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Highlights of Germany


Highlights of Germany - Avalon Waterways Cruises
Avalon River Cruises
Duration: 13 days
rom Munich to Basel
All-inclusive River Cruise

Visits to: GERMANY
Specially-priced Air Rates Available: YES

Avalon Waterways

Highlights of Germany
13 days from Munich to Basel

Willkommen in Deutschland—welcome to Germany! On this spectacular cruise vacation, enjoy one of Germany’s largest cities, Munich, and many of its charming villages and towns, with picturesque scenery along the way. Visit King Ludwig’s most famous castle—Neuschwanstein, the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle—and spend time in delightful Oberammergau. Explore and savor beer tasting in Regensburg, a beautifully preserved medieval city where you’ll visit one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Enjoy the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg with its medieval homes, and visit Speyer with its excellent Technology Museum or Heidelberg and its famous castle. Explore La Petite France district in Strasbourg. Cruise through the Rhine Gorge, the most dramatic part of the river, and drive through the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps. This is just a sampling of the scenic wonders and delightful destinations awaiting your discovery!



It's about you. You are the reason we've used our 80-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best river cruise experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout every ship.
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout.
  • Included shore excursions with Local Guide.
  • Headsets for shore excursions.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access.
  • Personalized room options & excursions.
  • Space to relax & unwind
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos and lattes.
  • Coffee self-serve beverage station.
  • A lounge serving premium spirits.
  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center.
  • The Comfort Collection BedsSM.
  • Premium L'Occitane bath amenities.
  • Daily early- and late-riser breakfast.
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine.
  • Complimentary juices with breakfast.
  • Made-to-order egg station at breakfast.
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch.
  • Al fresco lunches on the Sky Bistro.
  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.
  • Four-course dinners with open seating.
  • Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.
  • Complimentary regional wines at dinner.
  • Free soft drinks or beer with dinner.
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 p.m.
  • Remarkable service throughout the cruise.
  • English-speaking crew.
  • Non-smoking interior.
  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels.
  • Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage.
  • Alternative dinners of light regional specialties and wines in the Panorama Bistro on Suite ShipsSM.
  • And, much more.

    • Meals are indicated by breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
    • Welcome dinner
    • Daily Afternoon Tea
    • Daily Night Fare
    • Local chef dinner
    • Farewell dinner
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel

    Airport transfers may be included when you make your flight arrangements

Globus Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Munich, Germany

Welcome to Munich! The rest of the day is free to start exploring.

Day 2 Munich

Munich, capital of Bavaria, offers a small-town feel with its pedestrian- and bike-friendly atmosphere. With its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés, and delightful shops, Munich has plenty to see and do. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you the highlights of this fascinating city, including Nymphenburg Palace, summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs; MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls; and the gothic Frauenkirche, a prominent landmark for Munich. Then, enjoy time on your own in this vibrant city. Watch the famous Glockenspiel, recreating a royal wedding from the 16th century; enjoy the pedestrian zone; linger at an outdoor café; or visit St. Peter’s, the oldest church in town. Why not visit the Viktualienmarkt with its Maypole that carries figurines featuring the arts and crafts of this region? This large market is popular for fresh produce, meats, cheeses, spices, baked goods, flowers, and more. Or, maybe relax alongside the locals at one of the Biergärten or breweries to sample Bavarian beer specialties. (Breakfast)

Day 3 Munich. Excursion to Neuschwanstein & Oberammergau

This morning, a full-day outing takes you into the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps and for a visit to King Ludwig’s fairytale NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, situated high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to Oberammergau, famous for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play. Enjoy free time in this small town to stroll along the streets and admire the typical Bavarian houses, many beautifully painted with scenes from fairytales. (Breakfast)

Day 4 Munich–Passau (Embarkation)

Enjoy a free morning in Munich, then, in the afternoon, drive to Passau, ideally located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. Join your Local Guide for an included WALKING TOUR through this charming town of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets before boarding your river cruise vessel. Alternatively, you might like to join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg, which will end in Passau with embarkation on your ship. Meet your crew at a welcome reception this evening as you set sail for Regensburg. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 Regensburg

Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of “historic interest.” Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city’s lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. Before dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Nuremberg

Today, enjoy a relaxing morning of cruising, and before lunch, attend a fascinating ONBOARD LECTURE about the engineering marvel that is the Main Danube Canal. Arrive in Nuremberg in the early afternoon. Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Choose from an included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized “NUREMBERG TRIALS” tour. During free time, be sure to make a wish at the beautiful fountain in the Hauptmarkt (main square). Legend says your wish will come true if you turn its gold ring three times. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Bamberg–Kitzingen

Leave your ship after breakfast and head for medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic center, including the
13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! Your Local Guide will also show you the serpentine streets with charming houses and 18th-century mansions. Enjoy free time before returning to your ship for lunch and sailing to Kitzingen, where you dock for several hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Würzburg

Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Würzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” makes an immediate impression with imposing Fortress Marienberg perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP’S RESIDENZ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. The afternoon is free for you to explore or shop, or you may wish to join an optional excursion to the medieval walled city of Rothenburg on the “Romantic Road.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Miltenberg

Tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates, the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg is a cultural gem on the banks of the Main River. The town’s delightful Marktplatz (market square) centers around a Renaissance-era fountain and features striking half-timbered buildings, cobblestone lanes, and one of the oldest inns in Germany, Haus zum Riesen (the giant’s house). Marvel at the gothic splendor of the Merchant Hall and the renaissance houses on your GUIDED WALK. There is free time in this charming city before your ship departs. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon on board as you sail out of the River Main and head for the Rhine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Boppard–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim

This morning, arrive in Boppard on the left bank of the Rhine. After breakfast, a GUIDED WALK will acquaint you with this town, which saw its beginnings as a Celtic settlement, then a Roman stronghold, and today as a spa center and a popular tourist destination. During lunch, sail southward through the most dramatic part of the river, the RHINE GORGE, before arriving in Rüdesheim, the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, where you’ll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries; and enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Speyer

This morning, relax on board as your ship sails to Speyer. Located on the left bank of the Rhine, Speyer was a bishopric and boasts a Romanesque cathedral with six imposing towers and the finest and largest crypt in Germany. A Local Guide joins you for a GUIDED WALK and a visit to Speyer’s impressive TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM, housing a vast collection of aircraft, classic cars, locomotives, and fire engines, including a Boeing 747 jet and an original space shuttle. Or, you may choose to take an afternoon excursion to HEIDELBERG, home to the oldest university in Germany, founded in 1386. With a Local Guide, visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! Enjoy free time in this peaceful yet vibrant town before rejoining your ship in the early evening in Speyer. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city, yet it manages to retain its historic charm. In fact, here, on your included WALKING TOUR, you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. A choice of optional excursions is available this afternoon; a trip into the Alsace wine region in France may strike your fancy, or on the other side of the river in Germany, the Black Forest beckons. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Departure flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am.


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.


Affinity River Ship! 
Affinity                                                         PLEASE NOTE: This cruise also offered on sister ship Artistry II.

Have you Ever...?? - Experience Avalon - Watch VideoBuilt 2009 | Length 361 | Crew Members 39 | Staterooms 65 | Suites 4

