German Grandeur (Westbound)

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River Cruise
See the grandeur of Germany on a European river cruise through its most picturesque destinations along the Main and Rhine Rivers. Embark on your Avalon Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, and sail to Bamberg for a guided walking tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties. Your enchanting river cruise continues to Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” From her...
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Overview

Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Onboard welcome reception
    • Choice of guided tour, see the Old Town Hall or bike with your Adventure Host
    • Choice of guided tour, visit to the Bishop’s Residenz or bike with your Adventure Host
    • Guided tour
    • Choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt or bike with your Adventure Host
    • Scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim or hike with your Adventure Host
    • Guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral
    • Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Freiburg or bike with your Adventure Host
    • See the grandeur of Germany on a European river cruise through its most picturesque destinations along the Main and Rhine Rivers
    • Embark on your Avalon Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, and sail to Bamberg for a guided walking tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties

What's this trip about?

    See the grandeur of Germany on a European river cruise through its most picturesque destinations along the Main and Rhine Rivers. Embark on your Avalon Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, and sail to Bamberg for a guided walking tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties. Your enchanting river cruise continues to Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” From here sail to Frankfurt, where you may join a guided sightseeing tour of the city, or visit the nearby town of Seligenstadt. On your way to Rüdesheim, you’ll sail through the picturesque views of the Rhine Gorge. Then cruise to Strasbourg and join a guided city tour of the sights, such as the stunning stained glass of its Gothic-style cathedral, the astronomical clock, and La Petite France district. Your scenic cruise through Europe includes a stop in Breisach to visit Germany’s beautiful Black Forest region. Choose a visit to a local winery in Breisach, or a day trip to the Black Forest’s Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum. You’ll find much more to explore your way on this grand river cruise on the Rhine and Main Rivers. Conclude your cruise in Basel, Switzerland, with memories of this adventure through many of Europe’s most beautiful destinations to last a lifetime.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityNUREMBERG, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
End CityBASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • France
  • Czechia

Attractions

  • Bamberg
  • Basel
  • Boppard
  • Frankfurt
  • Heidelberg
  • Heidelberg Castle
  • Nuremberg
  • Prague
  • Rudesheim
  • Strasbourg
  • Zurich

Activities

  • Culture
  • River cruise

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Itinerary

Travel Map

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.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board as you sail.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

(Dinner)

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Day 2: BAMBERG

The City of Seven Hills

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE Your bike is ready! Hop on and bike along the canals in Bamberg with your Adventure Host, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the histor...

Day 3: WÜRZBURG

A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. ACTIVE Explore Würzburg's cha...

Day 4: MILTENBERG

Beauty on the Main River

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of Miltenberg, a showcase of medieval half-timber homes and home to Germany’s oldest inn. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

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Day 5: FRANKFURT EXCURSION TO SELIGENSTADT

Charm in Frankfurt

ACTIVE Enjoy a biking experience in the city of Frankfurt with your Adventure Host, 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...

Day 6: BOPPARD

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

This morning, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.

RHINE GORGE–RÜDESHEIM Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Adv...

Day 7: STRASBOURG, FRANCE

A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

CLASSIC Join a City Tour of Strasbourg’s sights, including its Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as we...

Day 8: BREISACH, GERMANY (BLACK FOREST)

German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest

DISCOVERY Join a full-day guided tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit and authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:

ACT...

Day 9: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends this morning with breakfast.

Departure flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.

(Breakfast)

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Last Updated: 7/3/2024
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Accommodation

Le Meridien Grand HotelWith the lustrous flair of a classic grand hotel, enhanced with state-of-the-art technology and convenient features, this 190 room historic legend has been hosting international luminaries for almost 125 years. Located in the heart of the ancient city centre, museums, shops, the city's famous market and the Imperial Castle are all just a short stroll away. All air-conditioned guest rooms feature flat screen TVs, in-room safes, Free Wi-Fi Internet access, USB mobile charging ports and elegant Art Nouveau-style marble bathrooms which skillfully highlight the fusion of classic and modern style. There is a Brasserie style restaurant serving authentic German cuisine as well as an Art Deco-style Atelier bar/lounge offering 1920s charm and a large selection of drinks and cocktails. NurembergGermanyBahnhofstrasse 1-3Renaissance Zurich TowerThis 300 room luxury hotel is housed in a modern tower building located in the vibrant Zurich West quarter. The exclusive Grill restaurant serves urban cuisine and the lounge bar offers drinks, snacks and cocktails. Other amenities include a fitness area on the 15th floor with city views, sauna and steam bath.ZurichSwitzerlandTurbinenstrasse 20,
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