Magnificent Europe

  Avg. Trip Rating 4.8 Based on 78 Reviews. No Booking FeesDedicated Consultant
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 Trip Length
15 Days
 Trip Starts
Amsterdam
 Trip Finishes
Budapest
15 Day Magnificent Europe Itinerary (Avalon)
Countries Explored: Holland Germany Austria Hungary
Trip Operator:
Budget
Premium
Ship Type
River Ship
Trip Code
WAB

Overview

Read 78 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Avalon's 15 Day Magnificent Europe. From Amsterdam to Budapest, and in 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 vacation. Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital - both historical and modern. This colorful city is loved for its vibrant mix of sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten....read more On to Germany for a guided city walk in Cologne - the stunning 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, offering the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim.

Enjoy guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Volkach, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and sail the Main Danube Canal which connects the Main and Danube Rivers. Your first stop in Austria is the lovely town of Melk. Visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Your local experts will also introduce you to two capital cities: Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss; and lively Budapest, Hungary, with its unique energy and countless must-see sites. This truly is a magnificent European river cruise to remember!

Itinerary

Welcome to Holland. Your Avalon Waterways 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)

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam. This afternoon choose among the guided Optional Excursions available.

  • Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age."

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B/L/D)

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland. Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities. 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.

  • Active: Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR:
  • Discovery: Join a guided walking tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites, OR;
  • Classic: Take a guided city walk of Cologne-explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B/L/D)

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. This morning cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of the Lorelei. Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

  • Active: Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:
  • Discovery: Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B/L/D)

Beauty on the Main River. Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.

  • Classic: Join a guided walking tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B/L/D)

A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road. Enjoy the city on your own or visit a local winery.

  • Classic: Take a guided sightseeing tour of Wurzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residenz-with the largest known ceiling fresco.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WURZBURG (B/L/D)

Storybook Settings. You may choose to join a guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Sail to Volkach and get ready for your afternoon activity.

  • Active: Bike along the Main Danube Canal with your Adventure Host, OR:
  • Classic: Join a walking tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B/L/D)

The City of Seven Hills. Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. Later, enjoy live entertainment performance while sailing this evening.

  • Active: Your bike is ready! Hop on and bike along the canals in Bamberg with your Adventure Host, OR:
  • 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.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B/L/D)

Legends and History Lessons. Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host.

  • Active: Explore Roth's Lauter valley with your Adventure Host, OR:
  • 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: 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)

Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. You may choose to join a guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Alternatively, spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

  • Active: Explore Walhalla by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
  • 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B/L/D)

Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. 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. Alternatively, cruise to the lovely town of Linz. This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

  • Classic: Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers."

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B/L/D)

Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below. Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to wonderful Vienna this afternoon. Consider joining a guided Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening.

  • Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a morning hike through Melk's beautiful countryside, OR:
  • Classic: Take a guided tour of the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ of Melk's Benedictine Abbey.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B/L/D)

Royal Collections and Amusing Attractions. Join a guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-summer home of the Habsburg family or choose a guided Optional Excursion to fascinating Bratislava. Consider a tram ride to Vienna's Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Later, enjoy live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

  • Active: Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
  • Classic: Explore 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 iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B/L/D)

The Pearl of the Danube. This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or enjoy Budapest on your own. Indulge in a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafes. Consider a scenic hike above the Danube.

  • Active: Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host, OR:
  • Classic: Enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour of Budapest, including the iconic Heroes' Square.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B/L/D)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Avalon Suite Ships
Avalon Suite Ships

Float along Europe's most famous waterways in relaxed luxury aboard one of Avalon's award-winning Suite Ships. Read more

Our Vision. Your View.
Our Vision. Your View.

