Tour Code WAB 2012

Tour Code WAB 2012 2012 / 2014

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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions and on-board packages are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

We know that many times travelers celebrate special occasions on vacation and you can now pre-purchase celebration packages before your cruise departure. We offer special birthday, anniversary and wedding vow packages. These packages include all the elements you need to celebrate with family & friends.

Availability of optional excursions is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Once you have booked your vacation, Avalon Waterways provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions and packages, register for your cruise and provide emergency contact information online.

A traditional windmill village - Zaanse Schans If you are in the Netherlands only for a short time, then this is a great excursion to see the typical Dutch sights in just one afternoon. Join our local expert for a journey through times when Dutch sailing ships crossed the seven seas and goods from all corners of the world traded in Holland. A short coach ride gives you picturesque views of the Dutch "polder" landscape, reclaimed land with the endless horizons and cattle grazing on the green grasslands. The open air village of Zaanse Schans is a collection of typical Dutch houses, windmills & craft stores which all have preserved their original character. We will have an inside visit of a functioning windmill showing you how they function. Highly interesting is the clog making demonstration and the cheese factory. In the little stores you can easily find all the Dutch souvenirs you want to take home. Zaanse Schans is a pleasant half day excursion which includes an array of typical sights for which Holland is famous.

PLEASE NOTE: You must arrive at the gateway airport by 10:00am to participate in this excursion. Excursions will not be refunded if missed due to delayed arrival.
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Anne Frank A Museum with a Story. Visit the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her diary during the Second World War. For more than two years, Anne Frank, her family, and four others lived secretively in the back part of her father's office building at # 263 Prinsengracht, before being betrayed and turned in to the Nazis. If you have read the famous diary much of this will be familiar to you, but even if you haven't this can be a fascinating place to see. The Anne Frank House is probably the most famous attraction in town for new visitors. Take advantage of our tailor made tour, with an introduction by our local escort, hassle free transport and priority entrance.


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Cycling through the Dutch countryside like a local The Netherlands is known for being the perfect country to go for a bike ride. First a 15 minute ferry ride takes you out of the hectic city, then start your biking tour into the beautiful and green nature reserve called "Waterland". Your local guide will take you through centuries old picturesque villages with typical wooden houses, past countless brooks and waterways, across old wooden bridges, along the Ijsselmeer through green pastures. Designated bicycle paths connect the entire region. On a nice spring or summer day, the green fields are full of flowers, sheep and cows are in the meadows. It is a peaceful tour with a photo stop at a Dutch windmill. Comfortable bicycles, helmets and refreshment in a typical Dutch Inn are provided and of course all these experiences under guidance of a local guide. A different way to experience Holland.


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Fishermen's Villages on the Former Zuiderzee Anyone who wants to see the real beauty of Holland, should visit Edam and its neighbor, Volendam. Edam is the perfect picture of a Dutch city, which kept it`s old-world atmosphere. Full of charm it is a unique example of a Zuiderzee harbor city with its gabled, red brick houses and its cheese fame. Together with your local expert you are going to explore this town on a walking tour. Volendam is your typical Zuiderzee fishing village; as a result of its completely isolated location, this village preserved its character for six centuries, also because of the tough vitality of the fishermen. The characteristic small houses, which together with the canals and the drawbridges form the most picturesque spots, present the visitor an atmosphere of geniality and romance. Nowadays it is a shopping paradise for any tourist, and you will have free time to indulge.

As this is a private mill the opening times are subject to change and vary on a daily basis.
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Flower Time in Tulip Land - The Keukenhof Flower Exhibition Keukenhof is a historic park, full of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and all the other spring bulbs. The floral displays in the park and the unique flower shows in the various pavilions are a glorious visual feast. And in the midst of this magnificent spectacle of colour there are also exquisite works of art. Keukenhof is an unforgettable experience for people of all ages. It has been one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands for almost 60 years and is famous worldwide. Here you can gain inspiration while you relax in the magnificent surroundings of the park. It is a unique experience and guarantees the most fabulous photos.

