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2017 Heart of Europe River Cruise

Avalon Impression-186
Budapest River to Amsterdam Cruiser plus Eastern European Nine day tour
Revised itinerary
Includes a $2,000 per person air credit            New Picture (1)-239

30 May - 26 June 2017

Escorted by Dave Hunt

What better way to experience Europe than joining our two-part tour which takes in the highlights of Eastern Europe – a ‘Road Less Travelled.’
Two night stays allow for a relaxed tour visiting the historic cities of Prague, Dresden, Berlin, Warsaw and Krakow by coach. There will be free time in some towns to follow your own interests. We have also included a Chopin concert and a night at a Hofbrauhaus - all memorable local experiences.
Our tour cruises by five star river boat from Budapest to Amsterdam along the iconic Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.
Visit quintessential European towns and villages; castles and medieval cities. Wander cobblestone streets, see magnificent Vienna and be captivated by the bridges of Budapest.
Drink beer, enjoy German sausages and pastries at a famous café in Vienna and sip a cold Riesling in Linz – always returning to your comfortable ‘home’ aboard ‘Avalon Impression.’
There is also the opportunity to extend your holiday to other European destinations. Please ask! 



May 2017
Tuesday 30          Auckland – Dubai

Depart in the evening on Emirates Airlines for a direct flight to Dubai. Change planes for flight to the Czech capital Prague.

Wednesday 31      Prague (Czech)   
Arrive in Prague early afternoon and transfer to an inner city hotel for a two night stay.  Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight.

Thursday 01         Prague B D
Built more than 1000 years ago on seven hills, Prague today is magnificent city of beautiful architecture, lush green hills and graceful bridges. The sightseeing tour starts with a drive past Wenceslas Square, Strahov Stadium and Castle Square. A walking tour takes you to the Royal Castle of Hradcany, across Charles Bridge to the Old Quarter of Prague to view the Jewish Ghetto, Town Hall and the world-famous Astronomical Clock.
Special Evening: Tonight’s dinner includes a folklore performance at a popular national restaurant.

Friday 02            Prague - Dresden (Germany) B D
A leisurely morning to explore or relax before departing for the beautiful Saxony Baroque city of Dresden. Enjoy a short orientation tour viewing Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera House on the way to hotel.
Special Evening: Dinner is at a lively local Hofbrauhaus with beer and music included.

Saturday 03                Dresden - Berlin B D
Continue by coach through the German countryside to historic Berlin for a two night stay.
Sunday 04                   Berlin B D
The morning sightseeing tour features views of the impressive Reichstag and Schloss Charlottenburg, the infamous Berlin Wall, Opera, Schiller Theatre, Kaiser Wilhelm and Memorial Church. Afternoon free with the opportunity to visit Checkpoint Charlie Museum.
Special Evening: Dinner is at a famous ‘Ballhouse’ with the opportunity to dance the night away.

Monday 05                  Berlin - Poznań Warsaw (Poland) B L
After breakfast travel to Poznan for an orientation followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Warsaw, the Polish capital and largest city for a two-night stay. 

Tuesday 06                 Warsaw B D
This 700 year old city is a symbol of Polish nationhood and the will to survive against great odds. The sightseeing tour includes a drive along the famous Royal route from magnificent Castle Square to Lazienki Park, the Palace of Science and Culture (The Wedding Cake’) and the Warsaw Getto. End with a walking to tour of the Old Town and a classical recital of Warsaw’s favourite son – Chopin.
Special Evening: tonight enjoy a traditional Polish dinner.

Wednesday 07              Warsaw - Auschwitz - Krakow B D
Depart on a morning tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious concentration camp from WWII. Continue on to Krakow for a two night stay. Afternoon free to relax and explore at your leisure.
Thursday 08                Krakow B D
A morning city tour includes a visit to Wawel Hill, the Royal Castle, Royal Cathedral and later enjoy a walking tour of the old town.

