Jewels of Central Europe
A sailing along the Moselle, Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers is the centerpiece of your 18-day rail-river cruise vacation that begins in the City of Light, Paris, and takes you by high-speed train to Luxembourg, where you will board your river cruise ship for the 14-night journey through Germany, Austria and Hungary.
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Sail along the Moselle, Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and Main Danube Canal on this remarkable river cruise vacation. Your journey begins with two overnights in Paris, guided city sightseeing. and leisure time to explore the “City of Light” on your own. Travel from Paris to Luxembourg via high-speed train and embark your river cruise ship in Remich. Guided sightseeing in each city shows you the highlights, with inside visits to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in charming Rüdesheim, the Bishop's Residenz in Würzburg, and Melk's Benedictine Abbey. Pass the legendary Lorelei rock, taste some of the Moselle’s wine in Bernkastel and participate in a lively tasting of some of Germany's famous beers in Regensburg. All of this and much more await you on this marvelous cruise vacation.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel aboard the high-speed TGV
- 14-night river cruise aboard an Avalon river cruise ship
- Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
- 42 meals
- Guided sightseeing tours at nearly every stop
- Wine tasting in Bernkastel
- Visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
- Stop at the Bishop's Residenz in Wurzburg
- Excursion to Munich with a visit to the Marienplatz
- Beer tasting in Regensburg
- Tour of Melk's Benedictine Abbey
Day 1 - International Flight
Embark on your transatlantic flight to Paris from your U.S. gateway. (International flight not included in tour price.)
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! Overnight Paris.
Day 3 - Paris
Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a Seine River Cruise. Embark your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804; Hôtel de Ville, the city's municipal headquarters; the Conciergerie, formerly a notorious prison where Marie-Antoinette spent the last days of her life; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more. Overnight Paris. (B)
Day 4 - Paris / Remich
This morning, board a high-speed train for a swift and comfortable journey to Luxembourg. 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. Overnight ship. (B, D)
Day 5 - Trier, Germany
At the head of the Moselle Valley is is 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 A.D. - 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 quickly becomes obvious why the Moselle Valley is famous for its picturesque scenery and that this is an important wine-growing region. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
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," build 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. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Rhine Gorge to 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 echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. In Rüdesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, where you 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. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
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-timbere 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. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
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 Fortress Marienberg 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 is time to relax, do some shopping or stop in a konditorei for a mouthwatering pastry and a cup of coffee - a German afternoon tradition. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
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! Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Nuremberg/Excursion to Munich
Early this morning, arrive in Nuremberg and after breakfast, drive to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. With its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés and delightful shops, Munich has plenty to see and do. A local guide shows 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. Overnight ship. (B, D)
Day 12 - Nuremberg to Roth
This morning, the choice is yours - join a Certified Local Guide for a Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour or for guided sightseeing of the nearby town of Roth. This delightful town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. Take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge, built in 1535, with a picturesque inner courtyard. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 13 - Regensburg
Arrive in Regensburg today. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 B.C., Regensburg is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city 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 Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. 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 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. Before dinner we'll introduce you to some of Germany's famous beers! Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 14 - Passau
This morning, dock in Passau. Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world's largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk. Alternatively, choose from several full-day optional excursions while your ship continues to sail into Austria. Rejoin the vessel in the late afternoon. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 15 - Melk to Vienna
This morning, enjoy a guided visit of Melk's 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. Words cannot describe the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues and 210-foot-high cupola. Then, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche, with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight. Overnight Vienna. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 16 - Vienna
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 its Vienna Boy's Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral and countless other sights shown to you by your Local Guide during your included city tour. Shop in 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! In the late afternoon, leave Vienna for Budapest. Overnight Budapest. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 17 - Budapest, Hungary
Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's liveliest cities. Whether you are seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest's unique energy is positively palatable. On your guided sightseeing tour, see Heroes Square, as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen's Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Take note of the city's eight bridges - many famous sights in and of themselves - which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, which was built in 1849 and is a symbol of Budapest. Perhaps visit St. Stephen's Basilica; shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika at one of its 180 vendor stalls; wander around the Royal Palace grounds or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 18 - Budapest
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, Paris
Enjoying an unbeatable location next to the iconic Eiffel Tower, this 456-room sleek, modern hotel offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and has a California-inspired Brasserie with open kitchen and stylish wine bar. Other amenities include a large gym on the 9th floor with panoramic rooftop vistas.
One of 2016's two new additions to the youngest fleet on Europe's waterways, the Imagery II continues all of the outstanding Suite Ship traditions. Passengers can choose from two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. At a spacious 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording the incomparable opportunity to awaken each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, hair salon, an elevator, alternative light dining options in the Panorama Bistro or al fresco grill lunch at the Sky Bistro, and an expansive Sky Deck with whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, a shade system, and deck games.
Dates & Prices
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|6th May 2019||$7,718||Book Now|
|17th June 2019||$7,668||Book Now|
|29th July 2019||$7,596||Book Now|
|9th September 2019||$8,318||Book Now|
|21st October 2019||$7,193||Book Now|
|6th May 2019||$10,016||Book Now|
|17th June 2019||$10,066||Book Now|
|29th July 2019||$9,894||Book Now|
|9th September 2019||$10,616||Book Now|
|21st October 2019||$9,093||Book Now|
|6th May 2019||$12,116||Book Now|
|17th June 2019||$12,066||Book Now|
|29th July 2019||$11,994||Book Now|
|9th September 2019||$12,716||Book Now|
|21st October 2019||$11,193||Book Now|
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Imagery II - Deluxe Stateroom D,E: Departs 6th May 2019 ($7,718), 17th June 2019 ($7,668), 29th July 2019 ($7,596), 9th September 2019 ($8,318), 21st October 2019 ($7,193)
Imagery II - Panorama Suite A,B,P: Departs 6th May 2019 ($10,016), 17th June 2019 ($10,066), 29th July 2019 ($9,894), 9th September 2019 ($10,616), 21st October 2019 ($9,093)
Imagery II - Royal Suite: Departs 6th May 2019 ($12,116), 17th June 2019 ($12,066), 29th July 2019 ($11,994), 9th September 2019 ($12,716), 21st October 2019 ($11,193)
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