15 Day European Gems - Amsterdam to Budapest

Travelmarvel River Cruise starting in Amsterdam and finishing in Budapest

Read 23 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 15 Day European Gems - Amsterdam to Budapest. Discover the best of Europe on Travelmarvel's 15 day European Gems cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Weave right through the centre of the charming towns, villages...read more
Overview
Operator: Travelmarvel
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 15 Days
From: Amsterdam to Budapest
Tour Code: EUTC15
Visits: Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary
Our Price From:
$ 5,215
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Arrive Amsterdam, Embark Ship
Fly into eccentric Amsterdam today and transfer to your premium river ship. After settling in, perhaps grab a map explore the canal crossed streets lined with unique tall and narrow buildings that epitomise this carefree, cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a myriad of great shopping opportunities, stopping to see the traditional blue and white Delfware pottery and making sure to visit one of the many artisan cheese makers or chocolatiers found in the traditional tall houses that line the canal shores. Perhaps visit the bustling Dam Square and visit Madame Tussauds to see this famous wax museum's lifelike exhibits, or art lovers might want to explore the city's thriving art scene, being sure to stop in at the Van Gogh Museum. This evening meet your Cruise Director and fellow passengers at a Captain's Welcome Reception. Afterwards perhaps discover Amsterdam by night, as your river ship stays docked only a short stroll from the city centre. Stay 14 Nights: aboard your premium Travelmarvel river ship (D)
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Amsterdam, Utrecht
A canal cruise with a local guide, ready to share stories of daily life, is the best way to get to know Amsterdam and today, you'll board a glass-top boat and glide through the city's maze of waterways. Back on land join your local guide for a walking tour through Amsterdam's more lively neighbourhoods. Later travel by coach to Utrecht, via Rembrandt's Windmill, and join back up with your river ship. Alternatively stay aboard your ship for a leisurely day cruising down the Rhine arriving in Utrecht just before lunch to meet with the day trippers. From here, your ship will set off along the Rhine as you prepare for tonight's special Gala Dinner. (B/L/D)
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Cologne, Bruhl
As you cruise into the riverside city of Cologne, the sheer magnitude of the history of the region becomes apparent as your Cruise Director tells of how the twin spires of the famous cathedral, the Kolner Dom, took over six centuries to complete. Head to the Sun Deck as this magnificent architectural masterpiece comes into view and marvel at the tenacity of its craftsmen and builders. Disembark your ship in Cologne and take the short drive to Bruhl. Later, return to Cologne and enjoy free time to discover over 2,000 years of history at the Old City. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Imagine what life would have been like in the times of archbishop-elector Clemens August on a visit to World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and Falkenlust hunting lodge. On a tour of the 18th-century castle, learn enthralling stories of its infamous former resident and enjoy a walk through the perfectly landscaped parks and gardens between the castle and the lodge, where the archbishop would come to practise falconry.
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Rhine Gorge, Rüdesheim
See the ever-changing colours of the Rhine Gorge, with vineyards that turn from deep green, to red, to bare wood through the seasons as Pfalzgrfenstein Castle and Lorelei Rock stand unchanged by the passing of the centuries. Dock in Rudesheim, and board the Winzerexpress mini-train, bound for Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Admire delicate songbird boxes and curious musical dolls. Later stroll back to your river ship, perhaps stopping for a Rudesheimer coffee along the way. (B/L/D)
5
Miltenberg
Today, you are welcomed to the Main River, known as "the snake" because of its meandering path through Germany. Although the Main is one of the longest rivers in Germany it is somewhat sleepier than the Rhine. With its banks spotted with quaint and colourful villages, this section of your cruise is sure to yield plenty of picture perfect moments. Disembark your river ship and explore the evocative town of Miltenberg, seemingly stuck in time, with many of Miltenberg's half-timbered buildings dating from the 15th to 18th century. Later this evening, enjoy a superb dinner on board before settling into the Lounge or up on the Sun Deck to watch the glittering lights of medieval towns and villages glide past as you cruise through the night. Witness a feat of engineering as you pass through a handful of the river's 34 locks. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Get a rare glimpse into local life as you are welcomed into the home of a friendly Miltenberg family. Enjoy coffee and cake made fresh for you that morning by your gracious hosts, who are eager to share with you stories of their town's history and way of life.
6
Würzburg
After an early breakfast, board a coach and travel through the green rolling hills and rich vineyards which sit on the fringe of the pretty town of Wurzburg. The architectural beauty that defines Wurzburg is on show today as you admire its magnificent Baroque palace. A walk through the Court Garden is a delight, with its terraced gardens and water basin encircled by stunning yew trees. After lunch, you might like to enhance your journey even further with an excursion to medieval Rothenburg. This small fairytale village, one of the prettiest in Germany. Upon arrival embark on a walking tour and discover narrow cobblestone streets and alleys, overlooked by narrow towers and imposing ramparts. This evening, sit down to dinner with your fellow travellers back on board your river ship as you cruise this evening towards the Bavarian town of Bamberg. (B/L/D)
