From Amsterdam to Budapest, and 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 vacation. Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital—both historical and modern—and this favorite city features sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals. You’ll see the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—with a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. Then, you’re off to Germany and a guided city walk in Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, perhaps the most beautiful and breathtaking stretch of the Rhine River, then stop in the charming wine-making town of Rüdesheim. Enjoy guided sightseeing tours in Würzburg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. Your first stop in Austria is Melk, known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey. You’ll see the fantastic frescoes, library, and pipe organ of this beautiful abbey, before sailing through the picturesque Wachau Valley. You’ll be introduced to two captivating capital cities—Vienna, Austria, and Budapest, Hungary. Vienna is known as the “City of Music,” and rightly so. You’ll explore the city that inspired works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Known as the “Pearl of the Danube,” Budapest is a gleaming city on the river with a unique energy and countless must-see sites. This truly is a magnificent European river cruise to remember always!
Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your 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 colorful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam—with its many cafés and art galleries.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM Dinner
Day 2 AMSTERDAM
Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age
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.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion through the Dutch countryside. You might decide to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle—the most beautiful and best-kept medieval castle in Holland.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s capital city
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
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 Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 4 RHINE GORGE—RÜDESHEIM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
This morning cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of The Lorelei.
DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
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 BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 5 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.
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 WÜRZBURG BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 6 WÜRZBURG
A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon
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 WÜRZBURG BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 7 MARKTBREIT. EXCURSION TO ROTHENBURG
Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town
CLASSIC Take a morning Guided Tour of Rothenburg—seemingly untouched by time on Bavaria’s Romantic Road, OR:
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 BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 8 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.
Enjoy a live entertainment performance while sailing this evening.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 9 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Living Heritage and History Lessons
ACTIVE Go for an early Morning Jog 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, 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 Later, 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 BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 10 REGENSBURG
Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
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.
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 Passau.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 11 PASSAU
Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
CLASSIC Join a 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 Český Krumlov.
This afternoon, cruise to the lovely town of Linz.
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 BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 12 MELK—WACHAU VALLEY
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.
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 Beauty
Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 13 VIENNA
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections
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 Schönbrunn Palace—the Habsburg family summer home for 300 years, or choose a Guided Optional 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 14 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
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 savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 15 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.