Magnificent Europe – Category E 2019


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15 days


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From Budapest to Amsterdam, and many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless river cruise vacation.

Your river cruise adventure begins with visits to three of Europe’s vibrant capital cities: Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria. A Local Guide will show you the must-see sites in each city and you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own. See the famous Heroes’ Square in Budapest, stroll through Bratislava’s Old Town with its winding streets and bronze sculptures, and stop in a classic Viennese café for a decadent treat. Sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley and the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Würzburg’s baroque Bishop’s Residenz. Enjoy a tasting of Wachau wines.

Explore quaint towns like Dürnstein with its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche; Passau, known for its narrow cobblestone streets and the stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral; and Bamberg, with its town hall straddling the River Regnitz. Enjoy guided walks in historic Nuremberg, Würzburg, and Regensburg—one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. In the charming Rhine Valley town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. Straddling both sides of the Rhine River is Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Here, enjoy a guided walk and see its famous twin-spired cathedral.

This European river cruise would not be complete without a visit to Holland’s lively capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. Your European cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam is filled with new discoveries and simple pleasures of ancient cultures that you’ll hold in your memory for many years to come. 


    Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds for a great night's sleep.Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath products.MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary, including daily four-course a la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts, and Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options.Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides.Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore.Onboard local entertainment.Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions.An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions.Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey.Gratuities to Cruise Director, Crew, Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.Personalise your onboard and onshore experiences by choosing from a variety of included or optional excursions, visits & activities. Log on to MyAccount to customise your cruise experience.

About Avalon Waterways

With Avalon, you'll sail on the newest ships on the European waterways - an impressive fleet that averages just three years in age. In fact, each year Avalon adds new award-winning vessels.

On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, "included" is the name of the game. Spacious outside staterooms with expansive riverscape views - included. VIP access into the must-see sights - included. Your choice of enriching shore excursions led by Certified Local Guides - included. WiFi access - Inlcuded. Sparkling wines with breakfast, regional wines and beers at every onboard dinner, and unlimited lattes and premium coffees - included. And we are proud to offer Avalon Choice, an exciting concept in river cruising that gives you the freedom to personalize so many elements of your cruise.

Once you have settled down in your spacious Deluxe Stateroom or Suite you are at home for the duration of your cruise. No need for daily unpacking, you can devote your time to exploring the highlights of each exciting stop.Then return to your floating hotel to relax on the upper deck or enjoy a meal and marvel at the sights while you glide gently by. An Avalon Waterways cruise lets you do it all - see more, experience more and include more free time in your holiday.

Because Avalon's itineraries take advantage of what a location provides, our cruises offer a variety of itineraries, lengths and shore stays. Some itineraries spend every night on board the ship while others have beginning and/or ending nights on shore.

All Avalon cruises are guaranteed departures.

Europe From the bustling cities steeped with history and culture to some of the most quaint townships and villages in the world, Europe is the quintessential river cruising destination. Avalon Waterways lets you discover all the major river systems including the Rhine, the Moselle, the Main, the Danube, the Rhone and now the Black Sea.

China China is a land of continual intrigue from the Great Wall of China and the terracotta warriors to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. With Avalon Waterways you'll discover the major capitals and the allure of the Yangtze River as well as the colossal Three Gorges Dam.

South-east Asia Ancient ruins, historic sites, and an opportunity to learn about new cultures, activities, and religions, cruising the Mekong River has it all.

Galapagos Islands The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the world's most amazing wildlife. The marine iguana, sea lions, giant tortoises', penguins and flamingos all inhabit this small cluster of islands and provided Charles Darwin much of the inspiration behind his theory on evolution. Avalon Waterways offers two exciting cruises.

Amazon River Embark on a journey to one of the world's vastly unexplored regions, the mighty Amazon. Experience the Amazon wilderness where it originates in Peru.

Terms & Conditions

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  • Air Conditioning and Heating
  • All rooms on the ships are air conditioned and heated. All ships have individual controls in the staterooms.

  • Beverages
  • Wine, beer and soft drink is included with all onboard dinners. Alcoholic beverages are available for an additional charge. In Europe, regular coffee, tea and iced tea are available free of charge throughout the day from the self service coffee stations. On the Yangtze and Galapagos Islands cruises: coffee, tea and soft drinks are included at lunch and dinner.

  • Clothing
  • Dress aboard and on shore is "casual and comfortable". We kindly request that shorts not be warn in the restaurant or lounge in the evenings. Bathing suits are not appropriate in the lounge or restaurant at any time. You may wish to wear something a little dressier for the Captains Dinner. We recommend that for shore excursions you wear comfortable shoes and don't forget a sun hat.

