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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 (Embarkation)

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. Board your 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


"Very flexible on flights and cabin selection..."

13th November 2017 - Trusted Customer

"Very efficiently ran with an exceptional cruise director and music manager."

4th November 2017 - Mr Kenneth Crooks


4th November 2017 - Trusted Customer

The staff,comfort of cabins,excellent cuisine and waiters We did the musical tour and it was so well planned and entertaining,also the walking tours were very good alongwith the tour guides

everything was very professional and well presented

"Very efficient and informative..."

30th October 2017 - Trusted Customer

Very efficient and informative

"We thought this was an ideal holiday for us as we are in our seventies."

30th October 2017 - Mr Stanley Trencher

Our daughter made a late booing for us about one month before the holiday and everything went according to plan except we had to follow up the chauffeur booking as we were told this had been cancelled. However it was quickly sorted out.

"Easy to book via web site - though some confusion around application of discount code..."

28th October 2017 - Trusted Customer

Easy to book via web site - though some confusion around application of discount code and inclusion of chauffeur services.

Excellent cabin on top deck - spacious, v comfortable bed and great to be able to open the full height windows. Good food - great choice and generally cooked well with nice choice of wines. Liked the options for regional dishes in the different countries/regions. Minor niggles - would have preferred to stay longer at each stop to be able to explore more fully, included tours worked well but a bit slow and slight emphasis on 'shopping'. Great service/crew. Toaster for breakfast was rubbish (one of those conveyor types that doesn't actually work).

"Consistently high standards of service and food, attentive and polite crew, well thought out itinerary..."

28th October 2017 - Trusted Customer

Consistently high standards of service and food, attentive and polite crew, well thought out itinerary from start to finish. Clean ship with good amenities and public rooms.

Cruise benefitted from an experienced and confident cruise director, Andrej, who was always on hand to answer queries and ensure every day went smoothly,

"Exceeded expectations"

27th October 2017 - Trusted Customer

Good cabin, good food, good service, well maintained boat, good itinerary

Well maintained boat, good service, good food, good staff, good itinerary and stops,


16th October 2017 - Mrs Rita Hollens

From the start of the holiday to the arrival home every aspect was exceptionally well thought out and organised. The quality of the ship was fantastic with exceptionally trained staff that made the stay so enjoyable. Food is always a criteria and on the Impression it was what you would expect in a first class restaurant exceptionally good. Every social evening entertainment met everyones taste with exceptional entertainment. Excursions included where again well organised with "own time" and added trips for those who wished for more. The important role of the Cruise Director was well filled with every piece of information to ensure that each passenger was fully informed of what to do and what to see in every location. All in all a wonderful special experience that we would love to do again and will certainly be sharing our experience of Avalon Cruises with our friends. Yours Rita Hollens

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

2nd October 2017 - Mr Philip Bristow

Excellent holiday marred by the lack of customer service when having difficulties with return flights in am emergency. Appeared to be an abdication of responsibility and a lack of true 'customer care'.

The holiday itself was excellent. Could perhaps have been improved by the addition of DJ type recorded music to keep the party going at night.

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