Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Magnificent European Rivers

Immerse yourself in the culture of Central Europe on this cruise along the rivers Rhine and Danube, through Bavaria and the Rhine Valley's wine country

Fly Cruise
16 nights from £5689pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Amsterdam
  • Bamberg
  • Boppard
  • Budapest
  • Cologne
  • Melk Abbey
  • Nuremberg
  • Regensburg

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Your cruise through Germany begins in Amsterdam with a canal cruise on its iconic waterways. More magnificent views await as you sail to the dynamic city of Cologne with its signature gothic cathedral and soaring twin steeples. Take a guided tour of the city or choose a walking tour of Cologne’s historical Jewish sites.

Take in the peaceful charm of Boppard, sail through the stunning Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim in the Rhine Valley’s wine country. Join a hike up the vineyard hills with a cable-car ride back down, or enjoy a coffee or wine tasting on board. In Mainz, take a guided excursion to magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the world’s biggest barrel of wine. Visit a Bavarian Main River Village, then cruise to Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Next, visit Kitzingen in Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area to hear the legend of the town’s beginnings. Enjoy a beer tasting on board in the quaint Bavarian town of Volkach. In Bamberg, enter a world where imperial dynasties lived amid the seven hills crowned with churches. Next, take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich to see the Town Halls of Marienplatz and Nymphenburg Palace - former home of the German monarchs.

In Roth, take a tour of Roth’s medieval town or a guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or a tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Visit the Bavarian town of Regensburg, including its fortress entrance built in 179 AD. You’ll cruise to Passau, to visit Germany’s “City of Three Rivers.” In Austria’s lovely Linz, you’ll enjoy a free afternoon to enjoy the sites and sweets in the home of the Linzer Torte. Next, visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and sail to Vienna, the City of Music. See the Imperial Palace, the world-famous opera house and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Arrive in beautiful Budapest for guided sightseeing. A perfect conclusion to your magnificent European River cruise!

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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 on 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. Afternoon and overnight cruise 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 with 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. Overnight cruise to Boppard. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Boppard

Take advantage of free time instead to explore Boppard’s beautiful forest views by bike or by foot. Sip a late-morning cup of rich German coffee in a local café after breakfast. Next, enjoy breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim. 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. This evening, enjoy a special performance on board. Overnight cruise to Mainz. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Mainz

Take a half-day guided tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat, the world’s largest wine barrel. Sail to a beautiful Main River village while enjoying dinner. Evening and overnight cruise to Main River Village. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Main river village

Join a guided walking tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment on board. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Wurzburg. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Würzburg

Take a guided sightseeing tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress and baroque Bishop’s Residenz. 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. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail. Evening and overnight cruise to Kitzingen. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Kitzingen

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. Enjoy a leisurely sailing to Volkach at lunchtime. Join a walking tour of the quaint town of volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. Evening and overnight cruise 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. After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). Evening and overnight cruise to Nuremberg. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Nuremberg

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. Overnight docking in Nuremberg. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Roth

Perhaps start the day with a morning stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions. 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 with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral and Kaiserburg Castle, or take 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Regensburg. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - 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. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. Evening and overnight cruise to Passau. (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Passau

Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”. Join a full-day guided optional excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion. Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below. Overnight cruise to Melk. (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Melk (Austria) - Wachau Valley

Take a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library and ornate pipe organ, or join your Avalon Adventure Host for a morning hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside. Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. This evening, you may choose to attend an optional excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. Dock overnight in Vienna. (B, L, D)

Day 15 - Vienna

Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a 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, a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest. Evening and overnight cruise to Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 16 - Budapest (Hungary)

Enjoy a guided city sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. Take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure. Dock overnight in Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 17 - 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 transfer to the ship. Evening and overnight cruise to Vienna. (D)

Day 2 - Vienna (Austria)

Perhaps 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. Dock overnight in Vienna. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Vienna

Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a 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 - a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. Cruise overnight to Durnstein. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - 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. Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. 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 and overnight cruise to Passau. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Passau (Germany)

Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”. Alternatively, join a full-day guided optional excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing. Evening and overnight cruise to Regensburg. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - 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. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth. Evening and overnight cruise to Roth. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - 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 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. Evening cruise to Nuremberg. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Nuremberg

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 and overnight cruise 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. Enjoy free time this afternoon strolling through the city. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board. Evening and overnight cruise to Volkach. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Volkach - Kitzingen

Join a walking tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. During lunch time enjoy a relaxing cruise to Kitzingen. 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. Overnight cruise to Wurzburg. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Würzburg

Take a guided sightseeing tour of Würzburg, ”Pearl of the Romantic Road”, with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress and baroque Bishop’s Residenz. 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, you may enjoy free time to take in the charm and culinary specialties of Würzburg. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail. Evening and overnight cruise to Main River village. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Main river village

Join a guided walking tour of a picturesque village. This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Mainz. (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Mainz

Take a half-day guided tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat - the world’s largest wine barrel. Sail to Rüdesheim while having dinner on board. Dock overnight in Rudesheim. (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Rüdesheim - Koblenz

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 a guided hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down. Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner. Overnight cruise to Cologne. (B, L, D)

Day 15 - Cologne

Perhaps 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. Enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed for over 100 years. This evening, enjoy dinner on board your ship. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Amsterdam. (B, L, D)

Day 16 - Amsterdam (Holland)

Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a guided canal cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” You might consider an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans, a quintessential Dutch town complete with windmills, waterways and flower farms, or a guided optional biking excursion to the Dutch countryside. Dock overnight in Amsterdam. (B, L, D)

Day 17 - Amsterdam - UK

Disembark ship in Amsterdam 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

Price Includes

  • 16-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

  • May
    • May 11th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £7561
      Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £7561 Blue Water Price from: £7762
    • May 17th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £6166
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £6166
  • June
    • Jun 12th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £6173
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £6173 Blue Water Price from: £6482 Blue Water Price from: £7992
  • July
    • Jul 22nd - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £5671
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £5671 Blue Water Price from: £5969 Blue Water Price from: £7369 Blue Water Price from: £7831 Blue Water Price from: £7670
  • August
    • Aug 7th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £6246
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £6246 Blue Water Price from: £7860 Blue Water Price from: £8006
  • September
    • Sep 30th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £6061
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £6061 Blue Water Price from: £6360 Blue Water Price from: £8294 Blue Water Price from: £8060
  • November
    • Nov 1st - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £7130
      Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £7130 Blue Water Price from: £7293 Blue Water Price from: £7440 Blue Water Price from: £8890

Price Information

  • Please note: Pricing is based on a fluid system so subject to daily change.
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