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ICONIC RIVERS OF EUROPE - THE RHINE, MAIN & DANUBE - CATEGORY E - 2019

across Europe is truly an adventure!

Amsterdam, Holland’s lively capital, is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals with countless museums, cafés, shops, and restaurants to explore. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. On to Germany for a guided city walk in the 2,000-year-old Cologne. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River and stop in delightful 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. In Melk, Austria, visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley.

Guided sightseeing in each city introduces you to two capitals: Vienna, Austria; and Budapest, Hungary. Continue your river cruise adventure on the Lower Danube with an excursion to 2nd-century Pécs, Hungary, where you’ll visit underground burial chambers now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in Serbia’s Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge. In Bulgaria, visit Belogradchik’s eclectic rock formations, the ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo, and Arbanassi—with its Church of the Nativity housing an outstanding collection of frescs.

To round out this timeless European River Cruise, a stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest—known as the “Paris of the East”—is a must. A local expert will show you many of its historical treasures—to add to the cherished memories of your European river cruise discoveries. 

Inclusions

21 breakfasts
21 lunches
21 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
22
Price From
AUD $13,166
Start Location
Amsterdam, Romania
End Location
Bucharest, Romania
Age Range
Min :45
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 May 201906 Jun 2019OpenAUD $13,166
11 Jul 201901 Aug 2019OpenAUD $12,929
22 Aug 201912 Sep 2019OpenAUD $13,285
Itinerary
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. 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 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 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 the old city of Cologne with 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: RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE.
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, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. 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. Explore the city on your own, or visit a local winery. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WURZBURG (B,L,D)
Day 7: MARKTBREIT. ROTHENBURG EXCURSION.
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-NUREMBERG.
Living Heritage and History Lessons. ACTIVE - Go for an early Morning Run 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, and 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 and see 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 20: NIKOPOL. VELIKO TARNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION.
Cliffside Dwellings and Castle Ruins of Bulgarian Kings. CLASSIC - Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo-with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. As an alternative, sail with your ship to Rousse. ROUSSE: Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria's "Little Vienna". You may choose to stay with your ship today on its way to Rousse-dubbed "Little Vienna" for its Baroque and neoclassical buildings. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing tour to Bulgaria's largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR: ACTIVE - Join an afternoon Run through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bugarian folklore show. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA (B,L,D)
Day 19: CETATE, ROMANIA.
A Bygone Era and New Mountains to Climb. ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Run along the river bank. CLASSIC - Visit the Danube's old grain-shipping port on a Guided Tour of Cetate, including a tasting of local specialties before sailing for Vidin, Bulgaria this afternoon. VIDIN, BULGARIA: Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in Bulgaria. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NIKOPOL (B,L,D)
Day 18: DONJI MILANOVAC. LEPENSKI VIR EXCURSION-IRON GATES GORGE.
Ancient Artifacts and the Gauntlet of the Iron Gates. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir-the Mesolithic archaeological site of prehistoric cultures. After lunch on board, you'll sail through the spectacular Iron Gates Gorge- a natural border between Serbia and Romania. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CETATE (B,L,D)
Day 17: BELGRADE, SERBIA.
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present. DISCOVERY - Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history and culture of the Balkan states. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade-where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge. Explore the city on your own this afternoon and discover Knez Mihailova Street-Belgrade's central pedestrian thoroughfare with lively cafes, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. This evening, you might like to join an Optional typical Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC (B,L,D)
Day 16: MOHACS.
Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill. CLASSIC - Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohacs-the quiet Danube harbour town. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill. OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of nearby Pecs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs with fascinating murals, as well as Turkish architecture. You'll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE (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." 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: 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 14: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Hers' Square. The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (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 empire summer home for 300 years; or 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 on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (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 21: OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)-BUCHAREST.
A Night in Bucharest-the "Paris of the East." CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe-honouring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square-the scene of the city's 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafes, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue. (B)
Day 15: BUDAPEST.
Time to Capture Photographs, Coffee, and Confections. Take free time to shop in the Great Market Hall, take photos on the Royal Palace grounds, or visit Budapest's famous thermal bath spas. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHACS (B,L,D)
Day 22: BUCHAREST.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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