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11 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to Munich 2019


German Grandeur - Eastbound River Cruise (WZN)

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River Cruise Description

Begin your thrilling 2019 11 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to Munich adventure on the picturesque Rhine River in the heart of Basel in the beautiful country of Switzerland. You will cruise to your first destination of Breisach where you will have your pick of either a guided tour through the beautiful village of Colmar, or an exploration to the famous Black Forest for an enchanting experience straight out of a Brothers Grimm story.

Cruise to the next city of Strasbourg in the vibrant country of France as you continue your voyage. You will set sail to Rüdesheim and travel through the colorful breathtaking scenic landscape surroundings of the Rhine Gorge. You will also stop and tour the charming and modern city of Frankfurt as you make your way through your route on the Rhine River, and you will also cruise along the Main River to stop and get a look at a Main River Village as you make your way to the city of Würzburg.

Partake in a tour of the city of Bamberg accompanied by an expert guide before you come to your next destination of Nuremburg where you will depart from your Avalon Waterways river cruise ship for a two-night stay in the thrilling German city of Munich where you will have the chance to immerse yourself in German culture as you experience the local nightlife, restaurants, cafés, and popular local spots. In Munich, you will also relish the opportunity to enjoy a tour with an informative guide of the iconic King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle, and pay a visit to the mountain village of Oberammergau—famous for its production of the Passion Play once every 10 years.

Your unforgettable scenic cruise through Germany will bring the stunning charm and colorful landscapes of its villages and cities to life and immerse you in a fairy-tale like culture. From the breathtaking beauty of the green hillsides of Switzerland to the exciting culture of Bavaria and beyond, your 11 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to Munich will remain as a vibrant memory in your life for many years to come.

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River Cruise Itinerary


Day 1 Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)

Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

All flights incoming to Zürich airports must arrive prior to 3pm in the afternoon. All cruise guests must be on board the Avalon cruise ship by 5pm in the afternoon.

Delight in a welcome reception on board the ship for all river cruise guests. Stroll around the different decks and spots on your ship during your first night on board as you cruise overnight to your first stop of Breisach.



Day 2 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

CLASSIC Stop and see the charm of the quaint village of Colmar as you take part in a Guided Tour of its elegant half-timbered medieval and early renaissance style architecture and buildings, OR:

DISCOVERY Take part in a Tour with an expert Guide who will take you through an unforgettable full-day experience of the enchanting Black Forest where you will stop and see the Open-air-museum of Vogtsbauernhof, along with an authentic old German water mill straight out of a fairytale, and experience the tradition of delicious Bavarian butter-making in a demonstration.

After your guided visit to the village of Colmar, follow with a bit of free time in your afternoon in Breisach. Perhaps borrow a bicycle from the ship to ride alongside the charming pastel-painted houses that sit lined about the Rhine, or travel on foot for a more close-up view.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Strasbourg, France

A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine

ACTIVE Come along with your designated Avalon Adventure Host for a refreshing Morning Walk early in the day.

CLASSIC Take part in a City Tour that will show you all of the important sights of Strasbourg which will include the stunning gothic, vibrant stained-glass of the cathedral with its unique ancient murals and iconic astronomical clock, along with the charming La Petite France District.

Continue to adventure and wander as you wish along the lush tree-lined avenues that boast classic ginger-bread style houses that will make you feel like you’re walking in a classic Brothers Grimm story. This atmosphere is a sight to see sitting in this European Parliament modern city.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Rudesheim, Germany-Rhine Gorge

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

ACTIVE Go for a Hike in the Morning up to the gorgeous vine-covered hillside under the lead of your Avalon Adventure Host, and then ride back down the hill by way of cable car for picturesque landscape views, OR:

DISCOVERY Take a Tour of the genius and intriguing Mechanical Music Museum for a truly unique instrumental experience and discovery, OR:

ACTIVE Join an open-air Cable Car Ride that will take you to visit the astounding Niederwald Monument, then take the cable car back, or choose to travel back on foot for a scenic walk through the vineyards.

