Cruise Itinerary - Magnificent Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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: Roth - Nuremberg

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

Day 9: Regensburg

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

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: Melk - Dürnstein

Visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cruise into the Wachau Valley, to Dürnstein, in the heart of the wine region, known for its Baroque blue Stiftskirche. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Vienna

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

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

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

Departure Dates and Prices 2018 - 7% Discount on all Departure Dates

  • Avalon Cruises brochure prices from £3549pp
  • River Cruise Holidays discount prices from £3301
  • Tel Avalon Waterways reservations on 0800 668 1843 and quote our code TR55A

Avalon Waterways access real-time airline pricing to offer you the best holiday price available on the day you book. The from price shown here are a guide based on two people sharing a Cat E Stateroom, travelling on 20 July 2018. Please call to get a quote for your own party size, stateroom category, chosen departure date and point.

Fifteen days Amsterdam to Budapest - fourteen nights on board from £3301 Delux Ships: Luminary

Departure Dates

Departure Dates

Departure Dates

April 29

August 19

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Fifteen days Budapest to Amsterdam - fourteen nights on board from £3301. Delux Ships: Luminary

March 25

August 5

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Fifteen days Amsterdam to Budapest - fourteen nights on board from £3301. Suite Ships: Expression, Illumination, Impression, Panorama,
Passion, Vista
April 27 July 3, 6 August 28, 31
May 4, 8, 22, 25 July 27, 31 September 21, 25, 28
June 1, 5, 29 August 3, 10 October 5
Fifteen days Budapest to Amsterdam - fourteen nights on board from £3301. Suite Ships: Expression, Illumination, Impression, Panorama, Passion, Vista
May 8, 11, 18, 22 July 13, 17, 20, 27 September 7, 11, 14, 21
June 15, 19, 22 August 14, 17 October 23, 26.
Prices are per person, based on two sharing an E category Stateroom.
Stateroom upgrade supplements from

Category

Deck

Deluxe Ship

Suite Ship

D

Indigo

- £249

B

Sapphire

£899 £1549
A Sapphire £979 £1629
P Royal £1099 £1749
Suite Royal £3379 £4029

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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Avalon Waterways Magnificent Europe

15 Days - 7% discount

Prices from only £3001

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.

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.

Travel made easy

Executive home pick-up service

We aim to make your travel arrangements as smooth as possible with our included private home pick-up service. With a driver to load and unload your luggage, a private, air-conditioned car will take you to and from your international departure
point. This service is available within 100 miles of your home at no extra cost.

Fly from your local airport

We are delighted to work with some of the world’s favourite airlines with flights from a range of regional airports to make your journey even easier. Go online to see individual flight details at www.avaloncruises.co.uk.

No-fly holidays

We know that flying isn’t for everyone. That’s why we have a wide range of cruises that give you the option of travelling by rail. Depart from London’s St Pancras International station, or Ebbsfl eet if available, and you could be in Paris in just over
two hours.

Tailor your travel

On an Avalon river cruise, you have the freedom to tailor your holiday as you wish.
• Pre- and post-holiday hotel stays
Why not extend your holiday with extra hotel nights before and/or at the end of your holiday? We work with renowned names in the hotel business, such as Hilton and InterContinental.
• Too many hotel nights?
Some of our holidays include hotel stays. If that doesn’t suit you, we can just book the cruise portion for you.
• Make your own way
Our brochure prices include flights, but you don’t have to take our package. We give you the option to book the holiday without the flights.
• Under your own arrangements
If you’d like to explore at your own pace after your holiday with us, we’ll happily extend your flights for you.

Note: Eurostar travel from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet is available on the following river cruises: Paris to Normandy, Burgundy & Provence, Tulips of Northern Holland, Tulip Time, Grand France, Paris, Moselle & The Rhine.

Every meal is part of the journey

Essential to your Avalon cruise is our dedication to your dining experience. We understand the importance of enjoying meals just the way you like them. With Avalon, you decide what and where to eat on board.

Try an al fresco lunch at the Sky Bistro or a light dinner in the Panorama Bistro. With à la carte waiter service in an elegant dining room with panoramic windows, you’re always assured of stunning views and superb service, with complimentary wine and beer at lunch and dinner.

With eggs cooked the way you like hem and daily fresh bread, breakfast is a tempting international selection of hot dishes and continental options. Tuck into hearty soups, hot dishes, salads, cold cuts and desserts at a lunch buffet. Look out for the Avalon Fresh dishes appearing throughout our menus, created exclusively for us by rising star chefs the Wrenkh brothers.

From your gourmet five-course welcome dinner to the healthy snacks available between meals and late-night treats, we make mealtimes an important part of your cruise.

We also cater for a range of dietary requirements. And if you’d like to explore a port destination by yourself, there’s no need to miss out on our quality cuisine, as we’ll prepare you a delicious packed lunch.

Indulge your passions

Music Cruise

26 October departure (Budapest to Amsterdam)

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.

European history and politics cruise

31 July departure (Amsterdam to Budapest)

Uncover fascinating insights into European history on a cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and Main Danube Canal

Brochures requested. Click here to go to the brochures page.

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