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:
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
Day 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital
The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections.
Day 2 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
Day 3 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
Time for Coffee, and Confections
With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship®.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
Day 4 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.
This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
Day 5 VIENNA
Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions
Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a 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.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
Day 6 DÜRNSTEIN
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein
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:
Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
Day 7 PASSAU, GERMANY
Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
Day 8 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 9 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 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 Sightseeing of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
Day 10 NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH
A King’s Palace and Town Halls Old and New in Modern Munich
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
Day 11 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 Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VOLKACH
Day 12 VOLKACH
Bavarian Beauty on the Main River
Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.
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.
EVENING CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
Day 13 WÜRZBURG
A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg—”Pearl of the Romantic Road”— with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco, OR:
Enjoy incredible views over the northern Bavaria city of Wurzburg on a hike up to mighty hilltop Marienberg Castle.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Day 14 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gems and Beauty of a Main River Village
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque village.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ
Day 15 MAINZ. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine
Take a half-day Guided Tour that includes themagnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM
Day 16 RÜDESHEIM
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.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
Day 17 COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host while cruising 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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
Day 18 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Day 19 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.