Magnificent Europe - Westbound River Cruise (WBA)$5,597
River Cruise Description
Welcome to picturesque Hungary! Your fantastic 2019 15 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam vacation has many impressive stops along the your entire journey. You’ll find yourself immersed in Central Europe’s amazing culture as you enjoy this wonderful adventure.
Your luxurious Avalon Waterways river cruise ship makes stops in three of Europe’s spirited capital cities: bustling Budapest, Hungary; beautiful Bratislava, Slovakia; and charming Vienna, Austria. A friendly Local Guide will introduce you to all the must-see sites in each historic city. Be assured that you’ll have adequate free time to explore and enjoy making discoveries on your own. You’ll marvel at the world-famous Heroes’ Square in Budapest, take a relaxing walk through Bratislava’s fantastic Old Town with its quaint winding streets and impressive bronze sculptures. You’ll love your stop at a typical Viennese café for a decadent treat. You’ll cruise through the sensational Wachau Valley and the breathtaking Rhine Gorge. During your stop in quaint Melk, you’ll see the grandiose Benedictine Abbey and charming Würzburg’s ornate Bishop’s Residenz. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of the most renowned Wachau Valley wines.
You’ll Explore quaint towns and villages like beautiful Dürnstein with its striking blue and white rococo Stiftskirche; fascinating Passau, known for its ancient narrow cobblestone streets and the stunningly elegant St. Stephen’s Cathedral; and beautiful Bamberg, with its unique town hall built straddling the picturesque River Regnitz. You’ll find your expertly guided walks in historic Nuremberg, charming Würzburg, and impressive Regensburg – considered one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. During your visit to the charming Rhine Valley you’ll enjoy the popular winemaking town of Rüdesheim, you’ll enjoy a relaxing walk through its ancient cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with alluring shops, fantastic restaurants, and lively taverns. Straddling both sides of the picturesque Rhine River is ancient Cologne, Germany – a 2,000-year-old city known for its amazing gothic architecture. Here, you’ll enjoy a captivating guided stroll, which features its world-famous stunning twin-spired cathedral.
This fabulous European river cruise adventure would not be complete without a visit to Holland’s bustling capital city of Amsterdam. You’ll discover many must-see treasures as you tour this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective – with a wonderful canal cruise along the stunning Grachten. While your wonderful 2019 15 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam is coming to an end, we hope your vacation experience has given you many enriching discoveries and many great memories.
River Cruise Promos
FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per coupleBook a select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, 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 24 - November 4, 2019.
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 $500pp 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 CruiseExperts.com 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. PRMYFZ
|Departure Date||Ship||Priced From|
|Oct 22, 2019||$5,899||Call Us!|
|Oct 25, 2019||Avalon Tranquility II||$6,097$5,597||Call Us!|
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)
Welcome to Hungary’s exciting capital city! This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner)
Day 2 Budapest
Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s most bustling cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffeehouse culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique atmosphere is positively alluring. On your GUIDED TOUR of the city, see intriguing Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and elegant 11th-century Matthias Church. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges – many famous sights in and of themselves, which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. During your free time this afternoon you may want to walk across historic Chain Bridge, built in 1849 this is a symbol of Budapest; visit awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Basilica with marvelous views of the city from its viewing platform; or wander along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Bratislava, Slovakia
Today, arrive in Bratislava, nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and the charming capital of Slovakia. Join a Local Guide for a tour of the city, including a GUIDED WALK of its fascinating Old Town, where quaint winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit elegant gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. Later, enjoy your free time to explore on your own. Tonight, you’ll depart for Vienna, the “City of Music.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Vienna, Austria
Vienna, once the center of the majestic Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the extravagant Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral – plus, countless other sights you’ll see on your included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Wander through the charming pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffeehouses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! An optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Excursion to Gottweig Abbey–Dürnstein
This morning, a short leisurely drive takes you to the stunning Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, perched high on a hill overlooking the Danube River. A visit with a Local Guide shows you this extravagant monastery whose fresco-decorated imperial staircase is considered a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Rejoin your cruise ship in Dürnstein in time for a wonderful lunch. Dürnstein, located in the heart of the picturesque Wachau Valley wine region, is known for the imposing baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700s. The main street of this small quaint village – with a population of less than 1,000 people – is lined with charming 16th-century residences and cobblestone streets. A Local Guide will take you on a WALKING TOUR and tell you the story of England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town today. This evening, you’ll be able to sample some of the FAMOUS WINES of this region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Passau, Germany
Today, choose from full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of the famous Sound of Music sights or to Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your cruise ship in beautiful Passau in the early evening. Or, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, strategically located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers meet. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with fashionable patrician houses. Don’t miss seeing elegant St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK where you’ll enjoy the must-see features. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Regensburg
Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, historic Regensburg is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the impressive Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and imposing Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Enjoy a beer and an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Bask in the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. Before dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s most FAMOUS BEERS. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Nuremberg
This morning, relax on board, then the afternoon is dedicated to tours of historic Nuremberg. Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage from WWII bombings, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This morning, choose a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized “NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS” tour. During free time, be sure to try some tasty Lebkuchen and toss some coins in the beautiful fountain and make a wish at the Hauptmarkt (main square). Legend says your wish will come true if you turn its gold ring three times. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Bamberg
This morning, arrive in historic medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic center, including the elegant 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) – built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the Catholic bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! This afternoon, cruise quietly along the Main River as you head for scenic Würzburg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Würzburg
Surrounded by lush green hillside grape vineyards, Würzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” makes an immediate impression with a majestic Fortress Marienberg perched high above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the extravagant baroque BISHOP’S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you are free to explore more of
Day 11 Main River Village Experience
On the banks of the Main River you find numerous cultural gems of small towns and villages, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and protective towered gates. With quaint half-timbered houses, narrow streets, and medieval town centers, these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer’s dream come true. Join your Local Guide to experience one of these towns on a GUIDED WALK. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Boppard
Today, arrive in Rüdesheim, a quaint Rhine Valley wine town. Visit impressive SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, where you’ll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then head downstream from Rüdesheim, through the sensational RHINE GORGE, considered by many the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising as much as 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unsuspecting sailors to their doom. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Cologne
Arrive in the bustling city of Cologne this morning. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine and is known for its soaring, awe-inspiring twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. Later, during your free time, perhaps you’ll look in on the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built – a must-see for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with bustling cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for more than a hundred years! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Amsterdam, Holland
Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This fascinating 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, and buzzing marketplace has a distinct ambiance. With more than 60 museums, it’s no wonder that Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. Get a unique perspective of the city on an included CANAL CRUISE, floating along the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time this afternoon to enjoy more of the city or perhaps you would like to join an optional excursion. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Amsterdam (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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