PLEASE NOTE: You must arrive at the gateway airport by 10:00am to participate in this excursion. Excursions will not be refunded if missed due to delayed arrival.
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Old Masters at the Rijksmuseum The Masterpieces of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum offer a unique way to view all the highlights of the Golden Age in one place. The National Museum of the Netherlands is the pride of the Dutch and recently reopened after extensive renovations. Experience these fascinating works of art with the detailed commentary of an expert local guide. What is the story behind the famous "Night Watch" of Rembrandt, what is so special about Vermeer's "Kitchen maid", which technique did Frans Hals use in his paintings? Who was the famous windmill and landscape painter? You'll get to know all these exciting facts of "The masterpieces collection" on this excursion.


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Schloss Hof - A castle and its people Just another castle? No! Schloss Hof is more than just a castle. Like other palaces Schloss Hof shows you the splendour of representation, this one also offers beautiful gardens and the empress' farm & animals. After the guided visit of the Palace you can explore the animal garden; maybe pet the white donkeys, and take your time to explore the palace grounds in order to get a picture of the aristocracy centuries ago.


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Budapest - Jewish Heritage Tour Budapest Great Synagogue is the second largest in the world and considered to be the most beautiful one! The success of modern Budapest was significantly due to the diligence and organizational skills of Jewish industrialists. After 1990, a real Jewish cultural Renaissance began in Budapest. The city has the most populous active Jewish community in Central Europe, who cherish their religious, artistic and historical heritage. Listen to our local expert explaining why there is a much larger population of Budapest inhabitants with Jewish origin, who consider themselves Hungarian and do not practice their religion, but are interested in the history of their ancestors. Visit the largest synagogue in Europe, the Jewish Museum and hear about the tree of life...


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Budapest's Night Lights The Hungarian capital is known for its splendid views accentuated by the romance of illumination. Let the unique atmosphere of this magnificent city enchant you, while our expert guide tells you the hidden secrets and stories behind the facades. Do not miss out on a visit to the must see viewpoint from the highest hill in Budapest, a view overlooking this splendid city with an illumination rivaling the one of Paris, a view which decorates numerous travel brochures and books. Unforgettable sights, wonderful memories and the magic of lights guaranteed during this panoramic tour with photo opportunities. Discover why Europeans call it deservedly the Paris of the East! This excursion is by comfortable coach and includes three must-see photo stops.


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Communist Budapest From 1947 to 1989, the Hungarian Communist Party held sway. Although the regime was not as deferential to the Soviet Union, the collective economy and fear of the secret police shaped the lives of Hungarian citizens. Our guided tour starts in the Statue Park where one will find a unique collection of Communism powerful expression, including a 15 foot high statue of Lenin, a running sailor 10 times its size and mighty heads of Karl Marx and Engels. Today the former headquarters of the AVH, the dreaded secret police, is a museum. This part- museum, part- multimedia experience records grim moments of the communist period and is one of the most interesting of its kind. Budapest was clearly tied to the East in the bipolar Cold War world. Our local expert will provide you an interactive commentary on how to live and survive under communism.


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Excursion to Szentendre A pleasant afternoon with a touch of shopping where we introduce to you a bohemian part of Hungary. Szentendre is a gorgeous little town which retains a distinctively Mediterranean flavor that's rare this far north in Europe. Discover Turkish and Serbian influences among its rich collection of historical buildings. Stroll along the cobblestoned streets; wander along the picturesque and colorful houses. There is free time to wander off to the many small art museums and the craft souvenir stores. For those looking for the real Hungarian souvenir, you will find it here! For those into shopping; all the Hungarian souvenirs you can think of are available in Szentendre, including local pottery and paprika. A pleasant afternoon in nice surroundings.


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Gold and Glamorous Budapest Tour Join a short coach trip along the Danube Embankment with a short walk to one of the hidden treasures of Secession architecture in Budapest, the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau. It houses a unique exhibition representing the refined world of Art Nouveau, including paintings, furniture, decorative objects and interiors, to give an insight into the atmosphere of middleclass life in Budapest in the "happy pre-war times". The second stop of our tour is the "musical jewelry box" of Pest, the Hungarian State Opera House. The building enchants not only the lovers of opera and ballet, but everyone who is amazed by the fine neo-Renaissance architecture. Following the visit of the Opera - if you are not yet bored by golden frescoes and luxury - we will treat you to a coffee and a cake in the glamorous main hall of the Paris Department Store. The building is home to the city's first truly modern department store opened in the beginning of the 1900s. You can sip your coffee and taste the finest delicacies of Hungarian confectioners sitting under a fresco painted by the same artist whose masterpieces raise the splendor of the State Opera House, the Parliament and several other public buildings.


