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 THE 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 neighbourhoods, 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 (DISEMBARKATION)-MUNICH.
Living Heritage and History Lessons.
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of Nuremberg with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle. Tonight, you'll stay in Munich to enjoy its nightlife, elegant cuisine, and to relax for tomorrow's adventures. (B)
Day 10: 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 11: MUNICH.
Your holiday ends this morning with breakfast. (B)