European Splendor - Eastbound

Day 1 - Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation). Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland's capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, and canals"not to mention the bike paths throughout the city"make for a vibrant atmosphere. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D)

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2 - Amsterdam. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's "Golden Age." There's free time this afternoon to enjoy the city before bidding tot ziens (farewell) to Holland and setting sail for Germany. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Cologne, Germany. Today, enjoy peaceful morning cruising before reaching Cologne. One of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a GUIDED CITY WALK or a JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. Later, during free time, perhaps look in on the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built"a must for history buffs! Be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim. The dramatic RHINE GORGE is the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom, before arriving in Rudesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIED'S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, where you'll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries; and enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Main River Village. On the banks of the Main River you find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. With half-timbered houses, narrow streets, and medieval town centers, these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer's delight. Join your Local Guide to experience one of these towns on a GUIDED WALK. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Wurzburg. Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Wurzburg, the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," makes an immediate impression with imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP'S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you are free to explore on your own, or perhaps join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Bamberg. Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as you cruise gently along the Main River. This afternoon, explore medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic center, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)"built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! Wander the town's serpentine streets with their charming houses and 18th-century mansions. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Nuremberg. Although 90% of Nuremberg's Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to its former glory as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This morning, choose either a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour. During free time, be sure to try some tasty Lebkuchen and make a wish at the beautiful fountain in the Hauptmarkt (main square). Legend says your wish will come true if you turn its gold ring three times. Before dinner, we'll introduce you to some of Germany's FAMOUS BEERS. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Regensburg. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK this morning include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. In the Middle Ages, many mansions were built with high towers to emphasize the status and wealth of their owners, and many still remain today. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Bask in the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Linz, Austria - Grein. This morning your LOCAL GUIDE will acquaint you with Linz, Austria's third-largest city and an important river port. See the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria's largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war, and fire. Maybe wander around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river, or visit the neo-gothic New Cathedral, the largest church in Austria, with capacity for 20,000 visitors. In the late afternoon, arrive in the attractive country resort of Grein, nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK and take pictures of the turreted houses on the main square. Its castle is the oldest residential castle in Austria, and its THEATER"built in 1791"is Austria's oldest theater. Alternatively, you might like to join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg or to medieval ?eský Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your ship in the late afternoon in Grein. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Durnstein - Vienna. This morning, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley before arriving in Durnstein. Standing on the banks of the Danube, the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue facade is without a doubt the landmark of this small town which lies in the heart of the Wachau wine region. A Local Guide will take you on a WALKING TOUR and tell you the tale of England's King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. This evening, arrive in Vienna, where an optional concert is available tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Vienna. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys' Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral"plus, countless other sights you'll see on your GUIDED TOUR. Shop in the delightful pedestrian Karntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Vienna (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


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  Tour Name   European Splendor - Eastbound
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  Tour Duration    13 Days
  Start City:   Amsterdam
  End City:   Vienna
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    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room from $174 to $330, in twin room from $110 to $185

    Extra nights per person in Vienna:
    in single room from $250 to $625, in twin room from $140 to $315

    Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $341
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1,798
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1,884
    P / Royal Deck / $2,055
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $3,255

    • Departure July 15 is offered as an exclusive Wellness Cruise, including lectures and special features at no additional cost. Cruise into total body wellness as you start your mornings with an exercise program on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) featuring stretching and yoga, attend helpful lectures on healthy lifestyles, and enjoy healthy but delicious dining options, crafted daily on board.


  • City Highlights
  • Cruise: deluxe 12-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
    Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome reception
    Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise
    Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk
    Day 4 Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; enjoy a special treat
    Day 5 Main River Village: guided walk
    Day 6 Wurzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz
    Day 7 Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall
    Day 8 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; beer tasting
    Day 9 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstkuche
    Day 10 Linz - Grein: guided walk in Linz and Grein; visit the historical theater in Grein
    Day 11 Durnstein - Vienna: guided walk, see the Stiftskirche
    Day 12 Vienna: guided sightseeing
    Day 13 Vienna (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
  • Key Differences
  • AW_Always_Included_Europe_2016
  • Launch Date
  • 04/07/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
    • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes
    • Welcome dinner
    • Daily Afternoon Tea
    • Daily Night Fare
    • Farewell dinner
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • Notes
  • NOTES:
    • Departure July 15 is offered as an exclusive Wellness Cruise, including lectures and special features at no additional cost. Cruise into total body wellness as you start your mornings with an exercise program on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) featuring stretching and yoga, attend helpful lectures on healthy lifestyles, and enjoy healthy but delicious dining options, crafted daily on board.
    • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
    • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Scenic Highlights
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
    Learn about the main danube canal at an onboard lecture, and enjoy a local treat of sausage, sauerkraut & beer.
  • Title
  • European Splendor - Eastbound
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