  • Cruise Director
  • A professional, experienced, English-speaking Cruise Director accompanies every departure.

  • Cuisine
  • All meals on board are prepared by accomplished chefs and consist of local food adjusted to suit the tastes of international passengers. There is a buffet breakfast and in Europe a buffet lunch including a choice of soups and main courses with appetiser, salad or sandwich and dessert. On the Yangtze, a mix of Western and Chinese dishes are offered; in the Galapagos, you'll be able to taste some Ecuadorian specialties. Dinner is a multi-course meal with choice of soups and entrees.

  • Currency & Credit Cards
  • In Europe:
    Most of the countries you will be visiting in Europe use the Euro. Exceptions are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland; they all have their own currencies but the Euro is accepted in many establishments. Many locations accept major credit cards; however in small towns they are not widely accepted. In these cases and for incidentals or small vendors, you will need some local currency. ATM machines are located on shore at some stops. Prior to your departure, confirm with your bank that your ATM or credit card and PIN number will work abroad. All purchases on board are charged to your room account. The onboard currency is the Euro. U.S. currency and traveller’s cheques may be exchanged for Euros. For payment of shipboard accounts, Euros and U.S. dollars are accepted as well as American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Diner’s Club. A fee is charged for the use of traveller’s cheques. Personal cheques cannot be cashed on board.
    In China:
    U.S. dollars are widely accepted on shore. The local currency is the Yuan. ATM machines will dispense Yuan or they can be purchased on board the ship using U.S. dollars. The currency on board is the Yuan. Shipboard accounts can be settled in cash, traveller’s cheques or most major credit cards.
    In Ecuador:
    Ecuador uses U.S. dollars as their official currency. Credit cards are usually accepted in larger towns. In smaller towns cash is recommended. Shipboard accounts can be settled by credit card, cash or traveller's cheques.
    In Egypt:
    The official currency is the Egyptian pound, but Euros and U.S. dollars are widely accepted. In small towns it is recommended to carry small amounts of local currency, but vendors in tourist areas are likely to accept U.S. dollars. Credit cards are usually accepted in larger towns. ATMs are available in most larger cities. Shipboard accounts can be settled by credit card or with cash. Traveller’s cheques are not accepted.

  • Dining
  • Meals are served in the dining room in a single sitting. There is open seating so you may sit at different tables for each meal if you wish to meet other fellow passengers. All meals on board the ship are included.

  • Electricity
  • Electricity on board is 220v. The bathrooms have a dual 220v/110-120v plug for shavers and small appliances. You will need an adapter or converter to use in other outlets in the stateroom for any small personal items such as a razor, curling iron or alarm clock. In the Galapagos, electrical outlets are 110v with American-type outlets.

  • Email, Internet & Fax
  • Internet service is available on board. The service works via satellite and there is an hourly charge. On the Yangtze River cruises the internet is a flat rate charge. Internet cafes can be found in many towns along the way in Western Europe and charges are generally very reasonable. Faxes can be sent and received via reception; there is a charge for both outgoing and incoming faxes.

  • Gratuities 2014
  • For all 2014 European cruises gratuities for your Cruise Director and crew are included in the pricing.

  • Hairdryers
  • Each stateroom is equipped with a hair dryer. Please call reception if there is no hair dryer in your room.

  • Laundry
  • Laundry service is available on board for a modest fee. Price lists will be available in your stateroom. Please note that clothes cannot be dry cleaned on board. For safety reasons, we ask that you do not iron clothing in your cabin. For a small fee, the onboard laundry service is available to iron clothing. Laundry facilities are not available on the Galapagos cruise.

  • Library
  • You may check out books from the ship's library free of charge. We ask that you return them before your cruise ends.

  • Mail Services
  • Stamps and postcards are available for purchase on board. Mail is sent from each major port.

  • Medical Services
  • Should you fall ill, please contact your ship's reception, at once. Due to the proximity to land, medical services can be called from shore when necessary. There is a resident physician on board the Santa Cruz and the La Pinta.

  • Newsletter
  • A daily newsletter is produced on each ship and features information about daily activities, shore excursions, tour departure times and more.

  • Onboard Language
  • The language on board is English. All staff, crew and tour guides speak English. All announcements and commentary will be in English.

  • Onboard Shop
  • The ships have an onboard gift shop offering accessories, films, souvenirs and gifts as well as a limited selection of personal and toiletry items.

  • Payment During the Cruise
  • A cashless system operates on the vessels. Purchases and shipboard services are credited to your account (see "Shipboard Account")

  • Safes
  • Although it is recommended that you leave valuables at home, all staterooms are equipped with a safe. Any items that exceed the size of the safe can be checked into the ship's reception desk.

