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MAGNIFICENT EUROPE - CATEGORY E (BEER THEMED CRUISE) - 2019

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

Your river cruise adventure begins with visits to three of Europe’s vibrant capital cities: Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria. A Local Guide will show you the must-see sites in each city and you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own. See the famous Hers’ Square in Budapest, stroll through Bratislava’s Old Town with its winding streets and bronze sculptures and hidden microbreweries, and stop in a classic Viennese café for a decadent treat or find out more about Austrian beers. Sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley and the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Würzburg’s baroque Bishop’s Residenz and enjoy a German beer tasting. Explore quaint towns like Dürnstein with its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche; Passau, known for its narrow cobblestone streets and the stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral; and Bamberg, with its town hall straddling the River Regnitz and its great variety of beers. Enjoy guided walks in historic Nuremberg, Würzburg, and Regensburg—one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. In the charming Rhine Valley town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. Straddling both sides of the Rhine River is Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture and for the Kölsch, its local beer. Here, enjoy a guided walk and see its famous twin-spired cathedral.

This European river cruise would not be complete without a visit to Holland’s lively capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten and do not miss the opportunity to taste some of the Dutch beers.

A Beer Expert will travel with you on this cruise and will held lectures, tasting and will introduce you to food and beer pairing.

Inclusions

14 breakfasts
14 lunches
14 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
15
Price From
AUD $8,162
Start Location
Budapest, Hungary
End Location
Amsterdam, Hungary
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
25 Oct 201908 Nov 2019OpenAUD $8,162
Itinerary
Day 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafes, and confections. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (D)
Day 2: BUDAPEST.
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 savour a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe, consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube, or a visit to one of Budapest's world-famous thermal baths. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (B,L,D)
Day 3: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA.
Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture. DISCOVERY - Enjoy an onboard beer lecture hosted by your Beer Expert while cruising to Bratislava. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town's cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin's Cathedral-Hungary's centuries-old coronation church, OR: ACTIVE - Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle. DISCOVERY - This evening, join your Beer Expert on a tour of local breweries. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 4: VIENNA, AUSTRIA.
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. CLASSIC - Step into the legendary 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, OR: DISCOVERY: Join a tour of one of the biggest breweries of Vienna and Austria. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-the Habsburg empire summer home for 300 years. You may also take a tram to Austria's Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B,L,D)
Day 5: DURNSTEIN-WACHAU VALLEY.
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR: ACTIVE - Take a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk. MELK: Striking Frescs and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescd ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 6: PASSAU, GERMANY.
The Three Rivers of Medieval Passau. CLASSIC - Join an afternoon Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers." Alternatively, consider a Guided Optional Excursion for a full day in Salzburg, Austria-the city of Mozart-or a Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian Czech town of Cesky Krumlov. DISCOVERY - Onboard food and beer pairing dinner by your Beer Expert. EVENING CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Day 7: 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 join a Guided Optional Excursion to 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 Roth. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B,L,D)
Day 8: ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG.
Living Heritage and History Lessons. DISCOVERY - While sailing to Roth, 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. DISCOVERY - This morning also enjoy an onboard beer lecture hosted by your Beer Expert. 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. Tonight, relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Bamberg. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 9: 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, OR: DISCOVERY - Discover a very special family run hop garden where you will also taste a local beer. Enjoy live entertainment onboard while sailing this evening. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
Day 10: 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. DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a beer in a local brewery Later, enjoy onboard entertainment. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)
Day 11: MAIN RIVER VILLAGE .
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of the Main River Village. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. DISCOVERY - Enjoy a onboard beer tasting hosted by your Beer Expert. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Mainriver village. Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main river shores. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment as you cruise to Rudesheim. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Day 12: RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR; ACTIVE - Take a Hike up to the Niederwald Monument with your Avalon Adventure Host. DISCOVERY - Later, Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. This afternoon cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of the Lorelei-where mythological siren lured ill-fated sailors to shore. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
Day 13: COLOGNE.
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. DISCOVERY - End your city tour at a local brewery for a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! DISCOVERY - Enjoy an onboard beer lecture and tasting hosted by your Beer Expert while sailing to Amsterdam. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 14: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.
Colourful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. DISCOVERY - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." , followed by a real Dutch beer experience. Spend free time on your own to explore the colourful cafes, galleries, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 15: AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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