Crossing the Continental Divide

European Watershed

A GRANITE SCULPTURE REPRESENTS THE SUMMIT OF THE MAIN-DANUBE CANAL: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 8 This afternoon our on-board activities included an excellent lecture on the construction of the Main-Danube Canal and locks by a guest speaker. On this Amsterdam to Budapest cruise we go through a total of […]

Visiting Regensburg

Regensburg Steinerne Brucke

REGENSBURG IS ONE OF GERMANY’S MOST WELL-PRESERVED MEDIEVAL CITIES: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 9 This morning we sailed through the final stretch of the Main-Danube Canal. We were to go on a boat trip through the lovely Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey in the morning and then visit Regensburg […]

Danube Gorge Cruise to Weltenburg Abbey

Weltenburg Abbey

THE WELTENBURG ABBEY,THE OLDEST BENEDICTINE MONASTERY AND ABBEY BREWERY IN BAVARIA: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 9 After lunch, we went by coach from Regensburg to Weltenburg for our Danube Gorge cruise to the Weltenburg Abbey. The cruise through the Danube Gorge was in a smaller sightseeing boat as the […]

From Passau to Salzburg on a Sound of Music Trail

Passau on the Danube

A SIDE TRIP TO SALZBURG ON OUR PASSAU STOP: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 10 After breakfast we arrived in Passau, which you’ll hear referred to as the “City of Three Rivers”. This is because Passau sits at the confluence of where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. […]

Visiting Melk and its Magnificent Abbey

Melk Benedictine Abbey

MELK IS MOST WELL-KNOWN FOR THE MAGNIFICENT MELK ABBEY: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 11 Today we cruised through the narrow Strudengau valley region to reach the Wachau Valley where Melk was our first sightseeing stop. Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey is one of Europe’s largest baroque monasteries, so we were […]

Dürnstein and The Legend of Blondel

Durnstein-Stiftskirche

DURNSTEIN CASTLE WAS WHERE BLONDEL FOUND THE IMPRISONED RICHARD THE LIONHEART: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 11 By late morning, we were back on the ship in Melk and sailing for Dürnstein, frequently referred to as the “Pearl of the Wachau”. Dürnstein is only a short distance away from Melk, […]

A Day of Sightseeing in Vienna

Hofburg Imperial Palace

THERE IS A LOT TO SEE IN VIENNA, ALSO KNOWN AS ‘THE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD': Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 12 Today was our Vienna visit day and our morning sightseeing tour by coach provided an overview of the city and included the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive […]

Sightseeing in Bratislava, Capital of Slovakia

Bratislavský Hrad

A DAY SIGHTSEEING IN BRATISLAVA, CAPITAL OF SLOVAKIA: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 13 This morning we woke up to find our ship already moored in Bratislava. This is a new destination for us and we were very much looking forward to the guided morning tour of the city as […]

Visiting Budapest – Queen of the Danube

Hungarian Parliament Building

BUDA SITS ON THE WEST BANK AND PEST ON THE EAST BANK OF THE DANUBE RIVER: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 14: Our ship arrived in Budapest at 10.00 a.m. and we were originally supposed to do our city sightseeing tour in the morning. But, as the shops in the […]

Budapest Cruise Disembarkation

Budapest River Port

WHAT HAPPENS DURING CRUISE DISEMBARKATION DAY IN BUDAPEST: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 15 Time flies when you’re having fun and all too quickly our Amsterdam to Budapest 15-day cruise had come to an end. Tony and I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and from the high-spirits of our fellow travellers […]