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Jewels of Central Europe with 2 Nights in Paris 2020
(Eastbound)

17 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 PARIS, FRANCE
Welcome to France.

Your Monograms Local Host® will help you get the most out of your two nights stay in Paris.

Day 2 PARIS
Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a SEINE RIVER CRUISE. Embark your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804; Hôtel de Ville, the city's municipal headquarters; the Conciergerie, formerly a notorious prison where Marie-Antoinette spent the last days of her life; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more. (B)

Day 3 PARIS—REMICH, LUXEMBOURG (EMBARKATION) 
Travel by high-speed train (first class) to Luxembourg City, then transfer to Remich to board your Suite Ship® and start your Avalon river cruise.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH (B,D)

Day 4 REMICH. EXCURSION TO TRIER
Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Jog on the banks of the Moselle River in beautiful wine country.

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient Roman remnants dated from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra walk through the city center, OR: 

CLASSIC Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.

This afternoon, take a Guided Optional Excursion to Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture in its deep gorge terrain.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board while cruising to Bernkastel.

EVENING CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL (B,L,D)

Day 5 BERNKASTEL, GERMANY
Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century half-timbered houses, OR: 

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Guided Hike to nearby castle ruins.

Spend some free time at your leisure this afternoon, perhaps biking through the Renaissance-style village, or visiting a café to sample Apfelkuchen or other wonderful German desserts.

DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM (B,L,D)

Day 6 RHINE GORGE—RÜDESHEIM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country.

This morning relax on the Sky Deck as you cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.

DISCOVERYBased on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR;

ACTIVE Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards.

Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)

Day 7 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavariann village.

Spend free time biking through the beautiful Bavarian villages on the Main River shores.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG (B,L,D)

Day 8 WÜRZBURG
A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg —”Pearl of the Romantic Road”— with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco. 

Explore the city on your own or visit a local winery.

Later, enjoy onboard entertainment.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)

Day 9 BAMBERG
One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills

DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about European history and culture.

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.

Enjoy free time this afternoon strolling through the city.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B,L,D)

Day 10 NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH
A King’s Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich

CLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,D)

Day 11 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Living Heritage and History Lessons

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions.

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR:

CLASSIC Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

DISCOVERY Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black seas. 

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)

Day 12 REGENSBURG
Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

You might choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)

Day 13 PASSAU
Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk through Passau to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

Join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship in Linz after your selected full-day excursion.

LINZ, AUSTRIA

The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music

Enjoy some free time to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)

Day 14 MELK—WACHAU VALLEY
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Guided Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.

Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.

VIENNA

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)

Day 15 VIENNA
Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions

CLASSIC Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.

This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.

Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)

Day 16 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)

Day 17 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
  • Day 1 Paris: welcome to France
  • Day 2 Paris: guided sightseeing, Seine river cruise
  • Day 3 Paris–Remich (Embarkation): travel by high-speed train to Luxembourg City (first class); transfer to Remich to board your ship; onboard welcome reception
  • Day 4 Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or “Roman Trier” sightseeing, see the Porta Nigra
  • Day 5 Bernkastel: guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins with your Avalon Adventure Host; wine tasting
  • Day 6 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride in Rüdesheim; special treat
  • Day 7 Main River Village: guided walk
  • Day 8 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz
  • Day 9 Bamberg: lecture on board; guided tour, see the Old Town Hall
  • Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz
  • Day 11 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: choice of Nuremberg or Roth guided tour, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; lecture on board
  • Day 12 Regensburg: guided walk; beer tasting on board
  • Day 13 Passau: guided walk
  • Day 14 Melk–Wachau Valley: guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley
  • Day 15 Vienna: guided sightseeing
  • Day 16 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square
  • Day 17 Budapest (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning
All This Included
Begin your vacation your way before your European river cruise with 2 spectacular nights in Paris. Enjoy buffet breakfast daily, your Local Host® for guidance and assistance, destination guide with city map, and transfers to or from ship, hotel, and train stations. With guided sightseeing in the “City of Light” and free time to explore the City of Light, you’ll meet you Avalon Suite Ship® via high-speed train to Luxembourg City.

Explore Germany, Austria, and Hungary on your European river cruise with timeless views from four magnificent rivers. Cruise on the Moselle, Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers from Luxembourg to Budapest. Begin in Remich with excursion sightseeing of the ancient Roman sites of Trier; visit the charming German wine village of Bernkastel; and cruise through the stunning Rhine Gorge on your way to the wine-making town of Rüdesheim. Taste coffee or wine, take a cable-car ride to Niederwald Monument above the vineyards, or hear from some of the 350 self-playing instruments in Rüdesheim’s Mechanical Music Museum. You’ll visit a charming Bavarian Main River village, and tour Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” In Bamberg, tour the city of seven hills crowned with churches. Take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich to see Nymphenburg Palace. You’ll dock in Roth for guided sightseeing of the Bavarian town’s timbered houses, or take an excursion to tour Nuremberg’s historic sites or WWII Rally Grounds.

Continue to Regensburg to see the 179 AD entrance to Castra Regina fortress, and take a guided walk through the “City of Three Rivers”—Passau—before sailing to the lovely Austrian city of Linz. Tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey in Melk, or hike the hillsides above the Wachau Valley. On to Vienna, “The City of Music,” for guided sightseeing of the historic Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Your cruise concludes in Budapest.

Ship Amenities - Avalon Imagery II:
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
  • Convenient Elevator Service
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
  • English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
  • Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
  • Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Additional biking excursions available in Amsterdam, Breisach and Bernkastel
  • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft & maps
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Light lunch & casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
  • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Onshore & Onboard experiences with regional customs, cultures & tastings with local artisans, experts & entertainers
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and board games
  • Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and cookies available throughout the day
  • Full-size closet mirror

Ship Dining - Avalon Imagery II:
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Five-course farewell dinner
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Daily early-riser breakfast
  • Daily late-riser breakfast
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
  • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
  • Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
  • Healthy meal options
  • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
  • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
  • Light lunch & casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Coffee or tea after dinner
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Imagery II
Paris: Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
Budapest: Budapest Marriott 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $252 to $368,in twin room from $153 to $204
Notes
  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Gateway city for arrivals is Luxembourg City.
  • Port charges: $364
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
  • All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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