Join a group of solo travellers on board Avalon Waterways 'The Avalon Expression'

OVERVIEW

Solos Only

An indulgent river cruise for independent solo travellers. Take advantage of this superb experience without the hefty single supplement.

Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital—both historical and modern. This popular city is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten.

Onto Germany where there’s a guided city walk in Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture.

Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers.

First stop in Austria is Melk for a visit of its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Dürnstein—famous for its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche.

And in the last days of your vacation, local experts will introduce you to three capital cities: Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss; Bratislava, Slovakia, where winding cobblestone streets twist and turn in the Old Town and you’ll visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; and lively Budapest, Hungary, with its unique energy and countless must-see sites.

This truly is a river cruise to remember!

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    15 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Hungary, Netherlands
  • Travel Style:
    Cruise
  • Accomodation:
    Ship cabins
  • Prices:
  • Transport:
    Cruise
  • Pace:
    1
  • Group Size:
    maximum estimate 12
  • Trip Code:
    river18-5
  • Terms:
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

  • Deluxe 14-night cruise in an outside stateroom (Category E) with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 13 Lunches
  • 13 Dinners
  • Captains welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine & canapes
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast
  • Wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard your vessel
  • Guided sightseeing in all destinations.
  • Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting.
  • Guided walk in Regensburg, enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstkuche; beer tasting.
  • Choice of guided sightseeing of Roth; or guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour.
  • Guided walk in Bamberg, see the Old Town.
  • Visit the Bishop's Residenz in Wurzburg
  • Guided walk in Main River Village
  • Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge.
  • Choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk in Cologne
  • Canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • All included guided sightseeing is conducted by a Certified Local Guide. 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.

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Have your own room for the price of a twin share room
  • Captains Welcome and Farewell reception onboard
  • Visit Budapest and see Fishermans Bastion and Heroes Square
  • Visit Nuremberg Rally Grounds
  • Jewish Heritage walk in Cologne
  • Canal cruise in Amsterdam

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

DAY 1 – FRIDAY 18 MAY 2018
Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)

Welcome to Hungary's exciting capital city! This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (NOTE: Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.)

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 – SATURDAY 19 MAY 2018
Budapest

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 Cafe, Budapest's unique energy is positively palatable. On your GUIDED TOUR of the city, see Heroes' Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen's Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church. Be sure to take note of the city's eight bridges-famous sights in and of themselves-which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. In your free time this afternoon, you may want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest; visit St. Stephen's Basilica with marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform; or stroll along Vaci utca, the main shopping street.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 – SUNDAY 20 MAY 2018
Bratislava, Slovakia

Today, arrive in Bratislava, situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and the dynamic capital of Slovakia. Join a Local Guide for a tour of the city, including a GUIDED WALK of its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the 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. Later, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Tonight, depart for Vienna.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 – MONDAY 21 MAY 2018
Vienna, Austria

Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's magical capital on the blue 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 you'll see on your included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Karntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! An optional concert is available tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 – TUESDAY 22 MAY 2018
Durnstein-Melk

Durnstein, situated in the heart of the Wachau wine region, is known for the magnificent baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700s. The main street of this small town-with a population of less than 1,000 people-is lined with 16th-century residences and charming cobblestone streets. 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. Then, cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley to reach Melk after lunch. Visit the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY which towers over the town and is one of Europe's largest. It houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendour of its church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 60 metre (210-foot) high cupola. This evening, you'll be able to sample some of the region's FAMOUS WINES.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 – WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018
Passau, Germany

Today, choose from full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of The Sound of Music sights or to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your ship in Passau in the early evening. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 – THURSDAY 24 MAY 2018
Regensburg

Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brucke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Bask in the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. Before dinner, we'll introduce you to some of Germany's FAMOUS BEERS.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 – FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018
Roth-Nuremberg

This morning, relax on board, before docking in Roth. After lunch, join a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of the city. This delightful Bavarian town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial centre for textile manufacturing. Take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. Or you may prefer to choose a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR of nearby Nuremberg. 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. Marvel at this thousand-yearold city's medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 – SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018
Bamberg

