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The Upper Rhine to the City of Music
11-Night Cruise from Basel to Vienna

Avalon Upper Rhine to the city of Music
Windmills Vineyards and Paris Map
2017 Departure Dates & Pricing

Basel to Vienna (WZV) - 12 days

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Ship - Luminary, Visionary, Artistry II

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland. Transfer to Basel (Embarkation Day)

Flights into Zürich must arrive before 3:00 pm. Your river cruise vessel is docked on the Rhine River in Basel, where France, Switzerland, and Germany meet. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception at 6:00 pm.(Dinner)

NOTE: Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. for the SAFETY DRILL.

Day 2: Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is influenced by the culture of both countries, and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is the seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament. A Certified Local Guide shows you the noteworthy sights: the GOTHIC CATHEDRAL, the lovely LA PETITE FRANCE district, Place Kléber, and Place Gutenberg with its statue of the inventor of the printing press. Strasbourg is also home to the Kronenbourg Brewery. An optional excursion into the Alsace wine region is available. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Speyer, Germany

After breakfast this morning, choose from guided sightseeing of the ancient imperial city of SPEYER, with a visit of the impressive TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM that houses a vast collection of aircraft, classic cars, locomotives, and fire engines, including a Boeing 747 and an original space shuttle. Or, you may wish to visit 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! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Wertheim

Enjoy peaceful cruising along the picturesque Main River this morning, arriving in Wertheim in the early afternoon. Wertheim is situated at the confluence of the Tauber and Main Rivers, and a GUIDED WALK shows you its medieval town center. Enjoy an included TASTING of local specialties and some free time—if you are energetic, you might like to hike up to the castle, which overlooks the town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Würzburg

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 Fortress Marienberg perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Bamberg

Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as you cruise gently along the Main River. Before lunch, attend an ONBOARD LECTURE to learn more about the European Union. This afternoon, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic center, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! Wander the town’s serpentine streets with their charming houses and 18th-century mansions.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Nuremberg

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. This afternoon, relax on board and attend a fascinating LECTURE about the engineering marvel that is the Main Danube Canal. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Regensburg

This morning, arrive 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! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9:Passau – Linz, Austria

Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. 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; the popular “Romantic Austria” tour, or to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Melk – Dürnstein

Today is dedicated to the beautiful and romantic Wachau Valley, where so much of the excellent Austrian wine is grown and produced. This morning, visit Melk’s impressive 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, which towers over the town. Words cannot describe the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. After Melk, lounge on the Sky Deck with a glass of white wine while enjoying the gorgeous scenery as you sail to Dürnstein, whose baroque blue and white Stiftskirche stands right on the river bank. There is free time to explore this small town on your own or to participate in an optional excursion.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Vienna

Also known as the “City of Music,” Vienna inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, 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. An optional concert is available during your stay.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Vienna (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

2017 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Basel
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony
Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
May 19, 2017
Artistry II
$4,399
$4,740
$6,369
$6,454
$6,626
$7,654
Jun 16, 2017
Luminary
$4,349
-
$5,462
$5,547
$5,719
$6,747
Aug 23, 2017
Artistry II
$4,399
$4,740
$6,369
$6,454
$6,626
$7,654
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges: Additional $288 per passenger.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.
Transfers at the Start/End of the Program are available for purchase. Please call for details.

Prices Include:

Dail
• 11-night Cruise from Basel to Vienna in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks, with lunch; and wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Daily guided sightseeing program with Certified Local Guides
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port Charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Personal expenses

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