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MAGNIFICENT EUROPE - CATEGORY E - 2019

From Amsterdam to Budapest, and many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless river cruise holiday.

Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital—both historical and modern. This popular city is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. On to Germany where there’s a guided city walk in Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. First stop in Austria is Melk for a visit of its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Dürnstein—famous for its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche. And in the last days of your vacation, local experts will introduce you to three capital cities: Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss; Bratislava, Slovakia, where winding cobblestone streets twist and turn in the Old Town and you’ll visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; and lively Budapest, Hungary, with its unique energy and countless must-see sites. This truly is a river cruise to remember!

Inclusions

14 breakfasts
14 lunches
14 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
15
Price From
AUD $8,162
Start Location
Amsterdam, Hungary
End Location
Budapest, Hungary
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
15 Apr 201929 Apr 2019On RequestAUD $8,162
26 Apr 201910 May 2019OpenAUD $8,518
02 May 201916 May 2019On RequestAUD $8,875
16 May 201930 May 2019On RequestAUD $8,875
07 Jun 201921 Jun 2019On RequestAUD $8,875
13 Jun 201927 Jun 2019On RequestAUD $8,875
23 Jun 201907 Jul 2019On RequestAUD $8,875
05 Jul 201919 Jul 2019OpenAUD $8,637
11 Jul 201925 Jul 2019On RequestAUD $8,637
21 Jul 201904 Aug 2019On RequestAUD $8,637
02 Aug 201916 Aug 2019On RequestAUD $8,637
22 Aug 201905 Sep 2019On RequestAUD $8,756
13 Sep 201927 Sep 2019OpenAUD $9,231
25 Sep 201909 Oct 2019On RequestAUD $9,112
03 Oct 201917 Oct 2019On RequestAUD $8,637
11 Oct 201925 Oct 2019OpenAUD $8,518
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to the gardens at Keukenhof-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths as well as other bulbs planted each year. Outside of tulip season, consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Spend free time exploring the colourful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam-with its many cafes and art galleries. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)
Day 2: AMSTERDAM.
Colourful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. CLASSIC - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." Return to your ship for a leisurely afternoon cruise, or enjoy free time in Amsterdam and transfer to re-join your ship in Utrecht. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion through the Dutch countryside. You might decide to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle-the most beautiful and best-kept medieval castle in Holland. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
Day 3: COLOGNE, GERMANY.
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's capital city. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR: DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites. Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Day 4: RHINE GORGE-RUDESHEIM.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. This morning cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of The Lorelei. DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR: ACTIVE - Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards. DISCOVERY - Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)
Day 5: MAIN RIVER VILLAGE.
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
Day 6: WURZBURG.
A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the "Pearl of the Romantic Road" with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residenz-with the largest known ceiling fresco. Enjoy the city on your own, or visit a local winery. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WURZBURG (B,L,D)
Day 7: MARKTBREIT. EXCURSION TO ROTHENBURG.
Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town. CLASSIC - Take a morning Guided Tour of Rothenburg- seemingly untouched by time on Bavaria's Romantic Road, OR: ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk. Take advantage of free time this afternoon to shop for Hummel figurines, cuckoo clocks, or sip a glass of local Tauber wine. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 8: BAMBERG.
One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills. CLASSIC - 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. Enjoy a live entertainment performance while sailing this evening. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B,L,D)
Day 9: ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG.
Living Heritage and History Lessons. ACTIVE - Go for an early Morning Jog with your Avalon Adventure Host. CLASSIC - 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: CLASSIC - Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR: CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich. DISCOVERY - Later, 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. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Day 10: REGENSBURG.
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk to see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria- built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 11: PASSAU.
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers." Alternatively, you may join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. This afternoon, cruise to the lovely town of Linz. LINZ, AUSTRIA: A Legendary Love of Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte. This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own before cruising to Melk. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Day 12: MELK-WACHAU VALLEY.
Striking Frescs and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of the frescd ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ of Melk's Benedictine Abbey. Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to wonderful Vienna this afternoon. VIENNA: Vienna Waltzes and Blue Danube Beauty. Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 13: VIENNA.
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. CLASSIC - Venture into the Habsburg Empire with a morning 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. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace- the Habsburg family summer home for 300 years, or choose a Guided Optional Excursion to fascinating Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You may also take a tram to Austria's Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Later, relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 14: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing tour of Budapest, including the iconic Hers' Square. The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savour a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 15: BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)