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Magnificent Europe 2021

From Amsterdam, Netherlands to Budapest, Hungary
Length: 15 Days - Departs: Fri, May 07, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

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From Amsterdam to Budapest, and in 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 colorful city is loved for its vibrant mix of 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 for a guided city walk in Cologne—the stunning 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, offering the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Volkach, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and sail the Main Danube Canal which connects the Main and Danube Rivers. Your first stop in Austria is the lovely town of Melk. Visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Your local experts will also 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 magnificent European river cruise to remember!

  1. Day 1
    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
    Fri, May 07, 2021
    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 cafés and art galleries.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

    (D)
  2. Day 2
    AMSTERDAM
    Sat, May 08, 2021
    Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

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

    This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

    (B,L,D)
  3. Day 3
    COLOGNE, GERMANY
    Sun, May 09, 2021
    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    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 RÜDESHEIM

    (B,L,D)
  4. Day 4
    RHINE GORGE–RÜDESHEIM
    Mon, May 10, 2021
    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; 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.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

    (B,L,D)
  5. Day 5
    MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
    Tue, May 11, 2021
    Beauty on the Main River

    Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

    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 WÜRZBURG

    (B,L,D)
  6. Day 6
    WÜRZBURG
    Wed, May 12, 2021
    A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residence—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

    Enjoy the city on your own or visit a local winery.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WÜRZBURG

    (B,L,D)
  7. Day 7
    VOLKACH
    Thu, May 13, 2021
    Storybook Settings

    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.

    Sail to 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.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

    (B,L,D)
  8. Day 8
    BAMBERG
    Fri, May 14, 2021
    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.

    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)
  9. Day 9
    ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
    Sat, May 15, 2021
    Legends and History Lessons

    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your 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)
  10. Day 10
    REGENSBURG
    Sun, May 16, 2021
    Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

    CLASSIC 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.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

    (B,L,D)
  11. Day 11
    PASSAU
    Mon, May 17, 2021
    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, AUSTRIA

    Legendary, Lovely Linz

    This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

    (B,L,D)
  12. Day 12
    MELK–WACHAU VALLEY
    Tue, May 18, 2021
    Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below

    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

    Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube

    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)
  13. Day 13
    VIENNA
    Wed, May 19, 2021
    Royal Collections and Amusing Attractions

    CLASSIC Explore 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 iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

    Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg familyor choose a Guided Optional Excursion to fascinating Bratislava.

    Consider a tram ride to Vienna’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)
  14. Day 14
    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
    Thu, May 20, 2021
    The Pearl of the Danube

    CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing tour of Budapest, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

    This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or enjoy Budapest on your own. Indulge in a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafés. Consider a scenic hike above the Danube.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

    (B,L,D)
  15. Day 15
    BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
    Fri, May 21, 2021
    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)

Countries Visited

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands

Rivers Visited

Danube, Rhine

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Inclusions

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.



Accommodation Information

Port charges:
$392

Gratuities 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 price. Triples not available.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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.

Health and Safety Protocols for Avalon Waterways

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Avalon Waterways' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Avalon Waterways has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Avalon Waterways' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Avalon Waterways' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

WELCOME ABOARD

New embarkation procedures to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including:

  • Social distancing throughout embarkation
  • Mandatory health screening, including touch-free temperature-check, for all guests and crew
  • Luggage disinfection prior to onboarding (with crew wearing gloves and masks)

FRESH AIR, INSIDE AND OUT:

In addition to Avalon Waterways' Open-Air staterooms, the air in the ships is not circulated between staterooms; only within an individual stateroom and mixed with fresh, outside air.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE:

New social distancing guidelines for guests throughout their Avalon cruise include:

  • Reducing ship capacity as required for more space on board per guest
  • Introducing more dining venues for more dining space per person
  • Crew wearing masks for the duration of the cruise during any guest interaction
  • Providing masks for guests to wear during any event where social proximity could become an issue, including disembarkation for excursions and safety drills
  • Adjusting ratio of guides and coaches for excursions, as required

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS:

  • Electrostatic disinfecting systems
  • UV disinfecting systems

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS:

Reducing risk with hands-free service, including:

  • More hand-sanitizing stations throughout the ship
  • Required use of hand-sanitizing stations when leaving the ship, returning to the ship and entering dining venues as well as entering each public/common space
  • Self-serve stations, including buffets, drinks, specialty coffees and snacks have been replaced with crew service
  • All buffets (breakfast and lunch) replaced by a full range of á la carte menu choices
  • Hourly (or more frequent) disinfection of all public areas

