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. 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.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Strasbourg
    • Discover the highlights of this historic city on a guided tour, such as Place Kléber, the Gothic cathedral, La Petite France and Place Gutenberg, led by a local guide.
  • Würzburg
    • Tranquil cruise along the Main to Würzburg, then a guided sightseeing tour of the town, which includes the Bishops Residenz. Free time and an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg.
  • Nuremberg
    • Join a guided tour that includes the 1000-year-old city's medieval fortifications, Gothic churches, and the Imperial Castle; or join a more specialised Nuremberg Rally grounds tour; or a sightseeing excursion in nearby Roth.
  • Vienna
    • Included tour of the City of Music, led by a local guide, and free time to explore at your own speed.



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.

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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:


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.


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.


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.


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