Accommodating a maximum of 138 passengers for an intimate cruise experience, the Avalon Affinity set sail in 2009 and reflects the uniqueness of the rivers it cruises - the Rhine, Main, Danube, and Moselle. After a day of exploring some of Europe's most exciting cities, relax in the ship's two lounges, soak in the whirlpool, or unwind in a deck chair atop the Sky Deck. This elegant, contemporary ship features popular amenities such as an Internet corner with Wi-Fi access, a fitness center, hair salon, and elevator. For accommodations, the Avalon Affinity boasts spacious and well-appointed deluxe staterooms and suites. With most staterooms featuring a large floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with a French balcony, passengers experience Europe's beauty and history even when on board.
Avalon Affinity River Cruise
Included Amenities
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with shade awnings
  • Expanded fitness center
  • Elevator
  • Outside Viewing Deck
  • English-speaking crew
  • Cruise Director
  • Revolutionary engineering
  • Internet Corner
  • Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Relax and enjoy onboard movie nights
  • 2013 - Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Durnstein
  • Avalon Choice cruising experience
  • Choice of excursions - Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options
  • Culture & Cruise onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts
  • Guest Services is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Sky Deck Game Area
  • Fitness Center
  • Sky Deck with shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Sky Deck Whirlpool
  • Non-smoking interior
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout
  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Sightseeing with a Certified Local Guide
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Room service available featuring Continental breakfast and beverages
  • Hair salon (manicures available)
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
  • Access to iPad mobile digital devices (Royal Suites only)
  • Alternate dining experience with regional specialties and lighter fare in the Panorama Bistro
  • Behind-the-scenes ship tour
  • Complimentary maps and use of Nordic walking sticks
  • Expanded "on-demand" in-room entertainment
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Access
  • Well-stocked library

Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. E) 172 S.F.


Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. A, B, P) 172 S.F.


Suite  258 S.F.


Affinity - deck plan

Avalon Waterways
Highlights of Germany
13 days from Munich to Basel

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Cruise Staterooms & Comfort
  The Roomiest Staterooms.

We have always provided river cruisers the most spacious staterooms in Europe. With our Panorama-style Suite Ships, we're not only offering cruisers our award-winning Avalon Deluxe Staterooms, we're featuring 200-square foot Panorama Suites (30 percent larger than the average stateroom) and 300-square foot Royal Suites, offering cruisers even more room to relax and take in 360-degree views of Europe.

Inspired by design, our ships are crafted to entice all five senses. Some enhancements, including deluxe woven carpeting, flowers, premium L'Occitane products and scented sticks in our staterooms are subtle. Other offerings, such as Avalon-branded premium bedding (Comfort Collection BedsSM), marble bathrooms as well as a perfect balance of warm interiors, natural lighting and panoramic views are distinctive and unexpected. Combined, all elements provide travelers with a unique feeling of space, freedom and comfort not found with any other river cruise line.

Avalon Waterways offers cruisers an exclusive, premium-bedding suite (Comfort Collection Beds) in all of our staterooms, fleet-wide, in Europe. Comfort Collection Beds provides travelers a choice of pillows as well as orthopedic mattresses, high-comfort mattress covers, European-style duvets, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, extra blankets and bed configuration options.

Peering through the looking glass to determine how we can continue to improve our cruisers on-board experiences, we have invested in the finest bathroom appointments available and such luxury touch-points such as L'Occitane toiletries, quality robes and slippers in each room, fleet-wide. We've also designed contemporary staterooms with the most available storage space, and plenty of "comfort touches" like complimentary bottled water and fully stocked mini-bars.

For some cruisers, comfort comes in the form of connection: staying in touch with friends, colleagues and family members while away. Because of this, Avalon has taken great strides to enhance the technology available to guests on ship. In addition to offering them flat-screen televisions, providing a plethora of news and entertainment options, Avalon provides cruisers with FREE Wi-Fi fleet-wide. Furthermore, Royal Suites guests will have access to in-room iPads.

On any deck, your well-appointed Avalon Deluxe Stateroom is a spacious refuge of inviting home-awayfrom- home features. Delight in the large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass shower door; deluxe beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, and a choice of soft or firm pillows; and ample closet space. And, of course, don't miss out on the never-ending views from the large windows or floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors. In fact, you'll love your Avalon Deluxe Stateroom so much, you may never want to go home!

