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3 Beer River Cruises in Europe so you don't have to wait for Oktoberfest

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Germany's Oktoberfest is a once-a-year celebration of beer.

But Avalon Waterways' beer-themed river cruises let you

discover Europe's regional brews throughout the cruising season.

With an onboard beer expert, you'll...

visit historic breweries,

attend special beer tastings,

learn about European beer-brewing techniques

during fascinating onboard lectures and workshops, and

enjoy a special dinner, hosted by your onboard beer expert.

From the first Prost to the final pour from the tap,

these Avalon Waterways European river cruises deliver one heady experience!



11-days Basel, Switzerland to Munich, Germany

Your picturesque European river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland.

You’ll sail to Breisach, with your choice of a guided tour of charming Colmar, or an excursion to the Black Forest.

Sail to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way and find out how its inhabitants are proud of their beers.

Sail to Rüdesheim and through the spectacular Rhine Gorge.

The modern and charming city of Frankfurt is also on your route along the Rhine, and you’ll sail on the Main River to visit an authentic authentic Main river village on your way to Würzburg.

Take a guided tour of Bamberg located in Germany’s brewing heartland, before reaching Nuremberg to disembark for two nights in Munich.

You’ll enjoy a guided tour of King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle, and visit the mountain village of Oberammergau—known for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play.

A Beer Expert will travel with you on this cruise and will held lectures, tasting and will introduce you to food and beer pairing.

Your grand German river cruise brings the beauty and charm of its cities and villages to life, and adds education and enjoyment with local beer and foods to savor along the way.

From Switzerland to Bavaria and beyond, your German vacation will stay a beautiful memory for years to come!