Multiple itineraries are available:
Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation)
Travel to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship. This evening, meet your crew at a welcome reception before dinner. Meet our opera singers who be with you throughout this cruise, and entertain you with their beautiful voices and performances. Moreover, we will surprise you with a special concert performance in one of the cities you will be visiting.
Day 2 Budapest
Included today: Guided sightseeing, see Fisherman's Bastion. Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's liveliest cities. Whether you're seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest's unique energy is positively palpable. On your guided tour of the city, see Heroes' Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fisherman's Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church. Be sure to take note of the city's eight bridges— famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. In your free time this afternoon you may want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest; visit St. Stephen's Basilica with marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform; or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street.
Day 3 Bratislava
Included today: Guided walk, visit St Martin's Cathedral. Situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. Your guided walk with a Local Guide explores the charming Old Town with its winding cobbled streets, the old stone Town Hall and the Gothic cathedral of St Martin.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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"Cannot wait till I go on another Avalon Waterway Cruise again"
Excellent, staff first class, menus varied and well presented. Cabins excellent and the beds the most comfy I have experienced on a ship or boat.
"A perfect cruise"
The cruise was very well organised from start to finish. The service was excellent in all respects.
It was our second Avalon cruise and just as good as the first. The route from Budapest to Amsterdam was even more varied and scenic than we had hoped.
Everything was excellent, comfort, food, cruise director. Our every need was catered for without fuss. Most of the local tour guides were very good. The places visited interesting and adequate time to explore by ourselves.
Excellent value for what WE paid. Would not have bought this holiday at the "standard" price.
"An amazing experience!"
The holiday was well organised and all the staff were friendly and helpful without being intrusive. I was concerned about being Coeliac but the care and attention given to me by chef Attila and the Matre D Lucian was beyond all expectations.
Having booked this holiday to celebrate our 30 wedding anniversary in February we were very disappointed to discover that had if we booked it two weeks before we departed we would have saved £2200.00. I contacted Avalon UK who said that basically "it is the luck of the draw" but there could possibly be an upgrade and that would be conveyed through. On joining our ship our cruise director on our behalf contacted head office to be told their policy was not to give upgrades however we know of at least one couple who were upgraded!!!
Everything ran according to plan and was perfectly choreographed by Vlad.
Good value and delivered as expected
We would certainly recommend them to anyone and would love to travel with them again
We could not find fault with anything
"Customer service and attention to detail is first class. We would return."
Customer service and attention to detail on board was faultless.
In bound transfer and holding hotel could have been better.
We were driven around Budapest for what seemed like an hour and when we finally arrived at the hotel nobody was there to greet us.
Wonderful itinerary in a most beautiful part of Europe. We' were sorry to disembark. Our tour director, Barbara , was magnificent
"To be repeated!"
Good overall service
Waiters sometimes rather rude and curt could better trained to understand customer service
Cruise director Christine was excellent
Excursions all good
See previous comments overall very good Downside pick up at Heathrow was a problem as driver not where he should have been