Your cruising itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam, Holland (embarkation)

Welcome to Holand. 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.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties. 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.

Overnight docking in Amsterdam. Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Amsterdam - canals of colourful Amsterdam

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

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.

Evening/overnight cruise to Cologne. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cologne, Germany - Prost! celebrate in the Rhineland

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 Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

Overnight cruise to Rudesheim. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Rüdesheim - 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.

Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

Evening/overnight cruise to Main river village. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Main River Village - hidden gems and 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Würzburg - a perfect day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road

  • 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.

Overnight docking in Wurzburg. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Marktbreit. Volkach - storybook romance in a timeless town

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

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

Afternoon/overnight cruise to Bamberg. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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:  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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Evening/overnight cruise to Passau. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Ceský Krumlov. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.

LINZ, AUSTRIA -A Legendary Love of Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte 

This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own.

Overnight cruise to Melk. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Melk - Wachau Valley - striking frescoes and breathtaking views of the Wachau Valley

  • Classic: Take a Guided Tour of the frescoed 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Schönbrunn 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.

Evening/overnight cruise to Budapest. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Heroes’ 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 Café. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube.

Overnight docking in Budapest. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Budapest (disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

A reverse cruise option is also available from Budapest to Amsterdam 

Day 1, Budapest (Embarkation); Day 2, Budapest; Day 3, Bratislava; Day 4, Vienna; Day 5, Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk; Day 6, Passau; Day 7, Regensburg; Day 8, Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg; Day 9, Bamberg; Day 10, Würzburg; Day 11, Main River Village; Day 12, Rüdesheim– Rhine Gorge; Day 13, Cologne; Day 14, Amsterdam; Day 15, Amsterdam (Disembarkation), your cruise ends this morning.

Special interest cruises - 

Looking to enrich your adventures while you sail? A Beer Tasting cruise is available to help you delve deeper into what you’re passionate about. Call for itinerary modifications and inclusions.

In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary. Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.

Departure dates and prices 2021/22 - Magnificent Europe : 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Avalon to add flights

Avalon brochure price in black from £3754

Travel 55 discount price in red from £3492

Telephone Avalon on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

 

 

Cruise from Amsterda to Budapest : tour code WAB - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Royal Suite Panorama Suite Delux Stateroom
June 11 2021
£7881
£7330
£6181
£5748
£4383
£4077
June 26 2021
£7731
£7190
£6031
£5609
£4233
£3937
July 18 2021 £7594
£7063
£5894
£5482
£4096
£3810
August 20 2021 £7662
£7126
£5962
£5545
£4164
£3873
August 23 2021 £7881
£7330
£6181
£5748
£4383
£4077
September 21 2021 SOLD OUT £6317
£5875
£4519
£4203
October 20 2021 SOLD OUT £5552
£5164
£3754
£3492
April 20 2022
SOLD OUT £5620
£5227
£3822
£3555
May 12 2022
SOLD OUT £6181
£5749
£4383
£4077
June 15 2022 £7881
£7330
£6181
£5749
£4383
£4077
June 24 2022 SOLD OUT £6031
£5609
£4233
£3937
July 14 2022 SOLD OUT £5894
£5482
£4096
£3810
August 12 2022
£7512
£6987
£5812
£5406
£4014
£3734
August 20 2022 £7512
£6987
£5812
£5406
£4014
£3734
August 29 2022 SOLD OUT £6132
£5703
£4233
£3937
September 26 2022
SOLD OUT £6167
£5736
£4369
£4064

Prices include daily excursions, full-board dining and gratuities but exclude flights. Book your flights with us and we'll also include overseas transfers and ATOL protection. All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Avalon Waterways
Magnificent Europe

15 days

2021/22 discount prices from only £3492

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!

There's a reverse course option for this cruise.

This stunning 15 day Magnificent Europe cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways call 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Included for every Avalon guest

Amsterdam

At Avalon, ‘included’ is one of our favourite words. Along with the widest suite views that  river cruising has to offer, and the space to soak it up from your window-facing bed, our cruises come with the following:

Full-board dining

From the full breakfast of your choice, with Bucks Fizz and a dedicated egg station, to lunch, afternoon snacks, afternoon tea, dinner and late-night supper, you will be fully catered for all day.

Excursions

At each port of call, a local guide will show you around to give you a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at each destination.

Complimentary paired wine

You'll enjoy sommelier-selected regional wines at lunch and dinner, or beer if you prefer.

Gratuities

All tips for crew and staff are included, so you don't have to budget extra for tipping or worry about how much to give.

Your Ships - Avalon II - Avalon Poetry II

Onboard every one of our Suite Ships you'll find the same exacting standards and attention to detail. They all feature our one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites, with the widest opening windows in river cruising, and beds facing the incredible views. This cruise operates on the following ships.

Avalon Artistry II

Part of Avalon's award-winning fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Artistry II features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform the living space into river cruising's only Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning to splendid passing scenery from your window-facing bed. Stretch out on your Comfort Collection bed and cruise with the world at your feet. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck. A true work of art in relaxed luxury on board and amazing adventures on shore

Artistry

Avalon Impression

Part of Avalon's award-winning fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Impression features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform the living space into river cruising's only Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning to splendid passing scenery from your window-facing bed. Stretch out on your Comfort Collection bed and cruise with the world at your feet. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck. You're sure to be impressed with the relaxed luxury and unequaled amenities of the Avalon Impression!

Impression

Avalon Tranquility II

Your Avalon river cruise will bring new tranquility to your traveler's soul, but you'll also find plenty of ways to excite your adventurous spirit to cruise your way! While on board, enjoy the intimate setting of the Avalon Tranquility II with two full decks of Panorama SuitesSM with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that create river cruising's only Open-Air Balcony. Spanning 200 square feet, the Passion's Panorama Suites are 30% larger than the industry standard. It's the perfect place to stretch out on your window-facing Comfort Collection bed with the world at your feet. Host a private cocktail party in the spacious sitting area-comfortably accommodating six guests. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access, complimentary computer use in public areas, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, an elevator, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare. Relaxed luxury and new discoveries await from ship to shore on the Avalon Tranquility II.

Tranquility

Your choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations.

In addition to included Active, Discovery, and Classic excursions and activities, they offer Guided Optional Excursions designed to personalize your experience even more. And they are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.

Classic

  • Take a Guided Tour of the old city of Cologne beneath its gothic cathedral steeples.
  • Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg to experience the magnificent City of Mozart

Book your cruise with or without flights

Cruise prices are shown without flights included in case you wish to book them separately, or aren't ready to return home when you disembark! Or we can book your flights for you from most UK airports, with overseas transfers and ATOL protection included. The choice is yours!

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