2019 : Jewels of Central Europe with 2 Nights Paris - Westbound (WBR1) - Imagery II
19 Day River Cruise Budapest to Paris
On this Europe river cruise vacation, you'll sail along the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers. Start with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, and then see some of the most intriguing cities of Austria and Germany.
Before you embark on your European river cruise, experience the unique energy of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, on a guided tour of the city and time to explore on your own. Sail 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 Durnstein, 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. Along the Rhine River, stop in Rudesheim, 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. Before you leave, we'll introduce you to some of the famed Moselle wines. In Trier, Germany, believed to be even older than Rome a Local Guide will show you the sights, including the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement.
Along the enchanting Moselle River, make your way to Remich, Luxembourg to disembark from your Avalon European river cruise, and transfer via high-speed train to Paris for a Monograms vacation. You'll enjoy VIP sightseeing in "The City of Lights" with an expert guide, including the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre Museum, and free time to enjoy with the suggestions and support of your Monograms Local Host®.
Central Europe is yours to remember for its beauty, history, culture, and cuisine. And you'll soon see why Paris is called the most romantic city in the world!
Days 1 Budapest: Welcome to Hungary
Day 2 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes' Square
Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Budapest-Vienna: Cruising
Day 5 Vienna: Guided sightseeing
Day 6 Durnstein-Wachau Valley-Melk: Choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Durnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board
Day 7 Passau: Guided walk
Day 8 Regensburg: Guided tour; beer tasting on board
Day 9 Nuremberg: Choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds Tour
Day 10 Nuremberg. Munich excursion: Excursion to Munich, guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz
Day 11 Bamberg: Guided walk, see the Old Town Hall
Day 12 Wurzburg: Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz
Day 13 Main River Village: Guided walk
Day 14 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; 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," see the Porta Nigra
Day 17 Remich (Disembarkation)-Paris: Transfer by high-speed train to Paris
Day 18 Paris: Guided sightseeing
Day 19 Paris: Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship: Complimentary Wi-Fi Panoramic windows Elegant, contemporary design & decor Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges Covered Observation Lounge Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Suites & Staterooms: Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness Egyptian super-combed cotton linens Bathrobes & slippers Premium L'Occitane bath products Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels Individual climate control and in-room safe Complimentary bottled water daily And, much more.
Health & Fitness: Bikes Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes Fitness and wellness activities Fitbits® All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM
Dining FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner Early and Late Riser breakfast options Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options. Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests Cocktails available on the Sky Deck Fresh fruit available throughout the day
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales. Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Classic Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.
Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city's cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening.
Time for Coffee, and Confections
With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest's famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship®.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(B, L, D)
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)
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 Schonbrunn 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 Durnstein.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN
(B, L, D)
Fairytale Castles, Kings, Cobblestones of Delightful Durnstein
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.
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)
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)
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)
ROTH. NUREMBERG EXCURSION
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
NUREMBERG-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, L, D)
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 WURZBURG
(B, L, D)
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)
MAIN 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 RUDESHEIM
(B, L, D)
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)
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 GREVENMACHER
(B, L, D)
GREVENMACHER. 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.
This evening cruise to Remich.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH
REMICH (DISEMBARKATION)-PARIS, FRANCE
Transfer from your ship to the train station in Luxembourg City. Travel by high-speed train to Paris, where you begin your Monograms package.
Join a guided sightseeing including the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and inside visits of Notre Dame Cathedral, and The Louvre (Louvre replaced with Seine cruise on Tuesdays) where your VIP access means you'll skip the long lines
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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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Special Interest Cruise: Jewish Heritage August 13
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $178 to $446, in twin room from $111 to $243
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
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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