16 Day Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Munich 2018

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Romantic Rhine with Bavarian Highlights River Cruise (XZE1)

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River Cruise Description

Your amazing 16 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Munich 2018 vacation gets underway with a tranquil and relaxing cruise along the world-renowned Rhine River. It will take you across historic Germany and touches in beautiful Holland, romantic France, and enchanting Switzerland. Then you’ll enjoy a wonderful comprehensive land tour of every fantastic thing Germany has to offer! You’ll start your luxurious European river cruise in the dynamic, modern capital city of Amsterdam, Holland. Here, you’ll discover world-famous museums and have a diverse choice of outstanding restaurants amongst the bustling squares and charming tranquil canals. You’ll continue on to ancient Cologne, Germany, a vibrant 2,000-year-old city, which offers you an outstanding visit with such must-see sights as the elegant world-famous twin-spired cathedral and many charming shops, bustling cafés, and festive taverns. You’ll cruise through the sensational Rhine Gorge – considered the most beautiful stretch of the fabulous Rhine River where majestic ancient castles stand like sentries dotting the towering cliffs some 400 feet high above the water. And not far away, in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, you’ll have opportunity to tour the ultimate Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see and hear the impressive collection of historical self-playing instruments. Then, an exciting excursion takes you to historic Heidelberg to visit the ancient ruins of its stunning red-walled castle towering splendidly high over the city. In fascinating Strasbourg, France, you’ll marvel at the elegant red-sandstone gothic cathedral with amazing ancient murals and impressive astronomical clock. Also, you’ll be able to take a relaxing stroll through the alluring La Petite France district with its charming shops, bustling bistros, and tranquil waterfront promenade. Before your river cruise portion of your European vacation ends, you’ll visit in beautiful Breisach, Germany, which is world-renowned as the fantastic gateway to Germany’s world-famous Black Forest – a region of unparalleled natural beauty and known as the home to famous Black Forest ham, delicious cherry cake, and the iconic cuckoo clock. You’ll ride in style to historic Munich by first-class train to start your land tour of beautiful Germany! That’s where you’ll discover world-famous Oktoberfest, delicious pretzels, a stunning Alpine backdrop, excellent beer, and enchanting castles that you’d swear belonged in a storybook. This is beautiful Bavaria at its best, and on this fabulous Germany tour, you’ll experience Bavaria’s outstanding highlights. In historic Munich, you’ll enjoy a visit to Marienplatz, with its Old and New Town Halls; and in charming Regensburg, you’ll visit the fascinating Thurn & Taxis Palace, and you’ll enjoy a tranquil cruise on the popular Swarovski crystal boat, and make certain you don’t miss your chance to taste a “medieval hot dog.” In historic Nuremberg, you’ll marvel at the dramatic medieval ramparts as you stroll through the bustling pedestrian area of the captivating Old Town. In scenic Bamberg, you’ll enjoy tasting “smoked beer,” a type of beer with a distinctive smoky flavor. Not far from famous Oberammergau, you’ll enjoy a tour of magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle, considered the fairytale castle of King Ludwig II tucked away in the beautiful Bavarian Alps, and world-famous as the initial inspiration for Walt Disney. With the historic aspect of the must-see sights, fascinating towns and villages, unique included experiences, and picturesque scenic beauty as a backdrop you won’t want this adventure to end! Enjoy some beautiful parts of Europe by both land and water during this romantic 16 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Munich 2018 vacation of a lifetime

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River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

Welcome to beautiful Amsterdam, considered Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital. This magnificent 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, popular cafés, and bustling restaurants creates a ultimate atmosphere. The narrow streets, busy squares, tranquil canals, and network of bike paths throughout the city make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with more than 60 impressive museums, Amsterdam boasts the highest museum density in the world. Perhaps you will choose to join an exciting optional excursion to quaint Zaanse Schans with its traditional houses and fascinating Dutch craft workshops. This afternoon, you’ll board your luxurious Avalon river cruise ship and meet your friendly captain and crew at a casual evening welcome reception. Get ready to enjoy many exciting cities throughout Europe on this 16 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Munich.

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Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. (Dinner)

Day 2 Amsterdam

Experienced travelers will tell you, there is no better way to see Amsterdam than by the classic CANAL BOAT, cruising peacefully through the stunningly elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” This afternoon, you’ll enjoy some wonderful free time in this fabulous city so you can explore more in depth on your own. Later, you’ll bid tot ziens (farewell) to beautiful Holland as you set sail for fascinating Germany. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Cologne, Germany

This morning, you’ll enjoy some peaceful cruising before arriving at charming Cologne during the afternoon. Cologne, considered one of Germany’s biggest cities and capital of the Rhineland, stretches out on both sides of the picturesque Rhine. It is known for its towering, elegant twin-steepled gothic cathedral. You’ll have the choice between an exciting included GUIDED CITY WALK, or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. The bustling Old Town is full of cafés, shops, and taverns. Don’t miss the opportunity to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for more than a hundred years! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim

