Iconic Rivers of Europe - The Rhine, Main and Danube

From Holland to Romania, with a host of exciting stops along the way, this river cruise holiday across Europe is truly an adventure!

Amsterdam, Holland’s lively capital, is set among sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals with countless museums, cafes, shops, and restaurants to explore. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. In Germany, enjoy a guided city walk in 2,000-year-old Cologne. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. Melk, Austria, offers the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, and then sail through the picturesque Wachau wine region to Dürnstein, famous for its blue and white Baroque Stiftskirche. Guided sightseeing introduces you to three capitals: Vienna in Austria, Bratislava in Slovakia and Budapest in Hungary. Continue your river cruise adventure on the Lower Danube with an excursion to 2nd-century Pécs, Hungary, where you’ll visit underground burial chambers now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in Serbia’s Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge. In Bulgaria, visit Belogradchik’s eclectic rock formations, the ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo, and Arbanassi—with its Church of the Nativity housing an outstanding collection of frescoes.

Leave your ship in Oltenita, and head for Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest, also known as the “Paris of the East.” A guided tour will show you many of its historical treasures. To round out this fabulous vacation, drive into Transylvania to visit Bran Castle, of Dracula Fame and spend a night in Brasov. Before returning to Bucharest, visit Peles Castle, considered to be one of the most breathtaking castles in Europe.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Welcome to Amsterdam, where you will be met and transferred to your ship.

Spend free time exploring the colourful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam—with its many cafes and art galleries.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Colourful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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 rejoin your ship in Utrecht.

You may 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 best-kept medieval castle in Holland.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

Day 3 Cologne, Germany

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City.

Start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Take a guided city walk of the old city of Cologne with its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral, OR:

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

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

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CHOICE

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Prices & cabin details

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Date

Staterooms available

Price per person

Hotels

Athenee Palace Hilton

Built in 1914 and set in the heart of the city, Athénée Palace Hilton is perfect for visiting Bucharest's spectacular sights. This beautiful hotel boasts fantastic views of Revolution Square and is close to the former Royal Palace and Romanian Athenaeum. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location
    • Located in central Bucharest, the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel is situated just a five-minute walk from many popular tourist attractions, shops, theatres, cafes and iconic sites. The Old Town is a short stroll away. 

  • Facilities
    • Three restaurants
    • Bar
    • Café bistro
    • Heated indoor swimming pool
    • Jacuzzi
    • Gym and beauty centre
Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative similar standard hotels to those shown.

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