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Heart of Europe River Cruise 2018

Plus an Eastern Europe 9 day coach tour

Avalon River Cruise Special!
SAVE $3,000 per couple when booking our 2018 France Riverboat Tour

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 Illumination.’
There is also the opportunity to extend your holiday to other European destinations. Please ask!

  • Avalon Illumination
  • Wachau- Austria
  • Avalon Illumination
  • Durnstein- Wachau Valley
  • Avalon Illumination
  • Gardens- Warsaw
  • River Cruise Scenery
  • Budapest
  • Nuremberg
  • Typical River Cruise Scenery
  • Bamberg

Your travel itinerary

Tuesday 05 June

Auckland - Dubai

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

Thursday 07 June

Prague

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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 EveningTonight’s dinner includes a folklore performance at a popular national restaurant.

Friday 08 June

Prague - Dresden (Germany)

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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 EveningDinner is at a lively local Hofbrauhaus with beer and music included.

Saturday 09 June

Dresden - Berlin

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Continue by coach through the German countryside to historic Berlin for a two night stay. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Sunday 10 June

Berlin

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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.

Monday 11 June

Berlin - Poznań – Warsaw (Poland)

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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 12 June

Warsaw

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This 700 year old city is a symbol of Polish nationhood with 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 Eveningtonight enjoy a traditional Polish dinner.

Wednesday 13 June

Warsaw - Auschwitz - Krakow

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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. Dinner at the hotel.

Thursday 14 June

Krakow

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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. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Friday 15 June

Krakow - Budapest

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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 Illumination’ for embarkation, settle into your Stateroom, home for the next 14 nights. Enjoy a ‘Meet the Crew’ welcome reception in the evening.

Saturday 16 June

Budapest (Hungary)

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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 17 June

Bratislava (Slovakia)

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After breakfast enjoy a guided walk of Bratislava with its fascinating Old Town of cobbled streets and alleyways. Afternoon free to explore on your own.

Monday 18 June

Vienna (Austria)

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Arrive early morning in Vienna, known as the ‘City of Music’ and once the centre of the mighty Hapsburg Empire. Your guided tour includes many of the city highlights. An optional evening concert is available.

Tuesday 19 June

Excursion to Gottweig Abbey - Durnstein

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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.

Wednesday 20 June

Passau (Germany)

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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.

Thursday 21 June

Regensburg

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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.

Friday 22 June

Nuremberg (Bavaria)

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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.

Saturday 23 June

Bamberg (Bavaria)

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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. Relax as you cruise along the Main River towards Wurzburg. Before dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s famous beers.

Sunday 24 June

Wurzburg (Bavaria)

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Wurzburg, surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, 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. Afternoon free to explore or join an optional excursion to Rothenburg.

Monday 25 June

Main River Village (Bavaria)

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On the banks of the Main River there are small towns, many of them tucked away behind walls and towered gates. 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.

Tuesday 26 June

Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge

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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.

Wednesday 27 June

Cologne (Germany)

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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 29 June

Amsterdam

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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.

Saturday 30 June

Amsterdam

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After breakfast a free day to explore the city and its environs.
Evening transfer to the airport for your flight to Dubai or continue with your European holiday.

Sunday 01 July

Amsterdam – Dubai

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Arrive Dubai early morning, change planes for a mid-morning flight to New Zealand.

Monday 02 July

Dubai – Auckland

Arrive Auckland mid-morning

Inclusions

  • Return economy air Auckland – Dubai - Prague // Amsterdam – Dubai -
  • AucklandIncludes Avalon River Cruise’s $1500 per person discount
  • Includes all gratuities on board Avalon Illumination
  • Two nights Amsterdam post cruise
  • 14 nights cruise in an outside stateroom on board ‘Avalon Illumination’
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell dinners and receptions
  • All meals, afternoon teas and night fare
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at dinner
  • Four special evenings / dinners
  • Traditional Polish Dinner
  • Folklore Performance and dinner
  • Farewell Dinner at local restaurant
  • 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
    Exclusions

 

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
 Royal - category P $18,541  +$6,937
 Sapphire - category A  $18,288  +$6,817
 Indigo - category D  $15,765  +$ 5,571
 Indigo - category E $15,263  +$5,382

Business Class Upgrade - Emirates Flights only

+$7,092
Early Booking Discount ( date ) $100
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

BONUS! Previous Avalon, Globus or Cosmos clients receive a further discount of $400 per person

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee 

*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

 

 

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance – compulsory
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities on coach tour
  • Items not specified
  • Airport and airline taxes (NZD160)

Booking Conditions

Booking Conditions

  • A deposit of $1,250 per person will secure a place on this trip
  • Full payment is due no later than 02 March 2018

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From the date of booking until 02 March 2018 – loss of deposit
  • After 02 March 2018 - no refund

Documentation

  • 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

Health

  • 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

Weather

 

Max ˚c

Min˚c

Amsterdam

18

10

Vienna

23

13

Budapest

24

13

Warsaw

21

12

Prague

22

1

 

Clothing

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

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


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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