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Magnificent Europe

See the highlights of Central Europe on this enchanting river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest.

This 15 day Avalon Waterways River Cruise aboard the new Avalon Tranquility II Suite Ship includes a Deluxe Stateroom, guided tours and much more!

 

Itinerary

 

30 July:

Depart Brisbane

Day 1, 31 July:

Arrive Dubai

1 night stopover accommodation in a king room at a Delux 5-star hotel. B.

Fairmont Dubai Hotel - 1 night

Day 2, 1 August:

Dubai - Amsterdam

Arrive in Amsterdam.

2pm transfer from airport to hotel.

1 night accommodation in a double room in a 4-star hotel. B.

Movenpick Amsterdam City Centre - 1 night

Day 3, 2 August:

Amsterdam (embarkation)

Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship is ready for boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5pm.

Spend free time exploring the colourful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam-with its many cafes and art galleries.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM. D.

Optional: 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.

Optional: Outside of tulip season
Consider joining a guided optional excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

Avalon Tranquility - 15 nights

 

Avalon Tranquility II - 15 day Europe river cruise

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Day 4, 3 August:

Amsterdam

Colourful Amsterdam with canals, crooked houses, and cuisine of a Golden Age. B, L, D.

Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a guided canal cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." Return to your ship for a leisurely afternoon cruise, or enjoy free time in Amsterdam and transfer to re-join your ship in Utrecht.

Optional: Guided culinary walk through Amsterdam
Optional: Guided biking excursion through the Dutch countryside
Optional: Guided excursion to Muiderslot Castle - the most beautiful and best kept medieval castle in Holland.

Evening / overnight cruise to Cologne

Day 5, 4 August:

Cologne, Germany

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's capital city. Start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. B, L, D.

Classic: Take a guided city walk of Cologne. Explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.

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! This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

Overnight cruise to Rudesheim

Day 6, 5 August:

Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge

Eat, drink, and be merry in wine country. This morning cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of The Lorelei. B, L, D.

Discovery: Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience,

Active: Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards.

Discovery: Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

Evening / overnight cruise to Main River Village

 

Day 7, 6 August:

Main River Village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. B, L, D.

Classic: Join a guided walking tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.

Evening / overnight cruise to Wurzburg

Day 8, 7 August:

Wurzburg

A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon. B, L, D.

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.

Enjoy the city on your own, or visit a local winery. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment.

Overnight docking in Wurzburg

Day 9, 8 August:

Marktbreit
Excursion to Rothenburg

Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town. B, L, D.

Classic: Take a morning guided tour of Rothenburg - seemingly untouched by time on Bavaria's Romantic Road

Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a morning walk.

Take advantage of free time this afternoon to shop for Hummel figurines, cuckoo clocks, or sip a glass of local Tauber wine.

Afternoon / overnight cruise to Bamberg

 
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Day 10, 9 August:

Bamberg

1000 years of history in the city of seven hills. B, L, D.

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 a live entertainment performance while sailing this evening.

Afternoon / overnight cruise to Roth

Day 11, 10 August:

Roth
Excursion to Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons. B, L, D.

Active: Go for an early morning run with your Avalon Adventure Host.

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.

Classic: Choose a guided tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle.

Classic: Join a guided tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds - used by the Third Reich.

Discovery: Later, enjoy an on-board 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.

Day 12, 11 August:

Regensburg

Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. B, L, D.

Classic: Join a guided city walk to see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria - built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

Optional: Join a guided 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 Passau.

Evening / overnight cruise to Passau

 

Day 13, 12 August:

Passau

Go for Baroque in Passau - Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. B, L, D.

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

Optional: Join a full day guided excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart

Optional: Join a full day guided excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

Cruise to Linz

This afternoon, cruise to the lovely town of Linz, Austria - a legendary love of art, music, and the linzer torte.

This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own before cruising to Melk.

Overnight cruise to Melk

Day 14, 13 August:

Melk - Wachau Valley

Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley. B, L, D.

Classic: Take a guided tour of the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ of Melk's Benedictine Abbey.

Cruise to Vienna

Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to wonderful Vienna this afternoon.

Vienna waltzes and blue Danube deauty.

Optional: Consider joining a guided excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening.

Overnight docking in Vienna

 
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Day 15, 14 August:

Vienna

Royal collections, amusing attractions, and culinary confections. B, L, D.

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.

Optional: Join a guided excursion to Schonbrunn Palace - the Habsburg family summer home for 300 years

Optional: Guided excursion to fascinating Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.

You may also take a tram to Austria's Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby.

Later, relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

Overnight cruise to Budapest

Day 16, 15 August:

Budapest

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. B, L, D.

Classic: Enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour of Budapest, including the iconic Heroes' Square.

The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savour a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube.

Overnight docking in Budapest

 

Day 17, 16 August:

Budapest (disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. B.

Avalon transfer from ship to hotel.

Free day to explore.

2 nights accommodation in a double room

Intercontinental Hotel - 2 nights

Day 18, 17 August:

Budapest

Free day to explore. B.

Optional: day tour to Puszta Great Plains & Kecskemet day trip & lunch $119

18 August:

Budapest - Dubai

12:30pm Avalon transfer from hotel to airport.

19 August:

Dubai - Brisbane

 

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