2019 : German Grandeur - Westbound (WNZ) - Visionary

11 Day River Cruise from Munich to Basel

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 Wurzburg-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 Rudesheim 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.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Munich: Welcome to Munich!
Day 2 Munich: Choice of guided tour in Munich, or full day excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle and Oberammergau
Day 3 Munich-Nuremberg (Embarkation): Guided tour in Nuremberg; onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Bamberg: Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall
Day 5 Wurzburg: Guided tour, visit to the Bishop's Residenz
Day 6 Main River Village: Guided tour
Day 7 Frankfurt. Excursion to Seligenstadt: Choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt
Day 8 Boppard-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim: Time at leisure in Boppard; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat
Day 9 Strasbourg: Guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 10 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 11 Basel (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • 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

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1

    MUNICH, GERMANY

    Welcome to Munich!The day is yours to relax and explore the city on your own.

    Day 2

    (B)

    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 Biergärten for authentic brews.

    Day 3

    (B)

    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

    Day 4

    (B, L, D)

    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 WÜRZBURG

    Day 5

    (B, L, D)

    WÜRZBURG

    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

    Day 6

    (B, L, D)

    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

    Day 7

    (B, L, D)

    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

    Day 8

    (B, L, D)

    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. RÜDESHEIM-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

    Day 9

    (B, L, D)

    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

    Day 10

    (B, L, D)

    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 Vogtsbauernhof 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

    Day 11

    (B)

    BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

    Your vacation ends this morning with breakfast.

    Departure flights should not leave Zurich airport before 10 am.

    Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Call (603) 995-4019 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14029540

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2018
    Duration
    11 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Visionary

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Munich  
    Day 2Munich  
    Day 3Nuremberg  
    Day 4Bamberg  
    Day 5Wurzburg  
    Day 6Main River Village  
    Day 7Frankfurt  
    Day 8Rudesheim  
    Day 9Strasbourg  
    Day 10Breisach  
    Day 11Basel  
    Dates/Pricing

    Click Quote or call us to get additional information on your chosen travel date. Special offers or competitive pricing may be available!

    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    07/11/2019Quote
    10/03/2019Quote
    Disclaimer

    Gateway city for departures is Zurich, Switzerland.

    Port charges:
    $208

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Munich:
    in single room from $341 to $643, in twin room from $201 to $352

    Extra nights per person in Zurich:
    in single room $215, in twin room $146

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $227
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1313
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1370
    P / Royal Deck / $1485
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2513

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

    Travel Terms & Conditions
    The purchase of any travel services offered by Avalon Waterways, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you (the Traveler) and Avalon Waterways, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility.

    Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Avalon Waterways to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.10 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
  • Additional airline-imposed fees for seat assignments may apply and are not included in your total package cost. Please refer to carrier websites for seat assignment policies and applicable pricing.

    Booking your Vacation with Air
    Our volume buying power saves you money. We may be able to provide you with flight arrangements from your gateway city. Avalon Waterways offers 2 air options: Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Early Airfare Price Guarantee locks in a price that is guaranteed not to increase. Air pricing and schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to last travel date in the itinerary. At that time the best air price will be utilized and a new invoice with the air cost and confirmed schedule will be sent. The identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier's codeshare partner, will be assigned and disclosed at this time. If the guaranteed price is the lowest, the schedule with the lowest fare per contracted classes of service will be booked. Any voluntary change to the confirmed flights negates the guaranteed price and is subject to air pricing at the time of the change.

    Guaranteed air-inclusive prices - air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional non-refundable air deposit of $300 per person is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Avalon in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus a non-refundable per person service fee of $30 (North/Central America), $50 (Europe/Middle East) or $80 (all other international destinations). Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Avalon has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.

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