Avalon Deluxe Staterooms Include:
  Award-Winning Deluxe Staterooms by Avalon Waterways
  • Comfort Collection Beds featuring premium memory foam mattress toppers with special construction for increased air flow and ventilation
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets & Europeanstyle duvets
  • Soft and firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one queen)
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with French Balcony (most staterooms & suites)
  • Private bathroom with full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane® bath products
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar with complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with comfortable chair & mirror
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Continental breakfast & beverage room service available

Panorama Suites & Royal Suites Include (in addition to the above):
  • Nearly 11' Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window—50% wider than industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to create a large Open-Air Balcony
  • Open-Air Balcony with full 6-person seating area
  • Complimentary use of iPad mobile digital devices* while onboard (Royal Suites only)
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Your River Cruise Voyage Your Way

On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, "included" is the name of the game. Spacious outside staterooms with expansive riverscape views—included. VIP access into the must-see sites—included. Your choice of enriching shore excursions led by Certified Local Guides—included. Wi-Fi access—included. Sparkling wines with breakfast, regional beers and wines at every onboard dinner, and unlimited lattes and premium coffees—included. And we're proud to offer Avalon Choice®, an exciting concept in river cruising that gives you the freedom to personalize so many elements of your cruise.

Our Cuisine is Choice - So are the ways to Enjoy it.

Avalon dining has always freed taste buds from the ordinary. And now — it frees you from restrictions. At every meal, you'll have the ability to choose from a multitude of dining experiences. All feature the highest-quality local ingredients, hand crafted by true culinary artisans. And all are included at no extra cost.

Discovery By Your Design - Cruise Excursions.

We've done our due diligence pre-selecting Certified Local Guides who truly are the best in the world. But what you see and the pace in which you see it, is completely up to you. And the best part? Unlike other cruise operators, our preplanned discoveries are included at no extra charge to you. We even provide Nordic walking sticks for active guests looking for an extra spring in their step.

River Cruise Vacation Excursions
  This. That. And Everything.

Having the most thoughtfully designed, newest ships in the industry isn't the only advantage of Avalon. We tailor experiences too. Our handpicked Cruise Directors and Certified Local Guides in Europe, Asia, Egypt, U.S. and South America are the best in the business.

Avalon's inspired, 360-degree, engaging cruise experiences afford travelers the chance to immerse themselves into a destination and culture thanks to award-winning land programs and world-class guides. Our Egyptologists (along the Nile), Naturalists (in the Galápagos), Cruise Directors (in Europe, Southeast Asia, U.S. and China) and special guest lecturers also offer them a vast onboard educational program, giving cruisers the chance to soak in the history and culture of a region as they drift from village to village or island to island.

It's not easy to be an expert on everywhere. Thanks to Avalon's relationship with Globus – an award-winning tour company with more than 85 years of experience and 300 support staff on the ground in 65 countries around the world — our cruisers are privy to the best, all-inclusive land programs available.

We transform tourists into travelers and storytellers and help them truly experience each destination with guided sightseeing in every port (complete with headsets), daily port lectures, VIP access into key destinations, no waiting in lines and great cultural immersion and storytelling thanks to highly skilled Cruise and Tour Directors.

Biking Excursions

Avalon is also encouraging cruisers to drive their personal enrichment by experiencing ports on two wheels (from the seat of a bicycle). Adding to our already robust roster of activities, we have partnered with bicycle tour specialists in Amsterdam, Lyon, Durnstein, Vienna, and Breisach for optional, guided excursions.

Stroll Along Ancient Roads & Feel the Strange Become Familiar.
  Custom River Cruise Excursions by Avalon Waterways

At Avalon, we never lose sight of the reason you're traveling—to see the people, places, and sights on shore. And because we're part of the Globus family of brands, we're backed by more than 85 years in the travel business…which means you'll experience the world in a way that no other river cruise operator can deliver!

Included Guided Sightseeing & Excursions

When it comes to showing you the world, we select the very best guides—professionals who are certified locally in each destination and selected by the Globus family of brands. These Certified Local Guides are recognized for their expertise, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the area. They will lead you on engaging, included sightseeing tours, delivering genuine, behind-the-scenes destination experiences. You'll even benefit from the use of personal headsets for sightseeing, which gives you the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.


Avalon offers a great selection of optional excursions to help you further personalize your cruise. Whether it's a classical music concert in Vienna, a visit to a French winery, time at the colossal Romanian Parliament building in Bucharest, or a guided bicycle tour through town, with MyAvalon, selecting and paying for your optional excursions before your cruise is a cinch! Just go to AvalonWaterways.com/MyAvalon.

