Central European Experience – Westbound (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Prague, Czech Republic to Paris, France
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Prague, Czech Republic

Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The city straddles the Vltava River, with domes, cupolas, spires, and pinnacles highlighting its skyline.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. On your guided sightseeing tour, see its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town's Astronomical Clock, dating from the 15th century and once the envy of all of Europe, Hradčany castle grounds, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslas Square, an important meeting point where people demonstrated against the communist regime. Watch performers and shop at the market stalls on Charles Bridge, wander around the medieval Old Town, dating from the 10th century, sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner, or stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have more suggestions for you. (Breakfast)

Prague, Czech Republic
Nürnberg, Germany

After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Bamberg, Germany

In the early morning hours, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walk takes in its historic center, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River. This afternoon, enjoy some relaxing time onboard as you cruise toward Würzburg on the Main River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Würzburg, Germany

Arrive in Würzburg during breakfast. Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Würzburg, also known as the "Pearl of the Romantic Road", makes an immediate impression with imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrücke (Old Main Bridge). On your guided sightseeing tour, visit the magnificent Baroque Bishop's Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you might like to join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Main, Germany

On the banks of the Main River you find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. Half timbered houses, narrow streets, and medieval town centers, these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer's delight. Join your local guide to experience one of these towns on a guided walk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
Rhine Gorge, Germany

Pretty Rüdesheim is the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum is a real surprise. Enjoy a special treat, then there's free time to explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs. Downstream, the dramatic Rhine Gorge is the most beautiful stretch of river. Pass the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where sweet songs of local beauties lured enchanted sailors to their doom. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Bernkastel-kues, Germany

Early this morning you arrive in the charming wine village of Bernkastel on the Moselle River. With its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages, you'll enjoy a guided walk that includes the beautiful marketplace with its Renaissance-style Town Hall—built in 1608—and the "pointed house", built in 1416. The Moselle is famous for its wines, and growers in this area look after Germany's largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doctor. This evening enjoy a tasting of some of these well-loved German wines. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Trier, Germany

After breakfast, an excursion takes you to Trier, Germany's oldest city. Some say Trier is even older than Rome and that it was populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived. Many Roman remains have survived, including a 20,000-seat amphitheater; the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement, which still gives access to the town's center; imperial baths; and the Roman bridge, Germany's oldest bridge, with stone pilings dating from 144-152 AD—all evidence of this once grand Roman city. Trier also offers pleasant market squares, Germany's oldest Christian church, and a cornucopia of architectural styles—Roman, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Renaissance, and Gothic. A choice of included city sightseeing or the more history-focused "Roman Trier" guided tour, followed by some free time, give you the opportunity to discover this magnificent town. Rejoin your vessel and head for Remich in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10
Remich, Luxembourg
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Paris, France

Reach Remich in the early morning hours and say goodbye to your crew after breakfast. Travel to Luxembourg City or to Metz to board the high-speed train to Paris where you arrive later in the day. (Breakfast)

DAY 11
Paris, France

Known as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included city sightseeing shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Élysées, with sprawling sidewalks, and lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre museum, or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré-Cœur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colorful nightlife and an optional outing to one of the world's most famous cabaret shows is available. All of this awaits your discovery! (Breakfast)

DAY 12
Paris, France

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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What's Included


  • Services of a professional Cruise Director | Onboard lectures | Complimentary Wi-Fi access | Activities & Nightly piano music | Sightseeing with Local Guides | Headsets for all guided shore excursions | Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner | Quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner | One sitting with open seating arrangements

Not Included

  • Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

About Us

When designing its new ships, Avalon Waterways started with the traveler instead of the ship. This is a river cruise company that invites innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be its guide. The result? More space. Bigger views. More comfort … All thanks to one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships®. The Suite Ships of Avalon are revolutionizing the river cruise industry. For instance, on these signature vessels, Avalon brings an unprecedented level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to every aspect of the Panorama Suites, providing travelers an oasis to escape to, not escape from. Even better? Avalon doesn’t offer travelers just a few Panorama Suites on each ship. Instead, 80 percent of the guest rooms on Suite Ships are Panorama Suite (they’re 30 percent larger than the average river cruise room). In designing its ships, Avalon has refused to see space as a barrier. That fact couldn’t be truer when looking at the company’s inspired indoor/outdoor space. For instance, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies®, a completely new concept, make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space. How? Giant wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with a 7-foot opening. Avalon has considered every detail of the cruise experience. But perhaps it’s what the company hasn’t done that makes it so unique. It hasn’t filled ships to capacity with people. In fact, because the river cruise line made its rooms so spacious, there’s more room for less people. Simply put, Avalon Waterways is built differently

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