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GERMAN GRANDEUR - CATEGORY E - 2019

See the grandeur of Germany with a scenic river cruise through its most picturesque destinations along the Main and Rhine Rivers.

Your European scenic river cruise begins with 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. You may decide instead to take a guided tour of the fascinating highlights of Munich. You’ll then embark on your Avalon Suite Ship in Nuremberg, and sail to Bamberg for a guided walking tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties.

Your enchanting river cruise continues to Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” From here sail to Frankfurt, where you can join a guided sightseeing tour of the city, or visit the nearby town of Seligenstadt. On your way to Rüdesheim enjoy a sailing through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Then cruise to Strasbourg and join a guided city tour of Strasbourg’s sights, such as the stunning stained-glass of its gothic cathedral, the astronomical clock, and La Petite France district.

Your scenic cruise through Europe includes a stop in Breisach to visit Germany’s beautiful Black Forest region. Choose a guided tour of charming Colmar, or join a day trip to the Black Forest’s Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum, and more. Your river cruise on the Rhine and Main Rivers comes to an end in Basel, Switzerland, but your memories of this tremendous adventure through many of Europe’s most beautiful destinations will last a lifetime.

Inclusions

10 breakfasts
10 lunches
10 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
11
Price From
AUD $5,435
Start Location
Munich, Germany
End Location
Basel, Germany
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Cycling/Trekking, Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
11 Jul 201921 Jul 2019OpenAUD $5,435
03 Oct 201913 Oct 2019On RequestAUD $5,435
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: MUNICH, GERMANY.
Welcome to Munich! The day is yours to relax and explore the city on your own.
Day 2: MUNICH.
Modern Munich with Storybook Villages and Fairytale Castles. CLASSIC - 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 - 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 cafes, or the Bavarian Biergarten for authentic brews. (B)
Day 3: MUNICH-NUREMBERG (EMBARKATION).
Living Heritage and History Lessons. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of Nuremberg with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,D)
Day 4: 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. After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
Day 5: 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. 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 while sailing tonight. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)
Day 6: MAIN RIVER VILLAGE.
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River Bavarian village. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT (B,L,D)
Day 7: FRANKFURT.
Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt. 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD (B,L,D)
Day 8: BOPPARD.
A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge. Take some free time to relax, or explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicatessen fare with a cup of German coffee or glass of Riesling wine. This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rudesheim. RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience. DISCOVERY - Based on your cruise date, you'll be treated to either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D)
Day 9: STRASBOURG, FRANCE.
A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine. CLASSIC - Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city's 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,L,D)
Day 10: BREISACH, GERMANY (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 BASEL (B,L,D)
Day 11: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends this morning with breakfast. Departure flights should not leave Zurich airport before 10am. (B)