German Grandeur: a River Cruise Starting in Basel, Switzerland – September 2024
Join us for a fully escorted river cruise! We love Avalon Waterways and can’t wait to go abroad with them again. This is an 11-day cruise with two nights in Munich from September 21 to October 1, 2024! Your grand scenic cruise through Germany brings the beauty and charm of its cities and villages to life. From Switzerland to Bavaria and beyond, your German vacation will stay a beautiful memory for years to come.
Your picturesque river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. You’ll sail to Breisach, with your choice of a visit to a local winery, or an excursion to the Black Forest. Sail to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way. Sail to Rüdesheim and through the spectacular views of Rhine Gorge. The modern and charming city of Frankfurt is also on your route along the Rhine, 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 to disembark for two nights in Munich. 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.
The rate for a balcony cabin is $8,170 per person or $6,745 per person for a inside lower cabin. Please see below for full pricing options. Downland the full itinerary here.
Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Enjoy dinner (included) and explore the ship on your first night on board as you sail to Breisach. — EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
ACTIVE Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, 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 butter-making demonstration, OR: DISCOVERY Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting, OR: CLASSIC Join A Guided Tourto explore Freiburg’s medieval city center, sheltered by the Black Forest amid vineyards and gardens of the Upper Rhine Valley. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmarin the morning. All meals included. — EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
ACTIVE Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: 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. Choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—the pre- WWII 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. All meals included. —EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR: ACTIVE Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee, OR: DISCOVERY Tourthe incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-akind instrumental experience; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee. This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.
In Boppard, you can enjoy some free time to relax,or explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicatessen fare with a cup of German coffee or glass of Riesling wine. All meals included. — EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT
ACTIVE Enjoy a biking experience in the city of Frankfurt with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tourto Seligenstadt—one of Germany’s oldest towns and home to the Einhard Basilika—dubbed “minor basilica” in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, OR: 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.
Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard. All meals included. — AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. All meals included. — AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
ACTIVE Explore Würzburg's charm by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: 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. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail for Bamberg. All meals included. — AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
ACTIVE Your bike is ready! Hop on and bike along the canals in Bamberg with your Adventure Host, OR: 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. All meals included.
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. Breakfast included.
CLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tourto the garden landscape of the Bavarian Alps to visit Neuschwanstein Castle—the historic home of King Ludwig. Breakfast included.
Your vacation ends this morning with breakfast.
TONS OF INCLUSIONS!
Airfare is included in the below pricing, but insurance is additional.
Some fun standard inclusions include: free breakfast in bed and free happy hour daily!