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Grand German Sojourn 2021

From Amsterdam, Netherlands to Nuremberg, Germany
Length: 10 Days - Departs: Sun, May 02, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

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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 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. Your Rhine River cruise continues with visits to Mainz and Würzburg. From 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.

  1. Day 1
    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
    Sun, May 02, 2021
    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)
  2. Day 2
    AMSTERDAM
    Mon, May 03, 2021
    Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

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

    This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available , or spend free time exploring Amsterdam’s colorful streets, canals, galleries, and shops.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

    (B,L,D)
  3. Day 3
    COLOGNE, GERMANY
    Tue, May 04, 2021
    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your 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.

    Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

    (B,L,D)
  4. Day 4
    RHINE GORGE-RÜDESHEIM
    Wed, May 05, 2021
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

    Enjoy breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim

    DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; enjoy a local special treat, OR;

    ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

    (B,L,D)
  5. Day 5
    FRANKFURT. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
    Thu, May 06, 2021
    Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel

    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)
  6. Day 6
    MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
    Fri, May 07, 2021
    Beauty of the Main River

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    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)
  7. Day 7
    WÜRZBURG
    Sat, May 08, 2021
    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 the mighty hilltop Marienberg Castle.

    Later 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 this evening.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WÜRZBURG

    (B,L,D)
  8. Day 8
    KITZINGEN
    Sun, May 09, 2021
    Bavarian Wines, Legends, and Myths

    Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

    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

    Storybook Settings

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

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

    (B,L,D)
  9. Day 9
    BAMBERG
    Mon, May 10, 2021
    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)
  10. Day 10
    NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)
    Tue, May 11, 2021


    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    Flights should not leave Nuremberg airport before 10 am.

    (B)

Countries Visited

Germany, Netherlands

Rivers Visited

Main, Rhine

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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.



Accommodation Information

Port charges:
$252

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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.

Health and Safety Protocols for Avalon Waterways

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Avalon Waterways' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Avalon Waterways has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Avalon Waterways' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Avalon Waterways' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

WELCOME ABOARD

New embarkation procedures to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including:

  • Social distancing throughout embarkation
  • Mandatory health screening, including touch-free temperature-check, for all guests and crew
  • Luggage disinfection prior to onboarding (with crew wearing gloves and masks)

FRESH AIR, INSIDE AND OUT:

In addition to Avalon Waterways' Open-Air staterooms, the air in the ships is not circulated between staterooms; only within an individual stateroom and mixed with fresh, outside air.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE:

New social distancing guidelines for guests throughout their Avalon cruise include:

  • Reducing ship capacity as required for more space on board per guest
  • Introducing more dining venues for more dining space per person
  • Crew wearing masks for the duration of the cruise during any guest interaction
  • Providing masks for guests to wear during any event where social proximity could become an issue, including disembarkation for excursions and safety drills
  • Adjusting ratio of guides and coaches for excursions, as required

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS:

  • Electrostatic disinfecting systems
  • UV disinfecting systems

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS:

Reducing risk with hands-free service, including:

  • More hand-sanitizing stations throughout the ship
  • Required use of hand-sanitizing stations when leaving the ship, returning to the ship and entering dining venues as well as entering each public/common space
  • Self-serve stations, including buffets, drinks, specialty coffees and snacks have been replaced with crew service
  • All buffets (breakfast and lunch) replaced by a full range of á la carte menu choices
  • Hourly (or more frequent) disinfection of all public areas

COMMITMENT TO THE CLEANEST SHIPS:

Enhanced cleaning procedures throughout each ship, including these additional steps that go above-and-beyond Avalon’s already strict procedures:

  • Deep disinfection of each stateroom between cruises, including:
    • Use of disinfectants and cleaning materials that meet the highest standards
    • Soft goods in each stateroom (mattress, sofa, window coverings, chairs, etc.) disinfected between cruises
  • Disinfection of all dining areas between meals
  • Disinfection of all shared items like umbrellas, bicycles and other Adventure Center items
  • Disinfection of all goods prior to loading on the ship
  • Ongoing crew training in protective equipment use and hygiene

FOCUS ON CREW HEALTH:

Ensuring a healthy crew, including:

  • Medical certificate required prior to start of contract
  • Daily temperature checks
  • Social distancing in crew living quarters
  • Regular health screenings

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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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.6
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 62 reviews - currently showing 13 reviews with comments only

The trip I booked was everything promised. The Paris to Normandy trip was great as was the extension trip to London. I appreciated the ability to upgrade the train trip to first class.

This was our first river cruise. We had taken a motor coach tour before. It is truly advantageous to take your room with. The crew of the ship were great. The cruise director was great. Overall the cruise was a fun trip and a great value.

Everything went as planned and schedules. Excellent tour guide, Isabel was always available and kept us well informed. Two come n on board entertainment groups were a highlight. Very versatile. .

Trip was great and everything went smooth except for getting thru the airports. This of course was not your fault. Will think twice before taking another international flight.

Avalon is a beautiful cruise line - the Imagery II is a beautiful ship, spotless, everything on it in perfect condition. Very large room, the glass wall that opens is great, and a very spacious, lovely bathroom. The service was superb. It was our first river cruise and we loved it!

The Avalon River Cruise was excellent. Had a great time and the cost of the cruise included just about everything.

Avalon Waterways went out of their way to make us have a good time. It was better than I expected.

The entire staff was friendly, courteous, competent, and professional. The meals were superb and the ship was fabulous. We would sail again with Avalon!

Our Avalon river cruise was everything we expected and more. The on-board staff was friendly and courteous, the tour director thorough and knowledgeable, and the ship and accommodations clean and comfortable. The food: superb!!

Overall, we enjoyed our vacation with Avalon Waterways and felt we received excellent customer service from all. Our Cruise Director was good, but not great, seemed a little less than fully engaged at times. This is a minor point and not meant to detract from our Captain and crew, nor the city tour guides we had, who were largely excellent.

This was our fifth river cruise, but first one with Avalon. The room was very nice with a very comfortable bed and large bathroom and shower. The staff was very helpful and friendly with very good food and wine at the meals. There was one day of only river cruising, no port stops, that seemed a little boring. For some, it may have been nice to sleep late and not do anything. We would have liked to have had some onboard options of activities (i.e. demonstrations, lectures, movies, etc.). We love river cruises due to the size of the boat, ease of getting on/off the boat at ports and ability to get to know the staff and fellow passengers due to the smaller number of passengers.

Very professional - wonderful crew and trip!

Everything was great. The motel in Prague was in a great location and the room was nice but for the stained carpet and the lack off air in halls and lobby so so. Thanks

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