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Iconic Rivers of Europe – The Main, Rhine & Danube

Enjoy highlights from Europe’s most iconic rivers on this 3-week cruise. Travel down the Main, Rhine and Danube for the best of all worlds on this unique adventure – with scenic sailings through UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley and Iron Gates Gorge.

Team up with your Adventure Host to find activities that appeal to your interests from the range of tours, tastings, bike rides and hikes on offer.

Climb aboard the tranquil Avalon Expression to rest your head after an intense day filled with adventure. You’ll be treated to plush lounge areas, seasonal cuisine and our signature ‘beds with a view’.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Expression
  • Duration: 21 Nights
  • Departure: May - Sep
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Iconic Rivers of Europe – The Main, Rhine & Danube Cruise Itinerary

Enjoy an action packed itinerary that will conduct you through Europe over the course of 22 days. Through your Adventure Host, gain access to a variety of tours, tastings, hikes and on-board activities to help you make the most of your adventure.

Day 1

Amsterdam (EMBARK)

Welcome to Holland – your suite ship is ready for boarding.

Day 2


Today, embark on a guided canal cruise past the stately homes of Amsterdam’s ‘Golden Age’.

Day 3


Join a bike ride alongside your Adventure Host, join a guided walking tour of important Jewish heritage sites or take a guided city walk to the Old City.

Day 4

Rhine Gorge / Rudesheim

Take an open-air cable car ride to Niederwald Monument – ride or walk back through the vineyard and tour the Mechanical Music Museum.

Day 5


Today, you’ll embark on a guided walking tour of Miltenberg.

Day 6


Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Wurzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress and baroque Bishop’s Residenz.

Day 7


Bike along the Main-Danube canal with your Adventure Host or join a walking tour of Volkach.

Day 8


Bike along the canals in Bamberg with your Adventure Host or take a guided walking tour.

Day 9

Roth (excursion to Nuremberg)

Explore Roth’s Lauter valley with your Adventure Host, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Bavarian town Roth or choose to embark on a guided tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture.

Day 10


Explore by bike with your Adventure Host or join a guided city walk to see the Altes Rathaus and Porta Pretoria.

Day 11

Passau / Linz

Today, you’ll enjoy a guided city walk.

Day 12

Melk / Wachau Valley / Vienna

Join your Adventure Host for a walk down the Danube and around Melk or take a guided tour of Melk’s Benedictine Abbey.
This afternoon, sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley.

Day 13


Explore via bike with your Adventure Host or explore the Habsburg Empire with a morning guided city tour. Opt to join a guided optional excursion to Bratislava and Vienna’s Prater amusement park.

Day 14


Hike up to a viewpoint over Budapest with your Adventure Host or enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour of Budapest.

Day 15


Today, you’ll enjoy some free time to explore on your own terms.

Day 16

Vukovar / Ilok

Join a guided walking tour with beer tasting through Vukovar or join a city tour to learn about the city’s rich history.

Day 17

Novi Sad

Embark on a guided hike tour, learn more about the beekeeper profession or join a guided tour of Novi Sad.

Day 18


Discover Belgrade’s central walkway with your Adventure Host, join a guided sightseeing tour of Belgrade or attend an on-board lecture about the Balkan States.

Day 19

Golubac / Donji Milanovac (excursion to Lepenski Vir)

Today, visit the fortress of Golubac or join a guided tour to the Mesolithic archaeological site of Lepenski Vir.
Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a spectacular sailing through the Ironic Gates Gorge.

Day 20


Join your Adventure Host on a bike tour around the city, embark on a sightseeing tour of the Baba Vida Fortress or explore the rich history of Bulgarian winemaking with a tour and tasting at a local winery.

Day 21

Rousse (excursion to Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi)

Either join Veliko Tarnovo or join a guided sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and its Holy Trinity Church.

Day 22

Oltenita (DISEMBARK)

Your cruise ends this morning, after breakfast.

Iconic Rivers of Europe – The Main, Rhine & Danube Cruise Ships

Avalon Expression

Enjoy the full luxurious floating-hotel experience when you travel with Avalon. Make the most of our spacious suites, state-of-the-art gym equipment, plush lounge areas and much more during your cruise with us.

16 Staterooms
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Iconic Rivers of Europe – The Main, Rhine & Danube Cruise Deals

Continue your journey down the iconic rivers of Europe

21 Nights
May Sep

Iconic Rivers of Europe - The Main, Rhine & Danube

  • Amsterdam
  • Bamberg
  • Belgrade
  • Budapest
  • Cologne
  • Golubac / Donji Milanovac
  • Melk / Wachau Valley / Vienna
  • Miltenberg
  • Novi Sad
  • Oltenita
  • Passau / Linz
  • Regensburg
  • Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim
  • Roth
  • Rousse
  • Vidin
  • Vienna
  • Volkach
  • Vukovar / Ilok
  • Würzburg
£7,914pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Expression  

Iconic Rivers of Europe – The Main, Rhine & Danube Cruise Review

“An overall amazing experience, with lots of interesting activities and excursions on a well-paced itinerary.”

Grace Howarth, Leeds

Iconic Rivers of Europe – The Main, Rhine & Danube FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Will I have access to Wi-Fi whilst on board?

Yes. Our Avalon Fleets all feature complimentary Wi-FI access in locations throughout the ship.

What is an Adventure Host?

Your Adventure Host is a member of Avalon Waterways’ dedicated on-board staff, whose role is guiding you through a variety of activities and excursions.

Are there any scenic sailing portions on this itinerary?

Yes, the afternoons of Days 12 and 19 will be spent cruising through Wachau Valley and Iron Gates Gorge respectively.

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