Four countries, three rivers, and the impressive Main Danube Canal are the basis of this delightful river cruise vacation. Start in Zürich, Switzerland, then travel to Basel to embark your river cruise vessel. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Würzburg, Bamberg, Regensburg, Passau and Nuremberg. Visit Heidelberg and its imposing castle and stop in Melk for a visit to the beautiful Benedictine Abbey. Guided orientations of the smaller towns show off their famous sights, and time in Regensburg includes the chance to sample some of Germany’s world-famous beers. Your journey concludes in Vienna with guided sightseeing and time at leisure to explore this extraordinary “City of Music” on your own.

City Highlights

Cruise: deluxe 11-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Zürich–Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedralDay 3 Excursion to Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle; see the Great VatDay 4 Main River Village: guided walkDay 5 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 6 Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town HallDay 7 Nuremberg: choice of guided city sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tourDay 8 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tastingDay 9 Passau: guided walkDay 10 Melk–Dürnstein: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; see the Stiftskirche in DürnsteinDay 11 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 12 Vienna (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning


Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel


NOTES: In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.