There’s a Europe River Cruise for Every Budget
Sailing along European waterways on the cruise of a lifetime isn’t an exclusive privilege enjoyed by luxury cruisers. Passengers with different budgets will find a visit to the Continent is well within their reach, and river cruising is a fantastic way to discover the heart and soul of countries such as Germany, France, Hungary and Austria. Below, we’ve compared a classic Amsterdam to Budapest itinerary across a range of brands, based on the June/July 2017 cruise season.
Costing anywhere from $5,297, Avalon’s 15-day ‘Magnificent Europe’ voyage provides passengers with many of Europe’s must-see highlights. Guided sightseeing tours are led by certified local guides and onboard experiences include musical presentations, German beer tastings and talks from experts. Included in the cruise fare are 41 meals and daily wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Complimentary Wi-Fi, walking sticks and bicycles for use on shore are also offered.
From $6,795 per person, Travelmarvel’s ‘European Gems’ itinerary will transport you around Europe over the course of 15 days. Journeying along the legendary Rhine and Danube Rivers, passengers will have the opportunity to visit destinations such as Cologne, Nuremberg, Passau and Vienna. Water, tea, coffee, soft drink, beer and wine are included as part of the cruise price, as are 41 meals (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners).
Upwards from $7,995 per person, APT’s ‘Magnificent Europe’ lasts for 15 days and visits the towns, villages and cities of the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. As part of your cruising experience, you’ll enjoy complimentary beverages, 44 fine dining meals, access to a variety of dining venues on board, room service, free laundry, champagne on arrival, and a butler. Transfers, port charges and gratuities are also included in the price of your cruise.
With prices upwards from $8,695, Scenic’s ‘Jewels of Europe’ also runs for 15 days, departing from Amsterdam and ending in Budapest. Along the way, passengers will recline in the comfort of their 5-star cruise ship and enter a world of castles, vineyards, fairy tales, romance, history and beauty. As part of the cruise price, guests will be treated to 41 meals, their choice of 21 Freechoice activities and 4 exclusive Enrich experiences, plus more.
Usually costing upwards from $9,299, Uniworld’s 15-day ‘European Jewels’ cruise is at the upper end of the scale. Covering a similar route, this voyage is the ideal way to experience Europe’s art, architecture, history, gastronomy and people. As part of the all-inclusive fare, passengers will enjoy 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners, all of which are prepared fresh on board using the finest ingredients. Unlimited beverages, including a premium selection of wines, beers and spirits, are also available, while 12 days of excursions are provided.
Finding the perfect European river cruise is simple when you speak with a friendly Cruiseabout consultant. The prices listed above are subject to change, so for more information or to book in advance for a 2018 voyage, get in touch today on 1300 954 661.
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