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Magnificent Europe

Cruise through Europe on an itinerary specifically designed to showcase the highlights along the Main and Danube rivers.

From scenic sailings to cable-car rides, you’ll have access to a variety of adventures through your Avalon Adventure Host. If you prefer to fly solo, there’s also arranged free time and optional excursions for you to get stuck into.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Passion + 4 more
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Departure: May - Oct
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Magnificent Europe Cruise Itinerary

Embark on a show-stopping 15 day itinerary, designed to conduct you through the highlights scattered along the Main and Danube. Enjoy a combination of Classic, Active and Discovery excursions all made available through your Avalon Adventure Host.

Day 1

Amsterdam (EMBARK)

Arrive to Holland – board your suite ship by 5pm.
During tulip season, embark on a guided optional excursion to the Keukenhof Gardens. Outside of tulip season, consider journeying to Zaanse Schans.

Day 2


Explore Amsterdam’s waterways on a guided canal cruise. You’ll spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 3


Bike though Cologne alongside your Adventure Host, join a guided walking tour of important Jewish heritage sites or embark on a guided city walk of Cologne.

Day 4

Rhine Gorge / Rudesheim

This morning, we’ll cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge. After, take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument or tour the Mechanical Music Museum.

Day 5


Today, you’ll join a guided walking tour of Miltenberg. After, enjoy free time to explore at your leisure.

Day 6


Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Wurzburg with visits to its Old Main Bridge, fortress and baroque Bishop’s Residenz. After, either enjoy the city on your own or pay a visit to a local winery.

Day 7


Before setting off, opt into a guided excursion to Rothenburg.
Upon arrival to Volkach, bike along the Main-Danube Canal alongside your Adventure Host or join a walking tour of Volkach.

Day 8


Today, bike along the canals with your Adventure Host or take a guided walking tour to see the Romanesque Cathedral, Old Town Hall and seven hills crowned with churches.
Back on board, you’ll enjoy live entertainment while sailing this evening.

Day 9

Roth (excursion to Nuremberg)

Explore Lauter Valley with your Adventure Host, or join one of several guided tours with a focus on: guided town sightseeing, medieval architecture or the Nuremberg Rally Grounds.
Alternatively, you may wish to remain on-board for a lecture on the Main-Danube Canal.

Day 10


Explore Walhalla by bike with your Adventure Host or join a guided city walk to Altes Rathus and Porta Pretoria.
You may also choose to join an optional guided excursion to the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Day 11

Passau / Linz

Join a guided city walk or opt into a full-day guided excursion to Salzburg. Alternatively, cruise to the town of Linz, where you’ll enjoy free time to explore.

Day 12

Melk / Wachau Valley / Vienna

Join your Adventure Host for a walk along the Danube and around Melk or embark on a guided tour to Melk’s Benedictine Abbey.
This afternoon, recline as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley.
In Vienna, consider joining an optional excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert.

Day 13


Explore Vienna’s Danube Island by bike alongside your Adventure Host, embark on a guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks or opt into an excursion to Schonbrunn Palace.

Day 14


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

Day 15

Budapest (DISEMBARK)

Your cruise ends after breakfast this morning.

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Continue exploring the gilded landmarks of Europe

14 Nights
May Oct

Magnificent Europe

  • Amsterdam (EMBARK)
  • Amsterdam
  • Cologne
  • Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim
  • Miltenberg
  • Würzburg
  • Volkach
  • Bamberg
  • Roth (excursion to Nuremberg)
  • Regensburg
  • Passau / Linz
  • Melk / Wachau Valley / Vienna
  • Vienna
  • Budapest
  • Budapest (DISEMBARK)
£4,450pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Passion + 4 more  

Magnificent Europe Cruise Review

“My stay over the course of two weeks was excellent; all the staff were brilliant, dedicated and helpful. My Adventure Host led us through a variety of activities with a surprising level of knowledge and enthusiasm. This trip was definitely the highlight of my year – I would recommend it.”

Grace Marks, London

Magnificent Europe FAQ

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

Which ship will I travel aboard?

For this cruise you’ll board either the Avalon Passion, Avalon Impression, Avalon Imagery II, Avalon Illumination or Avalon Envision. Which vessel will be determined by your date of departure.

Are there any days dedicated to scenic sailing?

Not in their entirety; days 4 and 12 include scenic sailing portions through Wachau Valley and Rhine Gorge respectively on the way to their afternoon ports.

What kinds of activities are available?

On this adventure, there’s a combination of Active, Discovery and Classic excursions available to you each day – with several other optional adventures sprinkled on the side.

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