Duration: 9 Days
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 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 Badischer Winzerkeller, 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.
Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Nuremberg must arrive by 15:30 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 (D)
The City of Seven Hills
Visit the Adventure centre 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 historic home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
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 Wurzburg's charm by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Wurzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residenz-with the largest known ceiling fresco.
Enjoy live entertainment on board while sailing tonight.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)
Beauty on the Main River
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River Bavarian village.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT (B,L,D)
Charm in Frankfurt
ACTIVE - Enjoy an easy biking experience in 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 XI, OR:
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.
Spend free time this afternoon exploring Frankfurt on your own. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD (B,L,D)
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 Rudesheim.
RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
ACTIVE - Enjoy a hike with your Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rudesheim, OR:
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)
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 well as the magical La Petite France District.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,L,D)
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 butter-making demonstration, OR:
ACTIVE - Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR:
DISCOVERY - Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL (B,L,D)
Your cruise ends this morning with breakfast. Departure flights should not leave Zurich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am. (B)