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7 Night Europe Cruise from Budapest

7 Night Europe Cruise from Budapest

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Budapest
  • Day 2
    Budapest
  • Day 3
    Bratislava
  • Day 4
    Vienna
  • Day 5
    Durnstein (Krems)
  • Day 6
    Linz (Salzburg)
  • Day 7
    Passau
  • Day 8
    Deggendorf

Avalon Illumination

Avalon Illumination - Avalon Waterways

Custom-built to sail the Rhine River

Most cabins transform into "open-air" balconies

Alternative dining: top-deck BBQ and bistro fare


Cruise Reviews

This was our second cruise on Avalon, the first was on the Rhine in September, 2017. I want to emphasize that the part of the cruise that could be controlled by Avalon was exceptional, Avalon will continue to be our first choice for river ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Avalon, the first was on the Rhine in September, 2017. I want to emphasize that the part of the cruise that could be controlled by Avalon was exceptional, Avalon will continue to be our first choice for river cruises. Cabin, dining and service were all exemplary! The hotels in Prague and Budapest were superb! Valentin, the cruise director, was personable, helpful and hilarious. The disappointing part of this experience was caused by the water level on the Danube. The itinerary had us transferring by bus from Prague to Nuremberg with an included excursion in Old Town Nuremberg. Due to the low water level we boarded at a different port and missed Nuremberg. Thus began a three day effort to get back on schedule. We spent a lot of time being bused to different excursions, so much so that it very much felt like a coach tour of Eastern Europe instead of a Danube cruise. We did visit some extraordinary towns, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna, Melk and others. Finally, the river was closed again in Budapest and we had to be bused from Slovakia. Avalon did their best to ameliorate the inconvenience of "busing": - All passengers were treated to a concert in Vienna. This was supposed to have been an optional excursion. Passengers who had paid in advance for this concert received a refund. - When we were bused to an included excursion we were provided cash for lunch since we would not be able to eat on the ship. - When we were bused to Budapest, the last stop on the cruise, we were given the option of returning to the ship after the excursion or checking into the hotel a night early at Avalon's expense. - Finally, Avalon provided a substantial partial refund of fare to compensate for the inconvenience. I was very satisfied with the cruise and Avalon's efforts to satisfy us. All that being said, I would book another cruise on the Danube but not that late in the season. The cities visited were amazing. And, of course, the Avalon experience was ourstanding. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose Avalon for our first river cruise because of the itinerary, the amenities offered during the cruise and the cabin layout. The ship was spacious and our cabin was very comfortable. I especially enjoyed the french balcony that ... Read More
We chose Avalon for our first river cruise because of the itinerary, the amenities offered during the cruise and the cabin layout. The ship was spacious and our cabin was very comfortable. I especially enjoyed the french balcony that allowed us to breath the fresh air and see the river sites clearly. We particularly enjoyed the breakfast and lunch buffets and afternoon tea was a treat. Our wait staff were wonderful! We laughed so much during our meals! We were so happy to find two other like-minded couples to share our experience, so our expectation of getting to know people from other countries was definitely met! We also appreciated our cruise director who was wonderful at guiding us and responsive during stressful times. Evening entertainment was mixed, some of the evenings were more enjoyable than others, which is to be expected. The ports and shore excursions met our expectations of learning a bit more about the different countries and their regions. All in all, an enjoyable experience that we will recommend to others and repeat! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We choose this cruise to be able to see as much as possible while in Europe. Everyone on the ship was very accommodating to all types of passengers. I think we all would agree that we were very fortunate to have an awesome cruise director, ... Read More
We choose this cruise to be able to see as much as possible while in Europe. Everyone on the ship was very accommodating to all types of passengers. I think we all would agree that we were very fortunate to have an awesome cruise director, Danielle. But it doesn’t stop there, from housekeeping to dining room staff to bartenders I mean everyone was great. The ship is in tiptop shape and the rooms are roomy enough with fantastic views. As we did cruise three different rivers we had an opportunity to see other cruise lines along the way and personally we are super glad that we chose Avalon not only from the ships appearance but also from the number of people on board seemed to be less than others. Onboard entertainment was varied and our cruise director did a great job of bringing in special guest. The on shore excursions were mostly good sometimes tour guides would spend a little bit too much time with history but that is to be expected. Oh and did I mention the castles! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
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