Day 1: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zurich must arrive by 3pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5pm. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board as you sail to Breisach. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH (D)
Day 2: BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST.
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest.
CLASSIC - Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:
DISCOVERY - Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf 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 (B,L,D)
Day 3: STRASBOURG, FRANCE.
A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine.
ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Walk.
CLASSIC - 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.
DISCOVERY - Have a local beer and be surprised by the Strasbourg thriving beer culture.
DISCOVERY - Enjoy an onboard beer lecture hosted by your Beer Expert.
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 RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Day 4: RUDESHEIM, GERMANY-RHINE GORGE.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country.
ACTIVE - Take a Morning Hike up the vine-clad hillside with your Avalon Adventure Host, then ride the cable car down for breathtaking views, OR:
DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
ACTIVE - Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards.
DISCOVERY - 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 (B,L,D)
Day 5: FRANKFURT.
Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt.
DISCOVERY - Enjoy an onboard beer tasting hosted by your Beer Expert while sailing to Frankfurt this morning.
CLASSIC - 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 - 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 (B,L,D)
Day 6: MAIN RIVER VILLAGE.
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village.
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.
DISCOVERY - Onboard food and beer pairing dinner hosted by your Beer Expert.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
Day 7: WURZBURG.
A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon.
CLASSIC - 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.
DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a beer in a local brewery.
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 (B,L,D)
Day 8: BAMBERG.
One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills.
CLASSIC - 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.
DISCOVERY - Visit a malt factory with a beer sommelier that will explain about beer, malt and brewing, OR:
DISCOVERY - Visit a local family run hop garden and taste a local beer.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 9: NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH.
Modern Munich with Storybook Villages.
CLASSIC - Take a full-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.
Enjoy some free time today to stroll this pedestrian and bike-friendly city to see the famous Glockenspiel, outdoor cafes, or the Bavarian Biergarten for authentic brews. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,D)
Day 10: ROTH. NUREMBERG EXCURSION.
Living Heritage and History Lessons.
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions.
CLASSIC - Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich.
DISCOVERY - Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal-linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Day 11: REGENSBURG.
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle.
CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-built in 179AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.
DISCOVERY - Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 12: PASSAU.
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet.
CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers," OR:
Join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.
LINZ, AUSTRIA: The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music.
Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz's many nature trails for a bird's-eye view of the city and river below. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Day 13: MELK-WACHAU VALLEY.
Striking Frescs and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley.
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescd ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:
ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk's beautiful countryside.
Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.
VIENNA: Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube.
This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 14: VIENNA.
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections.
CLASSIC - Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna's gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex-the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria's Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 15: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe.
CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Hers' Square.
Take free time to enjoy Budapest's famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city's cafes, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 16: BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)