On this Europe river cruise vacation, you’ll sail along the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers. Start with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, and then see some of the most intriguing cities of Austria and Germany.Before you embark on your European river cruise, experience the unique energy of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, on a guided tour of the city and time to explore on your own. Sail 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. Along the Rhine River, 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. Before you leave, we’ll introduce you to some of the famed Moselle wines. In Trier, Germany, believed to be even older than Rome a Local Guide will show you the sights, including the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement.Along the enchanting Moselle River, make your way to Remich, Luxembourg to disembark from your Avalon European river cruise, and transfer via high-speed train to Paris for a Monograms vacation. You’ll enjoy VIP sightseeing in “The City of Lights” with an expert guide, including the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre Museum, and free time to enjoy with the suggestions and support of your Monograms Local Host®. Central Europe is yours to remember for its beauty, history, culture, and cuisine. And you’ll soon see why Paris is called the most romantic city in the world!
Days 1 Budapest: welcome to HungaryDay 2 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ SquareDay 3 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 4 Budapest–Vienna: cruisingDay 5 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 6 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: 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 boardDay 7 Passau: guided walkDay 8 Regensburg: guided tour; beer tasting on boardDay 9 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds Tour Day 10 Nuremberg. Munich excursion: excursion to Munich, guided sightseeing, see the MarienplatzDay 11 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town HallDay 12 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 13 Main River Village: guided walkDay 14 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; cruise through the Rhine GorgeDay 15 Bernkastel: guided walk; wine tastingDay 16 Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or “Roman Trier,” see the Porta NigraDay 17 Remich (Disembarkation)–Paris: transfer by high-speed train to ParisDay 18 Paris: guided sightseeingDay 19 Paris: your vacation ends this morning
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.