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Avalon Expression

 

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Ship's Registry: Germany

Passenger Capacity: 166

Crew Members: 47

Year Built: 2013

Length: 443 feet

Passenger Decks: 4

 

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Amsterdam to Zurich
Rhine River All-Lesbian Cruise Tour 2019

April 16 – 23, 2019
Avalon Waterways Avalon Expression

Amsterdam Rhine River Lesbian Cruise 2019 Cruise the Rhine River with the women of Olivia, starting in the extremely LGBTQ-friendly city of Amsterdam and ending in delightful Basel, Switzerland. Experience fields of vividly-colored tulips in bloom and stroll along the canals learning about Amsterdam’s amazing history. Included tours in most ports ensure you see the best of the best as you immerse yourself in the rich local cultures. One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland!

 

Avalon Rhine river lesbian cruise

 

This magnificent river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. There is much to do with the renowned museums and abundance of restaurants amongst the elegant squares and charming canals. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture—will be an exciting stop with its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. While you’re there, why not try a locally-brewed Kölsch beer? Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. And nearby, in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see the impressive collection of historical self-playing instruments.

Continue your Rhine river cruise to Mainz for a guided walk and visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. An excursion takes you to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle towering magnificently over the city. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade.

Before the end of your European river cruise vacation, stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivaled natural beauty—best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

 

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Your Ship - Avalon Expression

Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Expression came onto the river cruising scene with a bang. This gorgeous ship features two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery.

 

Avalon Expression Club lounge

 

Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, an expanded fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck.

 

Avalon Expression Panorama Lounge

 

Some of the features and amenities you'll enjoy onboard:
• Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
• Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
• Fitness Center
• Non-smoking interior and staterooms
• Elevator
• Elegant, contemporary design
• Outside viewing deck
• Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
• English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
• Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
• Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
• Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
• Sky Deck whirlpool
• Complimentary computer use in public areas
• Hair salon
• Complimentary Wi-Fi access

 

Avalon Expression bar

 

• Biking excursions available in Amsterdam
• Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
• Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
• Behind-the-scenes galley tour
• Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
• Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
• Local Favorites onboard experiences to bring the customs, cultures and tastes of your destinations to life, including local entertainers, artisans & experts
• English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
• Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
• Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
• Sky Deck game area
• Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
• Well-stocked library
• Fresh fruit available throughout the day
• Full-size closet mirror

 

Avalon Expression dining room

 

Dining:
• Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options at every meal
• Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
• Captain's reception with sparkling wine & canapés
• Welcome dinner
• Five-course farewell dinner
• Spacious, open-seating dining room
• Daily early-riser breakfast
• Daily late-riser breakfast
• Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
• Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
• Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
• Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations

 

Avalon Expression beverage station

 

• Sky Bistro lunch option on the Sky Deck
• Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
• Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
• Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
• Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
• Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
• Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
• Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
• Upscale bar serving premium spirits
• Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
• Healthy meal options
• Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
• Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
• Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
• Coffee or tea after dinner

 

Avalon Expression Panorama Suite view

 

Deluxe Staterooms & Suites Amenities:
• Comfort Collection Beds
• Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
• Soft & firm pillows
• Choice of bed configuration
• Bedside tables with reading lamps
• L'Occitane bath products
• Easy under-bed luggage storage
• Alarm clock
• Direct-dial telephone
• Well-stocked minibar
• In-room safe
• Elegant, contemporary design
• Marble countertops in bathroom
• Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony
• Full shower with glass door
• Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
• Coffee table

 

Avalon Expression Royal Suite

 

• Luxurious mattress toppers
• European-style duvets
• Extra blankets
• Nightly turn-down service
• Hairdryer
• Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
• Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
• Make-up mirror
• Bathrobes & slippers
• Complimentary bottled water
• Individual climate control
• Large mirror in bathroom
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• 6-person sitting area
• Writing desk and chair
• Sofa

 

Zurich Switzerland lesbian cruise

Amsterdam to Zurich Rhine River Cruise/Tour 2019 Itinerary

  Date

Port

Meals

  16 April Amsterdam, Holland D
  17 April Amsterdam, Holland

B, L, D

  18 April Cologne, Germany B, L, D
  19 April Koblenz / Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim, Germany B, L, D
  20 April Mainz / Heidelberg, Germany B, L, D
  21 April Strasbourg, France B, L, D
  22 April Breisach, Germany B, L, D
  23 April Basel, Switzerland B
 

 

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Rhine lesbian cruise from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Welcome to Amsterdam! The capital of The Netherlands is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. The works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh. At approximately 4 pm, board your river cruise vessel and meet your Olivia staff and ship’s crew at a welcome reception with dinner.
Note: Guests must be on board by 5 pm.

 

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Amsterdam, Holland
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

There is no better way to see the city than by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten-lined canals with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time in the afternoon to explore on your own, or enjoy an option tour. Afterward, your river cruise vessel sets sail for Cologne.
Included canal boat tour

 

Rhine lesbian cruise - Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Today enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching gay-friendly Cologne in the afternoon. Cologne is one of Germany’s largest cities, with a river skyline dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent gothic cathedral. In 2010, it was the site of the Gay Games. The Germano-Roman Museum located next to the cathedral is a must for history buffs! Try a Kölsch in one of the many beer taverns or shop for a bottle of “4711,” the original eau de cologne.
Choose between and included Guided City Walk or Jewish Heritage Walk.

