Magnificent Europe (Eastbound)

15 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Budapest

Vacation Overview

From Amsterdam to Budapest, 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. Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital—both historical and modern. This popular city is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. On to Germany where there’s a guided city walk in Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture.

Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. First stop in Austria is Melk for a visit of its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley. And in the last days of your vacation, local experts will introduce you to two capital cities: Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss; and lively Budapest, Hungary, with its unique energy and countless must-see sites. This truly is a river cruise to remember!

Itinerary

 

Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

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Day 2 AMSTERDAM

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 a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

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Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

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 Kölsch pale lager–locally brewed for over 100 years!

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

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Day 4 RHINE GORGE—RÜDESHEIM

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

This morning cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of the Lorelei.

DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:

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.

Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

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Day 5 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

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Day 6 WÜRZBURG

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WÜRZBURG

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Day 7 VOLKACH

Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town

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.

Join your Ship in Volkach and get ready for your afternoon activity.

CLASSIC Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half—timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

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Day 8 BAMBERG

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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment performance while sailing this evening.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

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Day 9 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG

Living Heritage and History Lessons

ACTIVE Go for an early Nordic Walking with your Avalon 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;

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.

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.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

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Day 10 REGENSBURG

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

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.

Alternatively, spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

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Day 11 PASSAU

Go for Baroque in Passau—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

A Legendary Love of Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte

This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

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Day 12 MELK—WACHAU VALLEY

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.

Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to wonderful Vienna this afternoon.

VIENNA

Vienna Waltzes and Blue Danube Beauty

Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

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Day 13 VIENNA

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 family summer home for 300 years, or choose a Guided Optional Excursion to fascinating Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.

You may also take a tram to Austria’s Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby.

Later, relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

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Day 14 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing tour of Budapest, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

This 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 DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

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Day 15 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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Vacation Highlights

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 4 Rhine Gorge—Rüdesheim: scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim

Day 5 Main River Village: guided walk

Day 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 7 Volkach: walking tour

Day 8 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; lecture on board

Day 9 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: choice of guided tour in Roth, or guided tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; lecture on board

Day 10 Regensburg: guided tour

Day 11 Passau—Linz: guided tour in Passau; free time in Linz

Day 12 Melk–Wachau Valley—Vienna: guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; free time in Vienna

Day 13 Vienna: guided tour

Day 14 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square

Day 15 Budapest (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

  • 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.

Hotels

Amsterdam

Westcord Jakarta

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Superior First-Class

A unique sustainable hotel in Amsterdam, where two worlds connect. At the former location where ships left for Jakarta, lies a green oasis in the centre of the city. Hotel offers 200 luxurious rooms with a Indonesian influenced style. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Café Jakarta or get a drink at the Malabar. Be pampered in luxury and relax in our wellness and swimming pool with views towards the river IJ.

Budapest

Budapest Marriott

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Deluxe

This modern 364 room property enjoys a prime downtown location and offers convenience blended with style. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and the hotel has a fitness center with sauna and Jacuzzi. The trendy Mediterranean Grill restaurant serves tasty Hungarian dishes and the stylish lounge bar offers tapas style food and cocktails.

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