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Avalon Waterways Magnificent Europe – Westbound (WBA)

15 days from Budapest to Amsterdam 
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. Admire the view from Fishermen’s Bastion 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 and Germany’s beers and bratwurst. 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.

Ships: Luminary - Panorama - Passion - Expression - Vista - Illumination - Impression
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $2,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.(Combinable with the $299 Europe Fixed Air Promo)*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/08/18, 05/18/18, 05/22/18, 07/20/18, 07/27/18, 08/14/18, 10/23/18
  • $299 air from select cities on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 03/25/18, 05/08/18, 05/11/18, 05/18/18, 05/22/18, 06/19/18, 06/22/18, 07/13/18, 07/17/18, 07/20/18, 07/27/18, 08/05/18, 08/14/18, 08/17/18, 09/07/18, 09/11/18, 09/14/18, 09/21/18, 10/23/18
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 08/17/18
  • Save $2,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 03/25/18, 05/11/18, 06/19/18, 06/22/18, 07/13/18, 07/17/18, 08/05/18, 09/07/18, 09/11/18, 09/14/18, 09/21/18
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/15/18
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): welcome reception

Day 2 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square

Day 3 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral

Day 4 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 5 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk, see the Stiftskirche in Dürnstein; cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting

Day 6 Passau: guided walk

Day 7 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting

Day 8 Roth–Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing of Roth; or guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour

Day 9 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town Hall

Day 10 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 11 Main River Village: guided walk

Day 12 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge

Day 13 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk

Day 14 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

10/26/2018 - Magnificent Europe for Music & Opera

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Itinerary (2018)

Day 1Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation).
 Welcome to Hungary’s exciting capital city! This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D)

NOTE:
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2Budapest.
 Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On your GUIDED TOUR of the city, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. In your free time this afternoon, you may want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest; visit St. Stephen’s Basilica with marvelous views of the city from its viewing platform; or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (B,L,D)
Day 3Bratislava, Slovakia.
 Today, arrive in Bratislava, situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and the dynamic capital of Slovakia. Join a Local Guide for a tour of the city, including a GUIDED WALK of its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. Later, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Tonight, depart for Vienna. (B,L,D)
Day 4Vienna, Austria.
 Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights you’ll see on your included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! An optional concert is available tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 5Dürnstein–Melk.
 Dürnstein, situated in the heart of the Wachau wine region, is known for the magnificent baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700s. The main street of this small town—with a population of less than 1,000 people—is lined with 16th-century residences and charming cobblestone streets. A Local Guide will take you on a WALKING TOUR and tell you the tale of England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. Then, cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley to reach Melk after lunch. Visit the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY which towers over the town and is one of Europe’s largest. It houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendor of its church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. This evening, you’ll be able to sample some of the region’s FAMOUS WINES. (B,L,D)
Day 6Passau, Germany.
 Today, choose from full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of The Sound of Music sights or to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your ship in Passau in the early evening. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. (B,L,D)
Day 7Regensburg.
 Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Bask in the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. Before dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS. (B,L,D)
Day 8Roth–Nuremberg.
 This morning, relax on board, before docking in Roth. After lunch, join a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of the city. This delightful Bavarian town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. Take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. Or you may prefer to choose a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR of nearby Nuremberg. Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour. (B,L,D)
Day 9Bamberg.
 This morning, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic center, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! This afternoon, cruise gently along the Main River as you head for Würzburg. (B,L,D)
Day 10Würzburg.
 Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Würzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” makes an immediate impression with imposing Fortress Marienberg perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrücke (Old Main Bridge). On your included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP’S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own, or perhaps join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg. (B,L,D)
Day 11Main River Village.
 On the banks of the Main River you find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. With half- timbered houses, narrow streets, and medieval town centers, these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer’s delight. Join your Local Guide to experience one of these towns on a GUIDED WALK. (B,L,D)
Day 12Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge.
 Today, arrive in Rüdesheim, a quintessential Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, where you’ll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then head downstream from Rüdesheim, through the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the water. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. (B,L,D)
Day 13Cologne.
 Arrive in Cologne this morning. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. Later, during free time, perhaps look in on the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built—a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (B,L,D)
Day 14Amsterdam, Holland.
 Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. With over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. Get a unique perspective of the city on an included CANAL CRUISE, floating along the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion. (B,L,D)
Day 15Amsterdam (Disembarkation).
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$336

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $230 to $290, in twin room from $125 to $155

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $185 to $355, in twin room from $115 to $245

Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Luminary
Category / Decks / Price
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,298
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,398
P / Royal Deck / $1,598
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $2,998

Panorama/Passion/Expression/Vista/Illumination/Impression
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo / Deck / $398
B / Sapphire Deck / $2,298
A / Sapphire Deck / $2,398
P / Royal Deck / $2,598
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $3,998

NOTE:
  • Departure October 26 is offered as an exclusive Music & Opera Cruise, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Our Music & Opera Cruise includes an excursion to Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg and a visit to the Budapest Opera House; and throughout the itinerary you will be accompanied by Opera singers who will perform for you on board.

Avalon 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 becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • In the event that a high-speed train is not available due to strikes or technical reasons, the route will be operated by motorcoaches.
  • Departure October 26 is offered as an exclusive Music & Opera Cruise, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Our Music & Opera Cruise includes an excursion to Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg and a visit to the Budapest Opera House; and throughout the itinerary you will be accompanied by Opera singers who will perform for you on board.

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Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
03/25/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $4,899.00
05/08/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,899.00
05/11/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,899.00
05/18/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,899.00
05/22/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,899.00
06/15/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,899.00
06/19/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,899.00
06/22/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,899.00
07/13/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,699.00
07/17/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,699.00
07/20/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,699.00
07/27/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,699.00
08/05/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,699.00
08/14/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,699.00
08/17/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,699.00
09/07/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $6,199.00
09/11/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $6,199.00
09/14/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $6,199.00
09/21/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $6,099.00
10/23/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,499.00
*10/26/2018 $4,999.00
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