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Avalon Waterways Romantic Rhine with 1 Night in Munich, 2 Nights in Oberammergau and 1 Night in Innsbruck (WZAO)

12 days from Munich to Amsterdam 
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River. You’ll also be our guest in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau for the once-a-decade performance season of the world-renowned “Passion Play”.

Start your European vacation on shore for a guided tour of Germany and Austria, starting with guided sight-seeing in Munich, including Nymphenburg Palace, the Marienplatz, and gothic Frauenkirche. Sample Munich’s Biergärtens and cafés, and see the famous Glockenspiel. Continue with the highlight of your trip—a visit to the idyllic Bavarian village of Oberammergau, to attend the “Passion Play”. Performed once every ten years by the residents of Oberammergau, the “Passion Play” is a stunning theatrical event dating back to 1634. Enjoy seat-ing and accommodations in the heart of Oberammergau. Next visit the spectacular Neuschwanstein Castle on your way to Innsbruck, where you will enjoy a guided sightseeing before embarking on your Avalon Suite Ship® for an exciting journey along the Rhine River, which begins in Switzerland and visits France, Germany, and Holland! Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland, then head for Breisach, Germany, at the foot of the Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border. Here you’ll find the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, and marvel at the red-sandstone Gothic cathe-dral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France dis-trict with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city, or stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Sail to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, and a visit to the unique Siegfried’s Me-chanical Musical Instrument Museum, then pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Last stop in Germany is Co-logne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral.

At the conclusion of your Rhine River cruise, you’ll spend time in colorful Amsterdam. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on an included canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Spend free time discovering world-famous museums, and an abun-dance of restaurants in the vibrant, modern capital of Holland.

The perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and inspiration—your Avalon Rhine River cruise with the once-a-decade performance of Oberammergau’s “Passion Play”—is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Ships: Vista - Panorama

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Munich: Welcome to Germany

Day 2 Munich-Oberammergau: Guided sightseeing in Munich; travel by motorcoach to Oberammergau

Day 3 Oberammergau: Attend the 'Passion Play'

Day 4 Oberammergau- Neuschwanstein Castle-Innsbruck: Travel by motorcoach to Innsbruck, with a stop to visit Neuschwanstein Castle

Day 5 Innsbruck-Basel (Embarkation): Guided sightseeing in Innsbruck; travel to Basel; onboard welcome re-ception

Day 6 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller

Day 7 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral

Day 8 Mainz: Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers' Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 9 Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdes-heim; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Koblenz

Day 10 Cologne: Choice of 'Cologne Highlights' walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 11 Amsterdam: Canal cruise

Day 12 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary (2022)

Day 1MUNICH, GERMANY
 Welcome to Munich

Enjoy time on your own in this vibrant city. Watch the famous Glockenspiel, which recreates a royal wedding from the 16th century; enjoy the pedestrian zone; linger at an outdoor café; or relax alongside the locals at one of the many Biergärten or breweries to sample one of the Bavarian beer specialties. An evening optional dinner is on offer.
Day 2MUNICH–OBERAMMERGAU
 This morning, a local guide will show you the highlights of this fascinating city. With its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés, and delightful shops, Munich offers plenty to see and do.

Later, a motorcoach transfer will take you to Oberammergau

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Day 3OBERAMMERGAU. PASSION PLAY
 The afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the people of Oberammergau. Dinner will be served during intermission.

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Day 4OBERAMMERGAU-INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA. VISIT TO NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE
 This morning take a scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps to Kind Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian region of Tyrol.

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Day 5INNSBRUCK-BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)
 This morning, join your local guide for a guided sightseeing of Innsbruck, visit St. James Cathedral and the Hofkirche.

Drive to Basel, Switzerland to board your Suite Ship®.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

(B,D)
Day 6BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
 German Winemakingand the Beautiful Black Forest

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

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 Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden, and enjoy a wine tasting.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

(B,L,D)
Day 7STRASBOURG, FRANCE
 A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

You may also choose to join 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ

(B,L,D)
Day 8MAINZ, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
 Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel,” OR:

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below, OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk in Mainz, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ

(B,L,D)
Day 9RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
 Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

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

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

Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

KOBLENZ

Travel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History

Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ

(B,L,D)
Day 10COLOGNE
 Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

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

DISCOVERY Choose 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!

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)
Day 11AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
 Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

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

During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. You may also choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside.

Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)
Day 12AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Avalon Pricing Details

Port Charges:
$196

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

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

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

By June 2021, your vacation, which includes the Oberammergau Passion Play, requires a per-person, non-refundable deposit of $600. Prior to June 2021, a minimum of $250 non-refundable per person deposit is required to secure your reservation and tickets for the play.

Avalon Notes

  • 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.

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05/17/2022 $6,175.00
05/24/2022 $6,175.00
06/07/2022 $6,175.00
06/14/2022 $6,175.00
08/09/2022 $6,175.00
08/16/2022 $6,175.00
09/06/2022 $6,475.00
09/20/2022 $6,475.00
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