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From Budapest to Amsterdam, and many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless river cruise vacation.

2020 Magnificent Europe River Cruise

Departure Location

Auckland

Dates

29th June – 18th July 2020

Inclusions

Your river cruise adventure begins with visits to three of Europe’s vibrant capital cities: Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria. A Local Guide will show you the must-see sites in each city and you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own. See the famous Heroes’ Square in Budapest, stroll through Bratislava’s Old Town with its winding streets and bronze sculptures, and stop in a classic Viennese cafe for a decadent treat. Sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley and the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Würzburg’s baroque Bishop’s Residenz. Enjoy a tasting of Wachau wines.

Explore quaint towns like Dürnstein 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 straddling the River Regnitz. Enjoy guided walks in historic Nuremberg, Würzburg, and Regensburg one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. In the charming Rhine Valley town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. Straddling both sides of the Rhine River is Cologne, Germany, a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Here, enjoy a guided walk and see its famous twin-spired cathedral.

This European river cruise would not be complete without a visit to Holland’s lively capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective – on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. Your European cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam is filled with new discoveries and simple pleasures of ancient cultures that you’ll hold in your memory for many years to come.

  • Personally escorted from Auckland by your hosts Diane & Peter de Jong
  • Return Emirates Economy Class flights from Auckland
  • Transfers at Dubai, Budapest and Amsterdam
  • 2 night Dubai stopover including accommodation, buffet breakfast, afternoon Traditional city tour (including visit to Dubai Museum, Abra boat ride on Dubai Creek, Gold and Spice Souks) and welcome dinner
  • 14 night deluxe river cruise aboard Avalon View from Budapest to Amsterdam
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily, including daily four-course a la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts, and Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options. Coded B, L, D on the itinerary.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides.
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore.
  • Onboard local entertainment.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions.
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions.
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey.
  • Gratuities to Cruise Director, Crew, Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Itinerary

Day 1 / Monday 29th JuneAUCKLAND

Please meet us at 5:30pm at Auckland International Airport – our direct flight to Dubai is scheduled to depart at 8:30pm.

Day 2 / Tuesday 30th JuneDUBAI

On arrival at Dubai at 5:35am, we will be met and transferred to our hotel – our home for the next 2 nights. After checking in you may like to relax and enjoy the hotel pool or other facilities on site until our meeting time later in the day.

At 3pm, please meet in the hotel lobby for our afternoon tour of Dubai. Our tour will include stops at Dubai Museum and the Gold and Spice souks as well as a short ride across Dubai Creek on a traditional Abra. Our tour will conclude at Dubai Mall at approx. 7pm. We will have the opportunity to watch the fountain sound and light show set to music (this operates every 30 minutes and runs for approximately 10-15 minutes) whilst enjoying the included Welcome Dinner. You then have free time at the mall or you can head back to the hotel. (B, D)

Day 3 / Wednesday 1st JulyDUBAI

This morning breakfast is included at the hotel. Today you have a full day at leisure to do as you please. You may like to relax and enjoy the hotel pool and other onsite facilities or venture out and explore. Our hotel is located next to Dubai Mall where you will find an array of shops and dining options and many other leisure activities including Dubai Aquarium, ice skating rink and Burj Khalifa. We can help you with suggestions of things to see and do if you need some guidance. Tonight dinner is own arrangements or you are welcome to join us for a casual dinner at one of the local restaurants. (B)

Day 4 / Thursday 2nd JulyDUBAI - BUDAPEST

This morning we depart Dubai for Budapest, Hungary.

We are scheduled to arrive in Budapest at 12:45pm – a representative from Avalon Waterways will meet us at Budapest airport and transfer us directly to our beautiful river cruise ship – Avalon View.

Free time to relax on the ship or explore Budapest until approximately 5pm when there will be a welcome reception to meet the crew and your fellow travelling companions followed by dinner. (B, L, D) OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

Day 5 / Friday 3rd JulyBUDAPEST

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heat of Europe

Classic – Enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour including the iconic Heroe’s Square

The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savour a piece of cream cake in the world famous Gerbeaud Café, consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube, or a visit to one of Budapest’s world famous thermal baths. (B, L, D) OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA

Day 6 / Saturday 4th julyBRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture. 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. Alternatively, in your free time take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube. Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard. (B, L, D) OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

Day 7 / Sunday 5th JulyVIENNA, 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. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn 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. (B, L, D) OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN

Day 8 / Monday 6th JulyDURNSTEIN-WACHAU VALLEY-MELK

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.
DISCOVERY – Later, enjoy a Wine Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Passau. (B, L, D) EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

Day 9 / Tuesday 7th JulyPASSAU, 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 Cesky Krumlov. (B, L, D) EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

Day 10 / Wednesday 8th JulyREGENSBURG

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. (B, L, D) EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

Day 11 / Thursday 9th JulyROTH. EXCURSION TO 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. 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. (B, L, D) EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

Day 12 / Friday 10th JulyBAMBERG

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. Enjoy live entertainment onboard while sailing this evening. (B, L, D) EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG

