Magnificient Rivers of Europe
15 Days / 14 Nights
Breakfast: 14 Lunch: 13 Dinner: 14
State-of-the-art, luxurious river cruise vessels
with modern services and amenities
Deluxe outside accommodations with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
Amsterdam Canal cruise
From Amsterdam to Budapest, and many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless river cruise vacation. Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital—both historical and modern. This popular city is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. On to Germany where there’s a guided city walk in Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. First stop in Austria is Melk for a visit of its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley. And in the last days of your vacation, local experts will introduce you to two capital cities: Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss; and lively Budapest, Hungary, with its unique energy and countless must-see sites. This truly is a river cruise to remember!
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. During tulip season, you may take a Guided
Optional Excursion to the gardens at Keukenhof-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and
hyacinths as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, consider joining a
Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
Spend free time exploring the colourful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam-with its many
cafes and art galleries. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)
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." This afternoon choose among the
Guided Optional Excursions available. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
DAY 3: COLOGNE, GERMANY
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities. ACTIVE -
Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY - Join a Guided
Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites, OR; CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk of
Cologne-explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Don't miss the
chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! This
evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
DAY 4: RHINE GORGE-RUDESHEIM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country This morning cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge
and see the famous rock of the Lorelei. ACTIVE - Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald
Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local
special treat, OR: DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind
instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat. Later, local musicians
will join us on board for live entertainment. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER
DAY 5: MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Beauty on the Main River Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. CLASSIC
- Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. Spend free time riding a bike through
the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
DAY 6: WURZBURG
A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of
Wurzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residenz-with the
largest known ceiling fresco. Enjoy the city on your own or visit a local winery. OVERNIGHT DOCKING
IN WURZBURG (B,L,D)
DAY 7: VOLKACH
Storybook Settings 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.
Sail to Volkach and get ready for your afternoon activity. ACTIVE - Bike along the Main Danube Canal
with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC - Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its
half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)
DAY 8: BAMBERG
The City of Seven Hills ACTIVE - Your bike is ready! Hop on and bike along the canals in Bamberg
with your Adventure Host, OR: 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.
Later, enjoy live entertainment performance while sailing this evening. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT
CRUISE TO ROTH (B,L,D)
DAY 9: ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Legends and History Lessons Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure
Host. ACTIVE - Explore Roth's Lauter valley with your Adventure Host, OR: 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. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO
DAY 10: REGENSBURG
Bavaria's Medieval Miracle ACTIVE - Explore Walhalla by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: 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. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit
the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Alternatively, spend a free afternoon exploring
Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO
DAY 11: 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, AUSTRIA: Legendary, Lovely Linz
This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
DAY 12: MELK-WACHAU VALLEY
Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike
through Melk's beautiful countryside, OR: 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: Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube Consider joining a Guided Optional
Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN
DAY 13: VIENNA
Royal Collections and Amusing Attractions ACTIVE - Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with
your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC - Explore 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 iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral. Join a Guided Optional
Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-summer home of the Habsburg family or choose a Guided
Optional Excursion to fascinating Bratislava. Consider a tram ride to Vienna's Prater amusement park
or to one of the many museums nearby. Later, enjoy live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
DAY 14: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
The Pearl of the Danube ACTIVE - Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your
Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing tour of Budapest, including the
iconic Heroes' Square. This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or
enjoy Budapest on your own. Indulge in a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafes. Consider a
scenic hike above the Danube. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
DAY 15: BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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