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age."
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. You may also choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside. Take some free time to explore Amsterdam's colourful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
DAY 16:   AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


Fri 26 Jul 2024
Day 8:Flight Venice to Zurich
Fri 2 Aug 2024
Day 9:BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION) Welcome to Switzerland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (D)BASEL-SUNSET.jpg
Sat 3 Aug 2024
Day 10:BREISACH, GERMANY EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.ACTIVE Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR:DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR: DISCOVERY Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting.CLASSIC Join A Guided Tour to explore Freiburg’s medieval city center, sheltered by the Black Forest amid vineyards and gardens of the Upper Rhine Valley.You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG(B,L,D)BLACK-FOREST-SCENIC.jpg
Sun 4 Aug 2024
Day 11:STRASBOURG, FRANCE
STRASBOURG, FRANCE A Grand Cathedral and La Petite FranceACTIVE Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ(B,L,D)STRASBOURG-PETIT-FRANCE.jpg
Mon 5 Aug 2024
Day 12:MAINZ, GERMANY EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
MAINZ, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Wine BarrelACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an inspiring walk in Heidelberg, the Philosophers' way, OR:CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel,” OR: CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk in Mainz, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ (B,L,D)HEIDELBERG.jpg
Tue 6 Aug 2024
Day 13:RDESHEIMRHINE GORGE
RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine CountryACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR:DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee.En route to Koblenz, 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.KOBLENZTravel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ(B,L,D)RUDESHEIM-VINEYARDS.jpg
Wed 7 Aug 2024
Day 14:COLOGNE
COLOGNE Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.ACTIVE Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY Choose 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! AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM(B,L,D)COLOGNE-BEER.jpg
Thu 8 Aug 2024
Day 15:AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND Canals of Colorful AmsterdamACTIVE Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR:CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” 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. You may also choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside. Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM(B,L,D)AMSTERDAM-CANAL-CRUISE.jpg
Fri 9 Aug 2024
Day 16:AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION) Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)AMSTERDAM-SUNRISE.jpg
Sat 10 Aug 2024
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*Conditions apply. All prices are per person, twin share and correct as at 11 January 2024 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. +Flights based on economy fares from select cities, subject to change and availability. Based on 26 July 2024 departure for Independent Rome, Florence & Venice City Stay and 03 August 2024 departure for Avalon Romantic Rhine, based on category E cabin and includes 1 additional night in Zurich and airport transfers in Rome (FCO), Venice (VCE) and Amsterdam (AMS). Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. ~excludes Specialty restaurants. A non-refundable deposit of $1250pp per cruise is required within 7 days or by 5 April 24 (whichever comes first) to secure reservation and offers. Cabin upgrade cost will apply.  Airfare not included unless otherwise stated. All savings are included in the advertised price. Offers not combinable with any other promotion except Welcome Back Credit. Offers applicable to singles - single supplement applies. Offers reliant on space availability. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Full cancellation penalties will apply.  Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Avalon Waterways and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.

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