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Make 2019 the year you indulge in timeless experiences and let Avalon Waterways bring you the world less seen.
Uncover secrets of medieval towns and bygone eras, tantalise your tastebuds with decadent cuisines and unwind in luxurious suites that blur the line from where the world ends and your room begins.
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RHINE & RHONE REVEALED
16 days, Amsterdam to Cote d'Azur
Departs 15 Oct 2019 Onboard The Expression
Now from only $8,999 per person*
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Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous Europe river cruise holiday along the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers. The views will be spectacular so be sure to pack your camera so you can capture the romance and splendor of this magical journey.
It all begins in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. Cologne, Germany, a 2,000-year-old city best known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, comes alive on a guided walk.
The experiences and memories you'll create are endless on this Avalon river cruise.
15 days, Amsterdam to Budapest
Departs 03 Oct 2019 Onboard The Illumination
Now from only $8,299 per person*
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From Amsterdam to Budapest, 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.
Start from 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.
On to 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. With its unique energy and countless must-see sites, this truly is a river cruise to remember!
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*Terms and conditions apply: Offer ends 31 October 2018. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of printing (20/09/18), is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Book a 2019 Europe river cruise and save $250, $500, $750, $1000, $1250 or $2300 per person dependent on the departure date chosen. Saving of over $5,000 per couple is only valid on the one departure of the Magnificent Europe departing on 03 October 2019. Offers valid for new 2019 Europe bookings made from 04/09/18 - 31/10/18 and is applicable to all cabin categories. Offers cannot be combined and are not combinable with any other promotion. Valid for Singles (single supplement applies). Offers can be withdrawn or amended at any time. Additional restrictions may apply. Tour itinerary was taken from the supplier, correct at 20 Sept 2018. For more information please contact your itravel agent.
RHINE & RHONE REVEALED
DAY 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Your day in Amsterdam is free explore at your leisure. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)
DAY 2 AMSTERDAM.
Colourful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. CLASSIC - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle-Holland's most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle. You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam's many fascinating museums or galleries. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
DAY 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY.
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR: DISCOVERY - Choose 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! Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ (B,L,D)
DAY 4 KOBLENZ-RHINE GORGE.
Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares and monuments. Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of the Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. RUDESHEIM: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. DISCOVERY - Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience. DISCOVERY - Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
DAY 5 MAINZ. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION.
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel," OR: ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an afternoon Hike up Philosophers' Way for an inspiring view of the city below. EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D)
DAY 6 STRASBOURG, FRANCE.
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages. CLASSIC - Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg's gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line-an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace's wine country today. Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon shopping or sampling the local cuisine in Place Kleber, or pay a visit to one of Strasbourg's many wonderful museums. EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,L,D)
DAY 7 BREISACH, GERMANY. BLACK FOREST EXCURSION.
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest. CLASSIC - Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR: DISCOVERY - Join a full-day Guided Visit to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration. Explore on your own this afternoon with a bike from the ship or with a hike up to St. Stephan's Cathedral. EVENING CRUISE TO BASEL (B,L,D)
DAY 8 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)-BEAUNE-ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)-SEURRE.
After breakfast drive to Beaune. CLASSIC - Visit the Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgement. This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship on the Saone for a brief evening cruise to Seurre. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SEURRE (B,D)
DAY 9 TOURNUS-MACON.
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Tournus this morning along the majestic Saone River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship. Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trevoux this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TREVOUX (B,L,D)
DAY 10 LYON .
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France. Sail for lovely Lyon this morning for French fare. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon, with its numerous churches, from Fourviere Hill. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafes, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux. Spend free time biking through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet. Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)
DAY 11 LYON.
French Food and Wine-La Vie En Rose in Lyon. Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is is known as the gastronomic capital of France! Your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France's third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city's more than 100 murals. EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON (B,L,D)
DAY 12 TOURNON/TAIN L'HERMITAGE.
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards. CLASSIC - Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon-one of France's oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. VIVIERS: World History in a Charming French Country Village. CLASSIC - Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You'll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. EVENING CRUISE TO AVIGNON (B,L,D)
DAY 13 AVIGNON.
The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon-with its ramparts encircling the city-and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes. Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region. Explore Avignon on your own for the city's art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Benezet. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES (B,L,D)
DAY 14 ARLES.
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles-the captivating city of the Provence region. You'll visit the Roman Amphitheatre in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrieres de Lumieres (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer. Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)
DAY 15 ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)-COTE D'AZUR.
Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera. After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to the Cote d'Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy. (B)
DAY 16 COTE D'AZUR.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
DAY 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to the gardens at Keukenhof-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths as well as other bulbs planted each year. Outside of tulip season, consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Spend free time exploring the colourful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam-with its many cafes and art galleries. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)
DAY 2 AMSTERDAM.
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." Return to your ship for a leisurely afternoon cruise, or enjoy free time in Amsterdam and transfer to re-join your ship in Utrecht. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion through the Dutch countryside. You might decide to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle-the most beautiful and best-kept medieval castle in Holland. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
DAY 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY.
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! This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
DAY 4 RHINE GORGE-RUDESHEIM.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. This morning cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of The Lorelei. DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR: ACTIVE - Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards. DISCOVERY - Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)
DAY 5 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE.
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
DAY 6 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. Enjoy the city on your own, or visit a local winery. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WURZBURG (B,L,D)
DAY 7 MARKTBREIT. EXCURSION TO ROTHENBURG.
Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town. CLASSIC - Take a morning Guided Tour of Rothenburg- seemingly untouched by time on Bavaria's Romantic Road, OR: ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk. Take advantage of free time this afternoon to shop for Hummel figurines, cuckoo clocks, or sip a glass of local Tauber wine. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)
DAY 8 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 a live entertainment performance while sailing this evening. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B,L,D)
DAY 9 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG.
Living Heritage and History Lessons. ACTIVE - Go for an early Morning Jog with your Avalon Adventure Host. 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. DISCOVERY - Later, 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. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
DAY 10 REGENSBURG.
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk to see the 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 Passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
DAY 11 PASSAU.
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. CLASSIC - Join a 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. This afternoon, cruise to the lovely town of Linz. LINZ, AUSTRIA: A Legendary Love of Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte. This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own before cruising to Melk. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
DAY 12 MELK-WACHAU VALLEY.
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. Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to wonderful Vienna this afternoon. VIENNA: Vienna Waltzes and Blue Danube Beauty. Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
DAY 13 VIENNA.
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. 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 family summer home for 300 years, or choose a Guided Optional Excursion to fascinating Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You may also take a tram to Austria's Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Later, relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
DAY 14 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing tour of Budapest, including the iconic Heroes' 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 Cafe. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
DAY 15 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)