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Magnificent Europe

Avalon Waterways

Magnificent Europe

15 Days - 7% discount

Prices from only £3372

This stunning cruise begins in Amsterdam, where you can explore the city from a guided canal cruise, or enjoy a bike tour. You will then set sail for Cologne and get to know the city with a local guide. Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, past the legendary Lorelei rock, and on to the charming wine village of Rüdesheim. There is a guided tour of Würzburg, home to the lavish Bishop’s Residenz. Your cruise continues to medieval Bamburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided walking tour, a visit Nuremberg for a choice of tours and a tasting of local beers, and Regensburg to try a snack at the famed ‘Historische Wurstküche’. Enjoy guided tours of Vienna, the City of Music, and the Slovakian capital Bratislava before ending your cruise in Budapest. 

This Magnificent Europe cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0800 668 1843 and quote our discount code TR55A.

Magnificent Europe
Your Cruise

Your Cruise

Day 1: Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship. Meet your crew at a welcome reception. (D)

Day 2: Amsterdam canal cruise

There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising along elegant grachten lined by stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s ‘Golden Age’. There’s free time in the city this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Cologne: Choice Of Guided City Walk Or Jewish Heritage Walk

One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Rhine Gorge -Rüdesheim: Cruise The Rhine Gorge; Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum In Rüdesheim

This morning sail through the Rhine Gorge, the most dramatic and beautiful stretch of the river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei. In Rüdesheim, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Main River Village: Guided Walk

On the banks of the Main River you will find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. Join your local guide to experience one of these towns on a guided walk. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Würzburg: Guided Sightseeing, Visit The Bishop’s Residenz

Surrounded by steep, verdant vineyards, Würzburg is known as the ‘Pearl of the Romantic Road’ and makes an immediate impression with its beautiful Marienberg Fortress and 15th century Old Main Bridge. A guided sightseeing tour visits the magnificent Bishop’s Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Bamberg: Guided Walk, See The Old Town Hall

Bamberg is the former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walking tour takes in its historic centre, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) - built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Nuremberg: Choice Of Guided Sightseeing Or Nuremberg Trials Tour; Beer Tasting

Choose a guided sightseeing tour of Nuremberg, or join a more specialised ‘Nuremberg Rally Grounds’ tour. (B)

Day 9:  Regensburg: Guided Sightseeing; Beer Tasting

On your guided walk, you can explore Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, established during the Holy Roman Empire. Visit the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Walk across the 12th century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Passau: Guided Sightseeing In Passau

Located where the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of cobblestone streets lined by beautiful patrician houses. Visit St Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian Baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk, or alternatively join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg for its Sound of Music sights; or to Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Dürnstein: Guided Walk In Dürnstein; See The Stiftskirche. Excursion To Gottweig Abbey From Dürnstein

Cruise into the Wachau Valley, pass the unmistakable Melk Abbey high up overlooking the river. Dürnstein, in the heart of the wine region, is known for its Baroque blue Stiftskirche. Visit the magnifi cent Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Vienna: Guided Sightseeing

Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, the city is a showcase of gilded architecture. See the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ring Boulevard and awe-inspiring St Stephen’s Cathedral on a guided tour. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Bratislava: Guided Sightseeing

In the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. Your guided walk with a local guide explores the charming Old Town with its winding cobbled streets, the old stone Town Hall and the Gothic cathedral of St Martin. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Budapest: Guided Sightseeing 

Budapest is connected by eight bridges linking ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. The massive hilltop castle complex with Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church is among the impressive sights. (B,L,D)

Day 15: Budapest

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

This itinerary is also available from Budapest to Amsterdam

Your ships

Your ships

SUITE SHIPS - PANORAMA, EXPRESSION, ILLUMINATION, IMPRESSION, PASSION, VISTA

Launched in May 2011, Avalon Panorama was the first of its kind in the industry, an impressive 'Suite Ship' featuring two full decks of Panorama suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows and open-air balconies, as well as upgrades and enhancements throughout the ship and a host of new onboard facilities and services. Every Panorama suite is a remarkably spacious 200 square feet and features an impressive wall-to-wall panoramic window which opens to an airy two thirds across, giving the feeling of having your own exclusive open-air balcony. The suites' full-size seating area is ideal for quiet moments to yourself, or is spacious enough to host a private cocktail party for new found friends. The cleverly designed positioning of the bed means you will wake up and retire to bed facing the magnificent passing landscapes.