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Biking in the Wachau Valley with Picnic Biking along the Danube is becoming a popular pastime. So if you are fit and ready for some exercise grab a bike, a helmet and cycle between the waters of the mighty stream and the lovely vineyards and romantic villages of the Wachau Valley. A light picnic en route will restore some of your energy.


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Wachau dinner with wine tasting End your day dining in one of Austria's iconic wine institutions: the "Heurigen", where vintners serve their own wines from the current harvest year. The "Heuriger" combines the conviviality of the city with the rural ambiance of the vineyards. The wine is traditionally accompanied by cold dishes, assorted cheese, cold cuts, and sometimes warm dishes from the buffet, typical Austrian desserts, apricot dumpling, poppy seed noodles to name a few. Unlimited wine and soft drinks are included. During dinner you will be entertained by an accordion player, sounding typical Viennese "Schrammelmusik", which is the most popular form of modern Austrian folk music.


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Cesky Krumlov - a sleeping beauty awakes Take a scenic route across the rolling hills of Upper Austria and Bohemia to one of the most beautiful, charming and romantic little towns that is to be found in Europe. For centuries, this small town has enjoyed the reputation of being the "Pearl of the Bohemian Forest", an extraordinary fortified town built by princes and bishops on the most beautiful bend of the Vltava River. This hidden gem of European history remains as it was centuries ago, a colourful place with over 300 historic buildings, small lanes, art galleries, charming shops and medieval inns; a truly stunning experience. When after WW II the Iron Curtain fell, Cesky Krumlov found itself even more off the beaten track, with hardly a visitor finding his way there. Our local experts will guide you back in time. Pass by the Vltava (Moldau) River, which has been made immortal by Frederic Smetana's composition of the same name, before you return to your ship with happy memories from this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

No walkers and wheel chairs and guest with heavy walking problems (cobble stones).
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Romantic Austria - a countryside excursion to the Salzkammergut Lake District The picturesque mountain lakes, the luscious green of the hills and fields, the striking mountain cliffs and the romantic villages - these are just a few reasons for centuries that attracted countless writers, composers and creative artists to find inspiration in the magnificent landscape of Salzkammergut region, shared between the provinces of Salzburg, Upper Austria and Styria - the famous Austrian Lake District. The literal translation of the Salzkammergut is `salt chamber estate` and refers to an area where salt was mined and which was formerly under the control of the Imperial Chamber in Vienna. Today, the term has developed into a brand name for one of the loveliest holiday regions of Central Europe with over 70 lakes, which are of drinking water quality and range in color from turquoise to emerald green. Let us reveal to you the unspoiled beauty of Gmunden and St. Wolgang region and some of the most panoramic routes in Austria.


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Salzburg - Sound of Music Picturesquely located at the foothills of the Alps the city is known as the birth-place of Mozart. Salzburg is also the setting for the Sound of Music Movie, which has shaped the city's perception in the minds of generations. But Salzburg is much more. It is a wealthy city with history based on the salt trade from the nearby Alpine Mountains- it is a city full of beautiful baroque buildings, and a city perched between the mountains and green waters of the Salzach River. In your free time strolling through the small but busy lanes with their wrought iron signs, using a cable car to ride up to the castle on the hill for views or just passing time by relaxing on one of the many terraces makes you feel part of the scenery. On our scenic ride by coach you will admire the beauty of the region. Our dedicated local experts will talk about and show you the city, and relive scenes from the Sound of Music. After free time we shall also visit the church at Mondsee where the "von Trapps" were married.


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A Visit of Schönbrunn Imperial Palace Schonbrunn, the former summer residence of the Imperial family, is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. The Habsburgs resided here for the better part of the year in numerous rooms to house the large Imperial family in addition to representational rooms. Emperor Franz Joseph, who later married the enchanting Sisi and reigned from 1848 to 1916, was born here in 1830. The monarch spent his last years entirely in the palace, which became the property of the new Republic of Austria only two years after his death. Today, the palace is part of UNESCO's cultural heritage due to its historic importance, its unique grounds and its splendid furnishings. Follow our local expert and visit Empress Sisi's former summer residence, afterwards take your time to stroll through the park and enjoy the impressive gardens.


