Length: 443 feet
Basel to Amsterdam Pride Rhine River All-Gay Cruise 2023
7 nights cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 29 – August 05, 2023
Avalon Waterways Panorama
A Legendary River. An Extraordinary Voyage. One Unforgettable Pride. One of Europe’s most iconic rivers awaits you on this epic all-gay journey along the Rhine River, which begins in Switzerland and visits France, Germany, and Holland! Best of all, Source has curated this itinerary to deliver you to Amsterdam Gay Pride with its signature Canal Boat Parade. Experience why this is truly one of the most extraordinary Gay Pride celebrations in the world!
This private LGBTQ+ voyage is aboard the Panorama, one of Avalon’s luxurious Suite Ships, featuring its one-of-a-kind open-air balconies. You’ll also have the luxury of cruising your way. From biking and hiking to sightseeing or wine-tasting, it’s your choice.
Back aboard, it’s all included. Enjoy fine dining, free-flowing wine, and spirits. Dance under the stars, enjoy Source signature entertainment, and theme parties. Stay fit with yoga and fitness, enrich yourself with Source talks at sea, or just enjoy the front-row seat as you sail past ancient castles, the Black Forest, and the dramatic Rhine Gorge.
Cruise Highlights & Amenities
• Taste Wines of Majestic Vineyards of the Rhine Valley
• Glide Through Ancient Fairy-Tale Castles Along the Rhine
• Enjoy Breathtaking Views of the Legendary Black Forest
• Revel in the Historic Grandeur of Strasbourg & Koblenz
• Celebrate at Amsterdam’s World-Famous Canal Pride Parade
• Complimentary Spirits, Wine & Beverages All Day, Every Day
• Special Entertainment & Theme Parties Throughout the Cruise
Your Ship - Avalon Panorama
The Avalon Panorama led the way as the first of its kind in the industry to feature two full decks of Panorama Suites complete with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows. You'll cruise in river cruising's only Open-Air Balcony in a 200-square-foot suite that's 30% larger than the industry standard.
Our Comfort Collection beds actually face the view, so you can stretch out and relax with the world at your feet. Retire each evening and wake each morning to a panorama of picture-postcard scenes!
Exciting onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a well-stocked library, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and delightful Sky Bistro. There's no better way to take in the view than cruising in Europe in the spacious comfort of the Avalon Panorama.
You’re with your close friends – old and new – discovering the world’s finest destinations. Nurturing your mind, body, and soul as you explore tiny harbors and hidden coves where no one else can go. Invigorating your senses with 5-Star cuisine and celebrating all life has to offer.
• Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
• Panoramic windows throughout the ship
• Elegant, contemporary design & decor
• 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
• Non-smoking interior and staterooms
• Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
• Specialty coffees, espresso drinks and beWell Essence flavored and infused water available throughout each day
• Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
• Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
• Daily a la carte breakfast with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily specials
• Daily a la carte lunch including regional specialties, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and classic dishes
• Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
• Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck.
Included in this Journey
• Large Panoramic Open-Air Balcony Suites & Deluxe Staterooms
• Avalon Fresh Healthy Cuisine
• Elegant, Contemporary Design & Decor
• Bathrobes, Slippers & Spacious closets
• Premium L’Occitane Bath Products
• Enjoy Complimentary Cocktails, Wine, and Non-alcoholic Drinks throughout
• Active Shore Excursions Included in each Port
• Club Lounge with 24-hr self-service station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
• Complimentary Wi-fi throughout the Ship
• Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
Basel to Amsterdam Pride
Rhine River All-Gay Cruise 2023
| 29 Jul
| 30 Jul
| 31 Jul
| 01 Aug
||Mainz / Heidelberg, Germany
| 02 Aug
||Rudesheim / Rhine Gorge, Germany
| 03 Aug
| 04 Aug
| 05 Aug
Day 1 - Basel, Switzerland
Welcome to Switzerland!. Your Avalon Panorama Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Even with its international flair and reputation as an iconic center for progressive art and design, Basel’s medieval town center invites exploration by foot with an abundance of museums and galleries. While antiquity may be Basel’s strong suit, two of its native sons – architects Herzog & de Meuron renowned design London’s Tate Modern Beijing’s Bird’s Nest – bring a modern flair to the city’s design along with other notable architects including Frank Gehry.