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Bamberg
Spend a leisurely morning cruising along the last stretch of the Main River before arriving at Bamberg. One of the few German cities that wasn't destroyed during World War II, World Heritage-listed this pretty city beckons this morning. Here you can choose between an afternoon of free time or a guided tour, during which you'll gaze upon such sights as the Old Town Hall and the Bamberg Cathedral. A visit to one of the historic taverns is perhaps the best place to get a taste for the local Bavarian culture where you'll find locals enjoying pretzels and steins of smoked ale. Later on this evening, your ship will reach the Main-Danube Canal. (B/L/D)
8
Nuremberg
The site of Hitler's now infamous Nuremberg rallies, held annually from 1927 to 1938, Nuremberg played a pivotal role for the Nazis during World War II. Learn about the city's Nazi era as you see such sights as the Zeppelin Field and the Palace of Justice. Nuremberg is also a great place to explore, as you wander the cobblestone streets discovering hidden boutiques and artisan stores. Finish your day cruising through the Main-Danube Canal, crossing Europe's Continental Divide (435 metres above sea level) thanks to the canal's 16 stair-step locks. (B/L/D)
9
Regensburg
Having reached the Danube River overnight, Regensburg awaits at the meeting point of the Danube and Regen rivers. Join the guided walking tour which tells of the medieval city's story through the ages. There are plenty of well preserved sights to see as Regensburg was lucky to escape most of the devastating bombings of World War II. See the ancient Stone Bridge, which gracefully arches across the water, as well as the Old Town Hall, the World Heritage-listed city centre and the Porta Pretoria - ancient gates to a Roman fort built in AD179. You will spend the entire day in this charming city, docked right in the heart of town, so another option is to organise a packed lunch and a bicycle and enjoy the freedom as you head out to explore the city or surrounding countryside on your own terms. Reboard your river ship for lunch, or perhaps grab something yourself at a local restaurant or cafe, then spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Enjoy an authentic Bavarian experience on board your river ship as you sample local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.
10
Passau
As you enjoy your breakfast this morning, arrive in the 'Three Rivers City' of Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Today you are spoilt for choice as you can choose to either take part in a morning walking tour, grab a bike and set out to explore, or join one of the optional Enhance Your Journey day trips. As you explore, stroll past the city's colourful buildings that line the riverbank. Discover Passau's Baroque character, owing to the fact it was rebuilt in the style after fires destroyed it in the 1600s. Alternatively, you have the option to travel to enjoy a fascinating day excursion to the city of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, home to more than 300 historical buildings. Another option is to travel to Salzburg and enjoy a tour of the sights from the classic musical movie 'The Sound of Music', including the famous Wedding Church. Those not undertaking day trips meet back on board for lunch, spending a relaxing afternoon cruising to Linz where the day trippers reboard. (B/L/D)
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Melk, Durnstein
Dock in Melk and join a local guide for a tour through magnificent Melk Abbey, an active Benedictine monastery since 1089 that sits majestically atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube River. It is then entirely up to you whether you want to catch the coach back down to the river, or take a stroll through the forest back to your ship, which departs shortly after lunch. Ensure you are on the Sun Deck or in the Lounge as you cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, one of the most beautiful and famous in Austria. Continue to Durnstein, where you have a free afternoon to explore at your own pace. The town is overlooked by the hilltop ruins of the castle where legendary King Richard the Lionheart was held captive after attempting to return to England through mainland Europe after being shipwrecked in the Adriatic at the conclusion of the Third Crusade. A walk through the cobbled streets leads to 16th-century town houses and taverns, while surrounding vineyards provide the opportunity to taste some of the local wine or the apricot schnapps this lovely little town is known for. (B/L/D)
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Vienna
Embrace the splendour of the former Habsburg empire in Vienna, a cultural utopia of music, art and food. Discover the sheer elegance of this opulent city as you drive around the Ringstrasse. Learn about some of the city's most famous buildings - the Vienna State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and more - as well as the rich classical music culture and history. Upon arriving in the city centre, join a walking tour for an insider's view of a number of landmarks, including St Stephen's Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. Perhaps stop and taste for yourself the cafe culture that influences this city so much. Perhaps this evening, enjoy a concert featuring some of the most famous compositions by Mozart and Strauss, through to music from the movie The Sound of Music. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Pay a visit to the famous Naschmarkt, the most popular and most luxurious food and produce market in Vienna. Browse the fresh produce stalls and sample some local delicacies, including delicious Kaiserschmarrn and Palatschinken.
13
Vienna
Today you decide on how to shape your experience in glorious Vienna. Perhaps visit the Hofburg area and the Imperial Treasury, brimming with bejewelled crowns and precious gems, as well as the Spanish Riding School. If you're feeling peckish, perhaps head to a cosy coffee house where you can try a traditional Sachertorte - a chocolate tart with a lush apricot filling. You'll be spoilt for choice in a city so rich in great cafes, impressive historical buildings and fabulous shopping opportunities, so be sure to ask your expert Cruise Director for any insider tips. Otherwise, embark on an optional excursion, perhaps visiting Schonbrunn Palace, to see what is one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture, or head to Bratislava to discover a soviet history that only ended in the 1980s. See communist buildings and monuments and learn about life in the soviet era before enjoying free time in Bratislava's Old Town. (B/L/D)
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Budapest
Today, enjoy views of one of the Danube's most enchanting riverside cities as you arrive into the heart of Hungary's capital. After breakfast, the history, beauty and charm of Budapest are illuminated as a local guide leads you through the city. See Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion and Heroes' Square. Learn about the turbulent history of the regal Buda Castle and take the chance to see the spectacular Hungarian Parliament Building, perched on the edge of the Danube River. After a Captain's Farewell Dinner, set off on a magical twilight cruise through the glittering heart of Budapest, passing under the Chain Bridge and past Parliament building, lit up and sparkling while Buda Castle and the Fisherman's Bastion shimmer in the distance. (B/L/D)
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Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest
After breakfast this morning bid your river ship and new found friends farewell as you disembark and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
1
Arrive Amsterdam, Embark Ship
Fly into Amsterdam today and transfer to your premium river ship. After settling in, perhaps grab a map and explore the canal-crossed streets lined with unique tall and narrow buildings that epitomise this carefree, cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a myriad of great shopping opportunities, stopping to see the traditional blue and white Delftware pottery and making sure to visit one of the many artisan cheese makers or chocolatiers found in the traditional tall houses that line the canal shores. You might like to visit the bustling Dam Square and Madame Tussauds to see this famous wax museum’s lifelike exhibits, or art lovers might want to explore the city’s thriving art scene, being sure to stop in at the Van Gogh Museum. Board your river ship, which remains docked overnight within easy strolling distance of the iconic sights. This evening meet your Cruise Director, Entertainment and Activities Coordinator and fellow passengers at a Captain’s Welcome Reception. Afterwards perhaps discover some of Amsterdam’s sights by night. Stay 14 Nights: aboard your premium Travelmarvel river ship (D)
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Amsterdam, Utrecht
Perhaps the best way to get to know Amsterdam is aboard a glass-top boat. Today, you’ll join a local guide who will regale you with stories of daily life as you glide through the city’s maze of waterways. Back on land, enjoy time in Museum Square and have your photo taken in front of the ‘I amsterdam’ sign at the Rijksmuseum. Later, travel by coach via Rembrandt’s Windmill to Utrecht, and join back up with your river ship. Your ship will set off along the Rhine as you prepare for tonight’s special Gala Dinner. (B/L/D)
3
Cologne, Brühl
As you cruise into the riverside city of Cologne, the sheer magnitude of the history of the region becomes apparent as your Cruise Director tells of how the twin spires of the famous cathedral, the Kölner Dom, took over six centuries to complete. Head to the Sun Deck as this magnificent architectural masterpiece comes into view and marvel at the tenacity of its craftsmen and builders. Disembark your ship in Cologne and take the short drive to Brühl. After your Insider Experience, return to Cologne and enjoy free time to discover over 2,000 years of history in the Old City. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Imagine what life would have been like in the times of archbishop-elector Clemens August on a visit to the World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle. On a tour of the 18th-century castle, learn enthralling stories of its infamous former resident and enjoy a walk through the perfectly landscaped parks and gardens surrounding the castle.
4
Rhine Gorge, Rüdesheim
Though the colours of the Rhine Gorge change according to the season, the steep slopes and vineyards are always a beautiful sight to behold. As are Lorelei Rock and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle which, contrary to their surrounds, have remained largely unchanged over the centuries. Dock in Rüdesheim, and board the Winzerexpress mini-train, bound for Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Admire delicate songbird boxes and curious musical dolls. Later, stroll back to your river ship, via alleys lined with shops and cafes, perhaps stopping for a decadent Rüdesheimer coffee along the way. (B/L/D)
5
Miltenberg
Today, you are welcomed to the Main River, known as “the snake” because of its meandering path through Germany. Although the Main is one of the longest rivers in Germany it is somewhat sleepier than the Rhine. With its banks spotted with quaint and colourful villages, this section of your cruise is sure to yield plenty of picture-perfect moments. Disembark your river ship and explore the evocative town of Miltenberg, seemingly stuck in time, with many of its half-timbered buildings dating from the 15th to 18th century. Later this evening, enjoy a superb dinner on board before settling in to the lounge to watch the glittering lights of medieval towns and villages glide past as you cruise through the night. Witness a feat of engineering as you pass through a handful of the canal’s 34 locks. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Get a rare glimpse into local life as you are welcomed into the home of a friendly Miltenberg family. Enjoy coffee and cake made fresh for you by your gracious hosts, who are eager to share with you stories of their town’s history and way of life.
6
Würzburg
