Avalon – Tour Details 2018-11-14T21:48:21+00:00

German Grandeur – Westbound 2019

11 days from Munich to Basel

Starting at $3,559

Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

1-800-528-9300

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
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.

ITINERARY

Day 1 MUNICH, GERMANY
Welcome to Munich! The day is yours to relax and explore the city on your own

Day 2 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 cafés, or the Bavarian Biergärten for authentic brews
Breakfast

Day 3 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
Breakfast

Day 4 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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 5 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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 6 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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 7 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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 8 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 Rüdesheim. 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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 9 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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 10 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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 11 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends this morning with breakfast. Departure flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am.

Accommodations

MunichZurich
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
Deluxe

Hotel as shown or similar

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.
Disclaimer: Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and in USD. All promotions are valid for new bookings only, capacity controlled and valid on select dates and departures. Individual Terms and Conditions will apply to all promotions. Any promotion can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Please speak with your Pavlus Travel Planner for complete vendor terms and conditions, including eligible tour and cruise dates.