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Once upon Three Rivers: the Rhine, Moselle & Main with 2 nights in Paris 2021

From Paris, France to Nuremberg, Germany
Length: 10 Days - Departs: Sat, Oct 09, 2021

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Before you embark on a European river cruise along the Rhine, Moselle, and Main Rivers, begin with a Monograms® vacation in Paris. Spend two nights in the “City of Light,” and see the sights with an expert guide, Take a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and enjoy a Seine River cruise. Your knowledgeable Monograms Local Host® is on hand to offer guidance and assistance during your stay in Paris.Take a high-speed train from Paris to Luxembourg City to board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Remich on the beautiful Moselle River. Cruise to the city of Trier, Germany—believed to be even older than Rome—with ancient Roman remnants still found, such as imperial baths and the Roman Bridge. The wine village of Bernkastel, with Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards, will charm you with its narrow streets and half-timbered houses still standing from the Middle Ages. Continue through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—considered the most beautiful view of the Rhine River—and see the rock of the Lorelei and ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Stop in Rüdesheim, a quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, before proceeding into the Main River. Visit the magnificent Bishop’s Residenz in Würzburg and marvel at medieval Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  1. Day 1
    PARIS, FRANCE
    Sat, Oct 09, 2021
    Welcome to France.Your Monograms Local Host® will help you get the most out of your two nights in Paris.
  2. Day 2
    PARIS
    Sun, Oct 10, 2021
    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; Notre Dame Cathedral; 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.(B)
  3. Day 3
    PARIS–REMICH, LUXEMBOURG (EMBARKATION)
    Mon, Oct 11, 2021
    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(B,D)
  4. Day 4
    REMICH. EXCURSION TO TRIER
    Tue, Oct 12, 2021
    Ancient Worlds and Old World CharmVisit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.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:CLASSIC 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 bathsThis afternoon, take a Guided Optional Excursion to Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture in its deep gorge terrain.Later, enjoy live entertainment on board while cruising to Bernkastel.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL(B,L,D)
  5. Day 5
    BERNKASTEL, GERMANY
    Wed, Oct 13, 2021
    Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle ValleyCLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century half-timbered houses, OR:ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Guided Hike to nearby castle ruinsSpend some free time at your leisure this afternoon, perhaps biking through the Renaissance-style village, or visiting a café to sample Apfelkuchen or other wonderful German desserts.DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine makingAFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM(B,L,D)
  6. Day 6
    RHINE GORGE–RÜDESHEIM
    Thu, Oct 14, 2021
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine CountryThis morning relax on the Sky Deck as you cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR;ACTIVE 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 treatLater, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE(B,L,D)
  7. Day 7
    MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
    Fri, Oct 15, 2021
    Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River VillageCLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian villageSpend free time biking through the beautiful Bavarian village on the Main River shores.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG(B,L,D)
  8. Day 8
    WÜRZBURG
    Sat, Oct 16, 2021
    A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic RoadJoin your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco. Explore the city on your own, or visit a local winery. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG(B,L,D)
  9. Day 9
    BAMBERG
    Sun, Oct 17, 2021
    One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven HillsCLASSIC 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 churchesEnjoy free time this afternoon strolling through the city.AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG(B,L,D)
  10. Day 10
    NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)
    Mon, Oct 18, 2021
    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Nuremberg airport before 10:30 am.(B)

Countries Visited

Luxembourg, France, Germany

Rivers Visited

Main, Moselle

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Inclusions

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.


Accommodation Information

Port charges:
$196

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

Health and Safety Protocols for Avalon Waterways

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Avalon Waterways' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Avalon Waterways has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Avalon Waterways' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Avalon Waterways' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

WELCOME ABOARD

New embarkation procedures to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including:

  • Social distancing throughout embarkation
  • Mandatory health screening, including touch-free temperature-check, for all guests and crew
  • Luggage disinfection prior to onboarding (with crew wearing gloves and masks)

FRESH AIR, INSIDE AND OUT:

In addition to Avalon Waterways' Open-Air staterooms, the air in the ships is not circulated between staterooms; only within an individual stateroom and mixed with fresh, outside air.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE:

New social distancing guidelines for guests throughout their Avalon cruise include:

  • Reducing ship capacity as required for more space on board per guest
  • Introducing more dining venues for more dining space per person
  • Crew wearing masks for the duration of the cruise during any guest interaction
  • Providing masks for guests to wear during any event where social proximity could become an issue, including disembarkation for excursions and safety drills
  • Adjusting ratio of guides and coaches for excursions, as required

