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17 Days | Jewels of Central Europe
Westbound (WBR)


Day 1 | Budapest, Hungary. Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

Day 2 | Budapest. The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening. (B)

Classic — Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Day 3 | Budapest. Embark. Time for Coffee, and Confections. With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship®. (B,D)

Day 4 | Vienna, Austria. Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view. This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. (B,L,D)

Day 5 | Vienna. Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Dürnstein. (B,L,D)

Classic — Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Day 6 | Durnstein. Melk. Fairytale Castles, Kings, Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein. Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. (B,L,D)

Classic — Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades — OR —

Active — Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

Melk. Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors.

Classic — Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.

Discovery — Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.

Day 7 | Passau, Germany. Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing to Regensburg. (B,L,D)

Classic — Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers” — OR — Join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

Day 8 | Regensburg. Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth. (B,L,D)

Classic — Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

Discovery — Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

Day 9 | Roth. Nuremberg Excursions. Living Heritage and History Lessons. (B,L,D)

Classic — Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle — OR — Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

Discovery — Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas.

Day 10 | Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich. Modern Munich with Storybook Villages and Fairytale Castles. (B,D)

Classic — Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.

Day 11 | Bamberg. One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills. This evening, enjoy onboard entertainment. (B,L,D)

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.

Day 12 | Wurzburg. A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon. Explore the city on your own or visit a local winery. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment. (B,L,D)

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.

Day 13 | Main River Village. Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village. (B,L,D)

Classic — Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

Day 14 | Rudesheim. Cruising the Rhine Gorge. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. Cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge. (B,L,D)

Discovery — Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience — OR — Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

Day 15 | Bernkastel. Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley. 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. (B,L,D)

Classic — Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century half-timbered houses.

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

Day 16 | Grevenmacher. Excursion to Trier. Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine. This afternoon, take a Guided Optional Excursion to Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture in its deep gorge terrain. This evening cruise to Remich. (B,L,D)

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 — 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.

Day 17 | Remich, Luxembourg. Disembark. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Luxembourg City airport before 8 am. (B)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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