Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
Day 1 PARIS, FRANCE
Welcome to France.
Your Monograms Local Host® will help you get the most out of your two nights stay in Paris.
Day 2 PARIS
Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a SEINE RIVER CRUISE. Embark your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804; Hôtel de Ville, the city's municipal headquarters; the Conciergerie, formerly a notorious prison where Marie-Antoinette spent the last days of her life; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more.
Day 3 PARIS—REMICH, LUXEMBOURG (EMBARKATION)
Travel by high-speed train (first class) to Luxembourg City, then transfer to Remich to board your Suite Ship® and start your Avalon river cruise.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH
Day 4 REMICH. EXCURSION TO TRIER
Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Jog on the banks of the Moselle River in beautiful wine country.
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city with ancient Roman remnants dated 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.
EVENING CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL
Day 5 BERNKASTEL, GERMANY
Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley
Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century half-timbered houses, OR:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Guided Hike to nearby castle ruins.
Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
Day 6 RHINE GORGE—RÜDESHEIM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country.
This morning relax on the Sky Deck as you cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR;
Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Day 7 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavariann village.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
Day 8 WÜRZBURG
A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg —”Pearl of the Romantic Road”— with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
Day 9 BAMBERG
One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills
Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about European history and culture.
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
Day 10 NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH
A King’s Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich
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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG
Day 11 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Living Heritage and History Lessons
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions.
Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR:
Choose a Guided Tour 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.
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.
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
Day 12 REGENSBURG
Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
Day 13 PASSAU
Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
Join a Guided City Walk through Passau to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK
Day 14 MELK—WACHAU VALLEY
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Guided Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
Day 15 VIENNA
Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions
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.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
Day 16 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
Day 17 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.