This morning, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic centre, 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! This afternoon, cruise gently along the Main River as you head for Wurzburg.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10  - SUNDAY 27 MAY 2018
Wurzburg

Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Wurzburg, the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," makes an immediate impression with imposing Fortress Marienberg perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP'S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own, or perhaps join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 – MONDAY 28 MAY 2018
Main River Village

On the banks of the Main River you find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. With halftimbered houses, narrow streets, and medieval town centres, these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer's delight. Join your Local Guide to experience one of these towns on a GUIDED WALK.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 – TUESDAY 29 MAY 2018
Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge

Today, arrive in Rudesheim, a 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. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then head downstream from Rudesheim, through the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 120 metres (400 feet) above the water. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 – WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 2018
Cologne

Arrive in Cologne this morning. 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 an included GUIDED CITY WALK or 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! The Old Town abounds with cafes, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 – THURSDY 31 MAY 2018
Amsterdam, Holland

Holland's sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. With over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. Get a unique perspective of the city on an included CANAL CRUISE, floating along the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's "Golden Age." There's free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 – FRIDAY 1 JUNE 2018
Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

ABOUT THE RIVER CRUISE

THE AVALON EXPRESSION
The Avalon Expression adds to our unique offering of Suite Ships. The Expression's two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Cruise along the legendary Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers, enjoying fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. 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 expanded fitness center, Internet corner, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful open-air bistro.

SHIP AMENITIES:

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Sky Deck with shade awnings
  • Expanded fitness center
  • Non-smoking interior
  • Elevator
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout
  • Outside Viewing Deck
  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
  • English-speaking crew
  • Sightseeing with a Certified Local Guide
  • Cruise Director
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Revolutionary engineering
  • Room service available featuring Continental breakfast and beverages
  • Sky Deck Whirlpool
  • Internet Corner
  • Hair salon (manicures available)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Access
  • Relax and enjoy onboard movie nights
  • Access to iPad mobile digital devices (Royal Suites only)
  • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Durnstein
  • Alternate dining experience with regional specialties and lighter fare in the Panorama Bistro
  • Behind-the-scenes ship tour
  • Choice of excursions - Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options\
  • Complimentary maps and use of Nordic walking sticks
  • Culture & Cruise onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts
  • Expanded "on-demand" in-room entertainment
  • Guest Services is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Sky Deck Game Area
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
  • Fitness Center
  • Well-stocked library

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PRICES

Category

Description

Deck

Your Own Cabin

Panorama Suite P

200 SQ FT - Panoramic Windows

Royal Deck

 $17060

Panorama Suite A

200 SQ FT - Panoramic Windows

Sapphire Deck - Mid ship

 $16683

Panorama Suite B

200 SQ FT - Panoramic Windows

Sapphire Deck - Aft

 $16806

Category D

172 SQ FT - Two Bay windows

Indigo Deck - Mid ship

 $12917

Category E

172 SQ FT - Two Bay windows

Indigo Deck - Forward

 SOLD OUT

 

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save up to $5890 for a panorama suite (category P) or $4420 for a Category D cabin, on package prices above for your own cabin.

TOUR ONLY PACKAGE:
The airfare is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

DAY/DATE VARIATIONS:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

UPGRADING ECONOMY FARE TO BUSINESS CLASS FARE WITH POINTS
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

ACCRUING FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

PRICE INFORMATION
Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.

Not included: 

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

Share and save with our roommate match option. On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Budapest, Hungary
Depart from:  Amsterdam, Holland  

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 hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at a hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about booking a hotel for day use.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
Please speak to one of our consultants for flights to and from Europe.

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

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.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
This is an independent travel package.

We are promoting this cruise on our website and to our solo traveller subscribers of our travel emails, and we expect a few travellers, if not more to take up this special offer. However, 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.

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).

There is a mix of very relaxed days while at sea and other days when the ship docks or tenders at the shore destinations.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
All meals are included when onboard the vessel.  Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes, welcome dinner, daily afternoon tea, daily night fare, farewell dinner, complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast, wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET  (INTERNATIONAL TRIPS)
Wifi is accessible onboard the vessel. This is a guideline only and not a guarantee.

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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