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Avalon Waterways Central European Experience - Cruise Only Eastbound (WRN0)

8 days from Remich to Nuremberg 
This river cruise through central Europe will start in Luxembourg and take you across Germany on the Moselle, Rhine, and Main Rivers, as well as the fascinating Main Danube Canal.

Your European river cruise will get underway on the enchanting Moselle River. Make your way to the ancient city of Trier, Germany—believed to be even older than Rome. Many remnants of ancient Rome can still be found, such as imperial baths and the Roman Bridge, with stone pilings dating from 144-152 AD. Try some of the best wines the Moselle has to offer, in the wine village of Bernkastel, home to Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards. This beautiful town will fascinate you with its narrow streets and half-timbered houses which have been standing since the Middle Ages. Your river cruise will continue through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most enchanting stretch of the Rhine River, where you’ll see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water.

On the Main River, stop in Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” and see the magnificent baroque Bishop’s Residenz and the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. With free time, you may want to stop in a Konditorei (German pastry and coffee shop) for a delicious local favorite and experience a German afternoon tradition! In Bamberg, marvel at the 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River.

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  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
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  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/30/18
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
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  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
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  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Remich (Embarkation): welcome to Luxembourg! onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Trier: choice of guided sightseeing or “Roman Trier” sightseeing, see the Porta Nigra

Day 3 Bernkastel: guided walk; wine tasting

Day 4 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treat

Day 5 Main River Village: guided walk

Day 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 7 Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall

Day 8 Nuremberg (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

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WRN - Take this cruise with land stays

Itinerary (2018)

Day 1Arrive in Remich, Luxembourg (Embarkation).
  Welcome to Luxembourg! This afternoon board your river cruise vessel 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 northeastern France and entering Germany at Trier. (D)
Day 2Trier, Germany.
 At the head of the Moselle Valley is Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Some say Trier is even older than Rome and was populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived. Many Roman remains have survived, including a 20,000-seat amphitheater; the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement, which still gives access to the town’s center; imperial baths; and the Roman Bridge, Germany’s oldest bridge, with stone pilings dating from 144-152 AD—all evidence of this once-grand Roman city. Choose from an included GUIDED CITY SIGHTSEEING or the more history-focused “ROMAN TRIER” guided tour. As you cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River, it becomes obvious why the Moselle Valley is famous for its picturesque scenery, and that this is an important wine-growing region. (B,L,D)
Day 3Bernkastel.
 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. Later this afternoon, enjoy a TASTING of some of these well-loved German wines. (B,L,D)
Day 4Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim.
 This morning, sail through the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. In Rüdesheim, the quintessential 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. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then there’s free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestoned Drosselgasse, where colorful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere. (B,L,D)
Day 5Main River Village.
 On the banks of the Main River you find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. With half-timbered houses, narrow streets, and medieval town centers, 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 6Würzburg.
 Relax on board this morning as you cruise the Main River. This afternoon, arrive in Würzburg. Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Würzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” makes an immediate impression with imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrücke (Old Main Bridge). On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP’S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. Then, there’s time to relax, do some shopping, or stop in a Konditorei for a mouth-watering pastry and a cup of coffee—a German afternoon tradition. (B,L,D)
Day 7Bamberg.
 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 center, 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 8Nuremberg (Disembarkation).
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$168

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra Nights not available.

Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D Indigo Deck $199
B Sapphire Deck $1,149
A Sapphire Deck $1,199
P Royal Deck $1,299
Royal Suite Royal Deck $1,999

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.
  • Arrival transfers are not included and are not offered for purchase with this cruise-only itinerary.

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Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
09/05/2017 $3,099.00
09/19/2017 $3,099.00
10/03/2017 $2,999.00
05/02/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,099.00
05/30/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,149.00
08/13/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
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