DISCOVERY Depending on your departure date, relax with a refreshing Coffee Tasting or a delightful Wine Tasting.

During the afternoon, relax on top of the Sky Deck of your ship for breathtaking surrounding landscape views as you sail through the lush green beauty and hills of the Rhine Gorge on your way to your next destination of Boppard.


A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

Use this afternoon free to unwind and rest, or opt to wander through the Rheinallee Promenade for delicious delicatessen fare paired with a revitalizing cup of authentic German coffee or a sparking glass of Riesling wine.

Later during your evening on board your ship, relax with live entertainment prior to setting sail to your next destination of Frankfurt to continue the 11 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to Munich.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Frankfurt

Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided Sightseeing Tour through the thrilling town of Frankfurt to experience the cultural landmarks of the city as well as the beaming financial headquarters that combines with the tranquil atmosphere of charming neighborhoods, OR:

DISCOVERY Partake in a Guided Tour to the town of Seligenstadt—known to be one of the oldest towns in Germany and the home town of Einhard Basilka, who was dubbed as “minor basilica” by Pope Pius XI in the year 1925.

Utilize your free time during your afternoon by further adventuring through this charming town of Frankfurt as you please. Later in the evening, relax and enjoy live entertainment provided for cruise guests on board your river cruise vessel.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Main River Village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

Begin your day with a refreshing Morning Stretch led by your designated Avalon Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Go for a Walking Tour with an expert guide to tour a stunning and charming Bavarian village with picturesque views.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Würzburg

A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon

CLASSIC Go for a Sightseeing tour led by an expert guide to see the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its boasted Old Main Bridge, soaring fortress, and baroque style Bishop’s Residenz—which gleams with its ceiling fresco that is that largest known.

You might opt to go for a Guided Optional Excursion that will tour your through the breathtaking Bavarian Town of Rothenburg where you will experience some of the local cultural sights and take in the enchanting surroundings and atmosphere that will make you feel like you have stepped into a true fairytale—the inspiration of many artists.

Delight with live entertainment on board your river cruise vessel as you prepare to cruise towards your next destination of Bamberg.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Bamberg

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills

CLASSIC Go for a Guided Walking Tour through the iconic history of the home to imperial dynasties and experience its stunning Romanesque cathedral along with its historic Old Town Hall, and rolling seven hills adorned with magnificent churches.

Following the tour, use your free time to enjoy a tall glass of German-style Rachbier for a taste of smoked beer.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Nuremberg-Munich (Disembarkation)

Living Heritage and History Lessons

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided Tour of the beautiful city of Nuremberg which boasts its medieval architecture and buildings, gorgeous gilded fountain, stunning gothic cathedral, and towering Kaiserburg Castle.

In the Evening, you will remain in Munich to experience its local energetic nightlife, delicious cuisine, and unwind in preparation for the adventures that await you tomorrow.


Day 10 Munich

Modern Munich with Storybook Villages and Fairytale Castles

CLASSIC Go for a full-day Tour with an expert guide to experience the beautiful views of the garden landscapes that cover the Bavarian Alps as you travel to visit the breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle—the iconic and historic home of the great King Ludwig. Go on to Oberammergau which is known for being a storybook Bavarian village which is a source of envy for is Passion Play that takes place every 10 years, OR:

CLASSIC Go for a Guided Tour that will cover the span of half a day to see the cultural highlights and landmark spots of the exciting town of Munich. Visit the former residence of the monarchs of Germany—Nympphenburg Palace—as well as the new and old Town Halls of Marienplatz.

Use your free time during the day to take a walk through this pedestrian and bicycle riding accommodating town to get a look at the iconic Glockenspiel, charming outdoor cafés and eateries, or taste some refreshing authentic local brews in a Bavarian Biergärten.


Day 11 Munich

Your 11 day river cruise vacation from Basel to Munich comes to a close this morning following one final breakfast. Thank you for joining us for an unforgettable European River Cruise experience.


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