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9 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to Nuremberg 2020

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German Grandeur (Eastbound) River Cruise (WZN)

Starting from $3,249
Ship(s): Avalon Visionary

River Cruise Description

Your picture-perfect European river cruise starts on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. You’ll sail on to Breisach—where you’ll have the option to visit Badischer Winzerkeller, or take a journey to the Black Forest. Sail to the city of Strasbourg, France, and from there, you’ll travel on to the wine town of Rüdesheim. On the way, you’ll enjoy the amazing panoramic views that will surround you through the Rhine Gorge. There is one thing for certain. You will have much to do and see along this 9 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Nuremberg 2020.

The modern city of Frankfurt with all its charm will also be on your journey along the Rhine River, and you’ll cruise along the Main River to visit a quaint Main River village on your way to Würzburg. Take a guided tour of Bamberg, before arriving in historic Nuremberg where your journey comes to a close.

Your unforgettable river cruise through Germany will bring its charm and colorful landscapes to life and immerse you in a fairy tale-like setting. From the breathtaking beauty of the green hillsides of Switzerland to the bustling streets of Bavaria and beyond, your 9 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Nuremberg 2020 will remain as a vibrant memory for many years to come.

River Cruise Promos

FLY FREE AIR from Select US cities

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.
 Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFX

FREE AIR + $500 Off per couple

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.

Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and the $250pp land promo. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFYFY
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Jun 25, 2020 FLY FREE AIR from Select US citiesAvalon Visionary$3,777Call Us!
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Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
Discovery
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests — from cooking classes, to painting workshops — to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Active
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

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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.

(Dinner)

Day 2 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
Discovery
Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:
Discovery
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.

After exploring Badische Winzerkeller, you enjoy some free time on your own in Breisach. Consider borrowing a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Strasbourg, France

A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine
Active
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Walk.
Classic
Join a City Tour of Strasbourg’s sights, including its gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

Opt to participate in a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. Or, why not stroll on your own along tree-lined streets with gingerbread-style houses reminiscent of Brothers Grimm within the very modern city of the European Parliament.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Rudesheim, Germany-Rhine Gorge

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Discovery
Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Active
Take a Morning Hike up the vine-clad hillside with your Avalon Adventure Host, then ride the cable car down for breathtaking views, OR:
Discovery
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
Active
Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards.

You can head up to the Sky Deck this afternoon with a glass of wine or cup of coffee and relax as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.

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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Frankfurt

Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt
Active
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.

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
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Würzburg

A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon
Classic
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

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
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.

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 (Disembarkation)

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

(Breakfast)

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