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Avalon Waterways German Grandeur with 2 Nights in Lucerne (Westbound) (WNZ1)

11 Days from Nuremberg to Lucerne 
See the grandeur of Germany on a European river cruise through its most picturesque destinations along the Main and Rhine Rivers. Embark on your Avalon Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, and sail to Bamberg for a guided walking tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties. Your enchanting river cruise continues to Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” From here sail to Frankfurt, where you may join a guided sightseeing tour of the city, or visit the nearby town of Seligenstadt. On your way to Rüdesheim, you’ll sail through the picturesque views of the Rhine Gorge. Then cruise to Strasbourg and join a guided city tour of the sights, such as the stunning stained glass of its Gothic-style cathedral, the astronomical clock, and La Petite France district. Your scenic cruise through Europe includes a stop in Breisach to visit Germany’s beautiful Black Forest region. Choose a visit to a local winery in Breisach, or a day trip to the Black Forest’s Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum.

Cruise to Basel, Switzerland, to disembark from your Avalon Suite Ship® and begin your Monograms® vacation with a visit to Mt. Pilatus and a walking tour in Lucerne. Your vacation package includes a Local Host® to arrange your sightseeing, free-time recommendations, and any other assistance you need during your 2-night stay in Lucerne. Your Rhine and Main rivers cruise and vacation package in Switzerland are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.

Ships: Tranquility II
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2022 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/24/22, 09/19/22
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2023 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/27/23, 07/21/23
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Nuremberg (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Bamberg: Choice of guided tour, see the Old Town Hall or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 3 Würzburg: Choice of guided tour, visit to the Bishop’s Residenz or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 4 Main River Village: Guided tour

Day 5 Frankfurt: Choice of guided tour in Frankfurt or guided tour in Seligenstadt or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 6 Boppard–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: Time at leisure in Boppard; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim or hike with your Adventure Host

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

Day 8 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to a local winery in Breisach or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 9 Basel (Disembarkation)–Mount Pilatus–Lucerne: Excursion to Mount Pilatus (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead); guided walking tour in Lucerne with the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge

Day 10 Lucerne: Full day at leisure

Day 11 Lucerne: Your vacation ends this morning

Related Avalon Tours

WNZ - German Grandeur (Westbound)
WNZ1 - With 2 Nights in Lucerne
WNZ2 - With 2 Nights in Munich & 2 Nights in Lucerne
WNZQ - With 2 Nights in Munich
WZN - German Grandeur (Eastbound)

Itinerary (2023)

Day 1NUREMBERG, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Nuremberg must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

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

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

(D)
Day 2BAMBERG
 The City of Seven Hills

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

ACTIVE Your bike is ready! Hop on and bike along the canals in Bamberg with your Adventure Host, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

(B,L,D)
Day 3WÜRZBURG
 A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road

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.

ACTIVE Explore Würzburg's charm by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

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.

Enjoy live entertainment on board while sailing tonight.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

(B,L,D)
Day 4MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
 Beauty on the Main River

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

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

(B,L,D)
Day 5FRANKFURT EXCURSION TO SELIGENSTADT
 Charm in Frankfurt

ACTIVE Enjoy an easy biking experience in Frankfurt with your Adventure Host, OR:

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour to Seligenstadt—one of Germany’s oldest towns and home to the Einhard Basilika—dubbed “minor basilica” in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Frankfurt to see the city’s cultural landmarks and gleaming financial headquarters combined with the cozy ambience of quaint neighborhoods.

Spend free time this afternoon exploring Frankfurt on your own.

Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD

(B,L,D)
Day 6BOPPARD
 A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

Take some free time to relax, or explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicatessen fare with a cup of German coffee or glass of Riesling wine.

This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.

RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR:

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

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

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

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

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

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

(B,L,D)
Day 8BREISACH, GERMANY (BLACK FOREST)
 German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest

ACTIVE Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a full-day guided tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit and authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:

DISCOVERY Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL

(B,L,D)
Day 9BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)–MOUNT PILATUS–LUCERNE
 Disembark your Avalon ship and join the Monograms portion of your vacation. Enjoy a special highlight excursion to Mount Pilatus. Journey almost 7,000 ft. (2,132 m) up for spectacular views over central Switzerland (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead). Later join a guided walking tour to explore beautiful Lucerne which, includes Thorwaldsen’s poignant Lion Monument and the famous Chapel Bridge.

(B)
Day 10LUCERNE
 Today, enjoy a day at leisure in Lucerne. Your Local Host can help you plan your day.

(B)
Day 11LUCERNE
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Gateway city for departures is Zürich.

Port charges:
$224

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.

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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