  • Smoking
  • In Europe and in the Galapagos, all ships have non-smoking interiors. Smoking is only permitted on the Sky Deck. On the Victoria Anna, Victoria Jenna and Royal Lotus, smoking is limited to specific areas.

  • Special Occasions
  • Passengers celebrating special occasions, such as anniversaries or birthdays, should alert ship personnel upon boarding the ship.

  • Telephones
  • Each stateroom has it's own telephone. This may be used to call room to room or to any of the ship's offices. In Europe calls can be made from ship-to-shore. In Egypt and China, ship-to-shore calls must be made from reception. Any charges are placed on your shipboard account. In the Galapagos, there are two satellite-linked phones available for use in the reception lounge.

  • Television
  • Each stateroom has a colour satellite TV and will receive some English programming. There is a shipboard information channel and a channel with entertainment videos or movies.

  • Your Shipboard Account
  • For convenience, all purchases and paid services on board (after your authorisation) are billed to your personal shipboard account. At the end of your cruise, you will receive a total which can be paid with cash or charged to a major credit card or paid in traveller's cheques (there is a processing fee). Traveller's cheques are not accepted on the Royal Lotus. Personal cheques are not accepted.


Day 1 - Budapest, Hungary (embarkation).

Welcome to Budapest-Hungary`s Captivating Capital. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafes, and confections. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (D)

Day 2 - Budapest.

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, 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 Cafe, consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube, or a visit to one of Budapest`s world-famous thermal baths. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Bratislava, Slovakia.

Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town`s cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin`s Cathedral-Hungary`s centuries-old coronation church, OR: ACTIVE - Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle. Alternatively, in your free time take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube. Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Vienna, Austria.

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. CLASSIC - Step into the legendary 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 Schonbrunn Palace-the Habsburg empire summer home for 300 years. You may also take a tram to Austria`s Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Durnstein-wachau Valley.

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR: ACTIVE - Take a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk. MELK: Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Melk`s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a Wine Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Passau. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Passau, Germany.

The Three Rivers of Medieval Passau. CLASSIC - Join an afternoon Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful \"City of Three Rivers.\" Alternatively, consider a Guided Optional Excursion for a full day in Salzburg, Austria-the city of Mozart-or a Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian Czech town of Cesky Krumlov. EVENING CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Regensburg.

Magical Regensburg-Bavaria`s Medieval Miracle. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to 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 Roth. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Roth. Excursion To Nuremberg.

Living Heritage and History Lessons. DISCOVERY - While sailing to Roth, 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. 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. Tonight, relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Bamberg. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)

Day 9 - 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 live entertainment onboard while sailing this evening. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Wurzburg.

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. In your free time you may explore the city or enjoy a smoked beer. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Main River Village.

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of the Main River Village. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Mainriver village. Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main river shores. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment as you cruise to Rudesheim. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Rudesheim-rhine Gorge.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR; ACTIVE - Take a Hike up to the Niederwald Monument with your Avalon Adventure Host. DISCOVERY - Later, Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. This afternoon cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of the Lorelei-where mythological siren lured ill-fated sailors to shore. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Cologne.

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 Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Amsterdam, Holland.

Colourful 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.\" Spend free time on your own to explore the colourful cafes, galleries, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Amsterdam (disembarkation).

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


All Prices are in Australian Dollars

Brochure Price Our
Single Price Twin Price
24 May 2019 07 Jun 2019   AUD $13304 AUD $8875 AUD $7810
30 May 2019 13 Jun 2019   AUD $13304 AUD $8875 AUD $7810
21 Jun 2019 05 Jul 2019   AUD $13304 AUD $8875 AUD $7810
27 Jun 2019 11 Jul 2019   AUD $13304 AUD $8875 AUD $7810
07 Jul 2019 21 Jul 2019   AUD $12935 AUD $8637 AUD $7600
19 Jul 2019 02 Aug 2019   AUD $12935 AUD $8637 AUD $7600
08 Aug 2019 22 Aug 2019   AUD $12935 AUD $8637 AUD $7600
18 Aug 2019 01 Sep 2019   AUD $12935 AUD $8637 AUD $7600
30 Aug 2019 13 Sep 2019   AUD $13304 AUD $8875 AUD $7810
19 Sep 2019 03 Oct 2019   AUD $13856 AUD $9231 AUD $8123
27 Sep 2019 11 Oct 2019   AUD $13304 AUD $8875 AUD $7810
09 Oct 2019 23 Oct 2019   AUD $12751 AUD $8518 AUD $7495
22 Oct 2019 05 Nov 2019   AUD $12568 AUD $8400 AUD $7392


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