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11 Day Avalon River Cruise from Munich to Basel 2019

German Grandeur - Westbound River Cruise (WNZ)

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River Cruise Description

Begin your thrilling 2019 11 day Avalon river cruise from Munich to Basel vacation on the picturesque Rhine River in the heart of Munich in the lovely country of Switzerland. Experience the splendor of Germany with an unforgettable picturesque and scenic river cruise journey through its most storybook-like destinations along the waters of the Main and Rhine Rivers.

Your delightful European scenic river cruise will start off with a two night overnight stay in beautiful Munich. You’ll delight in the chance to join in a guided tour of the incredible King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle, and experience the charming mountain village of Oberammergau—recognized for its production of the Passion Play every ten years. You might instead opt to join in a guided tour of the captivating highlights and must-see sights of Munich. Following, you’ll then board on your Avalon Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, and cruise to Bamberg where you will join in a guided walking tour of the historic home to famous imperial dynasties.

Your charming and enthralling 2019 11 day Avalon river cruise from Munich to Basel will continue on to Würzburg— known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” From this point, cruise on to Frankfurt, where you will have the opportunity to take part in a guided sightseeing tour of the city with an expert guide who will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about this beautiful town or stop and experience the delights of the nearby town of Seligenstadt. As you make your way to your next destination of Rüdesheim, enjoy the scenic thrills as you charge the waters through the striking Wachau Valley. Following, cruise to your next stop of Strasbourg and take part in a guided city tour of Strasbourg’s most famous sights and historic landmarks, such as the magnificent stained-glass of its empowering gothic cathedral, the classic astronomical clock, and charming La Petite France district.

Your picturesque river cruise through Europe will include a port in Breisach to experience Germany’s beautiful Black Forest region—the inspiration for the incredible stories of the Brothers Grimm. Have your pick of either a guided tour of elegant Colmar, or take part in a day trip to the Black Forest’s astounding Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum, and much, much, more. Your European river cruise exploration journey on the glittering blue waters of the Rhine and Main Rivers comes to a final stop in the incredible country of Basel, Switzerland. But your memories of this remarkable adventure through many of Europe’s most stunning and historic destinations and cities will last for many seasons to come.

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River Cruise Itinerary

 

Day 1 Munich, Germany

Welcome to Munich!

Take advantage of free time during this day to wander through and discover this city on your own leisurely time. You will have 3 days here as you kick off your 11 day Avalon river cruise from Munich to Basel adventure.

Day 2 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.

(Breakfast)

Day 3 Munich-Nuremberg (Embarkation)

Living Heritage and History Lessons

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided Tour of Nuremberg with an expert guide who will take you to experience the sight of its glorious medieval architecture, beaming gilded fountain, magnificent gothic cathedral, and towering Kaiserburg Castle.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

(Breakfast)

Day 4 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.

Later in your evening, delight in live entertainment on board.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Main River Village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

As you will see, these Avalon Waterways river cruise adventure through Europe will allow you to choose how you’d like to spend your time in each destination.

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

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 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.

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 Rüdesheim.

RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

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

DISCOVERY Depending on your departure date, relax with a refreshing Coffee Tasting or a delightful Wine Tasting.
Later during your evening on board your ship, relax with live entertainment prior to setting sail to your next destination of Strasbourg.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Strasbourg, France

A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Breisach, Germany (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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

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

Departure flights should not depart from Zürich airport prior to 10 am.

(Breakfast)

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