AVALON 2020: Jewels of Central Europe with 2 Nights in Budapest, 2 Nights in Paris & 2 Nights in London (Westbound) (WBR2)
21 Day River Cruise Budapest to London
Explore Germany, Austria, and Hungary your way! This Avalon YourWay river cruise includes timeless views on four magnificent rivers with included vacations before and after your cruise. Cruise on the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers-with two nights in Budapest before your cruise and two nights each in Paris and London after your cruise! Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and courtesy transfer to ship and hotel.Begin with two nights in Budapest, the 'Pearl of the Danube,' with guided sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes Square and spectacular architecture. Then, explore Vienna's historic Habsburg Empire-including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral. Visit delightful Durnstein and Melk-charming towns in the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Hear the tale of Richard the Lionheart in Durnstein, and tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey high above Melk. Enjoy a guided city walk through the 'City of Three Rivers'-Passau-before sailing to Regensburg. You'll also visit Roth for guided sightseeing of the Bavarian town's timbered houses, or take an excursion to tour Nuremberg's historic sites, including Kaiserburg Castle or the WWII Rally Grounds. Take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich for a full-day tour. In Bamberg, tour the city of seven hills, crowned with churches, then visit a charming Bavarian Main River village, and tour Wurzburg-the 'Pearl of the Romantic Road.' Hear German music from some of the 350 self-playing instruments in Rudesheim's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, then sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Bernkastel. Sail into Luxembourg to join an excursion from Grevenmacher to see the ancient Roman sites of Trier, and disembark your European river cruise in Remich to board your high-speed train for the 'City of Light,' Paris! Guided sightseeing, free time to stroll the avenues-from its bon vivant avenues to bohemian quarters. From Paris, travel via high-speed train to London. Your Monograms Local Host is at the ready to help you experience Britain's iconic city your way with sightseeing and free time suggestions to celebrate a European vacation and a legendary cruise with legendary views from four remarkable rivers of Europe!
|Day 1||Budapest||Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating CapitalThe day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.|
|Day 2||Budapest||The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city's cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening.(B)|
|Day 3||Budapest||Time for Coffee, and ConfectionsWith a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest's famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA(D)|
|Day 4||Vienna||Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view. This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Vienna||Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions 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 the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.Later, Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN(B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Durnstein||Fairytale Castles, Kings, Cobblestones of Delightful Durnstein CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR: ACTIVE Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. MELK Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU(B,L,D)|
|Day 7||Passau||Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk 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.Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG(B,L,D)|
|Day 8||Regensburg||Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see 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 Roth. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH(B,L,D)|
|Day 9||Roth||Living Heritage and History LessonsDISCOVERY 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. 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 Sightseeing 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 Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG(B,L,D)|
|Day 10||Nuremberg||A King's Palace and Town Halls in Modern MunichCLASSIC 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.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG(B,D)|
|Day 11||Bamberg||One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven HillsCLASSIC 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.DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about European history and culture.AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG(B,L,D)|
|Day 12||Wurzburg||A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road 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 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)|
|Day 13||Main River Village||Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)|
|Day 14||Rhine Gorge||Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine CountryDISCOVERY 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.This afternoon, relax on the Sky Deck as you cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL(B,L,D)|
|Day 15||Bernkastel||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.Later, enjoy live entertainment on board while sailing.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH(B,L,D)|
|Day 16||Remich||Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class WineCLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Trier-Germany's oldest city with ancient Roman remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra walk through the city center, 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.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH (B,L,D)|
|Day 17||Paris||Transfer from your ship to the train station in Luxembourg City. Travel by high-speed train (first class) to Paris, where you begin your Monograms package.(B)|
|Day 18||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; Hotel 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.(B)|
|Day 19||London||Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class).(B)|
|Day 20||London||Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London's famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister's Downing Street; Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. Take photos of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit St. Paul's Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London's skyline. (B)|
|Day 21||London||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Gateway city for departures is Luxembourg City.Port charges: $364Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.Extra nights per person in Budapest:in single room from $252 to $368, in twin room from $153 to $204All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:Category / Decks / PriceD / Indigo Deck / $398B / Sapphire Deck / $2,298A / Sapphire Deck / $2,398P / Royal Deck / $2,598Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4,398
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