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German Grandeur

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Your picturesque European river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. You’ll sail to Breisach—with your choice of a visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, or an excursion to the Black Forest. Sail to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way, and on to the wine village of Rüdesheim through the spectacular views of Rhine Gorge. The modern and charming city of Frankfurt is also on your route along the Rhine River, and you’ll sail on the Main River to visit an authentic Main river village on your way to Würzburg. Take a guided tour of Bamberg, before reaching Nuremberg where your cruise ends. Your grand scenic cruise of Germany brings the beauty and charm of its cities and villages to life. From Switzerland to Bavaria, your German cruise will stay a beautiful memory for years to come!
Ehrenfels Castle on Rhine River near RudesheimRomantic evening light over BaselExplore the unique architecture of BambergAdmire the colorful buildings of historic FrankfurtPlace Kleber in Strasbourg
Highlights
  • Join a full-day guided Tour to the magical Black Forest
  • Have a tour to the incredible Mechanical Music Museum
  • Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe.
  • Take a guided walking tour of the imperial dynasties of Bamberg
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Basel | Embark

Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zürich must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board as you sail to Breisach.

Day 2: Breisach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

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 butter-making demonstration.

OR:

Discovery: Visit Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting.

You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

Day 3: Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine

Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early scenic walk.

Classic: Join a City Tour of Strasbourg’s sights, including its gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

Day 4: Rüdesheim | Rhine Gorge | Boppard

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

Active:  Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim.

OR:

Discovery: Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:
Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat. 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.

Day 5: Frankfurt

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 ambiance 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.

Day 6: Main River Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 7: Würzburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road

Classic:  Take a guided sightseeing tour of Würzburg 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 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.

Day 8: Bamberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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).

Day 9: Nuremberg | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise ends this morning with breakfast. Flights shouldn’t leave Nuremberg airport before 10 am.

Ship/Hotel

Avalon Tranquility II

Avalon Tranquility II
Avalon Tranquility II Panorama Bistro
Avalon Tranquility II Dining Room

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Avalon Tranquility II Deluxe Stateroom
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Cat. E
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
Avalon Tranquility II Deluxe Stateroom
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Cat. D
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
Avalon Tranquility II Panorama Suite
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Cat. B
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
Avalon Tranquility II Panorama Suite
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Cat. A
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
Avalon Tranquility II Panorama Suite
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Cat. P
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets
Avalon Tranquility II Royal Suite
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Royal Suite
Royal Suite: 300 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress toppers, European-style duvets.
Included
  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, maps, canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Wifi
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
  • Panoramic windows
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or on board your vessel
  • Port Fees
  • Porterage
  • Passport or Visa fees

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