From Budapest to Amsterdam, 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. Your river cruise adventure begins with visits to three of Europe’s vibrant capital cities: Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria. A Local Guide will show you the must-see sites in each city and you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own. See the famous Heroes’ Square in Budapest, stroll through Bratislava’s Old Town with its winding streets and bronze sculptures, and stop in a classic Viennese café for a decadent treat. Sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley and the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Würzburg’s baroque Bishop’s Residenz. Enjoy a tasting of Wachau wines. Explore quaint towns like Dürnstein with its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche; Passau, known for its narrow cobblestone streets and the stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral; and Bamberg, with its town hall straddling the River Regnitz. Enjoy guided walks in historic Nuremberg, Würzburg, and Regensburg—one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. In the charming Rhine Valley town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. Straddling both sides of the Rhine River is Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Here, enjoy a guided walk and see its famous twin-spired cathedral. This European river cruise would not be complete without a visit to Holland’s lively capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. Your European cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam is filled with new discoveries and simple pleasures of ancient cultures that you’ll hold in your memory for many years to come.
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary’s Captivating Capital. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafes, and confections. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (D)
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. CLASSIC – Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe, consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube, or a visit to one of Budapest’s world-famous thermal baths.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (B,L,D)
Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture. CLASSIC – Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town’s cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin’s Cathedral-Hungary’s centuries-old coronation church, OR: ACTIVE – Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle. Alternatively, in your free time take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube. Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. CLASSIC – Step into the legendary 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. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to
Schonbrunn Palace-the Habsburg empire summer home for 300 years. You may also take a tram to Austria’s Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B,L,D)
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones. CLASSIC – 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: ACTIVE – Take a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. Later, stretch out on the
Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk. MELK: 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. DISCOVERY – Later, enjoy a Wine Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Passau.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
The Three Rivers of Medieval Passau. CLASSIC – Join an afternoon Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.” Alternatively, consider a Guided Optional Excursion for a full day in Salzburg, Austria-the city of Mozart-or a Guided Optional Excursion to
the picturesque Bohemian Czech town of Cesky Krumlov.
EVENING CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Living Heritage and History Lessons. DISCOVERY – While sailing to Roth, 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. 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. Tonight, relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Bamberg.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)
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. Enjoy live entertainment onboard while sailing this evening. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon. CLASSIC – Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz-with the largest known ceiling fresco. In your free time you may explore the city or enjoy a smoked beer. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of the Main River Village. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. CLASSIC – Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Mainriver village. Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main river shores. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment as you cruise to Rudesheim.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. DISCOVERY – Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR; ACTIVE – Take a Hike up to the Niederwald Monument with your Avalon Adventure Host. DISCOVERY – Later, Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. This afternoon cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of the Lorelei-where mythological siren lured ill-fated sailors to shore.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. 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. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Colourful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. CLASSIC – Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” Spend free time on your own to explore the colourful cafes, galleries, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
A unique Suite Ship®, the Avalon Panorama features unmatched cabin views as the first of its kind in the industry with two full decks of suites featuring a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window. Your European river cruise suite is transformed into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. As you cruise on Europe’s most picturesque rivers, enjoy the fresh breeze and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite, with view-facing beds for the ultimate in relaxed luxury. With 200 square feet, the Panorama SuiteSM is more than 30% larger than the industry standard, and it gives you the unparalleled opportunity to wake up each morning facing the magnificent passing scenery. Exciting onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a well-stocked library, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and delightful Sky Bistro. There’s no better way to take in the view than cruising in Europe in the spacious comfort of the Avalon Panorama.