We at eBags are self-proclaimed #wanderlovers, and love nothing more than a new adventure. So it’s with *massive* excitement that we announce eBags Escapes, a new partnership with the Globus family of brands. They are one of the world’s largest tour operators, and the parent brand of the award-winning international river cruise operator, Avalon Waterways. Throughout the year, we’ll curate a series of amazing adventures from the Globus family of brands to share with eBags customers at exclusive discounts only available to our community of travelers!
Without further ado, here’s the 411 on our first escape: The Romantic Rhine River Cruise.
Cruise the Legendary Rhine River in Luxury
Explore one of Europe’s most legendary waterways on this mesmerizing 7-night journey along the Rhine. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Cologne, as well as excursions to the Black Forest and Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz and enjoy a canal cruise through unforgettable Amsterdam.
You’ll cruise in style aboard Avalon’s innovative Suite Ships®, featuring, the Panorama SuiteSM, some of the largest staterooms in river cruising. These staterooms are 30% percent larger than the industry standard and feature a bed that faces a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling window, giving you a bed with a view for the sweetest visions ever. And once you leave your room, you will find that same attention to detail everywhere on board. You’ll also find fewer people. Which means more space everywhere you go. Bigger Views. More space. More comfort. Intrigued? Check out the daily itinerary below—then book via eBags to save up to 10% on this trip!
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN ZÜRICH + TRANSFER TO BASEL
After touching down in Switzerland, home of the Matterhorn and the majestic Alps, you’ll transfer by motorcoach to Basel to meet your crew at an evening welcome reception, where you can “Proscht” to the start of an unforgettable experience!
DAY 2: BREISACH, GERMANY
Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty—as well as the birthplace of Black Forest ham, Black Forest Cake, and you guessed it…cuckoo clocks! You may opt to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings or go to the open-air Vogtsbauernhof Museum.
DAY 3: STRASBOURG, FRANCE
On the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is a charming blend of both countries’ cultures. Your walking tour covers the Gothic Cathedral with its stained-glass windows and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Optional afternoon excursions into the Alsace wine country are available for wine lovers who aspire to become connoisseurs…or for those who want to escape to the countryside for an afternoon tasting.
DAY 4: HEIDELBERG + GERMANY–MAINZ
This morning’s excursion is to Heidelberg, where you tour the ruins of Heidelberg Castle and see the Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel”—which holds 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor on top. In the afternoon you’ll arrive in Mainz, Germany’s largest and most important wine market. Gutenberg, the father of modern printing, was born here; you’ll tour the Gutenberg Museum as well.
DAY 5: RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE–KOBLENZ
This morning, you’ll dock in pretty Rüdesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town and home to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Downstream is the dramatic Rhine Gorge, where ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet from the waterline. You’ll arrive at the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) and join your Local Guide for a walking tour of beautiful 2,000-year-old Koblenz.
DAY 6: COLOGNE
One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included Guided City Walk or Jewish Heritage Walk. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years!
DAY 7: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history 700 years in the making. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s Golden Age. You’ll have free time on your last full day to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion.
DAY 8: AMSTERDAM
Your vacation ends with a lovely breakfast in Amsterdam, after which you are free to continue your adventure or (gasp!) go home until your next bout of #wanderlove hits you!
There are Romantic Rhine departures throughout the year, both northbound (from Zurich) and southbound (from Amsterdam). For a more detailed itinerary and 2017 tour dates, click here. Book now to save up to $2,000 per couple on select 2017 Avalon Waterways River Cruises—plus, an additional 10% savings on select river cruises, just for being an eBags customer!