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9 Day Avalon River Cruise from Nuremberg to Basel 2020

German Grandeur (Westbound) River Cruise (WNZ)

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

River Cruise Description

See the magnificence of Germany with a beautiful waterway voyage through its most enchanting ports along the Main and Rhine Rivers during this 9 Day Avalon river cruise from Nuremberg to Basel 2020. Leave on your Avalon Suite Ship® from Nuremberg, and sail to Bamberg for a guided walking tour of the noteworthy home to imperial dynasties. Your captivating European river cruise continues on to Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.”

From here, sail to Frankfurt, where you can join a guided sightseeing tour of the city, or visit the neighboring town of Seligenstadt. On your way to Rüdesheim, delight in a sail through the pleasant surrounding views of the Wachau Valley. From there, sail on to Strasbourg, France and join a guided city tour of some of Strasbourg’s most incredible sights, such as the dazzling stained glass of its gothic cathedral, the astronomical clock, and the charming La Petite France district.

Your river cruise on the Rhine and Main Rivers will include a stop in Breisach to visit Germany’s enchanting Black Forest region. Choose between a visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, or a full day excursion to the Black Forest’s Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum–and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Your 9 Day Avalon river cruise from Nuremberg to Basel 2020 comes to a close in Basel, Switzerland. However, your memories of this unforgettable experience through many of Europe’s most excellent sights and historic landmarks will live with you for a lifetime.

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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Departure DateShipPriced From
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Jun 9, 2020 FLY FREE AIR from Select US citiesAvalon Imagery II$3,549Call Us!
Jul 23, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Visionary$3,499$3,249Call Us!
Sep 21, 2020Avalon Visionary$3,699Call Us!
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

 

Day 1 Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Flights into Nuremberg must arrive by 3:30 pm.  Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Get to know your fellow shipmates at dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board as you sail.

(Dinner)

Day 2 Bamberg

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills

Modern Munich with Storybook Villages and Fairytale Castles

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.

Later on, enjoy your free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). After dinner you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Würzburg 

A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road
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.

Consider participation in a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg, where you’ll visit the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists.  In the evening you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board while sailing.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Main River Village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River Bavarian village.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Frankfurt Excursion to Seligenstadt

Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt
Classic
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.

Explore Frankfurt at your leisure this afternoon. This evening you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Boppard

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

Relax on your own, or take some time to explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicatessen fare with a cup of German coffee or glass of Riesling wine.  This afternoon, head up to the Sky Deck with a glass of wine or cup of coffee to watch as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.

Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Discovery
Based on your cruise date, you’ll be treated to either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Discovery
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Strasbourg, France

A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine
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.

You’ll have time to explore at your leiseure 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 8 Breisach, Gernamy (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 your tour of Badische Winzerkeller, enjoy some free time exploring in Breisach on your own. Perhaps borrow a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

Your 91 day Avalon river cruise from Nuremberg 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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