Highlights of Germany

Highlights of Germany 2014 / 2015

13 Day River Cruise from Munich to Basel

Willkommen in Deutschland—welcome to Germany! On this spectacular cruise vacation, enjoy one of Germany’s largest cities, Munich, and many of its charming villages and towns with picturesque scenery along the way. Visit two of King Ludwig’s most famous castles—Neuschwanstein, the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, and Linderhof, the smallest of his castles. Savor beer tasting in Nuremberg and explore Regensburg, a beautifully preserved medieval city, where you’ll visit one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Enjoy the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg with its medieval homes, visit Speyer with its excellent Technology Museum or Heidelberg and its famous castle and Explore La Petite France district in Strasbourg. Cruise through the Rhine Gorge, the most dramatic part of the river, and drive through the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps. This is just a sampling of the scenic wonders and delightful destinations awaiting your discovery!

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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 9-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds

Day 1 Munich: welcome to Munich

Day 2 Munich: guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz

Day 3 Munich. Excursion to Neuschwanstein & Oberammergau: visit Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles

Day 4 Munich–Passau (Embarkation): travel by motorcoach to Passau; guided walk; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche

Day 6 Nuremberg: onboard lecture; choice of guided sightseeing or “Nuremberg Trials” tour; beer tasting

Day 7 Bamberg–Kitzingen: guided walk in both towns; lunch at local restaurant

Day 8 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 9 Miltenberg: guided walk

Day 10 Boppard–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: guided walk in Boppard; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treat

Day 11 Speyer: guided visit of Speyer, visit the Technology Museum; or choice of full- or half-day excursion to Heidelberg

Day 12 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 13 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn about the Main Danube Canal at an onboard lecture, and attend a German beer tasting.

Meals

  • Meals are indicated by breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the day-by-day itinerary
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Local chef dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel

NOTES:

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

  • Included shore excursions with Local Guide.

  • Personalized room options & excursions.

  • Space to relax & unwind.

  • A lounge serving premium spirits.

  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center.

  • Al fresco lunches on the Sky Bistro.

  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.

  • Four-course dinners with open seating.

  • Complimentary regional wines at dinner.

  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.

  • Panoramic windows throughout every ship.

  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout.

  • Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.

  • Premium L'Occitane bath amenities.

  • English Speaking Crew

  • Light lunch alternative.

  • Headsets for shore excursions.

It's about you. You are the reason we've used our 80-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best river cruise experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout every ship.
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout.
  • Included shore excursions with Local Guide.
  • Headsets for shore excursions.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access.
  • Personalized room options & excursions.
  • Space to relax & unwind
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos and lattes.
  • Coffee self-serve beverage station.
  • A lounge serving premium spirits.
  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center.
  • The Comfort Collection BedsSM.
  • Premium L'Occitane bath amenities.
  • Daily early- and late-riser breakfast.
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine.
  • Complimentary juices with breakfast.
  • Made-to-order egg station at breakfast.
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch.
  • Al fresco lunches on the Sky Bistro.
  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.
  • Four-course dinners with open seating.
  • Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.
  • Complimentary regional wines at dinner.
  • Free soft drinks or beer with dinner.
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 p.m.
  • Remarkable service throughout the cruise.
  • English-speaking crew.
  • Non-smoking interior.
  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels.
  • Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage.
  • Alternative dinners of light regional specialties and wines in the Panorama Bistro on Suite Ships®.
  • And, much more.

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