Magnificent Europe | River Discovery Amsterdam to Budapest & Beyond

19 Day Fly, Stay & European River Cruise Holiday with $4000 Bonus Value including Hotel Stay, Exclusive Package Savings & More

Deal Code: MC-99096

from $... per person
Book by September 30, 2021

Your 19 Day Fly, Stay & Luxury River Cruise Holiday Includes

Flights
Economy Flights to Paris Returning From Prague

Your Pre Cruise Experience in Paris
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 Scenic Rail Journey from Budapest to Prague
Bonus 2 Night Hotel Stay to Explore the City of Prague

Bonus Earlybird Low Deposit from $999pp*
Bonus My Cruises Holiday Savings

General Sail Date Information
Set sail on 30 April 2023

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.

Included amenities onboard your Avalon Suite Ship –
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
Panoramic windows throughout the ship
Elegant, contemporary design & decor
Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
Covered Observation Lounge
Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Elevator access

Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Staterooms (Category E & D)
Avalon Deluxe staterooms are a comfortable 172SQ FT & feature two picture windows, along with two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed. Each Deluxe Stateroom has multiple closets with ample storage, satellite flat-screen TV & private ensuite facilities with shower. Also included are a pillow menu, hairdryer, bathrobes & slippers, complimentary bottled water & Wifi.

Panorama Suites (Category B, A & P)
Avalon Panorama Suites are a luxurious 200 SQ FT and the standout feature is the wall-to-wall Panoramic Window which opens to transform your living space into an open-air balcony. Your living space includes a comfortable sofa, coffee table and satellite flat-screen TV – the perfect oasis for meandering along the intimate waterways of Europe. Your Panorama Suite has been strategically designed so that the queen-sized bed (converts to a twin) is facing the ever changing views from the panoramic window. Offering a deluxe pillow menu along with hairdryer, bathrobes & slippers, complimentary bottled water & Wifi.

Royal Suites (Category S)
The ultimate in spacious and relaxed luxury, your Avalon Royal Suite is a massive 300 SQ FT in size – almost 50% larger than other river ship suites. Designed with “bringing the outside in”, your suite features Avalon’s Wall-to-wall panoramic windows which open to transform your suite into a luxurious & spacious open air balcony. Your King Size bed has been positioned in the perfect spot to take in all of the ever-changing scenery as you discover the intimate heart of Europe’s scenic waterways. With more choice than ever before, your Royal Suite affords you a deluxe pillow menu along with hairdryer, bathrobes & slippers, complimentary bottled water & Wifi.

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

Travel based on Cruise Departure 30 April 2023

Prices are per person twin share in AUD, and subject to availability and currency fluctuations.
Pricing is 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. ^Flexible Booking Conditions:  At any time prior to the due date of your second deposit, you have the option to: 1. Change your departure dates OR 2. Cancel your booking, in which case My Cruises will hold all funds paid in the form of a credit; which can used for a future booking with My Cruises.  Changes made after the second deposit payment are subject to standard cancellation terms & conditions. Departure date changes are subject to availability & blackout dates. No refund will be given if you are not able to change your departure date as a result of alternate dates not being available. Your My Cruises Specialist will provide further details at time of booking.  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.
Please note – onboard benefits valued at has been converted into Australian Dollars from the onboard currency. Details of the onboard currency can be provided by your consultant at the time of enquiry.
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 Australia.

Please check Visa requirements for all countries visited on this itinerary.

China, Russia, India, Canada and the USA require visas to be arranged prior to sailing for all Australian passport holders.

For Non-Australian passport holders please check with the appropriate embassy.

** Low Deposit Policy
A second deposit (part payment) will be required/date & amount will be supplied by the consultant at time of booking.

Highlights

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Avalon Artistry II
Departs: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Countries Visited: France, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic
European Rivers : Rhine River, Main River, Danube River
Sail Date: 30 April 2023

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