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Romantic Rhine with 2 Nights in Innsbruck & Oberammergau 2022

13 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year.

Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)

Day 2 AMSTERDAM
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities.

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age” 

This afternoon chosse among the Guided Optional Excursions available or take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

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

Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:

DISCOVERY Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM (B,L,D)

Day 4 RHINE GORGE–RÜDESHEIM 
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

Sail through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim and past the legendary rock of the Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM (B,L,D)

Day 5 MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel,” OR:

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

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

Day 6 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

Choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—of the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.

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

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

Day 7 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO 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 an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration, OR:

DISCOVERY Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about Germany winemaking in the vineyards of Baden 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 8 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA
This morning bid farewell to your crew after breakfast and drive to Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian region of Tyrol.

This afternoon, join your local guide for a guided sightseeing of Innsbruck, visit St. James Cathedral and the Hofkirche.

This evening a Folklore Show will be on offer. (B)

Day 9 INNSBRUCK. EXCURSION TO MERANO AND BOLZANO, ITALY
Today enjoy a full day excursion which will bring you in Italy to discover South Tyrol.

Join your local guide for a guided sightseeing of the Alpine towns of Merano and Bolzano. (B)

Day 10 INNSBRUCK. VISIT TO NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, GERMANY–OBERAMMERGAU
This morning take a scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps to King Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to picturesque Oberammergau. (B,D)

Day 11 OBERAMMERGAU. PASSION PLAY
The afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the people of Oberammergau. Dinner will be served during intermission. (B,L,D)

Day 12 OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH
This morning, depart for Germany’s lively city–Munich. With its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés, and delightful shops, Munich o?ers plenty to see and do. A local guide will show you the highlights of this fascinating city. An evening optional dinner is on offer. (B)

Day 13 MUNICH
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
  • Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise
  • Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tour
  • Day 4 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
  • Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: choice of guided walk in Mainz with a visit to the Gutenberg Museum, or guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers' Way
  • Day 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing to visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral
  • Day 7 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller
  • Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)–Innsbrruck: travel from Basel to Innsbruck with guided sightseeing in Innsbruck
  • Day 9 Innsbruck. Excursion to Merano and Bolzano: guided sightseeing in Merano and Bolzano
  • Day 10 Innsbruck–Oberammergau: travel by motorcoach to Oberammergau with a stop to visit Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Day 11 Oberammergau: attend the "Passion Play"
  • Day 12 Oberammergau–Munich: travel to Munich; guided sightseeing
  • Day 13 Munich: your vacation ends this morning
All This Included
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! You’ll also be our guest in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau for the once-a-decade performance season of the world-renowned “Passion Play”.

This magnificent river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its Gothic architecture—will be an exciting stop with its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Cruise to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim and visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue your Rhine River cruise to Mainz for a guided walk and visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum, or take an excursion to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Before the end of your European river cruise vacation, stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest. Here, find unrivaled natural beauty in the area best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

Continue your European vacation on shore for a guided tour of Austria and Germany and Italy, starting with sightseeing in Innsbruck. Continue with a visit to Merano, Bolzano, and Neuschwanstein Castle. The highlight of your trip is a visit to the idyllic Bavarian village of Oberammergau, Germany, to attend the “Passion Play”. Performed once every ten years by the residents of Oberammergau, the “Passion Play” is a stunning theatrical event dating back to 1634. Enjoy select seating and accommodations in the heart of Oberammergau. Next, enjoy guided sightseeing in Munich, including Nymphenburg Palace, the Marienplatz, and gothic Frauenkirche. Sample Munich’s Biergärtens and cafés, and see the famous Glockenspiel. The perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and inspiration—your Avalon Rhine River cruise with the once-a-decade performance of Oberammergau’s “Passion Play”—is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

By June 2021, your vacation, which includes the Oberammergau Passion Play, requires a per-person, non-refundable deposit of $600. Prior to June 2021, a minimum of $250 non-refundable per person deposit is required to secure your reservation and tickets for the play.

Ship Amenities:
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft & maps
  • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
  • Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Convenient Elevator Service
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area
  • Choice of Classic, Active or Discovery excursions so that you can experience your cruise your way
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Onshore & Onboard experiences with regional customs, cultures & tastings with local artisans, experts & entertainers
  • Full-size closet mirror
  • Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and board games
  • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
  • Additional biking excursions available in Amsterdam, Breisach and Bernkastel
  • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
  • Headsets for guided shore excursions
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and cookies available throughout the day
Ship Dining:
  • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
  • Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
  • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
  • Light lunch in the Panorama Lounge
  • Coffee or tea after dinner
  • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Daily early-riser breakfast
  • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
  • Daily late-riser breakfast
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Healthy meal options
  • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
  • FlexDining flexible dining times with menu & venue options
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Panorama, Avalon Vista or similar
Amsterdam: Moevenpick Amsterdam City
Innsburck: Grand Hotel Europa or Hilton Innsbruck 
Oberammergau: Romantik Hotel Boeld 
Munich: Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
Notes
  • 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.
  • Port Charges: $182
  • Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a Deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. Cabin upgrades are available.
  • By June 2021, your vacation, which includes the Oberammergau Passion Play, requires a per-person, non-refundable deposit of $600. Prior to June 2021, a minimum of $250 non-refundable per person deposit is required to secure your reservation and tickets for the play.
  • 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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