2019 : Magnificent Europe for Beer Enthusiasts (WBA-T1) - Tranquility II

15 Day River Cruise Budapest to Amsterdam

 

From Budapest to Amsterdam, you'll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe, as well as its beer and brewery traditions, on this European river cruise vacation. In Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria, a Local Guide will show you the must-see sights in each city, and you'll have plenty of time to explore on your own. See Heroes' Square in Budapest, Bratislava's Old Town with its winding streets, bronze sculptures and hidden microbreweries, and stop in a classic Viennese cafe for a decadent treat or to sample Austrian beers. Sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley and the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Visit Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Wurzburg's baroque Bishop's Residenz and enjoy a German beer tasting.

Explore quaint towns like Durnstein with its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche; Passau, known for its narrow cobblestone streets and the stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral; and Bamberg, with its town hall and its great variety of beers. Enjoy guided walks in historic Nuremberg, Wurzburg, and Regensburg. Visit the charming Rhine Valley town of Rudesheim with its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns, and spend time in Cologne, Germany-a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture and for the Kölsch, its local beer.

You'll explore Holland's lively capital of Amsterdam to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city from the unique perspective of a canal cruise. Take the opportunity to taste delicious Dutch beers. A Beer Expert travels with you on this cruise and will hold lectures, tastings, and will introduce you to food and beer pairing as well. Prost!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes' Square
Day 3 Bratislava: Onboard beer lecture, guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin's Cathedral, brewery tour
Day 4 Vienna: Guided sightseeing or brewery visit
Day 5 Durnstein-Wachau Valley-Melk: Choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Durnstein; cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk
Day 6 Passau: Guided walk, onboard food and beer pairing dinner
Day 7 Regensburg: Guided walk;
Day 8 Roth-Nuremberg: Onboard beer tasting, choice of guided sightseeing of Roth, or guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
Day 9 Bamberg: Guided walk, see the Old Town Hall or visit a hop garden
Day 10 Wurzburg: Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz, taste a local beer
Day 11 Main River Village: Onboard beer tasting, guided walk
Day 12 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge
Day 13 Cologne: Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour, have a Kölsch in a local brewery; onboard beer tasting
Day 14 Amsterdam: Canal cruise and beer experience
Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON 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 3 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.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1

    (D)

    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)

    Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating CapitalFlights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafes, and confections.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

    Day 2

    (B, L, D)

    BUDAPEST

    The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

    Classic Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.

    The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe, consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube, or a visit to one of Budapest's world-famous thermal baths.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA

    Day 3

    (B, L, D)

    BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

    Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture

    Discovery Enjoy an onboard beer lecture hosted by your Beer Expert while cruising to Bratislava

    Classic Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town's cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin's Cathedral-Hungary's centuries-old coronation church, OR:

    Active Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle.

    Discovery This evening, join your Beer Expert on a tour of local breweries

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

    Day 4

    (B, L, D)

    VIENNA, AUSTRIA

    Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections

    Classic Step into the legendary Habsburg Empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna's gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex-the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral, OR:

    Discovery Join a tour of one of the biggest breweries of Vienna and Austria

    Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace-the Habsburg empire summer home for 300 years.

    You may also take a tram to Austria's Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

    Day 5

    (B, L, D)

    DÜRNSTEIN-WACHAU VALLEY

    Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones

    Classic Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:

    Active Take a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

    Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.

    MELK

    Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley

    Classic Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

    Day 6

    (B, L, D)

    PASSAU, GERMANY

    The Three Rivers of Medieval Passau

    Classic Join an afternoon Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers."

    Alternatively, consider a Guided Optional Excursion for a full day in Salzburg, Austria-the city of Mozart-or a Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian Czech town of Ceský Krumlov.

    Discovery Onboard food and beer pairing dinner by your Beer Expert

    EVENING CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

    Day 7

    (B, L, D)

    REGENSBURG

    Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle

    Classic Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress

    You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

    Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

    This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

    Day 8

    (B, L, D)

    ROTH-NUREMBERG

    Living Heritage and History Lessons

    Discovery While sailing to Roth, enjoy an onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal-linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black seas.

    Discovery This morning also enjoy an onboard beer lecture hosted by your Beer Expert

    Classic Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth-with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge,Schloss Ratibor, OR;

    Classic Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR;

    Classic Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich.

    Tonight, relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Bamberg.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

    Day 9

    (B, L, D)

    BAMBERG

    One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills.

    Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches, OR:

    Discovery Discover a very special family run hop garden where you will also taste a local beer

    Enjoy live entertainment onboard while sailing this evening.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

    Day 10

    (B, L, D)

    WÜRZBURG

    A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon

    Classic Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the "Pearl of the Romantic Road" with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residenz-with the largest known ceiling fresco.

    Discovery Later, enjoy a beer in a local brewery Later, enjoy onboard entertainment.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

    Day 11

    (B, L, D)

    MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

    Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of the Main River Village

    Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

    Discovery Enjoy an onboard beer tasting hosted by your Beer Expert

    Classic Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Mainriver village.

    Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main river shores. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment as you cruise to Rudesheim.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

    Day 12

    (B, L, D)

    RÜDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE

    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

    Discovery Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR;

    Active Take a Hike up to the Niederwald Monument with your Avalon Adventure Host

    Discovery Later, Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

    This afternoon cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of the Lorelei-where mythological siren lured ill-fated sailors to shore.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

    Day 13

    (B, L, D)

    COLOGNE

    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City.

    Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

    Classic Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral, OR;

    Discovery Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites

    Discovery End your city tour at a local brewery for a glass of Kölsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years!

    Discovery Enjoy an onboard beer lecture and tasting hosted by your Beer Expert while sailing to Amsterdam

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

    Day 14

    (B, L, D)

    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

    Colorful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

    Discovery Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age.", followed by a real Dutch beer experience

    Spend free time on your own to explore the colorful cafes, galleries, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

    Day 15

    (B)

    AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Call 1 (800) 658-0869 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13849881

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
     
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2018
    Duration
    15 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Tranquility II

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Budapest  
    Day 2Budapest  
    Day 3Bratislava  
    Day 4Vienna  
    Day 5Melk  
    Day 6Passau  
    Day 7Regensburg  
    Day 8Nuremberg  
    Day 9Bamberg  
    Day 10Wurzburg  
    Day 11Main River Village  
    Day 12Rhine Gorge  
    Day 13Cologne  
    Day 14Amsterdam  
    Day 15Amsterda  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    10/25/2019Quote
    Disclaimer

    Port charges:
    $364

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Budapest:
    in single room from $178 to $446, in twin room from $111 to $243

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $398
    B / Sapphire Deck / $2298
    A / Sapphire Deck / $2398
    P / Royal Deck / $2598
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4398

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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