Romantic Rhine with 2 Nights in Innsbruck & Oberammergau 2020

13 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Munich

2020 Information

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting Rhine River cruise, which takes you across Germany and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! 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.

This magnificent European river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland, where you’ll enjoy a guided cruise along its legendary canals. Visit Cologne, Germany a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture, famous twin spired cathedral, and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, then continue your cruise to Mainz to visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum or Heidelberg Castle. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Stop in Breisach, Germany, 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 European vacation on shore for a guided tour of Austria and Germany and Italy, starting with sight-seeing in Innsbruck. Continue with a visit to Merano, Bolzano, and Neuschwanstein Castle. The highlight of your trip is a visit to the idyllic Bavarian village of Oberammergau, Germany, 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 VIP seating and accommodations in the heart of Oberammergau. Next, enjoy guided sightseeing in Munich, including Nymphenburg Palace, the Marienplatz, and gothic Frauenkirche. Sample Munich’s Biergärtens and cafés, and see the famous Glockenspiel. 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.

This vacation, which includes tickets for the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play, requires an addi-tional deposit of $500 per person in February 2019.


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation):Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Amsterdam:Canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne:Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim:Free time in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Sieg-fried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat
Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg:Choice of guided walk or visit to the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz or guided tour of Heidelberg Castle; see the Great Vat
Day 6 Strasbourg:Guided sightseeing to visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest:Full-day guided tour to Black Forest
Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)–Innsbruck:Travel from Basel to Innsbruck with guided sightseeing in Innsbruck
Day 9 Innsbruck. Excursion to Merano and Bolzano:Guided sightseeing in Merano and Bolzano
Day 10 Innsbruck-Oberammergau:Travel by motorcoach to Oberammergau with a stop to visit Neuschwanstein Cas-tle Day 11 Oberammergau: attend the Passion Play
Day 12 Oberammergau-Munich:Travel to Munich; guided sightseeing
Day 13 Munich:Your vacation ends this morning

  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.

    Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.

  • Personalized room options.

    Personalized room options.

  • Space to relax & unwind.

    Space to relax & unwind.

  • A lounge serving premium spirits.

    A lounge serving premium spirits.

  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center.

    Maintain your routine in the fitness center.

  • Alternate lunch option - Sky Bistro.

    Alternate lunch option - Sky Bistro.

  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.

    Chef-inspired regional recipes.

  • Four-course dinners with open seating.

    Four-course dinners with open seating.

  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with all onboard lunches and dinners.

    Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with all onboard lunches and dinners.

  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.

    Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.

  • Panoramic windows throughout every ship.

    Panoramic windows throughout every ship.

  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout.

    Elegant, contemporary design throughout.

  • Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.

    Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.

  • Premium L'Occitane bath products.

    Premium L'Occitane bath products.

  • Friendly, English speaking crew.

    Friendly, English speaking crew.

  • Light lunch alternative.

    Light lunch alternative.

  • Headsets for shore excursions.

    Headsets for shore excursions.

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind—offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've used our 90-plus years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
  • Local FavoritesSM - onboard cultural & artisan experiences
  • Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryer
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas
  • Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • And, much more

Day-By-Day Itinerary

(B) = Breakfast   (L) = Lunch   (D) = Dinner

Day 1

(D)

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

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.

Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties or join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Day 2

(B, L, D)

AMSTERDAM

Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

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

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle—Holland’s most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

Day 3

(B, L, D)

COLOGNE, GERMANY

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

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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. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ

Day 4

(B, L, D)

KOBLENZ—RHINE GORGE

Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History

Enjoy free time in Koblenz before relaxing on the Sky Deck for a leisurely cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of the Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

RÜDESHEIM

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.
Discovery
Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

Day 5

(B, L, D)

MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

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Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, OR:
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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,”
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

Day 6

(B, L, D)

STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages

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Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s 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 visit Alsace’s wine country today.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

Day 7

(B, L, D)

BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

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 Bavarian butter-making demonstration
EVENING CRUISE TO BASEL

Day 8

(B)

BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)-INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

This morning bid farewell to your crew after breakfast and drive to Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian region of Tyrol.

This afternoon, join your local guide for a guided sightseeing of Innsbruck, visit St. James Cathedral and the Hofkirche.

This evening a Folklore Show will be on offer.

Day 9

(B)

INNSBRUCK. EXCURSION TO MERANO AND BOLZANO, ITALY

Today enjoy a full day excursion which will bring you in Italy to discover South Tyrol.

Join your local guide for a guided sightseeing of the Alpine towns of Merano and Bolzano.

Day 10

(B, D)

INNSBRUCK. VISIT TO NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, GERMANY-OBERAMMERGAU

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 picturesque Oberammergau.

Day 11

(B, L, D)

OBERAMMERGAU. 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.

Day 12

(B)

OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH

This morning, depart for Germany’s lively city–Munich. Then, 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 13

(B)

MUNICH

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Ship Details

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Hotels

Amsterdam
Innsbruck
Oberammergau
Munich

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyAvalon site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 CAD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 CAD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 CAD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.

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