15 Day Magnificent Europe

Avalon River Cruise starting in Budapest and finishing in Amsterdam

Read 58 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.

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Overview
Operator: Avalon
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 15 Days
From: Budapest to Amsterdam
Tour Code: WBA
Visits: Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Holland
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$ 5,660
Per Person ($AU)
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Budapest, Hungary (Embark)
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital. 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, cafes, and confections. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (D)
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Budapest
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 the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe, consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube, or a visit to one of Budapest's world-famous thermal baths. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (B/L/D)
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Bratislava, 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)
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Vienna, Austria
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. Classic - Step into the legendary 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 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. Consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B/L/D)
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Durnstein - 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 Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. Discovery - Later, enjoy a Wine Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Passau. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B/L/D)
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Passau, 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, consider a Guided Optional Excursion for a full day in Salzburg, Austria-the city of Mozart-or a Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian Czech town of Cesky Krumlov. EVENING CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B/L/D)
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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 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)
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Roth Excursion To Nuremberg
Living Heritage and History Lessons. Discovery - While sailing to Roth, 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)
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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 live entertainment onboard while sailing this 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. In your free time you may explore the city or enjoy a smoked beer. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B/L/D)
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Main 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 Mainriver village. Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main river shores. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment as you cruise to Rudesheim. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B/L/D)
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Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. Discovery - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR; Active - Take a Hike up to the Niederwald Monument with your Avalon Adventure Host. Discovery - Later, Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. 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. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B/L/D)
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Cologne
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! AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B/L/D)
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Amsterdam, Holland
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." Spend free time on your own to explore the colourful cafes, galleries, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B/L/D)
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Amsterdam (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 (58)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Magnificent Europe with Avalon.
New Zealand
Sep 2018
1 Trip
“Fabulous holiday”
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My travelling companion looked forward so much to this trip, as we had heard so many positive things about it. And I have to say for the period we were on the Avalon Expression it lived up to every comment we had heard. The Avalon service and organisation was second to none. We always looked forward to meal times.... sublime! What a great team of waiters & chefs, always obliging and happy to make your experience special.

I honestly can't say what was my highlight, but I did love the Bavarian region, with its magical castles and well preserved historic villages. Looked forward every morning to another new destination with excellent local guides showing us around our port of call. Of course this is inclusive in your trip costs. We had a good mix of travellers, but it would of been nice to have known where everyone had travelled from. Not sure if this is Avalon's policy not to introduce everyone. I never did find out.

Our room although compact was excellent, it seemed to be serviced twice a day. We were on the 2nd level, with its lovely wall to wall windows including sliding doors. However on reflection I would not hesitate next time to take a lower level cabin. Reason being, one is hardly ever in their cabin as the itinerary is full and a high percentage of the time when berthed you have another boat tied up along beside you blocking any view.

Sadly our trip was short lived as six days into our 15 day cruise we had to leave the boat and travel the remainder of the journey by coach, staying in different hotels mostly every night. The reason being that the Danube river was too low for the boat to pass through. This affected all boat companies travelling this route. As very sad as it was Avalon did an amazing job to move and accommodate 130 people every night. They still maintained our original itinerary along the way. Hats off to Avalon for their slick and seamless organisational skills. Also for their generous refund to make up for our disappointment. At no time along the coach route were were we out of pocket.

I am hoping to book another trip with Avalon through Global Journeys, they were great organisations to deal with. Would highly recommend a river cruise as the passenger list is about 145, such a complete contrast to most ocean cruising.
NSW, Australia
Jul 2018
6 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Big Disappointment ”
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Only spent 7 nights on cruise ship, then was told that the cruise could not continue due to low water levels on the Danube and the drought in Europe. I believe that Avalon Waterways would have been aware of this prior to our departure therefore giving us the option to opt out. We were given the option to leave the cruise after 7 days but that would have been costly for a lot of people and a great inconvenience as we had other airfares and accommodation booked for after the cruise.

