Magnificent Europe | River Discovery Amsterdam to Budapest & Beyond
Your 19 Day Fly, Stay & Luxury River Cruise Holiday Includes
Economy Flights to Paris Returning From Prague
Your Pre Cruise Experience in Paris
Bonus Airport to Hotel transfer
Bonus 2 Night Hotel Stay to Explore the City of Paris
Bonus Scenic Rail Journey from Paris to Amsterdam
Your 15 Day Luxury Avalon River Cruise
15 Day Relaxed Luxury River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest
Spacious Deluxe River-facing Stateroom Onboard Avalon Artistry II
Seasonal & Locally Sourced A la Carte menus across flexible dining venues
Regional Wine & Beer with lunch & dinner
Specialty Onboard entertainment
Complimentary Wifi onboard
On Shore Excursions with Expert Guides
Your Post Cruise Experience in Prague
Bonus Budapest Port to Prague Hotel transfer
Bonus 2 Night Hotel Stay to Explore the City of Budapest
Bonus Hotel to Airport Transfer
Bonus Earlybird Low Deposit from $1299pp*
Bonus My Cruises Holiday Savings
General Departure Information
$9,990 per person twin share ex Auckland
$10,189 per person twin share ex Christchurch
Please note departure can be out of Auckland or out of Christchurch
Set sail on 30 April 2023
Upgrade to a Panorama Suite with Open Air Balcony from only $2,599 per person
Upgrade to an Upper Deck Panorama Suite with Open Air Balcony from only $2,999 per person
Upgrade to a Luxurious Royal Suite with Open Air Balcony from only $6,599 per person
Day 1 – 2: Paris, France
Located along the Seine River, Paris is a collection of villages and the sprawl of cobbled lands. Iconic architecture reaches into the sky from the wrought-iron structure of the Eiffel Tower to the medieval structures of the Notre Dame cathedral. Galleries, bistros, and boutiques all line the boulevards of Paris. The city of romance is alive and awaits you to explore its treasures.
Day 3: Amsterdam, Netherlands
As you farewell Paris and board your train for your scenic rail journey to Amsterdam for your 14 Night Luxury River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest Onboard Avalon Artistry II.
Day 4: Cologne, Germany
Today you will be cruising from Amsterdam to Cologne. Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities. Explore the old town with its beautiful squares, local markets, and historical monuments. The highlight of this stop is the magnificent World–Heritage-listed Gothic Cathedral. If you fancy going further afield book an excursion to Drachenburg Castle or Bruhl, famous for the Augustus Palace and Falkenlust. Discover gems of the past in the Old Town and explore the modern city which was rebuilt after World War 2. Cologne boasts the World-Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral as well as museums, galleries, and a Roman artifact museum!
Day 5: Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim, Germany
One of your highlights today as your travel from Cologne to Rudesheim is the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge. This region is associated with a long history and for centuries has exercised a powerful influence on writers, artists, and composers with a dramatic and varied natural landscape.
On your arrival into the Rhine Valley, Germany, Rudesheim is best known for winemaking, especially of Riesling wines. In the town centre, visit Drosselgasse, a local laneway lined with shops, taverns, and restaurants. Nearby, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet is a museum of automated musical instruments. Medieval Brömserburg Castle is home to the Rheingau Wine Museum, exhibiting wine paraphernalia from ancient times to the present.
Day 6: Main River Village, Bavaria
Flowing through the German states of Bavaria, the shores of the Main River is lined with picturesque towns and beautiful scenery. Set ashore and explore one of the Bavarian villages. Sample some of the local delicacies and wines on offer.
Day 7: Wurzburg, Germany
Würzburg is at the heart of Franconian wine country, surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The city has many wine bars, cellars, and wineries where you can try the local wine in the characteristic Bocksbeutel bottles. After a walking tour of the city make sure to visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bishops’ Residenz. One of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces featuring the elaborate staircase, 18th Century frescoes by Tiepolo, and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork. Close to Würzburg are other fantastic attractions such as Rothenburg, a perfectly preserved fortified town dating back to the middle ages, boasting unique gothic, renaissance, and baroque architecture.
Day 8: Wurzburg, Germany
Enjoyed an additional day to explore the beautiful Wurzbuerg. Overnight onboard at Würzburg
Day 9: Volkach, Germany & Bamberg, Germany
Volkach lies in the heart of the Franconian wine country. It’s a region full of overwhelming natural beauty, rooted communities, marvelous flavors, and villages that have been making wine for countless generations. Explore the town and its surrounding countryside, with stops at the breathtaking Main horseshoe bend, the Gothic-styled pilgrimage church of St. Mary of the Assumption, and Vogelsburg Castle, where we’ll treat you to stunning views, Franconian Prosecco, regional chocolates, and more. If you’re looking for more active exploration, cycle, hike, or paddle in and around the Main’s river loop.
