Avalon River Cruise Magnificent Rivers of Europe – Save up to $8,000 per couple

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$8,827

Duration

16 days

Deal Type

Tour

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Save up to $8,000 per couple and earn up to 22,798 Qantas Frequent Flyer points when you travel from Budapest to Amsterdam on this Avalon river cruise.  With many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless European river cruise holiday.

Across 16 days you will cover 5 countries, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands with a number of must-see sites in each city. Travelling on a  state-of-the-art, luxurious river cruise vessel from Avalon Waterways with modern services and amenities, this river cruise allows complete relaxation. 

Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine on this Avalon river cruise, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile venues for eating. With a fitness centre, wall-to-wall panoramic windows and an outside viewing deck, along with a range of suites to pick from, simply sit back and relax while you take in the European landscape.

Be immersed in the culture of Central Europe with Avalon river cruise

Be immersed in the culture of Central Europe with Avalon Waterways

Included Items

  • 15 Breakfasts
  • 14 Lunches
  • 15 Dinners
  • Transport: State-of-the-art, luxurious river cruise vessels with modern services and amenities
  • Signature Suite Ships℠ with spacious deluxe accommodations including Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
  • Gourmet cuisine with all meals onboard, including regional wine & beer with lunch & dinner
  • Choice of included daily onshore excursions, from immersive experiences to active adventures to sightseeing with Local Guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship (where available)
  • Professional Cruise Director and friendly staff (English speaking) who deliver renowned onboard service and relaxed luxury
  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate and premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

Tour Company

Avalon Waterways

Tour Location

Europe

Deal Type

Tour

Map

Magnificent Rivers Of Europe Map

More Information

Cruise Itinerary days 1-8 +

DAY 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.

Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 2 –  BUDAPEST

The Pearl of the Danube Visit the Adventure centre for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. ACTIVE – Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC – Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. This afternoon choose among the Optional Guided Excursions available 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. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 –  BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture ACTIVE – Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle, OR: 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. 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 –  VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Royal Collections and Amusing Attractions 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. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-summer home of the Habsburg empire. Consider a tram ride to Vienna’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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 –  DURNSTEIN-WACHAU VALLEY

A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins 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, OR: 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. 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: Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below ACTIVE – Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a 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. DISCOVERY – Later, enjoy a Wine Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 –  PASSAU, GERMANY

Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 –  REGENSBURG

Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle 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. 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 –  ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG

Legends 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise Itinerary days 9-16 +

DAY 9 –  BAMBERG

The City of Seven Hills. 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. DISCOVERY – Attend an onboard lecture to learn about European history and culture. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VOLKACH.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 –  VOLKACH

Storybook Settings 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. 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 – WURZBURG

A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road. ACTIVE – Enjoy an easy bike ride along the river with your Adventure Host, OR: 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 MILTENBERG.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 – MILTENBERG

Beauty on the Main River 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 – RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country ACTIVE – Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rudesheim, 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. 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. DISCOVERY – Enjoy a remarkable classical music concert in a lovely baroque venue at Engers Castle, home to the Villa Musica Rhineland-Palatinate National Foundation, one of Germany’s largest music institutions. AFTERNOON CRUISE TO ENGERS.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 –  COLOGNE

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. 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. Spend free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 – AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Colorful Canals of Amsterdam ACTIVE – Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR: 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 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16 –  AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Ship Information +

Operated by one of our river cruising Suite Ship’s, Avalon Passion, Avalon Impression or Avalon Expression.

Gracing Europe’s waterways with style and relaxed luxury as only Avalon can deliver, these Avalon ships live up to their name. Avalon guests experience this passion for new discoveries aboard this home-away-from-home to find two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that create river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony. Spanning 200 square feet, the ships Panorama Suites are 30% larger than the industry standard. It’s the perfect place to stretch out on your window-facing Comfort Collection bed with the world at your feet. Host a private cocktail party in the spacious sitting area-comfortably accommodating six guests. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access, complimentary computer use in public areas, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, an elevator, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.

Suites & Staterooms

  • Open–Air Balconies and Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows in all Panorama SuitesSM
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Full-size closet and mirror
  • Additional under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with wide selection of free movie channels and English-speaking TV
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • Well-stocked mini bar
  • USB Ports
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L’Occitane® bath products & hairdryer
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door

Dining

  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favourites
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
  • Daily breakfast buffet with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily a la carte specials
  • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations. Alternatively, you may dine al fresco at our Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather and itinerary permitting) or enjoy a light lunch in the Panorama Lounge.
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro’s tasting menu for a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Avalon FlexDining® flexible dining times with menu & venue options
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan, low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, high energy and allergy-free selections
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cosy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Included Happy Hour every evening featuring house beer, wine, cocktails and a drink of the day
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Specialty coffees, espresso drinks and beWell Essence flavoured and infused water available throughout each day

Fitness & Wellness

  • Active shore excursions, both included and optional
  • Fitness Center
  • Avalon Adventure Center
  • Your place for active gear* and activities through your Avalon Adventure HostSM, including:
  • Bikes
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Canoe and kayak excursions
  • Fitbits®
  • Walking sticks
  • Binoculars
  • Daypacks
  • Yoga mats
  • Fitness bands

Booking Terms & Conditions

Advertised price based on 13 May 2025 departure in Cat E cabin, price is per person twin share and reflects the $4,000 per person saving*. Pricing is correct as of 10 May 2024, subject to availability at the time of booking. Offers may be withdrawn or prices updated by the supplier at any time, so please enquire with our expert consultants for the latest pricing, terms and conditions. Single supplement may also apply. Special Offer: Offer valid for new 2024 and 2025 bookings made and deposited by 01/07/24 or until sold out. Offer applicable to category E. Offer is strictly limited and subject to availability until sold out. Not combinable with other earlybird offers, except Welcome Back Credit and/or $100pp Second Tour Discount (may be applied when multiple cruises are booked at the same time for travel within the same calendar year). Offers can be withdrawn or amended at any time without notice. Offers applicable for singles – single supplement applies. Additional restrictions may apply.
Tour Code: WBA

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