Sightseeing at Just the Right Pace

Sightseeing should never be a one-size-fits-all proposition. Travelers like to see the sights in different ways, so we've developed three sightseeing pace options to choose from:

Leisurely Sightseeing
    A Certified Local Guide shows you the destination's highlights in a relaxed and unhurried way.

Traditional Sightseeing
    Led by a Certified Local Guide, you'll explore a wide range of sights at a moderate pace.

Essential Sightseeing
    This orientation shows you the must-see sights, with plenty of time to explore on your own.

Explore on Your Own

Feel like discovering your destination on your own? Your onboard Guest Services is happy to assist you in making a dinner reservation on shore, getting tickets to the opera or a local cultural performance, or hiring a taxi so you can visit a friend or explore outlying areas. And for a more active experience on shore, consider the complimentary use of a Nordic walking stick.

We invite you to come experience a cruise unlike any other.

Some big-ship cruise deals sound like an incredible bargain...until you are on board and have to pay extra for everything. On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, "included" is the name of the game – and has been since we came on the scene a decade ago.


For thirteen years in a row, Globus has been selected by Recommend Magazine as the best Tour Operator to Europe, and a top finalist for North America, Asia, Latin America and Africa. The brand was also named in Travel Weekly's 2013 Reader's Choice Awards as Best Tour Operator - Europe and 2013 Reader's Choice Awards as Best Tour Operator - Europe, Best Tour Operator - International and Best Tour Operator - Asia and South Pacific.

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Capitals of Central Europe
10 Days from Prague to Budapest
European Splendor (EB)
13 Days from Amsterdam to Vienna
European Splendor (WB)
13 Days from Vienna to Amsterdam
Highlights of Germany
13 Days from Munich to Basel
Blue Danube to the Black Sea (EB) 14 Days from Vienna to Bucharest Blue Danube to the Black Sea (WB) 14 Days from Bucharest to Vienna Grand France
(SB) 16 Days from Paris to Côte d'Azur
Grand France
(NB) 16 Days from Côte d'Azur to Paris
Magnificent Europe (EB) 15 Days from Amsterdam to Budapest
Magnificent Europe (WB) 15 Days from Budapest to Amsterdam Jewels of Central Europe (EB)17 Days from Paris to Budapest Jewels of Central Europe (WB)19 Days from Budapest to Paris


Traditional Grand European   Globus Tours  21 Days  ENGLAND, BELGIUM, HOLLAND, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, AUSTRIA, ITALY
Continental Introduction  Globus Tours  16 Days  ENGLAND, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, ITALY, AUSTRIA, GERMANY and HOLLAND
Legendary Waterways of Europe  Collette Vacations  15 Days  GERMANY, CZECH REPUBLIC, AUSTRIA, HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA  and POLAND 
Continental Introduction  Globus Tours  14 Days  FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, ITALY, AUSTRIA, GERMANY and HOLLAND
The Best of Eastern Europe  Globus Tours  14 Days  GERMANY, POLAND, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY, AUSTRIA and CZECH REPUBLIC
Magnificent Cities of Central and Eastern Europe  Collette Vacations  13 Days  GERMANY, CZECH REPUBLIC, AUSTRIA, HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA and POLAND
Enchanting Europe  Globus Tours  13 Days  ENGLAND, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, AUSTRIA, GERMANY and HOLLAND
From St. Paul's to St. Peter's   Cosmos Tours  12 Days  ENGLAND, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND and ITALY
European Highlights w/Sorrento  Globus Tours  12 Days  ENGLAND, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, and ITALY
Essential Europe  Globus Tours  11 Days  ENGLAND, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND and ITALY
The Best of Italy and France  Globus Tours  11 Days  ITALY and FRANCE
A Taste of Europe   Cosmos Tours  10 Days  ENGLAND, HOLLAND, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND and FRANCE
Six Countries, Venice and Paris   Cosmos Tours  10 Days  ENGLAND, BELGIUM, HOLLAND, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, ITALY and FRANCE
Imperial Splendors  Globus Tours  10 Days  GERMANY, CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY and AUSTRIA
From the Colosseum to the Eiffel Tower  Globus Tours  10 Days  FRANCE, SWITZERLAND  and ITALY
European Sampler  London to London Globus Tours  10 Days  ENGLAND, HOLLAND, BELGIUM, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, and FRANCE
European Sampler  London to Paris Globus Tours  9 Days  ENGLAND, HOLLAND, BELGIUM, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, and FRANCE
Bohemian Dream  London to London Globus Tours  9 Days  HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA,  AUSTRIA and CZECH REPUBLIC
European Highlights  London to Paris Globus Tours  9 Days  ENGLAND, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, and ITALY
Holland, Luxembourg and Belgium  Globus Tours  9 Days  HOLLAND, BELGIUM and LUXEMBOURG
London and Paris  London to Paris Globus Tours  7 Days  ENGLAND and FRANCE
A Week in London and Paris  Monograms Vacations  7 Days  ENGLAND and FRANCE

