Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Day 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding
Flights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
Day 2 BUDAPEST
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA
Day 3 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture
Enjoy an onboard beer lecture hosted by your Beer Expert while cruising to Bratislava.
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town’s cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin’s Cathedral—Hungary’s centuries-old coronation church, OR:
Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle.
Join your Beer Expert on a tour of local breweries.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
Day 4 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and the Waltz
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 tour of one of the biggest breweries of Vienna and Austria.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
Day 5 DÜRNSTEIN—WACHAU VALLEY
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones
Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:
Take a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
Take a Guided Tour of the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ of Melk’s Benedictine Abbey.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
Day 6 PASSAU, GERMANY
The Three Rivers of Medieval Passau
Join an afternoon Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
Day 7 REGENSBURG
Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH
Day 8 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Living Heritage and History Lessons
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.
Enjoy an onboard beer lecture hosted by your Beer Expert.
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;
Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR;
Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
Day 9 BAMBERG
One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills.
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.
Discover a very special family run hop garden where you will also taste a local beer.
Attend an onboard lecture to learn about European history and culture.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
Day 10 WÜRZBURG
A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road
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.
Enjoy a beer in a local brewery after your tour.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Day 11 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of the Main River Village
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.
Enjoy an onboard beer tasting hosted by your Beer Expert.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
Day 12 RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR;
Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim.
AFTERNOON CRUISE TO ENGERS
Day 13 COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host after an early sailing to Cologne.
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral, OR:
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.
Enjoy an onboard cheese and beer tasting hosted by your Beer Expert while sailing to Amsterdam.
Onboard food and beer pairing dinner by your Beer Expert.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
Day 14 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Colorful Canals of Amsterdam
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age,” followed by a real Dutch beer experience.”
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Day 15 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)–PARIS, FRANCE
Transfer from your Avalon ship to the train station, where you begin your Monograms package. Travel to Paris by high-speedtrain (first class).
Day 16 PARIS
Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a SEINE RIVER CRUISE. Embark your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804; Hôtel de Ville, the city's municipal headquarters; the Conciergerie, formerly a notorious prison where Marie-Antoinette spent the last days of her life; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more.
Day 17 PARIS—LONDON, ENGLAND
Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class).
Day 18 LONDON
Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. Take photos of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline.
Day 19 LONDON
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning