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Avalon Waterways Jewels of Central Europe – Cruise Only Westbound (WBR0)

15 days Budapest to Remich 
On this Europe river cruise vacation, you’ll sail along the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers. Board your ship in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then see some of the most intriguing cities of Austria and Germany, before ending your cruise in Luxembourg.

Sail out of Budapest, past the impressive Parliament Building on the Danube River, to Austria’s elegant capital of Vienna. There’s a guided walk in the quaint village of Dürnstein, in the heart of the Wachau Valley, and a visit to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk. You’ll be introduced to the treasures of Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg, and take an excursion to Bavaria’s capital, Munich. On the banks of the Main River, you’ll find small towns tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. These picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer's dream.

Visit Würzburg and the impressive Bishop’s Residenz, then sail into the Rhine River and stop in Rüdesheim—a quintessential Rhine Valley town. Later, cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River Valley, famous for its picturesque scenery, and arrive in the wine village of Bernkastel surrounded by Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards. Before you leave, we’ll introduce you to some of the famed Moselle wines. In Trier, Germany, believed to be even older than Rome—having been populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived—a Local Guide will show you the sights, including the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement.

Disembark in Luxembourg and take home many happy memories of this fascinating European river cruise!

Ships: Visionary - Imagery II
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Fly Free from select US cities on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/11/19, 05/23/19, 07/04/19, 09/26/19, 04/11/19, 05/23/19, 07/04/19, 09/26/19
  • Book group air and save $1000 per person on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/11/19, 05/23/19, 07/04/19, 09/26/19, 04/11/19, 05/23/19, 07/04/19, 09/26/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/04/19
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Budapest–Vienna: cruising

Day 3 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 4 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board

Day 5 Passau: guided walk

Day 6 Regensburg: guided tour; beer tasting on board

Day 7 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds Tour

Day 8 Nuremberg. Munich excursion: excursion to Munich, guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz

Day 9 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town Hall

Day 10 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 11 Main River Village: guided walk

Day 12 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge

Day 13 Bernkastel: guided walk; wine tasting

Day 14 Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing, or “Roman Trier,” see the Porta Nigra

Day 15 Remich (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

08/15/2019 - Jewels of Central Europe & Jewish Heritage - Cruise Only

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WBR - Take this cruise with land stays

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

(D)
Day 2VIENNA, AUSTRIA
 Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

(B,L,D)
Day 3VIENNA
 Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections

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 the 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 Dürnstein.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

(B,L,D)
Day 4DÜRNSTEIN
 Fairytale Castles, Kings, Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:

ACTIVE Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

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

MELK

Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors

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

DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

(B,L,D)
Day 5PASSAU, GERMANY
 Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers,” OR:

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

Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

(B,L,D)
Day 6REGENSBURG
 Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

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

You may 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 Roth.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

(B,L,D)
Day 7ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
 Living Heritage and History Lessons

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.

CLASSIC Choose a Guided Sightseeing 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.

EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

(B,L,D)
Day 8NUREMBERG—EXCURSION TO MUNICH
 Modern Munich with Storybook Villages and Fairytale Castles

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

(B,D)
Day 9BAMBERG
 One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills

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.

This evening, enjoy onboard entertainment.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

(B,L,D)
Day 10WÜRZBURG
 A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “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 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

(B,L,D)
Day 11MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
 Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

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

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

(B,L,D)
Day 12RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
 Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

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

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

Cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL

(B,L,D)
Day 13BERNKASTEL
 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.

Spend some free time at your leisure this afternoon—with a hike to view the vast vineyard landscapes, a bike ride through the Renaissance-style village, or relax with a glass of regional wine.

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

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH

(B,L,D)
Day 14REMICH, LUXEMBOURG. EXCURSION TO TRIER
 Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient Roman remnants dating 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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH

(B,L,D)
Day 15REMICH (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Luxembourg City airport before 8 am.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Gateway city for departures is Luxembourg.

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.

Extra nights per person in Luxembourg:
in single room from $296 to $335, in twin room from $184 to $204

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $398
B / Sapphire Deck / $2298
A / Sapphire Deck / $2398
P / Royal Deck / $2598
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4398

NOTE:
  • Special Interest Cruise: Jewish Heritage August 13

Avalon Notes

  • 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.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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*09/26/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $7,098.00
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