DAY01 ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires, and pinnacles highlighting its skyline.
DAY02 PRAGUE (B)
Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, see its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town's Astronomical Clock; HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Your Cruise Director will have more suggestions for you.
DAY03 PRAGUE-NUREMBERG, GERMANY (EMBARKATION) (B,D)
After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception.
DAY04 BAMBERG (B,L,D)
In the early morning hours, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your GUIDED WALK takes in its historic centre, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall). This afternoon, enjoy some relaxing time on board as you cruise toward Wurzburg on the Main River.
DAY05 WURZBURG (B,L,D)
Arrive in Wurzburg during breakfast. Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Wurzburg, also known as the "Pearl of the Romantic Road”. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP'S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you might like to join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg.
DAY06 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE EXPERIENCE (B,L,D)
On the banks of the Main River you find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. Half timbered houses, narrow streets and medieval town centres, these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer's delight. Join your Local Guide to experience one of these towns on a GUIDED WALK.
DAY07 RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE (B,L,D)
Pretty Rudesheim is the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and SIEGFRIED'S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM is a real surprise. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then there's free time to explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs. Downstream, the dramatic RHINE GORGE is the most beautiful stretch of river.
DAY08 BERNKASTEL (B,L,D)
Early this morning you arrive in the charming wine village of Bernkastel on the Moselle River. With its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages, you'll enjoy a GUIDED WALK that includes the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall-built in 1608-and the "pointed house," built in 1416. The Moselle is famous for its wines, and growers in this area look after Germany's largest expanse of vineyards. This evening enjoy a TASTING of some of these well-loved German wines.
DAY09 TRIER (B,L,D)
After breakfast, an excursion takes you to Trier, Germany's oldest city. Some say Trier is even older than Rome and that it was populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived. Trier also offers pleasant market squares, Germany's oldest Christian church, and a cornucopia of architectural styles-Roman, baroque, neo-classicism, renaissance, and gothic. A choice of included CITY SIGHTSEEING or the more history-focused "ROMAN TRIER" guided tour, followed by some free time, give you the opportunity to discover this magnificent town. Rejoin your vessel and head for Remich in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
DAY10 REMICH, LUXEMBOURG (DISEMBARKATION)-PARIS, FRANCE (B)
Reach Remich in the early morning hours and say goodbye to your crew after breakfast. Travel to Luxembourg City or to Metz to board the HIGH-SPEED TRAIN to Paris and enjoy GUIDED sightseeing upon arrival. Known as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your INCLUDED CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower.
DAY11 PARIS (B)
Today in your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysees, with sprawling sidewalks, and lavish cafes, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre museum, the Palace of Versailles or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacre Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colourful nightlife and an optional outing to one of the world's most famous cabaret shows is available. All of this awaits your discovery!
DAY12 PARIS (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
CRUISE: Deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom (Category E) with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.
PRAGUE: welcome to the Czech Republic; Guided sightseeing on Day 2, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds.
PRAGUE-NUREMBERG (Embarkation): Travel by motorcoach to Nuremberg; onboard welcome reception.
BAMBERG: Guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall.
WURZBURG: Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz.
MAIN RIVER VILLAGE: Guided walk.
RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge.
BERNKASTEL: Guided walk; wine tasting.
TRIER: Choice of guided city sightseeing or "Roman Trier" sightseeing in Trier, see the Porta Nigra.
REMICH (Disembarkation) – PARIS: Travel by motorcoach from Remich to Luxembourg City or Metz; continue by high-speed train to Paris; guided sightseeing.
PARIS: Day at leisure.
PARIS: your holiday ends this morning
SIGHTSEEING: Your day-by-day itinerary indicates in UPPERCASE all inside visits, special features, and guided sightseeing. All included guided sightseeing is conducted by a Certified Local Guide. Choose the sightseeing pace that suits you Leisurely, Traditional, or Independent (where available).