With the only Open-Air Balconies in river cruising, experience Europe with a view like no other in a Panorama Suite. Read more

Exclusive Meets Inclusive
Exclusive Meets Inclusive

Avalon features all the right inclusions which compliment your luxurious rivercruise experience. Read more

You First
You First

Avalon's attentive staff aboard each vessel will make you feel right at home. You'll be taken care of every step of the way. Read more

Avalon Choice
Avalon Choice

Personalise your cruise to make it your own with Avalon Choice. Select whichever included excursions interest you the most. Read more

From View to Table
From View to Table

Savour regional cuisine and familiar favourites using the freshest local ingredients throughout your river cruise. Read more

Trip Reviews (78) View All Most Recent 'Magnificent Europe' Reviews

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Great river cruise - Amsterdam to Budapest with Avalon 1 , NSW, Australia, Jul 2022
We went on this river cruise last month and it was amazing. We had previously booked a shorter Basel-Amsterdam cruise with Hannah for May 2020, but alas it was cancelled along with everyone else's! She was so helpful at that time we decided to re-book this longer cruise with her as well, now that covid restrictions had eased. Although we had to have ...read more some itinerary variations and a ship change due low river levels, the whole trip didn’t disappoint.

Avalon were fantastic in the circumstances, especially due to the hard work of our awesome Cruise Director Tony Jenkins. He showed such care and concern for the guests and even danced and sang in Welsh for us! A true treasure. Seeing the castles along the Rhine Gorge and our tours of Rudesheim, Rothenburg and Regensburg were highlights for us. We have done a lot of ocean cruises, but this was our first river cruise. After this experience it won't be our last!
Travel Alive again   0 , VIC, Australia, May 2022
We recently completed a wonderful Amsterdam to Budapest cruise with Avalon along the Rhine, Maine and Danube rivers. Like many, this trip had been deferred, with credit, for two or more years. We soon began to realise how much we were again enjoying our experience of travel. A sense of normality returned and we gained a renewed love of such scenic and ...read more historic beauty as the castles along the Rhine and later in the Wachau Valley on the Danube.

The cities in Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary were alive and well with tourists beginning to return in numbers. A bubble of joy and happiness radiated on the faces of travellers and locals from the various cultures seemed delighted to welcome us to their environs. Covid precautions were sensibly in place but did not hamper the joie-de-vivre in our hearts. It felt so good to be ‘travel-alive‘ again.
Wonderful River Cruise with Avalon Cruises   1 , WA, Australia, Sep 2019
Everything was taken care of during our Magnificent Europe Cruise! The food was superb as was the wine and service. There was always plenty of tours and the cruise director kept all passengers well informed. Our only disappointment was the lack of water in the Danube due to the long hot summer. So we were forced to continue by bus!! However Avalon set ...read more us all up in a fabulous hotel in Vienna!
The only way to travel! 7 , NSW, Australia, Aug 2019
This was our second river cruise with Avalon and was just amazing. A 5 star floating hotel through the best parts of Europe! Incredible staff, who have the attitude of 'nothing is a problem' and do anything & everything to make your holiday the best. The food is amazing and be prepared to come off weighing more than when you started your cruise. The ...read more array/selection at every meal is extremely good, as is the selection of wines, beers etc. Our room was very comfortable and always serviced twice a day! Beautiful amenities are provided and all linen is very nice. Each town that we stopped in was incredible, as were the activities and extra options. We also had great entertainment on board too!

We were lucky enough to have Hannah Campbell help us again with our bookings and can’t thank her enough for the great and very professional job she did of organising our trip. Also the price of the trip, compared to other travel agencies, was very good. Highly recommend Global Journeys for all types of travel! Many thanks Hannah, you made our booking so easy and always kept us very well informed! Great job!
Excellent cruise 5 , VIC, Australia, Jul 2019
Excellent tour. Highly recommended. Great scenery. Great excursions. Great food, wine and entertainment. Excellent cruise director, cabin staff and waiters.
Fantastic Holiday   7 , QLD, Australia, Sep 2018
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.
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  • 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
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  • In-room safe, writing Desk/Vanity & direct-dial telephone
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  • Wall-to-wall Panoramic Window measuring 11'- 50% larger than industry standard (200 sq ft)
  • Wall-to-wall Panoramic Window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air-Balcony
  • Open-Air-Balcony with spacious sitting area
  • 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
  • Wall-to-wall Panoramic Window measuring 11'- 50% larger than industry standard (300 sq ft)
  • Wall-to-wall Panoramic Window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air-Balcony
  • Open-Air-Balcony with spacious sitting area
  • 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

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