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Magnificent Rivers of Europe

Eastbound - Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Avalon Artistry II
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Begin this exciting cruise in Amsterdam and appreciate its iconic waterways. Continue your adventure at Boppard and sail through the stunning Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim in the Rhine Valley’s wine country. Visit a Bavarian Main River Village, then cruise to Würzburg, which is known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Visit the Bavarian town of Regensburg, including its fortress entrance built in 179 AD. You’ll cruise to Passau, to visit Germany’s “City of Three Rivers.” Also, don't miss the chance to visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and sail to Vienna.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Amsterdam, Holland | Embark
Day 2 : Amsterdam
Day 3 : Cologne, Germany
Day 4 : Boppard
Day 5 : Frankfurt | Heidelberg
Day 6 : Main River Village
Day 7 : Würzburg
Day 8 : Kitzingen
Day 9 : Bamberg
Day 10 : Nuremberg | Munich
Day 11 : Roth | Nuremberg
Day 12 : Regensburg
Day 13 : Passau
Day 14 : Melk | Wachau Valley
Day 15 : Vienna
Day 16 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 17 : Budapest | Disembark

Highlights

  • Be amazed with the cobblestoned streets in the town of Volkach
  • Explore Munich and visit the Nymphenburg Palace
  • Appreciate the beauty of Bavarian town of Roth
  • Never miss the chance to hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein

Ship

Avalon Artistry II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Evening lights in beautiful Regensburg Explore beautiful Amsterdam Hungary's Parliament building in Budapest Explore Cologne Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Admire beautiful evening lights of Vienna
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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.

You may plan your arrival for early in the day to explore Amsterdam before your cruise. Perhaps take advantage of an optional excursion to explore the quintessential Dutch village of Zaanse Schans with its picturesque waterways, windmills, and flower farms.

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a guided canal cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

You may like to join a guided optional excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a guided optional biking excursion to the Dutch countryside.

Day 3 Cologne, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Classic: Take a guided city walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.

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 Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Day 4 Boppard

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take advantage of free time instead to explore Boppard’s beautiful forest views—by bike or on 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
Discovery: Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

This evening, enjoy a special performance on board.

Day 5 Frankfurt | Heidelberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Classic: Take a half-day guided tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.

Sail to a beautiful Main River village while enjoying dinner.

Day 6 Main River Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Classic: Join a guided walking tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.

Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment onboard.

Day 7 Würzburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, OR:

Active: Enjoy incredible views over the northern Bavaria city of Wurzburg on a hike up to mighty hilltop Marienberg Castle.

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.

Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail.

Day 8 Kitzingen

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

Enjoy a leisurely sailing to Volkach at lunchtime

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

Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

Day 9 Bamberg

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

After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).

Day 10 Nuremberg | Munich

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Classic: Take a full-day guided walking 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.

Day 11 Roth | Nuremberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day with a morning stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions.

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—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.

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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Discovery: Later, indulge in a beer tasting on board.

Day 12 Regensburg

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

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

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau.

Day 13 Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Classic: Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

Join a full-day guided optional excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.

LINZ, AUSTRIA
Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. 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.

Day 14 Melk | Wachau Valley

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

Join your Avalon adventure host for a morning hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.

VIENNA
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

This evening, you may choose to attend an optional excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

Day 15 Vienna

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

Join 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. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the 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.

Day 16 Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Classic: Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

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

Day 17 Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
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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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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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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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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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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: 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 bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress toppers, European-style duvets.

Notes

Throughout the Ship:
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area, and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • 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
Suites & Staterooms:
  • Comfort Collection Beds with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring a shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • USB Ports
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.
Health & Fitness:
  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking, and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure Host
Dining:
  • FlexDining for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
  • Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch at Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes, and vegetarian options.
  • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
Notes:
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences.
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