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS:

  • Electrostatic disinfecting systems
  • UV disinfecting systems

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS:

Reducing risk with hands-free service, including:

  • More hand-sanitizing stations throughout the ship
  • Required use of hand-sanitizing stations when leaving the ship, returning to the ship and entering dining venues as well as entering each public/common space
  • Self-serve stations, including buffets, drinks, specialty coffees and snacks have been replaced with crew service
  • All buffets (breakfast and lunch) replaced by a full range of á la carte menu choices
  • Hourly (or more frequent) disinfection of all public areas

COMMITMENT TO THE CLEANEST SHIPS:

Enhanced cleaning procedures throughout each ship, including these additional steps that go above-and-beyond Avalon’s already strict procedures:

  • Deep disinfection of each stateroom between cruises, including:
    • Use of disinfectants and cleaning materials that meet the highest standards
    • Soft goods in each stateroom (mattress, sofa, window coverings, chairs, etc.) disinfected between cruises
  • Disinfection of all dining areas between meals
  • Disinfection of all shared items like umbrellas, bicycles and other Adventure Center items
  • Disinfection of all goods prior to loading on the ship
  • Ongoing crew training in protective equipment use and hygiene

FOCUS ON CREW HEALTH:

Ensuring a healthy crew, including:

  • Medical certificate required prior to start of contract
  • Daily temperature checks
  • Social distancing in crew living quarters
  • Regular health screenings

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Ship Information

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
4.4
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
4.2

Ratings based off 49 reviews - currently showing 17 reviews with comments only

Great crew and cruise director. Boat appears nearly a new boat due to constant attention they give. Mosul was special and made the cruise.

The staff was excellent in accomodating my 88 year old mother who took her Rollator on-board The Gentle Walks worked well.

Great trip , loved all the discounts , and room upgrade. Allyson always answered my questions promptly.

Due to positioning issues, we were changed to a sister ship, Affinity II. The layout was excellent with several large public areas either inside or protected from the weather; those areas inside had wonderful panorama windows. The Cat A cabin was a good size, comfortable with an excellent bathroom layout and great shower. We ran into low water conditions on the Rhine and therefore had to do part of the cruise via land. Avalon handled this as best as possible and kept our inconvenience to a minimum. Their rearrangements were less disruptive than other river cruisers we bumped in to. The only negatives are the noise level in the dining room and the cabins on the port side sometimes had diesel fumes (many of us experienced this); the starboard cabins did not have this problem (only reason for not giving a top score for cabin)

The ship and staff were great. There was concern about low river levels, but they handled the situation very well. As a result, we had not problems and stayed on schedule throughout the cruise. This was a new cruise combining the Rhine and Moselle rivers, and it was one of the best we've had. We now have had 5 cruises with Avalon.

I've now been on 3 river cruises with Avalon and have loved each one.

Our river cruise on Avalon was fabulous. The cruise director was professional and always available for any questions and he went out of his way to make sure our travel experience was a good one. The entire crew on the Avalon was amazing. Every crew member was cheerful, and always helpful. They all had a sense of humor and engaged with all our fellow travelers in a delightful way. The crew made this trip even more special. The food was delicious. This was one of our best trips ever.

Our cruise director was always available, helpful and courteous. In addition, he was extremely entertaining, so his information stuck, and he went out of his way to make sure that we were able to make the most of any free time we had, by providing suggestions, tips and recommendations. I loved his port talks and receiving the printed itinerary and additional information and maps for the next day. I have kept every one of them in the folder provided, and still refer them for information on our destinations. The rest of the crew on the Artistry II were always friendly, efficient and provided quality service, from the waiters and the stewards all the way to the Captain. Absolutely wonderful experience-Avalon does it again.

Our tour director was fabulous. Everything ran like clockwork. The Moselle river is the most beautiful river we have ever been on.

Delightful experience. Great itinerary. Wonderful food and service.

Everything went according to plans for the city stays and the riverboat cruise. Unfortunately, we could have had a little better weather.

This was an awesome first class Tour in a great part of Europe.

Additional included tours were provided but not listed in the brochure. A plus. Lots of vineyards and lots of castles.

The trip was wonderful. Highly recommended.

We had a wonderful trip with both Monogram and Avalon. We Totally enjoyed our experience. Would definitely recommend both travel companies to others.

This trip exceeded our expectations...have already booked our new trip through Affordable and recommended Affordable and Avalon River cruise to others.

Had a great time Avelon ship great food great all was good

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