See the highlights of Central Europe on this enchanting river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest. Guided sightseeing in each city shows you the highlights, and is conducted by Certified Local Guides. 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. Enjoy the music of local musicians in some port of call. Attend a beer tasting in Bamberg and enjoy inside visits of Würzburg’s Bishop’s Residenz, and St. Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava. And because this is a music theme, you will visit a violin maker in Regensburg, we will take you to Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg, where the “hills are alive with the Sound of Music”, you will attend a Walzer and Operetta concert in Vienna. 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.
Cruise: deluxe 14-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome receptionDay 2 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 3 Cologne: onboard piano recital; choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walkDay 4 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treatDay 5 Main River Village: guided walkDay 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 7 Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town HallDay 8 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tourDay 9 Regensburg: guided walk and visit to a violin maker’s workshop; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting, special lecture onboard on the world of guitars.Day 10 Passau: guided walk or full day excursion to Salzburg with lunch includedDay 11 Krems. Excursion to Göttweig Abbey: guided walk in Krems; guided visit of Göttweig Abbey, church concertDay 12 Vienna: guided sightseeing, “Royal Waltz” Concert in Vienna Day 13 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s CathedralDay 14 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square. Visit the Opera House and attend a short concert.Day 15 Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
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 becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.