AVALON 2020: Magnificent Europe (Eastbound) (WAB)
15 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Budapest
From Amsterdam to Budapest, and 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 popular city is set amongst 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 where there's a guided city walk in Cologne-a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rudesheim. There's guided sightseeing in Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you'll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. First stop in Austria is Melk for a visit of its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley. And in the last days of your vacation, local experts will 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 river cruise to remember!
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- 15 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Amsterdam||Welcome to Holland. 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.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 cafes and art galleries. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM(D)|
|Day 2||Amsterdam||Canals of Colorful AmsterdamCLASSIC 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||Prost! Celebrate in the RhinelandStart 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 Kolsch 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||Rudesheim||Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine CountryThis 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; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:ACTIVE Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.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||Wurzburg||A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Wurzburg 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||Volkach||Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian 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(B,L,D)|
|Day 8||Bamberg||One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven HillsCLASSIC 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. DISCOVERY Attend an onboard lecture to learn about European history and culture.Later, enjoy live entertainment performance while sailing this evening. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH(B,L,D)|
|Day 9||Roth||Living Heritage and History LessonsACTIVE Go for an early Nordic Walking 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 MiracleCLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see 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. Alternatively, 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 Cesky Krumlov. Alternatively, cruise to the lovely town of Linz. LINZ, AUSTRIAA Legendary Love of Art, Music, and the Linzer TorteThis evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK(B,L,D)|
|Day 12||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. VIENNAVienna 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 the Waltz 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 Schonbrunn 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||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 savor a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafes. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST(B,L,D)|
|Day 15||Budapest||Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Port charges: $364Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:in single room from $249 to $367, in twin room from $160 to $242 Extra nights per person in Budapest:in single room from $252 to $368,in twin room from $153 to $204 All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:Category / Decks / PriceD / Indigo Deck / $398B / Sapphire Deck / $2,298A / Sapphire Deck / $2,398P / Royal Deck / $2,598Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4,398NOTE:Special Interest Cruise: Beer Tasting October 27
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