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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Grand German Sojourn

Visit captivating towns in Holland and Germany on this cruise along the Rhine and Main rivers from Amsterdam to Nuremberg

Fly Cruise
9 nights from £2667pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Bamberg
  • Amsterdam
  • Boppard
  • Cologne
  • Heidelberg
  • Nuremberg

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Grand German Sojourn Special Offer

For a grand view of many of the charming and captivating towns in Holland and Germany, you’ll cruise on the Rhine and Main Rivers from Amsterdam to Nuremberg.

Experience the colour and character of Amsterdam with a guided canal cruise on its iconic waterways, then cruise on the Rhine River to Cologne - a dynamic and historic city with its signature gothic cathedral and soaring twin steeples. Take a guided tour of the city or choose a walking tour of Cologne’s historical Jewish sites. Cruising toward the splendid Rhine Gorge, stop in Boppard with its half-timbered buildings and forest views before arriving in Rüdesheim, flanked by hillside vineyards and Rhine River shores. Visit the marvellous Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum for German ditties played by some of its 350 self-playing instruments. Your Rhine River cruise continues with visits to Mainz and Würzburg. In Mainz, take a guided excursion to magnificent Heidelberg Castle, then visit a Main River Village for a picturesque day in Bavaria. Würzburg will delight you with a guided tour of its Old Main Bridge, fortress and frescoed ceiling of its baroque Bishop’s Residenz along the famed Romantic Road.

Your Main River cruise portion flows into Bavaria’s largest wine-producing region with a visit to Kitzingen. Your guided tour will share legends of folklore, followed by a leisurely sail to stroll the quaint town of Volkach and its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. In Bamberg, enter a world where imperial dynasties lived with a guided tour of its Romanesque cathedral amid the seven hills crowned with churches. We recommend toasting your German river cruise with a sweet and savoury Rauchbier (smoked beer) before cruising to Nuremberg for disembarking your ship.

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Amsterdam to Nuremberg

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)

Fly from the UK to Amsterdam and embark ship. (D)

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a guided canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” You might consider an optional excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle, or spend free time exploring Amsterdam’s colourful streets, canals, galleries, and shops. Afternoon and overnight cruising to Cologne. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Cologne (Germany)

Perhaps start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Take a guided city walk of the old city of Cologne with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, or join 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, enjoy live entertainment on board. Overnight cruise to Boppard. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Boppard - Rudesheim

Take advantage of free time to explore Boppard’s beautiful forest views by bike or by foot or sip a late-morning cup of rich German coffee in a local café after breakfast. Next, enjoy breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim. Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience. This evening, enjoy a special performance on board. Overnight cruise to Mainz. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Mainz

Take a half-day guided tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat, the world’s largest wine barrel. Sail to a beautiful Main River village while enjoying dinner. Evening and overnight cruising to Main River Village. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Main river village

Join a guided walking tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment on board. Afternoon and overnight cruising to Wurzburg. (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 Bavarian 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. Evening and overnight cruising to Kitzingen. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Kitzingen - Volkach

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and hear about the legend of a Countess, a shepherd and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area. Enjoy a leisurely sailing to Volkach at lunchtime. Join a walking tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. Evening and overnight cruising to Bamberg. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Bamberg

Take a guided walking tour of the former 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). Evening and overnight cruising to Nuremberg. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Nuremberg - UK

Disembark ship and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Nuremberg to Amsterdam

Day 1 - UK - Nuremberg (Germany)

Fly from the UK to embark ship in Nuremberg. (B, L, D)

Day 2 - Bamberg

Take a guided walking tour of the former home to imperial dynasties and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall and seven hills crowned with churches. Enjoy free time this afternoon strolling through the city. Later, indulge in a beer tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board. Evening and overnight cruising to Volkach. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Volkach - Kitzingen

Join a walking tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. During lunch time enjoy a relaxing cruise to Kitzingen. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and hear about the legend of a Countess, a shepherd and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area. Overnight cruise to Wurzburg. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - 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. Alternatively, you may enjoy free time to take in the charm and culinary specialties of Würzburg. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail. Evening and overnight cruising to Main river village. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Main river village

Join a guided walking tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. Explore a charming Main River village on a guided hike with your Avalon Adventure Host. This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. Afternoon and overnight cruising to Mainz. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Mainz

Take a half-day guided tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat - the world’s largest wine barrel. Dock overnight in Rudesheim. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Rüdesheim - Koblenz

Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, or take a guided hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down. Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner. Overnight cruise to Cologne. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Cologne

Perhaps start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host while cruising to Cologne. Take a guided city walk of Cologne - explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, or join 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. This evening, enjoy dinner on board your ship. Afternoon and overnight cruising to Amsterdam. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Amsterdam (Holland)

Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a guided canal cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” You might consider an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans, a quintessential Dutch town complete with windmills, waterways, and flower farms, or a guided optional biking excursion to the Dutch countryside. Dock overnight in Amsterdam. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - UK - Amsterdam

Disembark ship and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 9-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

  • May
    • May 11th - Amsterdam to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £3283
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3283 Blue Water Price from: £4158 Blue Water Price from: £4275
    • May 17th - Amsterdam to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £3233
      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: £3233 Blue Water Price from: £3408 Blue Water Price from: £4225 Blue Water Price from: £4286 Blue Water Price from: £4399 Blue Water Price from: £5716
  • June
    • Jun 19th - Nuremberg to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £3624
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3624 Blue Water Price from: £4518 Blue Water Price from: £4636 Blue Water Price from: £5770
  • July
    • Jul 22nd - Amsterdam to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £2869
      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: £2869 Blue Water Price from: £3043 Blue Water Price from: £3860 Blue Water Price from: £4280 Blue Water Price from: £4035 Blue Water Price from: £5602
  • August
    • Aug 14th - Nuremberg to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £3122
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3122 Blue Water Price from: £3300 Blue Water Price from: £4193 Blue Water Price from: £4372 Blue Water Price from: £5645
  • September
    • Sep 30th - Amsterdam to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £3255
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3255 Blue Water Price from: £3429 Blue Water Price from: £4247 Blue Water Price from: £4738 Blue Water Price from: £4421
  • November
    • Nov 8th - Nuremberg to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £2667
      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: £2667 Blue Water Price from: £2845 Blue Water Price from: £3678 Blue Water Price from: £3737 Blue Water Price from: £3857 Blue Water Price from: £5440

Price Information

  • Please note: Pricing is based on a fluid system so subject to daily change.
Map for Grand German Sojourn