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Does anyone know what hotels Avalon uses for it's post nights in Lucerne?  Also, when you sign on for post nights does that usually include tours and meals or are you on your own for these kind of things?  Have not river cruised before, so I am not sure how the post nights work.

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Lucerne is easy to get to on your own (by train) and easy to navigate on your own. We did Lucerne pre-cruise on our own and had no problems. It lists the hotels they use on their website, if you look at the particular cruise you're interested in. It looks like tours are extra.

 

Robin

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If you are doing the included post night with Avalon, they should transfer you there.  My S-i-L and her husband took the extension with Avalon, I believe there was a basic tour (it should be listed in the write up for the trip), and free time to do their own thing.  

 

We are doing both the pre & post for the Danube - Budapest & Prague.  They include rooms, breakfasts, transfers, and tours of each city.  Other than that, we can book extra tours or be on our own.

 

On our Rhine (Amsterdam to Basel), we did our own pre-cruise in Amsterdam, but had to find our own way to the boat.  Not bad, an easy taxi ride booked by the hotel we stayed at.

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If you haven't already signed on for the post trip, I agree with Robin.  Lucerne is easy to do on your own.  You can take the train from Basel.  We stayed at the Renaissance Lucerne Hotel.  It is about 3 blocks from the train station.  You can walk anywhere you want to go in Lucerne.  We did take an excursion to Mount Pilatus that involved a boat trip across the lake, then a cog train to the top of Mt Pilatus.  You can walk to the boat dock also. Lucerne is beautiful, so I wouldn't miss it.  You can take a train back to Zurich if your flight is leaving from there.  The train station is in the bottom floor of the airport terminal.

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We pretty much did was @texasstar did---taxi from ship to Basel SBB station, 1 hr train to Lucerne.  We stayed at Hotel des Alpes, probably a 5 minute walk across the river from the station.  Stayed there 2 nights, walked all over the place, and took the train to Zurich airport--1 hour train ride again.  In Basel we sent bags ahead to Zurich airport station, so we wouldn't have to lug unnecessary luggage around.  Also, Zurich flughaven station is in the lower level of the air terminal.

 

If you are in Lucerne on a Saturday morning, along both sides of the river they have the most incredible farmer's market we've ever seen.   Fruits, veggies, flowers, meats, cheeses, breads and pastries!

 

Great place for a casual meal is the Rathaus Brewerie (sp?).  Either indoor or outdoor dining.  The fresh unpasteurized beer was out of this world.  Lots of meals with sausages, rosti, wife had spaetzle which she loved.  Kind of like German comfort food?

 

OH--and we did it for less than half of what Viking wanted for a 3 day/2 night extension.

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6 hours ago, cleobella said:

Great info, sounds like DIY is the way to go in Lucerne and definitely sounds like Lucerne is going to be beautiful. Is it easy to manage lage siutcases on the train ?

That was why the suggestion to send your luggage from Basel to Zurich directly. You carry only what you need for the few days in Lucerne with you on the train.

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2 hours ago, gnome12 said:

That was why the suggestion to send your luggage from Basel to Zurich directly. You carry only what you need for the few days in Lucerne with you on the train.

A wise suggestion.  We took the "milk run" train back from Basel to Amsterdam after our cruise.  We travelled with 2 (European sized) carry on bags, and 2 back packs, so had no trouble.  We saw 4 girls get on who had large suitcases, and they left them at the front of the train where you board.  No problem while we were moving, but they did hold everyone up when we had to get off, as it took several minutes for them to maneuver them off. Some people were not to pleased as they had trains sitting in the station that they were trying to catch.

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Sending bags ahead on Swiss rail was incredibly easy.  In Basel you go downstairs to the baggage counter and fill out the paperwork and pay.  When we got to Zurich Flughaven station, below the air terminal, even faster retrieving those bags we had no need for in Lucerne.  Went to Lucerne for 3 days/2 nights with a single carry on suitcase.  Sent a large bag and another carry on ahead to the airport.  You can look up the costs on the SBB website---it was reasonable, given the incredible convenience it afforded us.

 

Our last on the river, we organized our bags so that we only carried to Lucerne what we needed.

 

On the train, there is either a rack overhead, or there is a space between seat backs where a small suitcase may be slipped in.

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On 1/13/2021 at 10:50 PM, sharkster77 said:

We pretty much did was @texasstar did---taxi from ship to Basel SBB station, 1 hr train to Lucerne.  We stayed at Hotel des Alpes, probably a 5 minute walk across the river from the station.  Stayed there 2 nights, walked all over the place, and took the train to Zurich airport--1 hour train ride again.  In Basel we sent bags ahead to Zurich airport station, so we wouldn't have to lug unnecessary luggage around.  Also, Zurich flughaven station is in the lower level of the air terminal.

 

If you are in Lucerne on a Saturday morning, along both sides of the river they have the most incredible farmer's market we've ever seen.   Fruits, veggies, flowers, meats, cheeses, breads and pastries!

 

Great place for a casual meal is the Rathaus Brewerie (sp?).  Either indoor or outdoor dining.  The fresh unpasteurized beer was out of this world.  Lots of meals with sausages, rosti, wife had spaetzle which she loved.  Kind of like German comfort food?

 

OH--and we did it for less than half of what Viking wanted for a 3 day/2 night extension.

Wow, lots of great info here.  We went for 2 nights on our own before a cruise, so agree it's much cheaper, and easy to get to.

 

Sending luggage ahead?  Never thought of that.  Just a note, when you do get on the train, your now smaller luggage should fit between the seats, when the train have the back to back seating arrangements.  My shoulders are getting a bit old for the upper rack.

 

Also good news on farmers market if we are ever there on a Saturday, thanks.  Markets are always a good stop.

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