Magnificent Rivers Of Europe (Eastbound)

11/20/2019 through 09/27/2020
11/20/2019 through 10/16/2020
Avalon Waterways

Your cruise through Germany begins in Amsterdam with a canal cruise on its iconic waterways. More magnificent views await as you sail to the dynamic city of Cologne-with its signature gothic cathedral and soaring twin steeples. Take a guided tour of the city or choose a walking tour of Cologne’s historical Jewish sites. Take in the peaceful charm of Boppard, sail through the stunning Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim in the Rhine Valley’s wine country. Join a hike up the vineyard hills with a cable-car ride back down, or enjoy a coffee or wine tasting on board. In Frankfurt, take a guided excursion to magnificent Heidelberg Castle-and the world’s biggest barrel of wine. Visit a Bavarian Main River Village, then cruise to Würzburg-the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Next, visit Kitzingen in Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area to hear the legend of the town’s beginnings. Enjoy a beer tasting on board in the quaint Bavarian town of Volkach. In Bamberg, enter a world where imperial dynasties lived amid the seven hills crowned with churches. Next, take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich to see the Town Halls of Marienplatz and Nymphenburg Palace-former home of the German monarchs. In Roth, take a tour of Roth’s medieval town, or a guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or a tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Visit the Bavarian town of Regensburg, including its fortress entrance built in 179 AD. You’ll cruise to Passau, to visit Germany’s “City of Three Rivers.” In Austria’s lovely Linz, you’ll enjoy a free afternoon to enjoy the sites and sweets in the home of the Linzer Torte.

Next, visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and sail to Vienna-the City of Music. See the Imperial Palace, the world-famous opera house, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Arrive in beautiful Budapest for guided sightseeing. A perfect conclusion to your magnificent European River cruise!

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 4 Boppard-Rüdesheim: free time in Boppard; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim

Day 5 Frankfurt. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided tour of Heidelberg, see the Great Vat

Day 6 Main river village: guided walk

Day 7 Würzburg: choice of guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz, or guided hike

Day 8 Kitzingen-Volkach: guided tours; beer tasting on board

Day 9 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall

Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: guided sightseeing in Munich, see the Marienplatz

Day 11 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: choice of guided tour in Nuremberg or Roth, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; lecture on board; beer tasting on board

Day 12 Regensburg: guided walk

Day 13 Passau: guided walk

Day 14 Melk-Wachau Valley-Vienna: guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk, or morning hike; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; free time in Vienna

Day 15 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 16 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square

Day 17 Budapest (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Amsterdam
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Day 3 Cologne, Germany
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Day 4 Boppard
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Day 5 Frankfurt. Excursion To Heidelberg
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Day 6 Main River Village
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Day 7 Würzburg
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Day 8 Kitzingen
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Day 9 Bamberg
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Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion To Munich
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Day 11 Roth. Excursion To Nuremberg
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Day 12 Regensburg
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Day 13 Passau
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Day 14 Melk-wachau Valley
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Day 15 Vienna
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Day 16 Budapest, Hungary
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Day 17 Budapest (Disembarkation)
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