Central European Experience - Prague to Paris

  • 12 Days

  • Czech Republic

This Central Europe river cruise introduces you to the Main, Rhine, and Moselle rivers, as well as to the Main Danube canal. Your vacation begins with a two-night stay in Prague, with guided sightseeing and a visit of the Hradcany Castle grounds. Go on to explore medieval Bamberg, the Bishop's Residenz in Würzburg and Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in pretty Rüdesheim before enjoying a tasting of Moselle’s revered white wines in Bernkastel. Other highlights: 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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

of 12 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 22nd October 2017

Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

Day 1

Prague

Fly to Prague where you will be met and transferred to the InterContinental Hotel (or similar) for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Prague

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Prague is a 1,200 year old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures on a guided walking tour, including the Old Town's astronomical clock, Hradcany Castle grounds, St Vitus Cathedral and the Charles Bridge. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books, mingle with the locals in Wenceslas Square or stroll alongside the Vltava River.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Prague - Nuremberg (Embarkation)

After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your cruise ship is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Bamberg

Included today: Guided walk, see the Old Town Hall. In the early hours, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walk takes in its historic centre, 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. This afternoon, enjoy some relaxing time on board as you cruise toward Würzburg on the Main River.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Würzburg

Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz. Surrounded by steep, verdant vineyards, Würzburg is known as the 'Pearl of the Romantic Road' and makes an immediate impression with views of its beautiful Marienberg Fortress and 15th century Old Main Bridge. Today's guided sightseeing tour visits the magnificent Bishop's Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Main River Village

Included today: Guided walk. On the banks of the Main River you'll find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. Half-timbered houses, narrow streets and medieval town centres; these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer's delight. Join your Local Guide to experience one of these towns on a guided walk.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge

Included today: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; cruise through the Rhine Gorge. Pretty Rüdesheim is the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum is a real surprise. Enjoy a special treat, then there's free time to explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs. Downstream,the dramatic Rhine Gorge is the most beautiful stretch of river. Pass the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where sweet songs of local beauties lured enchanted sailors to their doom.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Bernkastel

Included today: Guided walk, wine tasting and a visit to Reichsburg Castle. Early this morning you arrive in the charming wine village of Bernkastel on the Moselle River. With its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages, you'll 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. The Moselle is famous for its wines, and growers in this area look after Germany's largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. This evening enjoy a tasting of some of these well-loved German wines.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Trier

Included today: Choice of guided sightseeing or Roman Trier tour in Trier. Today cruise amongst the beautifully ethereal scenery of the Moselle Valley en route to Trier, the oldest city in Germany and some claim, even older than Rome. The famous Porta Nigra is the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement and it still gives access to the town centre. Today, join an included guided city tour or the more history-focused 'Roman Trier' tour before free time to explore this magnificent town. Trier also offers pleasant market squares, Germany's oldest Christian church, a Roman amphitheatre and a whole host of picturesque architectural styles. This afternoon, cruise to Remich in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Remich - Paris (Disembarkation)

Included today: High-speed TGV train journey. Reach Remich in the early morning hours and say goodbye to your crew after breakfast. Travel to Luxembourg City or to Metz to board the high-speed train to Paris and enjoy guided sightseeing upon arrival. Known as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included city sightseeing shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Paris

Included today: Day at leisure. Today in your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées, with sprawling pavements and lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre museum, the Palace of Versailles or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colourful nightlife, and an optional outing to one of the world’s most famous cabaret shows is available.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Paris

Transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

Avalon Visionary

The Avalon Visionary delivers an intimate setting for 128 passengers, 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 changing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 37
  • Number of cabins: 64
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 128 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2012
Available cabins on this cruise
Royal Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, double sinks, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity, well-stocked minibar, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, a sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, and a writing desk.

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, a contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, writing desk, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity and a well-stocked minibar.

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom

These staterooms feature an alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, an elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, memory foam mattress toppers, soft and firm pillows, two windows, well-stocked minibar, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, nightly turn-down service, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, vanity and a writing desk.

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

The Avalon Visionary delivers an intimate setting for 128 passengers, 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 changing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.

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