15 Day Magnificent Europe

Avalon River Cruise starting in Amsterdam and finishing in Budapest

Read 70 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Avalon's 15 Day Magnificent Europe. 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 holiday. Amsterdam is Holland's...read more
Overview
Operator: Avalon
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 15 Days
From: Amsterdam to Budapest
Tour Code: WAB
Visits: Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary
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$ 6,002
Per Person ($AU)
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Amsterdam, Holland (Embark)
Welcome to Amsterdam. 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 colourful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam-with its many cafes and art galleries. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)
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Amsterdam
Colourful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. Classic - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." Return to your ship for a leisurely afternoon cruise, or enjoy free time in Amsterdam and transfer to re-join your ship in Utrecht. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion through the Dutch countryside. You might decide to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle-the most beautiful and best-kept medieval castle in Holland. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B/L/D)
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Cologne, Germany
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's capital city. 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 Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B/L/D)
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Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge
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, OR: Active - Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards. Discovery - Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B/L/D)
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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 WURZBURG (B/L/D)
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Wurzburg
A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon. Classic - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the "Pearl of the Romantic Road" 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. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WURZBURG (B/L/D)
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Marktbreit Excursion To Rothenburg
Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town. Classic - Take a morning Guided Tour of Rothenburg- seemingly untouched by time on Bavaria's Romantic Road, OR: Active - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk. Take advantage of free time this afternoon to shop for Hummel figurines, cuckoo clocks, or sip a glass of local Tauber wine. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B/L/D)
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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. Enjoy a live entertainment performance while sailing this evening. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B/L/D)
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Roth Excursion To Nuremberg
Living Heritage and History Lessons. Active - Go for an early Morning Run 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 - Later, 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 (B/L/D)
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Regensburg
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. Classic - Join a Guided City Walk to see the 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. 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 Passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B/L/D)
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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." 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. This afternoon, 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 before cruising to Melk. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B/L/D)
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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 (B/L/D)
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Vienna
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. 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 Schonbrunn 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. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B/L/D)
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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. The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savour a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B/L/D)
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Budapest (Disembark)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Avalon Inclusions
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River Cruise Inclusions
  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds for a great night's sleep.
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath products.
  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary, including daily four-course a la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts, and Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides.
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore.
  • Onboard local entertainment.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions.
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions.
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey.
  • Gratuities to Cruise Director, Crew, Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
Included Meals
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 13 Lunches
  • 14 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Reviews (70)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Magnificent Europe with Avalon.
QLD, Australia
Sep 2018
“Fantastic Holiday ”
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The booking process was so easy with Jemma, nothing was too much trouble. The river cruise was fantastic, the staff on the Avalon Impression were amazing. It was very tiring but very rewarding as we saw so much. It's hard to name one highlight as there were many.
New Zealand
Sep 2018
“Magnificent Europe”
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A delightful journey through the waterways of Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest. Well looked after by the crew, meals superb and we enjoyed the various excursions. The cruise director was very knowledgeable and kept us informed daily. The local guides were all very knowledgeable and most helpful throughout. Fellow passengers were a good mix and we made many friends. Service staff were exceptional - I would employ them all tomorrow. The ship was well appointed and very comfortable. Our Captain went above and beyond to ensure we got to our destination. Even though the water levels did not cooperate we were well looked after in the alternative accommodation provided. Have recommended this trip to friends and colleagues.
New Zealand
Aug 2018
3 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Amsterdam to Budapest Cruise”
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Global Journeys made the booking simple and looked after all the necessary things. The cruise did not live up to expectations with only about 3 days where the scenery was spectacular. The balance was ordinary, with the locks being monotonous. The shore excursions of the smaller towns were excellent. It was more of a shame that we ran out of water and had to be bused on several occasions. When we finally got there, Budapest was the highlight and a must see city.
NSW, Australia
Jul 2018
3 Helpful Votes
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“European cruise”
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Great holiday. Good dealing with Global Journeys and Juliet was very helpful and catered to all my needs. Everything went smoothly without any problems. Would definitely use Global Journeys for future holidays.
NT, Australia
Jun 2018
8 Helpful Votes
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“A Wonderful Experience”
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Every aspect of the trip was outstanding. The ship was immaculate; the crew, from the Captain down, were efficient, friendly and courteous, particularly those with whom we were in daily contact in the dining room, lounge and cabins - they made us feel as though it was a real pleasure for them to serve us. The Cruise Director, Tony, was knowledgeable, entertaining and approachable; the local guides for each excursion were well chosen and effective.

Dining room menus were varied and interesting and the food was attractively presented. Wines provided with lunch and dinner were of good quality and were usually sourced from the region through which were travelling. Included and optional shore excursions provided the opportunity to obtain as good an impression of the local area as was possible in the time available. Onboard accommodation, both cabin and public areas, was well designed and immaculately maintained. The only thing missing which would have enhanced our experience was a large wall map in, e.g, the lobby, that would have enabled us to trace the journey from start to finish.
Avalon
Avalon Reviews: (411)
River Cruises on Sale: 116
Gratuities: Gratuities Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Shore Excursions: Included
Drinks: Wine & Beer Included with Meals
Destinations: Asia & Europe
Deck Plans
Category E
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Category P
Panorama Suite
Category B
Panorama Suite
Royal Suite
Category A
Panorama Suite
Category D
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Ship Profile
Cabin Types
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Category E & D Stateroom
Category E & D Stateroom  Category E & D Stateroom  Category E & D Stateroom Layout  

Category E & D Stateroom

  • Deluxe Stateroom (172 sq ft)
  • Twin Windows
  • Comfort Collection Bed with Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets & European style duvets
  • Private bathroom featuring full shower, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath amentities
  • Spacious three-door closets and easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite with movie channel
  • In-room safe, writing Desk/Vanity & direct-dial telephone
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Individual thermostat
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
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27 Sep 2019
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09 Oct 2019
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476

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17 Oct 2019
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25 Oct 2019
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29 Apr 2019
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16 May 2019
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16 May 2019
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30 May 2019
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07 Jun 2019
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21 Jun 2019
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13,304

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4,751

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8,553

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13 Jun 2019
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27 Jun 2019
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13,304

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23 Jun 2019
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07 Jul 2019
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05 Jul 2019
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19 Jul 2019
Avalon Tranquility II

12,935

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4,611

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8,324

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11 Jul 2019
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25 Jul 2019
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4,611

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8,324

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Sunday
21 Jul 2019
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04 Aug 2019
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12,935

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4,611

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8,324

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02 Aug 2019
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16 Aug 2019
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12,935

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4,611

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8,324

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22 Aug 2019
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05 Sep 2019
Avalon Illumination

13,120

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4,681

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8,439

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13 Sep 2019
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27 Sep 2019
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13,856

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4,961

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8,895

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25 Sep 2019
Wednesday
09 Oct 2019
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4,891

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03 Oct 2019
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17 Oct 2019
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11 Oct 2019
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25 Oct 2019
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Cabin Upgrades
Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.
Deluxe Stateroom E $ 0
Deluxe Stateroom D $ 498
Panorama Suite B $ 2,798
Panorama Suite A $ 2,918
Panorama Suite P $ 3,158
Royal Suite S $ 5,318

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