The Upper Rhine to the City of Music

Cruise WZV

Overview

Four countries, three rivers, and the impressive Main Danube Canal are the basis of this compelling river cruise. 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.
Four countries, three rivers, and the impressive Main Danube Canal are the basis of this compelling river cruise. 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

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 (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Travel to Basel where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship. 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 Heidelberg

  • 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.

Day 4 Frankfurt

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Choice of guided sightseeing of Frankfurt or excursion to Seligenstad. This morning you have the choice between guided sightseeing of Frankfurt, or joining an excursion to Seligenstadt. Frankfurt on the Main is a city of superlatives: it is the largest financial centre in continental Europe, home to the European Central Bank, and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, one of the world's largest. The city is a centre for culture, commerce and education, and hosts the world's largest motor show as well as the world's largest book fair. It has two major botanical gardens, one of which is Germany's largest. Seligenstadt is one of the oldest towns in Germany.The city's most important building is the Einhard Basilika, on which Pope Pius XI bestowed the honorary title of 'minor basilica' in 1925

Day 5 Karlstadt

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Enjoy a leisurely morning of cruising on the gentle Main River and reach historic Karlstadt after lunch. Enjoy guided sightseeing of this interesting town which was once an important player in the wine growing industry.

Day 6 Wurzburg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz Arrive in Würzburg during breakfast. Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Würzburg, also known as the 'Pearl of the Romantic Road', makes an immediate impression with imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your included guided sightseeing tour, visit the magnificent baroque Bishops Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you are free to explore on your own, or maybe join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg.

Day 7 Kitzingen

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Situated on the Main east of Würzburg, Kitzingen is Bavaria's biggest wine producer. Guided sightseeing shows you the city's best-known sights such as the Fallerturm (Crooked Tower) and your Local Guide will recount some of the more delightful myths surrounding the founding of the city.

Day 8 Nuremberg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Choice of guided city sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour Although 90% of Nuremberg's Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once had as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This morning, choose either a guided sightseeing tour and marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialised Nuremberg rally grounds tour, or sightseeing in Roth. During free time, be sure to make a wish at the beautiful fountain on the Hauptmarkt (main square). Legend says your wish will come true if you turn its gold ring three times.

Day 9 Regensburg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting This morning relax and enjoy the sailing. This afternoon arrive in Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of historic interest. Architectural highlights of your guided walk include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city's lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasise their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included snack at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Here, where the locals congregate, you can feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. Tonight, enjoy a tasting of some of Germany's famous beers.

Day 10 Passau

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: guided walk Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk, or maybe join the full-day optional excursion to Salzburg to see some of The Sound of Music sights or Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 11 Dürnstein

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided walk, see the Stiftskirche This morning is dedicated to the beautiful and romantic Wachau Valley, where so much of the excellent Austrian wine is grown and produced. Stop in Dürnstein, whose baroque blue and white Stiftskirche stands right on the river bank and join a Local Expert for a guided walk. Afterwards, there is free time to explore this small town on your own. This evening arrive into Vienna, where you can visit an optional concert.

Day 12 Vienna

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Also known as the 'City of Music', Vienna inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys' Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. These are just a few of the sights your Local Guide will show you during your included tour. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a classic Viennese café.

Day 13 Vienna (Disembarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return journey to the UK.

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Notes

What's included

Cruise only

From £00 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Cruise Only holiday option.

  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise

Cruise with flights & transfers

From £00 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes private home pick-up to your chosen airport, return flights, and overseas transfers to your ship.

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes