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Amsterdam to Budapest

 

 

 

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There is simply no better way to take in the breathtaking cathedrals, ancient cliffside castles and luscious vineyards than sailing slowly through it all. You unpack once and visit a dozen magnificent cities and villages at an enjoyable pace. By docking in the heart of the cities and staying longer than a traditional cruise or tour, you can experience the culture and food in a more thorough manner. This river cruise allows you to enjoy the luxuries of the ship: thoughtful service, gourmet food, and exquisite local guides that Avalon has to offer.

  • Prices start at $3,839 per person
  • Fare includes free gratuities.
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Day 1 – Arrive in Amsterdam
Day 2 – Amsterdam
Day 3 – Cologne, Germany
Day 4 – Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim
Day 5 – Main Village River
Day 6 – Würzburg
Day 7 – Bamberg

Day 8 – Nuremberg
Day 9 – Regensburg
Day 10 – Passau
Day 11 – Dürnstein, Austria
Day 12 – Vienna
Day 13 – Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 14-15 – Budapest, Hungary

 

avalon passion

 

 

 

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The beautiful Avalon Passion will grace the rivers of Europe in 2016. The ship contains two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform into a unique Open-Air Balcony. This luxurious ship boasts 30% more space in their suites, a higher crew to passenger ratio, and fewer passengers per ship than other major river cruise lines.

  • Passengers: 166 (Viking Longships: 190+)
  • Crew: 1 per 3.5 Passengers (Viking Longships: 1 per 4 passengers)
  • Standard Room: 172 sq ft (Viking Longship Standard Stateroom: 150 sq ft)

 

 

 

 

tulip time

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April in Holland is the perfect time of year to visit as it falls right in the middle of tulip season. The beautiful patchwork of stunning hues sets the stage for our fourteen-night luxury ruise through the Main, Rhine and Danube Rivers. During the Dutch spring, over 7 million bulbs from 800 different varieties of tulips bloom; it is truly a unique and unforgettable experience. These flowers were once worth their weight in gold and helped inspire some of Vincent Van Gogh’s most iconic paintings, which can be seen during your time in Amsterdam.

Tulip Fun Facts!

  • Tulip Time usually starts in end of March until mid May.
  • Each year Amsterdam plants over 500,000 tulips at locations around the city.
  • The Dutch obsession with tulips began with Flemish botanist Carolus Clusius when he was made director of Leiden University’s new Hortus Botanicus (botanical garden) in 1593.

 

 

 

 

europe before the crowds

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There is no better time to travel to Europe than before the peak season. You will avoid
the large crowds and heat of summer. The pace of this adventure is perfect for those who want an active experience and prefer to tour by hiking, biking and eating their way through Europe. It is also perfect for those who prefer a more leisurely atmosphere and want to enjoy Europe in their own style and their own pace. Unpack once and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Renowned for its canals, 16th and 17th century canal houses, fresh and delicious food,3MJRmN2 bicycles, flower markets and museums, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most beautiful gems.  Spend a few additional days here and visit the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum full of masterpieces from Rembrandt and Vermeer, the Anne Frank House and enjoy a canal cruise.  After any transatlantic flight, a few nights to catch up on sleep and explore your new setting at leisure is well worth it.  Spend an extra 2 or 3 nights at the beautiful Hoxton Hotel in Amsterdam before you board the luxurious Avalon Passion for your 14-night river cruise experience.

Pre Tour Includes:

  • Transfer from the airport to the Hoxton Amsterdam
  • Option of two or three nights in a Cosy Canal View Room at the Hoxton Amsterdam
  • Tickets to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum or a walking tour of Amsterdam
    • 2 Nights includes your choice of one option.
    • 3 Nights includes all of the museums and the tour.

2 Nights for $499
3 Nights for $649

 

post cruise

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There are few places in the world that resonate with Americans like the Normandy region of France.  Join us on a 5 night post-cruise extension where we will explore the moment in history where Allies started their final push to end Fascism in Europe.  This peaceful corner of France is mostly farmland and is well known for its produce, seafood, cheeses and an apple based spirit called Calvados.  Early on the morning of June 6th 1944 this area erupted with bombs being dropped, paratroopers falling from the sky and thousands of ships bombarding the coastline before tens of thousands of Allied troops stormed the beaches.  World War II will come to life as we walk in the steps of those who lost their lives and others who lost their innocence.  We will also explore medieval Bayeux, a quaint village with a beautiful Gothic Cathedral.  Our accommodations will be the charming Hotel Lion d’Or, a hotel that has also hosted President Eisenhower and his family, General Charles de Gaulle, Hemingway and other celebrities and dignitaries.

Post Tour Includes:

  • Transfer from the ship to airport
  • Group flight from Budapest to Paris
  • Three nights at the Hotel Le Lion d’Or 
  • Tickets to the Caen Memorial, the Bayeux tapestry, the Calvados, and cheese tasting and Giverny Monet Foundation
  • Visit the Omaha Beach Cemetery, St. Mere Eglise, Utah Beach, and German Cemetery.

