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Trip Type : River Cruise
Central European Experience – Cruise Only Eastbound tour
Bamberg Luxembourg Central European Experience – Cruise Only Eastbound Trip

Central European Experience – Cruise Only Eastbound

Avalon Waterways
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 3,149 $ 394 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of guided sightseeing, or “Roman Trier” sightseeing, see the Porta Nigra
  • Guided walk; wine tasting
  • Scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride in Rüdesheim; special treat
  • Guided walk
  • Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz
  • Lecture on board; guided tour, see the Old Town Hall
  • This river cruise through central Europe will start in Luxembourg and take you across Germany on the Moselle, Rhine, and Main Rivers, as well as the fascinating Main Danube Canal
  • Your European river cruise will get underway on the enchanting Moselle River

Short Description

This river cruise through central Europe will start in Luxembourg and take you across Germany on the Moselle, Rhine, and Main Rivers, as well as the fascinating Main Danube Canal. Your European river cruise will get underway on the enchanting Moselle River. Make your way to the ancient city of Trier, Germany—believed to be even older than Rome. Many remnants of ancient Rome can still be found, such as imperial baths and the Roman Bridge, with stone pilings dating from 144-152 AD.

Try some of the best wines the Moselle valley has to offer, in the wine village of Bernkastel, home to Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards. This beautiful town will fascinate you with its narrow streets and half-timbered houses which have been standing since the Middle Ages. Your river cruise will continue through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most enchanting stretch of the Rhine River, where you’ll see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water.

On the Main River, stop in Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” and see the magnificent baroque Bishop’s Residenz and the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. With free time, you may want to stop in a Konditorei (German pastry and coffee shop) for a delicious local favorite and experience a German afternoon tradition! In Bamberg, marvel at the 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River.

Your European River cruise is waiting to show you intriguing destinations, and charming out-of-the-way spots for an unforgettable experience like no other vacation tour can!

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City REMICH
End City NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION) Living Heritage and History LessonsYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning
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Itinerary

Day 1

REMICH, LUXEMBOURG (EMBARKATION) Welcome to Luxembourg! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding in Remich.

Flights into Luxembourg City must arrive by 3 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

The day is yours to explore Remich—the Pearl of the Moselle—with panoramic views of surrounding forests and vineyards.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH

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Day 2

REMICH. EXCURSION TO TRIER Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Jog in Remich on the banks of the Moselle River in beautiful wine country.

CLASSIC 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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board while cruising to Bernkastel.

EVENING CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL

(B,L,D)

Day 3

BERNKASTEL, GERMANY 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—with a hike to view the vast vineyard landscapes, a bike ride through the Renaissance-style village, or relax with a glass of regional wine.

DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

(B,L,D)

Day 4

RHINE GORGE—RÜDESHEIM Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

Take your morning coffee up to the Sky Deck as you cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.

DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:

ACTIVE Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards.

DISCOVERY Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

(B,L,D)

Day 5

MAIN RIVER VILLAGE Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

Spend free time biking through the beautiful Bavarian village on the Main River shores.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

(B,L,D)

Day 6

WÜRZBURG A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “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 BAMBERG

(B,L,D)

Day 7

BAMBERG One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills

CLASSIC 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.

Enjoy free time this afternoon strolling through the city.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

(B,L,D)

Day 8

NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION) Living Heritage and History Lessons

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Nuremberg airport before 10:30 am.

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Central European Experience – Cruise Only Eastbound

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Avalon transport to hotel

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We came at the airport in amsterdam, the driver came to pick us up in a FORD station car, What a Joke. A small simple car. We expect a Mercedes, BMW or Audi, at least a great German car. The driver was friendly, but how Can they send a bad old car like that ? I could better take a Tesla outside the airport
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Cancelled Cruise

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We had booked a Danube River Cruise for April 2019 and we had to cancel due to a family emergency. Our travel agent, Cruise Planners in Charleston and Avalon were absolutely FABULOUS about helping us cancel our reservation and were very understanding and sympathetic to our issue.

If we plan another trip in the future, I will not hesitate to use both companies again.
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Thing of a Danube cruise next May...but…

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Thing of a Danube cruise next May...but VERY concerned now with the reports of low level water and big problems...any advice about a May cruise?

Jill Bondarchuk Does not care about terrible experience never use avalon

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Jill Bondarchuk Who is in charge of Avalon waterways did not seem to care about are terrible experience with Avalon romantic reign
Cruise the most important day of the cruise we were crammed on a tour boat hat was way over crowded we could not see any romantic castles
It was terrible I saved up most my life for this and they just did not care I am a hard working man and very rarely get upset but I will not recommend cruise to anyone they seem to not care and for the cost of the cruise which is not cheap gave us 200.00 off for lifetime saving for this special moment got back standard corporate letter from Jill bondarchuck basically saying to bad very disappointed at the uncaring
Of ruining trip of lifetime
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Failure to take responsibility for not delivering on promises

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Had our trip gone according to plan I have no doubt I would be giving Avalon five stars. The five days we cruised, out of fifteen booked, was exceptional. Whilst Avalon cannot be blamed for poor water conditions, they can be blamed for failing to inform us in time to cancel the trip, on failing to offer reasonable compensation, and on exceptionally poor communications from their customer service area.

In short:
We cruised for 5 days out of the advertised 15.
We cruised through part of one country, rather than the advertised five countries.
We were put up in hotels for six nights. Meals, where provided by the hotel at all, were ordinary, at best.
We spent many hours being driven point to point on buses, requiring early morning starts and much packing and repacking. We saw very little in the way of scenery outside of the five days of cruising, spending most of the time on motorways.

The amount of compensation offered was totally inadequate being a small proportion of the total cruise-only cost (nothing for the cost of airfares). When challenged, Avalon just says that is their policy. My requests for a review by a more senior representative seems to have been ignored.

Whilst other cruise companies have suffered similar problems, most seem to be able to transfer passengers relatively small distances to another ship. I suspect this is because most have more ships available.

By all means use Avalon if you can be certain the river conditions will allow one continuous journey - the ship was great, as were the staff on the ship. However where there is any likelihood of problems, it appears Avalon is least likely to be able to minimise the disruption and will not offer fair and reasonable compensation when things go wrong.
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The most enjoyable cruise I have ever…

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The most enjoyable cruise I have ever been on!

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WRN|Take this cruise with land stays

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Le Royal

A centrally located 170-room property offering fresh dining options in the brasserie style restaurant where traditional dishes can be enjoyed on the flowery outdoor terrace during the summer months, innovative French cuisine is served in the gourmet restaurant and there is also a contemporary piano bar with cigar lounge. Leisure facilities include a fitness centre, sauna and an indoor swimming pool and Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout.


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