Grand German Sojourn (Westbound)

04/02/2020 through 11/06/2020
04/02/2020 through 11/18/2020
Avalon Waterways

A grand adventure in spectacular views, German vineyards and brews, and Bavarian delicacies awaits you on the Rhine and Main Rivers. Cruise through Germany from Nuremberg on the Main River cruise portion to beautiful Bamberg. Enter a world where imperial dynasties lived with a guided tour of its Romanesque cathedral amid the seven hills crowned with churches. Take a guided tour of the quaint town of Volkach and its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets, then visit Bavaria’s largest wine-producing region with a visit to Kitzingen. Your guided tour will share legends of folklore, before cruising to wonderful Würzburg. Enjoy a guided tour of its Old Main Bridge, fortress, and frescoed ceiling of its baroque Bishop’s Residenz along the famed Romantic Road. You’ll visit a Main River Village for a picturesque day in Bavaria, and continue to Frankfurt for a guided excursion to magnificent Heidelberg Castle. Soak in the classic Rhine Valley wine-country town of Rüdesheim-flanked by hillside vineyards and Rhine River shores. You’ll pass through the stunning Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz for a guided tour of the ancient squares, towers, and fortress walls. Continue your cruise on the Rhine River to the dynamic city of Cologne-with its signature gothic cathedral and soaring twin steeples. Take a guided tour of the city or choose a walking tour of Cologne’s historical Jewish sites.

Your cruise through Germany continues on the Rhine River into the Netherlands and the color and character of Amsterdam. Take a fascinating guided canal cruise on its iconic waterways past stately homes of the city’s Golden Age.

Included Features:

Day 1 Nuremberg (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; beer tasting on board

Day 3 Volkach-Kitzingen: guided tours

Day 4 Würzburg: choice of guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz, or guided hike

Day 5 Main river village: guided walk

Day 6 Frankfurt. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided tour of Heidelberg, see the Great Vat

Day 7 Rüdesheim–Koblenz: choice of visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; free time in Koblenz

Day 8 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 9 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Bamberg
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Day 3 Volkach
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Day 4 Würzburg
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Day 5 Main River Village
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Day 6 Frankfurt, Germany. Excursion To Heidelberg
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Day 7 Rüdesheim
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Day 8 Cologne
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Day 9 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
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