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Avalon Waterways Reviews – 12 Day River Cruise Paris to Prague

Avalon Waterways Reviews – 12 Day River Cruise Paris to Prague. Central European Experience Eastbound.

12 Day River Cruise Paris to PragueEnjoy this incredible Avalon Waterways Central Europe river cruise that offers a chance to explore the stunning Moselle, Rhine and Main Rivers, in addition to the scenic Main Danube Canal. This 12-day excursion begins with two overnights in Paris along with guided sightseeing tours of this magnificent city. Once you embark on your Avalon river cruise, numerous guided tours are available to explore Trier, Bamber, Würzburg and more.

Don’t miss your chance to see the Bishop’s Residence in Würzburg, listen to treasured instruments at Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim, and experience the most highly regarded wines of the Moselle region while in Bernkastel.

This special Central European river cruise also brings guests to the impressive Rhine Gorge and offers them an opportunity to gaze upon the famous Lorelei rock. Additional highlights of this 12-day adventure are traveling by high-speed train from Paris to Metz or Luxembourg City, visiting the Hradcany Castle and ending your vacation with two additional overnights. Disembarkation occurs after breakfast in Prague on day twelve.

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France
Today on your Avalon river cruise you will arrive in Paris, considered one of the most romantic and bustling cities in the world. Explore France’s capital, located on the River Seine and take in the “City of Light.”

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Day 2 Paris
The time is here to spend an incredible day in Paris. Be prepared to have all of your senses delighted from this city’s incredible architecture, mouthwatering food and rich history. Enjoy an included city sightseeing tour that will escort you to the “must-see sights” including the renowned Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and the famous Eiffel Tower. During your down time, savor a relaxing stroll near the Champs-Elysées and partake in come pastry, coffee, shopping and more. Paris is known for its electrifying nightlife, so be sure to catch a show and make memories in this fascinating city!

Day 3 Paris, France – Remich, Luxembourg (Embarkation)
Day three brings an exciting adventure of traveling by a high-speed train from Paris to Metz or Luxembourg City. From there, you will continue on to Remich to find your docked cruise vessel situated on the breathtaking Moselle River. Before a delectable dinner, you will meet and greet your crew at a welcome reception. Prepare to travel the Moselle River, which is over 300 miles long and rises in the Vosges Mountains of Northeastern France and enters Germany at Trier.

Avalon Europe River CruiseDay 4 Trier, Germany
Welcome to Trier, the oldest city in Germany. Many people believe Trier is in fact older than Rome and that it was occupied for more than 1,000 years before the Romans arrived in the area. Countless structures have remained intact through many years including The Roman Bridge (Germany’s oldest bridge), a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and the Porta Nigra, the only surviving gate from the Roman settlement. For those interested in architecture, Trier offers a treat for the eyes and minds with numerous styles used in the area including Roman, neoclassical, renaissance, baroque and gothic. You will have the option to choose from two included city sightseeing tours, one that focuses more on popular sights within the city and the other a more history-heavy Roman Trier tour. In addition, enjoy your time cruising the peaceful Moselle River, framed by picturesque landscapes.


Day 5 Bernkastel
Located in the middle of the Moselle region is Bernkastel, a quaint wine village comprised of narrow, charming streets, and half-timbered homes that have survived since the Middle Ages. During your time in this village, enjoy a guided walk that includes visits to the “pointed house,” constructed in 1416, and the Town Hall, built in 1608 in classic renaissance-style. Bernkastel is known for its vineyards and the growers here are responsible for the largest area of vineyards in all of Germany. During the evening hours, enjoy some of the area’s most popular wines, especially the renowned Bernkastel Doktor.

Day 6 Rudesheim – Rhine Gorge
Almost a week into your Central European river cruise, it will be time to explore one of the world’s most sought after destinations. In the morning hours, you will sail through the magnificent Rhine Gorge, considered to be the most breathtaking stretch of the Rhine. Gaze upon ancient castles and lofty cliffs that sit well over 400 feet above the water, and be sure to catch a glimpse of the famed Lorelei rock.

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Once in Rudesheim, a picturesque wine town, plan a trip to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Here you can listen to the sounds of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.During your free time, take a stroll through this area’s cobblestone streets, find a few souvenirs and enjoy some live music.

European waterways cruises parisDay 7 Main River Village
Located on the banks of the Main River, you will experience multiple tiny towns hidden behind towered gates and defensive walls. The scenery in the Main River Village is impressive with its narrow streets, medieval artistic style and half-timbered homes. Considered to be a photographer’s dream, you will want to keep your camera handy and spend the day exploring these towns via a local guided walk.

Day 8 Würzburg
Enjoy a relaxing morning as you cruise the Main River, awaiting your arrival in Würzburg during the afternoon. Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” this area is comprised of stunning hillside vineyards and the notable Marienberg Fortress that sits high above town.

Take the guided sightseeing tour to visit the Bishop’s Residence, where you can experience the world’s largest ever ceiling fresco up close. After, take advantage of free time in order to do a little shopping, walking, or experiencing a German afternoon tradition of coffee and pastry.

Day 9 BambergAvalon Europe River Cruise
Relax with a delectable breakfast as you sail into Bamberg, arriving in the early afternoon. Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city was once home to one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties. Fashioned in medieval style, visitors can experience breathtaking scenery and rich culture.

Take a guided walking tour to the area’s history center where you can experience a 13th century Romanesque cathedral and the famed Old Town Hall, built on an island in the middle of the Regintz River.

Day 10 Nuremberg (Embarkation) – Prague, Czech Republic
During the morning, you will arrive in beautiful Nuremberg where you will say goodbye to your crew. Next you will travel via motor-coach to cross the Czech border in the Bohemian Forest to head for the “Golden City,” also known as Prague.

Day 11 Prague
Imagine a 1,200 year old city preserved in time and you can picture Prague. Unique compared to other Central European cities, Prague was not destroyed by bombs during the 20th-century wars. Enjoy this area’s beauty and original structures on a guided sightseeing tour to its most beloved treasures. You can visit the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, constructed in the 15th century, the Hradcany Castle Grounds, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the oldest bridge in Prague – the Charles Bridge.

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Spend some time with the locals afterwards in Wenceslaus Square, take in a few street performances and purchase some souvenirs at nearby shops. Ask your cruise director for additional touring suggestions.

Day 12 Prague
Your 12-day Central European river cruise vacation comes to an end after a delicious breakfast in Prague.

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