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Walk in the footsteps of heroes and cruise in the company of a WWII history expert who shares unforgettable stories of valor and courage. From the legendary beaches of Normandy and through Vimy Ridge, to Paris' Les Invalides Museum, you'll gain moving insight through onboard lectures and visits to historic sites and monuments. Hear both epic and personal stories of lives and legacies forever changed by the Second World War. An Avalon Remembrance and History cruise is an experience of inspiration, courage, and the hopes of heroes fulfilled. Explore the history, art, and architecture of the Habsburg dynasty and Austro-Hungarian Empire on a Habsburg & Royalty cruise on the Danube. Cruise in the company of a knowledgeable historian who shares insights into European royalty. From the city palaces of Budapest and Vienna to the castles and countryside estates, you’ll sip champagne in the same reception rooms and stroll through the art-filled corridors where princes and princesses played. Taste wines from local vineyards, take a waltz lesson in the grand ball tradition, and walk the garden paths as royals and their descendants had for centuries.

A Special Departure with His Imperial Highness Archduke Carlos Felipe

Delve deeper into this historic era on a special departure cruise with special guest, His Imperial Highness Archduke Carlos Felipe, who shares insight into the first World War that changed the map of Europe and signified the downfall of most of Europe’s great monarchies. Hear first-hand accounts the Archduke gleaned as a scholar and from personal conversations with his grandmother Zita—the last empress of Austria and Hungary. A fascinating journey through history comes to life!

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