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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Magnificent Europe River Cruise

From Amsterdam to Budapest, and many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless river cruise

Fly Cruise
14 nights from £2672pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Amsterdam
  • Bamberg
  • Budapest
  • Cologne
  • Melk Abbey
  • Nuremberg
  • Passau
  • Regensburg
  • Rudesheim
  • Wurzburg

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From Amsterdam to Budapest, and many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless river cruise vacation.

Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital—both historical and modern. This popular city is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. On to Germany where there’s a guided city walk in Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim.

There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. First stop in Austria is Melk for a visit of its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley. And in the last days of your vacation, local experts will introduce you to two capital cities: Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss; and lively Budapest, Hungary, with its unique energy and countless must-see sites. This truly is a river cruise to remember!

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Amsterdam to Budapest Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)

Fly from the UK to Amsterdam and embark ship. (D)

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a guided canal cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” You may like to join a guided optional excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a guided optional biking excursion to the Dutch countryside. Evening and overnight cruising to Cologne. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Cologne (Germany)

Perhaps start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. 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. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed for over 100 years! This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. Overnight cruise to Rudesheim. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim

This morning cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of the Lorelei. Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, or take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards. Later, local musicians will come on board for live entertainment. Overnight cruise to Main river village. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Main river village

Perhaps start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Join a guided walking tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. Evening and overnight cruising to Wurzburg. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Würzburg

Take a guided sightseeing tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz, home to the largest known ceiling fresco; enjoy the city on your own; or visit a local winery. Dock overnight in Wurzburg. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Marktbreit - Volkach

Join a guided optional excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg; see the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists then join your Ship in Volkach and get ready for your afternoon activity. Join a walking tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. Afternoon and overnight cruising to Bamberg. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Bamberg

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. Attend an on-board lecture to learn about European history and culture. Later, enjoy live entertainment performance while sailing this evening. Afternoon and overnight cruising to Roth. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Roth

Go for an early morning jog with your Avalon Adventure Host. 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. Enjoy an on-board lecture about the Main-Danube Canal; linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas. Afternoon and overnight cruising to Regensburg. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Regensburg

Join a guided city walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria, built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner. Evening and overnight cruising to Passau. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Passau

Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.” You may join a full day guided optional excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or a full day guided optional excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Alternatively, cruise to the lovely town of Linz. This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own. Overnight cruise to Melk. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Melk - Wachau Valley

Take a guided tour of the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library and ornate pipe organ of Melk’s Benedictine Abbey. Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to wonderful Vienna this afternoon. Consider joining a guided optional excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening. Dock overnight in Vienna. (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Vienna

Venture into the Habsburg Empire with a morning guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Join a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburg family summer home for 300 years, or choose a guided optional excursion to fascinating Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You may also take a tram to Austria’s Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest. Evening and overnight cruising to Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Budapest (Hungary)

The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savour a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafés and consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Dock overnight in Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 15 - Budapest - UK

Disembark ship and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Budapest to Amsterdam Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from the UK to Budapest and embark ship. (D)

Day 2 - Budapest

Enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savour a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafés. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Cruise overnight to Bratislava. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Bratislava (Slovakia)

Join a guided sightseeing tour of Old Town’s cobblestone streets to Town Hall and 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. Alternatively, in your free time take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. Overnight cruise to Vienna. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Vienna (Austria)

Venture into the Habsburg Empire with a morning guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Join a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburg empire summer home for 300 years. You may also take a tram to Austria’s Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Later, consider joining an optional excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall. Overnight cruise to Durnstein. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Dürnstein - Wachau Valley

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. Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk. Take a guided tour of the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library and ornate pipe organ of Melk’s Benedictine Abbey. Later, enjoy a Wine Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Passau. Evening and overnight cruising to Passau. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Passau (Germany)

Join an afternoon guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.” Alternatively, you may join a full day guided optional excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or a full day guided optional excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Evening and overnight cruising to Regensburg. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Regensburg

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.You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth. Evening and overnight cruising to Roth. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Roth

Enjoy an on-board 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 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. Tonight, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Bamberg. Evening and overnight cruising to Bamberg. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Bamberg

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. Attend an on-board lecture to learn about European history and culture. Evening and overnight cruising to Wurzburg. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Würzburg

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. You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Alternatively spend your free time exploring the city or enjoying a local winery. Later, enjoy on-board entertainment. Evening and overnight cruising to Main river village. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Main river village

Perhaps start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Join a guided walking tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main river shores. Later, enjoy on-board entertainment as you cruise to Rüdesheim. Afternoon and overnight cruising to Rudesheim. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge

Enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience or take a guided hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down. This afternoon cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of the Lorelei where mythological siren lured ill-fated sailors to shore. Afternoon cruise to Engers. (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Cologne

Perhaps 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. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed for over 100 years! Afternoon and overnight cruising to Amsterdam. (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Amsterdam (Holland)

Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a guided canal cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” In the afternoon you may join an optional culinary walk through Amsterdam to sample savoury and sweet Dutch specialties. Or choose an optional city biking tour to discover the countryside. You might also consider a guided optional excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Spend free time on your own to explore the colourful cafés, galleries, bridges and canals of Amsterdam. (B, L, D)

Day 15 - Amsterdam - UK

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 14-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 9th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon View From: £3554
      Cat B Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3554 Blue Water Price from: £3704 Blue Water Price from: £8298
    • Apr 10th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £3602
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3602 Blue Water Price from: £5300 Blue Water Price from: £5600 Blue Water Price from: £8250
    • Apr 14th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Impression From: £4211
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4211 Blue Water Price from: £8311
    • Apr 23rd - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon View From: £4163
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4163 Blue Water Price from: £5961
  • May
    • May 7th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon View From: £4449
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4449 Blue Water Price from: £6148 Blue Water Price from: £6247 Blue Water Price from: £6447
    • May 13th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £4931
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4931 Blue Water Price from: £6432
    • May 26th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Impression From: £4931
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £4931
  • June
    • Jun 4th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon View From: £4357
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £4357
    • Jun 17th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £4057
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4057 Blue Water Price from: £4306 Blue Water Price from: £7639
    • Jun 23rd - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Impression From: £4683
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4683 Blue Water Price from: £4982 Blue Water Price from: £6383
  • July
    • Jul 2nd - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon View From: £2880
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2880 Blue Water Price from: £3029 Blue Water Price from: £3730 Blue Water Price from: £3780 Blue Water Price from: £3879 Blue Water Price from: £8781
    • Jul 7th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Impression From: £4192
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4192 Blue Water Price from: £4490 Blue Water Price from: £5891 Blue Water Price from: £5991 Blue Water Price from: £6190 Blue Water Price from: £8590
    • Jul 15th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £2866
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2866 Blue Water Price from: £3015 Blue Water Price from: £3716 Blue Water Price from: £3766 Blue Water Price from: £3865 Blue Water Price from: £8698
    • Jul 16th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon View From: £4026
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4026 Blue Water Price from: £4324 Blue Water Price from: £5725 Blue Water Price from: £5824 Blue Water Price from: £6024
    • Jul 21st - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Impression From: £2866
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2866 Blue Water Price from: £3015 Blue Water Price from: £3716 Blue Water Price from: £3766 Blue Water Price from: £3865 Blue Water Price from: £8698
    • Jul 22nd - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £2858
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2858 Blue Water Price from: £3007 Blue Water Price from: £3758 Blue Water Price from: £3857
  • August
    • Aug 1st - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Panorama From: £2995
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2995 Blue Water Price from: £3746 Blue Water Price from: £3845 Blue Water Price from: £8678
    • Aug 4th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Impression From: £4297
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4297 Blue Water Price from: £5699 Blue Water Price from: £5799 Blue Water Price from: £5997 Blue Water Price from: £8647
    • Aug 15th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Panorama From: £3763
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3763 Blue Water Price from: £4614 Blue Water Price from: £6115 Blue Water Price from: £6314
    • Aug 19th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £5411
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £5411 Blue Water Price from: £5709 Blue Water Price from: £7210 Blue Water Price from: £7410 Blue Water Price from: £8810
    • Aug 26th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £4633
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4633 Blue Water Price from: £4931 Blue Water Price from: £6631
    • Aug 27th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon View From: £4449
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4449 Blue Water Price from: £5850 Blue Water Price from: £5950 Blue Water Price from: £6149
  • September
    • Sep 1st - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Impression From: £5066
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £5066 Blue Water Price from: £5364 Blue Water Price from: £6865 Blue Water Price from: £7063 Blue Water Price from: £8963
    • Sep 10th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon View From: £4713
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4713 Blue Water Price from: £5011 Blue Water Price from: £6412 Blue Water Price from: £6711
    • Sep 23rd - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £4784
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4784 Blue Water Price from: £5082 Blue Water Price from: £6583 Blue Water Price from: £6781 Blue Water Price from: £8931
    • Sep 30th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £4931
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4931 Blue Water Price from: £6432 Blue Water Price from: £6631 Blue Water Price from: £8781
  • October
    • Oct 13th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Impression From: £4225
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4225 Blue Water Price from: £5626 Blue Water Price from: £5726 Blue Water Price from: £5924 Blue Water Price from: £8574
    • Oct 22nd - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon View From: £3906
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3906 Blue Water Price from: £4204 Blue Water Price from: £5604 Blue Water Price from: £5704 Blue Water Price from: £5904 Blue Water Price from: £8554
    • Oct 27th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Impression From: £3795
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3795 Blue Water Price from: £4093 Blue Water Price from: £5494 Blue Water Price from: £5237 Blue Water Price from: £5793 Blue Water Price from: £8443

Price Information

  • Please note: Pricing is based on a fluid system so subject to daily change.
Map for Magnificent Europe River Cruise