Duration: 15 Days
On this remarkable Europe river cruise holiday, you’ll sail along the Moselle, Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. Board your ship to cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River Valley, famous for its picturesque views. First stop is Trier, Germany, believed to be even older than Rome and many remnants can still be found, such as imperial baths. The wine village of Bernkastel will fascinate you with its narrow streets and half-timbered houses still standing from the Middle Ages.
Continue your European river cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River. See the rock of the Lorelei and ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit the magnificent Bishop’s Residenz in Würzburg and marvel at medieval Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided visit of historic Nuremberg and an excursion to Bavaria’s capital, Munich. Along the Danube River is Regensburg, Germany, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, where you can taste some of Germany’s famous beers! Visit Passau with its narrow, winding cobblestone streets, and Melk’s magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, before arriving in Vienna, the “City of Music” that inspired the genius of Beethoven, Mozart, and Strauss.
There are countless opportunities to be enchanted by the sights on this fascinating Europe river cruise, and it doesn’t end until you’ve experienced the unique energy of Budapest. A local expert will show you the famous sights, and you’ll treasure the gems you discover on your European river cruise and central Europe holiday.
Welcome to Luxembourg. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Luxembourg City must arrive by 3 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
The day is yours to explore Remich-the Pearl of the Moselle-with panoramic views of surrounding forests and vineyards.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH (D)
Ancient Worlds and Old World Charm
Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host.
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Trier-Germany's oldest city with ancient Roman remnants dated from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra walk through the city centre, OR:
CLASSIC - Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.
This afternoon, take a Guided Optional Excursion to Luxembourg City-with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture in its deep gorge terrain.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board while cruising to Bernkastel.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL (B,L,D)
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, OR:
ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Guided Hike to nearby castle ruins.
Spend some free time at your leisure this afternoon, perhaps biking through the Renaissance-style village, or visiting a cafe to sample Apfelkuchen or other wonderful German desserts.
DISCOVERY - Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country.
This morning relax on the Sky Deck as you cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.
DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR;
ACTIVE - Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.
Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.
Spend free time biking through the beautiful Bavarian villages on the Main River shores.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road
Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities.
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Wurzburg -"Pearl of the Romantic Road"-
with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residenz-with the largest known ceiling fresco.
Explore the city on your own or visit a local winery. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)
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,
Enjoy free time this afternoon strolling through the city.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
A King's Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich
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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,D)
Living Heritage and History Lessons
Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host.
CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth-with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR:
CLASSIC - Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg-with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich.
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.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle
CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk and see the 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 the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.
Alternatively spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk through Passau to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers."
Alternatively join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship in Linz after your selected full-day excursion.
The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music
Enjoy some free time to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz's many nature trails for a bird's-eye view of the city and river below.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:
ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Guided Hike through Melk's beautiful countryside.
Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube
This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions
Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
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 historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.
This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria's Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.
Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.
This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or take some free time to enjoy Budapest's famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city's cafes, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)