Magnificent Europe River Cruises
Courtesy of Avalon Waterways
From Amsterdam to Budapest, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless river cruise vacation. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and the Danube’s picturesque Wachau Valley, stopping along the way at charming, restored German towns and stunning capital cities including Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. This is truly a river cruise to remember!
Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich 700-year-old history and a distinct ambiance. Stroll through the lively marketplace or see the works of famous Dutch masters at world-renowned museums. This afternoon, board your river cruise ship and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.
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. The Old Town abounds with cafes, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years!
Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage after WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle).
Visit “The City of Music,” which inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. 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.
Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. On your guided sightseeing tour, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church. Be sure to note the city’s eight bridges which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left.