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Biking in Vienna Discover Vienna today with one of the city Bikes and discover what this metropolitan city has to offer. Biking is a unique was of combining culture with actively experiencing the city. Exploring Vienna could not be easier, than to go by bike. Some of the sights you might see today: the Danube Island, the Hundertwasserhaus, the Prater and the Ferris Wheel. A helmet is provided and a guide will accompany you on our 3-hour biking tour.


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Royal Waltz Concert Would a stay in Vienna be the same if you were not able to listen to the tunes of the "Blue Danube Waltz" or the "Radetzky" March? Your Cruise Director will accompany you to one of Vienna's famous Concert Halls. Avalon will make preferred seating arrangements. In order to celebrate this evening in style, have a glass of sparkling wine in the intermission, before you listen to the famous tunes brought to you by opera singers and watch the elegant ballet dancers as they interpret some of the most well known classical tunes from Vienna.


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Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey and the Danube Gorge The Danube Gorge has both a gentle and a strange beauty. In a magnificent show of force, the Danube has carved its way through the Swabian Alb to create a stunning landscape - a wild, romantic stretch of river with sheer cliffs rising over 300 feet out of the water. At its upper end the Weltenburg Abbey is located on a peninsula directly beneath the cliffs of the Gorge. It was founded by Irish or Scottish monks in 620 and is one of the oldest abbeys in Bavaria. The present Benedictine abbey dates back to the 18th century when it was extensively rebuilt in baroque style. Their ceiling frescos of the Heavenly Jerusalem blend seamlessly with the abbey interior and are particularly noteworthy. Important is also that Weltenburg Abbey houses the oldest abbey brewery in the world, as the monks have been brewing beer since 1050. A beer and a pretzel are a welcome refreshment.


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Anniversary Celebration Cake Want to celebrate your anniversary during your cruise? Avalon can help. Our crew can surprise your loved one with a special anniversary cake presented during dinner. Make this a cruise like no other.

Anniversary celebrations can only take place during your cruise and are not available during land stays or in hotels. Itinerary changes beyond the control of Avalon Waterways may force the cancellation of the celebration in which case a full refund will be given.
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Anniversary Celebration Package - Basic Want to celebrate your anniversary during your cruise? Avalon can help. Our crew can surprise your loved one with a special anniversary package that includes the following in your stateroom on your anniversary day: decoration of stateroom, bottle of sparkling wine, small floral bouquet, chocolates, fruit plate and anniversary card. Personalized invitations will also be delivered to the staterooms of 4 other guests with whom you wish to celebrate. Later that evening in the ship dining room you will find a specially decorated table reserved for you, your spouse and 4 other guests of your choice, and an anniversary cake presented by the ship's crew during dinner. Let your spouse know how much they still mean to you.

Anniversary celebrations can only take place during your cruise and are not available during land stays or in hotels. Itinerary changes beyond the control of Avalon Waterways may force the cancellation of the celebration in which case a full refund will be given.
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Anniversary Celebration Package - Deluxe Want to celebrate your anniversary during your cruise? Avalon can help. Our crew can surprise your loved one with a special anniversary package that includes the following in your stateroom on your anniversary day: decoration of stateroom, bottle of sparkling wine, small floral bouquet, chocolates, fruit plate and anniversary card. Personalized invitations will also be delivered to the staterooms of 4 other guests with whom you wish to celebrate. Later on, enjoy a cocktail party on the Sky Deck or in the lounge to celebrate the special day. You will receive a special anniversary book and a group photo to remember the occasion. Later that evening in the ship dining room you will find a specially decorated table reserved for you, your spouse and 4 other guests of your choice, and an anniversary cake presented by the ship's crew during dinner. Sparkling wine will top off the evening. Let your spouse know how much they still mean to you.

