Jewels of Central Europe – Westbound

Jewels of Central Europe – Westbound 2015 / 2016

19 Day River Cruise from Budapest to Paris

Sail along the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers, and through the Main Danube Canal and dramatic Rhine Gorge on this remarkable river cruise vacation. Begin your trip with two nights in the vibrant Hungarian capital of Budapest, with guided sightseeing and time to explore the city on your own. Then, set sail and enjoy guided sightseeing that shows off the highlights in each city, including inside visits of Melk’s awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey, the Bishop’s Residenz in Würzburg, Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in charming Rüdesheim, and Reichsburg Castle in Cochem. In Regensburg we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s famous beers. Travel by high-speed train to Paris, where your vacation concludes with two overnights, guided sightseeing, and plenty of free time to explore the “City of Light” at your own pace!

Print Email

Highlights & Sightseeing

Special Interest Cruises Available

We offer cruises tailored to your passions so you can experience the very essence of your destination. Click to learn more about what special interest is available on this cruise and to view the specific departure dates. These limited-edition, no additional cost cruises allow you to enhance your subject knowledge with expert onboard presentations and to mingle with others who share your same interests.


Cruise: deluxe 14-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Days 1-2 Budapest: welcome to Hungary; guided sightseeing on Day 2, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Budapest–Vienna: cruising

Day 5 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 6 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting

Day 7 Passau: guided walk

Day 8 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting

Day 9 Nuremberg: onboard lecture; chocolate tasting; choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour

Day 10 Nuremberg: excursion to Munich, guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz

Day 11 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town Hall; onboard lecture

Day 12 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 13 Miltenberg: guided walk

Day 14 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge

Day 15 Cochem: guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle, onboard lecture

Day 16 Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or “Roman Trier” in Trier, see the Porta Nigra

Day 17 Remich (Disembarkation)–Paris: travel by motorcoach from Remich to Luxembourg or Metz; continue by high-speed train to Paris

Day 18 Paris: guided sightseeing

Day 19 Paris: your vacation ends this morning

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn about the Moselle at an onboard lecture, and enjoy sausage, sauerkraut & beer at the Historische Wurstküche.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel

NOTES:

  • 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.
  • In the rare event that the high-speed train is unavailable, alternative arrangements will be made.
  • 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.
  • Nuremberg to Trier portion of Departure October 27 is offered as an exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.

  • Included shore excursions with Local Guide.

  • Personalized room options & excursions.

  • Space to relax & unwind.

  • A lounge serving premium spirits.

  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center.

  • Al fresco lunches on the Sky Bistro.

  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.

  • Four-course dinners with open seating.

  • Complimentary regional wines at dinner.

  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.

  • Panoramic windows throughout every ship.

  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout.

  • Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.

  • Premium L'Occitane bath amenities.

  • English Speaking Crew

  • Light lunch alternative.

  • Headsets for shore excursions.

It's about you. You are the reason we've used our 85-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best river cruise experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout.
  • Elegant, contemporary design.
  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guide.
  • Headsets for shore excursions.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access.
  • Personalized room options & excursions.
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos & lattes.
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station.
  • Lounge bar serving premium spirits.
  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center.
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM.
  • Premium L'Occitane bath amenities.
  • Daily early- and late-riser breakfast.
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine.
  • Complimentary juices with breakfast.
  • Made-to-order egg station at breakfast.
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch.
  • Al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.
  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.
  • Four-course dinners with open seating.
  • Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.
  • Complimentary regional wines at dinner.
  • Free soft drinks or beer with dinner.
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm.
  • Remarkable service.
  • English-speaking crew.
  • Non-smoking interior.
  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels.
  • Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage.
  • Light dinners and wines in the Panorama Bistro on Suite Ships®.
  • And, much more.

Experience

Access

Assistance

Inquire

Connect

The Globus family of brands provides a variety of vacations addressing the needs of today's diverse traveler with unparalleled vacation experiences, full of discovery and insight.

Copyright Globus family of brands © 2015, All rights reserved. Privacy | Legal | Sitemap