Cruising Elevated with Avalon Waterways
Price: $5,295 CAD Per Person
(Price per person, based on double occupancy, cabin category E.)
Offer: Fly Free Plus Save $700 CAD Per Couple
Departure Date: October 25, 2024
Return Date: November 2, 2024
Photo: Bamberg, Germany
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way.
Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience:
- Classic. Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
- Discovery. We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
- Active. Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
- 8-night cruise in an outside stateroom, daily included port excursions, all meals included while on ship (including Captain’s & farewell dinners), complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner.
Photo: Map of the itinerary
Day 1: Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 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 to Breisach.
Day 2: Breisach, Germany. Excursion to Black Forest
German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest.
Active: Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR:
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 a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:
Classic: Join A Guided Tour to explore Freiburg’s medieval city center, sheltered by the Black Forest amid vineyards and gardens of the Upper Rhine Valley.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning.
Day 3: Strasbourg, France
A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France. Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Active: Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
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.
Choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—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.
Photo: Strasbourg, France
Day 4: Rudesheim, Germany - Rhine Gorge
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country.
Active: Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR:
Active: Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee, OR:
Discovery: Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee.
This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.
Boppard: A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge
Enjoy some free time to relax, or explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicatessen fare with a cup of German coffee or glass of Riesling wine. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment while sailing to Frankfurt.
Day 5: Frankfurt. Excursion to Seligenstadt
Charm in Frankfurt.
Active: Enjoy a biking experience in the city of 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.
Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.
Day 6: Main River Village
Beauty on the Main River. Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Classic: Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.
Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite
Day 7: Wurzburg
A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road.
Active: Explore Würzburg's charm by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
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 town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists.
Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail for Bamberg.
Day 8: Damberg
The City of Seven Hills.
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.
After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).
Day 9: Nuremberg (Disembarkation)
Your cruise ends this morning with breakfast. Flights shouldn’t leave Nuremberg airport before 10 am.