Anniversary celebrations can only take place during your cruise and are not available during land stays or in hotels. Itinerary changes beyond the control of Avalon Waterways may force the cancellation of the celebration in which case a full refund will be given. Your cocktail party will include beer, wine and soft drinks and will last approximately 30 minutes. Full details of your celebration package will be discussed with your Cruise Director on board.
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Birthday Celebration Package - Basic Let Avalon help you celebrate a birthday on your cruise. Our special birthday package includes the following presented in your stateroom on your birthday: decoration of stateroom, bottle of sparkling wine, small floral bouquet, chocolates, fruit plate and birthday card. Personalized invitations will also be delivered to the staterooms of 5 other guests with whom you wish to celebrate. Later that evening in the ship dining room you will find a specially decorated table reserved for 6 (you and 5 other guests of your choice), and a birthday cake presented by the ship's crew during dinner.

Birthday celebrations can only take place during your cruise and are not available during land stays or in hotels. Itinerary changes beyond the control of Avalon Waterways may force the cancellation of the celebration in which case a full refund will be given.
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Birthday Celebration Package - Deluxe Let Avalon help you celebrate a birthday on your cruise. Our special birthday package includes the following presented in your stateroom on your birthday: decoration of stateroom, bottle of sparkling wine, small floral bouquet, chocolates, fruit plate and birthday card. Personalized invitations will also be delivered to the staterooms of 5 other guests with whom you wish to celebrate. Later on, enjoy a cocktail party on the Sky Deck or in the lounge to celebrate the special day. You will receive a special birthday book and a group photo to remember the occasion. Later that evening in the ship dining room you will find a specially decorated table reserved for 6 (you and 5 other guests of your choice), and a birthday cake presented by the ship's crew during dinner. Sparkling wine will top off the evening.

Birthday celebrations can only take place during your cruise and are not available during land stays or in hotels. Itinerary changes beyond the control of Avalon Waterways may force the cancellation of the celebration in which case a full refund will be given. Your cocktail party will include beer, wine and soft drinks and will last approximately 30 minutes. Full details of your celebration package will be discussed with your Cruise Director on board.
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Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Cake Avalon wants to help you celebrate your wedding vow renewals. Let your spouse know how much they still mean to you. Our crew will prepare a special cake and present it to you during dinner. Make this a cruise that you will never forget.

Wedding vow renewal celebrations can only take place during your cruise and are not available during land stays or in hotels. Itinerary changes beyond the control of Avalon Waterways may force the cancellation of the celebration in which case a full refund will be given.
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Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Package - Basic Avalon wants to help you celebrate your wedding vow renewals. Let your spouse know how much they still mean to you. Our crew will prepare a special anniversary package that includes the following in your stateroom on your wedding day: decoration of stateroom, bottle of sparkling wine, small floral bouquet, chocolates, fruit plate and wedding card. Personalized invitations will also be delivered to the staterooms of 4 other guests with whom you wish to celebrate. Later that evening in the ship dining room you will find a specially decorated table reserved for you, your spouse and 4 other guests of your choice, and a wedding cake presented by the ship's crew during dinner. Make this a cruise you will never forget.

Wedding vow renewal celebrations can only take place during your cruise and are not available during land stays or in hotels. Itinerary changes beyond the control of Avalon Waterways may force the cancellation of the celebration in which case a full refund will be given.
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Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Package - Deluxe Avalon wants to help you celebrate your wedding vow renewals. Let your spouse know how much they still mean to you. Our crew will prepare a special anniversary package that includes the following in your stateroom on your wedding day: decoration of stateroom, bottle of sparkling wine, small floral bouquet, chocolates, fruit plate and wedding card. Personalized invitations will also be delivered to the staterooms of 4 other guests with whom you wish to celebrate. Later on, enjoy a cocktail party on the Sky Deck or in the lounge to celebrate the special day. You will receive a special wedding book and a couple's photo and a group photo to remember the occasion. Later that evening in the ship dining room you will find a specially decorated table reserved for you, your spouse and 4 other guests of your choice, and an wedding cake presented by the ship's crew during dinner. Make this a cruise you will never forget.

Wedding vow renewal celebrations can only take place during your cruise and are not available during land stays or in hotels. Itinerary changes beyond the control of Avalon Waterways may force the cancellation of the celebration in which case a full refund will be given. Your cocktail party will include beer, wine and soft drinks and will last approximately 30 minutes. Full details of your celebration package will be discussed with your Cruise Director on board including the specific date of the celebration. Circumstances may require an alternate date from what is selected here. Avalon cannot guarantee the Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony on the actual day of Anniversary.
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