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Magnificent Europe

15-Day River Cruise from $5999

Amsterdam to Budapest on Tranquility II

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 vacation.

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. 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. 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!

Itinerary

Day 1 | Amsterdam (Embarkation)
Day 2 | Amsterdam
Day 3 | Cologne
Day 4 | Rüdesheim
Day 5 | Main River Village
Day 6 | Würzburg
Day 7 | Bamberg
Day 8 | Roth & Nuremberg
Day 9 | Regensburg
Day 10 | Passau
Day 11 | Melk & Dürnstein
Day 12 | Vienna
Day 13 | Bratislava
Day 14 | Budapest
Day 15 | Budapest (Disembarkation)

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Rhine & Rhône Revealed

16-Day River Cruise from $6836

Amsterdam to Côte d'Azur on Expression and Poetry II

Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous Europe river cruise vacation 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. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River dotted every mile with ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Strasbourg, France, located on the French-German border, perfectly blends the cultures of both countries. Stroll through the picturesque La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Breisach, Germany, is the gateway to Germany's Black Forest—an area of unrivaled natural beauty—best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

Lyon, France's gastronomic capital, is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways. Continue to the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage beautifully nestled among vineyards. Here, you'll go on a guided walk of Tournon—a medieval treasure with Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. In Avignon, visit the Palace of the Popes and take pictures of the bridge in the famous song "Sur le pont d'Avignon."

Enjoy your last night in France on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d'Azur. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea—a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise!

Itinerary

Day 1 | Amsterdam (Embarkation)
Day 2 | Amsterdam
Day 3 | Cologne
Day 4 | Koblenz & Rüdesheim
Day 5 | Mainz
Day 6 | Strasbourg
Day 7 | Breisach
Day 8 | Basel (Disembarkation), Beaune, St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation) & Seurre
Day 9 | Seurre & Mâcon
Day 10 | Lyon
Day 11 | Lyon
Day 12 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage & Viviers
Day 13 | Avignon
Day 14 | Arles
Day 15 | Arles (Disembarkation) & Côte d'Azur
Day 16 | Côte d'Azur

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Active Discovery on the Rhine

8-Day River Cruise from $3749

Amsterdam to Mainz on Panorama

Explore the Rhine River from a unique perspective on Avalon Active Discovery river cruise. With Avalon Choice, you'll enjoy a wide variety of included excursions to match your interests and pace. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or an art lover, you'll find the inclusions that speak to you! 

Your Rhine River cruise begins in Amsterdam for a day of sightseeing. See the colorful corners of Amsterdam your way—from a canal cruise to a leisurely culinary walk in one of Amsterdam's famous districts, or a guided jogging tour of the city—all at an easy pace! You might choose an included painting class, instead, to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. With Avalon Choice® inclusions, you choose how to discover fas-cinating sites on your Rhine River cruise. Visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, take a guided culinary walk in Duisburg, and taste regional wines in Eltville. In Koblenz, take a cable car ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for magnificent views of the surrounding area. Onboard, you'll pass through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and enjoy specialty dishes while cruising. 

Join for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with more included selections for every taste, passion, and pace. Avalon Choice on Active Discovery river cruises gives you the Active, Discovery, and Classic inclusions to see each destination your way!

Itinerary

Day 1 | Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Day 2 | Amsterdam
Day 3 | Xanten, Germany
Day 4 | Duisburg & Düsseldorf
Day 5 | Cologne
Day 6 | Koblenz, Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim
Day 7 | Eltville & Mainz
Day 8 | Mainz (Disembarkation)

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Active Discovery on the Danube

9-Day River Cruise from $3369

Budapest to Linz on Impression

Whether you're an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of included excursions in each port.

Start by exploring Budapest your way—stroll its streets for classic sightseeing with a local guide or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or learn something new with a leisurely walking tour to discover a few local Hungarian phrases. Attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle, see Gustave Klimt's renowned "Kiss" painting in Vienna. With Avalon Choice, each day is yours to spend your way. Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclu-sions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens; take a hike to Count Dracula's prison tower; or tour Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII's most notorious sites—selecting from an unmatched variety of included excursions to choose from each day.

Join this Active Discovery cruise and experience the Blue Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new locales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excur-sions and activities to invite you to discover each destination your way. Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like!

Itinerary

Day 1 | Budapest
Day 2 | Budapest (Embarkation) & Visegrád
Day 3 | Visegrád
Day 4 | Vienna
Day 5 | Vienna
Day 6 | Krems & Grein
Day 7 | Grein, Mauthausen & Linz
Day 8 | Engelhartszell, Schlögen Oxbow & Linz
Day 9 | Linz (Disembarkation)

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German Grandeur

11-Day River Cruise from $4059

Munich to Basel on Visionary

See the grandeur of Germany with a scenic river cruise through its most picturesque destinations along the Main and Rhine Rivers.

Your European scenic river cruise begins with two nights in Munich. You'll enjoy a guided tour of King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle, and visit the mountain village of Oberammergau—known for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play. You may decide instead to take a guided tour of the fascinating highlights of Munich. You'll then embark on your ship in Nuremberg, and sail to Bamberg for a guided walking tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties.

Your enchanting river cruise continues to Würzburg—the "Pearl of the Romantic Road." From here sail to Frankfurt, where you can join a guided sightseeing tour of the city, or visit the nearby town of Seligenstadt. On your way to Rüdesheim enjoy a sailing through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Then cruise to Strasbourg and join a guided city tour of Strasbourg's sights, such as the stunning stained-glass of its gothic cathedral, the astronomical clock, and La Petite France district.

Your scenic cruise through Europe includes a stop in Breisach to visit Germany's beautiful Black Forest region. Choose a guided tour of charming Colmar, or join a day trip to the Black Forest's Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum, and more. Your river cruise on the Rhine and Main Rivers comes to an end in Basel, Switzerland, but your memories of this tremendous adventure through many of Europe's most beautiful destinations will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Munich
Day 2 | Munich
Day 3 | Munich & Nuremberg
Day 4 | Bamberg
Day 5 | Würzburg
Day 6 | Main River Village
Day 7 | Frankfurt
Day 8 | Boppard & Rüdesheim
Day 9 | Strasbourg
Day 10 | Breisach
Day 11 | Basel (Disembarkation)

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Prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy, and subject to change at any time. *Book a select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from LAX, NYC (EWR, JFK, LGA), WAS (DCA, IAD, BWI) BOS & CHI (ORD, MDW). Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments.  Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between August 29 - October 23, 2018 and paid in full by October 30, 2018. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit. Not applicable on Royal Suites.  Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands.  Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20.