On this Europe river cruise vacation, you’ll sail along the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers, to see some of the most intriguing cities of Austria and Germany. On the first portion of your cruise, from Budapest to Nuremberg, also discover the European Jewish Heritage through dedicated sightseeings in Budapest, Vienna and Regensburg, and an onboard lecture about Jewish culture and history.Begin your European vacation in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, with a guided tour and free time to explore on your own. Sail past the impressive Parliament Building on the Danube River, to Austria’s elegant capital of Vienna, and take a Jewish History tour or classic guided sightseeing. Visit delightful Dürnstein in the heart of the Wachau Valley, and a visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk. Discovery the treasures of Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg, and take an excursion to Bavarian capital of Munich. Cruise to Bamberg and Würzburg, and discover the small Main River villages tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. Sail to the Rhine Valley town of Rüdesheim. Cruise along the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River Valley to the wine village of Bernkastel to enjoy famous wines of the Moselle Valley wines. In Trier, Germany, see the ancient sights, including the fortified gate of Porta Nigra from an original Roman settlement. During the first part of the cruise Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, will travel with you. Enjoy her lectures on board!Disembark in Remich, 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, driving past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, 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!
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Day 1 Budapest:Welcome to Budapest! Day 2 Budapest:Guided tour, see Heroes' Square; Jewish heritage tourDay 3 Budapest (Embarkation):Onboard welcome receptionDay 4 Budapest–Vienna:Cruising; onboard lecture about Jewish cultureDay 5 Vienna:Jewish history tourDay 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:Jewish history guided walk, beer tasting on boardDay 9 Nuremberg:Choice of guided sightseeing, or Rally Grounds tour in Nuremberg, or Roth guided tourDay 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 sightseeing, Seine river cruiseDay 19 Paris:Your vacation ends this morning