Jewels of Central Europe – Cruise Only Westbound (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Budapest, Hungary to Remich, Luxembourg
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DAY 1
Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary's lively capital spanning the banks of the Danube. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring Eastern Europe's most cosmopolitan metropolis. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Dinner)

DAY 2
Budapest, Hungary
Vienna, Austria

Enjoy a day of relaxation onboard and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. Hungary is on your left as you cruise upriver and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. This evening, arrive in Vienna, Austria's capital. Known as the "City of Music", it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available during your stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3
Vienna, Austria

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with dazzling Lipizzaner stallions, the Neo-Renaissance Vienna Opera House, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral, plus countless other sights your Local Guide will show you during an included city sightseeing tour. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
Dürnstein, Austria
Melk, Austria

Dürnstein, known for the magnificent Baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700s, is situated right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. The main street of this small town—with a population of less than 1,000 people—is lined with 16th-century residences and charming cobblestone streets. This morning, your local guide will take you on an included walking tour and tell you the tale of England's King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. Here, enjoy a guided visit of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine abbey, one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You'll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace of the abbey over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening you'll be able to sample some of the Wachau Valley's famous wines. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
Passau, Germany

Today, you might wish to choose from a couple of full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg taking in some of "The Sound of Music" sights or to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephan's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian Baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
Regensburg, Germany

Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city center not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of "historic interest". Architectural highlights of your guided walk include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Praetoria, gate to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city's lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included snack at the 17th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. After dinner, we'll introduce you to some of Germany's famous beers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7
Nürnberg, Germany

Although 90% of Nuremberg's Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This afternoon choose a guided sightseeing tour and marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, extraordinary Gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle). Alternatively, join a more specialized "Nuremberg rally grounds" tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8
Nürnberg, Germany
Munich, Germany
Nürnberg, Germany

After breakfast, drive to Munich, capital of Bavaria. With its historical museums, splendid Englisher Garten, traditional cafés, and delightful shops, Munich has plenty to see and do. A local guide will show you the highlights of this fascinating city, including Nymphenburg Palace, summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs; Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls; and the Gothic Frauenkirche, a prominent landmark for Munich. Then, enjoy time on your own in this vibrant city. Watch the famous Glockenspiel, which recreates a royal wedding from the 16th century; linger at an outdoor café; visit St. Peter's, the oldest church in town; or maybe relax alongside the locals at one of the many Biergarten or breweries to sample one of the Bavarian beer specialties. Return to your ship in the afternoon. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9
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)

DAY 10
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)

DAY 11
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. With 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)

DAY 12
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
Rhine Gorge, Germany
Boppard, 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)

DAY 13
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. Later this afternoon, enjoy a tasting of some of these well-loved German wines. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14
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, a 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 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. Choose from the included city sightseeing or the more history-focused "Roman Trier" guided tour, followed by some free time, which gives you the opportunity to discover this magnificent town. Rejoin your vessel and head for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 15
Remich, Luxembourg

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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What's Included

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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