Jewels of Central Europe - Paris to Budapest

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Introduction

Sail along the Moselle, Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and Main Danube Canal on this remarkable river cruise vacation. Your journey begins with two overnights in Paris, guided city sightseeing. and leisure time to explore the "City of Light" on your own. Travel from Paris to Metz or Luxembourg City via high-speed train and embark your river cruise ship in Remich. Guided sightseeing in each city shows you the highlights, with inside visits to Siegfried's Mech...

“I would give the overall experience 10 out of 10”

I would give the overall experience 10 out of 10
I would give the experience overall 10 out of 10. It could not be bettered and exceeded our expectations. Roll on our next river cruise!
Dawn Ball and Christine Mallard

The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • PARIS Guided sightseeing
  • PARIS - REMICH High-speed TGV train journey
  • TRIER Choice of guided sightseeing or Roman Trier tour; see the Porta Nigra
  • COCHEM Guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle
  • RHINE GORGE Cruise through the gorge
  • RÜDESHEIM Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
  • MAIN RIVER VILLAGE Guided walk
  • WÜRZBURG Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz
  • BAMBERG Guided walk, see the Old Town Hall
  • MUNICH Guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz
  • NUREMBERG - ROTH Choice of guided sightseeing in Roth or Nuremberg Rally Grounds Tour
  • MAIN-DANUBE CANAL Cruise on the canal
  • REGENSBURG Guided sightseeing; beer tasting
  • PASSAU Guided sightseeing
  • MELK Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey
  • VIENNA Guided sightseeing
  • BUDAPEST Guided sightseeing, visit Fisherman's Bastion
  • CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION, WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNERS

Included in the price

  • Private door-to-door home pick-up service by executive car for you and your travelling companions

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying from London. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • 14 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French Balcony in most staterooms. 2 nights at Hilton Arc de Triomphe in Paris

  • All meals on board including full breakfast , buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day. Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner. Buffet breakfast in Paris and Budapest hotels

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew.

  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music

  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner

  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

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Day 1 Paris.

Fly to Paris where you will be met and transferred to the Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe hotel (or similar) for two nights.

Day 2 Paris.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your INCLUDED CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colourful nightlife, and an optional outing to one of the world’s most famous cabaret shows is available. All of this awaits your discovery! (B)

Day 3 Paris to Remich, Luxembourg ( Embarkation )

Included today: High-speed TGV train journey. This morning, board a HIGH-SPEED TRAIN for a swift and comfortable journey to Metz or Luxembourg City. Continue to Remich in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, where your river cruise vessel is docked on the Moselle River. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. The Moselle River is some 312 miles long, rising in the Vosges Mountains of north-eastern France and entering Germany at Trier. (B, D)

Day 4 Trier - Bernkastel.

Included today: Choice of guided sightseeing or Roman Trier tour; see the Porta Nigra. The Moselle Valley, famous for its beautifully ethereal scenery is home to Trier, the oldest city in Germany and some claim, even older than Rome. The famous Porta Nigra is the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement and it still gives access to the town centre. Today, join an included guided city tour or the more history-focused 'Roman Trier' tour before free time to explore this magnificent town. Trier also offers pleasant market squares, Germany's oldest Christian church, a Roman amphitheatre and a whole host of picturesque architectural styles. After lunch, cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the picturesque Moselle Valley, an important wine growing region. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Bernkastel

Included today: Guided walk In the middle of the Moselle region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK that includes the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall—built in 1608—and the “pointed house,” built in 1416. Wine growers in this area look after Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. During your free time this afternoon you might like to visit the Moselle Wine Museum. This evening enjoy a TASTING of some of these well-loved German wines. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim.

Included today: Cruise the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. This morning, cruise the dramatic Rhine Gorge, an incredibly beautiful stretch of river where quaint, fairytale castles stand sentry on the steep, terraced banks. Pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, where it is thought the sweet songs of sirens lured enchanted sailors to their doom. Reaching Rüdesheim, enjoy a visit to the fascinating Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and free time to explore the Drosselgasse. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Main River Village experience

Included today: Guided walk. On the banks of the Main River you find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates. Half timbered houses, narrow streets and medieval town centres, these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer’s delight. Join your Local Guide to experience one of these towns on a GUIDED WALK. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Würzburg.

Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz. Surrounded by steep, verdant vineyards, Würzburg is known as the 'Pearl of the Romantic Road' and makes an immediate impression with views of its beautiful Marienberg Fortress and 15th century Old Main Bridge. Today's guided sightseeing tour visits the magnificent Bishop's Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Bamberg.

Included today: Guided walk, see the Old Town Hall. Enjoy another pleasant morning of sailing before you arrive in medieval Bamberg in the early afternoon. The town is the former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic centre, including the great 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! (B, L, D)

Day 10 Nuremberg -Roth

Included today: Excursion to Munich, guided sightseeing. This morning the choice is yours – join a Certified Local Guide for a NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour, or a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of the nearby town of Roth. This delightful town, with it’s half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial centre for textile manufacturing. Visit the interesting INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM and then in contrast, take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge, built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Nuremberg.

Included today: Choice of guided sightseeing of Roth or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; beer tasting. Although Nuremberg suffered extensive damage during World War II, much of it has been restored to its original style. Marvel at this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches, Kaiserburg Imperial Castle and elegant patrician houses on an included guided sightseeing tour or perhaps join the more specialised 'Nuremberg Trials' tour. After dinner, sample some of Germany's famous beers. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Regensberg.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Arrive in Regensburg today. 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. Bask in 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! (B, L, D)

Day 13 Passau

Included today: Guided sightseeing in Passau. This morning, dock in Passau. Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. Alternatively, choose from several full-day optional excursions while your ship continues to sail into Austria. Re-join your vessel in the late afternoon (B, L, D)

Day 14 Melk , Austria - Vienna

Included today: Guided sightseeing. This morning, enjoy an included GUIDED VISIT of Melk’s magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace of the abbey over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breath-taking! Then, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Vienna.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Also known as the 'City of Music', Vienna inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss and was once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire. See the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex, with its Vienna Boys' Choir and Lipizzaner stallions, the impressive neo-Renaissance Vienna Opera House, and awe-inspiring St Stephen's Cathedral on your included city tour with a local guide. Stroll on the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrüdel in a classic Viennese coffee house. This afternoon, set sail for Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 16 Budapest.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's liveliest cities. Today's guided city tour takes in the massive hilltop castle complex, Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. This afternoon, explore this vibrant city at your own pace, perhaps strolling across the famed Chain Bridge, a symbol of Budapest built in 1849 that connects ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. Or why not visit St Stephen's Basilica, shop at the Great Market Hall to purchase paprika and embroidery, or stroll along Vací Utca main shopping street. (B, L, D)

Day 17 Budapest.

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

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DECK Indigo - Forward Indigo - Aft Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW Window Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
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