Friday 09                   Krakow - Budapest B D
Drive across the rolling plains of Poland, passing the Tatra Mountains, through the Slovakian countryside into Hungary’s capital of Budapest.
Transfer to the ‘Avalon Impression’ for embarkation, settle into your Stateroom, home for the next 14 nights. Enjoy a ‘Meet the Crew’ welcome reception in the evening.

Saturday 10                Budapest (Hungary) B L D
Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. See the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and the cities 11th century eight bridges which connect ancient Buda on the right with Pest on the left. Free afternoon to shop, visit a café or walk one of the iconic bridges.

Sunday 11                   Bratislava (Slovakia) B L D
After breakfast enjoy a guided walk of Bratislava with its fascinating Old Town. The afternoon free to explore on your own.

Monday 12                  Vienna (Austria) B L D
Arrive early morning in Vienna, known as the ‘City of Music’ and once the centre of the mighty Hapsburg Empire. Your guided tour will include many of the city highlights. An optional evening concert is available.

Tuesday 13                 Excursion to Gottweig Abbey - Durnstein B L D
After breakfast, a short drive to the Benedictine Abbey of Gottweig (a UNESCO World Heritage site), perched on the hill overlooking the Danube. After a guided tour of this magnificent monastery, we re-join the ship at Durnstein, situated in the heart of theWachau wine region. After lunch, a guided walking tour where we hear tales of England’s King Richard the Lionheart and an evening sampling some of the local wines.

Thursday 14                Passau (Germany) B L D
Passau is uniquely located where the Inn, Liz and Danube rivers converge. Today choose from two optional excursions a) Salzburg – taking in some of the Sound of Music sights or b) Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic – a city on the Vitava River with its 13th century castle. Alternatively, stay on the ship as you cruise into Passau.
A guided walk of this charming town will take in a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses.

Friday 15                    Regensburg B L D
Located at the confluence of the Danube, Naab and Regen rivers, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities and was the only German city not bombed during WWII. The walking tour highlights the best of the city.

Saturday 16                Nuremberg (Bavaria) B L D
Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage in WWII, much of it has been restored to its former glory. This morning choose between a guided city tour or join a specialised ‘Nuremberg Trials’ tour. In the afternoon relax on board as you cruise the Main – Danube Canal.

Sunday 17                   Bamberg (Bavaria) B L D
A relaxing morning before arriving in medieval Bamberg – a World Heritage Site.
Your guided walking tour takes in the historic centre, winding streets and 18th century mansions. Before dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s famous beers.

Monday 18                  Wurzburg (Bavaria) B L D
Wurzburg, surrounded by verdant hillside vineyard is known as ‘The Pearl’ with its imposing fortress and 15th century bridge. Your morning sightseeing tour includes visiting the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. Depart Wurzburg around lunch time and spend a leisurely afternoon cruising the Main River.

Tuesday 19                  Main River Village (Bavaria) B L D
On the banks of the Main River there are small towns, many of them tucked away behind walls and towered gates. Later join a local guide for a guided walk of one of these towns. Relax on board this morning as you sail along the tranquil Main River. An afternoon guided walk of a picturesque small town will acquaint you with the town’s delightful features.
Wednesday 20              Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge B L D
This morning, on your included shore excursion in attractive Rudesheim, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Later cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge where ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs high above the river.

Thursday 21                 Cologne (Germany) B L D
Morning arrival in Cologne, one of Germany’s largest cities, which straddles both sides of the Rhine and is known for its twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a guided city walk or a Jewish heritage walk. Be sure to sample Kolsch beer – locally brewed for more than 100 years.

Friday 22                    Amsterdam B L D
After arriving in Amsterdam, a unique perspective of the city on an included Canal Cruise, floating along the elegant grachten (canal) lined with stately homes.
Free time in the afternoon - you may like to join an optional cycling tour (weather permitting).

Amsterdam, the Netherland’s sophisticated, 700 year-old capital, has elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, a lively market place, canals and waterways and more than 400km of cycle paths.  