Day 13 / Saturday 11th JulyWURZBURG

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. In your free time you may explore the city or enjoy a smoked beer. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment. (B, L, D) AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Day 14 / Sunday 12th JulyMAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of the Main River Village. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. 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. (B, L, D) AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM

Day 15 / Monday 13th JulyRUDESHEIM-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. (B, L, D) AFTERNOON CRUISE TO ENGERS

Day 16 / Tuesday 14th JulyCOLOGNE

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. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! (B, L, D) AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

Day 17 / Wednesday 15th JulyAMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Colourful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. CLASSIC – Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” Spend free time on your own to explore the colourful cafes, galleries, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam. (B, L, D) OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Day 18 / Thursday 16th JulyAMSTERDAM – disembarkation

We bid the group farewell this morning as it is the end of our hosted journey together. You have the day at leisure to explore before your departure in the evening for Auckland. (B)

Day 19 / Friday 17th JulyHOME BOUND

Enjoying the inflight service on your way to Auckland

Day 20 / Saturday 18th JulyAUCKLAND ARRIVAL

Scheduled arrival into Auckland at 09:50am.

THE SUITE SHIP

Seeing the Old World doesn’t mean you have to cruise on an old ship. Avalon’s remarkable, award-winning fleet is the youngest on the European waterways— significantly younger than the industry average, which means every Avalon ship delivers the largest staterooms, most innovative technologies, inspired designs, and highly desirable features and services. Whether you’re reading under designer lighting in a cozy corner of the Panorama Lounge, sipping a cocktail made from premium spirits after dinner, or watching the passing riverscapes as you keep up with your fitness routine in the fitness center, you’ll experience our passion for details.

The Suite Ship delivers an experience like no other. While Avalon has always provided river cruisers the most spacious staterooms in Europe, we offer cruisers even more room to relax and take in 360-degree views of Europe.

Each Panorama Suite comes complete with a large seating area adjacent to a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window. When opened, this nearly 11′ x 7′ floor-to-ceiling window transforms the entire Suite into the category’s only Open-Air Balcony.

With a focus on bringing the beauty of Europe inside, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies offer travellers a fresh air, panoramic cruising experience complete with epic views, in every weather condition, without compromising room space. And when each room’s Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window is closed, the Open-Air Balcony is transformed into a contemporary, light, inviting and inspirationally designed sitting room that’s perfect for relaxing, reading a book or taking pleasure in a romantic dinner.

Each of our new Suite Ships also feature a club, main lounge and dining room with sweeping views, hair salon, Sky Deck whirlpool and Sky Bistro. In addition, our Panorama-style ship fitness rooms are more expansive, featuring additional equipment and space to renew.

Our Suite Ships underscore Avalon’s dedication to energizing the river cruise category. For ten years, we have inspired upscale design innovations that have elevated the industry standard, including the introduction of floor-to-ceiling windows on two decks of every Avalon vessel. We were also the first to bring a larger stateroom with deluxe hotel-style design, (the Avalon Deluxe Stateroom) to an entire fleet of ships, making us the most contemporary and consistent river cruise operator around. 

Avalon Waterways not only provides travelers the youngest, most innovative fleet of ships in Europe, by design, we create panoramic access to a destination, uncompromising views, space to unwind and the choices that provide our cruisers the most engaging and immersive journeys imaginable.

AVALON VIEW (2020)

Like its sister ship, the Avalon Passion, the View features two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, an expanded fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the open-air bistro.

SHIP AMENITIES

  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds for a great night’s sleep.
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L’Occitane bath products.
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area.
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and board games
  • Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and cookies available throughout the day

DINING OPTIONS

  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Five-course farewell dinner
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Daily early-riser breakfast
  • Daily late-riser breakfast
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine
  • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
  • Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
  • Light lunch & casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro’s tasting menu for a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere
  • Tastings – sample the destination’s famous delicacies
  • Coffee or tea after dinner
PACKAGE PRICING

PACKAGE PRICE

Cruise cabin category

Twin share per person

Category E – Indigo Deck

$11,799.00

Category A – Sapphire Deck

$14, 595.00

Category P – Royal Deck

$14,795.00

* Please contact us for pricing and availability of single cabins

UPGRADE OPTIONS
Business class from $5900.00 per person
Economy/Business class combo from $4200.00 per person

A range of optional add ons are available post cruise in Amsterdam including additional nights in Amsterdam and 9 night travel package including Amsterdam, Paris and London, and many more options – ask us for details

Booking conditions:

  • A deposit of $600.00 per person is due at the time of booking
  • 2nd payment due by 04 September: $2500.00 per person (plus costs to upgrade Business Class or Economy/Business Class combo fare)
  • 16 March 2020: remaining balance due
  • All payments are non-refundable
  • Prices quoted are for payment by internet banking and are subject to availability.  Surcharge applies for payment by credit card
  • Escorted arrangements end in Amsterdam on 16 July 2020
  • Travel insurance is compulsory – please contact us for a quote for cover
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required for this journey and you must be fit to travel as this trip does involve walking on uneven surfaces and negotiating stairs and steps
  • The itinerary is subject to change as necessary

Please contact us for a full list of booking terms and conditions