Romantic Rhine With Oberammergau 202013 DAYS FROM ONLY $6,145
Austria, France, Germany, Holland (Netherlands), New Zealand, Switzerland
Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. And nearby, in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue your Rhine river cruise to Mainz for a guided walk and visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum, or take an excursion to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Before the end of your European river cruise vacation, 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, starting with sightseeing in Innsbruck. Visit the spectacular Neuschwanstein Castle before the highlight of your trip—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 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.
Tour HighlightsDay 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: free time in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; special treat; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in RüdesheimDay 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: choice of guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz or guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers' WayDay 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral Day 7 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische WinzerkellerDay 8 Basel (Disembarkation)–Innsbruck: travel from Basel to Innsbruck, guided sightseeing in InnsbruckDay 9 Innsbruck—Oberammergau: travel by motorcoach to Oberammergau, with a stop to visit Neuschwan-stein CastleDay 10 Oberammergau: attend the Passion PlayDay 11 Oberammergau—Munich: travel to Munich; guided sightseeingDay 12 Munich: your vacation ends this morning
- 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.