Cruise Itinerary - Magnificent Europe

Day 1: Amsterdam, Holland (embarkation)

Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding.

Guests must be on board ship by 5pm. 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 colourful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam—with its many cafés and art galleries. Overnight docking in Amsterdam. (D)

Day 2: Amsterdam - colourful Amsterdam—with canals, crooked houses, and cuisine of a golden age

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

Return to your ship for a leisurely afternoon cruise, or enjoy free time in Amsterdam and transfer to re-join your ship in Utrecht.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion through the Dutch countryside. You might decide to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle—the most beautiful and best-kept medieval castle in Holland. Evening/overnight cruise to Cologne.  (B,L,D)

Day 3: Cologne, Germany - 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.

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 Bavarian 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 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. 

Enjoy the city on your own, or visit a local winery. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment. Overnight docking in Wurzburg. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Marktbreit. Excursion to Rothenburg - storybook romance in a timeless town 

  • Classic: Take a morning Guided Tour of Rothenburg— seemingly untouched by time on Bavaria’s Romantic Road, OR:
  • Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk. 

Take advantage of free time this afternoon to shop for Hummel fi gurines, cuckoo clocks, or sip a glass of local Tauber wine. 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 Run 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:  Later, 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 as you cruise toward Passau. 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.”

Alternatively, 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 Český Krumlov.

This afternoon, cruise to the lovely town of Linz. 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 - call for itinerary details. 

    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.

    Departure Dates and Prices 2019 - 7% Discount on all Departure Dates

    • Avalon Cruises brochure prices from £3749pp
    • River Cruise Holidays discount prices from £3487
    • Tel Avalon Waterways reservations on 0800 668 1843 and quote our code TR55A

    Avalon access real-time airline pricing to offer you the best holiday price available on the day you book. The from price shown above is a guide at the time of going to print, based on two people sharing a Cat E Stateroom in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo deck, travelling on 15 April 2019. Please call Avalon to get a quote for your own party size, stateroom category, chosen departure date and point. 

    Fifteen days - Amsterdam to Budapest from £3487 - tour code WAB

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    April 15, 26

    June 7, 13, 23

    August 2, 22 October 3, 11

    May 2, 16

    July 5, 11, 21

    September 13, 25
    Fifteen days - Budapest to Amsterdam from £3487 - tour code WBA

    April 13

    June 21, 27

    August 8, 18, 30

    October 9, 22, 25*

    May 2, 15, 24, 30 July 7, 19 September 19, 27

    * Special Interest Cruise: Beer Tasting Oct 25

    Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships Panorama, Envision, Artistry II, Illumination, Impression, Passion, or Tranquility II. Extra nights in Amsterdam and Budapest are available, call for more information. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travellers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available. All prices per person based on double occupancy.

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    Category/deck - E Indigo nil : D Indigo £265 : B Sapphire £1485 :  A Sapphire £1579 : P Royal £1669 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £3829

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    Avalon Waterways Magnificent Europe

    15 Days - 7% discount

    Prices from only £3487

    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 Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided walking tour.

    You will also have the opportunity of guided tour of Vienna, the City of Music, and a guided sightseeing tour of Budapest where your cruise will end.

    There is a reverse course option with this cruise, call for details. 

    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.

    Book now any Avalon Waterways luxury river cruise holiday and recieve a 7% discount. Call them direct on 0800 668 1843 and quote our code TR55A.


    If you want a unique window on the world, travel with Avalon down its legendary rivers.

    Avalon's Suite Ships feature one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites with the widest-opening windows in river cruising, the industry’s only open-air balcony and beds that face the incredible views.

    Avalon take care of everything, including gratuities, all meals, flights and transfers, excursions and port fees, plus a private home pick-up service to take you and from your UK airport.

    All that’s left to do is relax and enjoy your river cruise experience with Avalon.

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    Your choice

    Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations. In addition to included ACTIVE , DISCOVERY and CLASSIC activities, Avalon offer Guided Optional Excursions with options to personalise 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 with its gothic steeples and historic sights.

    • Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg to experience the magnifi cent City of Mozart

    • Spend some free time strolling through the shops in Vienna, or bike through a village to picnic on the shore.

    VIP 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 VIP 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 offerings and choices

    • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes
    • Daily choices of regional recipes, familiar favourites and Avalon fresh vegetarian and healthy cuisine including fresh local ingredients at every meal
    • Daily full breakfast buffet with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu itmes and complimentary sparkling wine and juices
    • Choice of daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfasts
    • Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge
    • Enjoy Avalon's 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 a la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer and soft drinks
    • Complimentary room service available for Continental breakfast and beverages
    • FlexDining with flexible seating-times to better accommodate your schedule and more options for menu itmes and venues including the Main Dining Room, Panorama Bistro for a casual select buffet, Sky Grill for al fresco favourites, complimentary continental breakfast via room service and made-to-order pcinic lunch boxes for independent on-shore excursions 

    Always included

    • Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board

    • Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners

    • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides

    • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore

    • Onboard local entertainment

    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

    • VIP private home pick-up service to and from your UK departure point

    • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew, and all port charges

    See below for complete list of standard inclusions

    Included for every Avalon guest

    • VIP private home pick-up service within 100 miles of your UK airport or Eurostar terminal
    • Flights, transfers and port fees
    • All gratuities throughout your holiday
    • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon's executive Comfort Collection Beds for a great night's sleep
    • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and 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 activites and active excursions

    Avalon Choice

    • Enjoy included sightseeing with certified local guides, guided optional excursions and tours and ample free time to explore on your own. Explore CLASSIC sights, embark on ACTIVE excursions and make a new DISCOVERY through hands-on culltural and artistic experices shared by local residents and experts  
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