We sailed on the 2 night Prague, 7 nights Nuremberg to Luxembourg, 2 night Paris itinerary at the end of September. The ship itself is very comfortable and we had a cabin on the highest deck, which I recommend since it puts you a little higher above the water. Very well put together cabins, excellent free internet service, lovely to turn your entire cabin into a balcony by opening the floor to ceiling window all the way on a nice day, and very well stocked and designed bathroom. The itinerary itself is highlighted by the amazingly wonderful tour guides on all the included and optional tours. We took optional tours to Rothenburg, Luxembourg City and Versailles. The hotel choices in Prague and Paris were also top of the line and very well located. Meals on the ship were accompanied by beer and wine and we were pleased that dinner wine usually had four options: one or two whites and reds and a rose! One of the nice things about the cabin is the refrigerator, which came in handy when we bought wine or other local beverages in Germany. (You should bring back some federweisser from Wurzburg or one of the other German towns if it is in season to enjoy on the ship.) One of the best meals offered is a tasting menu called the Panorama Bistro which does not cost extra, but seating is limited to you must sign up for it in advance. We loved it so much we went back a second time. It should not be missed. All in all, we think the Avalon experience exceeded expectations and would not hesitate to go on another river cruise with Avalon.
The climate control works very well, but the most fun thing to do on a nice day is open up the panoramic windows and turn your entire cabin into your own personal balcony. Our cabin was well located center ship and very quiet. Lovely L'Occitane products in the well proportioned bathroom. It is shower only, but plenty of space and we never lacked for water pressure or hot water.
The Wurzburg Residenz is amazing. First see this, then see Versailles. If you are in Wurzburg during the fall, pick up a bottle of federweissen to enjoy in your cabin.
This is a very walkable town with a cute downtown market and a fun place to drink "smoky" beer.
Trier deserves more than just a few hours to visit. It's got amazing history and art and deserves one or two days.
The visit to the Vinotek was the highlight of this itinerary for me. If you like German wines, you are in heaven here.
This is a bit of a touristy town, but its got a glockenspeil, so you can't argue with that. The mechanical instrument museum is interesting - the building itself is as interesting or more so than the musical instruments it houses.