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. (D)

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.  (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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.
  • 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 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: 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. (B,L,D)

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

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

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:  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.

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.”

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. (B,L,D)

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. (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 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. (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 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. (B,L,D) 

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 2020 - Magnificent Europe : 7% discount on all dates

Avalon brochure price in black from £4400
Travel 55 discount price in red from £4092
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0330 808 5036 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Amsterdam – Budapest : tour code WAB - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
Apr 10, 23 £4400
Aug 1, 4, 26 £4880
May 13, 26 £5017
Sep 10, 30 £5017
Jun 4, 17 £5017
Oct 13 £4811
July 7, 16, 22 £4880
Budapest - Amsterdam : tour code WBA - cruise price without flights and transfers
Apr 9, 14 £4400
Aug 15, 19, 27 £4880
May 7 £5017
Sep 1, 23 £5153
June 23 £5017
Oct 22, 27* £4675
July 2, 15, 21


*Special Interest Cruise: Beer Tasting Oct 27
Prices shown above are for the cruise only. This means you have the freedom to arrange your own flights and transfers to suit your needs. Alternatively we can take care of everything for you. Complete holiday price including flights, transfers and private home pick-up service (within 100 miles)
from £5,025pp - based on Apr 10 departure from London Gatwick. Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships® Envision, Imagery II, Impression, Panorama, Tranquility II, View. Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included on Avalon portion only. Extra nights before and after your cruise may be available, please call for details and prices. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available. Note: responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler

†From price based on cruise without flights and transfers, Apr 10 departure. All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. 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.

Upgrade pricing:

Category/deck - E Indigo nil : D Indigo £298 : B Sapphire £1698 :  A Sapphire £1798 : P Royal £1998 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £3398

All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions

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Avalon Waterways
Magnificent Europe

15 days

Your discount prices start from only £4092 - 7% discount

In Amsterdam you can explore the city from a guided canal cruise or enjoy a bike tour.

There are visits to Cologne where you can get to know the city with a local guide. Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, past the legendary Lorelei rock and to the charming wine village of Rüdesheim.

Join a guided sightseeing tour of Würzburg, visit medieval Regensburg with the option to see the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. 

Enjoy guided tours of Vienna, the City of Music before concluding your cruise in Budapest.

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 on 0330 808 5036 and quote Travel 55 discount code TR55A.

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 808 5036  and quote code TR55A you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Included for every Avalon guest

  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM for a great night’s sleep. (See deck plans for additional stateroom amenities.)
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L’Occitane® bath products
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary pages
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions 
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board 
  • Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

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.


  • 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

Private home pick up service

Your Avalon experience begins long before you reach the ship. Fom the moment you close your front door, their private pick-up service will arrive to take you to the airport (within 100 miles) in air-conditioned comfort in plenty of time for your flight.

Your driver will load and unload your luggage for you, so you can make your way to the departure lounge feeling relaxed. And when you return, a driver will be waiting for you in arrivals, ready to load your bags and take you back home again.

Onboard dining and offerings

Welcome and farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapes

Daily full breakfast buffet with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items, and complimentary sparkling wine and juices

Choice of daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfasts

Daily lunch buffet with pasta & carving stations and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks

Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge

Enjoy our Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buffet of select dishes and beverages

Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats and sandwiches

Daily four-course à la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks


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