Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

  • 15 Days

  • Hungary

Catch the highlights of Central Europe on this enchanting river cruise between Budapest and Amsterdam. In Regensburg we'll introduce you to some of Germany's famous beers, and there's wine tasting in Austria's Wachau Valley. See Vienna, charming Dürnstein, Regensburg, Nuremberg, medieval Bamberg, and Cologne; and explore Bratislava's gothic St. Martin's Cathedral, and Würzburg's Bishop's Residenz; and cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei rock. Your adventure concludes with a relaxing cruise through the delightful canals of Amsterdam.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

of 15 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 27th October 2017

Meals included: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Budapest Guided sightseeing of Hungary's cosmopolitan capital including Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church.
Vienna Enjoy guided sightseeing in the 'City of Music' – inspiration to Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss.
Nuremberg Choose between guided sightseeing of the Old Town and a tour of the Nuremberg Rally Grounds.
Rhine Gorge Cruise Sail the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei Rock.
Amsterdam Canal Cruise Discover the treasures of this iconic city on a canal cruise along its elegant grachten.

Day 1

Budapest (Embarkation)

Fly to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for 14 nights. This afternoon, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Budapest

Included today: Guided sightseeing, see Fisherman's Bastion. 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 palpable. On your guided tour of the city, see Heroes' Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fisherman'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 marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform; or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Bratislava

Included today: Guided walk, visit St Martin's Cathedral. Situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. Your guided walk with a Local Guide explores the charming Old Town with its winding cobbled streets, the old stone Town Hall and the Gothic cathedral of St Martin.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Vienna

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Vienna has much to offer. The lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ring Boulevard and awe-inspiring St Stephen's Cathedral are just a few of the sights you will see during your tour. Shop on the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a local café. Tonight, an optional concert is available.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Durnstein

Included today: Gottweig Abbey visit in the morning and a guided walk in Dürnstein in the afternoon. See the Stiftskirche. This morning, a short drive takes you to the Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, perched high on a hill overlooking the Danube. A visit with a Local Guide shows you this magnificent monastery whose fresco-decorated imperial staircase is considered a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Rejoin your ship in Dürnstein in time for lunch. Dürnstein, situated in the heart of the Wachau wine region, is known for the magnificent blue Baroque 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 cobbled streets. A Local Guide will take you on a walking tour and tell you the tale of King Richard the Lionheart, imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. This evening you'll be able to sample some of the famous wines of this region.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Passau

Included today: Guided walk in Passau. Today, choose from full-day optional excursions to Salzburg, taking in some of The Sound of Music sights; the popular 'Romantic Austria' tour; or to Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Re-join 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. St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian Baroque architecture, houses one of the world's largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Regensburg

Included today: Guided walk. Regensburg is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights include the Old Town Hall and Porta Pretoria — gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179AD. The city is the capital of Upper Palatinate, a bustling university town, and one of Bavaria's cultural centres. It is here you will find Germany's oldest restaurant, the 12th century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen).

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Nuremberg

Included today: Choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; beer tasting. This morning, relax on board, then the afternoon is dedicated to 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. This morning, choose a guided sightseeing tour and marvel at this thousand year-old city's medieval fortifications, extraordinary Gothic churches and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialised Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour. During free time, be sure to try some tasty Lebkuchen and make a wish at the beautiful fountain in the Hauptmarkt (main square). Legend says your wish will come true if you turn its gold ring three times.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Bamberg

Included today: Guided walk, see the Old Town Hall. 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 centre, 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Würzburg

Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz. Surrounded by steep, verdant vineyards, Würzburg is known as the 'Pearl of the Romantic Road' and makes an immediate impression with views of its beautiful Marienberg Fortress and 15th century Old Main Bridge. Today's guided sightseeing tour visits the magnificent Bishop's Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Main River Village

Included today: Guided walk. 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. Half timbered houses, narrow streets and medieval town centres; these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer's delight. Join your Local Guide to experience one of these towns on a guided walk.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge

Included today: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; cruise through the 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 waters. Cruise past the legendary Lorelei rock, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Cologne

Included today: Choice of Guided city walk or Jewish Cologne tour. Cologne is one of Germany's largest cities, with a river skyline dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent Gothic cathedral. This afternoon, choose between an included Guided City Walk or a 'Jewish Cologne' tour. The Old Town offers up a great choice of cafés, shops and taverns so be sure to try a Kölsch in one of the many taverns and shop for a bottle of 4711, the original 'eau de cologne'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Amsterdam

Included today: Canal cruise. Holland's delightful 700-year-old capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. The works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising along elegant grachten lined by stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's 'Golden Age'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Your ship

Avalon Passion

The Avalon Passion accommodates 166 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites. With wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony, the suites are the ideal setting for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access and complimentary computer use in public areas, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 47
  • Number of cabins: 83
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 166 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 135
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2016
Available cabins on this cruise
Royal Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, double sinks, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity, well-stocked minibar, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, a sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, and a writing desk.

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, a contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, writing desk, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity and a well-stocked minibar.

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom

These staterooms feature an alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, an elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, memory foam mattress toppers, soft and firm pillows, two windows, well-stocked minibar, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, nightly turn-down service, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, vanity and a writing desk.

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

The Avalon Passion accommodates 166 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites. With wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony, the suites are the ideal setting for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access and complimentary computer use in public areas, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.

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