Saturday 23                Amsterdam B D
After breakfast we bid farewell to our floating home and disembark ‘Avalon Impression.’ Enjoy our city tour which includes the must-see the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank’s House. Check into our hotel to refresh before our Farewell Dinner.

Sunday 24                   Amsterdam B
After breakfast a free day to explore the city and its environs or an optional train ride to the city of Arnhem, scene of the WWII Battle of Arnhem and the film ‘A Bridge Too Far.’ Visit the Airborne Cemetery and Museum.
Evening transfer to the airport for your flight to Dubai or a destination of your own choice.

Monday 25                  Amsterdam – Dubai B
Arrive Dubai early morning, change planes for a mid-morning flight to New Zealand.

Tuesday 26                 Dubai – Auckland
Arrive Auckland mid-morning

Schedule for River Cruise only
Friday 09 June – join ‘Avalon Impression’ in Budapest
Saturday 23 June – disembark Avalon Impression’ in Amsterdam


Cost Per Person *NZD

Auckland to Auckland



Royal Deck Category P



Sapphire Deck Category A



Indigo Deck Category E






Business Class Upgrade



(Auckland - Amsterdam /
Frankfurt - Auckland)






Cruise Only including flights
Auckland - Auckland



Royal Deck Category P



Sapphire Deck Category A



Indigo Deck Category E






Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount


Early Booking Discount

(If deposit paid before 02 September 2016)



* This is a cash / cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee.
* Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


  • Return economy air Auckland – Dubai - Prague // Amsterdam – Dubai - Auckland
  • Includes Avalon River Cruise’s $2,000 per person discount
  • Two nights Amsterdam post cruise
  • 14 nights cruise in an outside stateroom on board ‘Avalon Impression’
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell dinners and receptions
  • All meals, afternoon teas and night fare
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at dinner
  • On-board enriching activities • wine tastings • talks by experts • local artisan demonstrations • performances by local entertainers
  • Included selected guided shore excursions
  • Nine day escorted coach tour
  • Luxury coach travel
  • Most entrance fees
  • Four Star hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunches and dinners as specified
  • Private Chopin concert in Warsaw
  • Farewell Dinner                                             
  • English speaking guides throughout            
  • Luggage handling at hotels                           
  • Pukekohe Travel escorts subject to 20 persons travelling
  • Four special evenings / dinners          
    Traditional Polish Dinner
    Dine / Dance at a famous Bauhaus
    Folklore Performance and dinner
    Farewell Dinner at local restaurant


  • Travel Insurance – compulsory

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Gratuities on coach tour

  • Items not specified

  • Airport and airline taxes (NZD300)

Booking Conditions

  • A deposit of $1,000 per person will secure a place on this trip

  • Full payment is due no later than 01 March 2017

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From the date of booking until 01 March 2017 – loss of deposit

  • After 01 March 2017 - no refund


  • A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel

  • No visa is required for New Zealand passport holders

  • All other passport holders please ask


  • Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs

General Information



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On board Avalon Impression, by day – comfortable touring clothes and walking shoes; By night – smart casual


Euro except for Hungary (Hungarian Florint) and Poland (Polish Zloty)

Avalon Impression

Custom Built For European Waterways

Small pic of Avalon Expression

  • Built                       2013

  • Length                   135m

  • Cabins                      67

  • Capacity                 134

Included for every guest on board

  • Spacious outside Deluxe Stateroom

  • Large three-door closets and in-room safe

  • ‘Comfortable Collection Beds’ with Egyptian cotton linen

  • Large desk & power outlets

  • Individual climate control

  • Well-stocked mini bar with complimentary bottled water

  • Plush bathrobes and slippers

  • Flatscreen TV

  • L’Occitane bath products

  • Complimentary WIFI throughout

  • Regional wines & beer with every on-board dinner

  • Sparkling wine with breakfast

  • High quality coffee / hot chocolate / tea available all day

  • Fitness room with top quality equipment

  • Included sightseeing with certified local guides

  • Professional Cruise Director and staff to assist

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