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!
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’ SquareDay 3 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 4 Budapest–Vienna: cruisingDay 5 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 6 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tastingDay 7 Passau: guided walkDay 8 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tastingDay 9 Roth–Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing in Roth with visit to the Industrial Museum or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tourDay 10 Nuremberg: excursion to Munich, guided sightseeing, see the MarienplatzDay 11 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town HallDay 12 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 13 Main River Village: guided walkDay 14 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat; cruise through the Rhine GorgeDay 15 Bernkastel: guided walk; wine tastingDay 16 Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or “Roman Trier,” see the Porta NigraDay 17 Remich (Disembarkation)–Paris: travel by motorcoach from Remich to Luxembourg City or Metz; continue by high-speed train to ParisDay 18 Paris: guided sightseeingDay 19 Paris: your vacation ends this morning
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
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.