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Highlights
  • Explore Amsterdam
  • Visit Cologne you will have a choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk
  • Rhine Gorge – Rüdesheim: opportunity to cruise through the Rhine Gorge
  • Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim, enjoy a special treat
  • Explore Main River Village: guided sightseeing
  • Discover Bamberg and see the Old Town Hall
  • Explore Linz–Grein , visit the historical theater in Grein

24 Day River Cruise From Amsterdam To Bucharest

The North Sea, the Black Sea, and the rivers in between are the focus of this memorable cruise along the magnificent Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. Relax and enjoy as you cruise past quaint villages, taking in the scenery and learning about the history. Cruise through Amsterdam’s lovely canals, past castles on the romantic Rhine and along the Main Danube Canal. Sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, and take small boats to explore the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy included guided sightseeing in each city—Cologne, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Vukovar, Belgrade, Constanta, and Bucharest. Spend time in the charming wine village of Rüdesheim, and explore Bucharest, Romania’s lively capital. Other highlights include a visit to Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress, the Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, as well as an introduction to some of Germany’s famous beers in Nuremberg and wine tasting in Hungary’s Villány region. This is a vacation of a lifetime!

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I had heard that Avalon had mostly new ships and that the newest river boats usually had bigger cabins, so decided to give them a try when we sailed the Danube last year. My wife and I were very happy with the choice -- the room had big windows and we enjoyed being able to eat outside, which is something you don't find on some of the older river ships, The shore excursions were good, too, and we didn't have to pay extra for them, which made it more affordable all arouind.
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I had the misfortune of dropping my cell phone down the garbage chute. Needless to say I was distraught. I went to the office and Pete from maintenance was there for me within 5minutes. I felt like a complete idiot for dropping my cell phone in the chute. Pete was so supportive and willing to help. He was like superman to me. I'll never forget his professional and kind approach. He retrieved my phone successfully. Truly grateful. Thanks Pete, Five Stars for you
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To sum it up.....Excellent!!!!! Service, food and accommodation were all excellent. This Danube wine cruise experience was first class. I will return to Avalon again for another river cruise.

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The river cruise in France via Avalon … November 2017

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The river cruise in France via Avalon Waterways was amazing, the most wonderful trip I have ever been on. Every detail was spectacular. But the best part was all of the people on the boat. They were kind, funny, friendly, and their customer service was top notch. I don't know that I will ever have an experience like this again in my travels. I would 100% recommend Avalon Waterways to anyone. Thank you.
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I would like to highly recommend Avalon … November 2017

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I would like to highly recommend Avalon Waterways River Cruises.
I have enjoyed 2 of their river cruises already and have a 3rd planned in 2018.
I have cruised the Danube and Rhine and my next is the Seine River, with a 3 day extension on each cruise through Monogram Vacations.
I especially appreciate their spacious cabins which are 200 square feet.
This is smartly accomplished by eliminating the walkout balcony, which
instead is incorporated into the cabin, utilizing ceiling to floor and wall to wall glass doors. These sliding doors can open to enjoy the beautiful passing scenery from your king sized bed.
All the tours have been very well organized, and we have also enjoyed the exceptional food on each of the cruises.
Avalon Waterways Cruises will continue to be my first choice for exploring Europe in luxury.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive In Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, and canals—not to mention the bike paths throughout the city—make for a vibrant atmosphere. Early this afternoon why not take an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans, with its traditional houses and workshops of Dutch crafts. Later, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

NOTE: Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2: Amsterdam

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time this afternoon to explore or maybe to join an optional biking excursion (weather permitting). Afterward, bid tot ziens (farewell) to Holland and set sail for Germany.

Day 3: Cologne, Germany

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, enjoy some peaceful cruising before reaching Cologne. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a GUIDED CITY WALK or a JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. Later, during free time, perhaps look in on the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built—a must for history buffs! Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years!

Day 4: Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The dramatic RHINE GORGE is the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom, before arriving in Rüdesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, where you’ll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries; and enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT.

Day 5: Wertheim

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wertheim. Relax on board until your afternoon arrival in Wertheim, where a GUIDED WALK shows you its medieval center. Enjoy an included TASTING of local specialties and free time before departing for Würzburg.

Day 6: Würzburg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Surrounded by hillside vineyards, Würzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” makes an immediate impression with Marienberg Fortress perched above town and its 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent BISHOP’S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. During afternoon free time, consider joining an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg.

Day 7: Bamberg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as you cruise along the Main River. Before lunch, attend a fascinating ONBOARD LECTURE to learn about the European Union. This afternoon, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic center, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! Wander the serpentine streets with their charming homes and 18th-century mansions.