5 Nights for $1599

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April 27 – Once our river cruise concludes in the morning you will have a transfer from the Avalon Passion to the Budapest Airport where you will board your flight to Paris.  Once in Paris you will have a transfer to Splendid Etoile Paris Hotel for an overnight stay.  Take in the City of Lights before you call it a night.

April 28 – After you have enjoyed your included breakfast, the group will take a private bus transfer to Normandy.  Along the way we will stop at the Caen Peace Memorial and D-Day Museum.  Watch WWII come alive in their theater and experience the interactive exhibitions on the war and its impact on soldiers and civilians.  After our visit we will head to the quaint and charming village of Bayeux.  We will check-in to the Hotel Lion d’Or.  This wonderful hotel has hosted the likes of President Eisenhower and his family on several occasions, French General and President Charles de Gaulle, Ernest Hemingway, as well as Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg when they filmed Saving Private Ryan and later The Band of Brothers.  Enjoy dinner in their renowned restaurant or in town.

April 29 – Your morning will start off with a visit to the Omaha Beach American War Cemetery.  This tiny piece of American soil in France is the final resting place for 9,387 American soldiers and pays tribute to another 1,557 missing in action.  As you look through the Latin Crosses and Jewish Stars of David, you can see the beach in the background.  It is a fitting and solemn place to pay tribute to these men and boys who made the ultimate sacrifice for their grateful nation.  In the late morning and afternoon, we will visit several other D-Day sites including the German War Cemetery, Utah Beach and St. Mere Eglise, where the first American paratroopers landed.  The evening is free for exploration of Bayeux.

April 30 – Start with the visit of the British cemetery in Bayeux.  There is a stark contrast to its American counterpart as there are beautiful flowers and each family wrote an individual epitaph.  It is a reminder that we were not alone in this fight and members for the British Commonwealth from Canada to India to New Zealand also gave their last full measure of devotion.  After this short visit we will explore the medieval city of Bayeux including the Gothic Cathedral, the nearly 1000-year-old Bayeux tapestry and the beautiful canals.  In the evening we will experience a Norman calvados and cheese tasting and dinner.

May 1 – In the morning we will check out and head back to Paris.  Along the way we will visit Claude Monet’s gardens in the town of Giverny. The water garden here was his inspiration to many of the most beautiful and well known pieces of Impressionist art.  We will be staying for one night at the Sheraton that is inside the Charles de Gaulle Airport.  This hotel is incredibly convenient for your flight back to the US on May 2nd.

May 2 – Depart any time from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

This price includes:

  • One night at the Splendid Etoile**** on April 27th with breakfast included
  • Three nights at the Hotel Lion d’Or Bayeux April 28 – May 1 with breakfast included
  • One night at the Sheraton CDG airport**** on May 1st with breakfast included
  • An English speaking licensed guide for full day services on April 28, 29 & 30
  • Private transportation for the following services:
  • Transfer from CDG airport to the hotel in Paris on April 27
  • Transfer from Paris to Caen and to the hotel in Bayeux on April 28
  • Transfer from Bayeux to Giverny and to the airport hotel on May 1
  • One bottle of water per day per person included
  • Entrance fees to the Caen Memorial, the Bayeux tapestry, the Calvados and cheese tasting and entrance to the Monet Gardens in Giverny
  • **** A similar hotel may be used

 

cruise concierge

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This journey will be escorted by Master Cruise Counselor Danny Genung, CEO of Harr Travel. Every detail of this trip will be taken care of to ensure a seamless journey. This is Danny’s fourth season leading river cruises and he has led over 1,000 fellow adventurers across six continents, visited over 100 countries and sailed on more than 80 cruises. Danny and his wife, Kristen welcomed their newest adventurer Ava Jane this past January and she has a lot of catching up to do! Danny has a Master’s Degree in history and loves to share historical insights and cultural anecdotes. This itinerary combines Danny’s love of Central Europe, with the unparalleled ease of luxury river cruises; by far his favorite way to travel through Europe. He can’t wait to take in the stunning vistas and enjoy the exquisite local food and beverages with you! Sit back and enjoy your journey while Harr Travel handles the details.

CUSTOMIZATION OPTIONS AT YOUR REQUEST

At Harr Travel we want this journey to be a personal and tailored experience. We are happy to customize your adventure to make it perfect for you. Currently we are finalizing our optional Amsterdam Tulip Time, Dutch Masters and Canals pre-tour option. We are also pleased to offer our privately guided, awe-inspiring tour of Normandy after our cruise. If you would like us to arrange anything further, we will be happy to accommodate.

CRUISE CONCIERGE BY HARR TRAVEL

  • Personalized service from the first time you call to the time you get home from your cruise.
  • Customized pre/post flight and itinerary arrangements.
  • Every detail taken care of: cruise check-in, documents printing and shipping, seat selection on flights, priority transfer and disembarkation assistance, and much more.

 

INCLUSIVE CRUISE VALUE
Panorama Suites Start at under $7,149 (per person, double occupancy including taxes, tips, and excursions).

  • $250 off price of normal cruise!
  • Single travelers have single supplement costs waived for a limited time only.
  • Fewer cabins per ship than other ships of the same size
  • More crew and fewer passengers than other cruise lines
  • Exceptional service
  • Included excursion every port day along with customized options
  • Cruise Concierge Host escort