After an early breakfast, board a coach and travel through the green rolling hills and rich vineyards which sit on the fringe of the pretty town of Würzburg. The architectural beauty that defines Würzburg is on show today as you admire its magnificent baroque palace. A walk through the Court Garden is a delight, with its terraced gardens and water basin encircled by stunning yew trees. After lunch, you might like to enhance your journey even further with an excursion to medieval Rothenburg. On arrival embark on a walking tour and discover the magical Christmas museum and shop, as well as narrow cobblestone streets and alleys, overlooked by imposing towers and ramparts. With all guests back on board this evening, sit down to dinner with your fellow travellers as your ship cruises towards the Bavarian town of Bamberg. (B/L/D)
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Bamberg
Spend a leisurely morning cruising along the last stretch of the Main River before arriving at Bamberg. One of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, this pretty World Heritage-listed city beckons this morning. Enjoy a guided tour, during which you’ll gaze upon such sights as the Old Town Hall and the Bamberg Cathedral, followed by some free time to explore. A visit to one of the historic taverns is perhaps the best place to get a taste for the local Bavarian culture where you’ll find locals enjoying pretzels and steins of smoked ale. Later on this evening, your ship will reach the Main-Danube Canal. (B/L/D)
8
Nuremberg
The site of Hitler’s now infamous Nuremberg rallies, held annually from 1927 to 1938, Nuremberg played a pivotal role for the Nazis during World War II. Learn about the city’s Nazi era as you see such sights as the Zeppelin Field and the Palace of Justice. You will find that Nuremberg is also a great place to explore, as you wander the cobblestone streets discovering hidden boutiques and artisan stores that surround the town square. Finish your day cruising through the Main-Danube Canal, crossing Europe’s Continental Divide - 435 metres above sea level) thanks to the canal’s 16 stair-step locks. (B/L/D)
9
Regensburg
Having reached the Danube River overnight, Regensburg awaits at the meeting point of the Danube and Regen rivers. Join the guided walking tour which highlights the medieval city’s story through the ages. There are plenty of well-preserved sights to see as Regensburg was lucky to escape most of the devastating bombings of World War II. See the ancient Stone Bridge, which gracefully arches across the water, as well as the Old Town Hall, the World Heritage-listed city centre and the Porta Pretoria - ancient gates to a Roman fort built in AD179. You will spend the entire day in this charming city docked right in the heart of town, so another option is to organise a packed lunch and a bicycle and enjoy the freedom as you head out to explore the city or surrounding countryside on your own terms. Re-board your river ship for lunch, or perhaps grab something yourself at a local restaurant or cafe, then spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: This evening, enjoy an authentic Bavarian experience on board as you sample local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.
10
Passau
As you enjoy your breakfast this morning on board your river ship, you’ll arrive in the ‘Three Rivers City’ of Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Today you are spoilt for choice. Perhaps take part in a morning walking tour. As you explore, stroll past the city’s colourful buildings that line the riverbank. Discover Passau’s baroque character, owing to the fact it was rebuilt in the style after fires destroyed it in the 1600s. Alternatively, you can use your ship’s onboard bicycles to explore on your own terms. Or you may like to join one of the two optional Enhance Your Journey day trips available. On one, you’ll enjoy a fascinating day excursion to the city of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, home to more than 300 historical buildings. The other option is to travel to Salzburg and enjoy a tour of the sights from the classic movie ‘The Sound of Music’, including the famous Wedding Church. Those not undertaking day trips will meet back on board for lunch and spending a relaxing afternoon cruising. (B/L/D)
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Melk, Dürnstein
Dock in Melk and join a local guide for a tour through Melk Abbey. Sitting majestically atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube, Melk Abbey has been an active Benedictine monastery since 1089. It is then up to you whether you want to catch the coach back down to the river, or stroll through the forest back to your ship, which departs shortly after lunch. Ensure you are on the Sun Deck or in the Lounge as you cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, one of the most beautiful and famous in Austria. Continue to the town of Dürnstein, overlooked by castle ruins perched dramatically on a hilltop. It was here that King Richard the Lionheart was held captive when he was caught trying to return to England through mainland Europe after being shipwrecked in the Adriatic at the end of the Third Crusade. Here you have a free afternoon to explore at your own pace. A walk through the cobbled streets would lead to 16th-century town houses and taverns, while surrounding vineyards provide the opportunity to taste some of the local wine or the apricot schnapps for which this lovely little town is known. (B/L/D)
12
Vienna
Embrace the splendour of the former Habsburg empire in Vienna, a cultural utopia of music, art and food. Discover the sheer elegance of this opulent city as you drive around the Ringstrasse. Learn about some of the city’s most famous buildings - the Vienna State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and more - as well as the city’s rich classical music culture and history. Upon arriving in the city centre, join a walking tour for an insider’s view of a number of landmarks, including St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. Perhaps stop and taste for yourself the cafe culture that influences this city so much. This evening you might choose to attend a wonderful concert featuring a range of different music through the ages, including some compositions by Mozart and Strauss as well as music from the movie ‘The Sound of Music. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Pay a visit to the Naschmarkt, the most popular food and produce market in Vienna. Browse the fresh produce stalls and sample some local delicacies, including delicious Kaiserschmarrn and Palatschinken.
