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German Grandeur for Beer Enthusiasts 2020
(Westbound)

9 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 NUREMBERG, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Nuremberg must arrive by 4 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 (B,D)

Day 2 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.

DISCOVERY Discover a very special family run hop garden where you will also taste a local beer.

After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard beer lecture hosted by your Beer Expert while cruising.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG (B,L,D)

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.

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.

Enjoy live entertainment on board while sailing tonight.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)

Day 4 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard beer tasting hosted by your Beer Expert.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River Bavarian village.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT (B,L,D)

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.

DISCOVERY This afternoon, join your Local Guide for a tour that will take you to discover the local beer flavors.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD (B,L,D)

Day 6 BOPPARD
A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

Take some free time to relax, or explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicatessen fare with a cup of German coffee or glass of Riesling wine.

This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck 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 Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D)

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.

Take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

Explore on your own along tree-lined streets with gingerbread-style houses reminiscent of Brothers Grimm within the very modern city of the European Parliament.

DISCOVERY Onboard food and beer pairing dinner by your Beer Expert.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,L,D)

Day 8 BREISACH, GERMANY (BLACK FOREST)
History, Artistry, 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 an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:

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. 

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL (B,L,D)

Day 9 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends this morning with breakfast.

Departure flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Day 1 Nuremberg (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
  • Day 2 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; visit a hop garden; onboard lecture about beer
  • Day 3 Würzburg: guided tour, visit to the Bishop’s Residenz
  • Day 4 Main River Village: beer tasting; guided tour
  • Day 5 Frankfurt: choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt; local beer excursion
  • Day 6 Boppard–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: time at leisure in Boppard; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat
  • Day 7 Strasbourg: guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard food and beer pairing dinner
  • Day 8 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: excursion to Black Forest
  • Day 9 Basel (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning
All This Included
See the grandeur of Germany with a scenic 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, the Franconian town where the myth of the good German beer is true, for a guided walking tour of the historic home to imperial dynas-ties. Your enchanting river cruise continues to Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” From here sail to Frankfurt, where you can join a guided sightseeing tour of the city and discover more about local beers, or visit the nearby town of Seligenstadt.

On your way to Rüdesheim enjoy a sailing through the picturesque views of the Romantic Rhine. Then cruise to Strasbourg and join a guided city tour of Strasbourg’s sights, such as the stunning stained-glass of its gothic cathe-dral, 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 Badischer Winzerkeller, or a day trip to the Black Forest’s Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum, and more. A Beer Expert will travel with you on this cruise and will held lectures, tasting and will introduce you to food and beer pairing. Your grand German river cruise brings the beauty and charm of its cities and villages to life, and adds education and enjoyment with local beer and foods to savor along the way. From Bavaria to Switzerland and beyond, your German vacation will stay a beautiful memory for years to come!
  • Ship Amenities - Avalon Visionary:
    • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
    • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area
    • State-of-the-art fitness center
    • Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
    • Convenient Elevator Service
    • Elegant, contemporary design
    • Outside viewing deck
    • Headsets for guided shore excursions
    • English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
    • Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
    • Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
    • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
    • Sky Deck whirlpool
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
    • Additional biking excursions available in Amsterdam, Breisach and Bernkastel
    • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft & maps
    • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
    • Choice of Classic, Active or Discovery excursions so that you can experience your cruise your way
    • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
    • Onshore & Onboard experiences with regional customs, cultures & tastings with local artisans, experts & entertainers
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and board games
    • Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and cookies available throughout the day
    • Full-size closet mirror
  • Ship Dining - Avalon Visionary:
    • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
    • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
    • Daily early-riser breakfast
    • Daily late-riser breakfast
    • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
    • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
    • Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
    • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
    • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
    • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
    • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
    • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
    • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
    • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
    • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
    • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
    • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
    • Healthy meal options
    • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
    • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
    • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Coffee or tea after dinner
    • Light lunch in the Panorama Lounge
    • FlexDining flexible dining times with menu & venue options
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Visionary
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Zürich:
in single room $225,in twin room $152
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Additional Price Details:
  • Gateway city for departures is Zürich.
  • Port charges: $208
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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