AVALON 2020: Magnificent Rivers of Europe (Westbound) (WBH)
17 Day River Cruise Budapest to Amsterdam
Amazing views on the Danube, Main, and Rhine rivers await on your European cruise. Embark in Budapest and sail to Vienna-the City of Music-for a guided city tour of Vienna's gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace, the world-famous opera house, and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral. Sail to Durnstein to walk in the steps of Richard the Lionheart or choose guided hike to his castle prison. Explore the magnificent Benedictine Abbey above Melk, and enjoy an onboard wine tasting of Wachau Valley vintages. Cruise to Passau to tour Germany's 'City of Three Rivers.' Visit the Bavarian town of Regensburg and join us for a beer tasting on board. In Roth, select a city tour, sightseeing in Nuremberg, or a tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Join a guided excursion to Munich to see Nymphenburg Palace. In Bamberg, see its Romanesque cathedral amid seven hills crowned with churches. Enjoy a beer tasting on board before sailing for the quaint Bavarian town of Volkach. Visit Kitzingen in Bavaria's largest wine-producing area. Explore Wurzburg along the famed Romantic Road, followed by a visit to a Bavarian Main River Village. In Frankfurt, take a guided excursion to Heidelberg Castle. Visit the Rhine Valley town of Rudesheim and hear the sounds of oom-pah-pah in a Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum! Take a hike up the vineyard hills with a cable-car ride down, or enjoy a coffee or wine tasting (based on your departure). Cruise through the stunning Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz, then to Cologne-with its gothic cathedral and soaring twin steeples. Take a guided city tour or a walking tour of Cologne's historical Jewish sites.Your cruise through Germany concludes in Amsterdam with a guided canal cruise past stately homes of the city's Golden Age.
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- 17 Days
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|Day 1||Budapest||Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafes, and confections.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA(D)|
|Day 2||Vienna||Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view. This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)|
|Day 3||Vienna||Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions CLASSIC Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a 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-a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria's Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN(B,L,D)|
|Day 4||Durnstein||Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Durnstein CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR: ACTIVE Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. MELK Ornate Architecture and Scenic SplendorsCLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU(B,L,D)|
|Day 5||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, join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG(B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Regensburg||Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and 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. Alternatively 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 Roth. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH(B,L,D)|
|Day 7||Roth||Living Heritage and History LessonsDISCOVERY 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. 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 Sightseeing of Nuremberg-with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich.DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG(B,L,D)|
|Day 8||Nuremberg||A King's Palace and Town Halls Old and New in Modern Munich CLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace-a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG(B,D)|
|Day 9||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 free time this afternoon strolling through the city. DISCOVER Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VOLKACH (B,L,D)|
|Day 10||Volkach||Bavarian Beauty on the Main RiverCLASSIC Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.During lunch time enjoy a relaxing cruise to Kitzingen.KITZINGEN Bavarian Wines, Legends, and Myths CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear about the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria's largest wine-producing area.EVENING CRUISE TO WURZBURG(B,L,D)|
|Day 11||Wurzburg||A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Wurzburg-'Pearl of the Romantic Road'- with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residenz-with the largest known ceiling fresco.ACTIVE Enjoy incredible views over the northern Bavaria city of Wurzburg on a hike up to mighty hilltop Marienberg Castle.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. Alternatively, you may enjoy free time to take in the charm and culinary specialties of Wurzburg.Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE(B,L,D)|
|Day 12||Main River Village||Hidden Gems and Beauty of a Main River Village CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque village.This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT(B,L,D)|
|Day 13||Frankfurt||Castle Walls and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine CLASSIC Take a half-day Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat-the world's largest wine barrel. Sail to Rudesheim while having dinner on board.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RUDESHEIM(B,D)|
|Day 14||Rudesheim||Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine CountryDISCOVERY 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 a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.KOBLENZ Travel Through 2,000 Years Of Monumental HistoryEnjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE(B,L,D)|
|Day 15||Cologne||Prost! Celebrate in the RhinelandStart the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host while cruising to Cologne. 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.Enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! This evening, enjoy dinner on board your ship.AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM(B,L,D)|
|Day 16||Amsterdam||Canals of Colorful Amsterdam CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's 'Golden Age.'You might consider an Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans-a quintessential Dutch town complete with windmills, waterways, and flower farms, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM(B,L,D)|
|Day 17||Amsterdam||Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.(B)|
- US$ Price Details
Port Charges: $416Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included. 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.Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:in single room from $249 to $367,in twin room from $160 to $242All 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 / Deck / Upgrade PriceD / Indigo Deck / $455B / Sapphire Deck / $2,627A / Sapphire Deck / $2,741P / Royal Deck / $2,970Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $5,027
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