Receive $499 airfare PLUS save UP TO $2,500 per couple

    Offer Good on Select 2021 and 2022 Avalon Waterways | Offer Expires Mar 1, 2021

    Receive $499 airfare PLUS save UP TO $2,500 per couple 

    All-in Price: $6,698* based on the Magnificent Europe October 20, 2021 sailing date
    Savings: $1,250 per person discount-Featured price is per person cruise only, based on double occupancy, on the departure date indicated, and includes all taxes and fees 
    Inclusions: 14 night cruise in an outside stateroom, daily included port excursions, all meals included while on ship (including Captain’s & farewell dinners), complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner.

    Photo: Avalon Waterways vessel sailing in Hungary

    Vacation Overview

    From Amsterdam to Budapest, and in 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 colorful city is loved for its vibrant mix of 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 for a guided city walk in Cologne—the stunning 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, offering the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Volkach, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and sail the Main Danube Canal which connects the Main and Danube Rivers. Your first stop in Austria is the lovely town of Melk. Visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Your local experts will also introduce you to two capital cities: Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss; and lively Budapest, Hungary, with its unique energy and countless must-see sites. This truly is a magnificent European river cruise to remember!

    Photo: Map of Magnificent Europe itinerary

    Itinerary

    Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

    Welcome to Holland. 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 colorful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam—with its many cafés and art galleries.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

    Dinner

    Day 2 AMSTERDAM

    Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

    CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

    This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY

    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    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 Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!

    This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Day 4 RHINE GORGE–RÜDESHEIM

    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; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:

    ACTIVE Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

    Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Day 5 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

    Beauty on the Main River

    Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

    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 WÜRZBURG

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner


    Photo: Avalon Vista Panorama Suite

    Day 6 WÜRZBURG

    A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residence—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

    Enjoy the city on your own or visit a local winery.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WÜRZBURG

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Day 7 VOLKACH

    Storybook Settings

    You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists.

    Sail to Volkach and get ready for your afternoon activity.

    CLASSIC Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Day 8 BAMBERG

    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.

    DISCOVERY Attend an onboard lecture to learn about European history and culture.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment performance while sailing this evening

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Day 9 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG

    Legends and History Lessons

    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your 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 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

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Day 10 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 choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

    Alternatively, spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Day 11 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.”

    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.

    Alternatively, cruise to the lovely town of Linz.

    LINZ, AUSTRIA

    Legendary, Lovely Linz

    This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Day 12 MELK–WACHAU VALLEY

    Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below

    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

    Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube

    Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Day 13 VIENNA

    Royal Collections and Amusing Attractions

    CLASSIC Explore 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 iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

    Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg familyor choose a Guided Optional Excursion to fascinating Bratislava.

    Consider a tram ride to Vienna’s Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby.

    Later, relax onboard with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Day 14 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

    The Pearl of the Danube

    CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing tour of Budapest, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

    This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or enjoy Budapest on your own. Indulge in a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafés. Consider a scenic hike above the Danube.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Day 15 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)

    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    Breakfast

    Vacation Highlights

    Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

    Day 2 Amsterdam: Canal cruise

    Day 3 Cologne: Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tour

    Day 4 Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim: Scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or cable-car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim

    Day 5 Main River Village: Guided walk

    Day 6 Würzburg: Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residence

    Day 7 Volkach: walking tour

    Day 8 Bamberg: Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; on board lecture

    Day 9 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: Choice of guided tour in Roth, or guided tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; on board lecture

    Day 10 Regensburg: Guided tour

    Day 11 Passau-Linz: Guided tour in Passau; free time in Linz

    Day 12 Melk-Wachau Valley-Vienna: Guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; free time in Vienna

    Day 13 Vienna: Guided tour

    Day 14 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes' Square

    Day 15 Budapest (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

    This offer ends on March 1, 2021. Plan your Magnificent Europe River Cruise with me today.


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    *Book a select 2021 Avalon Europe river cruise to qualify for $499/person round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from YYZ, YUL, YOW, YVR & YYC. Other gateway cities available from $100 to $150/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). $499 air will be based on the lowest available priced itinerary at the time of air booking. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Does not apply to intra-vacation air. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit, Peace of Mind Credit and select $1250pp land promo (PRL21A34). Limited to new bookings for Canada originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under land and air deposit between January 5, 2021 and March 1, 2021 for travel on select cruise departures in 2021. Pre-assigned seating is limited and may not be available on all flight segments. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air or Custom Tours. Groups of 8 or more do not qualify for this offer. Please call for Group options. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to air reservations (including itineraries involving $499 round-trip trans-Atlantic air) subject to airfare differentials between originally booked airline fare and re-booked air itinerary. Airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to last travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Pre-assigned seating may not be available on all air segments. 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.

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