As you continue your river journey, your next European immersion is Bamberg. Dating back to the 9th Century, Bamberg is a classic Bavarian township preserved in time. Marvel at the towers and stone carvings of the Romanesque Bamberg Cathedral.
Day 10: Roth, Germany
Most of the area’s tourist attractions are related to its old architecture, with structures in place that were originally built in the 1530s. In the centre of town, the Marktplatz (Market Square) is a charming area full of shops and restaurants. Surrounded by cheerfully painted buildings and a cobblestone walk, it’s like stepping back into time as you take a break from the hustle and bustle of life.
Day 11: Nuremberg, Germany & Regensburg, Germany
Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Bavaria’s second-largest city and the unofficial capital of Franconia, is an energetic place where the nightlife is intense and the beer is as dark as coffee. As one of Bavaria’s biggest draws it is alive with visitors year-round, but especially during the spectacular Christmas market.
Overnight: Regensburg, Germany
Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities and home to the oldest bridge to cross the Danube. Wander through the city and have a look at the Old Town Hall, or perhaps book an excursion to Weltenburg Abbey.
Day 12: Passau, Germany
Passau in Germany is home to Europe’s largest church organ which has more than 17,000 pipes, sitting inside St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its amazing baroque architecture. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets and admire the Oberhaus Fortress looming above the town. If you are a fan of The Sound of Music or Mozart, the excursion to Salzburg is a must!
Day 13: Melk, Austria
Well known for the 11th-century Melk Abbey, a vast monastery built high above the town. Gold statuary adorns its domed Abbey Church, and the huge library houses medieval manuscripts. The Marmorsaal is a baroque hall with a ceiling fresco and red marble walls. South of Melk, gardens surround Renaissance Schallaburg Castle, which hosts cultural exhibitions.
Day 14: Wachau Valley & Vienna, Austria (overnight onboard)
Cruise through the Rolling hills & Vineyards of Wachau Valley. Take in the opulent baroque beauty of the Gottweig Abbey and the picturesque views across the valley.
As your travel further down to your overnight destination and Austria’s capital Vienna. This famous European capital city is known for its fabulous palaces, museums, and architecture, as well as the people who have called the city home such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Freud. There a many guided walking experiences available or if you’d prefer to experience the city like a local, take a guided walk that highlights Viennese essentials, such as coffee, sausages, wine, music and public transportation. No visit to this beautiful city is complete without music, so you’ll be treated to an exclusive private “Royal Anniversary” concert, celebrating Maria Theresa’s 300th birthday and legacy in a Viennese palace.
Day 15 – 16: Budapest, Hungary
Enjoy a two-night stay onboard to explore Hungary’s capital Budapest. Journey on the classic funicular up to Castle Hill to Buda’s Old town where the local museum traces city life from Roman times onward. Stroll Trinity Square, home to the 13th Century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion.
Day 17 – 18: Prague, Czech Republic
Disembark from Avalon Artistry II, and bid farewell to your cruise friends as you are transferred to Prague for your 2-night stay. Think beauty, medieval charm, and beer, Prague, the Czech Republic’s Captial City, boasts some of the best beauty & experiences in Europe. Bisected by the Vltava River, the nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” is home to colourful baroque buildings, Gothic churches & and the infamous medieval Astronomical Clock, all within the cities Old Town Square; the heart of the cities historic core. Outside the Old Town Square wander across the Charles Bridge, explore Prague Castle, and treat your tastebuds to beer & Czech Tapas.
Day 19: Prague, Czech Republic
Farewell Prague today as board your flight home or ask us about our flexible flights & extend your stay.
Avalon Artistry II
361FT in length, your Avalon Suite Ship accommodates 128 passengers is relaxed luxury across 52 staterooms & suite. Offering multiple lounges & dining options to suit any guest.
Built-in 2013 and part of Avalon’s award-winning fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Artistry II features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform the living space into river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony.
Travel based on Cruise Departure 30 April 2023
Prices are per person twin share in NZD based on travel from Auckland unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to availability and currency fluctuations & subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Accommodation is subject to change and availability.
Surcharges may apply. Flights may not be direct or operate daily. Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur. Shore excursions and other items such as alcoholic beverages & laundry are an additional cost. Should gratuities or hotel service charges not already be included in your package, these are mandatory and charged by the cruise line to your onboard account on a day by day basis.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
These fares/prices may change due to availability or currency fluctuations.
Please note upgrade amounts advertised may be based on lead in obstructed view staterooms.
Please note that a majority of US based (including Hawaii) hotels impose a daily mandatory additional charge that is automatically added to your bill by the hotel. There are various inclusions provided for these resort fees. These fees are separate from, cannot be prepaid prior to arrival and are in addition to our advertised package.
Please note many European hotels charge a nominal daily City Tourist Tax which is utilised locally for tourism-related purposes and to improve the local infrastructure in the area. This tax is collected by the hotels directly from the customer and the amount can vary by region, hotel size or type. Local regulations state this must be collected by the hotel and cannot be prepaid.
All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from New Zealand.