German Grandeur – Westbound 2019
11 days from Munich to Basel
Starting at $3,559Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
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.
Destination & Sightseeing
|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 Würzburg:||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–Rüdesheim:||time at leisure in Boppard; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; 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|
- 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.
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Bayerstrasse 12 Muenchen Germany
This city's former Royal Post Office has been reimagined as an ultra modern 396-room hotel with impressive architectural elegance offering free Wi-Fi throughout. A diversely rich breakfast buffet is served daily in the hotel's speciality breakfast restaurant, light French cuisine can be found in the Parisian style Brasserie with open kitchen and the swanky lounge Bar has an outside terrace and library where drinks and snacks can be enjoyed. Spa facilities include an indoor swimming pool, steam bath, sauna, and state-of-the-art gym.
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Turbinenstrasse 20 Zurich Switzerland
This 300 room luxury hotel is housed in a modern tower building located in the vibrant Zurich West quarter. The exclusive Grill restaurant serves urban cuisine and the lounge bar offers drinks, snacks and cocktails. Other amenities include a fitness area on the 15th floor with city views, sauna and steam bath.