Magnificent Europe – Westbound 2018

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Magnificent Europe – Westbound 2018 - Avalon Waterways
Magnificent Europe – Westbound 2018 - Avalon Waterways
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  • Drift past the delights of Europe on a luxurious vessel
  • Bask in the coffee house culture of lively Budapest
  • Be dazzled by Vienna’s neo-renaissance Opera House
  • Enjoy a snack in one of Germany’s oldest restaurant
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8 to 99 year olds
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River Cruise
Start in Budapest and end in Amsterdam ! With the river cruise tour Magnificent Europe – Westbound 2018, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Budapest to Amsterdam and through Budapest, Hungary and 11 other destinations in Europe. Magnificent Europe – Westbound 2018 includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • DD
    Written on October 20, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    water levels were low - 2 days late to start then 3 hour coach tour to board boat then only 4 days of river cruising before being docked for 3 nights then to be told not enough water to continue. Options to disembark or continue on coach - disappointed you bet.... so much for a trip of a lifetime - 15 days of magnificent River Cruising - not !!!
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  • L
    Written on September 21, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    We just completed Magnificent Europe (Amsterdam-Budapest) August 30-September 14, 2018. We were originally booked on the PASSION but were told at the Amsterdam Airport that due to low water levels on the river we would be sailing on the ILLUMINATION instead. Obviously, many were disappointed. The disappointment didn't last very long! The staff were amazing! Not only were they professional, but they went above and beyond to personalize your service. Basically, your wish was their command! The ship was spotless. Our rooms were cleaned twice daily. Andreea did a wonderful job of keeping everything pristine. The third deck lounge had a coffee machine that could make anything from hot water to hot milk and anything in between! Fresh cookies and pastries were always available. The meals were extraordinary with daily local dishes. If you became tired of all of the wonderful cuisine and wanted a plain steak or cheeseburger with fries you got it and it was delicious! My husband and I loved our dining room server Liva. We always made sure that we sat at her tables. What a gem with a wonderful sense of humor! She remembered all of our personal preferences! Valentin our Cruise Director was phenomenal! We had a briefing every evening at 6:45 PM prior to dinner. He too had a great sense of humor but more importantly, he was very candid regarding the water levels and how it would affect our itinerary. There was one day that we were all asked if possible to get off of the ship with our first morning tour. The captain had to maneuver the ship over low water and was concerned for the safety of all of the passengers. However, due to physical disability several passengers stayed on board. Instead of returning to the ship we were bused to a beautiful Abbey that was an optional tour for some. It became an included excursion for everyone. Those that had paid to go were reimbursed. We were ALL given food vouchers to the Sausage Kitchen and 15 Euros per person for lunch if we didn't want the sausage, sauer***kraut*** and beer! Best sauer***kraut*** that I ever ate! We met up with the ship late that afternoon around 6:00 PM. What a welcome aboard we received! The crew were on the top deck with "Welcome Back" signs, Alanas our onboard musician was serenading us with his saxophone playing "Stranger on the Shore" and we were all offered Mudslides as we came through the door. It became a welcome home party! What could have been a disappointing day became one of the highlights of the trip! Plus, we all agreed spending an entire day on shore was better than having to disembark bag and baggage to a hotel! The shore excursions were wonderful. The local tour guides were very knowledgeable and educated you on the history of the city or site you were visiting. You always had the option of going off alone if you preferred. I would take another Avalon Waterways Cruise in a heartbeat and will recommend Avalon to friends and family.
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  • JO
    Written on September 2, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Tour was great, just needed more time in the ports to enjoy some of the great sights and explore more.
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  • Magnificent Europe – Westbound 2018 reviewer 4
    Written on June 14, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Would travel Avalon again.
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  • LH
    Written on May 1, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    The whole Avalon cruise was beyond my expectations. The cruise crew were exceptional. There is nothing I would complain about. We were looked after. We would definitely recommend Avalon Waterways as a 5 star cruise line
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  • MC
    Written on July 27, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Just finished the Romantic Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel and everything about the trip was superb! We cannot say enough and had the time of our lives. The Ship was new and beautiful, the crew and staff were very attentive and professional. The excursions were great and the food was amazing! What else could you ask for?
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  • KB
    Written on July 27, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    We did our first river cruise in May last year from Budapest to Amsterdam on the Impression. We had a fantastic time and could not fault it and have booked another cruise. This time from Prague to Bucharest on the Passion in June next year. And no doubt there will be more. It is only Avalon Waterways for us.
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  • PJ
    Written on July 27, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Did Avalon cruise last July Amsterdam to Budapest. Avalon Cruises are the only way to go, Food,staff and excursions all first class would travel again with them.
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  • MN
    Written on July 27, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Excellent staff and crew and great ports
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  • CA
    Written on July 27, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Excellent cruise. Beautiful food . Fantastic crew and Tour Director. Great excursions
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)
  2. Day 2: Budapest
  3. Day 3: Bratislava, Slovakia
  4. Day 4: Vienna, Austria
  5. Day 5: Dürnstein–Melk
  6. Day 6: Passau, Germany
  7. Day 7: Regensburg
  8. Day 8: Roth–Nuremberg
  9. Day 9: Bamberg
  10. Day 10: Würzburg
  11. Day 11: Main River Village
  12. Day 12: Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge
  13. Day 13: Cologne
  14. Day 14: Amsterdam, Holland
  15. Day 15: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

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Slovakia , Austria , Germany and Netherlands

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Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Netherlands


Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


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Hepatitis A
Recommended for Hungary and Slovakia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Hungary and Slovakia. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Tick-borne encephalitis
Recommended for Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Ideally 6 months before travel.


Budapest is the starting point and Amsterdam is the endpoint.
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TourRadar only requires a deposit of $250 to confirm this Avalon Waterways booking. The remaining balance is then payable 90 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 18 January 2019 the full payment of $0 is necessary.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 90 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $0 for Magnificent Europe – Westbound 2018, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable.
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Covering a total distance of approx 1,243 km.
  • Budapest (Hungary)
  • 161 km
  • Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • 55 km
  • Vienna (Austria)
  • 66 km
  • Durnstein (Austria)
  • 155 km
  • Passau (Germany)
  • 110 km
  • Regensburg (Germany)
  • 89 km
  • Nuremberg (Germany)
  • 51 km
  • Bamberg (Germany)
  • 69 km
  • Wurzburg (Germany)
  • 147 km
  • Rudesheim (Germany)
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