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15 Day Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest 2020

Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest

Magnificent Europe (Eastbound) River Cruise (WAB)

Starting from $6,149
Ship(s): Avalon Envision, Avalon Impression, Avalon Panorama, Avalon Tranquility II, Avalon View

River Cruise Description

Journey from the famous city of Amsterdam to the lively city of Budapest as you immerse yourself in the thrilling culture of Central Europe, all while experiencing famous and unforgettable sights along the way. This 15 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest 2020 is the perfect way to visit outstanding cities of Europe. Explore European life in a new way as you embark on this incredible Avalon river cruise vacation. Enjoy the busy city of Amsterdam—the famous capital of Holland—and its incredible architecture that puts a spin on historical and modern design. This well-known urban city resides among a historic cityscape, allowing you to admire both its modern taste as well as it’s preservation of historic landmarks. Enjoy a stroll through some of this town’s classic squares and along it’s serene canals. Get a look at some of the age-old treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective as you sail through the waters of the enchanting Grachten on a canal cruise. Continue on to Germany where you will have the chance to participate in a guided city walk that will take you on a detailed tour of Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its stunning gothic buildings and architecture.

Cruise through the dramatic waters of the Rhine Gorge, one of the most striking and picturesque views of the incredible Rhine River. Stop in the enchanting wine town of Rüdesheim. After you enjoy the guided sightseeing available in the cities of Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, you will cruise along the Main Danube Canal that connects the Main and Danube Rivers.

Your first stop in the beautiful Austria will be the city of Melk to give you a chance to relish in the striking sight of this glorious Benedictine Abbey. Following, cruise through the incredible panoramic view of the Wachau Valley. In the final days of your European river cruise experience, local experts will introduce you to two of the famous capital cities on this journey: Vienna, Austria, where you will discover the “City of Music” that inspired the brilliant musical genius of Beethoven, Mozart, and Strauss; and Budapest, Hungary, where you will get a taste of local culture as you immerse yourself in this city’s unique energy and numerous must-see sports. This 15 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest 2020 is truly a European adventure you will never forget!

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 www.iflybags.com 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

FLY FREE AIR from Select US cities

*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. 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 www.iflybags.com 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. PRMYFX
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Apr 10, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Envision$8,197$7,947Call Us!
Apr 23, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon View$8,697$8,447Call Us!
May 13, 2020 FLY FREE AIR from Select US citiesAvalon Tranquility II$6,699Call Us!
May 26, 2020 FLY FREE AIR from Select US citiesAvalon Impression$9,097Call Us!
Jun 4, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon View$6,699$6,449Call Us!
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Jul 7, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Impression$6,499$6,249Call Us!
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Aug 1, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Panorama$6,897$6,647Call Us!
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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:

Classic
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.
Discovery
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.
Active
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 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding 

Welcome to picturesque Amsterdam! Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich 700-year-old history and a distinct ambiance. You might wander through the bustling marketplace or see the works of famous Dutch masters at world-renowned museums. This afternoon, board your river cruise ship and meet your crew at a casual evening welcome reception. *NOTE: Flights into Amsterdam must arrive no later than 3pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

(Dinner)

Day 2 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.”

Afterwards, there’s free time to see more of the city this afternoon – or you might like to join an optional excursion before bidding tot ziens (farewell) to Holland and setting sail for Germany.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Cologne, Germany

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
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.

Later, during your free time, consider checking out the extravagant Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built – a must-see, especially for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with vibrant cafés, charming shops, and friendly taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for more than a hundred years!

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Discovery
Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Discovery
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
Active
Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards.

Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT and free time to shop for some vacation cruise souvenirs along the narrow, cobblestoned Drosselgasse, where colorful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and boisterous live music adds to the festive atmosphere. Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Main Village River

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

Spend your free time relaxing, or perhaps riding one of Avalon’s bikes through the picturesqe villages along the Main River shores.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Würzburg

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 Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 MARKTBREIT—VOLKACH

Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town

This morning, 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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 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.
Discovery
Attend an onboard lecture to learn about European history and culture.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG

Living Heritage and History Lessons
Active
Go for an early Morning Jog 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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 REGENSBURG

Magical Regensburg—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.

Perhaps join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Consider spending your free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. Back on the ship this evening, you’ll enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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
A Legendary Love of Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte

This evening, you’ll have time to explore Linz on your own.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 MELK—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.

Vienna
Vienna Waltzes and Blue Danube Beauty

You’ll have the opportunity to join a Guided Optional Excursion and attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.

In the afternoon, consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn 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, you can relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Budapest, Hungary

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

You are free in the afternoon to explore more of Budapest on your own. Be sure to try a slice of cream cake in one of the many cafés. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Budapest (Disembarkation)

While your Central Europe vacation ends with breakfast this morning, take note of the many wonderful memories you will carry with you for the rest of your life. And the colorful photos you took during your cruise will be important reminders of your fabulous vacation.

(Breakfast)

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