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17 Day Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest 2020

Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest

Magnificent Rivers of Europe (Eastbound) River Cruise (WHB)

Starting from $8,202
Ship(s): Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Imagery II

River Cruise Description

Your 17 Day Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest 2020 will kick off in Amsterdam along its iconic waterways. Many incredible views await you as you cruise to the lively city of Cologne—with its impeccable gothic cathedral and ascending twin steeples. Go for a guided tour of the city or opt for a walking tour of Cologne’s incredible historical Jewish sites. Soak in the serene charm of Boppard, cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim in the Rhine Valley’s wine country.

Participate in a hike up the vineyard hills and delight in the surrounding views as you take a cable-car ride back down, or delight in a coffee or wine tasting on board your cruise vessel. In Mainz, go for a guided excursion to brilliant Heidelberg Castle—and the world’s largest barrel of wine.
Visit a Bavarian Main River Village, from where you will journey to Würzburg—famed as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Next, visit Kitzingen in Bavaria’s biggest wine-producing region to hear the legend of the town’s beginnings. Appreciate a beer tasting on board your cruise ship in the delightful Bavarian town of Volkach.

In Bamberg, discover a world where imperial dynasties lived amongst the glorious seven hills decorated with intricate churches. Next, join in an excursion from incredible Nuremberg to bustling Munich to experience the Town Halls of Marienplatz and the stunning Nymphenburg Palace—former residence of the German monarchs. In Roth, go on a tour of Roth’s medieval historic town, or take part in a guided sightseeing tour throughout Nuremberg, or a tour of the infamous Nuremberg Rally Grounds. See the delightful Bavarian town of Regensburg, which boasts its soaring fortress entrance constructed in the ancient year of 179 AD. You’ll sail to Passau, to visit Germany’s “City of Three Rivers.” In Austria’s charming Linz, you’ll delight in an afternoon free to discover the sites and sweets in the home of the Linzer Torte at your leisure.

Following, get a look at the brilliant Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and cruise to Vienna—the City of Music. See the stunning Imperial Palace, the world-famous opera house, and the striking St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Arrive in picturesque Budapest for guided sightseeing; a perfect ending to your outstanding 17 Day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest 2020!

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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

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
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Sep 30, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Artistry II$8,952$8,702Call 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:

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

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Consider arriving early in the day to explore Amsterdam before your cruise. Or you might like to take an Optional Excursion to explore the quintessential Dutch village of Zaanse Schans with its picturesque waterways, windmills, and flower farms.

(Dinner)

Day 2 Amsterdam

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” 

Perhaps you’d like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Cologne, Germany

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Classic
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
Discovery
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

Have a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years. Later, you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Boppard

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore Boppard’s beautiful forest views—by bike or by foot. Sip a late-morning cup of rich German coffee in a local café after breakfast. Next, enjoy breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.

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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to  Heidelberg

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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Main River Village

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

You’ll have time to relax on the Sky Deck this afternoon, while sailing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.  Later, you’ll be treated to dinner and live entertainment onboard.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Würzburg 

A Pearl of a Day on 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.

Opt 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.  You’ll love the live entertainment on board this evening as you set sail.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 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.
Volkach
Bavarian Beauty on the Main River
Classic
Join a walking tour of the quaint town of volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.

Have fun with a Beer Tasting on board later.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.

Afterwards, you can have a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich

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.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons
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—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
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 12 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.

Or, opt to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Discovery
Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

Later, participate in a Beer Tasting on board. You’ll be treated to live entertainment this evening as you cruise toward Passau.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 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.”

Or opt to take a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart and The Sound of Musci—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. You will sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.

Linz
The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music

Relax and explore Linz on your own this afternoon. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Melk–Wachau Valley

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

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

Vienna
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

We highly recommend you attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 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.

Consider taking a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn 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. Or, borrow a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Budapest, Hungary

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

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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 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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