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.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Amsterdam
    • Discover the treasures of this iconic city on a canal cruise along its elegant grachten.
  • Rhine Gorge Cruise
    • Sail the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei Rock.
  • Nuremberg
    • Choose between guided sightseeing of the Old Town and a tour of the Nuremberg Rally Grounds.
  • Vienna
    • Enjoy guided sightseeing in the 'City of Music' – inspiration to Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss.
  • Budapest
    • Guided sightseeing of Hungary's cosmopolitan capital including Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church.



Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1

Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

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


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


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

Choose departure airport and date for prices


Staterooms available

Price per person



16th October 2017 - Mrs Rita Hollens

"Improved customer service would make this a perfect holiday."

2nd October 2017 - Mr Philip Bristow

"Fast, efficient and friendly"

7th September 2017 - Trusted Customer

The staff were very efficient and friendly and the whole booking process was simple. Although we booked independent accommodation to extend our holiday, the Avalon rep booked our return flights and made things easy for us.

This was a tremendous journey. The ports were stunning and numerous. The daily inclusive walking tour was an excellent way of getting to know each destination; the walks were well organised and we had some great shore guides. The Avalon Impression was a fantastic ship, it was beautiful inside, the staff were warm and efficient and the Captain was very hands on. Food was great and everything exceeded our expectations.

"had high expectations and we were not disappointed "

5th September 2017 - Mrs Gloria Bain

All services, food, excursions and cabins etc were faultless. Cannot think of any criticism worth noting

Very expensive but almost everything included in price.

"Our cruise far exceeded our expectations. It was superb in every respect..."

4th September 2017 - Mr Malcolm Rowe

Our cruise far exceeded our expectations. It was superb in every respect


"Very high standard cruise"

4th September 2017 - Trusted Customer

First river cruise, so did not know what to expect, but judging by prices, it was going to be of a high standard. Ava!on Impression was superb.

Whole package was exceptional. Ship, crew, service and especially the food!

"Amsterdam to Budapest August 2017"

4th September 2017 - Trusted Customer

In general a lovely holiday. Staff on boat very nice and helpful. Yes would recommend Avalon and will probably use them again

Almost perfect a few minor details would help to make it perfect. Driver to airport was dangerous kept in the outside lane of motorway and was drifting across nearly side swiping cars twice. The trip to the airport should be relaxing. The Wi-Fi on the boat has a strange firewall which meant we couldn't get BBC iPlayer for the radio so need more music on the TV. Food could be served warmer.

"kind staffs, delicious foods, relaxed time..."

3rd September 2017 - Trusted Customer

kind staffs, delicious foods, relaxed time

good excursion, interesting place to port, good lecture for famous place

"Mr Nicco and all the crew did everything to make it a very enjoyable time "

14th August 2017 - Mrs Margaret Williams

Fantastic cruise

Itineraary very good evn a group for those not so fast on their feet

"very good"

5th August 2017 - Mr Ian Walsh

Very good from the pick up to return to our house. The one downside was the access restrictions to the top deck. We recognise the safety requirements. However, we believe some compromise needs to be found. A little extra work for the crew. Big benefit for the passengers. We actually booked a 3rd week while on the ship. Our only proviso was that we would have more access to the top deck. Once we heard this was possible we had no hesitation in extending our holiday.

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