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About Heidelberg

"The town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of streets jeweled with twinkling lights. Behind the castle swells a dome-shaped hill, forest-clad, and beyond that a nobler and loftier one. The Castle looks down upon the compact brown-roofed town; and from the town two picturesque old bridges span the river. I have never enjoyed a view which had such a satisfying charm about it as this one gives." --Mark Twain


With a population of 150,000, Heidelberg remains a small, charming city in a beautiful setting nearly 150 years after Mark Twain penned a glowing review in his 1879 travelogue "A Tramp Abroad." And Heidelberg's most charming aspects are, just as they were in Twain's day, focused on the quaint Altstadt (Old Town) and its surroundings. Below the ramparts of Heidelberg Castle nearly 300 feet above, the Old Town and its narrow, cobbled Hauptstrasse (main street) are nestled in snug, picturesque fashion between the Neckar River and the castle hill.


Heidelberg has truly ancient roots. Evidence of human habitation dates back thousands of years -- 500,000-year-old fossilized remains of a likely human ancestor were found nearby and named after Heidelberg -- and the city is also rich with a more tangible history, in its mishmash of ancient, medieval and modern architecture. And this is, perhaps, what makes Heidelberg such a pleasing place to visit. Amid its beautiful natural surroundings, the city's cultural landscape creates a kind of continuous historical narrative that visitors can follow back through the centuries. From the "Old Bridge" -- originally built of wood in the 13th century and most recently rebuilt after much of it was destroyed in the final days of World War II -- to the 2,500-year-old Celtic ruins of the Heiligenberg, you can hardly turn a corner without being confronted by some enduring edifice and its fascinating stories.


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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Heidelberg

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    12 Night Cruise to Heidelberg Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Bernkastel-Kues
    • Day 6
      Luxembourg
    • Day 7
      Trier
    • Day 8
      Cochem
    • Day 9
      Boppard
    • Day 9
      Rhine Gorge
    • Day 10
      Heidelberg
    • Day 11
      Strasbourg
    • Day 12
      Breisach
    • Day 13
      Basel
    Ship Details

    Avalon Artistry II - Avalon Waterways

    Features 52 200-square-foot panoramic suites

    Choice of excursions - Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options

    Wine with dinner, bottled water and Wi-Fi included in fare

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    Avalon Artistry II Reviews

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    Azpattio
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Excellent value and exceptional service from staff to tour director Tony!!!
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    drcarol
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    The Rhine and Moselle Northbound WZRA 90611
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Heidelberg

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
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    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    12 Night Cruise to Heidelberg Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Bernkastel-Kues
    • Day 6
      Luxembourg
    • Day 7
      Trier
    • Day 8
      Cochem
    • Day 9
      Boppard
    • Day 9
      Rhine Gorge
    • Day 10
      Heidelberg
    • Day 11
      Strasbourg
    • Day 12
      Breisach
    • Day 13
      Basel
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    Avalon Visionary - Avalon Waterways

    Pros

    Panoramic sliding-glass doors that create "open-air balconies" and beds facing the river

    Cons

    All plugs are European only

    Bottom Line

    An intimate and comfortable ship, small enough to sail places others can't

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    Avalon Visionary Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Avalon Visionary, is one of Avalon Waterways' "Suite Ships." It is the sister ship to Imagery I...

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    longandfosterjames
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Avalon is excellent
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Best cruise ever!
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Heidelberg

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
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    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    9 Night Cruise to Heidelberg Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Boppard
    • Day 5
      Heidelberg
    • Day 6
      Wurzburg
    • Day 7
      Wurzburg
    • Day 8
      Kitzingen
    • Day 9
      Bamberg
    • Day 10
      Nuremberg
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    Avalon Imagery II - Avalon Waterways

    Sightseeing excursions led by local guides

    Beds in most rooms face the windows, not the wall

    Fare includes wine with dinner, tours and Wi-Fi

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    Avalon Imagery II Reviews

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    VT2019cruiser
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    A relaxing, stress-free way to enjoy the German Christmas Markets
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    nanaevie
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Best cruise we have ever been on.
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  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Heidelberg

    Leaving:
    Frankfurt
    Visiting:
    Heidelberg, Strasbourg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    4 Night Cruise to Heidelberg Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Frankfurt
    • Day 2
      Heidelberg
    • Day 3
      Strasbourg
    • Day 4
      Breisach
    • Day 5
      Basel
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    Avalon Imagery II - Avalon Waterways

    Sightseeing excursions led by local guides

    Beds in most rooms face the windows, not the wall

    Fare includes wine with dinner, tours and Wi-Fi

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    Avalon Imagery II Reviews

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    0.0/5

    Avalon Imagery II is one of two "suite ships" to join Avalon Waterways' fleet in Europe in 2016...

