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.
You may plan your arrival for early in the day to explore Amsterdam before your cruise.
Perhaps take advantage of an optional excursion to explore the quintessential dutch village of Zaanse Schans with its picturesque waterways, windmills, and flower farms. You might also join an optional culinary walk through Amsterdam for a taste of authentic Dutch favorites.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)
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.”
You might consider an Optional Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of the old city of Cologne with 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! Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD (B,L,D)
Day 4 BOPPARD
A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge
Take advantage of free time instead to explore Boppard’s beautiful forest views—by bike or by foot. Sip a late-morning cup of rich German coffee in a local café after breakfast.
Next, enjoy breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
DISCOVERY Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.
This evening, enjoy a special performance on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ (B,L,D)
Day 5 MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine
CLASSIC Take a half-day Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.
Sail to a beautiful Main River village while enjoying dinner on your first night onboard.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)
Day 6 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River village.
This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.
Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment onboard.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG (B,L,D)
Day 7 WÜRZBURG
A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road
CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.
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.
Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KITZINGEN (B,L,D)
Day 8 KITZINGEN
Bavarian Wines and Myths
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear about the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area.
Enjoy a leisurely sailing to Volkach at lunchtime.
Bavarian Beauty on the Main River
CLASSIC Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.
DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 9 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.
After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 10 NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH
A King’s Palace and Town Halls Old and New in Modern Munich
CLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 11 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Living Heritage and History Lessons
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—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, and 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.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Day 12 REGENSBURG
Magical 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. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.
DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward passau.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 13 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.”
Join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.
The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music
Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Day 14 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, OR:
ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.
Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube
This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 15 VIENNA
Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions
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 Schönbrunn Palace—the Habsburg empire summer home for 300 years. You may also take a tram to Austria’s Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby.
This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.
Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 16 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 17 BUDAPEST
Time to Capture Photographs, Coffee, and Confections.
Take free time to shop in the Great Market Hall, take photos on the Royal Palace grounds, or visit Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS (B,L,D)
Day 18 MOHÁCS
Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill
CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács—the quiet Danube harbor town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill—one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing, OR:
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSIJEK (B,L,D)
Day 19 OSIJEK, CROATIA
History and Culture of Croatia
CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Walking Tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrda, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions.
CLASSIC Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE (B,L,D)
Day 20 BELGRADE, SERBIA
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present
CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge—and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches.
DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history and culture of the Balkan states.
Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner.
This evening, you might like to join an Optional authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC (B,L,D)
Day 21 DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR—IRON GATES GORGE
Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates
CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir—an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge.
After lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular Iron Gates Gorge— a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN (B,L,D)
Day 22 VIDIN, BULGARIA
Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
CLASSIC Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE (B,L,D)
Day 23 ROUSSE. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION
Cliff Houses, Castle Ruins, Fortresses, and Folklore
CLASSIC Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi, OR:
CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing tour to Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
ACTIVE Join a Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA (B,L,D)
Day 24 OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)—BUCHAREST
A Night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—honoring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue. (B)
Day 25 BUCHAREST
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)