Launched in 2013, Avalon Expression is constructed to deliver a river cruising experience like no other. Avalon Expression is an innovatively designed 'Suite Ship', offering two full decks of Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique Open-Air Balconies™. Designed with superior comfort in mind, Avalon Expression offers upgrades and enhancements throughout, impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as elegant dining and sleek, contemporary décor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Each is sized at an incredibly spacious 200 square feet and features an impressive wall-to-wall panoramic window which opens to an airy two thirds across, giving the feeling of having your own exclusive open-air balcony. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

The Avalon Illumination is an impressive ship, launched in June 2014. Constructed to deliver a river cruising experience like no other, Avalon Illumination is an innovatively designed 'Suite Ship', offering two full decks of Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique Open-Air Balconies™. Avalon Illumination was designed with comfort in mind and with upgrades and enhancements throughout, offers impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as fine dining and chic, contemporary decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Each is sized at an incredibly spacious 200 square feet and the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

Launched in March 2014, Avalon Impression, an impressive, ultra-modern ship featuring two full decks of Panorama Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to an airy two thirds across, giving the feeling of having your own exclusive open-air balcony. Avalon Impression was designed with comfort in mind and with upgrades and enhancements throughout, offers impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as elegant dining and chic, contemporary décor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Each is sized at an incredibly spacious 200 square feet and the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

Another exciting addition to the Avalon fleet, brand new Suite Ship Avalon Passion launched in April 2016. Avalon Passion provides an intimate, welcoming atmosphere and feature two full decks of Panorama Suites each with wall-to-wall Panoramic Windows that transform your stateroom into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Presenting a spacious 200 square feet each, every Panorama Suite is 30% larger than industry standard and includes a tranquil, private sitting area. On-board amenities include free Wi-Fi access, state-of-the-art equipment and a large Sky Deck with shade system and delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches.

Avalon Vista delivers a river cruising experience like no other. As one of Avalon Waterways' innovatively designed 'Suite Ships', Avalon Vista offers two full decks of Panorama Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique Open-Air Balconies™. Avalon Vista was designed with comfort in mind and with upgrades and enhancements throughout, offers impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as elegant dining and sleek, contemporary decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Each is sized at an incredibly spacious 200 square feet and features an impressive wall-to-wall panoramic window which opens to an airy two thirds across, giving the feeling of having your own exclusive open-air balcony. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

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Departure Dates and Prices 2017 - Magnificent Europe

Departure Dates and Prices 2017 - Magnificent Europe

Avalon Cuises brochure prices in Black

River Cruise Holidays discount prices in Red

Tel Avalon Waterways reservations on 0800 668 1843 and quote our code TR55A

Departure dates

Cat E prices from Departure dates Cat E prices from

April

£3625
£3372

August

£4064
£3780

May

£4148
£3858

September

£4348
£4044

June

£4067
£3783

October

£3717
£3457

July

£4071
£3787

 

 

Suite Ships: Passion, Impression, Illumination, Vista, Expression, Panorama - Departures:

Amsterdam - Budapest: 

April 13, 14, 28; May 16, 26; June 6, 9, 23, 27; July 4, 7, 18; August 4, 15, 18, 22;: September 1, 12, 15, 29; October 10, 17

Budapest - Amsterdam: 

April 14; May 2, 12, 23, 26; June 9, 13, 20, 23; July 4, 21; August 1, 4, 8, 18, 29; September 1, 15, 26, 29; October 3, 27

Prices above are a ‘guide from’ price from London Heathrow, based on two adults sharing a room and are subject to change and availability. Flights are also available from a range of UK regional airports. If you prefer not to fly, Avalon can arrange travel by train. Prices are based on live flight pricing, when available, in order to give you the best price and flight options.The latest prices will be confirmed to you before you book. For holiday information call reservations. Offers are subject to availability and may be subject to change. Prices and dates shown are taken from the Avalon Waterways brochure. Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. Departure dates and joining points are subject to availability.. All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways terms and 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

Stateroom upgrades form

Stateroom upgrades form

Category

Deck

Suite ships

D

Indigo

£265

B

Sapphire

£1495

A

Sapphire

£1575

P

Royal

£1750

 

Suite

Royal

£2635

Disclaimer: 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.