 

Rhine lesbian cruise - Rüdesheim, Germany

Koblenz / Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim, Germany
Friday, April 19, 2019

Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. The dramatic Rhine Gorge is the most beautiful stretch of river. Pass the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where sweet songs of local beauties lured enchanted sailors to their doom. Here, join a local guide for a walking tour of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walks, towers, squares, and monuments. In Rüdesheim, quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Museum is a real surprise! Enjoy the special “Rudensheim coffee” or wine tasting, then explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs.
Included museum and walking tour.

 

Rhine lesbian cruise - Heidelberg, Germany

Mainz / Heidelberg, Germany
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with “civilized” origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. Join your Local Guide for a guided walk through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here—and you’ll visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a Local Guide, visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! Ask us about the most delicious hot chocolate at the Illes Café!
Included excursion to Heidelberg.

 

Rhine lesbian cruise - Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your guided sightseeing tour, visit the monumental red-sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timber houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion into Alsace wine country is available today. After dinner, enjoy an onboard woodcarving demonstration.
Included canal cruise and walking tour of Le Petit France district.

 

Rhine lesbian cruise - Breisach, Germany

Breisach, Germany (Excursion to Black Forest)
Monday, April 22, 2019

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 with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests were so dense that local residents described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake and cuckoo clocks.
You may opt for an included visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago.

 

Rhine lesbian cruise - Basel, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Departure flights should not leave Zürich Airport before 11 am. Transfer to Zürich airport included, or continue with us on our 2- or 3-night post trip to Zurich!

 

Rhine river lesbian cruise - Strasbourg

 

What's Included?

• Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on one of the finest river boat cruises in Amsterdam

• All meals while on board

• Champagne at breakfast daily

• Beer, wine, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

• Coffee, tea, and juices during all meals

• Olivia entertainment and programming

• Bottled water replenished in cabin daily

• Included sightseeing tours in each port

• Gratuities

• Group transfer from the ship in Basel to the Zurich airport on April 23, 2019

• Olivia Staff assistance throughout

 

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Avalon Expression Deck Plans

Occupancy: 166 • Crew: 47 • Length: 443 feet • Built: 2013 • Registry: Germany

Amsterdam to Zurich Rhine River Lesbian Cruise 2019 Rates

Category Description
Reg. Rate US $
Early Bird
Availability

R - Royal Suite

Avalon Expression Royal Suite

Royal Deck. Located on the Royal deck — features floor to ceiling windows, Comfort collection bed (can convert to 2 twins), soft, firm pillows, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, telephone, mini-bar, bathroom with marble counter and two sinks, robes, slippers, writing desk and chair, sofa, and full-length closets. (300 sq. ft.)

$ 7,279

$ 5,599

P - Panorama Suite

Avalon Expression Panorama Suite

Royal Deck. Located on the Royal deck — features floor to ceiling windows, Comfort collection bed (can convert to 2 twins), soft & firm pillows, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, telephone, mini-bar, bathroom with marble counter, robes, slippers, writing desk and chair, sofa, and full-length closets. (200 sq. ft.)

$ 5,979

$ 4,599

A - Panorama Suite

Avalon Expression Panorama Suite

Sapphire Deck. Located on the Sapphire deck — features floor to ceiling windows, Comfort collection bed (can convert to 2 twins), soft & firm pillows, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, telephone, mini-bar, bathroom with marble counter, robes, slippers, writing desk and chair, sofa, and full-length closets. (200 sq. ft.)

$ 5,719

$ 4,399

B - Panorama Suite

Avalon Expression Panorama Suite

Sapphire Deck. Located on the Sapphire deck aft — features floor to ceiling windows, Comfort collection bed (can convert to 2 twins), soft & firm pillows, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, telephone, mini-bar, bathroom with marble counter, robes, slippers, writing desk and chair, sofa, and full-length closets. (200 sq. ft.)

$ 5,589

$ 4,299

D - Deluxe Stateroom

Avalon Expression Deluxe Stateroom

Indigo Deck. Located on the Indigo deck — features small windows above the water-line, Comfort collection bed (can convert to 2 twins, soft & firm pillows, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, telephone, mini-bar, full shower with glass doors, robes, slippers, writing desk and chair, and full-length closets. (172 sq. ft.)

$ 4,549

$ 3,499


E - Deluxe Stateroom

Avalon Expression Deluxe Stateroom

Indigo Deck. Located on the Indigo deck — features small windows above the water-line, Comfort collection bed (can convert to 2 twins, soft & firm pillows, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, telephone, mini-bar, full shower with glass doors, robes, slippers, writing desk and chair, and full-length closets. (172 sq. ft.)

$ 4,419

$ 3,399

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Pre/Post Cruise Packages

We will be offering vacation stretchers in Amsterdam and Zurich.

 

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Rates: Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Pricing does not include airfare, insurance, fuel surcharge or NDA of $499 per person (subject to change).

Early bird prices valid until October 18, 2018.

Availability updated weekly and is provided for informational purposes only. The accuracy is not guaranteed. Olivia & HappyGay Travel will not be held responsible for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies. It is advised for guests to check information provided on this site with an HappyGay Travel Travel Consultant.

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