Day 8: Nuremberg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This morning, choose either a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized “NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS” tour. During free time, be sure to try some tasty Lebkuchen and make a wish at the beautiful fountain in the Hauptmarkt (main square). Legend says your wish will come true if you turn its gold ring three times. This afternoon, relax on board and attend an interesting LECTURE about the engineering marvel that is the Main Danube Canal. Before dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS.

Day 9: Regensburg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Highlights of your GUIDED WALK this morning include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to a Roman fort built in 179 AD. In the Middle Ages, many mansions were built with high towers to emphasize the prestige of their owners—many remain today. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants.

Day 10: Linz, Austria–Grein

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning your LOCAL GUIDE will acquaint you with Linz, Austria’s third-largest city and an important river port. See the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war, and fire. Maybe wander around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river, or visit the neo-gothic New Cathedral, the largest church in Austria, with capacity for 20,000 visitors. In the late afternoon, arrive in the attractive country resort of Grein, nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK and take pictures of the turreted houses on the main square. Its castle is the oldest residential castle in Austria, and its THEATER—built in 1791—is Austria’s oldest theater. Alternatively, you might like to join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg; or the popular “Romantic Austria” tour; or to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your ship in the late afternoon in Grein.

Day 11: Dürnstein–Vienna

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley before arriving in Dürnstein. The magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade is without a doubt the landmark of this small town. A Local Guide will take you on a WALKING TOUR and tell you the tale of England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. This evening, arrive in Vienna, where an optional concert is available tonight.

Day 12: Vienna

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights on your included GUIDED TOUR. Shop in the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses—historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture!

Day 13: Vienna–Bratislava, Slovakia

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you can relax and take it easy. Either stay on board and enjoy a leisurely cruise to Bratislava or spend more time in Vienna on your own, joining a motorcoach transfer to Bratislava in the early afternoon. The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava is situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Arrive here in mid-afternoon and join your Local Guide for a tour of the city, including a GUIDED WALK of its fascinating cobblestoned Old Town with its Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Day 14: Budapest, Hungary

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 palatable. On an INCLUDED TOUR with your Local Guide, see Heroes Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to note the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge built in 1849, and a symbol of Budapest.

Day 15: Mohács. Excursion To Villány Wine District

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy tranquil cruising through southern Hungary before arriving in Mohács. From here, an excursion takes you to the Villány district, where some of Hungary’s best red wines are produced. As you enjoy a WINE TASTING, learn about which varietals are grown and why the climate and soil conditions are ideal for wine production.

Day 16: Osijek & Vukovar, Croatia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, learn more about the complex history of Croatia and the events that led to the Croatian War of Independence. Accompanied by LOCAL GUIDES, explore Osijek, an important economic and cultural center, as well as Vukovar, Croatia’s largest river port. Vukovar was scene to an 87-day siege in 1991, known as the Battle of Vukovar, and is today considered a symbol of Croatian resistance. The siege and other dramatic events in the recent past have shaped both the present and the future of this region.

Day 17: Belgrade, Serbia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early this morning, arrive in Belgrade, one of the oldest cities in Europe and capital of Serbia. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you its main sights, including St. Sava, the world’s largest orthodox church. Also visit the city’s principal landmark, KALEMEGDAN FORTRESS, which showcases the history of Belgrade. Built in stages between the 1st and 18th centuries, the fortress witnessed many battles and observed the courage of those trying to defend the city from conquerors. In your free time, check out the city’s lively pedestrian area and charming outdoor cafés, visit one of the many art galleries or museums, or browse the local shops.

Day 18: Excursion To Lepenski Vir–Iron Gates

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, dock at Donji Milanovac, where a short drive takes you to the impressive LEPENSKI VIR EXHIBITION CENTER, which houses area archaeological artifacts and has unique views of the Danube Gorge. Return to your ship before lunch, then cruise what must surely be the most spectacular scenery of the dramatic IRON GATES gorge, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage dividing Europe’s Alps in the northwest from the Carpathians in the southeast and forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

Day 19: Excursion To Veliko Târnovo, Bulgaria & Arbanassi–Rousse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo is a comfortable ride from the Danube. Situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River, the city was a natural fortress with ancient stone houses clinging to the steep slopes. One of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (dating back to 4300 BC), the oldest part is Tsarevets Hill, home of the Royal Fortress, palaces, and the PATRIARCH’S CHURCH. With your Local Guide, discover this town that played an important role in Bulgaria’s history. Then, journey to Arbanassi. Founded in the 15th century, the historic village is best known for its examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture and its ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM, a 400-year-old house preserved as a museum. Visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, one of the oldest churches in Arbanassi, and see its outstanding collection of frescoes. Rejoin your ship in Rousse, Bulgaria’s largest inland port. If you do not wish to participate in the full-day excursion, remain on board and relax, then join a GUIDED TOUR of Rousse this afternoon.