COMMITMENT TO THE CLEANEST SHIPS:

Enhanced cleaning procedures throughout each ship, including these additional steps that go above-and-beyond Avalon’s already strict procedures:

  • Deep disinfection of each stateroom between cruises, including:
    • Use of disinfectants and cleaning materials that meet the highest standards
    • Soft goods in each stateroom (mattress, sofa, window coverings, chairs, etc.) disinfected between cruises
  • Disinfection of all dining areas between meals
  • Disinfection of all shared items like umbrellas, bicycles and other Adventure Center items
  • Disinfection of all goods prior to loading on the ship
  • Ongoing crew training in protective equipment use and hygiene

FOCUS ON CREW HEALTH:

Ensuring a healthy crew, including:

  • Medical certificate required prior to start of contract
  • Daily temperature checks
  • Social distancing in crew living quarters
  • Regular health screenings

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
4.4
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 52 reviews - currently showing 16 reviews with comments only

Our Cruise Director Yony was fabulous our waiter/waitress

Nina was just terrific, very informed about traveling with tips to help novice travelers. Any questions we had she answered promptly, found all the discounts she could which made the tip more affordable for us. I would highly recommend her as we are going to use her to book again for our next adventure.

Overall a great trip since my wife and I did a lot of things on our own with the Captain's blessing like riding bikes along the Danube and meeting the boat at the next port. If you are looking for an active trip with lots to do, Avalon's Active Discovery cruise would be for you.

We were very pleased with everything. Only one area that was somewhat disappointing. Our train ride for our extended days in Paris. There were four couples, eight people. We all had first class tickets and two couples, four people were in one car and were offered two meals; breakfast, lunch and drinks. Two couples, four people (us in our car) were not offered any food. So upon arrival two couples were able to start touring immediately. We had to find something to eat first at our own expense.

Sailing with Avalon was fantastic. The ship was really nice - like new even thou it was 4 years old, The food and drinks provided were gourmet cuisine. The tour director Monica was wonderful- extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The crew was great - so friendly and bent over backwards to serve us with a smile. Avalon did a great job getting people to feel comfortable and interact with each other. We all felt like good friends at the end of the trip. The included tours were excellent - led by knowledgeable persons native to the countries who shared much local history. Since the Danube was low we were unable to start our cruise in Nuremburg as planned, but Avalon took us all at no additional cost to a great classical concert in Vienna which was an optional excursion previously. The optional excursions were also excellent - a good variety led by knowledgeable locals who really wanted to share with us everything they could to help us understand the history as well as the present day political and economic situations in these various countries. I admit the great weather may have helped our overall great experience, but I cannot say enough good things about traveling with Avalon. I would definitely recommend them to friends and would love to travel with them again soon.

Best experience ever! From booking to traveling, just what was expected.

Avalon provides great service, excellent meals and a beautiful ship to travel on.

Everything was well done - including late breakfast!

The cruise director was was excellent. The entire staff on the Avalon Impression was amazing!

These Avalon guys are great! Food, accommodations, people - hard to find fault with anything. We saved quite a bit by booking an early season cruise and could see why. The weather was okay, but not great, and the flowers in The Netherlands were a little short of their peak.

Avalon continues to provide a superior class service for the price. Our river cruise boat had a large cabin with ample space, and a bathroom big enough that two people could use it at the same time when getting ready. The personal service by not only the cruise director, but all the staff on board, was excellent. I would not hesitate to use Avalon in the future.

The hotel in Prague was not near the city center, requiring a subway ride to get to the historic area. The hotel was very nice, but staying in the historic area has benefits. Also the choice of restaurants at the hotel we stayed at were limited.

Absolutely a wonderful trip! The Capitals of Europe River Cruise was excellent, and we added Berlin to our experience. I would recommend Avalon Waterways as the "only" way to travel down the Danube. We are looking forward to another River Cruise in the future!

Everything was great with the exception of the last part of the trip, we were supposed to be staying at the intercontinental hotel in Prague and to our surprise we were at the Hilton and we had extended our time in Prague and had to switch hotels. Other than that it was a great trip! 

Staff on the boat were great ! We had a serious problem with luggage on the trip. No luggage for 4 days. The staff helped in any way they could. Because of Easter we were unable to shop for anything and they washed clothes for free and gave us some badly needed toilet articles.

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