Experience Central Europe’s history with highlights of Jewish heritage on the Rhine, Moselle, Main, and Danube Rivers. From Nuremberg to Budapest, a history expert accompanies you to share fascinating historical lectures to spotlight Jewish history in select destinations. Before your cruise, spend two nights each in London and Paris. Sightseeing in London includes Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Travel from London to Paris via Eurostar high-speed train, and enjoy guided sightseeing, including the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and a Seine River cruise. Your expert Local Host® is on hand to assist you throughout your stays in London and Paris. Take a high-speed train from Paris to Luxembourg City to board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Remich. Sail on the beautiful Moselle River, stopping in Trier, Germany, believed to be even older than Rome and many remnants remain, 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. In Roth, select a guided tour of the Bavarian town or take an excursion to Nuremberg for a guided tour or a visit to the notorious rally grounds of the Third Reich. Join in 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. Follow the traces of the oldest Jewish community in Southern Germany and visit the Document Neupfarrplatz museum. Be sure to taste some of Germany’s famous beers! Visit Passau with its narrow, winding cobble-stone 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. On a guided tour, discover Vienna’s Jewish history, which spans more than 800 years. Arrive in Budapest to see the famous sights with a local expert. Take a fascinating Jewish Heritage tour in the city with the most populous and active Jewish community in central Europe.
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Day 1 London:Welcome to EnglandDay 2 London:Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays)Day 3 London–Paris:Travel by high-speed Eurostar train to Paris (Standard class)Day 4 Paris:Guided sightseeing, Seine River cruiseDay 5 Paris–Remich (Embarkation):Travel by high-speed train (First class) to Luxembourg City; motorcoach transfer to Remich to board your Avalon ship; onboard welcome receptionDay 6 Trier:Choice of guided city sightseeing or “Roman Trier” sightseeing, see the Porta NigraDay 7 Bernkastel:Choice of guided walk or hike up to the castle ruins with your Avalon Adventure Host; wine tastingDay 8 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim:Scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable-car ride in RüdesheimDay 9 Main River Village:Guided walkDay 10 Würzburg:Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 11 Bamberg:Guided tour, see the Old Town HallDay 12 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich:Guided sightseeing, see the MarienplatzDay 13 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg:Choice of Nuremberg or Roth guided tour, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; lecture on boardDay 14 Regensburg:Jewish history guided walk, see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta PretoriaDay 15 Passau–Linz:Guided walk in Passau; free time in LinzDay 16 Melk–Wachau Valley–Vienna:Guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or hike with your Adventure Host; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; free time in ViennaDay 17 Vienna:Jewish history guided sightseeingDay 18 Budapest:Guided tour, see Heroes’ Square; Jewish heritage tourDay 19 Budapest (Disembarkation):Your vacation ends this morning
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