9 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to Nuremberg 2019


German Grandeur - Cruise Only Eastbound River Cruise (WZN0)

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Avalon Waterways

River Cruise Description

Begin your thrilling 2019 9 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Nuremberg journey on the scenic Rhine River in the center of Basel in the stunning country of Switzerland. You will set sail to your first stop of Breisach where you will have your choice of either a guided tour through the lovely village of Colmar, or an adventure to the iconic Black Forest for a mesmerizing experience resembling that of out of a Brothers Grimm story.

Set sail to the following city of Strasbourg in the lively country of France as you go on with your sailing adventure. You will cruise to Rüdesheim and voyage through the vibrant and spectacular scenic landscapes that surround you through the Rhine Gorge. You will also stop and see the delightful and charming city of Frankfurt as you make your way through your path on the Rhine River, and you will also sail along the Main River to visit and get a look into a Main River Village as you continue on to make your way to your next destination in city of Würzburg.

Join an expert local guide in a tour of the thrilling city of Bamberg prior to arriving to your next destination of Nuremburg where you will disembark from your river cruise vessel and end your vacation. Your unforgettable 2019 9 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Nuremberg on the waters of the stunning Rhine River beginning in the gorgeous country of Switzerland will bring the captivating beauty and unforgettable charm of its colorful villages, cities, and historic places to life. From the country of Switzerland to Bavaria, this vacation through the heart of Germany will remain as a striking 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 that are arriving in to Zürich airports must arrive before 3pm in the afternoon. All river cruise guests must be on board the Avalon Suite Ship by 5pm in the afternoon.

Enjoy dinner during a welcome reception on board the ship provided for all Avalon Waterways river cruise guests. Take a walk around the many decks and spots on your ship during your first evening on board as you set sail overnight to your first destination of Breisach. This is one fabulous start to many more magnificent days ahead on the 9 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Nuremberg.


Day 2 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

CLASSIC Stop and experience the charming and quaint village of Colmar as you join in a Guided Tour of its graceful half-timbered medieval and early renaissance style buildings and architecture, OR:

DISCOVERY Participate in a Tour with the aid of an expert Guide who will tour you through a memorable full-day experience of the captivating 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 see the tradition of appealing Bavarian butter-making during a demonstration.

Following your guided visit to the village of Colmar, follow it with some free time in your afternoon in the town of Breisach. You might like to borrow a bike from your cruise ship to cycle alongside the delightful pastel-painted houses that sit lined above the Rhine, or voyage on foot for a more close-up look.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Strasbourg, France

A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine

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

CLASSIC Participate in a City Tour that will tour you through all of the essential sights of Strasbourg which will include the spectacular gothic, animated stained-glass of the cathedral with its exceptional ancient murals and famous astronomical clock, along with the delightful La Petite France District.

Continue to journey and stroll as you wish along the lavish tree-lined boulevards that flaunt classic ginger-bread style houses that will make you feel like you’re stepping into a classic Brothers Grimm story. This ambiance is a sight to see residing in this European Parliament modern city.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Rüdesheim, Germany-Rhine Gorge

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

ACTIVE Participate in a Hike in the Morning up to the stunning vine-covered hillside as you follow your Avalon Adventure Host, and then travel back down the hill by way of cable car for scenic picturesque views, OR:

DISCOVERY Go for a Tour of the brilliant and captivating Mechanical Music Museum for a truly exceptional instrumental discovery and experience, OR:

ACTIVE Take part in an open-air Cable Car Ride that will journey you to see the amazing Niederwald Monument, then ride the cable car back, or opt to travel back on foot for a scenic stroll through the lush vineyards.

DISCOVERY Varying on your departure date, unwind with a uplifting Coffee Tasting or a delicious Wine Tasting.

During your afternoon, unwind on top of the Sky Deck of your ship for wonderful surrounding scenic views on either side as you cruise through the plush green hills and beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you make your way to your next stop in Boppard.


A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

Take advantage of this free afternoon to relax and unwind, or rather, to stroll through the Rheinallee Promenade for delightful delicatessen fare combined with an energizing cup of authentic German coffee or a refreshing glass of Riesling wine.

Later at night on board your ship, unwind with live entertainment provided for all guests before setting sail to your next stop of Frankfurt.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Frankfurt

Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided Sightseeing Tour through the electrifying town of Frankfurt to see the cultural sights of the city as well as the incredible financial headquarters that pairs with the serene atmosphere of enchanting neighborhoods, OR:

DISCOVERY Participate in a Guided Tour to the town of Seligenstadt—famed to be one of the oldest villages in Germany and the home residence of Einhard Basilka, who was named as “minor basilica” by Pope Pius XI in the 20th century year of 1925.

Take advantage of your free time during the afternoon by continuing to adventure through this delightful town of Frankfurt as you wish. Later in the evening, unwind and delight in live entertainment for cruise guests on board your river cruise ship.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Main River Village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

Start your day with an uplifting Morning Stretch under the lead of your assigned Avalon Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Take part in a Walking Tour led by an expert guide to see a striking and delightful Bavarian village with scenic 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 with the aid of an expert guide to get a look into the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its envied Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and ornate style Bishop’s Residenz—which beams with its largest ceiling fresco known.

You might decide to go for a Guided Optional Excursion that will take you through the stunning Bavarian Town of Rothenburg where you will see some of the local cultural spots and soak in the charming atmosphere and surroundings that will make you feel like you have immersed yourself into a true fairytale—the creative muse of many artists.

Enjoy yourself with live entertainment on board your Avalon Waterways river cruise ship as you make preparation to set sail on to your next stop of Bamberg.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Bamberg

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided Walking Tour through the famous history of the residence to imperial dynasties and see its spectacular Romanesque cathedral as well as its historic Old Town Hall, and green seven hills which boast their magnificent churches.

After the tour, take advantage of your free time to sip on a tall glass of German-style Rachbier for a sample of local smoked beer.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)

Your 9 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Nuremberg comes to a close this morning following one final breakfast. Thank you for joining us for an unforgettable European River Cruise experience.

Departing flights should not be scheduled to depart from the Nuremberg airport prior to 10 am due to ship disembarkation times.


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