13
Vienna
With a day at leisure today, you decide on how to shape your experience in Vienna. Perhaps visit the Spanish Riding School, or head to the Hofburg area and the Imperial Treasury, brimming with crowns and precious gems. If you’re feeling peckish, perhaps head to a cosy coffee house where you can try a traditional Sachertorte - a chocolate tart with a lush apricot filling. You’ll be spoilt for choice in a city so rich in great cafes, impressive historical buildings and fabulous shopping opportunities, so be sure to ask your expert Cruise Director for any insider tips. Otherwise, embark on an optional excursion. Perhaps visit Schönbrunn Palace, to see one of Austria’s finest examples of baroque architecture. Or cross the border into Slovakia for a tour of Bratislava, discovering a soviet history that only ended in the 1980s. See communist buildings and monuments and learn about life in the soviet era before enjoying free time in Bratislava’s Old Town. (B/L/D)
14
Budapest
Today, enjoy views of one of the Danube’s most enchanting riverside cities as you arrive into the heart of Hungary’s capital. After breakfast, the history, beauty and charm of Budapest are highlighted as a local guide leads you through the city. See Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square. Learn about the turbulent history of the regal Buda Castle and take the chance to see the spectacular Hungarian Parliament Building, perched on the edge of the Danube River. For those that wish, there’s an opportunity this afternoon to visit the unique Hospital in the Rock. After a Captain’s Farewell Dinner, set off on a twilight cruise back along the Danube through the glittering heart of Budapest. Pass under the Chain Bridge and glide by the sparkling Hungarian Parliament Building, with Buda Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion lit up in the distance. (B/L/D)
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Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest
After breakfast, disembark your river ship and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
Travelmarvel Inclusions
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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Explore World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and the legendary Falkenlust hunting lodge in Bruhl
  • Immerse yourself in Miltenberg culture as you're invited into the home of a local family for coffee and cake
  • Enjoy a festive night of Bavarian beer, food and folk dancing
  • Sample local delicacies on a tour of the Vienna Naschmarkt
  • Criss-cross Amsterdam on an unforgettable canal cruise
  • Cruise the magnificent Rhine Gorge and Wachau Valley
  • Explore the historic towns of Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Rudesheim and Regensburg
  • Take a guided tour through magnificent Melk Abbey
  • See the stunning city lights of Budapest come to life on an unforgettable twilight cruise
River Cruise Inclusions
  • 14 nights cruising on a premium Travelmarvel river ship
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director, and local guides
  • Explore up to 18 towns, villages and cities
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping
Included Meals
  • Includes 41 fine meals - 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
  • Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, plus soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • All prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
  • December itinerary may vary
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Prices are for cruise only. Flights not included
Journey Highlights
  • Explore World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and the legendary Falkenlust hunting lodge in Bruhl
  • Immerse yourself in Miltenberg culture as you're invited into the home of a local family for coffee and cake
  • Enjoy a festive night of Bavarian beer, food and folk dancing
  • Sample local delicacies on a tour of the Vienna Naschmarkt
  • Criss-cross Amsterdam on an unforgettable canal cruise
  • Cruise the magnificent Rhine Gorge and Wachau Valley
  • Explore the historic towns of Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Rudesheim and Regensburg
  • Take a guided tour through magnificent Melk Abbey
  • See the stunning city lights of Budapest come to life on an unforgettable twilight cruise
River Cruise Inclusions
  • 14 nights cruising on a premium Travelmarvel river ship
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director, an Entertainment & Activities Coordinator and local guides
  • Explore up to 15 towns, villages and cities
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping
Included Meals
  • 41 fine meals - 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
  • Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, plus soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Alternative sightseeing will be provided in the event that castles in Brühl are closed
  • Christmas departure, itinerary will vary
  • Prices are for cruise only. Flights not included
Reviews (23)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on European Gems - Amsterdam to Budapest with Travelmarvel.
VIC, Australia
Sep 2018
1 Trip
“Great Cruise - Very Low Water Level”
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This cruise takes you through some wonderful parts of Europe. The scenery is fantastic. Our Cruise Director Kay (KY) was magnificent and thought of everything - even little snacks and gifts along the way. We had to swap ships half way through the cruise because the water levels are very, very low. Only missed 1 or 2 stops and other activities were substituted. Travelmarvel thinks of everything and has excursions for all levels of 'seniors'. Although, not suitable for those in wheelchairs.