THE BRITISH ISLES | England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales
Britiain and Ireland in Depth
Globus Tours  25 Days
The British Isles In Depth
Cosmos Tours 24 Days
The Best of the British Isles
Globus Tours 20 Days
Highlights of Britain and Ireland  Globus Tours 15 Days
Scottish Highlands and Islands
Globus Tours  14 Days
Exploring Britiain and Ireland
Collette Vacations  14 Days
From the Shannon to the Thames  Globus Tours 13 Days Celtic Highlights
Globus Tours  13 Days
Scenic Ireland
Globus Tours 13 Days
Scotland and Ireland
Collette Vacations  12 Days
Essential Britain
Globus Tours 12 Days
Emerald Isle
Globus Tours 10 Days
Essential Britain and Ireland
Globus Tours 10 Days
Shades of Ireland
Collette Vacations 9 Days
Irish Explorer
Cosmos Tours  9 Days
Discover Scotland
Collette Vacations 9 Days
British Landscapes
Collette Vacations 9 Days
Britain Sampler
Globus Tours  9 Days
British Panorama
Cosmos Tours  9 Days
London and Paris
Collette Vacations 7 Days
Introduction to Ireland
Globus Tours 7 Days
The Best of Southern England
Globus Tours  7 Days
London and Paris
Globus Tours 7 Days
Bonnie Scotland 
Globus Tours 7 Days
Two Weeks in London and Paris Monograms Vacations  14 Days London, Amsterdam, and Paris
Monograms Vacations  10 Days
A Week in London
Monograms Vacations 7 Days
Week in London and Paris
Monograms Vacations 7 Days
Southern Italy and Sicily
Cosmos Tours  16 Days
The Best of Italy and Sicily
Globus Tours  15 Days
Turkish Delight
Globus Tours  14 Days
Exploring Greece and its Islands
Collette Vacations  14 Days
Highlights of Sicily and Southern Italy
Globus Tours  14 Days
Italy's Best
Cosmos Tours  14 Days
Italian Mosaic
Globus Tours  13 Days
Italian Vistas
Collette Vacations  12 Days
Italy and Greece
Cosmos Tours  12 Days
Italy's Treasures
Collette Vacations  11 Days
Italian Lakes and Greek Isles
Collette Vacations  11 Days
Best of Italy and France
Globus Tours  11 Days
Best of Italy
Globus Tours  11 Days
Italian Treasures
Globus Tours  11 Days
Greece and Turkey Cruise/Tour
Globus Tours  11 Days
Southern Italy and Sicily
Collette Vacations  10 Days
Italian Highlights
Globus Tours  10 Days
Greek Island Hopper Cruise/Tour Globus Tours 10 Days Northern Italy's Highlights
Globus Tours  10 Days
Discover Croatia
Collette Vacations  10 Days
Splendid Sicilia
Collette Vacations  10 Days
Rome and the Amalfi Coast
Collette Vacations  9 Days
Reflections of Italy
Collette Vacations  9 Days
Italian Tapestry
Globus Tours  9 Days
Gems of Umbria and Tuscany
Globus Tours  9 Days
The Splendours of Italy
Cosmos Tours  9 Days
Italian Sampler
Globus Tours  9 Days
Iconic Aegean Cruise/Tour
Globus Tours  8 Days
Italy's Great Cities
Globus Tours  8 Days
The Best of Turkey
Globus Tours  8 Days
Classical Greece
Globus Tours  8 Days
Italian Vista
Globus Tours  8 Days
Iconic Aegean Cruise/Tour
Globus Tours  7 Days
A Taste of Italy
Globus Tours  7 Days

