Blue Water Holidays
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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

German Grandeur

Cruise from Basel along the Rhine River, Main River and Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg

Cruise Only
8 nights from £2224pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Breisach
  • Strasbourg
  • Rudesheim
  • Bamberg

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Your picturesque European river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. You’ll sail to Breisach—with your choice of a visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, or an excursion to the Black Forest. Sail to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way, and on to the wine village of Rüdesheim through the spectacular views of Rhine Gorge.

The modern and charming city of Frankfurt is also on your route along the Rhine River, and you’ll sail on the Main River to visit an authentic Main river village on your way to Würzburg. Take a guided tour of Bamberg, before reaching Nuremberg where your cruise ends. Your grand scenic cruise of Germany brings the beauty and charm of its cities and villages to life. From Switzerland to Bavaria, your German cruise will stay a beautiful memory for years to come!

V127 Operated by Avalon Waterways

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Basel to Nuremberg

Day 1 - Basel (Switzerland)

Embark your ship in Basel. (D)

Day 2 - Breisach (Germany)

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 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 butter-making demonstration. Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Strasbourg (France)

Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Walk. 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. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Rüdesheim (Germany) - Boppard

Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Take a Morning Hike up the vine-clad hillside with your Avalon Adventure Host, then ride the cable car down for breathtaking views, or tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, or take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards. This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard. Take a free afternoon to relax, or explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicatessen fare with a cup of German coffee or glass of Riesling wine. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment before sailing to Frankfurt. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Frankfurt

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, or 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. Spend free time this afternoon exploring Frankfurt on your own. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Main river village

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Würzburg

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. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail for Bamberg. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Bamberg

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. After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Nuremberg

Disembark after breakfast. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Nuremberg to Basel

Day 1 - Nuremberg

Embark your ship in Nuremberg (D)

Day 2 - Bamberg

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.After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Würzburg

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. 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. Enjoy live entertainment on board while sailing tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Main river village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River Bavarian village. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Frankfurt

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, or 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.Spend free time this afternoon exploring Frankfurt on your own. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Boppard - Rudesheim

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. Based on your cruise date, you’ll be treated to either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Strasbourg (France)

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. Explore on your own along tree-lined streets with gingerbread-style houses reminiscent of Brothers Grimm within the very modern city of the European Parliament. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Breisach (Germany)

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 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 butter-making demonstration. Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Basel (Switzerland)

Disembark after breakfast. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 8-night full board cruise
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 12th - Basel to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £2224
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2224 Blue Water Price from: £2395 Blue Water Price from: £2749 Blue Water Price from: £2749 Blue Water Price from: £2749 Blue Water Price from: £4748
    • May 28th - Nuremberg to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2224
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2224 Blue Water Price from: £2395 Blue Water Price from: £2749 Blue Water Price from: £2749 Blue Water Price from: £2749
  • June
    • Jun 5th - Basel to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2258
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2258 Blue Water Price from: £2429 Blue Water Price from: £2783 Blue Water Price from: £2783 Blue Water Price from: £2783
  • July
    • Jul 11th - Nuremberg to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2258
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2258 Blue Water Price from: £2429 Blue Water Price from: £2783 Blue Water Price from: £2783 Blue Water Price from: £2783 Blue Water Price from: £4782
  • August
    • Aug 30th - Nuremberg to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2293
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2293 Blue Water Price from: £2464 Blue Water Price from: £2818 Blue Water Price from: £2818 Blue Water Price from: £2818 Blue Water Price from: £4817
  • September
    • Sep 7th - Basel to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2361
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2361 Blue Water Price from: £2532 Blue Water Price from: £2886 Blue Water Price from: £2886 Blue Water Price from: £2886

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