Amsterdam – The City of Canals

Amsterdam canal

AMSTERDAM IS A POPULAR START FOR MANY EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISES: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 2 Day two of our Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise was a day of sightseeing in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is the City of Canals, so naturally a canal cruise in Amsterdam is one of the popular […]

Visiting Miltenberg on the Main River

Miltenberg Marktplatz

MILTENBERG – A MAIN RIVER TOWN KNOWN FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL TIMBER-FRAMED HOUSES: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 5 This morning we arrived at the historic town of Miltenberg which is known for its gabled, timber-framed houses. From our Main River mooring it was a short walk to Hauptstrasse, the main […]

Visiting Bamberg – A City on Seven Hills

Bamberg Altes Rathaus

BAMBERG SITS AT THE STARTING POINT OF THE MAIN-DANUBE CANAL: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 7 Today’s crusing was interesting as we entered the Main-Danube Canal which connects the Main and Danube rivers. The 171 km long canal runs from Bamberg (our next destination) at one end, through Nuremberg to […]

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 […]