Romantic Rhine with Oberammergau (WAZO2020)

By Avalon Waterways

Escorted Tour 12 Days From $6145.00
 

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Romantic Rhine with Oberammergau

Vacation Overview
One of Europe 's most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, 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 river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city 's “Golden Age.” Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture—will be an exciting stop with its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. 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.

 

Itinerary

Day 1:
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.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year.

Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

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Day 2:
AMSTERDAM Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

CLASSIC 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, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.

Take some free time to explore Amsterdam 's colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

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Day 3:
COLOGNE, GERMANY Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

CLASSIC 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 CRUISE TO KOBLENZ

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Day 4:
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 Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

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Day 5:
MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World 's Biggest Barrel of Wine

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, OR:

CLASSIC 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,” OR:

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers ' Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

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Day 6:
STRASBOURG, FRANCE Gothic Giants, Petit France, and Varietal Vintages

CLASSIC 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 choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

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Day 7:
BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

DISCOVERY Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany 's southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners ' process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:

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. Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a free afternoon in Breisach.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL

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Day 8:
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.

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Day 9:
INNSBRUCK. VISIT TO NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE—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.

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Day 10:
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.

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Day 11:
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.

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Day 12:
MUNICH Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Sightseeing Highlights

City Highlights
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; special treat; visit Siegfried 's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim

Day 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' Way

Day 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 Winzerkeller

Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)-Innsbruck: travel from Basel to Innsbruck, guided sightseeing in Innsbruck

Day 9 Innsbruck—Oberammergau: travel by motorcoach to Oberammergau, with a stop to visit Neuschwan-stein Castle

Day 10 Oberammergau: attend the Passion Play

Day 11 Oberammergau—Munich: travel to Munich; guided sightseeing

Day 12 Munich: your vacation ends this morning

What's Included

Dates & Prices

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Start Date End Date Brochure Price Actions
Mon Jul 13, 2020 Sat Jul 25, 2020 $6145.00 Reserve My Spot
Mon Aug 10, 2020 Sat Aug 22, 2020 $6145.00 Reserve My Spot

Tour Map

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Tour Info

Type: Excorted Tour
Duration: 12 Days
From $6145.00
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