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Alumni Travel Program

Our fall 2018 trip – an exciting European River Boat Cruise down the Rhine River with Avalon Waterways!

October 20—29, 2018

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Itinerary

Board your overnight flight on October 20, and tour begins the next day.

 Alumni Trip Map of Rhine River

Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (embarkation) 
Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital. Take your pick of things to do in this delightful 700-year-old city: view the architecture, experience the cafes and restaurants, explore museums, and much more. Board your river boat cruise vessel to meet your crew and get settled! 

Day 2: Amsterdam 
Free time to adventure in the city during the afternoon. Cruise down the canal for the best views of Amsterdam before setting sail for Germany. 

Day 3: Cologne, Germany 
Enjoy a morning of cruising before reaching Cologne, one of Germany’s largest cities, known for its twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included guided city walk or Jewish heritage walk. 

Day 4: Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim
Join a local guide for a walking tour of the 2,000 year old city of Koblenz. Then board the boat and sail down the most beautiful stretch of the river, accompanied by ancient castles and lofty cliffs. Enjoy a special treat in Rudesheim before continuing on your journey. 

Day 5: Mainz - Excursion to Heidelberg 
Strategically located Mainz is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. Participate in a local guided walk of Old Town (Altstadt) and the whimsical Carnival Fountain. Visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum, and after lunch visit the ruins of the Heidelberg Castle. 

Day 6: Strasbourg, France 
Located on the border of France and Germany this city blends the cultures of both countries in a unique way. On your guided sightseeing tour, visit the red-sandstone Gothic Cathedral as well as the magical La Petit France district. An optional excursion into Alsace wine country is also available. 

Day 7: Breisach, Germany – Excursion to the Black Forest 
Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. This area is most well-known for its black forest ham and cuckoo clocks. 

Day 8: Basel, Switzerland 
Your vacation ends with breakfast in the morning. Shuttle service will be provided from Basel to Zurich, Switzerland to catch your flight back to the U.S. 

Ship Information
The ship is the Avalon Affinity. After exploring the various cities along the Rhine, come back and relax in the ship’s two lounges, soak in the whirlpool, or unwind atop the Sky Deck. This elegant, contemporary ship features popular amenities such as complimentary computer use, free wi-fi, a fitness center, hair salon, and elevation. The Avalon Affinity has spacious staterooms and suites available. 

Alumni Trip Rhine River Ship 

Save the Date: Join us October 5-16 for our 2019 trip to Portugal, Spain, and France. Check back for details.

2017 Alumni Trip: Unlocking Bulgaria 
This past fall a small group of Endicott alumni, family, and friends traveled to the eastern European country of Bulgaria! The group traveled to three major cities: Sophia, Plovdiv, and Veliko Tarnovo where they enjoyed local cuisine, visited museums, explored new and historic areas of each city, and so much more. 

 2017 Bulgaria Trip Photo