Avalon Waterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise

From Amsterdam to Budapest, and in 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 vacation. Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital—both historical and modern. This colorful city is loved for its vibrant mix of 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 for a guided city walk in Cologne—the stunning 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, offering the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Volkach, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and sail the Main Danube Canal which connects the Main and Danube Rivers. Your first stop in Austria is the lovely town of Melk. Visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Your local experts will also introduce you to two capital cities: Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss; and lively Budapest, Hungary, with its unique energy and countless must-see sites. This truly is a magnificent European river cruise to remember!

Avalon Waterways River Cruise
Cologne

Itinerary

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. 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 colorful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam—with its many cafés and art galleries.

Classic Excursion: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

Classic Excursion: Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:

Discovery Excursion: Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. This morning cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of the Lorelei. Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

Discovery Excursion: Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:

Active Excursion: Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat

Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.

Classic Excursion: Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road. Enjoy the city on your own or visit a local winery.

Classic Excursion: Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residence—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Sail to Volkach and get ready for your afternoon activity.

Classic Excursion: Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.

Classic Excursion: 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.

Discovery Excursion: Attend an onboard lecture to learn about European history and culture.

Later, enjoy live entertainment performance while sailing this evening

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

Classic Excursion: 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; Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR;Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

Discovery Excursion: 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.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Alternatively, spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

Classic Excursion: 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.

Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet. 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. Alternatively, cruise to the lovely town of Linz.

Classic Excursion: Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

Legendary, Lovely Linz! This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below. Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to wonderful Vienna this afternoon. Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube. Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening.

Classic Excursion: Take a Guided Tour of the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ of Melk’s Benedictine Abbey.

Royal Collections and Amusing Attractions. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg familyor choose a Guided Optional Excursion to fascinating Bratislava. Consider a tram ride to Vienna’s Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Later, relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

Classic Excursion: Explore 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 iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

The Pearl of the Danube. This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or enjoy Budapest on your own. Indulge in a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafés. Consider a scenic hike above the Danube.

Classic Excursion: Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing tour of Budapest, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Price Guide

Date Deluxe Stateroom (pp) Panorama Suite (pp) Flights
March 2021 £3,879 £4,262 Please Call
April 2021 £4,383 £5,083 Please Call
May 2021 £4,383 £5,083 Please Call
June 2021 £4,383 £5,083 Please Call
July 2021 £4,246 £4,946 Please Call
August 2021 £4,314 £5,014 Please Call
September 2021 £4,451 £5,151 Please Call
October 2021 £4,202 £4,604 Please Call

What's Included

  • 14 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom
  • All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal
  • Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats
  • Choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day
  • Excursions and sightseeing trips with local guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • Special on board and on shore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts designed to enrich your cruise. On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
  • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes; Welcome Dinner; Farewell Dinner
  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
  • Complimentary Wifi (signal permitting)