See the highlights of Central Europe on this enchanting river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest. Guided sightseeing in each city shows you the highlights, and is conducted by Certified Local Guides. Cruise through the scenic canals of Amsterdam and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei rock. Spend time in magnificent Cologne, the charming wine village of Rüdesheim, medieval Bamberg, historical Nuremberg, and magical Vienna. Attend a beer tasting in Bamberg and enjoy inside visits of Würzburg's Bishop's Residenz, and St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava. While on board, be sure to have your camera ready to capture the scenic beauty, quaint towns, fascinating architecture, and historic buildings dotting the landscape as you sail along.
Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: deluxe 14-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome reception
Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk
Day 4 Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treat
Day 5 Main River Village: guided walk
Day 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz
Day 7 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town Hall; beer tasting
Day 8 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
Day 9 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche
Day 10 Passau: guided walk
Day 11 Dürnstein Excursion to Göttweig Abbey: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of Göttweig Abbey
Day 12 Vienna: guided sightseeing
Day 13 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin's Cathedral
Day 14 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes Square
Day 15 Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Superb dining with meals on board featuring full breakfast with complimentary sparkling wine, lunch with complimentary soft drinks, and dinner including complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks; a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements
- Departure October 28 is offered as an exclusive Music Cruise, including special concerts and performances at no additional cost. Our Music Cruise includes excursions to a classical concert in Vienna, a visit to Mozart's Salzburg birthplace, and the countryside where "the hills are alive with the sound of music."
- 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.