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

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.

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 café 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. 

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, Slovakia, Austria, Germany
  • Travel Style:
    Cruise
  • Accomodation:
    Ship cabins
  • Prices:
    From $8875 per person, for a single cabin
  • Transport:
    Coach,Cruise
  • Pace:
    1
  • Group Size:
    Solo Independent Travellers
  • Trip Code:
    river19-5
  • Terms:
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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 with Avalon Waterways with the exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 13 Lunches
  • 14 Dinners
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast
  • Wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard your vessel
  • Guided sightseeing in all destinations.
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath products.
  • 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 on Avalon portion only.
  • Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting.
  • Guided walk in Regensburg
  • 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
  • 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.

# Transfers are not included

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Enjoy all meals onboard
  • Visit Budapest and see Fishermans Bastion and Heroes Square
  • Visit Bratislava with options for touring
  • See the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna
  • Visit the Benedict Abbey in Melk
  • Experience the charm of Regensburg
  • See the Seven Hills of Bamberg crowned with churches
  • 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 – THURSDAY 16 MAY 2019
Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary's Captivating Capital. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm. Make your own way to the ships terminal to check in.  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 is docked in Budapest.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 – FRIDAY 17 MAY 2019
Budapest

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square. The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe, consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube, or a visit to one of Budapest's world-famous thermal baths

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 – SATURDAY 18 MAY 2019
Bratislava, 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 – SUNDAY 19 MAY 2019
Vienna, 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 – MONDAY 20 MAY 2019
Durnstein-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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 – TUESDAY 21 MAY 2019
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, 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 – WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2019
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 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 – THURSDAY 23 MAY 2019
Roth-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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 – FRIDAY 24 MAY 2019
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. Enjoy live entertainment onboard while sailing this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10  - SATURDAY 25 MAY 2019
Wurzburg

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 – SUNDAY 26 MAY 2019
Main 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 – MONDAY 27 MAY 2019
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, 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 – TUESDAY 28 MAY 2019
Cologne

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!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 – WEDNESDAY 29 MAY 2019
Amsterdam, 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 – THURSDAY 30 MAY 2019
Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.  Once you disembark this morning, make your own way to the airport for your onward journey.

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 ARTISTRY II

The Avalon Artistry II delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring 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, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include an Internet corner, complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded fitness center, 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 (Category A, B and P)
  • Twin Bay Windows (Category D and E)
  • 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 Breisach
  • Alternate dining experience with regional specialties and lighter fare in the Panorama Bistro
  • Avalon Choice cruising experience
  • 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

 

SAVE

Panorama Suite B

200 SQ FT - Panoramic Windows

Sapphire Deck - Aft

 $15416

SAVE $2300

1 cabin left

Category D

172 SQ FT - Two Bay windows

Indigo Deck - Aft

 $9373

SAVE $4703

1 Cabin left

Category E

172 SQ FT - Two Bay windows

Indigo Deck - Forward

 $8875

SAVE $4429

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OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

SHARE & SAVE Take your own cabin for the price of a single, book and pay your deposit and save up to $6166 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.

EARLY BIRD, TERMS & CONDITIONS: To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the deposit to secure your booking, and make any progress payment by the nominated date, as per the booking terms.

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 a 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.

 

Some information from this page has been sourced from other websites. Content is provided as a guide only.

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. 

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements
Passengers 70 years or over must provide “fitness to travel” letter from their doctor at time of making booking.

Passengers must inform us and the service provider of any medical conditions which may affect your ability to participate in the tour.

At our discretion we, including the service provider, can exclude you in a tour or in any activity if we consider that you are unable to safely participate in that tour or activity or if we consider your participation may place the safety of other guests at risk.

We exclude all liability for any illness, injury or death sustained by you on tour because of any pre-existing medical condition. You release us from all liability arising out of your medical condition, illness, or injury that you may suffer during the tour or as a result of the tour. 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
All meals are included when onboard the 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 travelers.

TRANSPORT
Please see information on the vessel.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Porterage for one suitcase on tour is included in the tour price. Due to limited capacity and keeping within the guidelines of Occupation Health and safety, we strongly recommend that this single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 76x53x28cm (30"x 21"x 11") and weight not exceeding 22 kg (50 lbs). We do understand that slight variations to these dimensions will occur and provided the variations are only slight, luggage will be accepted on the coach.

Due to limited space, carry-on bags should not exceed the dimensions of 30x28x14cm (12"x11"x6"). For safety reasons, wheeled carry-on bags are not suitable as hand luggage on motorcoaches and minibuses as these bags can cause damage to persons and property if it falls from the overhead compartments for any reason. A carry-on bag and a handbag will be suitable inside the coach.

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

PERSONALISE YOUR EXPERIENCE
Once you have confirmed your booking with a deposit, you will be able to personalise your experience thought this link CLICK HERE

MyAccount allows you to make the most of the time you have now to plan a great holiday experience. 

Once you have booked a Avalon cruise, MyAccount conveniently allows you to personalise your experience prior to departure.

While there are many highlights included in your tour, there are many optional excursions and activities you may wish to experience. The 6-digit booking number you receive from your travel agent is necessary to create a MyAccount. Once you have created your account the following services are available to you:

  • Pre-purchase a large range of optional excursions 
  • Pre-register for your tour – this will save you filling in paperwork at the commencement of your holiday with us.
  • Nominate who we should contact on your behalf in the unlikely event of an emergency. 

You will need your booking number to register.

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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