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History & Politics Themed River Cruises

Take a river cruise through history! These fascinating European history and politics river cruises will give you an even richer experience as you learn the stories behind some of Europe's most historical sites. Cruises include WWII cruises, Jewish Heritage cruises & Hapsburg cruises.

The following cruises and dates are History & Politics Themed River Cruises from Avalon Waterways:


04/13/18 - Danube Dreams with Habsburg Royalty (WBD-T2)
04/13/18 - Danube Dreams with Habsburg Royalty & Berlin - Westbound (WBDE-T2)
07/07/18 - Paris to Normandy for WWII Historians (WPP-T4)
07/07/18 - Paris to Normandy for WWII Historians with London (WPP1-T4)
07/31/18 - Magnificent Europe for European History and Politics Enthusiasts (WAB-T1)

Danube Dreams with Habsburg Royalty (WBD-T2)


10 days from Budapest to Prague
Explore the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg following in the footsteps of the Habsburg Royal family. End with three nights in the energetic Czech capital of Prague.

Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of Hungary’s vibrant capital of Hungary, and then visit beautiful Gödöllö Palace, a favorite of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Visit this magical city with a local expert, then visit Schönbrunn Palace, the Imperial summer residence. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley, with stops for a guided walk in Dürnstein, a visit to the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and a tasting of some of the renowned local wines. There’s a Habsburg Romantic Austria excursion from Linz and a Habsburg guided walk in Passau.

Say goodbye to your ship’s crew and head for Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved cities. Enjoy a tasting of local sausages before heading to beautiful Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, where this Danube river cruise vacation concludes. Known as the “Golden City,” a Local Guide will show you the must-see sights, such as St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s medieval Astronomical Clock, a unique and intricate piece of art unlike anything else in the world.

Departures (Land)
04/13/2018 - (WBD-T2) Danube Dreams with Habsburg Royalty - $3,069.00


Danube Dreams with Habsburg Royalty & Berlin - Westbound (WBDE-T2)


12 days from Budapest to Berlin
Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—stopping at splendid capitals and charming towns along the way and tracing the footsteps of the Habsburg Royal family.

In Budapest, the magical capital of Hungary, the lovely lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion is a must-see. Built in the 19th Century and providing the best panoramic views, you can linger at this unique structure and get some amazing pictures. Also, visit the beautiful Gödöllő Palace, a favorite of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Set sail on the Danube and arrive in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, where you can enjoy a walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. In Linz, Austria, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square which forms the center of the city and go on a Habsburg Romantic Austria excursion. A walking tour will take you around Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers”—known for its distinctive onion-domed towers. Beautiful Prague, Czech Republic, offers the St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s medieval Astronomical Clock, a unique and intricate piece of art unlike anything else in the world.

To conclude this magnificent river cruise vacation, see the sites in Dresden, Germany, and then enjoy two overnights in Germany’s capital of Berlin! In Dresden, visit the Courtyard of Zwinger Palace to admire its impressive architecture and see other famous buildings that were destroyed in WWII and restored to their former glory. Berlin offers the restored Reichstag building and the elegant Kurfürstendamm. See the Holocaust Memorial and be sure to get a photo at the famous Brandenburg Gate—one of Germany’s best-known landmarks.

Departures (Land)
04/13/2018 - (WBDE-T2) Danube Dreams with Habsburg Royalty & Berlin - Westbound - $3,663.00


Magnificent Europe for European History and Politics Enthusiasts (WAB-T1)


15 days from Amsterdam to Budapest
From Amsterdam to Budapest, and many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless river cruise vacation. You’ll be joined on board by a diplomacy expert who has worked at the UN on the NATO/Warsaw Pact, and on EU security and economic issues; as well as the Seconded National Expert for the European Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusions. They will hold lectures and mini-panel discussions while sailing.

Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital—both historical and modern. This popular city is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. On to Germany where there’s a guided city walk in Cologne—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube rivers. First stop in Austria is Melk for a visit to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, famous for its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche. And in the last days of your vacation, local experts will introduce you to three capital cities: Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” because it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss, where you can choose between regular sightseeing or joining a respected political journalist to see the city from a more historical and political point of view; Bratislava, Slovakia, where winding cobblestone streets twist and turn in the Old Town and you visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; and finally, lively Budapest, Hungary, with its unique energy and countless must-see sites! Here, you’ll learn about Communist Budapest and visit the headquarters of the former secret police. This truly is a river cruise to remember!

Departures (Land)
07/31/2018 - (WAB-T1) Magnificent Europe for European History and Politics Enthusiasts - $5,699.00


Paris to Normandy for WWII Historians (WPP-T4)


8 days from Paris to Paris
This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy. This cruise focusses on WWII History and you will be joined on board by an expert who will share his knowledge and expertise at subject lectures.

Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon where you’ll choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” An excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, includes Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, choose a guided walk focusing on the French resistance, or a more traditional guided tour that visits gothic Rouen Cathedral. From Conflans, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise, associated with several famous artists, including Vincent Van Gogh or to visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without some time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité, where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit Les Invalides dedicated to the liberation of the city.

Departures (Land)
07/07/2018 - (WPP-T4) Paris to Normandy for WWII Historians - $3,249.00


Paris to Normandy for WWII Historians with London (WPP1-T4)


11 days from Paris to London
This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris and exciting London, with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy.

In Vernon, choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” You may choose to go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral—once the tallest building in the world. From Conflans, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—associated with several famous artists, including Vincent Van Gogh—or visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

On this enchanting river cruise, enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure is not complete without some time in two of the most popular cities in the world—Paris and London! Paris, the “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. Trade your “Bonjours” for “Cheerios” as an included high-speed train transfer whisks you to London for three exciting nights. Your Monograms package includes hotel reservations, guided sightseeing, daily breakfasts, and the services of a Monograms Local Host®. This “friend in the city” can answer your questions, offer suggestions, and help make your vacation what you want it to be. During your guided sightseeing tour with a local expert, see the London sights you cannot go home without seeing—Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and more!

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
07/07/2018 - (WPP1-T4) Paris to Normandy for WWII Historians with London - $4,173.00

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