Day 20: Tulcea, Romania

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Relax on board and enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising. Before lunch, learn about the Danube Delta at a fascinating ONBOARD LECTURE. This afternoon, dock in Tulcea, the “gateway” to the Delta. There’s time to explore on your own and maybe visit the Delta Museum. In the late afternoon, your ship sails for St. Gheorghe.

Day 21: St. Gheorghe, Danube Delta

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From St. Gheorghe this morning, an excursion on small boats takes you into the DELTA, the best preserved of Europe’s deltas, hosting over 300 species of birds and 45 species of freshwater fish. From its source in the Black Forest to its delta at the Black Sea, the Danube is 2,845 kilometers long. The Km markings can be clearly seen on the river banks the length of the river. Enjoy a small celebration to mark Km “0”—the end of the Danube’s journey. This afternoon, relax as you sail to Cernavodă.

Day 22: Cernavodă. Excursion To Constanta

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, dock in Cernavodă, a city at the western end of the 40-mile-long Black Sea Canal, the pride of communist achievement. You may choose to take an included full- or half-day excursion to Constanta on the Black Sea, the most important commercial center in Romania. A Local Guide shows you the city highlights, with a visit of the NATURAL HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Visit a WINERY at Murfatlar before returning to Cernavodă in the late afternoon. Alternatively, you may want to relax on board in the morning and visit Constanta in the afternoon only. Sail overnight to Oltenita.

Day 23: Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Bucharest

Meals: Breakfast

A short drive from Oltenita is Bucharest, Romania’s lively capital. Its wide, tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—built in 1922 to honor the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI—have gained it the name “Paris of the East.” During the INCLUDED TOUR this afternoon, see the impressive Parliament Building, the second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon, and the Royal Palace Square, the scene of riots in 1989, which led to the collapse of the communist dictatorship. In your free time, maybe stroll down Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue), Bucharest’s most historic street. Built in 1692, today it is lined with shops, museums, churches, restaurants, cafés, and fine houses. (Breakfast)

Day 24: Bucharest

Meals: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. 

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 9,654

Price Per Day:

$ 402 per person
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 250

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:

In single room from $174 to $330, in twin room from $110 to $185

Extra nights per person in Bucharest:

In single room from $145 to $170, in twin room from $80 to $92

Cruise-Only Available: This vacation can also be taken as a Cruise-Only option starting at the embarkation city and ending at the disembarkation city, and does not include overnight land stays. If you are interested in this option, please contact a Travel Consultant for more information.

Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

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Cruise Deposit & Final Payment:

A non-refundable, non-transferable cruise deposit of $250 per person per vacation is required for Avalon to reserve space for you, with some limited exceptions as noted below. Avalon accepts checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, and American Express. Your booking is not confirmed and payment is not deemed made until the deposit is received by Avalon and you receive a confirmation invoice. Your reservation will be automatically canceled if deposit is not received by Avalon by the deposit due date. On certain departures, deposits may be required at time of booking to hold or to confirm space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted these Terms & Conditions.

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Details
Trip Includes
  • Accommodation
  • Most of the meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Internal transportation
  • Wi-Fi accessibility
  • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
Trip Excludes
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcohol & beverages outside of the contracted menu
  • Additional excursions and activities not listed as 'included' in the itinerary
  • Travel Protection premiums
  • Applicable cruise taxes, fees, fares and port charges
  • Other items of a personal nature
Meals Included:

23 Breakfast, 19 Lunches and 19 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Start City
Amsterdam
End City
Bucharest
Cancellation Policy:

Booking Cancellations & Cancellation Fees:

If a booking cancellation is received by Avalon prior to the final payment date of your vacation, your non-refundable land deposit and Travel Protection payments will be retained in addition to your Flex-Air deposit, Instant Purchase Air payment and service fee, and/or intra-vacation air deposit. For individual reservations, the following per person cancellation fees apply. Total price does not include discounts, promotions, or special incentives. (For group reservations, refer to the Group Policy.)

Standard Cancellation Fees:

90-60 days prior to commencement of services: 35% of total price* plus Travel Protection payments

59-30 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price* plus Travel Protection payments

29-1 days prior to commencement of services: 80% of total price* plus Travel Protection payments

On departure day and later: 100% of total price* plus Travel Protection payments

Additional Information:

Meals

Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés

Welcome dinner

Daily Afternoon Tea

Daily Night Fare

Farewell dinner

Complimentary 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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Cruise-Only Available: This vacation can also be taken as a Cruise-Only option starting at the embarkation city and ending at the disembarkation city, and does not include overnight land stays. If you are interested in this option, please contact a Travel Consultant for more information.

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