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Jewels of Central Europe — Westbound 2016 / 2015 / 2017

19 days from Budapest to Paris (WBR)

  • Cruise Overview
  • Day By Day Itinerary
  • Included Highlights & Features
  • Dates & Prices
Jewels of Central Europe – Westbound Jewels of Central Europe – Westbound

Cruise Overview

Sail along the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers, and through the Main Danube Canal and dramatic Rhine Gorge on this remarkable river cruise vacation. Begin your trip with two nights in the vibrant Hungarian capital of Budapest, with guided sightseeing and time to explore the city on your own. Then, set sail and enjoy guided sightseeing that shows off the highlights in each city, including inside visits of Melk's awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey, the Bishop's Residenz in Würzburg, and Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in charming Rüdesheim. In Regensburg we - ll introduce you to some of Germany's famous beers, and in Bernkastel you - ll enjoy a tasting of Moselle wines. Travel by high-speed train to Paris, where your vacation concludes with two overnights, guided sightseeing, and plenty of free time to explore the "City of Light" at your own pace!

Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 14-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Days 1-2 Budapest: welcome to Hungary; guided sightseeing on Day 2, see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes" Square

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Budapest - Vienna: cruising

Day 5 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 6 Dürnstein - Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting

Day 7 Passau: guided walk

Day 8 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting

Day 9 Roth - Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing in Roth or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour

Day 10 Nuremberg: excursion to Munich, guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz

Day 11 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town Hall

Day 12 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz

Day 13 Main River village: guided walk

Day 14 Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge

Day 15 Bernkastel: guided walk; wine tasting

Day 16 Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or "Roman Trier" in Trier, see the Porta Nigra

Day 17 Remich (Disembarkation)"Paris: travel by motorcoach from Remich to Luxembourg City or Metz; continue by high-speed train to Paris

Day 18 Paris: guided sightseeing

Day 19 Paris: your vacation ends this morning

Meals

Buffet breakfast in Paris; superb dining with meals on board featuring full breakfast with complimentary sparkling wine, lunch with complimentary soft drinks, and dinner including complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks; a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements

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.
  • In the rare event that the high-speed train is unavailable, alternative arrangements will be made.
  • 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.