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    Slce123
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Trip of a Lifetime
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    hcross888
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Central European Experience: Beautiful scenery and excellent service
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  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Heidelberg

    Leaving:
    Frankfurt
    Visiting:
    Heidelberg, Strasbourg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    4 Night Cruise to Heidelberg Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Frankfurt
    • Day 2
      Heidelberg
    • Day 3
      Strasbourg
    • Day 4
      Breisach
    • Day 5
      Basel
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    Avalon Tranquility II - Avalon Waterways

    Spacious 200 square foot standard cabins

    High levels of comfort and personal service

    Panoramic windows are largest in industry

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    Poppa Pete
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Be Careful who you choose!! Great expectations DASHED!!
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    The soups, oh the soups...
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Heidelberg

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    16 Night Cruise to Heidelberg Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Boppard
    • Day 5
      Heidelberg
    • Day 6
      Wurzburg
    • Day 7
      Wurzburg
    • Day 8
      Kitzingen
    • Day 9
      Bamberg
    • Day 10
      Nuremberg
    • Day 11
      Nuremberg
    • Day 12
      Regensburg
    • Day 13
      Passau
    • Day 14
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 15
      Vienna
    • Day 16
      Budapest
    • Day 17
      Budapest
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    Avalon Imagery II - Avalon Waterways

    Sightseeing excursions led by local guides

    Beds in most rooms face the windows, not the wall

    Fare includes wine with dinner, tours and Wi-Fi

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    Avalon Imagery II Reviews

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    0.0/5

    Avalon Imagery II is one of two "suite ships" to join Avalon Waterways' fleet in Europe in 2016...

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    sperkins3
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Castles along the route.
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    mabing
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Very Relaxing
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Heidelberg

    Leaving:
    Cologne
    Visiting:
    Koblenz, Mainz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Riviera Travel
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    7 Night Cruise to Heidelberg Route (Riviera Travel)
    • Day 1
      Cologne
    • Day 2
      Koblenz
    • Day 3
      Mainz
    • Day 4
      Heidelberg
    • Day 5
      Strasbourg
    • Day 6
      Rudesheim
    • Day 7
      Cologne
    • Day 8
      Cologne
    Ship Details

    Oscar Wilde - Riviera Travel

    Pros

    High-standard of cuisine, stylish cabins and smart public spaces

    Cons

    Lack of onboard enrichment and entertainment

    Bottom Line

    An elegant vessel with a refined ambiance, targeting the British market

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    Oscar Wilde Reviews

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    0.0/5

    Riviera Travel welcomed the 169-passenger Oscar Wilde -- identical to Emily Bronte and Thomas H...

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    pollyshill
    Sail Date Jun 2018
    Crew were wonderful.
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    mmpb
    Sail Date Sep 2017
    Wonderful experience
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Heidelberg

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    9 Night Cruise to Heidelberg Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Boppard
    • Day 5
      Heidelberg
    • Day 6
      Wurzburg
    • Day 7
      Wurzburg
    • Day 8
      Kitzingen
    • Day 9
      Bamberg
    • Day 10
      Nuremberg
    Ship Details

    Avalon Artistry II - Avalon Waterways

    Features 52 200-square-foot panoramic suites

    Choice of excursions - Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options

    Wine with dinner, bottled water and Wi-Fi included in fare

    Reviews

    Avalon Artistry II Reviews

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    Overall
    0.0/5

    The 128-passenger Avalon Artistry II will join the Avalon Waterways fleet of river cruise ships...

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    Scott Robertson
    Sail Date Sep 2018
    Rhine and Mosel River - Our first cruise ever was GREAT!
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    Sail Date Aug 2018
    Outstanding Cruise in Every Way
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Heidelberg

    Leaving:
    Basel
    Visiting:
    Colmar, Kehl ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    9 Night Cruise to Heidelberg Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Basel
    • Day 2
      Colmar
    • Day 3
      Kehl
    • Day 4
      Baden-Baden
    • Day 5
      Heidelberg
    • Day 6
      Koblenz
    • Day 7
      Rudesheim
    • Day 8
      Frankfurt
    • Day 8
      Mainz
    • Day 9
      Berlin
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    Ship Details

    Emerald Dawn - Emerald Waterways

    Contemporary ship with a friendly vibe

    Swimming pool that converts into a movie theater

    Value for money fares

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    Emerald Dawn Reviews

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    0.0/5

    The 182-passenger Emerald Dawn is one of Emerald Waterways signature "Star Ships." Emerald...

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    SoCal Retiree
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Great First Cruise Experience
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    Cjwhelpton
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Danube delightful
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Heidelberg

    Leaving:
    Cologne
    Visiting:
    Koblenz, Mainz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Riviera Travel
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    7 Night Cruise to Heidelberg Route (Riviera Travel)
    • Day 1
      Cologne
    • Day 2
      Koblenz
    • Day 3
      Mainz
    • Day 4
      Heidelberg
    • Day 5
      Strasbourg
    • Day 6
      Rudesheim
    • Day 7
      Cologne
    • Day 8
      Cologne
    Ship Details

    Emily Bronte - Riviera Travel

    Pros

    Stylish ship, kettles in all cabins, Wi-Fi included

    Cons

    Limited facilities onboard, drinks and gratuities not included

    Bottom Line

    Pared back luxury on an elegant vessel with some inclusions

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    Emily Bronte Reviews

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    Emily Bronte is one of three brand-new identical ships to join Riviera Travel's fleet -- along ...

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    Thirsk1
    Sail Date Sep 2018
    Riviera cruise nightmare - our first and last river cruise
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    Sail Date Jul 2018
    Beautiful cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Heidelberg

    Leaving:
    Cologne
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