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Romantic Rhine With Bavarian Highlights

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Sailing Date: Sep 02, 2018
Through: Sep 17, 2018
Book By: Aug 29 2018 7:00PM
# of Nights: 15
Ship: Avalon Felicity
Line:  Avalon Waterways
Terms:  Terms & Disclaimers
ID:  4994944
from $5,564.00  (USD)
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This fabulous vacation begins with a river cruise along the legendary Rhine River that takes you across Germany and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland; then enjoy an in-depth land tour of everything Germany has to offer!

Begin your river cruise in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. Here, you'll find renowned museums and an abundance of restaurants amongst the elegant squares and charming canals. Continue to Cologne, Germany, a 2,000-year-old city, offering its famous twin-spired cathedral and 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. And nearby, in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see the impressive collection of historical self-playing instruments. An excursion takes you to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle towering magnificently over the city. 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 the river cruise portion of your vacation, stop in Breisach, Germany. Known as the gateway to Germany's Black Forest-an area of unrivaled natural beauty-and home to Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

Travel to Munich by first-class train to begin your Germany land tour! Oktoberfest, pretzels, a beautiful Alpine backdrop, excellent beer, and storybook castles…this is Bavaria and on this Germany tour, you'll experience Bavaria's highlights. In Munich, visit Marienplatz, with its Old and New Town Halls; and in Regensburg, visit the Thurn & Taxis Palace, enjoy a Danube cruise on the Swarovski Crystal Boat, and be sure to taste a "medieval hot dog." In Nuremberg, admire the impressive medieval ramparts as you walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town. In picturesque Bamberg, taste "smoked beer," a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavor. Near Oberammergau, you'll visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale castle of King Ludwig II nestled in the Bavarian Alps, and well-known as the inspiration for Walt Disney.

With the historical sights, fascinating towns, unique included experiences, and beautiful scenery as a backdrop, this river cruise and land vacation is an adventure of a lifetime!

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk

Day 4 Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; excursion to Heidelberg; guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat

Day 6 Strasbourg, France: guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration

Day 7 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver's workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

Day 8 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)-Zürich-Munich, Germany:transfer to Zurich for travel to Munich by first-class train, welcome dinner

Day 9 Munich-Regensburg: guided sightseeing in Munich, guided walking tour in Regensburg; enjoy a cruise with the Swarovski Crystal Boat; taste a "medieval hot dog" at the Historic Sausage Kitchen

Day 10 Regensburg-Nuremberg: visit the Thurn & Taxis Palace in Regensburg; a walking tour in Nuremberg

Day 11 Nuremberg. Excursion to Bayreuth & Bamberg: orientation of Wagner's city of festival fame in Bayreuth; in Bamberg taste "smoked beer"; guided walking tour

Day 12 Nuremberg-Rothenburg-Stuttgart-Black Forest: Rothenburg walking tour of the walled town; in Stuttgart visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum

Day 13 Black Forest-Lake Constance-Oberammergau: a stop at Lake Constance

Day 14 Oberammergau. Neuschwanstein Excursion: orientation; excursion to King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle including a visit to the Museum of the Bavarian Kings and a horse-drawn carriage ride

Day 15 Oberammergau Area-Munich: return to Munich, special farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Day 16 Munich: your vacation ends this morning

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Travel Date Range Nights Price From   Information  
May 13, 2018 - May 28, 2018

15

$5,384.00   Airfare not included   View Details
Jun 10, 2018 - Jun 25, 2018

15

$5,414.00   Airfare not included   View Details
Jun 24, 2018 - Jul 09, 2018

15

$5,414.00   Airfare not included   View Details
Jul 22, 2018 - Aug 06, 2018

15

$5,314.00   Airfare not included   View Details
Aug 19, 2018 - Sep 03, 2018

15

$5,314.00   Airfare not included   View Details
Sep 02, 2018 - Sep 17, 2018

15

$5,564.00   Airfare not included   View Details
Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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