Two thousand-year-old Koblenz is located at the junction of the beautiful Rhine and Moselle Rivers. It’s considered the rich cultural and business center of the picturesque Middle Rhine region. Here, you’ll have opportunity to join a friendly Local Guide for a fascinating WALKING TOUR of this amazing city that will disclose its eventful past history through its majestic castles, imposing fortress walls, impressive towers, squares, and stately monuments. You’ll marvel as you cruise through the sensational RHINE GORGE, considered the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand as if on sentry duty on the towering cliffs rising some 400 feet above the waters. You’ll cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unsuspecting sailors to their doom. In charming Rüdesheim, the untimate Rhine Valley wine town, you’ll tour famous SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to see and hear a huge collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. You’ll enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT before returning to your luxurious Avalon cruise ship for a fabulous dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg

Charming Mainz, strategically located at the junction of the picturesque Rhine and Main Rivers, claims “civilized” origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this bustling city has become Germany’s biggest and some say, the most vital wine market. You’ll join your friendly Local Guide for an exciting expertly GUIDED WALK through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its numerous busy shops and the enchanting Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the wonderful jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. You’ll learn about Gutenberg, known as the father of modern printing. He was born here – and you’ll visit the controversial GUTENBERG MUSEUM. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a friendly and knowledgeable LOCAL GUIDE, you’ll enjoy a visit to imposing ruins of historic HEIDELBERG CASTLE, which towers splendidly over the city and is considered among the most important Renaissance structures north of the stunning Alps. You’ll also see the world-famous GREAT VAT, said to be the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At almost 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds more than 58,000 gallons of popular wine and, of all things, has a dance floor built on top of it! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Strasbourg, France

Day 6 Strasbourg, France

Located along the border of France and Germany, beautiful Strasbourg blends the extremely rich cultures of both nations in a wonderful way. As the capital of the picturesque Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, Strasbourg is without a doubt a vibrant city that still manages to keep its historic charm. On your exciting GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, you’ll visit the sensational red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its fascinating ancient murals, beautiful stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock. In addition to that, you’ll experience the enchanting LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to fabulous half-timber houses, charming shops, alluring bistros, and a dynamic waterfront promenade. You’ll also spend some quality time exploring popular Place Kléber, a large historic square located in the very heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a stately statue honoring the inventor of the printing press. You’ll have opportunity to join an optional excursion into beautiful Alsace wine country, which is available today. After a great dinner, you’ll enjoy a fabulous onboard WOODCARVING demonstration. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, beautiful Breisach is considered the gateway to Germany’s amazing BLACK FOREST region, an area of unparalleled natural beauty with its dense forests of thick pine trees. The Black Forest got its name because the forests are so dense that locals always described them as black. Surely the most well known products associated with this region are popular Black Forest ham, delicious Black Forest cherry cake, and iconic cuckoo clocks. You may decide to join an optional visit to a local woodcarver’s workshop where you see the fascinating clocks he produces along with other carvings, or you might choose a visit to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Basel, Switzerland–Zürich–Munich, Germany

This morning, after a wonderful breakfast, you’ll disembark your fabulous Avalon cruise ship and transfer to Zürich for travel by a first-class train to magnificent Munich. You’ll arrive in the afternoon, just in time to join the Globus part of your wonderful vacation. You’ll enjoy a casual welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

Day 9 Munich–Regensburg

After a wonderful breakfast this morning, you’ll join an expertly guided sightseeing tour of bustling Munich including impressive Marienplatz. In charming Regensburg, you’ll enjoy a fascinating guided walking tour and a tranquil cruise on the Swarovski crystal boat. You’ll even get to taste what they call a “medieval hot dog.” (Breakfast)

Day 10 Regensburg–Nuremberg

In quaint Regensburg, you’ll enjoy visiting the stunning Thurn & Taxis Palace. You’ll continue to historic Nuremberg for an introduction to the charming Old Town. (Breakfast)

Day 11 Nuremberg. Excursion to Bayreuth & Bamberg

You’ll stop in beautiful Bayreuth for an orientation. Later in quaint Bamberg, you’ll sample some “smoked beer” and you’ll have a chance to join your friendly Local Guide for a wonderful walking tour. (Breakfast)

Day 12 Nuremberg–Rothenburg–Stuttgart–Black Forest

After a wonderful breakfast, you’ll spend some time in the imposing walled town of Rothenburg and later that day you’ll visit the world-famous Mercedes-Benz Museum in charming Stuttgart. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13 Black Forest–Lake Constance–Oberammergau Area

Today, you’ll stop at beautiful sparkling Lake Constance and later arrive in the village of the world-famous Passion Play – Oberammergau. (Breakfast)

Day 14 Oberammergau Area. Excursion to Neuschwanstein

You’ll marvel during your visit at King Ludwig’s spectacular Neuschwanstein Castle and the amazing Museum of the Bavarian Kings. You’ll enjoy the experience of a horse-drawn carriage ride. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 15 Oberammergau Area–Munich

You’ll return to magnificent Munich today and enjoy a wonderful Farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 16 Munich

While your fabulous 16-day Avalon river cruise vacation ends with a wonderful breakfast this morning, you’ll surely take numerous remarkable memories and hopefully many fantastic photographs with you when you return to your home. (Breakfast)

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