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Grand German Sojourn (Eastbound) 2020

Grand German Sojourn (Eastbound) 2020

Operator: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Imagery II
Starts: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Sun, May 17, 2020
Ends: Nuremberg, Germany on Tue, May 26, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Germany, Netherlands

Rivers Visited

Danube, Main, Rhone

River Cruise Itinerary

For a grand view of many of the charming and captivating towns in Holland and Germany, you’ll cruise on the Rhine and Main Rivers from Amsterdam to Nuremberg. You’ll experience the color and character of Amsterdam with a guided canal cruise on its iconic waterways, then cruise on the Rhine River to Cologne—a dynamic and historic city 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. Cruising toward the splendid Rhine Gorge, stop in Boppard with its half-timbered buildings and forest views before arriving in Rüdesheim—flanked by hillside vineyards and Rhine River shores. Visit the marvelous Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum for German ditties played by some of its 350 self-playing instruments. In Frankfurt, take a guided excursion to magnificent Heidelberg Castle, then visit a Main River Village for a picturesque day in Bavaria. Würzburg will delight you with a guided tour of its Old Main Bridge, fortress, and frescoed ceiling of its baroque Bishop’s Residenz along the famed Romantic Road. Your Main River cruise portion flows into Bavaria’s largest wine-producing region with a visit to Kitzingen. Your guided tour will share legends of folklore, followed by a leisurely sail to stroll the quaint town of Volkach and its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. In Bamberg, enter a world where imperial dynasties lived with a guided tour of its Romanesque cathedral amid the seven hills crowned with churches. We recommend toasting your German river cruise with a sweet and savory Rauchbier (smoked beer) before cruising to Nuremberg for disembarking your ship.

Day 1 (Sun, May 17, 2020): AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

You may plan your arrival for early in the day to explore Amsterdam before your cruise.

Perhaps take advantage of an Optional Excursion to explore the quintessential Dutch village of Zaanse Schans with its picturesque waterways, windmills, and flower farms.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(D)

Day 2 (Mon, May 18, 2020): AMSTERDAM

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside. Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

(B,L,D)

Day 3 (Tue, May 19, 2020): COLOGNE, GERMANY

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of the old city of Cologne with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD

(B,L,D)

Day 4 (Wed, May 20, 2020): BOPPARD

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

Take advantage of free time instead to explore Boppard’s beautiful forest views—by bike or by foot. Sip a late-morning cup of rich German coffee in a local café after breakfast. Next, enjoy breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.

RÜDESHEIM

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

This evening, enjoy a special performance on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

(B,L,D)

Day 5 (Thu, May 21, 2020): FRANKFURT. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

CLASSIC Take a half-day Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.

Sail to a beautiful Main River village while enjoying dinner.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

(B,D)

Day 6 (Fri, May 22, 2020): MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.

Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment on board.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

(B,L,D)

Day 7 (Sat, May 23, 2020): WÜRZBURG

A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road

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.

ACTIVE Enjoy incredible views over the northern Bavaria city of Wurzburg on a hike up to mighty hilltop Marienberg Castle.

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.

Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WÜRZBURG

(B,L,D)

Day 8 (Sun, May 24, 2020): KITZINGEN

Bavarian Wines, Legends, and Myths

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear about the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area.

Enjoy a leisurely sailing to Volkach at lunchtime.

VOLKACH
Bavarian Beauty on the Main River

CLASSIC Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.

DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

(B,L,D)

Day 9 (Mon, May 25, 2020): BAMBERG

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills.

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former 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).

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

(B,L,D)

Day 10 (Tue, May 26, 2020): NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)



Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Nuremberg airport before 10 am.

(B)

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Inclusions

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Sightseeing & Activities:

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 4 Boppard—Rüdesheim: free time in Boppard; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim

Day 5 Frankfurt. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided tour of Heidelberg, see the Great Vat

Day 6 Main river village: guided walk

Day 7 Würzburg: choice of guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz, or guided hike

Day 8 Kitzingen—Volkach: guided tours; beer tasting on board

Day 9 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall

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



Accommodation Information

Port Charges:
$234

Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $249 to $367, in twin room from $160 to $242

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

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Ship Information

Imagery II


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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