Magnificent Rivers of Europe

16 Day River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam with Avalon

Read 61 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Avalon's 16 Day Magnificent Rivers of Europe. From Budapest to Amsterdam, 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. more

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Countries Explored:
Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Holland
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1 Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding 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)
2 Budapest
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host. Classic - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square. This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savor a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafes. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (B/L/D)
3 Bratislava, Slovakia
Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture Classic - Join a Guided Walking 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: Discovery - 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)
4 Vienna, Austria
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and the Waltz 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 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. Later, consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B/L/D)
5 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 the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ of Melk's Benedictine Abbey. Discovery - Later, enjoy a Wine Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B/L/D)
6 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, 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B/L/D)
7 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 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 Roth. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B/L/D)
8 Roth. Excursion To Nuremberg
Living Heritage and History Lessons 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. 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)
9 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. Discovery - Attend an onboard lecture to learn about European history and culture. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VOLKACH (B/L/D)
10 Volkach
Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town Classic - Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half - timbered houses and cobblestoned streets. 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. Alternatively, enjoy a relaxing afternoon while cruising to Kitzingen. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KITZINGEN (B/L/D)
11 Wurzburg
A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road 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. This afternoon enjoy a leisurely sailing afternoon. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B/L/D)
12 Main River Village
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of the Main River Village Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities. Classic - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment as you cruise to Rudesheim. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B/L/D)
13 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; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR; Active - Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rudesheim. 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. AFTERNOON CRUISE TO ENGERS (B/L/D)
14 Cologne
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. 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)
15 Amsterdam, Holland
Colorful Canals of Amsterdam Classic - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." In the afternoon you may join an Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties. Or choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside. You might also consider a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Spend free time on your own to explore the colourful cafes, galleries, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B/L/D)
16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Reviews (61)

16 Day Magnificent Rivers of Europe reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“Best river cruise”
- NSW, Australia Aug 2019 2 Helpful Votes

Best cruise I have been on. The staff were excellent, friendly and always helpful.The ship was great - rooms were much better than a large ocean cruise ship room. We all enjoyed the whole cruise and would have no hesitation in doing another trip with them.

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“Our ship was a joy to be on”
- NSW, Australia Jun 2019 4 Helpful Votes View Photo

We had high expectations as several of our friends had done this and similar cruises and to our delight it lived up to the expectations. Our ship the Avalon Tranquility II was a joy to be on, staterooms were great as was the crew, food and entertainment. The days were filled with exciting new places to see and explore. We would happily return to do another cruise on a different waterway with Avalon. People at Global Journeys were great to deal with, very professional and kept us informed more

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“River cruise delight”
- VIC, Australia May 2019 7 Helpful Votes

We are extremely happy to leave some feedback about our recent Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. The program was first class as was every aspect of the service. Great, knowledgeable and very friendly staff. They went well beyond what we'd expect to make the journey so special. Our cruise director was brilliant and so entertaining.
Avalon made sure every little detail was addressed and this was confirmed when we discussed issues with travellers who more

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“Fabulous holiday”
- New Zealand Sep 2018 12 Helpful Votes

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, more

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“Big Disappointment ”
- NSW, Australia Jul 2018 17 Helpful Votes

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 more

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Cabin Types

Category E & D Stateroom
Category E & D Stateroom  Category E & D Stateroom  Category E & D Stateroom Layout  

  • 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

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Thursday 27 May 2021 Friday 11 Jun 2021 11,007 per person 1,219 per person 9,788 per person Enquire
Friday 11 Jun 2021 Saturday 26 Jun 2021 11,007 per person 1,219 per person 9,788 per person Enquire
Friday 25 Jun 2021 Saturday 10 Jul 2021 11,007 per person 1,219 per person 9,788 per person Enquire
Sunday 01 Aug 2021 Monday 16 Aug 2021 10,611 per person 1,203 per person 9,408 per person Enquire
Thursday 05 Aug 2021 Friday 20 Aug 2021 10,611 per person 1,203 per person 9,408 per person Enquire
Monday 06 Sep 2021 Tuesday 21 Sep 2021 11,139 per person 1,224 per person 9,915 per person Enquire
Tuesday 05 Oct 2021 Wednesday 20 Oct 2021 10,611 per person 1,203 per person 9,408 per person Enquire
Thursday 27 May 2021 Friday 11 Jun 2021 16,507 per person 1,439 solo traveller 15,068 solo traveller Enquire
Friday 11 Jun 2021 Saturday 26 Jun 2021 16,507 per person 1,439 solo traveller 15,068 solo traveller Enquire
Friday 25 Jun 2021 Saturday 10 Jul 2021 16,507 per person 1,439 solo traveller 15,068 solo traveller Enquire
Sunday 01 Aug 2021 Monday 16 Aug 2021 15,894 per person 1,415 solo traveller 14,479 solo traveller Enquire
Thursday 05 Aug 2021 Friday 20 Aug 2021 15,894 per person 1,415 solo traveller 14,479 solo traveller Enquire
Monday 06 Sep 2021 Tuesday 21 Sep 2021 16,712 per person 1,447 solo traveller 15,265 solo traveller Enquire
Tuesday 05 Oct 2021 Wednesday 20 Oct 2021 15,894 per person 1,415 solo traveller 14,479 solo traveller Enquire
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Cabin Upgrades

Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.

Category E  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Category D From $ 534
Category B From $ 3,320
Category A From $ 3,427
Category P From $ 3,641
Category S From $ 6,641

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