Departure: 7:00 pm
Day 2 - Breisach, Germany
Rising above vineyards and the Rhine, Breisach is where the Black Forest spills into Alsace. Though much of the city was destroyed in World War II, you’d never be able to guess. Along winding cobblestone streets, you’ll find pretty pastel-hued houses, shops, cafés, and a medieval prison tower. Sip the local schnapps made from fermented pears, cherries, or plums, or feast on the distinctive, smoky-flavored ham of the region. Your Discovery excursion included is a visit to a local winery to enjoy a wine tasting.
Day 3 - Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg is the perfect overture to all that is idiosyncratic about Alsace – walking a fine tightrope between France and Germany and between a medieval past and a progressive future. Petite France is a must-see in Strasbourg! You’ll be enchanted by its quaint, narrow streets, quays, and half-timbered houses.
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 “Discover Strasbourg by bike”.
Day 4 - Mainz / Heidelberg, Germany
Surrounded by forest, Germany’s oldest and most famous university town, Heidelberg, is renowned for its baroque Altstadt, beautiful riverside setting and evocative half-ruined hilltop castle, which draw 11.9 million visitors a year. They follow in the footsteps of the late 18th- and early 19th-century romantics, most notably the poet Goethe and Britain’s William Turner, who was inspired by Heidelberg to paint some of his greatest landscapes. In 1878, Mark Twain began his European travels with a three-month stay in Heidelberg, recounting his observations in A Tramp Abroad (1880). Heidelberg’s rich literary history, along with its thriving contemporary scene, saw it named a Unesco City of Literature in 2014.
Day 5 - Rudesheim / Rhine Gorge, Germany
Between Rüdesheim and Koblenz, the Rhine cuts deeply through the Rhenish slate mountains, meandering between hillside castles and steep fields of wine-producing grapes. This is Germany’s landscape at its most dramatic – forested hillsides alternate with craggy cliffs and near-vertical terraced vineyards. Idyllic villages appear around each bend, their half-timbered houses and Gothic church steeples seemingly plucked from the world of fairy tales.
Medieval castles perch high above the river. Most were built by a mafia of local robber barons – knights, princes, and even bishops – who extorted tolls from merchant ships by blocking their passage with iron chains.
Day 6 - Cologne, Germany
Cologne (Köln) offers a mother lode of attractions, led by its famous cathedral whose filigree twin spires dominate the skyline. The city’s museum landscape is especially strong when it comes to art but also has something in store for fans of chocolate, sports, and even Roman history.
Cologne is like a living textbook on history and architecture: drifting about the town you’ll stumble upon an ancient Roman wall, medieval churches galore, nondescript postwar buildings, avant-garde structures, and a new postmodern quarter right on the Rhine.
Day 7 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam’s Golden Age canals lined by tilting gabled buildings are the backdrop for its treasure-packed museums, vintage-filled shops, and hyper-creative drinking, dining, and design scenes. Amsterdam’s canal-woven core is laced by atmospheric narrow lanes. You never know what you’ll find. a tiny hidden garden; a boutique selling witty, stylized Dutch-designed homewares and fashion; a flower stall filled with tulips in a rainbow of hues.
Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” You may 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.
We’ve timed this voyage to arrive during Amsterdam Pride Weekend, so there will be plenty of festivities to choose from. Overnight Docking in Amsterdam.
Day 8 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Disembark the Avalon Panorama for your 2-night extension and Enjoy the Amsterdam Grand Pride Parade along the canals.
Pre-Cruise Stay - Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel
The Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel is located in the vibrant Zurich West quarter, 10 minutes from downtown Zurich and only 15 minutes from Zurich Airport. The Renaissance hotel offers the perfect accommodation with complimentary Essential Internet to all of our guests.
Our spacious hotel rooms and suites are comfortably equipped and offer panoramic views. Our host hotel rate will include breakfast, taxes, transfers to the ship, and a city tour in Basel prior to embarkation.
$450 per person based on Double Occupancy – Classic Rooms
Rates include Breakfast, taxes, Wifi, Transfers to the Ship, and a city tour in Basel
One Night Stay: July 28 – 29, 2023
Additional nights available upon request.
Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2-night extension for Amsterdam Pride weekend
August 5-7, 2023.