The Upper Rhine to the City of Music

Four countries, three rivers, and the impressive Main Danube Canal are the basis of this compelling river cruise. Start in Zürich, Switzerland, then travel to Basel to embark. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Karlstad, Würzburg, Kitzingen, Nuremberg, Regensburg and Passau. Visit Heidelberg and its imposing castle, cruise through the verdant Wachau Valley. Guided orientations of the smaller towns show off their famous sights, and time in Regensburg includes the chance to sample some of Germany's world-famous beers. Your journey concludes in Vienna with guided sightseeing and time at leisure

Itinerary

Day 1

Zürich - Basel

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fly to Zürich where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship in Basel for 12 nights. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Day 2

Strasbourg

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region, is influenced by the culture of both countries. It is also the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. A local guide will show you the highlights, such as the Gothic Cathedral, the lovely Petite France District, Place Kléber and Place Gutenberg, with its statue of the inventor of the printing press. Strasbourg is also home to the Kronenbourg Brewery. An optional excursion into the Alsace region is available.

Day 3

Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: excursion to Heidelberg. This morning an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany which was founded in 1386. With a Local Guide, visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg castle, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. See the Great Vat, the 'World's Largest Wine Barrel'. At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! Enjoy the afternoon relaxing on board as you head for the River Main.

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Reviews

"Every aspect of the cruise was excellent. The ship (artistry 2) was in absolutely..."

05/06/2017 - Trusted Customer

"Exceeded our expectations, spacious rooms, super clean linen, elegant toiletries, delicious food and courteous service,…"

24/08/2016 - Trusted Customer

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24/08/2016 - Trusted Customer

We always choose Avalon, if you have a cruise where we want to go.

This was a beautiful cruise, sailing through glorious scenery, visiting interesting and beautiful places. The cruise director, Caroline, was excellent, making the holiday fun to be on. The crew were super, always there when needed.I wrote a suggestion re storage in the room on my end of cruise questionnaire. Happy to explain, if you contact me.

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23/08/2016 - Trusted Customer

Reply awaited to complaint letter.

Could have had better flight arrangements. Too many early start excursions.

"My service feedback with Avalon Cruises"

23/08/2016 - Trusted Customer

Very efficient with the arrangements.

Enjoyed the cruise greatly

"Our 'chauffeur' didn't know he needed to go to 2 addresses on the pick-up or…"

11/07/2016 - Trusted Customer

Our 'chauffeur' didn't know he needed to go to 2 addresses on the pick-up or the drop-off days. Otherwise the Avalon service was 5 star.

60 locks on the Main Canal were too much-too many concrete walls to see. However, the crew, onboard comforts & catering & the city tours & guiding were superb.

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