Magnificent Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

Catch the highlights of Central Europe on this enchanting river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest. Cruise through the scenic canals of Amsterdam and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei rock. Spend time in magnificent Cologne, the charming wine village of Rüdesheim, medieval Bamberg, historical Nuremberg, and magical Vienna. Attend a beer tasting in Bamberg and explore Würzburg's Bishop's Residenz, and St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava. While on board, be sure to have your camera ready to capture the scenic beauty, quaint towns, fascinating architecture, and historic buildings dotting the landscape as you sail along.

Itinerary

Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1

Amsterdam

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland's sophisticated, modern capital has a rich 700-year-old history and a distinct ambiance. Maybe stroll through the lively marketplace or see the works of famous Dutch masters at world-renowned museums. This afternoon, board your river cruise ship and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

Day 2

Amsterdam

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Canal cruise. Today, get a unique perspective of Amsterdam on an included canal cruise, floating along the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's 'Golden Age'. There's free time in the city this afternoon— or you might like to join an optional excursion before bidding tot ziens (farewell) to Holland and set sail for Germany.

Day 3

Cologne

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Choice of Guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk. Cologne is one of Germany's largest cities, with a river skyline dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent Gothic cathedral. This afternoon, choose between an included guided City Walk or a Jewish Heritage walk. The Old Town offers up a great choice of cafés, shops and taverns so be sure to try a Kölsch in one of the many taverns and shop for a bottle of 4711, the original 'eau de cologne'.

Prices & cabin details

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Reviews

"Super trip."

02/06/2017 - Mr Perry Hildebrand

"Wonderful cruise"

16/05/2017 - Mrs Jaquline Bowdler

"We got what it said on the tin."

15/05/2017 - Alan

The cruise itself was excellent, well organised and ran like clockwork with totally committed and friendly staff and guides. There were minor issues including pre and post cruise and these have been fed back to Avalon as constructive suggestions.

"Amsterdam-Budapest cruise"

15/05/2017 - Mr Michael King

All the crew worked very hard to make sure that we had a great holiday.

It was great. We had an excellent time.

"My service feedback with Avalon Cruises"

16/11/2016 - Trusted Customer

A very comfortable ship and easy to get around.

My only complaint would be the hotel in Amsterdam used as a "holding hotel" at the start of the holiday (Oct 28th). The room was very functional and bare and did not have comfortable chairs or sofas. Some people waited there quite a long time.

"Generally high standard."

16/11/2016 - Trusted Customer

Generally high standard.

Disappointed with choice of moorings being much too far from towns on itinerary. We prefer to stroll through towns at our own pace rather being restricted to coach transfers.

"Both my husband and our two friends thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. The crew were excellent,…"

14/11/2016 - Trusted Customer

Both my husband and our two friends thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. The crew were excellent, the food was varied and well presented the cabins were extremely comfortable and clean. If we could get a similar deal the four of us would love to do the cruise again next year. Expectations were exceeded. The cruise director and the music director were both excellent-they were both very pleasant and helpful and the events organised were superb. A holiday which will rank as one of our best. Well done everyone we will definitely sail with you again. Please get in touch if you can offer a similar cruise next year

Excellent choice of destinations- visited some beautiful places. The music on this cruise was excellent- what a pleasure it was to do visits to the violin maker, the Budapest opera house where we had the added joy of listening to some music with a glass of champagne in hand, Siegfried's mechanical music museum, the concert in the church. I could go on and on extolling the virtues of this holiday and have recommended your company to several friends already. I think by now you will have realised that we all thoroughly enjoyed this holiday and can't wait to sail with you again. Very well done

"My service feedback with Avalon Cruises"

14/11/2016 - Trusted Customer

Was very good as everything was included.

Very enjoyable staff & crew were excellent . Would recommend it to anyone.

