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Cruise Circle for Solos

An indulgent river cruise for independent solo travellers. 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 holidays.

An indulgent river cruise for independent solo travellers. 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 holiday.

Your river cruise adventure begins with visits to three of Europe’s vibrant capital cities: Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), and Vienna (Aus-tria). 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 café for a decadent treat. Sail through the pic-turesque views of the Wachau Valley and the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Ab-bey 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 tours in historic Nuremberg, Volkach, 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 Co-logne, 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.

This truly is a river cruise to remember, while all in the company of other solo travellers!

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    best suited 50 years+
  • Duration:
    16 Days
  • Status:
    Early preview
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Hungary, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Slovakia
  • Travel Style:
    On The Water
  • Accommodation:
    Deluxe cabins
  • Prices from:
  • Transport:
    Cruise
  • Pace:
    1
  • Max Group Size:
    14
REVIEWS

'This is not a holiday, it is a journey - great sights, great people and something truly different.'

Lexie, 54 years, Sydney, NSW

'Pleasantly surprising in a positive way, for someone who's been on a cruise for the first time.'

Grace, 57 years, Sydney, NSW
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • Deluxe 15 nights cruise with Avalon Waterways with the exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.
  • 15 Breakfasts
  • 14 Lunches
  • 15 Dinners
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast
  • Wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board your vessel
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath products. 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • Guided sightseeing in all destinations.
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides.
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore.
  • 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
  • Choose the sightseeing pace that suits you; Leisurely, Traditional, or Independent (where available)
  • Special on board and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

TRAVEL

  • 15 night cruise on board Avalon Waterways State-of-the-art, luxurious river cruise vessel with modern services and amenities
  • Transport by vehicle may apply for some shore excursions 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • 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.
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey.
  • Gratuities to Cruise Director, Crew, Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Not included with river cruise package: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports or hotels
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Itinerary

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

DAY 1:  SAT 8 MAY 2020
Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)

Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship is ready for boarding.  Flights 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

Meals:  Dinner 

DAY 2: SUN 9 MAY 2020
Budapest

Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube in the heart of Europe. Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host.
CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square. This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savor a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafes. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: MON 10 MAY 2020
Bratislava, Slovakia


Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture

CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking 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: DISCOVERY - 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. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


DAY 4: TUE 11 MAY 2020
Vienna, Austria

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and the Waltz
CLASSIC - Venture into the 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. Later, consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 5: WED 12 MAY 2020
Durnstein-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 the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ of Melk's Benedictine Abbey.
DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a Wine Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Passau.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: THU 13 MAY 2020
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, you may join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 7:  FRIDAY 14 MAY 2020
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 choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 8: SAT 15 MAY 2020
Roth. Excursion To Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons

DISCOVERY - 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. 
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 9: SUN 16 MAY 2020
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.
DISCOVERY - Attend an onboard lecture to learn about European history and culture.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VOLKACH

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: MON 17 MAY 2020
Volkach

Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town

CLASSIC - Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Alternatively, enjoy a relaxing afternoon while cruising to Kitzingen.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KITZINGEN

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 11: TUE 18 MAY 2020
Wurzburg


A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Wurzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residenz-with the largest known ceiling fresco. This afternoon enjoy a leisurely sailing afternoon.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 12: WED 19 MAY 2020
Main River Village


Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of the Main River Village. Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities.
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment as you cruise to Rudesheim.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 13: THU 20 MAY 2020
Rudesheim-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; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR;
ACTIVE - Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rudesheim. 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.   

AFTERNOON CRUISE TO ENGERS

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 14: FRI 21 MAY 2020
Cologne


Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
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!   

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15: SAT 22 MAY 2020
Amsterdam, Holland

Colourful Canals of Amsterdam
CLASSIC - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." In the afternoon you may join an Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties. Or choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside. You might also consider a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Spend free time on your own to explore the colourful cafes, galleries, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16: SUN 23 MAY 2020
Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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ACCOMMODATION


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PRICES

** NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT **

SAVE UP TO $XXXX when you book the river cruise package with the NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT offer – offer limited – while cabins last – can sell out fast.

** AIRFARE BONUS SAVING **
SAVE $100 on the international airfare when you book and pay your cruise deposit by 30 June 2020.

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Budapest, HUNGARY
Depart from: Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS 

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the cruise ship check in time on arrival and the check out time on departure, and the same for any pre or post cruise hotel stay. Early check in or late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

ABOUT AIRFARES
On request we provide an airfare quote.  If joining the tour from outside Australia it is usually most economical if you make your own flight arrangements or use the service of a travel agent located within your country of residence.

TRANSFERS
Please make your own way to the cruise ship terminal on arrival in Budapest.

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DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Any special offers are in limited supply and can sell out very early. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
This is an independent travel package. The difference is that we unite solo travellers on this one river cruise departure, to enjoy deluxe European river cruising together.  In the past the groups have departed with between 6 to 14 solo travellers. We arrange pre departure contact for our solo travellers, providing first names and email addresses (given we are granted traveller permission). The pre departure contact list will provide the option to be in touch with the travellers in our group before you travel. There is also the option to be in touch in our Facebook group.  

We cannot guarantee the number of solo travellers that book with us, or on board the vessel. This cruise is best suited to independent solo travellers, 50 years and over. Other passengers join the ship including couples, or friends travelling together.

THE PACE  [1 out of 5]
This is graded with a pace of [1] which signifies a very leisurely holiday with no demanding walking or activities (unless by your own arrangement).

See MORE ABOUT FITNESS in More Information section below.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
All meals are included when onboard the cruise ship vessel.  Enjoy complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast.  Wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.

UNESCORTED DEPARTURE
This is an unescorted departure, suited to independent travellers 50 years and over.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'This is not a holiday, it is a journey - great sights, great people and something truly different.'

Lexie, 54 years, Sydney, NSW

'Pleasantly surprising in a positive way, for someone who's been on a cruise for the first time.'

Grace, 57 years, Sydney, NSW

'My European river cruise experience was all and more than I expected. The food was great, the staff very friendly and helpful, tours were very well organised with every detail taken care of. It was an excellent mix of sightseeing and relaxing, the perfect holiday!'

Sharon, 57 years, Sydney, NSW
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