Fly to Prague where you will be met and transferred to the InterContinental Hotel (or similar) for two nights.
Included today: Guided sightseeing. Prague is a 1,200 year old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures on a guided walking tour, including the Old Town's astronomical clock, Hradcany Castle grounds, St Vitus Cathedral and the Charles Bridge. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books, mingle with the locals in Wenceslas Square or stroll alongside the Vltava River.
After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your cruise ship is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.
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The Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris sits among iconic Paris landmarks, 10 minutes' walk from the Champs-Élysées. Step back to the glamour of the 1930s as you indulge in the mosaic-decorated spa or soak up the Art Deco style at the Purple Bar. Official rating: 5 stars.
The hotel faces Parc Monceau, 15 minutes from the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord. The Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe are a few minutes' walk away.
Lavish historic charm in the heart of Paris. The hotel, which dates back to 1862, overlooks the famous Palais Garnier, home to the esteemed Paris Opera. Two acclaimed restaurants await you - Café de la Paix, with its rich history, and La Verrière, set in a beautiful winter garden. Official rating: 4 stars.
A 4-minute walk from Opera metro station.
This first class hotel overlooking the Vltava river, is the ideal base to explore Prague’s historic sites. Official rating: 5 stars.
Located on the banks of the Vltava River, the hotel is an easy walk from Old Town, Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter and Prague Castle.
This centrally-located hotel is an ideal base from which to enjoy the attractions of the spectacular city of Prague. Three restaurants, two bars and a health club await you after a day's sightseeing. Official rating: 5 stars.
A 15 minute walk from the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square and close to major attractions. The airport is 25 minutes away.
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"The tours and cruise director do not meet standards of service/expectations"
"A fantastic experience."
"Five Star service at all times..."
Excellent service, from start to finish, made this a holiday to remember. Avalon Cruises always put the customer first, so from the chauffeur pick-up service, the quality of the hotels, the interesting and varied inclusive tours, not forgetting the cruise ship, gourmet food and the ever attentive crew, Avalon deliver a Five Star service!
A fantastic holiday, taking in the delights of Prague and Paris as well as a memorable seven days cruising on the Main, Rhine and Moselle rivers. Waking up every day to different scenery or locations was a great way to see so many interesting places. The cruise ship (Visionary) was a delight to stay on, we enjoyed a very roomy and spacious cabin with a comfortable bed. The quality of food on the cruise was excellent and the staff/crew were always attentive and friendly. 5 Star holiday and so many memories
"The cruise as a whole was great and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Simona our..."
The cruise as a whole was great and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Simona our cruise director was organized and did a great job. The cruise itinerary itself was not ideal. I felt we were rushed trying to travel the distances needed to get through the itinerary. Most days we had a few hours in town, then needed to rush back to the boat to leave for the next port, which on more than one day wasn't until the following day. While the cruising part is nice, most people are on a riverboat because it stops often at many local towns and cities. The entire stretch along the Main river was not as picturesque as the Rhine and Moselle and there was much too much time spent on the boat and not out discovering and exploring the cities and towns. In addition, another element that added to the issues was that most of the time while traveling on the boat, the sky deck was closed due to the many locks we had to go through...so not only were you stuck traveling for lengthy periods of time, but you had to do it from inside the boat....not ideal.
Lastly - the wifi was horrible on the ship. At one point it was out altogether, but most of the time there was just a bad signal....so we were on the boat for extended periods of time where we couldn't be outside and there was no wifi to use devices or contact family back at home.
The cities and towns we did get to see were great, there just weren't enough of them.
Itinerary was too much boat time, without an outdoor area, and not enough time in each city/town
"Invigorating yet relaxing cruise"
Our cruise director was magnificent, very well organised, great fun, very interesting and varied programme
Interesting and varied programme, excellent organisation
First class service from booking right through to return flight home. Enjoyed two nights in Prague at the beginning and Paris at the end, but the cruise itself exceeded our expectations.
Fabulous cruise. Service was excellent.
"Organisation, and service delivery are all excellent. A beautiful way to travel. Slightly let down…"
Organisation, and service delivery are all excellent. A beautiful way to travel. Slightly let down by the size of the bath towels and of the bathrobes
Transfers all smoothly organised. Cruise director and staff are top notch.
"The only problem with the ship was the 8" (20cm) rise on each step of…"
The only problem with the ship was the 8" (20cm) rise on each step of the stairs in the central foyer. On every other ship we've been on, and all buildings, the rise of is no more than 6" (15cm). I saw one lady trip up when carrying her ice bucket and as most passengers are over a certain age the rise is too great.
It was a combination of several things we've never done. We'd not been to Prague so it was a great opportunity to spend a good time there, we hadn't done that section of the rivers and nor had we been on a TGV - so it was very good.