Join Amy Hanten, “The Cooking Mom”, on this picturesque Rhine River Cruise. We begin in Basel, Switzerland where you will board the beautiful Avalon Envision. You will sail to Breisach, with your choice of a visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, or an excursion to the Black Forest. Enjoy the fascinating city of Strasbourg, France, along the way. Then on to Rüdesheim and through the spectacular views of Rhine Gorge.
The modern and charming city of Frankfurt is also on your route along the Rhine, and you will 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 to disembark for two nights in Munich. Enjoy a guided tour of the incredible King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle. Your grand scenic cruise through Germany brings the beauty and charm of its cities and villages to life. From Switzerland to Bavaria and beyond, your German vacation will stay a beautiful memory for years to come!
Overnight flight from Chicago O’Hare airport to Zurich. (Optional: Motorcoach transportation from various pick up points to Chicago)
Welcome to Zurich! Upon arrival in Zurich you will be met and transferred to the Avalon Envision. The rest of the day is yours to relax. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night onboard. explore the city on your own.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest - 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, OR visit to Badischer 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. You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
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 historic Maginot Line—the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France or visit Alsace’s wine country today. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat. This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.
Enjoy some free time 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 while sailing to Frankfurt.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT
Join a guided sightseeing tour of Frankfurt to see the city’s cultural landmarks and gleaming financial headquarters combined with the cozy ambiance 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. Enjoy live entertainment on board while sailing tonight.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO THE MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Experience hidden gems and bavarian beauty - Join a guided walking tour of a picturesque Main River Bavarian village.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO 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 fairy tale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail for Bamberg.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO 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).
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
Join a guided tour of Nuremberg with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle. Tonight, you will stay in Munich to enjoy its nightlife, elegant cuisine, and to relax for tomorrow’s adventures. Hotel: Sofitel Munich Bayerpost (or similar)
Take a full-day guided tour to the garden landscape of the Bavarian Alps to visit Neuschwanstein Castle—the historic home of King Ludwig. Hotel: Sofitel Munich Bayerpost (or similar)
Your vacation ends this morning with breakfast before departing to the airport and returning home to Chicago O’Hare. (Optional: Motorcoach transportation from various pick up points from Chicago)
- Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Zurich, Switzerland and returning from Munich, Germany
- Motorcoach transfers between the airport, ship and hotel when purchasing our air inclusive package
- Two nights’ hotel accommodations including breakfast in Munich at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost (or similar)
- Deluxe 8-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom on the stunning Avalon Envision
- Complimentary pre-paid gratuities to your shipboard staff, local guides, and coach drivers
- Captivating onboard local entertainment
- Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options
- All meals onboard the ship with Chef-inspired regional recipes
- Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with wine and canapés
- Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your ship
Sightseeing and Services Highlights
- Daily shore excursions, hosted by English-speaking local experts, with a choice of Leisurely, Classic or Discovery sightseeing pace options
- Experienced Fox World Travel Tour Manager to accompany the group*
- Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board cruise director
- Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information
Not included: Airline flights on land-only packages, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask you travel consultant about our reasonable options.
* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.
*Daily Itinerary is subject to change. 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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare
*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. All taxes and fees of $401.23 are INCLUDED and subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations. Single pricing available upon request. Triple accommodations not available.
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Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations. Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.
Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.
Amy Hanten is “The Cooking Mom”. She’s a cookbook author, television show host, and a food blogger with a popular website www.thecookingmom.com. She hosts a daily cooking show, “Living with Amy” on Fox 11 in Green Bay. Amy also cooks up her delicious family friendly recipes regularly on many other TV stations like Fox 6 Wakeup in Milwaukee. She also shares tips and recipes on radio stations like Wisconsin Public Radio and 620 WTMJ. When she’s not cooking Amy loves to travel! She’s loves adventures and is excited to travel, learn and eat her way around the world!
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From date of deposit to June 2, 2021: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
June 3 – July 7, 2021: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
July 8 – August 6, 2021: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
August 7, 2021 to day of departure: No refund
Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.
A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.
Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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