We did enjoy the 7 nights of cruising but not happy with the long bus trips used to fulfil the rest of the programme. Avalon did do a wonderful job to put plan B into action but not the holiday we were after. River cruises need to be thoroughly invested before booking as we believe this has happened on a number of occasions, although no mention of this from agents etc. Had no problem booking with Global Journeys, thank you Hannah.
QLD, Australia
Jun 2018
1 Helpful Vote
2 Trips
“Avalon boat cruise up the Rhine”
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We had a great time, even though there was trouble in the channel with it being blocked by another ship. Avalon overcame the problem by changing us to another one of their ships on the other side of the blockage, so we could continue our trip, if we had gone with a smaller company this would not have been possible. Staff were very good and food was great, the site seeing was good but I would have preferred to stop longer in some ports.
New Zealand
Jun 2018
1 Helpful Vote
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“Wonderful trip from Budapest to Amsterdam”
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We had a wonderful experience on board the Illumination. Maria was an amazing cruise director. The staff were all very pleasant and went out of their way to please. One of our group had food allergies and they always met her requirements and in fact always remembered. We would recommend this way to travel to all our friends. We really enjoyed the small town experiences but the big cities had their points of interest as well. Included sightseeing was always led by excellent guides.
QLD, Australia
May 2018
4 Helpful Votes
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“Fantastic European River Cruise”
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Loved every minute of my river cruise, cabin was great, food & wine were excellent. Enjoyed the variety of excursions and the towns visited. Cruise Director Isabel was wonderful. I am a solo traveller and was made to feel very welcome onboard. Met other solo travellers who hopefully will keep in contact. Would definitely recommend a river cruise and in particular Avalon. Best holiday of my life!!!!!
Avalon
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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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Cabin Types
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Category E & D Stateroom
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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
Prices & Dates
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27 Apr 2019
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24 May 2019
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07 Jun 2019
Avalon Tranquility II

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Thursday
30 May 2019
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13 Jun 2019
Avalon Illumination

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7,593

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21 Jun 2019
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05 Jul 2019
Avalon Tranquility II

8,875

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466

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27 Jun 2019
Thursday
11 Jul 2019
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2,530

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07 Jul 2019
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21 Jul 2019
Avalon Artistry II

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1,273

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19 Jul 2019
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02 Aug 2019
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08 Aug 2019
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22 Aug 2019
Avalon Illumination

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7,364

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18 Aug 2019
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01 Sep 2019
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30 Aug 2019
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13 Sep 2019
Avalon Tranquility II

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466

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8,409

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19 Sep 2019
Thursday
03 Oct 2019
Avalon Illumination

9,231

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1,056

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8,175

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Friday
27 Sep 2019
Friday
11 Oct 2019
Avalon Tranquility II

8,875

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1,282

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7,593

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Wednesday
09 Oct 2019
Wednesday
23 Oct 2019
Avalon Artistry II

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2,516

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6,002

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Tuesday
22 Oct 2019
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05 Nov 2019
Avalon Envision

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2,511

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5,889

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Saturday
13 Apr 2019
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27 Apr 2019
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4,331

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02 May 2019
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16 May 2019
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8,553

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16 May 2019
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30 May 2019
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4,751

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8,553

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Friday
24 May 2019
Friday
07 Jun 2019
Avalon Tranquility II

13,304

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4,751

solo traveller

8,553

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Thursday
30 May 2019
Thursday
13 Jun 2019
Avalon Illumination

13,304

per person

4,751

solo traveller

8,553

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Friday
21 Jun 2019
Friday
05 Jul 2019
Avalon Tranquility II

13,304

per person

4,751

solo traveller

8,553

solo traveller

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Thursday
27 Jun 2019
Thursday
11 Jul 2019
Avalon Illumination

13,304

per person

4,751

solo traveller

8,553

solo traveller

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Sunday
07 Jul 2019
Sunday
21 Jul 2019
Avalon Artistry II

12,935

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4,611

solo traveller

8,324

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Friday
19 Jul 2019
Friday
02 Aug 2019
Avalon Tranquility II

12,935

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4,611

solo traveller

8,324

solo traveller

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Thursday
08 Aug 2019
Thursday
22 Aug 2019
Avalon Illumination

12,935

per person

4,611

solo traveller

8,324

solo traveller

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Sunday
18 Aug 2019
Sunday
01 Sep 2019
Avalon Artistry II

12,935

per person

4,611

solo traveller

8,324

solo traveller

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Friday
30 Aug 2019
Friday
13 Sep 2019
Avalon Tranquility II

13,304

per person

4,751

solo traveller

8,553

solo traveller

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Thursday
19 Sep 2019
Thursday
03 Oct 2019
Avalon Illumination

13,856

per person

4,961

solo traveller

8,895

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Friday
27 Sep 2019
Friday
11 Oct 2019
Avalon Tranquility II

13,304

per person

4,751

solo traveller

8,553

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Wednesday
09 Oct 2019
Wednesday
23 Oct 2019
Avalon Artistry II

12,751

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4,541

solo traveller

8,210

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22 Oct 2019
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05 Nov 2019
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12,568

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4,471

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8,097

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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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