La France!
Globus Tours  15 Days
Alpine Countries
Globus Tours  15 Days
Grand Tour of France
Cosmos Tours  14 Days
The Best of Eastern Europe
Globus Tours  14 Days
Poland, East Germany and World War II
Globus Tours  12 Days
Highlights of Germany
Cosmos Tours 12 Days
The Alpine Countries
Collette Vacations  12 Days
German Highlights
Globus Tours  11 Days
France Magnifique!
Collette Vacations  11 Days
Munich, Salzburg and Vienna
Globus Tours  11 Days
Best of Italy and France
Globus Tours  11 Days
Imperial Splendors
Globus Tours 10 Days
Bohemian Dream
Globus Tours  9 Days
Colors of Provence
Collette Vacations  9 Days
French Sampler
Globus Tours  8 Days
Normandy, Brittany and Chateau Country
Globus Tours  8 Days
London and Paris
Collette Vacations  7 Days
Two Weeks in London and Paris Monograms Vacations  14 Days
London, Amsterdam, and Paris Monograms Vacations  10 Days A Week in Paris
Monograms Vacations 7 Days
A Week in London and Paris
Monograms Vacations  7 Days

Alpine Countries
Globus Tours  15 Days
From Vienna to Istanbul
Globus Tours  15 Days
The Best of Eastern Europe
Globus Tours  14 Days
The Alpine Countries
Collette Vacations  12 Days
Best of Austria and Switzerland Globus Tours  11 Days The Legendary Danube
Globus Tours  11 Days
Imperial Splendors
Globus Tours  10 Days
Bohemian Dream
Globus Tours  9 Days
Discover Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria
Collette Vacations  10 Days
Munich, Salzburg and Vienna
Globus Tours  8 Days
Grand Tour of Switzerland
Cosmos Tours  8 Days
Best of Switzerland
Globus Tours  8 Days
Russia and Northern Europe
Globus Tours  18 Days
Arctic Circle
Globus Tours  18 Days
Jewels of the Baltics
Cosmos Tours  16 Days by 
The Best of Eastern Europe
Globus Tours  14 Days
The Scandinavian
Globus Tours  13 Days
Northern Capitals
Globus Tours  13 Days
Magnificent Cities of Central and Eastern Europe
Collette Vacations  13 Days
Warsaw, The Baltics and St. Petersburg
Globus Tours  14 Days
Poland, East Germany and World War II
Globus Tours  12 Days
Imperial Splendors
Globus Tours  10 Days
Russian River Cruise
Collette Vacations  10 Days
Bohemian Dream
Globus Tours  9 Days
Holland, Luxembourg and Belgium
Globus Tours  9 Days
Scenic Norway
Globus Tours  9 Days
Iceland Adventure
Globus Tours  8 Days
St. Petersburg and Moscow
Globus Tours  7 Days
Wonders of Iceland
Collette Vacations  7 Days

Spain, Portugal and Morocco
Globus Tours  17 Days
Spanish Fiesta
Globus Tours
  14 Days
Iberian Vacation
Globus Tours  13 Days
The Best of Spain and Portugal Cosmos Tours  13 Days
Portugal In Depth
Globus Tours  11 Days
Sunny Portugal
Collette Vacations  9 Days
Spectacular Spain
Globus Tours  9 Days
The Best of Spain
Globus Tours  9 Days
Spain's Classics
Collette Vacations  9/12 Days

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