Blue Water Holidays
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Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
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

Fly Cruise
8 nights from £2157pp

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 - UK - Basel (Switzerland)

Fly from the UK to Switzerland and 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, or a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. 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 4 - Rüdesheim (Germany)

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 - UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

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

Nuremberg to Basel

Day 1 - UK - Nuremberg

Fly from the UK to Germany and 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 and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

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

Price Includes

  • 8-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • 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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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 9th - Nuremberg to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £2464
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2464 Blue Water Price from: £2635 Blue Water Price from: £3433 Blue Water Price from: £3492 Blue Water Price from: £3606
    • Jun 25th - Basel to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £2394
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2394 Blue Water Price from: £3194 Blue Water Price from: £3251 Blue Water Price from: £3365 Blue Water Price from: £5165
  • July
    • Jul 23rd - Nuremberg to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £2210
      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: £2210 Blue Water Price from: £2381 Blue Water Price from: £3182 Blue Water Price from: £3238 Blue Water Price from: £3352 Blue Water Price from: £5152
  • August
    • Aug 24th - Basel to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £2518
      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: £2518 Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3578 Blue Water Price from: £4099 Blue Water Price from: £3661 Blue Water Price from: £5211
  • September
    • Sep 21st - Nuremberg to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £3178
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3178 Blue Water Price from: £3349 Blue Water Price from: £4207 Blue Water Price from: £4320 Blue Water Price from: £5295
  • October
    • Oct 23rd - Basel to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £2216
      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: £2216 Blue Water Price from: £2387 Blue Water Price from: £3275 Blue Water Price from: £3693 Blue Water Price from: £3358 Blue Water Price from: £5158

Price Information

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