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17 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam 2020

17 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam

Magnificent Rivers of Europe (Westbound) River Cruise (WBH)

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

River Cruise Description

Welcome to bustling Budapest as you set out on a fabulous 3-river 17-day European cruise on beautiful Danube, Main, and Rhine rivers. During the 17 Day Avalon River Cruise From Budapest to Amsterdam 2020, you’ll embark on your luxurious Avalon cruise ship in Budapest and set sail for charming Vienna – known as the “City of Music” – for a fascinating guided city tour of the gilded historic landmarks of Vienna. On the European River Cruise, you’ll enjoy seeing the majestic Imperial Palace, the world-renowned opera house, and spectacular St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You’ll cruise into the historic city of Dürnstein to stroll in the footsteps of Richard the Lionheart. Or, you can select to join a fantastic guided hike to tour his castle prison. You’ll also have opportunity to explore the stunning Benedictine Abbey, situated high above Melk. You’ll also enjoy an wonderful onboard wine tasting of world-famous Wachau Valley vintages.

On the Avalon Waterways Cruise, you’ll also cruise to charming Passau to tour beautiful Germany’s “City of Three Rivers.” You’ll tour the quaint Bavarian town of Regensburg and then join us back onboard ship for a wonderful beer tasting experience. In beautiful Roth, you’ll select a city tour, including fascinating sightseeing in historic Nuremberg. Or, you can join a popular tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds. You can join an expertly guided excursion to the bustling city of Munich to tour Nymphenburg Palace. When you stop in charming Bamberg on your European River Cruise, you’ll marvel at its stunning Romanesque cathedral situated amongst seven hills crowned with elegant churches. You’ll enjoy a friendly beer tasting on board your home away from home, before setting sail for the tiny Bavarian town of Volkach. You’ll visit beautiful Kitzingen in Bavaria’s largest wine-producing region.

You’ll have time to explore historic Würzburg, one of the popular stops along the renowned Romantic Road, followed by a fantastic tour of a Bavarian Main River Village. In impressive Mainz, you’ll enjoy an expertly guided excursion to Heidelberg Castle. You’ll visit the fascinating Rhine Valley town of Rüdesheim and be treated to the sounds of oom-pah-pah in a wonderful Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum! If you are up for some exercise you can take a hike up the lush green grape vineyard hills with an exciting cable car ride back down. Or, you can join a popular coffee or wine tasting (based on your departure). You’ll enjoy a peaceful cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge on your way to quaint Koblenz and then it is on to beautiful Cologne – with its stunning gothic cathedral with towering twin steeples. You’ll enjoy a guided city tour, or a popular walking tour of charming Cologne’s historic Jewish sites.

While on your fabulous 17 Day Avalon River Cruise From Budapest to Amsterdam 2020, you’ll enjoy a captivating guided canal cruise past magnificent homes dating back to the city’s Golden Age. We hope you have safe travels home – and take many good memories and photographs home with you.

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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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 Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)

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

Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm.  Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Enjoy your day at your leisure… relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections


Day 2 Vienna, Austria

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube 

Relax as you cruise up the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Sit on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.  This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 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.

You might consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. Consider borrowing a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Dürnstein

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein
Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:
JoinJoin a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

Sit back and relax with a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Passau, Germany

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, you might like to take a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart and the Sound of Music—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

Consider taking a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Enjoy your afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons
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.
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 Sightseeing 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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich

A King’s Palace and Town Halls Old and New 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.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 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, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Volkach

Bavarian Beauty on the Main River
Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.

While you have lunch onboard, you’ll enjoy a relaxing cruise to 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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Würzburg

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

Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Or, use your free time to take in the charm and culinary specialties of Würzburg. You’ll be treated to live entertainment on board as you set sail.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Main River Village

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

You’ll have a leisurely afternoon onboard where you can relax on the Sky Deck while sailing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Mainz, Excursion to Heidelberg

Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine
Take a half-day Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.

You’ll enjoy a leisurely sail to Rüdesheim while having dinner on the ship.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Rüdesheim

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.

This afternoon you can relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

Travel Through 2,000 Years Of Monumental History

You’ll have time on your own to explore Koblenz before spending an evening on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Cologne

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

Be sure to have a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! This evening, enjoy dinner on board your ship.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Amsterdam, Holland

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

Consider an Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans—a quintessential Dutch town complete with windmills, waterways, and flower farms, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 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.


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