The 2 ships we cruised on were 'sister' ships but their crews were vastly different. The Captain of the Travelmarvel Diamond is hands on. Always there to greet you back on the ship or help in any way he can. He calls his crew his 'children'. They are all one big happy family. Totally opposite on Travelmarvel Jewel. The Captain drives the boat. Wouldn't recognise him if he sat next to me at dinner. His staff were efficient but not as friendly or happy in their job. Leading from the top makes a great difference. All in all, I will definitely travel with Travelmarvel again and use Global Journeys to do my bookings. Thank you.
NSW, Australia
Jul 2018
5 Helpful Votes
“Cruise Amsterdam to Budapest Travel Marvel”
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Very happy with Global Journeys and with Travelmarvel! Very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended. Our highlight was the Rhine Gorge. Not ideal having to do a boat swap from Travelmarvel Diamond to Travelmarvel Jewel halfway along because of low water levels in the Danube. However the ~ 2 hour bus trip from Nuremberg to just south of Passau to join the new boat was pleasant and the only place we missed seeing was Regensburg.

During our cruise the Danube also became closed for river ships between Bratislava and Budapest so the cruise itself ended in Bratislava. We coached from Bratislava to Budapest for the day (three hours each way) to do the tour of Budapest then had the trip from Bratislava back to Budapest the following day to end the tour. All cruise companies faced the same problems and our cruise director handled the disruptions (clearly beyond his control) and rearrangements well. Weather very hot and dry ( 30-40 everyday) but after all it was July and mid summer!

