Central European Experience
This marvelous Central Europe river cruise introduces you to the magnificent Moselle, Rhine, and Main Rivers, as well as to the fascinating Main Danube Canal.
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This splendid Central Europe river cruise introduces you to the magnificent Main, Rhine and Moselle Rivers, as well as to the fascinating Main Danube Canal. Your vacation begins with two overnights, guided sightseeing and a visit to the Hradcany Castle grounds in the “Golden City” of Prague. Also enjoy guided sightseeing in Bamberg, Würzburg and Trier. Visit the Bishop’s Residenz in Würzburg and Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in pretty Rüdesheim, and enjoy a tasting of Moselle wines in Bernkastel. Other highlights include a cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and travel by high-speed train to Paris. Your vacation ends in Paris with two overnights and guided sightseeing of the major sights.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Two nights hotel accommodation in Prague
- Two nights hotel accommodation in Paris
- Tour of the Hradcany Castle grounds
- Motorcoach ride to Nuremberg
- Guided tours in many of the port towns
- Visit to the Bishop's Residenz
- Trip to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
- Wine tastings
- High-speed train ride to Paris
- Optional excursions
Ship and Stateroom Inclusions:
- 7 nights of comfortable onboard accommodations
- 24 included meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Free Wi-Fi Internet aboard the ship
- All tips and gratuities included
- Captain's welcome and farewell receptions
- Farewell dinner
- Daily afternoon tea
- Complimentary drinks while on the ship
Day 1 - Travel to Paris
Depart the United States via your preferred international airway en route to Paris. (Airfare not included in the price of the cruise.)
Day 2 - Arrive in Paris, France
Welcome to Paris, France's capital on the River Seine and the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air!
Day 3 - Paris
Known as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your including 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-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur 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. (Breakfast)
Day 4 - Paris-Remich, Luxembourg (Embarkation)
This morning, board the TGV train for a swift and comfortable journey to Metz or Luxembourg City. Continue to Remich in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, where your river cruise vessel is docked on the Moselle River. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. The Moselle River is some 312 miles long, rising in the Vosges Mountains of northeastern France and entering Germany at Trier. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 - Trier, Germany
At the head of the Moselle Valley is Trier, Germany's oldest city. Some say Trier is even older than Rome and 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. Choose from an included guided city sightseeing or the more history-focused “Roman Trier” guided tour. As you cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River, it becomes obvious why the Moselle Valley is famous for its picturesque scenery, and that this is an important wine-growing region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 - Bernkastel
In the middle of the Moselle region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages. 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. Wine growers in this area look after Germany's largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. During your free time this afternoon you might like to visit the Moselle Wine Museum. This evening, enjoy a tasting of some of these well-loved German wines. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 - Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim
This morning, sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. In Rüdesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Instrument Museum, where you'll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a special treat, then there's free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestoned Drosselgasse, where colorful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 - Main River Village
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 9 - Würzburg
Relax on board this morning as you cruise the Main River. This afternoon, arrive in Würzburg. Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Würzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” makes an immediate impression with imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your guided sightseeing tour, visit the magnificent baroque Bishop's Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. Then, there's time to relax, do some shopping, or stop in a Konditorei for a mouth-watering pastry and a cup of coffee—a German afternoon tradition. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 - Bamberg
Enjoy another pleasant morning of sailing before you arrive in medieval Bamberg in the early afternoon. The town is the former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walking tour 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 when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 - Nuremberg (Disembarkation)-Prague, Czech Republic
This morning, arrive in Nuremberg, where you bid farewell to your crew after breakfast and transfer by motorcoach to cross the Czech border in the Bohemian Forest and head for Prague, the “Golden City.” (Breakfast)
Day 12 - Prague
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; Hradcany 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 Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point where people demonstrated against the communist regime; watch performers and shop at the market stalls on Charles Bridge; sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner; or stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have more suggestions for you. (Breakfast)
Day 13 - Prague
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Artistry II: With 2013 came another exciting Suite Ship®. Artistry II delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include a complimentary Internet Corner and Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.
Luminary:Cruising on the Luminary is the ideal way to experience the majesty, extensive history and fascinating culture of some of Europe's oldest cities along its legendary rivers. Built in 2010, the Luminary holds a maximum of just 138 passengers. Visit multiple countries and cities and unpack only once, so you spend your time experiencing and enjoying Europe rather than dealing with the logistics of travel. Enjoy a highly personalized cruise experience, spacious deluxe staterooms and suites, contemporary décor, and popular onboard amenities, including a large Sky Deck with whirlpool and Sky Bistro, lounge and a bar serving premium spirits, a complimentary Internet Corner and free Wi-Fi throughout the ship, Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, hair salon, and elevator.
Visionary: 2012 ushered in another exciting Suite Ship® cruising along Europe's glorious rivers. The Avalon Visionary delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include a complimentary Internet Corner and Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.
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Visionary - Deluxe Stateroom E: Departs 15th April 2017 ($4,029), 29th April 2017 ($4,129), 27th May 2017 ($4,179), 10th June 2017 ($4,179), 8th July 2017 ($4,029), 22nd July 2017 ($4,029), 5th August 2017 ($4,029), 2nd September 2017 ($4,229), 16th September 2017 ($4,229), 30th September 2017 ($4,129)
Visionary - Deluxe Stateroom A,B,P: Departs 15th April 2017 ($5,328), 29th April 2017 ($5,428), 27th May 2017 ($5,478), 10th June 2017 ($5,478), 8th July 2017 ($5,328), 22nd July 2017 ($5,328), 5th August 2017 ($5,328), 2nd September 2017 ($5,528), 16th September 2017 ($5,528), 30th September 2017 ($5,428)
Visionary - Royal Suite: Departs 15th April 2017 ($5,928), 29th April 2017 ($6,028), 27th May 2017 ($6,078), 10th June 2017 ($6,078), 8th July 2017 ($5,928), 22nd July 2017 ($5,928), 5th August 2017 ($5,928), 2nd September 2017 ($6,128), 16th September 2017 ($6,128), 30th September 2017 ($6,028)
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