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Avalon Waterways

Magnificent Europe

15 Days - 7% discount

Prices from only £3372

This stunning cruise begins in Amsterdam, where you can explore the city from a guided canal cruise, or enjoy a bike tour. You will then set sail for Cologne and get to know the city with a local guide. Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, past the legendary Lorelei rock, and on to the charming wine village of Rüdesheim. There is a guided tour of Würzburg, home to the lavish Bishop’s Residenz. Your cruise continues to medieval Bamburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided walking tour, a visit Nuremberg for a choice of tours and a tasting of local beers, and Regensburg to try a snack at the famed ‘Historische Wurstküche’. Enjoy guided tours of Vienna, the City of Music, and the Slovakian capital Bratislava before ending your cruise in Budapest. 

This Magnificent Europe cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0800 668 1843 and quote our discount code TR55A.

River Cruise Holidays in association with Avalon Waterways. To book your luxury cruise call Avalon Waterways direct on 0800 668 1843 and quote ref TR55A, you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price.

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Indulge your passions

Indulge your passions

Music Cruise

17th October departure

Choose our Music Cruise for included excursions to a Royal Waltz concert in Vienna, a church concert near Krens and a memorable performance at the Budapest Opera House – plus on board performances by local musicians and lectures by subject matter experts.

Included Avalon advantages

Included Avalon advantages

  • Personal airport chauffeur service (within 100 miles*) - see below
  • Flights from London (regional flights available)
  • 14 nights in deluxe stateroom accommodation
  • All meals on board (B,L,D)
  • Tea & coffee all day
  • Wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Included excursions and guided sightseeing
  • Experienced Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • Captain’s reception, Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
  • All transfers, port charges and airport taxes
Every meal is part of the journey

Every meal is part of the journey

With Avalon Choice®, mealtimes will be a highlight of your journey. Beginning with fresh, quality ingredients and incredible recipes, their  expert chefs will ensure you look forward to each meal the same way you look forward to each port.

With open seating throughout, sit down to delicious dishes inspired by the regions you travel through, or opt for favourites you’re more familiar with at home.

With mouth-watering buffet breakfasts and lunches, à la carte waiter service at dinner and gala meals, al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro and light dinners in the Panorama Bistro, the choice of dining options is yours.

Think healthy food should also taste good? Avalon do, too. And while Avalon cruises have always provided a selection of nutritious, delicious recipes, this year, theye’re really raising the bar with Avalon Fresh. They’ve teamed up with two of Europe’s rising culinary stars, the Wrenkh brothers, to design an exciting collection of wholesome menu items so mouth- watering, you won’t believe they’re healthy. Avalon focus on fresh, local ingredients from small farms and producers comes together with a splash of innovation that will leave you feeling great. They also cater for a range of dietary requirements and offer gluten-free options.

Flexible travel options

Flexible travel options

Fly from your local airport

Avalon offers more regional airports than any other river cruise operator. So no matter where you are in the UK, your personal Avalon chauffeur will whisk you off to the airport and collect you again at the end of your trip.

Relaxing rail connections

Book with Avalon and you’ll have the option to arrive at your river cruise departure point by train. Many of our itineraries offer rail connections to Paris, Amsterdam, Zürich, Vienna and beyond. What better way to start a relaxing holiday? Bypass the airport and admire the passing scenery, with plenty of space to move around.

Your holiday, your way

• Take the train to your cruise departure point and fly home at the end

• Spend a night or two in London before joining the Eurostar service at St Pancras International

• How about a few nights in Paris, or another European city, en-route to your cruise?

• Upgrade your rail or flight tickets to make your holiday that little bit more special

Private chauffeur service

Private chauffeur service

A private, chauffeur-driven executive car will take you to and from your international departure point. Everything will be explained when you book, including how to change your pick-up point, if you wish, and how to contact your driver. This service is included at no extra cost if you live within 100 miles of your chosen international departure point (*if you live more than 100 miles away, you can still enjoy the same service for a supplement of £1.70 per car, per mile).