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13 Day Avalon River Cruise from Mainz to Budapest 2020

13 Day Avalon River Cruise from Mainz to Budapest

Heart of the Danube (Eastbound) River Cruise (WFB)

Starting from $6,090
Ship(s): Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Imagery II

River Cruise Description

This European river cruise through the glorious countries of Germany, Austria, and Hungary, begins on the Rhine River in the German city of Mainz. To kick off this 13 day Avalon river cruise from Mainz to Budapest 2020, enjoy a guided walk through a charming Main River village and visit the wonderful Kitzingen in Bavaria’s leading wine-producing region, as well as a visit to the small town of Volkach. Delight in a delicious beer tasting on board your river cruise vessel and participate in a guided tour of the incredible Bamberg, where imperial dynasties one resided, with a guided tour of its historic Romanesque cathedral that sits among the seven hills decorated with churches. From Nuremberg, take part in a guided excursion and intriguing tour of Munich to see the fascinating Nymphenburg Palace—the former residence of the German monarchs. In Roth, take part in a guided tour of the town; guided sightseeing in wonderful Nuremberg, or a tour of the famous Nuremberg Rally Grounds. See the Bavarian town of Regensburg to get a look at its medieval sights and join us for a beer tasting event on board your river cruise vessel. You’ll sail to Passau for a guided walking tour of Germany’s fantastic “City of Three Rivers.” Following, visit the brilliant Benedictine Abbey of Melk that awaits you, with its intricate frescoed ceilings, superb sculptures, magnificent library, and ornate pipe organ.

Cruise on the glistening river waters on a journey through the striking Wachau Valley on your way to Vienna—the famous “City of Music.” You’ll be in awe at the sights this place has to offer with a guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks—which will include the Imperial Palace, the stunning and world-famous opera house, and exquisite St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Your 13 day Avalon river cruise from Mainz to Budapest 2020 will come to a close in the lively city of Budapest where you will take part in a guided tour of this enthralling Hungarian capital, including the incredible Heroes’ Square.

River Cruise Promos

FREE AIR + $500 Off per couple

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.

Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and the $250pp land promo. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFYFY
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Departure DateShipPriced From
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May 15, 2020Avalon Artistry II$6,440Call Us!
May 21, 2020Avalon Imagery II$6,198Call Us!
Jul 26, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Artistry II$6,340$6,090Call Us!
Oct 4, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Artistry II$6,398$6,148Call Us!
Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests — from cooking classes, to painting workshops — to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Mainz, Germany (Embarkation)

Welcome to Germany! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

All flights arriving into Frankfurt must arrive prior to 2pm in the afternoon. All river cruise guests must be on board the ship by 5pm in the afternoon. There will be an onboard welcome reception for all Avalon Waterways river cruise guests.


Day 2 Main River Village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village, OR:

Just relax on the Sky Deck while sailing past the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. Later, you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Würzburg

A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

You might enjoy an Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg, where you’ll visit the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Kitzingen

Bavarian Wines, Legends, and Myths
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.
Bavarian Beauty on the Main River
Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Bamberg

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills
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.

Later on, stop and enjoy a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich

A King’s Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich
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.


Day 7 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons
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:
Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
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.

Consider joining 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

Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Passau

Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”.

Or, opt for a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.

The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music

Relax with an afternoon free to wander the corners of Linz as you wish and explore further. You may like taking a bicycle from the ship to ride along the glittering blue waters of the Danube, or take one of the many nature trails of Linz to see the landscape views and beautiful sights on a hike for a greater view of the city and river below.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Melch-Wachau Valley

Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.

Relax with a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

During your evening, you will be given the option of joining a Royal Waltz Concert on an Optional Excursion for a vivacious evening of exceptional music in a lavish hall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Vienna

Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions
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.

Take part in a Guided Optional Excursion to the 300 year Habsburg Empire summer residence—Schönbrunn Palace.

Later in the evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship as you unwind while sailing to your next destination of the vibrant city of Budapest.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Budapest, Hungary

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Budapest (Embarkation)

Your river cruise vacation will come to a close this morning after one final breakfast. Thank you for allowing us to provide you with an unforgettable vacation getaway through the riverscape of Europe along the Danube River.

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