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Avalon Waterways Magnificent Europe with 2 Nights in Paris & 2 Nights in London (Westbound) (WBA1)

19 days Budapest to London 
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 views of the Wachau Valley and the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Würzburg’s baroque Bishop’s Residenz. Enjoy a tasting of Wa-chau 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 tours 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, Germa-ny—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 cap-ital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten.

Travel via high-speed train to Paris, where your Monograms vacation in Paris and London begins, including guided sightseeing and helpful onsite support from expert Local Hosts® in both these exciting cities.

Ships: Panorama - Passion - Artistry II - Tranquility II - Illumination - Envision - View - Impression - Imagery II
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Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises (combinable with $299 Air)*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/09/20, 04/14/20, 06/23/20, 07/02/20, 07/15/20, 07/21/20, 08/15/20, 08/19/20, 08/27/20, 10/22/20, 10/27/20
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/07/20, 09/01/20, 09/23/20
  • Receive $299 Air (plus $1000 per couple) from select US cities on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/09/20, 04/14/20, 06/23/20, 07/02/20, 07/15/20, 07/21/20, 08/15/20, 08/19/20, 08/27/20, 10/22/20, 10/27/20
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 08/19/20, 07/21/20, 04/09/20, 07/02/20, 09/01/20, 07/15/20, 09/23/20, 10/22/20, 08/27/20, 08/15/20, 10/27/20, 04/14/20
  • Save $1,000 per couple (plus $299 Air) on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/13/19, 05/02/19, 05/16/19, 05/24/19, 05/30/19, 06/27/19, 07/07/19, 07/19/19, 08/08/19, 09/27/19, 10/09/19, 10/22/19, 10/25/19
  • Receive $299 Air (plus $1000 per couple) from select US cities on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/13/19, 05/02/19, 05/16/19, 05/24/19, 05/30/19, 06/27/19, 07/07/19, 07/19/19, 08/08/19, 09/27/19, 10/09/19, 10/22/19, 10/25/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 09/19/19
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/21/19, 08/18/19, 08/30/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/02/19, 05/16/19, 05/24/19, 07/19/19, 08/18/19, 10/09/19, 10/22/19, 10/25/19
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square

Day 3 Bratislava: choice of guided tour, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral, or hike to the castle

Day 4 Vienna: guided tour

Day 5 Dürnstein—Wachau Valley—Melk: choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board

Day 6 Passau: guided tour

Day 7 Regensburg: guided tour

Day 8 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: lecture on board; 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; lecture on board

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

Day 11 Main River Village: guided walk

Day 12 Rüdesheim—Rhine Gorge: special treat; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or take a guided hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge

Day 13 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 14 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)—Paris: travel to Paris by high-speed train (first class)

Day 16 Paris: guided sightseeing, Seine river cruise

Day 17 Paris—London: travel by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class) to London

Day 18 London: guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays)

Day 19 London: your vacation ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

10/25/2019 - Magnificent Europe with 2 Nights Paris & 2 Nights London for Beer Enthusiasts
10/27/2020 - Magnificent Europe with 2 Nights in Paris & 2 Nights in London for Beer Enthusiasts (Westbound)

Related Avalon Tours

WBA - Magnificent Europe (Westbound)
WBA1 - With 2 Nights in Paris & 2 Nights in London
WAB - Magnificent Europe (Eastbound)

Itinerary (2020)

Day 1BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

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, cafés, and confections.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

(D)
Day 2BUDAPEST
 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 one of the many cafés. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA

(B,L,D)
Day 3BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
 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)
Day 4VIENNA, AUSTRIA
 Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and the Waltz

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 stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn 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. Later, consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

(B,L,D)
Day 5DÜRNSTEIN—WACHAU VALLEY
 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 the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ of Melk’s Benedictine Abbey.

DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a Wine Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Passau.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

(B,L,D)
Day 6PASSAU, GERMANY
 The Three Rivers of Medieval Passau

CLASSIC Join an afternoon Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

Alternatively, 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

(B,L,D)
Day 7REGENSBURG
 Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

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 Roth.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

(B,L,D)
Day 8ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
 Living Heritage and History Lessons

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.

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)
Day 9BAMBERG
 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.

DISCOVERY Attend an onboard lecture to learn about European history and culture.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

(B,L,D)
Day 10WÜRZBURG
 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.

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.

Alternatively spend your free time exploring the city or enjoying a local winery. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

(B,L,D)
Day 11MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
 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 Bavarian village.

Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main river shores. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment as you cruise to Rüdesheim.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

(B,L,D)
Day 12RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
 Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY Later, based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR;

ACTIVE Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.

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.

AFTERNOON CRUISE TO ENGERS

(B,L,D)
Day 13COLOGNE
 Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host after an early sailing to Cologne.

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 Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)
Day 14AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
 Colorful Canals of Amsterdam

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

In the afternoon you may join an Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties. Or choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside. You might also consider a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

Spend free time on your own to explore the colorful cafés, galleries, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)
Day 15AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)—PARIS, FRANCE
 Transfer from your Avalon ship to the train station, where you begin your Monograms package. Travel to Paris by high-speed train (first class).

(B)
Day 16PARIS
 Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a SEINE RIVER CRUISE. Embark your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804; Hôtel de Ville, the city's municipal headquarters; the Conciergerie, formerly a notorious prison where Marie-Antoinette spent the last days of her life; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more.

(B)
Day 17PARIS—LONDON, ENGLAND
 Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class).

(B)
Day 18LONDON
 Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. Take photos of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline.

(B)
Day 19LONDON
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$364

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $252 to $368, in twin room from $153 to $204

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

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 / $4,398

NOTE:
  • Special Interest Cruise: Beer Tasting October 27

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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