TouringForLess
Insight - Red Hot Deals - Save Big

Avalon Cruise Map

click map to enlarge

Avalon Waterways The Upper Rhine to the City of Music (WZV)

13 days from Zürich to Vienna 
This river cruise vacation touches four countries, from Zürich, Switzerland, to Vienna, Austria, on three rivers, and the impressive Main Danube Canal—truly an adventure!

Strasbourg, France, sits on the border of France and Germany and perfectly blends the cultures of both countries. See the city’s historical charm with visits to the red-sandstone cathedral, with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock, and the charming La Petite France District. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, then head for Frankfurt on the Main River for guided sightseeing which shows you the best this center of culture, commerce, and education has to offer. Würzburg, Germany, known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. In addition to the beautiful scenery, this city offers historical treasures like the baroque Bishop’s Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. In historical Nuremberg, marvel at the thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications. Regensburg, Germany, is a fascinating medieval city that history buffs will love with its 1,300 listed buildings of “historical interest” and architectural wonders, such as the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley where many of Austria’s famous wines are produced and stop in the charming town of Dürnstein, where you’ll take a guided walk and see the wonderful baroque Stiftskirche.

This fabulous European river cruise vacation ends in Vienna, Austria—the “City of Music.” There is plenty of sightseeing in Austria’s magical capital and your local expert will show you the must-see sights. In your free time, stroll along the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse with its many shops and stop by a classic Viennese café for a piece of decadent Sachertorte (chocolate torte).

Ships: Artistry II

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Zürich–Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 3 Excursion to Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle; see the Great Vat

Day 4 Frankfurt: choice of guided sightseeing of Frankfurt or excursion to Seligenstad

Day 5 Karlstadt: guided sightseeing

Day 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 7 Kitzingen: guided sightseeing

Day 8 Nuremberg–Roth: choice of guided city sightseeing of Nuremberg or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour or guided sightseeing of Roth

Day 9 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting

Day 10 Passau: guided walk

Day 11 Dürnstein–Vienna: guided walk, see the Stiftskirche in Dürnstein

Day 12 Vienna:
guided sightseeing

Day 13 Vienna (Disembarkation):
your vacation ends this morning

Related Avalon Tours

WVZ - Cruise from Basel to Vienna

Itinerary (2018)

Day 1Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland. Transfer to Basel (Embarkation).
 Welcome to Switzerland! Your river cruise vessel is docked on the Rhine River in Basel, where France, Switzerland, and Germany converge. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

NOTE:
Flights into Zürich must arrive before 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2Strasbourg, France.
 Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. In fact, on your included SIGHTSEEING TOUR you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also, spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the middle of medieval Strasbourg, featuring a statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available. (B,L,D)
Day 3Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany.
 This morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, founded in 1386. With a Local Guide, visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. See the GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! Enjoy the afternoon relaxing on board as you head for the Main River. (B,L,D)
Day 4Frankfurt.
 This morning, you have the choice between GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of Frankfurt or joining an excursion to SELIGENSTADT. Frankfurt on the Main is a city of superlatives: it is the largest financial center in continental Europe, home to the European Central Bank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, one of the world’s largest. The city is a center for culture, commerce, and education, and hosts the world’s largest motor show as well as the world’s largest book fair. It has two major botanical gardens, one of which is Germany’s largest. Seligenstadt is one of the oldest towns in Germany. The city’s most important building is the Einhard Basilika, on which Pope Pius XI bestowed the honorary title of “minor basilica” in 1925. (B,L,D)
Day 5Karlstadt.
 Enjoy a leisurely morning of cruising on the gentle Main River before reaching historic Karlstadt. This afternoon, enjoy GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of this interesting town, which was once an important player in the wine-growing industry. (B,L,D)
Day 6Würzburg.
 Arrive in Würzburg during breakfast. Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Würzburg, also known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” makes an immediate impression with imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrücke (Old Main Bridge). On your included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP’S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own, or maybe join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg. (B,L,D)
Day 7Kitzingen.
 Situated on the Main River east of Würzburg, Kitzingen is Bavaria’s biggest wine producer. GUIDED SIGHTSEEING shows you the city’s best-known sights, such as the Fallerturm (Crooked Tower). Your Local Guide will recount some of the more delightful myths surrounding the founding of the city. (B,L,D)
Day 8Nuremberg–Roth.
 Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This morning, choose either a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour. During free time, be sure to make a wish at the beautiful fountain on the Hauptmarkt (main square). Legend says your wish will come true if you turn its gold ring three times. Alternatively, join a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of nearby Roth. This delightful Bavarian town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. Take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. (B,L,D)
Day 9Regensburg.
 Enjoy another pleasant morning of sailing before arriving in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of historic interest. Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city’s lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. Tonight, enjoy a tasting of some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS! (B,L,D)
Day 10Passau.
 Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK, or maybe join the full-day optional excursion to Salzburg to see some of The Sound of Music sights or to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)
Day 11Dürnstein, Austria–Vienna.
 This morning is dedicated to the beautiful and romantic Wachau Valley, where so much of the excellent Austrian wine is grown and produced. Stop in Dürnstein, whose baroque blue and white Stiftskirche stands right on the river bank. Join a local expert for a GUIDED WALK. Rejoin your ship for lunch and enjoy a leisurely cruising afternoon. This evening, arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss, An optional concert is available during your stay. (B,L,D)
Day 12Vienna.
 Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Vienna, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—to name just a few of the sights your Local Guide will show you during your INCLUDED TOUR. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a classic Viennese café. (B,L,D)
Day 13Vienna (Disembarkation).
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Gateway for arrival is Zürich, Switzerland.

Port charges:
$288

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Zürich:
in single room $150, in twin room $100

Extra nights per person in Vienna:
in single room $225, in twin room from $125 to $135

Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo / Deck / $341
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,970
A / Sapphire Deck / $2,055
P / Royal Deck / $2,227
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $3,427

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.

Avalon Waterways Fleet

Click Quote for an Avalon Waterways Tour Date for our low price tour quote


Avalon Tour Dates

Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
05/03/2018 $4,799.00
07/05/2018 $4,699.00
09/06/2018 $4,899.00
We Sell the Same Escorted Tours. What makes us different is we sell to you for LESS!