Avalon Waterways' Central European Experience River Cruise
Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways Cruises
Cruise Type: River
Length of Stay: 12 Days
Departure From: Paris
Departure date: 10/22/2019
Return date: 11/02/2019
Central Europe is yours to remember for its beauty, history, culture, and cuisine, and your visit in Paris will be long remembered. You’ll soon see why Paris is called the most romantic city in the world!
Day 1-2 : PARIS, FRANCE
Welcome to France.Your Monograms Local Host® will help you get the most out of your two nights in 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.
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
Day 4 : REMICH. EXCURSION TO TRIER
Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Jog in Remich on the banks of the Moselle River in beautiful wine country.
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:
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
Day 5 : BERNKASTEL, GERMANY
Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley
Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century half-timbered houses, OR:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Guided Hike to nearby castle ruins.
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.
Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
Day 6 : RHINE GORGE—RÜDESHEIM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Take your morning coffee up to the Sky Deck as you cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards.
Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Day 7 : MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.
Spend free time biking through the beautiful Bavarian village on the Main River shores.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
Day 8 : WÜRZBURG
A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon
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 BAMBERG
Day 9 : BAMBERG
One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills
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
Day 10 : NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)
Living Heritage and History Lessons
Take a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle.
Your vacation continues with a transfer to Prague.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Welcome to the Golden City of Prague—Explore the City of 100 Spires
Stroll through the exquisite streets of the city and spend a free evening in one of Prague’s cafés for dinner and Czech Beer.
Day 11-12 : PRAGUE
The Charles Bridge and Europe’s Best Beer
Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Astronomical Clock.
Later, you may decide to join a Guided Optional Excursion as your expert local guide reveals the secrets of Prague with a visit to Charles Bridge and Malá Strana—two of Prague’s most romantic and picturesque spots.
Take time to mingle with the locals and be mesmerized by street performers in Wenceslas Square, or browse the market stalls at Charles Bridge. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner Lager beside the Vltava River.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.