German Grandeur (Eastbound) 2019

9 day River Cruise Basel to Nuremberg

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Overview

Your picturesque river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. You’ll sail to Breisach, with your choice of a guided tour of charming Colmar, or an excursion to the Black Forest. 

Sail to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way. Sail to Rüdesheim and through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. The modern and charming city of Frankfurt is also on your route along the Rhine, and you’ll sail on the Main River to visit an authentic Main river village on your way to Würzburg. Take a guided tour of Bamberg, before reaching Nuremberg to disembark for two nights in Munich. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle, and visit the mountain village of Oberammergau—known for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play.

Your grand scenic cruise of Germany brings the beauty and charm of its cities and villages to life. From Switzerland to Bavaria and beyond, your German vacation will stay a beautiful memory for years to come!

Your picturesque river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. You’ll sail to Breisach, with your choice of a guided tour of charming Colmar, or an excursion to the Black Forest. 

Sail to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way. Sail to Rüdesheim and through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. The modern and charming city of Frankfurt is also on your route along the Rhine, and you’ll sail on the Main River to visit an authentic Main river village on your way to Würzburg. Take a guided tour of Bamberg, before reaching Nuremberg to disembark for two nights in Munich. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle, and visit the mountain village of Oberammergau—known for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play.

Your grand scenic cruise of Germany brings the beauty and charm of its cities and villages to life. From Switzerland to Bavaria and beyond, your German vacation will stay a beautiful memory for years to come!

Itinerary

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Classic

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Day 1 Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Welcome to Switzerland!

Your Suite Ship is ready for Boarding.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board as you sail to Breisach.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

Day 2 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Visit the charming village of Colmar on a guided tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Join a full-day guided tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration.

Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach.

Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

Day 3 Strasbourg, France

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Active join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early morning walk.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Join a City Tour of Strasbourg’s sights, including gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

Explore on your own along tree-lined streets with gingerbread-style houses reminiscent of Brothers Grimm within the very modern city of the European Parliament.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

Day 4 Rudesheim, Germany - Rhine Gorge

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host to explore the picturesque hills and vineyards of Rüdesheim OR:

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting, OR:

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.

Boppard

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge.

Take a free afternoon to relax, or explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicatessen fare with a cup of German coffee or glass of Riesling wine.

Later, enjoy onboard entertainment before sailing to Frankfurt.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

Day 5 Frankfurt

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Join a guided sightseeing tour of Frankfurt to see the city’s cultural landmarks and gleaming financial headquarters combined with the cozy ambience of quaint neighborhoods, OR:

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Take a guided tour to Seligenstadt—one of Germany’s oldest towns and home to the Einhard Basilika—dubbed “minor basilica” in 1925 by Pope Pius XI.

Spend free time this afternoon exploring Frankfurt on your own.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Day 6 Main River Village

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Join a guided walking tour of a picturesque Bavarian village

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

Day 7 Wurzburg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Take a guided sightseeing tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists.

Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail for Bamberg.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

Day 8 Bamberg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Take a guided walking tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.

After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

Day 9 Nuremberg - Munich (Disembarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Living Heritage and History Lessons.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Classic Join a Guided Tour of Nuremberg with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle.

Tonight, you’ll stay in Munich to enjoy its nightlife, elegant cuisine, and to relax for tomorrow’s adventures.

Day 10 Munich

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Modern Munich with Storybook Villages and Fairytale Castles.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Take a full-day guided tour to the garden landscape of the Bavarian Alps to visit Neuschwanstein Castle—the historic home of King Ludwig. Continue on to Oberammergau—the storybook Bavarian village famous for its once-a-decade Passion Play, OR:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Take a half-day guided tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.

Take some free time today to stroll this pedestrian and bike-friendly city to see the famous Glockenspiel, outdoor cafés, or the Bavarian Biergärten for authentic brews.

Day 11 Munich

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your holiday ends this morning with breakfast

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Notes

•In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.

•Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.