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German Grandeur (Eastbound)

On this 9 day River cruise from Basel to Nuremberg, travel along the Main and Rhine rivers to enjoy the best views 3 countries have to offer.

Tour popular destinations in Switzerland, Germany and France via bike-ride, hike or guided walk. Whether your goal is to spend more time out in nature or immerse yourself in local culture there’s something for everyone aboard the Avalon Tranquility II.

Enjoy Avalon’s signature Panorama Suites aboard our award-winning fleet, with rooms 30% larger than the industry standard that transform into open-air balconies, it’s the perfect way to take in the sights from the comfort of your own space.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Tranquility II
  • Duration: 8 Nights
  • Departure: May - Oct
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German Grandeur (Eastbound) Cruise Itinerary

Clamber aboard the Avalon Tranquility II for a scenic adventure down rivers Main and Rhine. Enjoy a scenic cruising through Rhine Gorge, visit the Gothic Cathedral in Strasbourg or get stuck in on a bike-ride with your Adventure Host through Bamberg, Frankfurt, Breisach and many other destinations.

Day 1

Basel (EMBARK)

Climb aboard the Avalon Tranquility II and enjoy our onboard welcome reception.

Day 2


Choose between an excursion to the Black Forest, biking alongside your Adventure Host or paying a visit to a local winery in Breisach to get a taste for the local alcohol.

Day 3


Go biking with your Adventure Host or enjoy a guided tour to either the La Petite France district or a Gothic Cathedral.

Day 4

Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge-Boppard

Here, you have the choice of visiting Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, a cable-car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim or a hike through the local vineyards with your Adventure Host. You can expect to enjoy a scenic cruising through Rhine Gorge and some time at leisure during our mooring at Boppard.

Day 5


On this day, enjoy a bike ride alongside your Adventure Host or opt for a guided tour in Seligenstadt.

Day 6

Main River Village

Take part in a serene walking tour through Main River Village to immerse yourself in local culture.

Day 7


Pay a visit to the Bishop’s Residence or get your cardio going on a bike ride alongside your Adventure Host.

Day 8


Today, we offer you a choice of a guided tour to the Old Town Hall or a serene bike ride with your Adventure Host.

Day 9

Nuremberg (DISEMBARK)

Your cruise ends this morning, disembark the Avalon Tranquility II and begin your journey home.

About The Avalon Tranquility II

The aim of this ship is to find balance between bringing tranquility to the weary traveler’s soul whilst still offering you lots of exciting opportunities to entice your adventurous spirit. Climb aboard to enjoy a peaceful stay in Avalon’s signature panorama suites, which are 30% larger than the industry standard, making them the perfect place to stretch out and enjoy the world at your feet.

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Whether you want to swing the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck for some fly-by meals to fit your busy schedule or head to the Panorama lounge for a more formal, chef-prepared lunch, the team at Avalon Waterways has you covered with healthy options offered with each meal and complimentary room service for those times where you just need to relax in your room.

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The Avalon Tranquility II’s suites should be available to you equipped with individual thermostats, in-room safes, a flat-screen TV and en-suite bathroom complete with towels, robes and slippers. However, with several suite options, the room you purchase may come with additional luxuries. Choose from the Deluxe Stateroom (172 sq.ft), Panorama Suite (200 sq.ft) and Royal Suite (300 sq.ft)

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Health & Fitness

Through your Adventure Host, you should be able to access the following: bikes, maps for hiking/biking/jogging routes, fitness and wellness activities, fitbits and yoga mats for whenever you’re feeling like you need to get moving during your cruise.

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Deck Plan

All Avalon Fleet ships consist of 3 accommodation decks, in order of ascension: Indigo, Sapphire, Royal and the expansive Sky Deck beckons with a whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, shade system, and deck games-against a backdrop of Europe's most spectacular scenery.

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German Grandeur (Eastbound)

Cruise down rivers Main and Rhine through Switzerland, Germany and France – taking bookings for 2023/2024

  • May - Oct
  • 8 Nights

German Grandeur (Eastbound) Cruise Review

“We took our older two kids on this river cruise and they loved it: riding our bikes around various destinations was a real highlight for our family. As we love to stay active, our Adventure Host was a key player in our enjoyment of the cruise – he was friendly, helpful and motivating. Our suite was also lovely, the panorama windows/open-air balcony definitely is a cool novelty worth experiencing.”

Rebekah Harris, Bristol

German Grandeur (Eastbound) FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Will I receive a panorama suite?

Each ship in the Avalon fleet includes our signature Panorama Suites, however there’s also the option to book a Deluxe Stateroom or Royal Suite – so it really depends on your pricepoint and what you’re looking for.

Does this cruises’ outings include the opportunity for a wine tasting?

On day 2 of your cruise, during our time moored in Breisach there’s the option to visit a local winery and enjoy a tasting.

Does Avalon Waterways accept children?

In our years of experience, we’ve found that children under the age of eight years old do not typically fare well on cruise vacations, so we do not accept children under that age.

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