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Magnificent Rivers of Europe

Sixteen days. Five countries – traverse from Budapest to Amsterdam on a scenic quest along Europe’s spectacular rivers.

Enjoy a coveted selection of tastings, concerts, bike trails and sightseeing opportunities on a meticulously crafted itinerary provided by Avalon Waterways.

Acting as your home for 15 nights, is one of Avalon’s extravagant floating hotels – equipped with spacious, comfortable living quarters and tasteful decor.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Impression + 4 more
  • Duration: 15 Nights
  • Departure: Jul - Oct
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Magnificent Rivers of Europe Cruise Itinerary

Traverse across Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary on this spectacularly-designed itinerary; featuring a tasteful blend of Classic, Active and Discovery excursions. Tour your way through historical sites, traipse through winding landscapes and learn about a range of local heritages over the course of your adventure.

Day 1

Arrive to Budapest (EMBARK)

Welcome to Hungary – report to your suite ship before 5pm to begin your adventure.

Day 2


For your first day, either join an Active hike to a viewpoint overlooking Budapest or a Classic guided sightseeing excursion around the city’s famous sites.

*Guests may wish to book additional paid excursions: ‘Bites & Highlights of Budapest’ / ‘Art & Architecture of Budapest’.

Day 3


Spend today on a Classic walking tour of the Old Town and its historical sites or follow your adventure host on a short Active hike to Bratislava Castle.

Day 4


Kick off the day exploring the island by bike with your Adventure Host on an Active Excursion or opt for a Classic guided city tour of Vienna’s coveted landmarks. Alternatively, join an Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening, guests can choose to attend a Royal Waltz Concert.

*Guests may wish to book additional paid excursions: ‘Schonbrunn Palace, Cultural Gems of Austria’ / ‘Classical Concert’ / ‘Bites & Highlights of Vienna’.

Day 5

Durnstein / Wachau Valley / Melk

This morning, take an Active guided hike up to Durnstein’s castle ruins or join a Classic guided walk exploring the tale of King Richard.
Over lunchtime, secure a good view aboard your ship as we sail through the draw-dropping Wachau Valley.
In Melk, join your Adventure Host on an Active walk along the Danube or take a Classic guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey. Later, enjoy a wine-tasting on board.

Day 6


This afternoon, join a Classic guided city walk. Alternatively, you may wish to join a full day Optional Excursion to either Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov.

*Guests may wish to book additional paid excursions: ‘Sound of Music Salzburg’ / ‘Cesky Krumlov – A Sleeping Beauty Awakes’

Day 7


Explore Walhalla by bike on an Active ride with your Adventure Host or join a Classic guided city walk to see the Altes Rathaus and Porta Pretoria. Otherwise, you might join an Optional Excursion to the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Day 8

Roth (excursion to Nuremberg)

Start the day with a Discovery on board lecture about the Main-Danube Canal. Later, embark on a Classic guided tour of either Roth, Nuremberg or Nuremberg’s historic rally grounds.

Day 9


For today, choose to attend a Discovery on board lecture about European history and culture. Later, opt for either an Active bike ride along the canals in Bamberg or join a Classic walking tour of the city’s historic highlights.

Day 10


Bike along the Main-Danube canal on an Active Excursion with your Adventure Host or attend a Classic walking tour of Volkach. You may also join an Optional Excursion to Rothenburg to see the local sights.

*Guests may wish to book additional paid excursions: ‘Rothenburg, Jewel of the Middle Ages’

Day 11


Spend the day enjoying an easy Active bike ride along the river, or join a Classic sightseeing tour of Wurzburg.

Day 12


Today presents the opportunity to join a Classic walking tour of Miltenberg.

Day 13

Rüdesheim / Rhine Gorge

This morning, embark on an Active hike through Rudesheim’s vineyards or tour the Mechanical Music Museum on today’s Discovery Excursion.
During the afternoon, relax on board as we cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge – past the famous rock of Lorelei.
Also on offer for tonight’s Discovery Excursion, is the opportunity to attend a classical music concert at Engers Castle.

Day 14


For today, choose between adventuring on an Active guided bike ride, Discovery walking tour of Cologne’s important Jewish Heritage sites or a Classic guided city walk of Cologne.

Day 15


Start your final full-day with an Active early morning walk through Amsterdam. Later, join a Classic guided canal cruise, Optional Culinary walk, Optional biking tour of the countryside or Optional guided excursion to Zaase Schans.
*Guests may wish to book additional paid excursions: ‘The Netherlands on two Wheels: Into the Dutch Countryside’ / Zaanse Schans & the Symbols of Holland’ / ‘Bites & Highlights of Amsterdam’.

Day 16

Depart Amsterdam (DISEMBARK)

Your getaway ends after breakfast this morning – disembark from your ship and begin journeying home.

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Explore the magnificent sites Europe’s rivers have to offer

15 Nights
Jul Oct

Magnificent Rivers of Europe

  • Budapest (EMBARK)
  • Budapest
  • Bratislava
  • Vienna
  • Durnstein / Wachau Valley / Melk
  • Passau
  • Regensburg
  • Roth (excursion to Nuremberg)
  • Bamberg
  • Volkach
  • Würzburg
  • Miltenberg
  • Rüdesheim / Rhine Gorge
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam (DISEMBARK)
£4,752pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Impression + 4 more

Magnificent Rivers of Europe Cruise Review

“My wife said our room was literally perfect – and it was certainly very bright, clean and spacious. We had a great time on all the tours, although it did take us a second to choose between all the available options for each day. There was always so much we could be doing and exploring – we wanted to do it all!”

Troy Dean, Salford

Magnificent Rivers of Europe FAQ

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

Will my ship include Wi-Fi access?

Yes, all of Avalon’s suite ships allow for complimentary access to the ship’s Wi-Fi.

What activities can I expect from my itinerary?

This Magnificent Rivers of Europe itinerary features Classic Excursions (sightseeing tours and guided city walks), Active Excursions (hikes and bike rides), Discovery Excursions (concerts and lectures) as well as ample free time for guests to explore independently.

How many countries are featured in this itinerary?

This itinerary traverses ports across five countries: Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

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