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Magnificent Europe

Amsterdam - Budapest - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Avalon Impression
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Explore magnificent Europe on this 15-day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, and see the amazing culture of Central Europe. Start in the dramatic Rhine Gorge and don't miss the chance to see the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. Visit Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss.
Enjoy the parks of AmsterdamExplore CologneExplore historic BambergEnjoy time in the cultural hub of ViennaBudapest, the capital city of HungaryWander the streets of ViennaCologne, GermanyCruise the Rhine through CologneExplore beautiful Amsterdam
Highlights
  • Scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge and see Siegfried’s Museum
  • Enjoy the tour at Würzburg and see the baroque Bishop’s Residenz
  • Explore the Bavarian town of Rothenburg and enjoy its fairytale atmosphere
  • Visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.
Activities
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Amsterdam, Holland | Embark

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 colorful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam—with its many cafés and art galleries.

Day 2: Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam.

Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a guided canal cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

You may like to join guided optional excursions available this afternoon.

Day 3: Cologne, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland. Start the day with a morning stretch with your ship adventure host.

Active: Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure, 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 Kölsch pale lager–locally brewed for over 100 years!

This evening, enjoy live entertainment onboard your ship.

Day 4: Rhine Gorge | Rüdesheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

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.

Day 5: Main River Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

Classic: Join a Guided Walking Tour of Miltenberg, a showcase of medieval half-timber homes and home to Germany’s oldest inn.

Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.

Day 6: Würzburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A Perfect Day in the Pearl of 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.

Enjoy the city on your own, or visit a local winery.

Day 7: Volkach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

Classic: Join a walking tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.

Day 8: Bamberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The City of Seven Hills.

Active: Your bike is ready! Hop on and bike along the canals in Bamberg with your Adventure Host.

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 a live entertainment performance while sailing this evening.

Day 9: Roth | Nuremberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

Active: Go for an early Nordic Walking with your Adventure Host.

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 choose a guided tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle OR 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.

Day 10: Regensburg

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Active: Explore Walhalla by bike with your Adventure Host

Classic: Join a guided city walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to the 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.

Day 11: Passau | Linz, Austria

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 12: Melk | Wachau Valley | Vienna

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Active: Join your Adventure Host for a walk along the Danube River and around Melk.

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.

Day 13: Vienna

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Active: Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host.

Classic: Venture into 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 historic Vienna Opera House, and the stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Join a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the 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.

Day 14: Budapest, Hungary

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Pearl of the Danube.

Active: Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host.

Classic: Enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour of Budapest, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

This afternoon choose among the Optional Guided Excursions available or enjoy Budapest on your own. Indulge in a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafés. Consider a scenic hike above the Danube.

Day 15: Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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Avalon Impression

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$7,299 2-3 travelers
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Cat. E
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, Hairdryer, and Spacious 3-door closets.
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Cat. D
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, Hairdryer, and Spacious 3-door closets
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Cat. B
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. A
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. P
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets
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Royal Suite
Royal Suite: 300 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress toppers, European-style duvets.
Included
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, maps, canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Wifi
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
  • Panoramic windows
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or on board your vessel
  • Port Fees
  • Porterage
  • Passport or Visa fees

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