"I have no complaints about the cruise at all. My only Issue is that I live in…"

14/11/2016 - Trusted Customer

I have no complaints about the cruise at all. My only Issue is that I live in Cornwall and your door to door chauffeur or excess mileage option is not available or not cost effective for me. Perhaps you could consider a financial incentive for those who do not take your service..

Simply beautiful.

"My service feedback with Avalon Cruises"

14/11/2016 - Trusted Customer

Wonderful organisation and warm, friendly atmosphere. Food excellent.

Music cruise. Exceptionally good in terms of itinery, excursions, music elements, comfort and atmosphere.

"We have nothing but praise for the excellent standard of our cruise ship Avalon Panorama…"

20/10/2016 - Trusted Customer

We have nothing but praise for the excellent standard of our cruise ship Avalon Panorama and the high standard of services with very attentive pleasant staff, comfortable spacious light cabin, wonderful and varied food and full cultural program.

This cruise left us with enhanced mental and physical well being.

"Not being met off the plane in Amsterdam, and then being dumped in a hotel…"

18/10/2016 - Trusted Customer

Not being met off the plane in Amsterdam, and then being dumped in a hotel for several hours was not a good start to this cruise.. For a first time river cruiser, I was bitterly disappointed. The cruise director was a waste of space- my husband had some walking difficulties, but wanted to see as much as he could, at one stop we where tole there was 80 steps + 80 steps to walk up - far too many for him, I questioned where the cafe was, because we would have gone and just seen what we could on the ground floor... To be told later that there was a walking RAMP which he could have managed no problem - apparently our cruise director either forgot or did not know to tell us!!!! The one place my husband particularly wanted to see.......

Enjoyed what we did see, but annoyed about lack of time in many of the stops - 2 hours is hardly enough time to see or do anything.

"My service feedback with Avalon Cruises"

04/10/2016 - Trusted Customer

All good

All good

"My service feedback with Avalon Cruises"

01/10/2016 - Trusted Customer

Good service

Evening entertainment could have been better. Happy hour could have been later, many were 5.45 - 6.45 pm. Would have been better for 9 - 10 pm

"No meals or interest shown on first and last days. Good on boat. Terrible travel…"

01/10/2016 - Trusted Customer

No meals or interest shown on first and last days. Good on boat. Terrible travel arrangements. Should have gone to Melk but was changed to Gottweig (?) at last minute. Told us 82 steps to Abbey when there was a slope so we missed going.

Boat crew excellent. Cruise director very poor, unfriendly and little information given. No details of steps, walking conditions etc. Told us 82 steps to Abbey when there was a slope so we missed going.

"Meet and greet very poor kept waiting at Amsterdam airport for 1 1/2 hours. Hotel Very…"

01/10/2016 - Trusted Customer

Meet and greet very poor kept waiting at Amsterdam airport for 1 1/2 hours. Hotel Very poor. No hot drinks or food.

Crew excellent.food only just adaquate. Mooring in a timber yard and on another Occasion an industrial estate was very disappointing. Why such early starts for The excursions.

"My service feedback with Avalon Cruises"

30/09/2016 - Trusted Customer

well run ship good all round performance

well spaced time to relax on board

"Really objected to paying extra for trips. We have been with Viking River Cruises &…"

30/09/2016 - Trusted Customer

Really objected to paying extra for trips. We have been with Viking River Cruises & Noble Caledonia many times & have never had to pay any extra. Also beer & wine at lunch time was free

Good

"On the whole well organised but car company not notified of flight change, initially which…"

29/09/2016 - Trusted Customer

On the whole well organised but car company not notified of flight change, initially which led to wrong timings. Otherwise brilliant.

Fantastic places and excursions. Only having 1 free hour in Vienna if we wanted a bus back to ship meant most people stayed much longer. A later bus in the afternoon would have been a good support.

"Wonderful others on the cruise said you were far superior to Vikings so accept the…"

29/09/2016 - Trusted Customer

Wonderful others on the cruise said you were far superior to Vikings so accept the compliment.

Unbelievable looking for another marvellous experience with you.

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