Only negative comment relates to failure of the air conditioning on Travelmarvel Diamond for the first 48 hours of the cruise. Temperature in high 30s and no fans were available. Faulty unit extremely noisy in our cabin located next to the unit at the back of the boat. Difficult to sleep. Air Conditioner repaired and noise problem disappeared but unit never functioned really efficiently. If this conditioner is not designed for consistent 30-40 degree heat then should be replaced given global warming appears a reality. Air conditioning fine on Travelmarvel Jewel.
ACT, Australia
Jul 2018
2 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Lovely River Cruise”
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A very enjoyable river cruise with excellent local guides. Global Journeys had a first rate internet site (easy to navigate with comprehensive information which was presented in a very user friendly manner) all of which was backed up by prompt and excellent service from Yvonne Brooks.
NSW, Australia
Jun 2018
8 Helpful Votes
“European Gems - Amsterdam to Budapest”
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Even though we only did most of the included excursions it was still fairly full on with something to see every day. The highlights of the trip for us was cruising the rivers admiring the castles and small towns along the way and to have a room with a view where you could relax on your bed and watch the countryside glide by if you desired. The icing on the cake was the night cruise along the river in Budapest seeing the bridges and buildings lit up with lights along with music amplified up on the Sun Deck. It was spectacular.

Our Cruise Director Mr Roland Noordermeer was exceptional with his knowledge of the river and the various points of interest along the way along with history and politics of Europe. There was abundant amounts of beer wine and soft drinks at meal times. When booking a room, I would suggest a room from the middle of the ship toward the rear is the best location as there are less people passing your door.
TAS, Australia
Jun 2018
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“Good first time experience”
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We are experienced ocean cruisers but this was our first-ever river cruise, on the Travelmarvel Diamond. We had an excellent Cruise Director who kept us very busy. It was less relaxing than an ocean cruise.
Travelmarvel
Travelmarvel Reviews: (236)
Tours on Sale: 173
Tour Accommodation: 4 Star
Tour Average Age: 45-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & River Cruises
Budget: Premium & Affordable
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, New Zealand, South & Central America, USA
Deck Plans
Category E
Twin Window
Category D
Twin Window
Category C
French Balcony
Category B
French Balcony
Category A
French Balcony
Category A+
French Balcony
Owners Suite
French Balcony
Moselle Deck
Danube Deck
Rhine Deck
Sun Deck
Cabin Types
Category E & D Twin Window Stateroom
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Category E & D (Window Stateroom)

  • 172 sq ft - 16 sqm
  • Ensuite with a shower, air-conditioning, a hair-dryer, a safe and flatscreen HD TV
  • Each room has windows that offer stunning views
  • Seating area with a chair and small desk
Category C, B, A & A+ Balcony Stateroom
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Category C, B, A & A+ (Balcony Stateroom)

  • 172 sq ft - 16 sqm
  • Ensuite with a shower, air-conditioning, a hair-dryer, a safe and flatscreen HD TV
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to the balcony
  • Seating area with a chair and small desk
Category OS Owner's Suite
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Owner's Suite

  • 258 sq ft - 24 sqm
  • Ensuite with a shower, air-conditioning, a hair-dryer, a safe and flatscreen HD TV
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to the balcony and windows that offer stunning views
  • Seating area with two chairs, table and small desk
Deck Plans
Category E
Twin Window
Category D
Twin Window
Category C
French Balcony
Category B
French Balcony
Category A
French Balcony
Category A+
French Balcony
Owners Suite
French Balcony
Moselle Deck
Danube Deck
Rhine Deck
Sun Deck
Cabin Types
Category E & D Twin Window Stateroom
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Category E & D (Window Stateroom)

  • 172 sq ft - 16 sqm
  • Ensuite with a shower, air-conditioning, a hair-dryer, a safe and flatscreen HD TV
  • Each room has windows that offer stunning views
  • Seating area with a chair and small desk
Category C, B, A & A+ Balcony Stateroom
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Category C, B, A & A+ (Balcony Stateroom)

  • 172 sq ft - 16 sqm
  • Ensuite with a shower, air-conditioning, a hair-dryer, a safe and flatscreen HD TV
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to the balcony
  • Seating area with a chair and small desk
Category OS Owner's Suite
View Cabin   View Cabin  

Owner's Suite

  • 258 sq ft - 24 sqm
  • Ensuite with a shower, air-conditioning, a hair-dryer, a safe and flatscreen HD TV
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to the balcony and windows that offer stunning views
  • Seating area with two chairs, table and small desk
Prices & Dates
Travelmarvel Superdeal Savings!
We will add all applicable Travelmarvel Superdeals to your quote in addition to our exclusive savings below. Travelmarvel Superdeals can include Fly Free Offers, 2 for 1 Airfares, Air Credits, No Solo Supplement, Business Class Offers & Additional Savings. SuperDeals apply to selected trips, departures & cabin types and expire this month or until sold out. Superdeals are limited on each departure. First come first served. T&C's apply.
Traveller Club
All past Travelmarvel passengers receive exclusive services and benefits including credits, travel gear, free transfers & complimentary nights. Read more here.
Past Client Loyalty Saving
Have you booked a trip with Global Journeys previously? Thanks! Save an additional $50 per person (up to $100 per booking) off the trip of your choice (over 6 days in length). This saving is open for a period of 4 years from the date of last booking you made with Global Journeys.
Trip Starts Trip Ends Ship Retail Offer Save Our Price  
Sunday
28 Oct 2018
Sunday
11 Nov 2018
Travelmarvel Diamond

