Jewels of Central Europe – Cruise Only Westbound

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River Cruise
On this Europe river cruise vacation, you’ll sail along the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers. Board your ship in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then see some of the most intriguing cities of Austria and Germany, before ending your cruise in Luxembourg. Sail out of Budapest, past the impressive Parliament Building on the Danube River, to Austria’s elegant ...

Overview

Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Onboard welcome reception
    • Cruising
    • Guided sightseeing
    • Choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board
    • Guided walk
    • Guided tour; beer tasting on board
    • Choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds Tour
    • Excursion to Munich, guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz
    • Guided walk, see the Old Town Hall
    • Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

What's this trip about?

    On this Europe river cruise vacation, you’ll sail along the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers. Board your ship in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then see some of the most intriguing cities of Austria and Germany, before ending your cruise in Luxembourg. Sail out of Budapest, 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 Dürnstein, 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. These picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer's dream. Visit Würzburg and the impressive Bishop’s Residenz, then sail into the Rhine River and stop in Rüdesheim—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 surrounded by Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards. Before you leave, we’ll introduce you to some of the famed Moselle wines. In Trier, Germany, believed to be even older than Rome—having been populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived—a Local Guide will show you the sights, including the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement. Disembark in Luxembourg and take home many happy memories of this fascinating European river cruise!

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeOperator does not provide
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityBUDAPEST (EMBARKATION) Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating CapitalFlights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm
End CityREMICH (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • France
  • Luxembourg
  • Hungary

Attractions

  • Bamberg
  • Budapest
  • Luxembourg
  • Munich
  • Nuremberg
  • Paris
  • Passau
  • Rudesheim
  • Salzburg
  • Trier
  • Vienna

Activities

  • Culture
  • River cruise

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Day 1

BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION) Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (D)

Day 2

VIENNA, AUSTRIA 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 a...

Day 3

VIENNA 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 histo...

Day 4

DÜRNSTEIN Fairytale Castles, Kings, Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein 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 c...

Day 5

PASSAU, GERMANY 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...

Day 6

REGENSBURG 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 ...

Day 7

ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG 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 Sightse...

Day 8

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,D)

Day 9

BAMBERG 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 WÜRZBURG (B,L,D)

Day 10

WÜRZBURG 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. ...

Day 11

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 RÜDESHEIM (B,L,D)

Day 12

RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE 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)

Day 13

BERNKASTEL 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...

Day 14

REMICH, LUXEMBOURG. 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 cent...

Day 15

REMICH (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Luxembourg City airport before 8 am. (B)

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Le Royal A centrally located 170-room property offering fresh dining options in the brasserie style restaurant where traditional dishes can be enjoyed on the flowery outdoor terrace during the summer months, innovative French cuisine is served in the gourmet restaurant and there is also a contemporary piano bar with cigar lounge. Leisure facilities include a fitness centre, sauna and an indoor swimming pool and Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout. Luxembourg Luxembourg 12 Boulevard Royal,
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