5,395

per person

180

per person

5,215

per person

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Monday
29 Oct 2018
Monday
12 Nov 2018
Travelmarvel Diamond

5,395

per person

180

per person

5,215

per person

Sold Out
Monday
15 Apr 2019
Monday
29 Apr 2019
Travelmarvel Jewel

6,995

per person

240

per person

6,755

per person

Sold Out
Monday
29 Apr 2019
Monday
13 May 2019
Travelmarvel Diamond

7,495

per person

260

per person

7,235

per person

Sold Out
Friday
10 May 2019
Friday
24 May 2019
Travelmarvel Sapphire

7,495

per person

260

per person

7,235

per person

Enquire
Monday
13 May 2019
Monday
27 May 2019
Travelmarvel Jewel

7,495

per person

260

per person

7,235

per person

Enquire
Monday
27 May 2019
Monday
10 Jun 2019
Travelmarvel Diamond

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Friday
07 Jun 2019
Friday
21 Jun 2019
Travelmarvel Sapphire

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Monday
10 Jun 2019
Monday
24 Jun 2019
Travelmarvel Jewel

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Monday
24 Jun 2019
Monday
08 Jul 2019
Travelmarvel Diamond

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Friday
05 Jul 2019
Friday
19 Jul 2019
Travelmarvel Sapphire

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Monday
08 Jul 2019
Monday
22 Jul 2019
Travelmarvel Jewel

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Monday
22 Jul 2019
Monday
05 Aug 2019
Travelmarvel Diamond

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Friday
02 Aug 2019
Friday
16 Aug 2019
Travelmarvel Sapphire

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Monday
05 Aug 2019
Monday
19 Aug 2019
Travelmarvel Jewel

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Monday
19 Aug 2019
Monday
02 Sep 2019
Travelmarvel Diamond

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Friday
30 Aug 2019
Friday
13 Sep 2019
Travelmarvel Sapphire

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Monday
02 Sep 2019
Monday
16 Sep 2019
Travelmarvel Jewel

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Monday
16 Sep 2019
Monday
30 Sep 2019
Travelmarvel Diamond

7,695

per person

268

per person

7,427

per person

Enquire
Friday
27 Sep 2019
Friday
11 Oct 2019
Travelmarvel Sapphire

7,395

per person

256

per person

7,139

per person

Enquire
Monday
30 Sep 2019
Monday
14 Oct 2019
Travelmarvel Jewel

7,395

per person

256

per person

7,139

per person

Enquire
Sunday
13 Oct 2019
Sunday
27 Oct 2019
Travelmarvel Diamond

6,595

per person

224

per person

6,371

per person

Enquire
Monday
14 Oct 2019
Monday
28 Oct 2019
Travelmarvel Diamond

6,595

per person

224

per person

6,371

per person

Enquire
Monday
28 Oct 2019
Monday
11 Nov 2019
Travelmarvel Jewel

5,895

per person

196

per person

5,699

per person

Enquire
Monday
02 Dec 2019
Monday
16 Dec 2019
Travelmarvel Sapphire

5,895

per person

196

per person

5,699

per person

Enquire
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Key
Exclusive Global Journeys Savings PLUS additional Travelmarvel offers available on these departures, including Fly Offers, Air Credits or Additional Savings.
Note: Your Global Journeys consultant will check the availability of your departure date when you enquire. Additional savings may apply. We guarantee the lowest price in Australia. T&C’s apply.
Cabin Upgrades
Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.
Travelmarvel Diamond
Category E  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Category D $ 395
Category C $ 1,695
Category B $ 1,895
Category A $ 2,095
Category A+ $ 2,295
Owners Suite $ 2,895
Travelmarvel Diamond
Category E  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Category D $ 395
Category C $ 1,795
Category B $ 1,995
Category A $ 2,195
Category A+ $ 2,395
Owners Suite $ 2,995
Travelmarvel Jewel
Category E  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Category D $ 395
Category C $ 1,795
Category B $ 1,995
Category A $ 2,195
Category A+ $ 2,395
Owners Suite $ 2,995
Travelmarvel Sapphire
Category E  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Category D $ 395
Category C $ 1,795
Category B $ 1,995
Category A $ 2,195
Category A+ $ 2,395
Owners Suite $ 2,995

Note: Upgrade prices shown are per person. Your Global Journeys Cruise Consultant will confirm and include the upgrade price in your quote.
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Tour Notes
Trip prices are per person, and reflect applicable discounts. Discounts are subject to availability, exclusive to Global Journeys and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change by Travelmarvel. Full terms & conditions are available here.

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